About the USASCP
On November 15, 2018 at the 6th ASEAN-U.S. Summit in Singapore, Vice President Mike Pence announced:
"To facilitate our dialogue, it is my privilege to announce, this morning, the new U.S.-ASEAN Smart Cities Partnership. This effort will spur renewed American investment in the region's digital infrastructure, advancing prosperity and security in Southeast Asia."
The U.S.-ASEAN Smart Cities Partnership (USASCP) is a key deliverable of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Strategy that seeks to harness U.S. public and private sector expertise to collaborate with the 26 pilot cities of the ASEAN Smart Cities Network (ASCN) in order to meet the varied challenges of rapid urbanization and help improve the lives of people in the region. With an initial investment of $10 million, the USASCP is developing activities and programs to:
- Promote U.S. private sector engagement in smart city solutions and the digital economy in ASCN cities;
- Share best practices and promote collaboration between innovative programs in U.S. cities with their counterparts in the ASCN;
- Strengthen regional cybersecurity capability and capacity at the sub-national level.
The USASCP is a whole-of-government effort that includes participation from the Departments of State, Commerce and Transportation, NSF, USAID, USTDA and DFC.