Efficient land use and systematic approach to infrastructure development are essential to achieving common prosperity through stronger connectivity in ASEAN. This was among the matters discussed at the ASEAN-Republic of Korea (ASEAN-R.O.K) Infrastructure Minister's Meeting in Seoul, the Republic of Korea. The Ministers also recognized the need to improve quality of living in cities to respond to rapid urbanization under way in ASEAN and make urban development sustainable. To this end, ASEAN Ministers affirmed to pursue policy cooperation in the field of smart city to integrate technological progress made in green energy, environment and the ICT.
Representing the country at the meeting were Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia 'Engineer' Awang Haji Suhaimi bin Haji Gafar, the Minister of Development, Dayang Nor Imtihan binti Haji Abdul Razak, the Permanent Secretary for Planning, Land Use and Environment, Awang Haji Shahrom bin Haji Awang Suhaimi, the Commissioner of Town and Country Planning, and Awang Mohammad Zulaine bin Haji Zahiri, Engineer at the Ministry of Development.
At the meeting, the ASEAN Ministers also affirmed to jointly endeavour to develop and spread smart infrastructure technologies related to transport and water resources among others given positive impact of such technologies on infrastructure connectivity and creation of the ASEAN Community.
The ASEAN ministers also support the implementation of the Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity 2025 (MPAC 2025), in particular in the area of sustainable infrastructure and initiatives to exchange policies and experiences in the areas of land use, city and housing and explore new management methods in these areas with application of national land information to ensure efficient use of land use and systematic approach to infrastructure development. In support of realising the 'ASEAN-ROK Cooperation Vision' and developing and strengthening cooperation ties between and among ASEAN countries and Republic of Korea, Brunei Darussalam also shared their plans for building and managing infrastructure towards a more sustainable and integrated approach taking up lessons learnt from experience partners and expertise.
Earlier, the Minister of Development held a bilateral meeting with Her Excellency, Madam Kim Hyun-mee, the Minister of Land, Infrastructure and Transport of the Republic of Korea. The meeting focused on further collaborations where the Minister has given his support in strengthening partnership and building a closer network for more practical and concrete cooperation. This includes building capacity programmes in particular in the area of sustainable infrastructure under the four cooperation areas that is in transport, energy, water resources and Smart IT to increase the connectivity in the ASEAN region.
Source: Radio Television Brunei