President Moon Jae-in says South Korea and Southeast Asia have the potential to jointly lead the global smart city industry.
He made the remarks at a groundbreaking ceremony on Sunday for Busan Eco Delta Smart City.
"Smart cities are a new platform that include innovative future technology and new industries. If ASEAN and South Korea add the 'Asia spirit,' we will be pioneers in the global smart city industry. I ask for your support and cooperation to make Busan Eco Delta Smart City the first successful model."
Busan is a government-designated pilot smart city, that's applying innovative technologies across the entire city.
Through a smart water management system, the city will minimize water pollution, while rainwater will be purified into clean drinking water.
Robotics will be integrated to various areas, including delivery, parking, facility inspections, and patrols, making Busan the first city to apply robot services to the entire city.
The city plans to receive residents at the end of 2021.
This is the end product of South Korea's efforts to establish a sustainable city, after experiencing how rapid urban development leads to issues like traffic congestion, security issues, and pollution.
ASEAN cities are experiencing similar issues, and President Moon says the Busan model can be the answer to their problems.
South Korea is already working on at least 20 smart city projects with Malaysia, Vietnam, Myanmar, Thailand and other Southeast Asian nations.
"South Korea will work with cities across ASEAN. Sharing the construction and management experience of Busan Eco Delta Smart City, we will establish a cooperative framework with ASEAN cities."
And the president says the accumulated technology and experience will not stop at smart cities.
Rather, the South Korean government will solve problems that preexisting cities are facing, working to create a synergy effect where both can prosper altogether.
Park Hee-jun, Arirang News.