India more than capable of achieving 100 Smart City goal: Hany Fam

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SINGAPORE: India is more than capable of achieving its 100 Smart City goal but needs a “collaborative” and focused approach to complete the ambitious plan, a top executive of a leading global Financial services company has said.

“With its ambitious plan, it is more crucial than ever for India to stay realistic and focused. (For) Smart city planning and development, India needs a collaborative approach of shared technology, expertise, learning and governance. That is what India needs to keep focused on to meet their 100 Smart City goal,” said Hany Fam, executive vice president, Enterprise Partnerships,Mastercard.

He noted that India was working towards leveraging the smart city experience and technology available across the globe to drive the transformation it needs.

Fam, however, cautioned that it was also important not to overlook the current problems plaguing society while they ambitiously work on developing India’s future.

“In order to unlock cities’ full potential, they (India) need to remain focused on simultaneously developing basic services and infrastructure,” Fam said.

India needs to keep its smart city vision in mind while it addresses issues such as sanitation and transport, in order to achieve its 100 Smart City goal.

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