City of Rotterdam representative
City of Budapest representative
Business representative TBC
Academic TBC

We will discuss the current barriers to trade related to COVID-19 and Brexit. Will smart cities attract more FDI due to technology, or is trade and investment simply related to long-standing relationships and the city’s identity?

How can a city promote itself to ensure they are attracting interest for long-term sustainable economic stability? What does a city need to do to maximise the opportunities to promote trade and support businesses already invested?

It can be argued that prioritising changes to urban infrastructure is central to Smart City development, ensuring the foundations are in place before additional solutions and services can arise.

For entrepreneurship to thrive, it is vital that a robust support framework is both created and maintained. What are the pros and cons of multi-stakeholder partnerships to support innovation and drive change, and what impact does this have on the future of trade? Is this independent of being a smart city?