Barcelona took another step forward on Friday to become a global smart city leader. Antoni Vives, the head of Hábitat Urbano together with Nicholas Brooke, chairman of the Hong Kong Science & Technology Parks Corporation, announced the agreement to promote accelerated entry for Catalan companies into the Chinese market.
The newest Smart City initiative will create a series of events and activities to support Catalan business entrance into the Chinese market and expand R&D programs between the two cultures. The partnership is designed to foster economic development, create jobs, promote innovation, and attract global talent.
Adding to the excitement was the participation by Pedro Diez, of Política Internacional de la Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), announcing that his university will be selecting Catalan startups companies to be among the first companies benefitting from the new initiative to enter the Chinese marketplace.
The announcement reinforces Mayor Xavier Trias’ commitment to innovation and global collaboration. So far, Barcelona has partnered with at least 5 Spanish and international corporations to promote innovation and encourage Smart City experiments. Among the highest profile is the partnership with Cisco to create Smart + Connected Barcelona program that commenced Feb 2011, under then-Mayor Jordi Hereu.