Opening of the “Spain-Latin America Intelligent Cities” conference./ Photo: J.G.
Julio García. Madrid
The ICEX España Exportaciones e Inversiones celebrated yesterday in their new auditorium in Madrid a conference to encourage the collaboration of Spanish companies in Smart Cities projects in Peru, Chile, Mexico and Colombia, where more than 90% of their population live in urban environments.
During the inauguration of the “Spain-Latin America Intelligent Cities” conference, ICEX’s managing director, Francisco Javier Garzón, expressed this body’s interest in encouraging the internationalisation of Spanish businesses so that they are able to participate in development projects in Smart Cities on the other side of the Atlantic, in collaboration with municipal authorities, the World Development Bank, and other international organisations.
In this sense, he highlighted the great number of Spanish consultancy and advice businesses with the capacity to analyse the needs and shortcomings of the cities and their surroundings, and of offering solutions, with the aim of collaborating in the Smart City design projects, and then of carrying them out.
Cities in Mexico, Peru and Chile are priorities for the ICEX
“We have important, world renowned construction companies, capable of conjuring all types of projects, as well as being able to operate them, which are present in nearly all regions of earth. Also important are the equipment supply companies, and those that offer signage, control systems, all of which work with important technological content”, he added.
For the ICEX, a “priority” is the launch of these types of projects in cities of Peru, Chile, Colombia and Mexico, “countries in continual growth, which have put their citizens’ quality of life at the centre of their strategy, and this is the line of work we want to continue with all of them”.
Representatives from more than 60 Spanish companies took part in the conference, alongside representatives from municipalities in Mexico, Chile and Peru, responsible for the adoption of policies in the intelligent cities, who were shown emblematic projects from Spanish cities which would be adapted for their home cities.