Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) representatives have sought support from Siem Reap’s Apsara National Authority (ANA) to transform the ancient capital into a smart city. The call was made in February last year after the government approved three cities to join the ASEAN Smart Cities Network (ASCN) with assistance from the Japanese government. The three cities named were Phnom Penh, Battambang and Siem Reap.