DE LA TORRE: ''LA GESTIÓN DE LA INFORMACIÓN ES LA INFRAESTRUCTURA MÁS IMPORTANTE'' DE LA TORRE: ‘THE MANAGEMENT OF INFORMATION IS THE MOST IMPORTANT INFRASTRUCTURE’
13 July 2012
Francisco de la Torre, Mayor of Malaga, was the speaker at the latest edition of the Smart City/New City Forum, sponsored by Aqualogy and held in Madrid. IBM's Chairman, José Antonio Zufiría, was responsible for introducing the speaker. In his introduction, Zufiría defined the city as a system of systems, which opens up huge opportunities for progress, and explained that knowledge and technology are key levers for social development.
The Mayor of Malaga thanked Aqualogy for making it possible to hold such forums, which are a necessity to galvanize the leadership role of cities. He described Malaga as an innovative technology ecosystem, embodied in Malaga Valley, where information management has become the most important infrastructure. He said that ICTs are a tool for designing the solutions to the major challenges faced by cities. To do this, he explained, we have to combine the potential of ICTs with classic civil engineering solutions. Thanks to ICTs, he concluded, it is possible to reduce costs and increase efficiency.
Focusing on the city, Francisco de la Torre identified the four pillars of Malaga's strategic plan: the recovery of the centre, encouraging culture, the coastal city and the development of new technologies. To do this successfully, he referred to the need for leadership, the cooperation of all sectors of the city and the participation of its citizens. On this point, he insisted that citizens increasingly demand greater participation in city government. The smart city process, he said, will be faster the more citizens are involved, which makes transparency and collaboration a necessity.
Cities tend to become what citizens want them to be. And what citizens want is a city with better services and, ultimately, a better quality of life. Regarding Malaga's commitment to new technologies, the mayor said: ‘we want to become the Silicon Valley of Europe and Malaga has the geographical conditions, human capital and infrastructure to make it possible.’
After a question and answer session, the event was closed by Antonio Milla, general manager of Aquagest Andalucía, who highlighted the contribution of the New City Forum to developing dialogue between cities and to raising awareness, and congratulated the mayor and people of Malaga for their leadership of the European group of smart cities.