IMM took action to establish a similar "Data Center" in Başakşehir on the Anatolian side of the city. In this context, a grant agreement of approximately $ 1 million was signed with the US Development Bank (USTDA). Stating that cities have to keep up with the times with new generation technologies, IMM President Ekrem İmamoğlu said, “We aim to produce solutions to the problems of Istanbul through innovative, participatory, data-oriented technologies and to improve our existing services. A grant agreement of 22 million 2019 thousand 5 dollars was signed between IMM and USTDA to be used in the "Istanbul Transportation and Traffic Center of Excellence Project" on September 117, 887.
Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IMM) and United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) also cooperated in the "Istanbul Digital Transformation Project". A virtual signing ceremony was held for the approximately $ 1 million grant agreement signed between IMM and USTDA. In the meeting held with the teleconference method, İBB President Ekrem İmamoğlu; Secretary General Can Akın Çağlar, Deputy Secretary General Yılmaz Öztürk, Head of Information Technologies Department Erol Özgüner and Head of Foreign Relations Department Mehmet Alkanalka accompanied them. The US delegation, led by Ankara Ambassador David Satterfield, Istanbul Consul General Daria Darnell, and USTDA Director Todd Abrajano, participated in the virtual meeting with a delegation of 11 people.
"WE SIGNED A VERY VALUABLE PROJECT"
Prior to the signature, USTDA Director Abrajano and Ambassador Satterfield made the first speeches, respectively. Satterfiel and Abrajano expressed their satisfaction with their cooperation with IMM in their speeches. İmamoğlu emphasized that they were happy to sign a very valuable project for the future of Istanbul. Stating that they want to design Istanbul as a smart city that has caught up with the era with the digital transformation project in the face of developing information and communication technologies, İmamoğlu said:
“With the project in question, we aim to produce solutions to the problems of Istanbul through innovative, participatory, data-oriented technologies and to improve our existing services. In addition, within the scope of this project, as a solution to the leading and imminent problems of our Istanbul; We want to carry out valuable work on the development of disaster and recovery data center. We are trying to ensure that science and technology play a role in shaping Istanbul's future. In this context, I would like to thank USTDA for their contribution to the digital transformation of Istanbul. As you know, not so long ago, we signed another cooperation in the field of data technologies. Especially in the pandemic conditions we are in, I find it very valuable to ensure and maintain such cooperation. I hope this partnership will continue in the future. "
FIRST GRANT TO GAZIANTEP METROPOLITAN MUNICIPALITY
After the speeches, a grant agreement of approximately $ 1 million for the "Istanbul Digital Transformation Project" was signed between IMM President İmamoğlu and Ambassador Satterfield and USTDA Director Abrajano. Between the IMM and USTDA, on September 22, 2019, 5 million 117 A grant agreement of one thousand 887 dollars was signed.
USTDA: Before IMM, Gaziantep Metropolitan Municipality also gave a grant of $ 2019 million under the "Gaziantep Smart City Master Plan Protocol", which signed an agreement in August 1. USTDA was established in 1992 to advance economic development and US business interests in developing and middle-income countries. The 2019 budget of USTDA, an independent public institution, is 79 billion dollars.