Seoul to help Thailand establish ‘smart cities’ in 2020
Thailand and South Korea are ready to work together in applying operational and technological know-how to the further development of “smart cities” in Thailand next year.
“We were successful in negotiating many points, such as urban development, safety, transportation and water management,” Minister of Digital Economy and Society Puttipong Punnakanta said following an Asean-South Korea Ministerial Meeting on the subject this week.
Puttipong presided at the session along with Kim Yun Mi, South Korea’s Minister of Land, Infrastructure and Transport.
The Digital Economy Promotion Agency was assigned to take charge of the cooperation with Seoul in accordance with five operational guidelines.
“The guidelines concern a joint study on the viability of creating smart cities, co-investment in manufacturing plants and infrastructure, the establishment of a joint intelligence coordination centre, development of smart-city skills and organising seminars and exhibitions,” Puttipong said.
The agency signed a memorandum of understanding with the Korea Transport Institute and Korea Research Institute for Human Settlements regarding collaboration on transportation and city development.