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Swedish Cos offer smart solutions to urban challenges

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KARACHI: Faisal Bin Arshad, Stefan Idgren, Farhan Imdad, Salman Iqbal, Dr Hans Pohl, Ingrid Johansson, Ambassador of Sweden in a panel discussion sharing their views on "potential of IoT and Digitization in Developing Smart Cities.

Imran Zakir

KARACHI: Effects from climate change, urbanisation and a growing middle-class exert pressure on water, transportation and energy supplies in Pakistan’s cities. Meanwhile, Sweden is a world leader in innovation, start-ups and sustainable business, with green technologies that form the building blocks of a smart city. So, how can sustainable Swedish solutions help Pakistan meet its urban challenges?
These issues were in focus at the business event “Smart Cities & Digital Transformation” at the National Incubation Center in Karachi, Friday. The Swedish illusionist Charlie Caper opened the event with a futuristic show on robotic technology, setting the tone for the following discussions on innovation for a sustainable future. Swedish companies and business entrepreneurs presented their solutions to areas such as water and waste management, clean air and energy, and IoT and connectivity.
Business Sweden, the Swedish Trade and Invest Council, presented the “Smart City Sweden” platform – a gateway to Swedish companies working in all areas of urban development. The Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education (STINT) shared their perspective on academia’s internationalisation and key role in innovation.
“Today’s event presents smart Swedish solutions to Pakistan’s urban challenges, and displays how Sweden’s industry, academia and government collaborate in clusters that produce start-ups and innovations for sustainable growth. I look forward to increased trade and knowledge-sharing between Sweden and Pakistan”, said Ingrid Johansson, Ambassador of Sweden in Pakistan.
“It was an absolute pleasure to have Ms. Ingrid Johansson, Ambassador of Sweden in Pakistan, Government Officials, and key stake holders join us at the Smart Cities and Digital Transformation event at National Incubation Center Karachi, the city’s innovative hub of technology. The event offered valuable insights into Swedish technological solutions for urban challenges leading to digital innovation in lifestyle, infrastructure and society, which will help Pakistan in defining its future course”, said Atif Rais Khan, CEO LMKT.
Stakeholders from the Pakistani business sector, including representatives from the Pakistan’s Stock Exchange, the Prime Minister’s Council of Business Leaders and Secretary, Sindh Investment Department discussed key areas for Swedish solutions in Pakistan and how ease of doing business could promote such investments. The event was co-organised by the Embassy of Sweden, the
Swedish Institute, the Swedish Business Council in Pakistan, National Incubation Center Karachi and the following Swedish companies: ABB, AICT, Atlas Copco, Ericsson, SKF, Tetra Pak, TalkPool and Tundra Fonder
The Program Manager, National IncubationCenter Karachi shared the future plans and activities for new businesses and startups at the hub of innovation in Karachi.
The Chief Guest Sindh Minister for Environment and IT Taimaur Ali Talpur shared the future plans of the sindh government for establishing a technology board for IT in the province of Sindh.