Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Jica seeks to turn PP, towns into smart cities

Jica seeks to turn PP, towns into smart cities

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Tourists visited Angkor Wat temple in Siem Reap province. Jica representatives have sought support from Siem Reap’s Apsara National Authority (ANA) to transform the ancient capital into a smart city.

Jica seeks to turn PP, towns into smart cities

Japanese International Cooperation Agency (Jica) representatives have sought support from Siem Reap’s Apsara National Authority (ANA) to transform the ancient capital into a smart city.

The call was made in February last year after the government approved three cities to join the Asean Smart Cities Network (ASCN) with assistance from the Japanese government.

The three cities named were Phnom Penh, Battambang and Siem Reap.

Jica Cambodia Office senior representative Kotaro Tanaka noted that the Japanese government had obtained approval early last year from the government for the ASCN initiative.

Tanaka said: “The project will be developed sustainably – by integrating information and communication technology (ICT) aims to mainly focus on using modernised technology as a means of telecommunication to deal with some issues such as housing, traffic jams and the environment.

“These smart cities were already selected . . . including Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Battambang province,” he was quoted as saying in a statement from the Apsara National Authority.”

Tanaka said he sought cooperation from the ANA and other Japanese institutions to ensure the preservation of the Angkor Complex.

ANA director-general Hang Pov said: “The Apsara National Authority wants and encourages both sides to speed up the establishment of Smart Cities and ensure it is realised in the near future.”

He noted that neither party had revealed the exact location or date that construction would begin.

The Ministry of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction agreed to join the Asean-Japan Smart City Network on March 1 to incorporate the Kingdom’s three largest urban areas into the Asean-Japan Smart City Network with 26 other cities across the Asean region.

The term ‘Smart City’ refers to urban development with smart and sustainable technology to tackle concerns stemming from rapid urbanisation – such as traffic jams, water and air quality, peace and security.

Its minister Chea Sophara who was present at the Cambodia-Japan Urbanisation Development forum in late February voiced support for the initiative.

Sophara said: “The ministry looks forward to coordinating [efforts] and providing all services within its capacity. It also encourages Japanese business people and firms to invest or partner with Cambodian companies.”

MOST VIEWED

  • Purging Sihanoukville’s past with a new masterplan

    Amid illicit activities, haphazard development and abandoned projects, the coastal city of Sihanouk province needs a reset to move forward. A new masterplan might be the answer to shake off its seemingly mucky image to become the Shenzhen of the south Gun toting, shootouts, police

  • Chinese may be first in tourism revival: PM

    Cambodia's tourism industry is gearing up to roll out the red carpet for Chinese travellers after Prime Minister Hun Sen on September 17 indicated that the Kingdom could soon throw open its doors to international holidaymakers vaccinated against Covid-19 – starting with guests from China. Cambodia Chinese

  • Four-pillar approach in reopening of tourism: PM

    Cambodia is drawing up a four-strategy approach to promptly restore domestic and international tourism activity and put the industry on a transition pathway to a sustainable and inclusive model that is resistant to future crises, according to Prime Minister Hun Sen. The prime minister made

  • Airline says ready for green light to reopen international tourism

    Sky Angkor Airline Co Ltd on September 21 said it is ready to transport South Korean and Chinese tourists to the Kingdom once the Cambodian government makes good on plans to reopen its borders to vaccinated travellers. The Siem Reap-based airline made the remark during a

  • Tourism concerns laid bare

    To ensure the success of plans to reopen the tourism market for international visitors, Cambodia must pay utmost attention to two primary determinants – the ongoing paradigm shift in domestic tourism services towards the ‘new normal’, and the factors influencing choices of destinations among foreign holidaymakers.

  • Cambodian bride ‘badly treated, held captive’ by Chinese man seeks help

    A Cambodian woman who travelled to China to marry a Chinese man there was “badly treated” by her husband’s family and then had to be rescued and will be returned to Cambodia to ensure her safety. The rescue operation came about after the 25-year-old