Minister of Environment, Urbanization and Climate Change Mehmet Özhaseki said, “Today, we are on the verge of a new transformation. The name of this transformation is ‘Smart Cities’. As Turkey, we continue our work in this sense with determination.” he said.
According to the statement made by the Ministry of Environment, Urbanization and Climate Change, Minister Özhaseki, who went to Saudi Arabia for the “Cities of the Future Summit”, attended the Cityscape Global 2023 Real Estate, Real Estate, Investment Sector Fair in the capital Riyadh.
Speaking at the fair, Özhaseki stated that Turkey is at a very important point with its geopolitical location and that it is a very rich country in terms of history, culture and tourism.
Mehmet Özhaseki stated that Turkey is almost an open-air museum, and that during their rule, they tried to restore and preserve thousands of historical artifacts and cultural heritage and p them on to future generations.
“WE ARE ON THE BEST OF A NEW TRANSFORMATION”
Özhaseki said that in this period when the world and cities have entered a new era with digitalization, Turkey continues to move strongly towards its national technology move, digitalization process and green development goals, and added that the 21st century is the information age and that we should act with this principle in the development of cities. He emphasized that it was necessary.
Minister Özhaseki continued as follows:
“Today, we are on the verge of a new transformation. The name of this transformation is ‘Smart Cities’. As Turkey, we continue our work in this regard with determination. We see the concept of the smart city as a holistic and effective tool that serves the overall goals of problem solving and improving city life. “As the Ministry of Environment, Urbanization and Climate Change, we have implemented the 2020-2023 National Smart Cities Strategy and Action Plan, which is the fourth in the world, with the vision of ‘Livable and Sustainable Cities that Add Value to Life’.”
Stating that they create a “Smart City Index” every year, Özhaseki said, “In line with the 16 components determined within the scope of the action plan, we continue our projects in a citizen-oriented manner with environmentally friendly, sustainable Smart City activities in different sectors in our country, from environment to transportation, from infrastructure to housing. “Smart cities form the basis of a more livable, greener and more technological future.” said.
“DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION HAS BEEN GIVEN”
Mehmet Özhaseki, Minister of Environment, Urbanization and Climate Change, stated that they also focused on digital transformations within the scope of “Cities of the Future” studies, that they are rapidly continuing the digital transformation process in line with the 2053 Net Zero Emission and Green Development Revolution targets, and that this project was produced entirely with domestic and national resources.
Providing information about the work carried out after the earthquakes that occurred in Kahramanmaraş on February 6, Minister Özhaseki said:
“The earthquake directly affected 11 cities, 18 cities in total and 14 million people. We started a major construction work. Around 680 thousand of our houses were destroyed. Approximately 170 thousand single-storey buildings such as workplaces, warehouses and barns were destroyed. 850 thousand independent units need to be built. Currently, we have started the construction of 200 thousand independent units as residences. We build residences on hard ground. Hopefully, we will start delivering the houses in 2-3 months. On the one hand, we contribute to the citizens who make ‘On-Site Transformation’. We encourage our citizens to build their homes. We received great support from the Saudi Arabian Government in this regard. “We thank you for your friendly and brotherly feelings.” (AA)
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