South Korea unveils the first global projects under its Network Cooperation Program

4th May 2020 Sarah Wray

South Korea’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport (MOLIT) has selected the first cohort of projects for its K-City Network Global Cooperation Program.

This includes supporting the development of plans for Indonesia’s new capital city, which will move from Jakarta due to overcrowding-related issues such as congestion and pollution and because of flooding threats due to subsidence.

The K-City Network Global Cooperation Program aims to foster government-to-government (G2G) smart city collaboration and enable South Korea to share its experience and technologies around the world.

In total, 12 project proposals from 11 countries were selected through an open competition process. Each will receive help with planning and implementation as well as training for officials. Korea plans to allocate up to 1 billion KRW ($0.85 million) per project.

“Full package” approach

South Korea will help develop plans for transportation, waste and water management in Indonesia’s new capital city in the province of Eastern Kalimantan; tackle squatter settlements and traffic congestion in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia; address high population density and traffic congestion in the Astete airport area close to Machu Picchu in Peru; and design a smart city strategy for Bolshoy Kamen in Russia. The development of a smart city feasibility study for Dala New Town, Myanmar, and a pre-feasibility study for climate-resilience in the Mekong Delta region of Vietnam will also be supported.

Other projects in the pipeline include an intelligent transport system for Bogota, Colombia; urban drainage system improvement in Vientiane, Laos; an expanded urban mobility platform in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia; a smart mobility system in Khon Kaen, Thailand; a data coordination centre in Gaziantep, Turkey; and a disaster prevention management system in Ankara, Turkey.

The K-City Network Global Cooperation Program was announced in January this year to deliver a ‘full-package’ approach to G2G collaboration, from the planning phase through to investment.

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