The ASEAN Smart Cities Network (ASCN) Annual Meeting 2019 was officially opened in Bangkok, Thailand, on August 23, under the presidency of the hosts.

Delegates join a group photo at the ASEAN Smart Cities Network Annual Meeting 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand, from August 22-23.

A Vietnamese delegation led by Deputy Minister of Construction Nguyen Van Sinh, along with representatives from the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Construction, attended the event.

Speaking at the meeting, the Vietnamese deputy minister said that Vietnam highly acknowledged the achievements as well as the future orientations of the ASCN, while it would continue to realise its duties and responsibilities as an ASCN member by actively studying and developing smart cities in accordance with Vietnamese conditions and in integration with ASEAN and the world.

Sinh informed delegates at the event that in 2020, Vietnam will assume the rotating Chairmanship of ASEAN and also the host country for ASCN activities. Therefore, it is actively developing the organisational scheme with the goal of creating favourable conditions for exchanging experiences and forming linkages on smart urban development among ASEAN countries, localities, private enterprises and stakeholders, promoting smart urban development toward green and sustainable growth, and enhancing investment and international cooperation to implement action plans and smart urban development projects.

The ASCN annual meeting gathered representatives from 10 ASEAN member countries, including those from 26 local smart cities, to strengthen cooperation and promote the development of a smart and sustainable city network in ASEAN.

At the conference, the ASCN Terms of Reference was adopted for submission to the 35th ASEAN Summit, scheduled to be held in Bangkok by the year-end. Accordingly, ASCN will provide advisory inputs and strategies for smart urban initiatives and promote the ASEAN Smart Cities Agenda.

ASCN was established by the ASEAN leaders at the 32nd ASEAN Summit, held in April 2018 in Singapore. It is regarded as a forum for ASEAN cities to share their experiences and expertise in addressing urbanisation issues through innovative approaches, including technical and non-technical solutions.

                                                                                             Source: NDO

Related Topics


Volcano erupts in Indonesia's Java island, triggering aviation warning

Mount Merapi, an active volcano in Indonesia's Java island, erupted on Monday (October 14) afternoon, spewing a column of ash up to 3 km high and forcing the authority to issue a warning for planes, national volcanology agency said.

Iraq, Russia call for de-escalating tensions in Gulf region

Iraqi Foreign Minister Mohammed al-Hakim and his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov on October 7 called in Baghdad for increasing efforts to reduce tensions in the Gulf region and the return of Syria to the Arab League (AL).

Bangladesh lifts about 8 mln people out of poverty in 7 yrs: World Bank report

Bangladesh has lifted about 8 million people out of poverty over the past seven years, showed a World Bank report released in Dhaka on october 7.

Candidate announces not to campaign in 2nd round of Tunisia''''s presidential election

Candidate for the early presidential election Kais Saied announced that he will not campaign for the second round of the presidential election for "ethical reasons," in a statement issued on October 5.

DPRK-US working-level talks in Stockholm break down without agreement

The latest working-level talks held in Stockholm on Saturday (October 5) between the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and the United States broke down with no agreement.

Philippines, Russia to expand bilateral cooperation

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin have agreed to enhance cooperation between the two countries.