First Meeting of Smart Republic 2020 Knowledge Partners Held on March 12, 2020

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The first meeting of the Program Advisory Members of Smart Republic 2020 was held along with the partner agencies to discuss the preparations for the conference & get the feedback on the dates and agenda for the conference  from partner agencies. National Institute of Urban Affairs, Indian Institute of Public Administration, US Trade Development Agency, Un Global COmpact Network, Innovation Norwa, Austrade, Business Finland, Netherlands Embassy Trade Mission and Mobilepedia innovations representatives partiipated during the meeting. Following key decisions were taken: 

  1. Confernece Dates:   In the wake of developments relating to the spread of COVID-19 virus, it was proposed by all the partner agencies that the conference dates be postponed from April 29-30 to a future date. This will enable  experts from all the partner agencies from across the world to participate.  It was agreed that the new date of the conference will be decided and announced in consultation with all the partners once the COVID-19 epidemic is under control and restrictions on travel and visa are lifted across the world.
  2. VC based seminars as run-up to the conference:  VC based webinars will be organized on each of the topics related to Smart Republic sessions in the run up to the conference so that all the partners can contribute their expertise in different domains. This will allow the deliberations during the conference to be more productive. 
  3. Rural economy: It was proposed that the Digital Economy Ecosystem need to include rural economy related developments as well and a dedicated session related to rural economy needs to be incorporated in the conference agenda.
  4. Knowledge Publications:  All partners agencies agreed to work together in  developing a ‘compendium of use-cases’ from across the World on Data Driven services in Smart Cities, citizen engagement best practices and Digital Opportunities in South Asia. The possibilities of commissioning a reputed publication house to help put together this publication and make it available to wider audience globally were also discussed.
  5. Pre-event workshops:  Several knowledge partners expressed interest in hosting dedicated pre event workshops, master classes and hackathons during the conference week. The partners also expressed willingness to host these events at their own expense if conducted outside the World Bank premise. Specifically, USTDA proposed a dedicated industry lead event on 5G be hosted in parallel or as a precursor event to Smart Republic.





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