CITIIS Preparatory Workshop

National Institute of Urban Affairs and French Development Agency organise CITIIS Preparatory Workshop under Government of India’s Smart Cities Mission.

New Delhi, 25 September 2018

As part of the Government of India’s CITIIS project launched under the Smart Cities Mission in July this year, the National Institute for Urban Affairs (NIUA) together with the French Development Agency (AFD) organised a two-day preparatory workshop for the 100 cities shortlisted to become the country’s next Smart Cities in New Delhi on the 25th and 26th of September.

Under the CITIIS programme, which is part of the Government of India’s Smart Cities Mission, cities are encouraged to propose projects in the areas of sustainable mobility, urban e-governance and Information and Communications Technology (ICT), public open spaces and social and organizational innovation for low-income settlements. The initiative intends to foster sustainability, innovation and participatory approaches in urban development.

The CITIIS preparatory workshop at the India Habitat Centre brought together Indian and international experts as well as representatives from each of the shortlisted cities to talk about integrated urban development, understand the nature of the CITIIS programme and the requirements their projects need to fulfil, receive guidance and support with their vision, share lessons learned, and meet potential partners through handholding agencies. The workshop was attended by over 200 participants from over 40 cities across India. Around 50 international and Indian experts were present to provide the cities with advice and guidance on preparing their proposals ahead of the deadline in October.

H.E. Mr Alexandre Ziegler, Ambassador of France to India, spoke of the positive implications the project had for relations between the two countries: "The CITIIS programme provides a strong platform for both India and France to achieve their shared vision of a sustainable future and a more equal and just society through collaboration. The competitive approach used, in line with the Smart Cities Mission strategy, will ensure the emergence of innovative and participatory projects answering the needs of the citizens."

With reference to the role of the EU, H.E. Mr Tomasz Kozlowski, Ambassador of the European Union to India, said: “This is yet another concrete project building upon the India-EU Partnership for Smart and Sustainable Urbanisation, adopted by our leaders during the 2017 Summit. The EU partnership with AFD paves the way for collaborative efforts promoting low-carbon and innovative city-level ideas. We are keen to support projects of excellence that build on the experiences of urban local bodies to achieve concrete and integrated urban results."

Speaking about AFD’s involvement in the project, AFD Country Director for India, Nicolas Fornage, said: “AFD is proud to be the first development financial institution in India to bring investment support to the projects locally developed by Smart Cities. The partnership with European Union will add value to this approach by developing a tailored mentoring scheme and promoting exchanges of expertise between Indian and European cities.”

At the event, Durga Shanker Mishra, Secretary, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs said “With the CITIIS challenge and this program, India-France cooperation in the area of urban development has reached a new milestone. This will be acknowledged in India’s transformation journey. The CITIIS program focusses on 4 key areas of development of Smart Cities – development of public spaces, use of ICT and eGovernance, sustainable mobility and social and organizational innovation in low-income settlements. The program is an important step in our efforts to create the new India of 2022 as envisioned by our Hon’ble Prime Minister. ”

“The beauty of a programme like this is that it dovetails financing with capacity building, innovation and sustainable outcomes. I urge the cities participating in the challenge to think of impactful projects, which truly imbibe the spirit of innovation and integrated thinking to solve complex problems faced by their citizens. The program is a perfect example of the spirit of the Smart Cities Mission which champions a perfect mix of competition and collaboration. The key words are Innovation, Integration and Sustainability.” said Kunal Kumar, Joint Secretary and Mission Director (Smart Cities Mission), Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs.

Following this workshop, the cities’ SPVs (Special Purpose Vehicles) will be requested to submit their project applications on the SmartNet portal in October. Thereafter, an independent jury composed of members of MoHUA and NIUA, international and national experts will thoroughly assess all project applications.

Finally, up to 15 projects will be selected based on this evaluation to receive financial support ranging from 20 crore to 80 crore rupees to implement their vision. The SPVs will benefit from a three-year technical assistance with international and national expertise for the preparation and implementation of the selected projects.

The CITIIS Programme will be implemented by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) and the National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA). It is financed by the French Development Agency (AFD), the Government of France, and the European Union (EU).

About Agence Française de Développement (AFD)

AFD is an inclusive public financial institution and the main actor in France’s development policy. It makes commitments to projects that genuinely improve the everyday lives of people, in developing and emerging countries and in French overseas territories.

AFD works in many sectors – energy, health, biodiversity, water, digital technologies, training – and supports the transition to a safer, more equitable and more sustainable world: a world in common. Its action is fully in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Through its network of 85 agencies, AFD operates in 109 countries and is currently supporting over 3,600 development projects. In 2017, it earmarked EUR 10.4bn to finance these projects.

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About National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA)

NIUA is an institute for research, capacity building and dissemination of knowledge for the urban sector in India. It conducts research on urbanization, urban policy and planning, municipal finance and governance, land economics, transit-oriented development, urban livelihoods, environment and climate change and smart cities. The institute was set up to bridge the gap between research and practice, and to provide critical and objective analyses of trends and prospects for urban development. NIUA is the Programme Management Unit (PMU) of the CITIIS programme, in charge of managing the project selection process, monitoring the programme’s roll out and mobilizing technical assistance.

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About the European Union

The European Union (EU), which consists of 28 member countries, has the world’s largest economy and its third largest population, after China and India. Though richly diverse, the countries that make up the EU (its ’Member States’) are all committed to the same basic values: peace, democracy, the rule of law and respect for human rights. They have set up common institutions so that decisions on matters of joint interest can be made democratically at the European level. By creating a frontier-free single market and a single currency (the euro) which has been adopted by 19 Member States, the EU has given a significant boost to trade and employment. It is also at the forefront of policies on sustainability.

For over 50 years the EU and India have worked together to reduce poverty, expand trade, and promote joint research in energy, health, agriculture and many other fields of mutual interest.

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