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Experts gears up for the SMART CITIES conference in Naivasha

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BY CORRESPONDENT,NAIROBI,9TH SEPT 2019-Over 500 experts drawn from the private and public sectors are expected in Naivasha next month to deliberate on how to develop smart cities in Africa.

The conference organised by the Institute of Certified Investment and Financial Analysts (ICIFA) will bring together local and international investors, industry players in the real estate sector, county and national government officials, donors among others.It will take place at Enashapai Resort and Spa on 24th and 25th October.

Among the key presenters includes world renown urban developer Zhou Yimin who will share expertise on development of smart cities and funding. The senior urban planner will discuss how to develop a smart city with the right foundation owing to his success in smart city development in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries.

He is a researcher and senior Assistant Director at Singapore’s Centre for Liveable Cities, leading the research and partnership work in urban analytics, smart city and urban complexity studies.

According to the Chairman ICIFA Dr Jonah Aiyabei, the conference will among other things seek to identify ways of enhancing economic competitiveness of Africa through functional cities, identify opportunities for partnership between governments and businesses in driving smart cities investments, and encourage a proactive approach in shaping smart cities policies and investments in Africa.

Other key presenters expected during the conference include the cabinet secretary ministry of transport, infrastructure, Housing Urban Development and Public Works James Macharia, Permanent Secretary The National Treasury and Ministry of Planning Dr James Muia, Professor Bitange Ndemo, Chairman Distributed Ledger Systems, Chief Executive Capital Markets Authority Paul Muthaura and , Eng. John Tanui, CEO Konza Tochnopolis Development Authority, Dr James Mworia, Group CEO Centum Investment Company Plc

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