Regional development

OECD Roundtable on Smart Cities and Inclusive Growth


 9 July 2019 9:30-18:30  OECD Conference Centre, CC2 

Over the past two decades, “smart cities” have proliferated around the globe as a way to build more efficient and liveable urban environments. Initially, the concept of “smart cities” was largely supply-driven, with the private sector taking the lead in defining both the problem and the solution. The time has come to take stock of these experimentations! Are smart cities just a buzzword, or do they really deliver better opportunities and well-being for all residents? 




The Roundtable brought together key stakeholders from cities, regions, national governments, the private sector, civil society, academia, philanthropy and international organisations to:

  • Learn from a common understanding of the concept of smart cities across the globe and raise awareness on the policy implications for inclusive growth;
  • Share policies, practices and knowledge on how to get smart city initiatives right, and shape the way forward to upscale success stories and minimise pitfalls to avoid;
  • Advance the data measurement agenda to co-produce an analytical and indicator framework to assess the smart cities’ performance and their contribution to inclusive growth;
  • Understand opportunities and challenges related to the disruptions of digital innovation on city governance, data ownership and disclosure, private sector participation, and citizen engagement.



The Roundtable kicked-off CFE’s Programme on “Smart Cities and Inclusive Growth”, which aims to:

  1. redefine the concept of smart cities around the contribution of digital innovation to better lives for all people;
  2. measure how smart cities perform and ultimately deliver well-being outcomes for citizens; and
  3. guide local and national governments in their efforts to reshape city governance, business models and stakeholder engagement.






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