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Official: Smart cities could be engine of state development.

KUWAIT, Jan 28 (KUNA) -- Secretary General of the Supreme Council for Planning and Development Dr. Khaled Al-Mahdi stated on Tuesday that applying smart city systems in Kuwait would give impetus to development and improvement of planning and services. In a symposium organized by the Kuwait Public Policy Center, themed moving from smart cities to smart societies, Al-Mahdi noted that Kuwait had huge potentials qualifying it to be a "smart and sustainable state". He envisaged that building smart cities would help the state materialize its goals of achieving welfare for both citizens and residents as well as providing high-quality services at low costs and short times. Speaking at the symposium, American smart cities expert John Yung said that smart cities were cities which use latest technologies to optimize its operations and achieve the maximum benefits for its people through reaching the great outcome with the lowest cost and power and resources consumption. He added that the smart cities infrastructures with their high international standards potential and services acted as magnets for foreign investments. The US expert noted that Kuwait has the potential to transform its cities into smart cities, but the state should work out strategies for this goal. He pointed out that smart cities focus on improving urban planning, transportation systems, environment protection, power saving and providing world-quality education, healthcare and social care services. (end)

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Publication:Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)
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Date:Jan 28, 2020
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