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Pune signs MoU with European Business and Technology Centre

The Pune Smart City Development Corporation (PSCDCL) has signed a two-year Memorandum of Understanding with the European Business and Technology Centre (EBTC). As a part of the MoU EBTC will be the 'Knowledge and Technical Cooperation Partner for the Pune Smart City Project and will help the city to leverage European Smart City solutions for the Pune Smart City project.

The Pune Smart City Development Corporation (PSCDCL) has signed a two-year Memorandum of Understanding with the European Business and Technology Centre (EBTC). As a part of the MoU EBTC will be the 'Knowledge and Technical Cooperation Partner for the Pune Smart City Project and will help the city to leverage European Smart City solutions for the Pune Smart City project. 


"The EBTC is expected to share real-time knowledge of technologies, solutions and best practices from Europe for the PSCDCL Smart City Project. We at the PSCDCL will identify the problem areas (demand) and inform the EBTC. They will provide access to technologies and solutions based on EU expertise and knowledge from governments, cities and the private sector (supply). We believe that this will be a powerful partnership," said Prerna Deshbratar, CEO, PSCDCL. 

"The EBTC endeavours to support the governments and private sector involved in the Smart Cities Mission in India with in-depth information and knowledge of available technologies, solutions and frameworks from Europe, by way of broad access to the innovation and legacy created in this field in European countries," said Poul V. Jensen, Director of EBTC.

The organisation can offer access to EU policy frameworks, which could be used as templates for the Pune Smart City Project. The collaboration can help to surface and address the PMC's requirements for capacity building in evolving areas of Smart City initiatives from Europe, as well as introduce PSCDCL to EU funding agencies for the project. It would function as the first point of contact for European government bodies, companies and funding agencies that approach the PSCDCL for various proposal.