Cambodia to develop smart cities for increased tourism and living standards

Phnom Penh, Battambang, and Siem Reap have been chosen to participate in ASEAN’s Smart Cities Network  

Phnom Penh’s smart city action plan will focus on improving the environment and the quality of life of its residents. Source: sothsao/Shutterstock

In Cambodia, determination to create environmentally friendly urban hubs for better local living standards and tourist attraction leads to government discussions on building smart cities, reported Khmer Times. 

Prum Sokha, minister of civil service, said that a smart city is defined by its integration of digital advances and livability. More than 80 percent of the population will relocate to cities, signalling the importance of improving infrastructure.  

Phnom Penh, Battambang, and Siem Reap have been selected to take part in ASEAN’s Smart Cities Network, which works towards ASEAN’s common goal of achieving smart, sustainable urban development in 26 cities around the region by 2025. 

Sokha noted the need to focus on areas such as jobs, food, transportation, communication, education, healthcare, security, electricity, and clean water. 

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According to Ngy Chanphal, secretary of state of the Interior Ministry and the Cambodian representative at the ASEAN Smart Cities Network National, said Phnom Penh’s smart city action plan will focus on improving the environment and the quality of life of its residents.  

Battambang’s plan is to boost social responsibility and create a clean environment, said Chanphal. Siem Reap’s aim is to improve its attractiveness as a tourist destination, while maintaining its cultural heritage.  

Sihanoukville is receiving investments from the Investing in Infrastructure (3i) programme, while Bokor City is also trying to draw in foreign investors and tourists via a smart city plan, which will preserve its heritage and develop it as an eco-tourism destination. 

The Property Report editors wrote this article. For more information, email: [email protected].

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