The mayor of the thai city of chiang maiAssanee Buranupakorn, and a delegation of the main entities of the second largest city of this country visit the city of Grenadewhere they will keep work meetings with city council officials and leading companies related to innovation and technology “with a view to expanding business opportunities between the two cities”.
The meeting is part of the open trade and economic relations between the city hall of Granada and the city of Chiang Mai within the framework of the international project ‘Urban and regional cooperation (IURC-Asia and Australia)’ launched by the European Commission in which, for a period of three years, the city of Granada participates with more than 135 international citieswhose only thirteen are Spanish.
It is, as explained by the advisor for science and innovation, digital transformation and the smart city, Francisco Herrera, after the official reception offered to the Thai delegation, a visit that takes place within the framework of the open collaboration alliance between the two cities for the development of innovation projects and the “smart city” to implement “new business opportunities for technology companies in Granada”.
The mayor pointed out “huge similarities” existing between Granada and Chiang Mai, of which he mentioned that, located in the north of Thailand, “it is eminently touristic, with an important health technology park and that it bets on technology and innovation”. The visit takes place after a delegation from Granada, led by the adviser and professor of computer science and artificial intelligence of the University of Granada, Francisco Herrera, recently visited thai city “where we were able to learn about the innovation and intelligent management policies that are carried out in Thailand’s second city, after Bangkok”.
In this regard, he explained that following multiple meetings and visits, a a work path aimed at fostering innovation and digitization policies at city level, exchange experiences and best practices in the field of smart cities and promote collaboration in the management of the circular economy, “particularly with regard to water quality and waste treatment”.
Francisco Herrera stressed that during the current visit, the Granada City Hall “will show the Thai delegation our forces and We will inform you about possible collaboration projects that we can carry out in areas of sustainable development in areas ranging from the circular economy to the smart city with the development and implementation of very specific activities and projects between town halls, universities, technological centers, businesses and technology parks”.
Thus, the mayor of Chiang Mai has shown the Thai city’s interest in maintain collaborative relationships with the city of Granada in terms of circular economy, such as resource management, especially in the technology and artificial intelligence sector.
For his part, Herrera recalled that during the visit of the Granada delegation to Chiang Mai “we learned how “Smart City” policies are implemented inside of ‘Digital Economy Promotion Agency (DEPA)’your facilities coworking for digital nomads, as well as the fantastic discovery that was the science and technology park of Chiang Mai, promoted by the University and the National Innovation Agency of Thailand, which includes a innovation complex approximately 20,000 square meters.
“This is a unique complex both in its architecture and in its commitment to innovation and which has, among other organizations, a a digital startup acceleration projectthe Food Innovation Center and the Health Innovation Center (Suandok Medical Innovation District), with an innovative acceleration project for companies specializing in health, similar to AcexHealth which is developed in the Granada PTS”.