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10 October 2016 – The Government of Makassar, Indonesia and Ecquaria signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) to kick start the collaboration to transform Makassar into a smart city. The LOI was signed by Makassar Mayor Ir. H. Mohammad Ramdhan Pomanto and CEO of Ecquaria Dr Foong Wai Keong, under the witness of Mr Lee Ark Boon, the CEO of International Enterprise (IE) Singapore. This event was held during the IE-CSA Executive Conversations: Securing ASEAN’s Digital Future through Partnerships, part of the Singapore International Cyber Week (SICW) 2016, which was organised by the Cyber Security Agency of Singapore (CSA).
Makassar City, the provincial capital of South Sulawasi, is one of the largest cities and leading economies in Indonesia. The thriving city is an important commercial hub and its sea port is an important gateway to eastern Indonesia. This has led to a growing economy with rapid increase in businesses and infrastructure building.
The Makassar Government sees the importance of providing effective public service to citizens and businesses, and laying a strong foundation for the development of Makassar into a smart city. During IE-CSA Executive Conversations, Makassar Mayor Ir. H. Mohammad Ramdhan Pomanto unveiled the vision of “Makassar Sombere Smart City”, where technology meets the heart to resolve the resource constraints.
Similar to Singapore, Makassar’s geographical location has made it an excellent place for port activities. “We hope to bring our experience on Singapore Smart Nation to help develop Makassar into a Sombere Smart City.” highlighted Dr Foong.
“We are excited to collaborate with Makassar. There has been increasing interest in this thriving city and we cannot wait to see Makassar maximise its potential with the help of technology.” Dr Foong added. Ecquaria will provide consultancy services to help establish proper governance, reorganise organisation structure and build capabilities to manage and control the development of Smart City projects. It also includes the implementation of Smart City e-services.
With Ecquaria’s strength in e-government solutions and experience in smart cities capability development, Ecquaria can play a strong role in helping Makassar becoming a smart city. The company was the technology partner of the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) of Singapore for the Online Business Licensing System (OBLS). OBLS is a one-stop portal for all business licensing needs. The streamlined processes made doing business in Singapore easy, and Singapore has been ranked first in the United Nation (UN) Ease of Doing Business Index for the 11th consecutive year.
Currently, Ecquaria is working with the Singapore Customs to build the new Trade Statistics System (TSS), using business analytics to lay the foundation for intelligent customs operations. Prior to that, Ecquaria collaborated with Infocomm Development Agency of Singapore (IDA) to improve city planning and operations. The project, IDA Smart Cities Capability Development Call-for-Collaboration (CFC) project, taps on the potential of Big Data to improve lives. A prototype solution is developed using the mobile telco data to understand general citizen behaviour such as population density and citizen travelling patterns.