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Indonesian Mayor Outlines Smart City Vision
Source: www.futuregov.asia
Source Date: Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Focus: Electronic and Mobile Government, ICT for MDGs
Country: Indonesia
Created: Dec 17, 2013

Mayor of Pekalongan, Dr. Mohamad Basyir Ahmad, shared with FutureGov that the Indonesian city of 323,911 has already seen great success in its transformation and is well on its way to becoming a Smart City by 2015.

 

Pekalongan’s Smart City journey has been guided by its E-Development Framework since 2008 with five areas of focus - infrastructure development; e-literacy and digital divide; strengthening institutions; regulation, policy and governance; and applications, said Mayor Ahmad.

 

The City Government plans to go paperless with a digital office and empower communities at the lowest level with ICT by 2015.

 

In the last five years, the city has developed its infrastructure network connecting all local government units, health service units, and public junior and senior high schools. By 2015, it plans to virtualise and integrate its data centre, and strengthen its disaster recovery centre and cloud-based applications.

 

The city has built Broadband Learning Centres where 4000 citizens receive ICT training free of charge every year, says Ahmad. It has also developed a Mobile Community Access Point which allows the government to conveniently deliver early ICT education to residents. Moreover, it has built telecentres as internet access points in villages and other communities.

 

In order to strengthen institutional support for these initiatives, the city has setup an ICT Committee and appointed the Mayor as CIO of Pekalongan City Government. In 2011, the city’s two ICT organisations were combined to form one ICT Department for the City Government in order to better coordinate ICT expenditure .

 

The City Government departments have migrated to free open source software in order to standardise platforms for applications. The Mayor notes that the next steps for the city are to further interoperability, integrated applications and database. It also aims to migrate health and government service applications to open source software by 2015.

 

The city has been nationally recognised for its ICT initiatives in government, education and health through a number of awards over the years, including Best City in ICT for Education Sector, 2013 and E-Government Award, 2011. 
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