Oslo 2015 - Public Private Partnerships for SMART city management


Date Published: Aug. 11, 2017, 9:37 a.m.

Oslo 2015 - Public Private Partnerships for SMART city management


ne of the main challenges identified by local governments in the use of SMART technologies in municipal management is the difficulties to contract new and technologically sophisticated services with sometimes outdated or inadequate procedures and legislative frameworks designed for much more conventional service provision. In many countries, the same public procurement regulations apply to purchasing goods for the municipalities (such as buying computers) and equally to the contracting of complex private-public-partnerships (to install a system of sensors to gather information for example). Additionally, there is an increasing need from the part of citizens and civil society to improve transparency and accountability, not only on how PPPs are negotiated, but also implemented over time.


The Oslo Workshop offered the opportunity to discuss the main issues regarding public-private partnership for technological services. By gathering local governments and private sector, it also offered networking opportunities and contributed to build synergies and bridge gaps between the demand and offer side. The final goal of the workshop was to produce a set of Guidelines addressed to support local governments to prepare and implement contracts with the private sector for SMART projects. The document “Public-Private Partnerships for SMART City Management. Recommendations for local governments to prepare and implement SMART PPPs.” 


During the workshop, the participants discovered a series of inspiring practices where local governments successfully negotiated private-partnerships, in order to have a clear understanding of what are the different steps, the main challenges and the necessary financial investment. The participants were also invited to take part at group discussions. Finally, the hosting city, Oslo, organized a visit to a local experience to understand the impact of technological innovation in public management.


The activity gathered a group of 35 participants, including the following:

  • Cities and local governments both in developing and industrialized countries;
  • Associations of local governments, global and national;
  • Private companies involved in the provision of public services, innovation in public administration, telecommunications, mobile apps, etc.
  • Research institutions;
  • International organizations;
  • Organizations from Civil Society.