The Spanish Network of Smart Cities organized its first congress in Valencia

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The National Congress of the Spanish Network of Intelligent Cities (RECI) was created with the purpose of bringing together city technicians and all sector participants in a collaborative space to share trends, good practices and challenges that are present in regards to the development of smart cities. The purpose of the Congress is to allow the attendees to connect and participate by creating a space that allows them to take action on the path to truly innovative cities.

Mayor of Valencia Joan Ribo shared the news on his social media page with the following statement: “Smart cities are those that put technology at the service of people, to advance situations and avoid problems. They are smart, transformative cities, and Valencia is working on this challenge. That’s why this week we’re hosting the RECI Congress”

The Spanish Network of Smart Cities celebrated its first Congress on November 29th and 30th in Valencia. It was a meeting in which more than two hundred representatives of local entities, field experts and other public administrations took place and shared their experience in the application of “smart solutions which improve people’s lives.”

The Secretary General of the FEMP, Carlos Daniel Casares; Mayor of Logroño, and President of RECI, Pablo Hermoso de Mendoza, and the Councilor for Digital Agenda and Electronic Administration of Valencia, Pere Fuset took part in the press conference regarding the congress. 

Casares, who started this press conference, has ensured that the use of smart solutions “does not depend on the size of the town or city” therefore he celebrated the effort of the RECI to include smaller local entities in its project. He has ensured that “the rural environment in Spain suffers from major depopulation problems and the extension of smart cities can contribute to solving this issue.” In addition, “innovation and technology can be an ally to improve the sustainability of tourism activity and to improve the visitors’ experience,” he explained. “Digitization is critical to recovery (which is why) 34% of  the Recovery plan funds are destined to intelligent transformation, based on digitization and modernization ” stated Pablo Hermoso de Mendoza, in his presentation. 

Mayor of Logroño, Pablo Hermoso de Mendoza, highlighted that the meeting in Valencia was a “conversation” because “there is nothing more intelligent than talking” where you can “learn and update the local commitment to smart solutions”. Hermoso de Mendoza has also stated that the recovery process and the Next Generation Funds will only be truly transformative if we “unite”, “because the needs that exist in the municipalities are making them talk about “5G, transformation of SMEs, smart tourism and digital skills”. He stated that he sees the RECI Congress as an opportunity to renew the commitment and local capacity to improve the reconstruction of the country.

Pere Fuset, has closed this press conference assuring that “a smart city is a human city, because the authentic smart solutions are those that are aimed at making the life of the citizens easier ”. Along these lines, Fuset noted that “we are talking about people, their problems and possible solutions. “There is nothing smarter and necessary at this time than to share and learn.”