A country's expertise in ICT has become a measure of economic and social development and an important indicator of the degree of national and local development. Informatization has become the important driving force of global trade, investment, capital flows and technology transferring and social, economic, cultural and all other areas. Informatization is the extent to which a geographical area, an economy, or a population group is becoming information-based, therefore creating an "Information Society".
Human resource development cooperation is one of the most important forms of foreign aid of China. Through south-south cooperation, developing and consolidating cooperation among developing countries has always been the standpoint of China’s foreign policy. In recent years, the Chinese government has intensified efforts to help recipient countries cultivate talents and improve the capacity of societies in areas of national expertise, such as Informatization. With the support of China's Ministry of Commerce and Shanghai Municipal Commission of Commerce, CIFAL Shanghai has developed a series of annual trainings on topics of Digital Cities and E-Governance, including a network of experts and past participants that continuously enrich each consecutive training seminar.
This seminar course aims to introduce participants from the targeted countries to Informatization in China, for increased south-south knowledge exchange on the development of the Information Society within the context of local and national development.
This event will enable participants to:
- Describe current concepts linked to Digital Cities in relation to Information Technology as a driver of urban development
- Review and analyse various models for Smart Cities developed across China's Eastern Urbanized areas
- Compare and contrast Chinese experiences in integrating IT into urban development with participant home country experiences
- Propose how lessons learned could be constructively implemented or integrated within home country settings
1. Introduction to China, Informatization and Smart Cities
A seminar course with face-to-face learning through a series of lectures, applied exercises, facilitated discussions, site visits and a reflective case study exercise.
Professionals in IT related fields from public and relevant private or civil society institutions in the specific countries below.
A formal certificate will be issued by the P.R. of China's Ministry of Commerce.
Permanent Residents or Citizens with relevant professional backgrounds from the following countries are invited to apply through their respective Chinese Embassies or Consulates:
Pakistan, D.P.R.K, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Nepal, Indonesia, Palestine, Jordan, Ethiopia, Guinea-Bissau, Ghana, Burundi, ChiJi, Zimbabwe, Cameroon, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Seychelles, Sudan, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Uganda, Argentina, Bolivia, Antigua And Barbuda, Grenada, Cuba, Jamaica, Suriname, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Micronesia, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia
(1-2 participants per country)