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African Cities – On the path to become Globally Competitive
Many African countries are on the path to constructing new cities, as opposed to transforming existing cities to become smart cities. It is not about the look or the design of the buildings in a city that make a city “SMART”. The top 10 global smartcities (London, Singapore, Seoul, New York, Helsinki, Montreal, Boston, Melbourne, Barcelona and Shangai) are actually very old cities that have been around for a long time. There is a big misconception among African leaders on this subject. You do NOT require to build a city from scratch to achieve a smart city status. It starts by developing the “Smart City Strategy” that addresses short, medium and long term implementations.