Arup has partnered with the UK government’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) in Indonesia to create a practical guide to using smart and sustainable city solutions to support economic recovery and long-term sustainable growth in Southeast Asia’s largest digital economy.
Known as the Indonesian Smart City Handbook, the report was launched by representatives from UK Department of International Trade, the British Embassy in Jakarta, Arup and Indonesia’s leading telco Telkom at Arup’s London office. The initiative was also designed to strengthen partnerships between Indonesia and the UK with hybrid events, attended by smart city leaders, digital consultants and think tanks from both nations.
“Smart cities are the future of urban living, and the UK has been an early adopter and pioneer of the smart city concept. We hope with new public and private sector partnerships across ASEAN, learning from countries in the region, and with companies like Arup, we can help transform cities to be greener, safer and cleaner spaces for people to live, work and thrive,” said Mercedes White, Head of Digital Trade Network, Indonesia, at the UK Government Department for International Trade.
As a developing country, Indonesia is facing rapid urbanisation; 50% of Indonesia lives in urban areas and this figure is set to grow to 70% by 2045. This presents enormous social, economic and environmental opportunities to use the development of urban infrastructure, energy, transport, healthcare and water systems to address social inequity, disaster risk management, congestion, pollution and other challenges.
With integrated digital opportunities and enablers laid out in the handbook, Indonesia can harness technology to reach its sustainable development goals while at the same time improving people’s quality of life.