A view of HCM City, Việt Nam’s largest financial and economic centre. — VNA Photo HÀ NỘI — Smart cities hold the answer to the modern world’s problems including rising population, pollution, traffic congestion, climate change and even global-scale disasters such as the COVID-19 pandemic, according to experts. Nearly half of ASEAN’s population is in urban areas. In a forecast by the ASEAN Smart Cities Network (ASCN), a collaborative platform which aims to synergise smart city development efforts across ASEAN by facilitating co-operation, there will be 90 million people living in cities across the region by 2030. According to ASCN, those cities, with populations typically ranging from 200,000 to 2 million, will account for as much as 40 per cent of economic growth for ASEAN countries. However, rapid urbanisation has come with challenges such as traffic congestion and accidents, especially in large cities, which caused the region to lose out from 2-5 per cent GDP growth annually. In addition, other pressing issues for large cities included worsening air and water quality, inadequate waste management, rising poverty and crime. IT infrastructure development Countries should look to information technology (IT) for solutions, said Dr Phạm Khánh Toàn, head of the department of international co-operation under the… Read full this story
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