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Singapore, Shenzhen Ink MOUs in Support of Smart City Initiative

The Straits Times | Beijing, June 17, 2020 - Singapore and Shenzhen have inked eight memoradums of understanding (MOUs) in support of the Singapore-China (Shenzhen) Smart City Initiative (SCI) that was first agreed upon last year, a move that will deepen technological cooperation between both cities. Read more

Brunei Releases Digital Economy Master Plan to be a Smart Nation

The Scoop | Bandar Seri Begawan, June 5, 2020 - The government’s Digital Economy Council has launched its first five-year masterplan towards transforming Brunei into a Smart Nation.  The Digital Economy Masterplan 2025 outlines strategies for Brunei to become a Smart Nation that has a digital and future-ready society, vibrant and sustainable economy as well as a conducive digital ecosystem. Read more

Vietnam Can Lead ASEAN through the Smart Cities Network Vision

Modern Diplomacy | May 28, 2020 - With the COVID-19 pandemic yet to be effectively controlled around the world and has the capacity to recur in the near future, no one knows how much longer would the restarted economies in the bloclast. This situation, in turn, made the ASEAN Smart Cities Network (ASCN) as reached by the Southeast Asian bloc in April 2018, an ever more important priority for immediate implementation. Read more

Realizing ASEAN Smart Cities - Webinar

ERIA | Jakarta, May 14,  2020 - A webinar dialogue on Realizing Smart Cities was jointly hosted by the ASEAN Smart Cities Network and Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA).  Dr. Venkatachalam Anbumozhi, Senior Economist and the Principle Investigator of the ERIA study on Realizing Smart Cities, explained the drivers of Smart Cities, and provided an update on the research findings to date and ways to launch smart cities in ASEAN and beyond. Read more and Watch online

ASEAN Smart Cities: Balancing 5G And Geopolitics

RSIS | Singapore, April 29, 2020 - With the ASEAN Smart Cities Network now in its second year, how have ASEAN’s smart city ambitions progressed and how can these hubs be smartened up going forward? How should ASEAN balance the use of 5G amid its geopolitical tensions? Read more

ASEAN Smart Cities Network: A Catalyst for Partnerships

ISEAS - Yusof Ishak Institute | Singapore, April 21, 2020 - Since its establishment in 2018, the ASEAN Smart Cities Network (ASCN) has developed into a collaboration platform for city government participation and autonomy. Unlike ASEAN cooperation and partnerships which are generally done at the regional and state level, the ASCN’s new and innovative approach focuses on city level and scalable solutions. ASCN has become a strong basis for external partnerships. Among external partners, The USA, Australia, Japan, China, and the Republic of Korea (ROK) are committed ASCN collaborators. Read more

Can Tho to Become First Smart City in Mekong Delta by 2025

Vietnam News Agency | March 30, 2020 - Can Tho, the most populated city in the Mekong Delta region, has achieved outstanding results in developing a project to build a smart city after nearly two years of implementation. Read more

Worldwide Smart Cities Spending $124bn, Singapore Top Investor

 IoT News | February 17, 2020 - Global spending on smart city initiatives will total $124 billion in 2020 at an increase of 18.9% year over year. IDC has also predicted that Singapore will remain the top investor in smart cities initiatives followed by Tokyo, New York City and London. Read more

ASEAN and Russia to Boost Cooperation on Smart Cities by 2025

UrduPoint News / Sputnik | Moscow, February 12, 2020 - The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Russia have a chance at boosting cooperation in the next five years with a focus on cybersecurity, counterterrorism and smart cities among other areas, Indonesian Ambassador to Russia Mohamad Wahid Supriyadi said in an interview with Sputnik. Read more

Thailand Leading the Way for Smart Cities in ASEAN

The ASEAN Post | January 30, 2020 - During the 2019 ASEAN Summit, Thailand introduced the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) initiative to transform three Thai provinces into smart cities, which has turned out to be a success. With the aim to create a centre for trade, investment, regional transportation, and a strategic gateway to Asia, Thailand is confident that it would promote a seamless ASEAN. Read more

Smart City Model for Solving Social Problems in Malaysia

NTT Group to launch Asia's first Smart City PoC with Cyberview and Allo

NTT Press Releases | Tokyo, January 29, 2020 - As part of the Japanese Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications' FY 2019 project "Research on Smart City Model for Solving Social Problems in Malaysia", based on the smart city initiatives which has been started with the City of Las Vegas, United States, NTT Group will conduct Asia's one of the first Smart City Proof of Concept (PoC) in the Cyberjaya area of Malaysia from February 2020, in cooperation with local stakeholders. Read more

JICA Seeks to Turn Phnom Penh and Towns into Smart Cities

The Phnom Penh Post | January 13, 2020 - 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. Read more

Australia, the U.S. and the Race for ASEAN's Infrastructure

Both providing infrastructure investments, sometimes in direct competition

The Diplomat | December 18, 2019 - Although not clearly visible, competition between the United States and Australia in infrastructure cooperation in ASEAN exists. This can be seen from one form of infrastructure cooperation that focuses on the same goal: the development of ASEAN smart cities. As outlined above, the United States and ASEAN have collaborations that focus in this field through the U.S.-ASEAN Smart Cities Partnership (USASCP), which aims to build smart cities that use data-based technology to innovate and manage city ​​resources. Meanwhile Australia and ASEAN also collaborate in the sector, as the ASEAN-Australian Smart Cities project aims to create a city worthy of living for both regions. Read more

What Lies Ahead of Indonesia's 100 Smart Cities Movement?

The Jakarta Post | Jakarta, December 5, 2019 - The rapid transition of Indonesia from a rural to an urban economy has served as one of the benchmarks for the tremendous growth potential of the country, while at the same time emphasizing the many challenges it needs to face. Read more

ASCN: Thinking Beyond Ceremonial Paradiplomacy

Can ASEAN support the growth of "smart" cities?

The Diplomat | November 27, 2019 - On November 3, ASEAN conducted its 35th summit in Bangkok, Thailand. One notable point was the acknowledgment of the ASEAN Smart City Network Action Plan. The action plan is the next step of the ASEAN Smart City Network (ASCN), where the ASEAN member states have previously agreed on the 32nd summit to collaborate on developmental approaches in addressing city-specific needs. Read more

Can China Outsmart U.S. in Race to Build Smart Cities in SE Asia?

Both committed to regional partnerships but U.S. is struggling to make its mark

South China Morning Post | November 25, 2019 - A year ago, U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence announced that the United States would support a Southeast Asian plan to transform the region's rapidly growing cities into hi-tech hubs. The move would "spur renewed American investment in the region's digital infrastructure", Pence said at the plan's launch in November 2018, where he also promised an initial U.S. investment of US$10 million. But the U.S. does not appear to be making much new progress on the ground, observers say. "With the U.S., it is unclear how the US$10 million pledge was supposed to be distributed or how it has been used," said Amalina Anuar, a research analyst at the Centre for Multilateralism Studies at Nanyang Technological University's S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore. Read more

Watching Huawei's "Safe Cities"

CSIS Briefs | Washington, November 4, 2019 - Huawei’s "Safe City" products have fueled concerns that China is "exporting authoritarianism." Among the "solutions" Huawei sells globally under this label are facial and license-plate recognition, social media monitoring, and other surveillance capabilities. To better understand these developments, the CSIS Reconnecting Asia Project examined open-sources and identified 73 "Safe City" agreements for surveillance products or services across 52 countries. Read more

A Pilot City of ASEAN Smart Cities Network: Jakarta

Antara News Agency | November 2, 2019 - When quizzed about "Jakarta Smart City" (JSC), some people were quick to say that it was synonymous with technology. "Technology, internet, sophisticated, all matters will be completely simple and fast," a person stated. Read more

ASEAN's Smart Cities Need Smart Parking

The ASEAN Post | September 30, 2019 - Boston Consulting Group's 2017 report titled, "Unlocking Cities," revealed that Vietnamese spend the most time looking for parking spaces. It took city dwellers in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh an average of 45 minutes and 31 minutes, respectively, to find a parking space for their cars. The study also found that Filipinos and Thais spend an average of 24 minutes every day on parking, whilst Singaporeans spend the least time looking for parking with an everyday average of 19 minutes. What is smart parking? Smart parking combines technology and human innovation to use as few resources as possible – fuel, time and space – to achieve faster, easier and denser parking of vehicles. Read more

Who Will Pay for ASEAN's Smart Cities?

The ASEAN Post | September 29, 2019 - At the ASEAN Smart Cities Network Roundtable Meeting in Bangkok in June, Thailand's Digital Economy and Society Minister Pichet Durongkaveroj called for more public-private partnerships and said his country plans to attract non-ASEAN countries for partnerships and investments in smart city infrastructure as part of the ASCN. Among the countries mentioned were Japan, South Korea and China – all nations with extensive capabilities and expertise in new technologies and ones which ASEAN has already worked with in transfer of technologies. Read more

Southeast Asia open to Huawei over 5G

China Daily | August 6, 2019 - Southeast Asian countries eyeing the promise of 5G connectivity to boost economic development are sticking to Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei among others.  "It becomes necessary for Southeast Asian countries to explore the possibilities offered by 5G for the next generation," said Farlina Said, noting 5G can be conducive for ASEAN to build the Smart Cities Network, as it will benefit disaster management, education delivery and sustainability. Read more

ASEAN and Korean Youth Cooperate on Smart Cities

The ASEAN Post | July 31, 2019 - More efficient waste and traffic management systems are among the best practices that ASEAN can adopt from Korea. The two areas were among the fields in which policy recommendations were proposed at the recently concluded 2019 ASEAN-Korea Youth Network Workshop which gathered 80 university students from 13 countries for 10 days of lectures, site visits, cultural exchange activities and discussions – all with the aim of building cooperation between ASEAN and Korea in developing sustainable smart cities. Read more

Enhancing the Readiness of ASEAN Smart Cities

ARIA | Chiang Mai, July 24,  2019 - ERIA, in collaboration with Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Srinidhorn International Institute of Technology (SIIT), and Chiang Mai Municipality, organised a two-day workshop on ‘Realising Smart Cities’ on 23 and 24 July in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The workshop examined how cities can develop smart city programmes including the costs versus benefits. Read more

The Trajectory of ASEAN Smart Cities

The Jakarta Post | Jakarta, March 28, 2019 - Currently one third of ASEAN’s population live in medium-sized cities (home to between 200,000 and 2 million people) but they contribute about two thirds of its gross domestic product. By 2025, it is predicted that the population living in medium-sized cities will double, making them the main engine for the region’s economic growth. If not managed properly, issues such as congestion, waste disposal, pollution, security and safety, financial and physical infrastructures, including affordable housing, will make the cities a poor place to live in and subsequently lower their people’s quality of life. Read more

Smart City Dreams Only a Stretch Away

Vietnam Investment Review | February 6, 2019 - Vietnam is making great efforts to build smart cities based on its internal and external advantages. Ta Thi Thanh Huong, urban green growth specialist from the Global Green Growth Institute in Vietnam, writes about the challenges and opportunities that come with developing this type of city. Read more

Supporting SE Asian Smart Cities is Critical for Region and U.S.

cogitASIA | December 21, 2018 - Strategically, the U.S.-ASEAN Smart Cities Partnership reaffirms U.S. commitment to the region at a time of uncertainty. Since the U.S. withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), ASEAN leaders have held doubt regarding U.S. engagement in and with the region. The Smart Cities Partnership assuages this doubt, and complements the recently announced $113 million investment pledge in technology, energy and infrastructure initiatives in emerging Asia that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called "a down payment on a new era of U.S. economic commitment to the region." Read more

VP Pence Announces "U.S.-ASEAN Smart Cities Partnership"

VOA | Singapore, November 15, 2018 - In Singapore, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence has offered the Trump administration's support for Southeast Asia's digital and urban infrastructure development. In his remarks at the U.S. ASEAN Summit, Pence announced 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," Pence said, adding that it will enhance Washington's cooperation on cybersecurity with the regional bloc.

The United States is still seen by the region as a leader in innovation and a natural partner in the smart cities initiative. "The most advanced technologies do come from the U.S.," said Lim Tai Wei, senior research fellow at the East Asian Institute, National University of Singapore. ASEAN countries would like to know how "they can work with American companies and partners in order to strengthen ASEAN's position as a network of smart cities," he said. Read more