Housing Min. to visit S. Korea to learn about “smart city” technologies

Minister of State for Housing Affairs Yasser Hassan Abul leaves to South Korea
Minister of State for Housing Affairs Yasser Hassan Abul leaves to South Korea

KUWAIT, March 13 (KUNA) — Minister of State for Housing Affairs Yasser Hassan Abul said that his upcoming visit to South Korea is to gain knowledge on “smart city” technologies.
The minister told the press, on Sunday, that his five-day visit to South Korea stems from Kuwait’s desire to engage in housing cooperation and learn about the latest technologies in managing and preserving the sustainability of smart cities.
The Kuwaiti delegation includes representatives from Public Authority for Housing Welfare, the Supreme Council for Planning and Development, Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development (KFAED) and Kuwait Direct Investment Promotion Authority (KDIPA).
In 2014, Kuwait and South Korea signed a memorandum of understanding to exchange expertise on infrastructure and transportation. In 2015, the two countries also signed an agreement on cities’ development.
A smart city is a urban development vision to integrate multiple information and communication technology (ICT) solutions in a secure fashion to manage a city’s assets – the city’s assets include, but not limited to, local departments information systems, schools, libraries, transportation systems, hospitals, power plants, law enforcement, and other community services.
The goal of building a smart city is to improve quality of life by using technology to improve the efficiency of services and meet residents’ needs. (end) mfs.nfm