SINGAPORE, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Da Nang in Vietnam will be part of the Asean network of smart cities being proposed by Singapore, the Straits Times reported Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, as saying.

Lee made the announcement at a dinner he hosted for his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Xuan Phuc, who is on a three-day official visit to Singapore ahead of the 32nd Asean Summit this weekend.

"I visited all three cities during my two visits to Vietnam last year and was very impressed with their rapid urban development. Their inclusion in the smart cities network will add to Asean's vibrancy," said Lee.

The smart cities network, which aims to better connect digital infrastructure and services like e-payments across the region, is Singapore's flagship initiative as the chair of Asean this year.

Ten Asean countries have put forward 26 cities to be part of the network.

They are expected to issue a statement with more details on Friday.

Asean's digital economy is forecast to hit US$200 billion by 2025, according to a report by Temasek and Google last year.

Source: NAM News Network