Indonesia expands smart city network to ASEAN (ANTARA News)

Jakarta (ANTARA News) – Indonesia, which is launching a 100 smart city movement, has proposed three cities to be included in the ASEAN Smart Cities Network (ASCN) cooperation program.

The ASCN cooperation program is in line with the Indonesian government`s movement to carry out its 100 smart city program this year, after it had named 25 smart cities in 2017.

The cities, which were proposed for inclusion in the ASCN program during 32nd ASEAN Summit in Singapore on Friday, are Jakarta, Makassar of South Sulawesi Province, and Banyuwangi of East Java.

Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi, during a press conference on the 32nd ASEAN Summit on Friday night in Singapore, stated that the concept of ASCN was designed to achieve the shared goal of smart city development in the ASEAN networking. “Each country delivers three cities, and Indonesia has proposed Jakarta, Makassar, and Banyuwangi,” she noted.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs remarked in the plenary of the ASEAN Summit that President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) stated that people should be the focus in the development of the ASEAN community as it is a centered and people-oriented organization.

“Innovation to strengthen the ASEAN community in the midst of a very complex urban problem needs to be encouraged, and ASCN is one of the answers to the challenge,” Jokowi was quoted by the minister as saying.

According to him, the ASCN program is important for the interest of inclusiveness and innovation, where Indonesia itself is developing the movement of 100 smart cities in an effort to encourage more effective, transparent, and reliable governance.

The core of cooperation in the field of smart city is to encourage the use of technology to advance the city to be built in such a way, so that it is in accordance with the needs and potential of the region designed for optimal benefit for the community.

Indonesia itself has set a target to achieve 100 smart cities in 2018. Last year, a total of 25 cities/districts succeeded in developing smart city program. Thus, the Ministry of Communications and Informatics is targeting another 75 smart cities in 2018.

Smart city scheme is a concept that is designed to help with the various activities of the community, especially in an effort to manage the existing resources efficiently and provide the public with easy information access.

Smart city program, implemented by the Jakarta Government, has accelerated efforts to overcome the obstacles of urban development, because the problems and solutions in the field can directly be spotted.

“Since the implementation of the smart city program in Jakarta in 2015, solutions to several problems that have become obstacles in the development can be found,” Head of Operational Unit of the Jakarta Smart City program, Ardhika, remarked in Jakarta on Friday.

Since the establishment of the smart city program, the problems faced by the Jakarta government can be solved because the program is connected with devices installed throughout Jakarta areas.

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Andi Abdussalam

29 April 2018

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