Semarang in Zagreb

Agenda: World Cities Nov 2017-Zagreb v2

Results of Semarang Participation at the World Cities Activities in Europe (9 – 24 November 2017)

The World Cities visit to the EU was a follow-up activity to the Kick-Off Meeting that took place in Indonesia from 22 – 26 May 2017. At that occasion, European delegates from the EU project, Zagreb and Seville visited Jakarta, Makassar and Semarang. The mission paved the way for decentralised cooperation on issues including urban planning, smart city development, innovation and entrepreneurship.

This follow-up visit is part of a series of events that have been developed by the World Cities project. Cooperation with Semarang might be formalised through a memorandum of understanding (MoU) which is planned to be signed in March 2018.

The report below has been prepared by the delegation from Semarang, consisting of:

1. Mr. H.M. Rukiyanto AB, SH. (Secretary of Commission D of the Regional House of Representatives of Semarang City)

2. Mrs. Suryati, ST., MT. (Head of Section for Utilization of Road Owned Space at Public Works Department of Semarang City)

3. Mr. Arif Budiman, S.Kom. (Head of Section Management and Application Development at the Office Communications, Informatics, Statistics and Encryption of Semarang City)

4. Mr. Yudia Setiandradi, ST., MT. (Planner at the Regional Development Planning Board of Semarang City) – Rapporteur

Part 1 – Prior Meetings in Brussels and Barcelona

Activity 1 – Attending the International Urban Cooperation Seminar (IUC) Programme, Brussels, 10 November 2017


The seminar was the launch event of the IUC programme of the European Union, whose goal is to take immediate action on a global scale to promote a more sustainable pattern of urban development in the economic, social and environmental fields. The programme is also expected to connect cities and regions of Europe with other cities around the world, to share knowledge and learn from each other.

Each participating local government agrees to cooperate with their partner city for at least another 18 months, together developing a Local Action Plan that sets out a series of actions to address the established challenges.

In this seminar, several speakers from invited cities delivered some programs that have been implemented in their city related to climate change handling efforts.

The seminar also provided an opportunity to Semarang City and Makassar City from Indonesia, to provide a brief description of the city and the main issues or issues currently being implemented related to climate change.

From Semarang city, we have mentioned that related to climate change, we have done several things, including joining Rockefeller Foundation in 100 RC Programm and preparing document of Regional Action Plan for Climate Change 2010 – 2030 as one of our commitment in handling climate change .

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Photos with delegates from the City of Makassar and the City of Sevilla, Spain at the IUC Program Seminar in Brussels, Belgium on November 10th, 2017

Participants of IUC ProgramSeminar took a picture together

Participants of IUC Program Seminar took a picture together

Activity 2 – World Cities Mid-Term Conference and Smart Cities World Expo Congress 2017 in Barcelona, ​​13 – 14 November 2017.

1) Participation at the seminar “World Cities: Innovation for Smart and Green Cities” on Monday, November 13th, 2017.

This seminar provided the opportunity for cities from several developing countries in Asia as well as South Africa to explain some policy developments in their cities as well as some issues that might become topics for cooperation with cities in the European Union as a follow up of those that have been dial earlier (for the City of Semarang and Makassar it was a follow-up event in May 2017).

On this occasion, Semarang City explained some things related to the vision and mission of Mayor and Vice Mayor of Semarang for the year 2016-2021 and some things that are and will be implemented, especially related to city planning management, flood and tied handling, smart cities development, and development of creative industries and SMEs.


Presentation on smart city development and urban management of Semarang City

The seminar then followed up by field visits related to several matters in urban planning and the implementation of smart cities that have been implemented by the Government of Barcelona, ​​Spain, among others:

a)      Construction of the superblock

The purpose of this program is to combine existing building blocks, an average of nine blocks, into a superblock area that aims to create open space for the wider public especially for pedestrian and public facilities such as sitting group or playground, with reducing lanes for private vehicles, public transport and on-street parking areas.

The program is not fully approved by the residents and managers in the superblock complex but is still implemented because the city government has a strong commitment to reduce emissions and provide comfort for the occupants of the superblock, providing a wider public space and providing space for bicycle users.

Explanation by the leader of the superblock development project in the citiy of Barcelona

Explanation of the superblock development project in the City of Barcelona.

Reduction of 4 or more wheel lanes into only one lane and utilization for public spaces and greening

Reduction of 4 or more wheel lanes into only one lane and utilization for public spaces and greening.

b)     Implementation of smart cities and reductions in carbon emissions

Commitment in the application of smart cities and carbon emission reduction among others implemented by the City Government of Barcelona by applying electronic parking and also provides several battery charging places for electric cars with accompanying incentives for its users. Other programs is to utilize solar energy to meet the electricity needs of some apartment buildings.

Battery charging facility for electric car

Battery charging facility for electric car

Installation of solar panels for the fulfillment of electric energy in one of the apartment buildings

Installation of solar panels for the fulfillment of electric energy in one of the apartment buildings

2)      Attended the “SMART CITIES WORLD EXPO CONGRESS” expedition on Tuesday, November 14, 2017.

In this exhibition there are several representatives from municipal governments, private and NGOs involved in the implementation and development of smart cities, both at the regional level of the European Union and around the world.



Part 2 – Working visit to the city of Zagreb, Croatia, on 16 – 17 November 2017

During this 2-day working visit, we were received by Zagreb Deputy Mayor, then visited Zagreb Techno Park, Zagreb City Strategic Development Planning Office, Zagreb City Holding Group, a government-run parking facility equipped with battery charging facilities for electric cars and bicycles electricity, apartment building for the community with environmentally friendly and integrated technology, and visit the mud sludge treatment plant of Zagreb City.


Semarang City Government delegation received by Deputy Mayor of Zagreb Dr Olivera Majic in the Office of Mayor of Zagreb

After the meetings in Brussels and Barcelona, the Semarang delegation visited the pairing city of Zagreb. Meetings included the gained from the visit to the city of Zagreb are:

1)        A visit to Zagreb Techno Park

Zagreb Techno Park is owned by Zagreb City Government can be utilized maximally by government, private, and entrepreneur candidate to get stock to entrepreneurship, develop and test try new product and application, and grow economy especially from entrepreneurship sector and creative industry.

In this place, provided dozens of booths, workspace, large exhibition hall, laboratory, playground for children, and other supporting facilities that can be used with many incentives for its users.

In Zagreb Techno Park there are 3 departments, for which the Entrepreneurship Department annually trains 2,700 people to become entrepreneurs and provides material assistance up to 3,000 Euros for initial capital.

In the future will be built 6 other techno park in the city of Zagreb.

A visit to Zagreb Techno Park on November 16th 2017

Visit to Zagreb Techno Park on November 16th, 2017

2)        Application of SMANCO technology

This start-up has developed a solution to overcome the problem of manhole steal, which reaches 500-1000 pieces / year. Devices are attached to the manhole enclosure and connected directly to sensors that can be identified through this particular application. This is useful to prevent loss of manhole cover that may endanger the safety of road users.

3)        Use parking meter tool to arrange parking

Parking management has a long tradition in the city of Zagreb. The city-owned brand Zagreb Parking launched in 2014 a parking payment system via SMS. The parking area is divided into 4 zones with total parking space available around 33,212 units, where there are certain areas that only allow 1 parking vehicle for a maximum of 3 hours, after which it is not allowed to park in the area. This is notified to the driver via SMS. The Zagreb Municipal Government owns eight parking buildings that are managed professionally.

For vehicles that violate the parking time, the owner will get a ticket card provided by the parking attendant.

As for cars parked in places that are prohibited, the officers go immediately to the car and give a fine ticket to the owner who can reach Rp 2.100.000,00.

4)        Policies related to electric cars

To provide convenience for electric vehicle owners whose numbers are increasingly growing day by day, Zagreb Municipal Government provides a battery charging facility in its own parking buildings which can be used free of charge. This is an incentive for electric vehicle owners for contributing to emissions reductions. The facility also uses solar panels and LED lights to supply power supplies for battery charging as well as building power requirements.

5)      Takeaways from the visit to the Office of Strategic Development Planning of Zagreb City:

a)       All strategic planning has been assessed as well as the impact on the environment, such as that of the Government of Indonesia through Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA).

b)    Changes in spatial planning documents are not due to central government policies or other policies, such as in Indonesia, but due to about 10,000 requests from communities and stakeholders related to waste and waste management.

Currently, waste management has been implemented by sorting waste system from household to processing.

As for the processing of waste has been using centralized IPLT with gravity system and pump so that all solid waste from household, office, hotel, and so on have direct to IPLT which have area ± 20 hectare and far from settlement area. In this place all the waste is processed before it will be streamed back to the river.


Exposure from Head of Office of Strategic Development Planning of Zagreb City.

6)        Takeaways from the visit to Zagreb City Holding Company:

a)    The company was established in 2005, 100% owned by Zagreb City Government and consists of 8 companies and 1 agency with 16 branches.

b)   The areas addressed are gas, public transportation, waste management, road infrastructure, health, landscaping and park maintenance as well as warehousing and rental of premises.

c)    With the management in some sectors can be generated:

–       reduction of fossil fuel use due to 20% of buses using gas fuel

–       a gas connection to 290,000 users

–       carbon emissions reduction of up to 3,500 tons / year

–       open space maintenance area of ​​11,747,244 m2

–       waste from 370,000 houses and 13,000 other beneficiaries, with regular transport schedules 3 times per week

–       the construction of a water supply network of 3,500 km

–       the construction of a 2,200 km wastewater network.

Part 3 – Attend the Smart Cities Expo organized by the Government of Malaga City, Spain on November, 20th – 21st,  2017

On this occasion, Semarang delegates visited the Smart City Manager’s Office in Malaga City, Spain and looked at some of the tools and applications that have been implemented for municipal management, such as tsunami early warning tools, LED street lighting controllers, the drinking water meter already integrated with the amount of bills to be paid, and the sensor on the waste container as a container indicator that is full and must be transported.

Visit to Smart City Management Office in Malaga City Spain

Visit to Smart City Cluster in Malaga City, Spain

The following day, Semarang delegates were actively involved in Smart Cities Seminar which is a series of Smart City Expo. On this occasion, Semarang delegates explained the Masterplan Smart City which has been prepared by Semarang City and the strategy to transform Semarang City into a smart city.

Presentation related Masterplan Smart City Kota Semarang

Presentation related Masterplan Smart City Kota Semarang (Malaga, November 21, 2017)

Part 4 – Attended 1st Global Local Government Forum organized by Sevilla Municipal Government, Spain on November, 22nd – 24th, 2017

Semarang delegates then traveled to Seville to participate at the 1st edition of Seville’s Mayors Forum. Meetings started with a joint dinner between the Mayor of Sevilla and delegates from cities in Asia, Africa and the European Union involved in the World Cities and IUC projects on November 22nd, 2017.

The 1st Global Local Government Event was opened on November 23rd, 2017. On this occasion, delegates from Semarang City and Makasar City were able to present their urban development strategies and to interact with several other cities. Below an impression of a panel discussion on urban management and smart cities.

Become a participant in talk show about urban management and smart city

Semarang representative Yudia Setiandradi during a panel discussion about urban management and smart city

The series of events was then concluded with the signing of MoU cooperation between the Mayor of Sevilla with delegates from the cities in attendance. On this occasion, the City Government of Semarang has not signed the MoU because the Mayor of Semarang was not present. However, this MoU is currently under discussion with the Mayor of Semarang city.

Take pictures with Mayor Sevila Deputy Mayor of Sevilla and delegation of Makassar City

Semarang representative with the Mayor of Seville, Deputy Mayor of Sevilla, and delegation of Makassar City.

Some of the topics in the MoU are the handling of issues in Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as well as matters to be co-operated between urban parks such as parking handling, urban planning and structuring, MSME development and tourism, especially tourism of old and historic buildings.

On this occasion the Mayor of Sevilla said that he would invite back the Mayor along with the legislature to be able to follow up the draft of the MoU and to see firsthand what has been done by the City of Sevilla on the issues that become the topic of the MoU.

  1. As a follow up of this series of official travels are:
  2. Determining what issues will be the part that will be collaborated between Semarang City Government and Zagreb Municipal Government, Croatia which is planned to be signed in March 2018.

Some of the things that may be the topic of cooperation are:

1)        Parking management

2)        Urban planning

3)        Development of smart city program

4)        Management of public utilities

5)        Development of micro, small and medium enterprises and the development of entrepreneurship

6)        Tourism development

7)        Sewage treatment

The discussion on the MoU draft will soon be initiated by both cities with facilitation from the World Cities programme considering that the MoU discussions in Indonesia require the involvement of the Central Government.