Saturday, 19 October 2019 | 23:16 WIB

President Jokowi Reviews Virtual Singapore Mini Expo during 32nd ASEAN Summit

President Joko Widodo.

SINGAPORE, NNC - President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo along with nine heads of other ASEAN member states reviewed the mini exhibition "Virtual Singapore" which shows the superiority of information technology of the host Singapore.

The Singapore Virtual Mini Exhibition was organized by the National Research Foundation (NRF) of the Singapore Prime Minister's Office at the 32nd ASEAN Summit location at Shangrila Hotel, Singapore, Saturday (4/28/2018).

In the review, President Jokowi will have the opportunity to see the "Virtual Singapore" technology that features the development of Singapore in digital 3D format according to time and dynamics by way of real time. The virtual technology was developed by the National Research Foundation (NRF) of Singapore under the Office of the Prime Minister.

The Virtual Singapore technology concept will enable a country to build its territory, both indoors and outdoors, more sustainably, environmentally friendly and in line with local community movements.

The Indonesian President and other ASEAN heads of state/government also had the opportunity to try mobile wallet technology developed by Singapore telecom giant Singtel which is claimed to support the vision of ASEAN Community Connectivity.

Singtel International CEO Arthur Lang said the technology will support the vision of ASEAN Community Connectivity and a single digital market that connects 600 million SingTel group subscribers (including mobile operator Telkomsel in Indonesia).

Earlier, the Indonesian Foreign Minister explained to the press in Singapore Friday night that President Jokowi would convey the importance of information technology innovation for the development of smart cities and e-commerce in ASEAN.

Both of these are also listed in the "ASEAN Smart Cities Network" (ASCN) concept note which is the focus of Singapore 2018's chairmanship in ASEAN.

"However, the President added that the concept of smart city is not only related to the use of technology, but also the effort to build mindset and better attitude of society, so the concept needs to pay attention to the needs and properties of each city, then also consider the local wisdom and has orientation on improvement of public services and community empowerment," he said.

The President also raised the development of smart cities in Indonesia through the "100 Smart Cities Movement" with Jakarta, Makassar and Banyuwangi as pilot cities to promote effective, transparent and reliable city governance and state governance.