He made the declaration yesterday during a panel discussion titled “Digital Bangladesh – Perspective Smart Dhaka” on the second day of Digital World 2016 Conference at International Convention City in Dhaka's Bashundhara area.
The DSCC mayor, while speaking as the chief guest of the panel, said: “Smart city does not mean we will turn Dhaka into London or Singapore. It means there will be improvements to the city corporations’ services such as waste management and infrastructure.”
He promised that technologies would be integrated into all aspects of life in Dhaka city including transport and security. He also said that WiFi zones in the city would cover more areas with topnotch connectivity services.
“With integration of technology in transport related services, daily commuting will become easier for people,” he added.
“Earlier we had announced 2016 to be the year of cleaning the city and that is being implemented. The year 2017 will be the year for Smart Dhaka,” he said.
At the discussion, World Bank Consultant Isaac Kim presented the keynote paper for the session which was moderated by Mustafizur Rahman, innovation director of Access to Information (a2i) initiative under the PMO.
Kim defined smart city as an innovative city where information and communications technology (ICT) and other technological implementations improve the quality of life and make urban operation and services efficient while ensuring that it meets that needs of the present and future generations with respect to economic, social and environmental aspects.
Ashok Kumar Seetharaman, director of the eGovernment Leadership Centre at National University of Singapore, said Dhaka's growing population and transport movement was a big challenge for the authorities
He recommended that the authorities take steps to reduce private transport and introduce services such as Uber, a popular taxi-booking mobile application. According to it's website, Uber is planning to start it's service in Bangladesh.
Other panelists at the event were Shyam Sunder Sikder, ICT secretary; Srikant Kadambi, director public sector, Microsoft APAC; Zhou Henghui, senior smart city planner at ZTE Corporation; and Derek Sun, vice president of government, public utility sector at Huawei Technologies.