CASABLANCA SMART CITY
In 2050, according to a study carried out by the United Nations, 68% of the world’s population will live in an urban environment. This implies the risk of overpopulation of cities, giving rise to the challenge of efficient and inclusive management of cities in terms of optimization of resources, facilitation of access to services by citizens or in terms of implementation of urban governance policies.
In fact, faced with the rise of these new challenges at the global level, cities are encountering interconnected problems which require better urban and territorial management.
Thereby, the concept of « Smart Cities » has emerged as a concept of urban planning and management which aims to improve the quality of life of citizens while taking into account environmental and social sustainability. Sustainable solutions responding to urban problems must therefore integrate all the major principles of sustainability: Environment, technology, economy, the social, the cultural and governance.
Morocco aspires to become a reference for “Smart Cities” in Africa. Casablanca, the biggest Moroccan city has a leading role in the Kingdom towards the modernization of the urban space.
The metropolis is since October 2015 the first African city to join the network of the 25 smart cities selected by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the largest association of digital professionals and information technology in the world.
Casablanca is positioning itself today as a locomotive of knowledge and innovation for a sustainable and inclusive development in its region and in Africa