12 January Tuesday

Second Grant Agreement Between IMM and USTDA

The Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IMM) is initiating the establishment of a "Data Center,” similar to the existing one in Başakşehir, on the Anatolian side of the city. In this context, a nearly 1-million-dollar grant agreement was signed with the US Development Bank (USTDA).

Istanbul Mayor Ekrem Imamoglu stated that cities have an obligation to keep up with new generation technologies. He said, "We aim to produce solutions to the problems of Istanbul through innovative, participatory, data-oriented technologies and to improve our existing services."

A  $5,117,887 grant agreement had been signed between the IMM and USTDA for use in the "Istanbul Transportation and Traffic Center of Excellence Project" on September 22, 2019.

In the meeting held by teleconference, Mayor Imamoglu was accompanied by Mr. Can Akın Çağlar, the Secretary-General of the IMM; Mr. Yılmaz Öztürk, the Deputy Secretary-General of the IMM; Mr. Erol Özgüner, the Head of the IT Department of the IMM and Mr. Mehmet Alkanalka, the head of Foreign Relations Department of the IMM.

The US delegation, led by Mr. David M. Satterfield, US Ambassador to Ankara; Ms. Daria Darnell, the Consul General of the US to Istanbul; Mr. Todd Abrajano, USTDA's Chief Operating Officer and Head of Agency, participated in the virtual meeting with a delegation of 11 people.

“USTDA’s partnership with Istanbul will support data-driven policy making and help the city meet the data management needs of tomorrow,” said Todd Abrajano, USTDA Chief Operating Office and Head of Agency. “Under our U.S.-Turkey Next Generation Cities Initiative, USTDA’s support for this project will create opportunities for U.S. companies to come together with our Turkish partners in developing innovative solutions with state-of-the-art smart city technology and digital infrastructure.”

USTDA’s technical assistance is intended to transform Istanbul’s capacity for data-driven policymaking, allowing the municipality to deliver enhanced city services and meet the requirements of the its growing data management needs. The ACoE will allow Istanbul to streamline and cultivate big-data and data analytic skills among employees across municipal departments. This project will complement and build on USTDA’s previous grant to support the transformation of Istanbul’s traffic flow and transportation network.

“The U.S. Mission to Turkey is proud to partner with the city of Istanbul as they transform their data management and digital infrastructure,” said U.S. Ambassador to Turkey David M. Satterfield.  "The U.S. Trade and Development Agency's continued support and commitment to smart cities development in Turkey helps our Turkish partners transform their cities to meet the needs of citizens, anticipate future challenges, and develop innovative solutions.”

Since 1992, USTDA has funded more than 135 activities in Turkey. This project advances USTDA’s U.S.-Turkey Next Generation Cities Initiative.

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