The rapid urbanisation process experienced globally has posed various challenges to cities and further makes development more complex. At the same time, the spread of COVID-19 also posed several challenges to each country. However, a common theme is the acceleration of digital transformation across all sectors.

 

The Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Transport and Infocommunications stated the matter during the 3rd ASEAN-Japan Smart Cities Network High Level Meeting. The 2-day Annual Meeting was held online in Aichi, Japan.

 

Awang Haji Mohammad Nazri bin Haji Mohammad Yusof, as this year’s Chairman of the ASEAN Smart Cities Network, ASCN also shared that the meeting is very important to provide opportunities for ASEAN cities and Japan to share experiences and exchange views on smart and sustainable urbanization. The meeting is part of the International Conference on Sustainable, Resilient Cities and Transport and is hosted by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transportation and Tourism, Japan. The latest developments of the projects under ASCN were delivered by Awang Haji Hairul Mohd Daud bin Haji Abdul Karim, Deputy Permanent Secretary for Infocommunications at the Ministry of Transport and Infocommunications, as Secretary to the Smart City Steering Committee. In his closing remarks Awang Haji Mohammad Nazri urged ASCN members not to let COVID-19 hinder the development of smart cities but to use the opportunity to strengthen their respective action plans through the knowledge and solutions obtained from the meeting. The meeting discussed the latest developments as well as shared progresses, knowledges and experiences of making cities in ASEAN smarter and sustainable.

 

 

Source: Radio Television Brunei

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