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ASEAN Smart City Network will include 3 major Vietnamese cities

The Association of South East Asia Nations (ASEAN), has proposed that Da Nang, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City be part of ASEAN Smart Cities Network (ASCN) that has been proposed by Lee Hsien Loong, the Prime Minister of Singapore and current head of ASEAN.

The rational of the ASCN is that most of ASEAN’s growth has been, and will continue to be driven by urban centers, with 90 million additional people expected to urbanize by 2030, and “middleweight” cities of 200,000 ~ 2 million residents accounting for 40% of the region’s growth.

The rapid urbanization of cities creates challenges on important issues such as city congestion, air & water quality, citizen safety and security, poverty and urban-rural divides. Technology and digital solutions can be utilized to resolve the issues and to enhance the accessibility and quality of services, creating new opportunities.

The ASEAN Member States (AMS) recognize this trend and many of the AMS’s have already designated certain areas as “smart cities” or launched smart city development projects. In this context, Singapore proposes to establish an ASCN and to coordinate and synergize these efforts and bring the smart cities in AMS together.

The ASCN is envisioned as a collaborative platform where up to three cities from each AMS, including capital cities will work towards the common goal of smart and sustainable urban development and members of the ASCN will share information and will look to create collaborative projects.

Among the ASCN goals is the creation of advanced telecommunications networks and digital infrastructures that will be able to facilitate e-commerce and digital payments in a seamless manner.

ASEAN’s digital economy is forecast to hit $200 billion by 2025, according to a joint report by Singapore’s state fund Temasek and Google last year. Singapore is eager to strengthen ASEAN’s innovation and resilience by developing e-commerce regulations and technology infrastructure and boosting cyber security in the region

To support the ASCN vision, the Monetary Authority of Singapore and the State Bank of Vietnam recently signed a co-operation agreement on mutual support of the development of financial technology solutions. Singapore has sealed similar agreements with Australia, Britain and Middle Eastern countries. The government is offering various financial incentives for technology firms to settle in the city-state in a bid to establish itself as a “smart nation” that is the hub of the ASCN.

Speaking about the Vietnamese cities joining the ASCN, Prime Minister Lee said that, “I visited all three (Vietnamese) cities during my two visits to Vietnam last year and was very impressed with their rapid urban development. Their inclusion in the smart cities network will add to ASEAN’s vibrancy.

The 26 proposed cities in the ASCN:

1

Bandar Seri Begawan

Brunei

2

Bangkok

Thailand

3

Banyuwangi

Indonesia

4

Battambang

Cambodia

5

Cebu City

Philippines

6

Chonburi

Thailand

7

Da Nang

Vietnam

8

Davao City

Philippines

9

Hanoi

Vietnam

10

Ho Chi Minh City

Vietnam

11

Jakarta

Indonesia

12

Johor Bahru

Malaysia

13

Kota Kinabalu

Malaysia

14

Kuala Lumpur

Malaysia

15

Kuching

Malaysia

16

Luang Prabang

Laos

17

Makassar

Indonesia

18

Mandalay

Myanmar

19

Manila

Philippines          

20

Nay Pyi Taw

Myanmar

21

Phnom Penh

Cambodia

22

Phuket

Thailand

23

Siem Reap

Cambodia

24

Singapore

Singapore

25

Vientiane

Laos

26

Yangon

Myanmar

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