Collaboration Towards a Smart and Sustainable Urban Development

Collaboration Towards a Smart and Sustainable Urban Development

Most of ASEAN’s growth has been, and will continue to be, driven by urban centres. 90 million more people are expected to urbanise by 2030, and “middleweight” cities of between 200,000 and 2 million residents are expected to drive 40% of the region’s growth.(Source: Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU))

Rapid urbanisation gives rise to complex urban challenges which have implications on city congestion, air and water quality, citizen security and safety and income inequalities.  As a result, cities in the region are turning to ‘smart’ technologies to enhance the quality and accessibility of services, improve citizens’ lives and create new opportunities for all.

The ASEAN Smart Cities Network (ASCN) by the ASEAN member-states aims to provide greater collaboration and capacity-building among ASEAN cities to achieve smart and sustainable urban development. This will contribute to a more socially, economically and politically integrated ASEAN.

Objective: To discuss strategies for ASEAN member-states to jointly develop smart cities by drawing on successful case studies.

Key Questions:

  1. How can we create liveable smart cities through innovation and collaboration?
  2. With the formation of ASCN, how can ASEAN member-states / cities position themselves to learn from and complement each other’s goals?
  3. How can public (city administrators, governments) and private (external partners) actors cooperate within the framework of the ASCN?
  4. With the mass movement of people from rural areas to the cities, how can city administrators position their communities and institutions to upgrade the skillsets of new arrivals from rural areas?

Khoo Teng Chye, Exe Director, Centre for Liveable Cities (CLC)

Nguyen Nho Trung, Chairman, Da Nang People’s Council
Seth Tan, Executive Director, Infrastructure Asia
Wong Heang Fine, Group CEO, Surbana Jurong
Rosan Roeslani, Chairman Kadin
Dr Taro Fujimoto, Global Business Unit, Fujitsu Ltd

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