Diasporans urged to support smart cities

16 Nov, 2021 - 10:11 0 Views
Diasporans urged to support smart cities Councillor Stewart Mutizwa

H-Metro

Talent Gore, H-Metro Reporter

Harare Acting Mayor Councillr Stewart Mutizwa has urged diasporans to marshal resources towards achieving the smart cities vision.

A smart city is one that uses information communication technologies to improve operational efficiency, share information with the public and provide a better quality of government service and citizen welfare.

 

Government is working on embracing the smart city concept as a prerequisite for leaving no-one behind, part of President Mnangagwa’s thrust of improving people’s livelihoods.

 

He made this revelation at the ongoing 2020 Dubai Expo in Dubai on Sunday.

 

He said Diasporas can bring in foreign investors to Harare and as investment partners.

 

“Harare has already begun enabling the smart cities vision through the participation of private projects such as the Aspindale Park, Pokugara and Pomona City,” he said.

 

“We urge those living in the Diaspora to invest in the country such that Harare can achieve the smart city vision.

 

“Zimbabwe made a decision to create smart cities and the Government of Zimbabwe adopted these principles in 2018 in the advent of the New Dispensation.

 

Cllr Mutizwa added: “Our vision is that going forward, we must make sure that our cities are cities of the future, and cities of the future should take up issues of the digital world, new technologies.

 

“In our built-up environment, we must have a total mix of industrial, commercial and residential areas which conform to this smart city concept.”

 

Cllr Mutizwa said the country was committed to reducing greenhouse emissions in line with the Smart Cities Concept.

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