Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Ministry of Communication and Informatics (Kominfo) has assisted 251 Indonesian districts and cities in realizing smart city governance, which has played a significant role in the country's successful digital transformation.

The program implemented since 2017 has boosted the capacity of the smart city governance system, which seeks to make public services more efficient.

"This year, following assessments, there are 50 cities and districts and two provinces that have been selected (for the program)," Kominfo Minister Budi Arie Setiadi informed at the National Smart City forum in Tangerang, Banten, on Thursday.

He said that 17 cities and districts submitted business matchmaking proposals for assistance in the development of smart city infrastructure through a government-business entity cooperation scheme.

The ministry has coordinated with ten regional governments so that they can later receive assistance in using smart city systems and governance.

Setiadi said that from year to year, the trend of smart city development has increased significantly. For example, 141 cities worldwide embarked on smart city development in 2023.

He noted that the presence of technology such as artificial intelligence (AI), internet of things (IoT), big data analytics, and cloud computing in smart city governance could potentially support improvement in the quality of life.

He said that the presence of the latest technology enables smart application integration, which can increase cost and time efficiency and boost productivity.

There are six aspects that must be met by a government when implementing smart city governance: smart governance, smart branding, smart economy, smart society, smart environment, and smart living.

Setiadi expressed the hope that all those aspects can be implemented comprehensively in cities and districts in Indonesia that are currently implementing smart city governance.

"Hopefully, the current achievement encourages us to continue to work harder for realizing more smart cities and smart provinces that are sustainable and empowering," he said.

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