|Busan citizens are learning about AR sliding screens and futuristic city concepts at a Smart City zone located inside a Busan Metropolitan Government building, in this July 16 file photo. Korea Times file|
By Kwak Yeon-soo
The government will host the Korea-ASEAN Smart City Fair 2019 in Busan next week, with an aim of building cooperation in developing sustainable smart cities, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport said Wednesday.
A smart city is a city that incorporates information and communication technologies to enhance the quality and performance of city services in order to reduce resource consumption and overall costs, the land ministry explained.
The fair, which is scheduled to take place from Nov. 25 to 27, will invite government and industry officials from 21 countries, including all 10 ASEAN member states.
Under the theme "Smart Cities, Connecting Korea-ASEAN," the fair will feature a special exhibition, conference sessions and business meetings.
As for the exhibition, each ASEAN member nation will set up a national pavilion, alongside the Korea Pavilion and 220 booths set up by 119 smart city-related companies.
Autonomous vehicles and 5G-connected city services are some of the technologies that will be showcased at the fair. Land Minister Kim Hyun-mee will give a tour to ASEAN ministers on Nov. 25.
Kim plans to share Korea's smart city projects that are being carried out in cities such as Sejong and Busan, according to the ministry.
Held during the Korea-ASEAN Commemorative Summit, the fair will help both parties to strengthen cooperation in smart city development and realize its economic benefits.
"The Korea-ASEAN Smart City Fair will be an opportunity to introduce Korea's advanced technologies to the ASEAN market," Land Minister Kim Hyun-mee said.
"The government will provide its utmost support in leveraging Korea to become the global leader in smart city development."
Apart from the Smart City Fair, the Korea-ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Smart Cities will take place on Nov. 25.