SYDNEY, Australia, Australia will allocate AUD30 million, to help ASEAN to develop cities across South-east Asia, in smart and sustainable ways, for the next five years.

The ASEAN-Australia Smart Cities initiative, announced on the final day of the ASEAN-Australia Special Summit here, is to foster collaboration on smart city development, and promote regional economic integration.

Australian Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop, said, Australia will provide training and technical assistance, to build resilient and competitive communities, including through the development of an ASEAN Smart Cities Network.

She said, Australia would also support efforts to advance sustainable urbanisation in ASEAN, and establish a regional urbanisation forum.

Australia has world-class expertise, to share in fields such as green infrastructure, renewable energy and data analytics. Australia has a long history of working with our close neighbours, to support regional development. We look forward to working with ASEAN, towards a more stable and prosperous region, she said, in a statement, on Sunday,

Source: NAM News Network