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Jakarta Post

Around the region: Options for ASEAN smart cities program

  • The Jakarta Post

Indonesia   /   Sat, April 21 2018   /  01:07 am

The government will propose that its capital Jakarta, as well as the cities of Makassar in South Sulawesi and Banyuwangi in East Java, be included in an upcoming ASEAN smart cities program, as the bloc seeks ways to build more sustainable cities in the region.

Indonesia is gearing up for the 32nd ASEAN Summit, to be held from April 25 to 28 in Singapore.

Prior to the summit, all ASEAN member states are requested to propose either two or three cities for the smart cities program.

The program aimed to further promote the use of technology in improving cities and enable transparent and effective city management, said Chandra Widya Yudha, the Foreign Ministry’s director for ASEAN political-security cooperation.

“Indonesia has proposed Jakarta, Makassar and Banyuwangi,” he told a press briefing on Friday.

Jakarta is often seen as “the seat of ASEAN...