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Inter-American Development Bank launches smart city guide

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The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has released a guide on the best practices for managing smart cities, targeting developed and developing countries on a path to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. In the guide, the IDB defines a smart city as a city that “places people at the centre of development, incorporates Information and Communication Technologies into urban management, and uses these elements as tools to stimulate the design of an effective government that includes collaborative planning and citizen participation”. A spokesperson said the message the IDB’s guide sends to developing countries worldwide is that urban leaders must change their approach to planning, management and security if smart cities are to grow.

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