The Ministry of Science and Technology of the People’s Republic of China submitted Innovating for Public Urban Technology Transformation Competition, INPUT2 to APEC for approval in 2022. China was the main proposing economy, with Russia, Thailand, Papua New Guinea, and Hong Kong, and China serving as co-proposing economies. INPUT2 was approved by APEC-PPSTI in 2022 and will be implemented in 2023–2024. In order to promote the idea of sustainable urban development, exchange, and cooperation in innovation and application of scientific and technological achievements, as well as to improve industrial development and urban governance in the 21 member economies, the competition will concentrate on three key areas: green economy, sustainable transport development, and liveable cities.
The 2020–2021 APEC Innovation for Public Transportation Competition (INPUT 1) was a great achievement, and INPUT2 builds on that success by extending from the transportation sector to the fields of urban development and governance. Its goal is to create a strong, secure, and sustainable growth environment by fostering Asia–Pacific connectivity, encouraging innovation and digital development, and resisting all types of crises. As a member of APEC, China actively supports and promotes regional cooperation. The competition will proactively implement the APEC Putrajaya Vision 2040, giving full play to advancing regional integration, and showcasing China’s wisdom and power.
The INPUT2 Competition will foster cross-border cooperation and economic revitalization, encourage Science Technology, and Innovation (STI) in sustainability and digitalization, and inspire equitable, inclusive, and integrated social and economic development.
We are calling for the submission of case-based solutions mainly in the following three areas of STI-driven urban transformation: ①for revitalizing tourism and development of public transport services;② for rejuvenating the environment and developing green science and technology; ③ and for reimagining urban living and raising the quality of life.
The International Expert Committee of Competition will carefully deliberate, and eventually form the “APEC Declaration on Sustainable Urban Development”, which will propose policy advice and recommendations on urban development to the Asia-Pacific region;
All entries winning the “APEC PPSTI Prize for Science & Technology Innovation（APSTI） “Awards will be included in the “APEC Blue Book on Sustainable Urban Development”, together with the chapter on cities representing the economies in this year’s competition, which will be included in the outcome document and disseminated to the economies by the APEC Secretariat as a competition publication;
Economies in the Asia-Pacific region will benefit from the various solutions for urban development included in the competition outcomes: enhancing the capacity for public development of future cities; contributing to the technological innovation of member economies; stimulating the ecological and digital transformation potential of industries; and bringing together inventors, entrepreneurs, start-ups, and SMEs to unleash the potential for innovation in the smart city sector;
Participating organizations will use this competition to enhance international influence in the Asia-Pacific region, create new business opportunities, form and develop new international partnerships.
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