USASCP to Launch $3 Million Call for Proposals

The USASCP is excited to announce the launch of the second call for proposals for the Smart Cities Business Innovation Fund 2.0, building off of its initial success in 2022.  ASEAN entities, including small and medium enterprises, NGOs, universities or consortia thereof, are invited to submit proposals for funding for  net zero/carbon neutral solutions to urban challenges.  USASCP…

USASCP Visit to 5RTECH and Da Nang Hi-Tech Park

The USASCP team met with representatives from the Da Nang Hi Tech Park and the Da Nang Hi Tech Park incubator program. Two members from the EAP/MLA Foreign Assistance team visited the Da Nang Hi Tech Park and 5RTECH, one of the six recipients of the 2022 Business Innovation Fund in Da Nang, Vietnam. The…

NSF Smart and Connected Communities Principal Investigators Meeting

USASCP Program Manager, Helen Santiago Fink, attended the National Science Foundation's Smart and Connected Communities Principle Investigators' Meeting (S&CC PI Meeting '24)  organized at Vanderbilt University in Nashville February 27-29.  USASCP met with U.S. university program partners under the Smart Cities – NSF  cooperation, including Virginia Tech and University of Dayton to explore continuing research interests.  Discussions were also…

USASCP Keynote Addresses Makassar Smart Cities Event

USASCP Program Manager, Helen Santiago Fink, served as a keynote speaker for the "Low Carbon in Policy Strategy" session at the Makassar Low-Carbon City with Metaverse event. This hybrid event had more than 1000 participants from governments, academia, communities, and industry representatives.  Makassar, Indonesia is working to achieve net zero emissions and focusing on supporting…

USASCP Support Enables Plastics Recycling Company Growth

Ms. Viengvilay Phimmasone, co-founder and director of Patihoub, stands with three employees and USASCP Program Manager Ms. Helen Santiago Fink, at the Patihoub factory. The walls enclosing the factory are made of Patihoub's primary product, recycled plastic boards. USASCP Program Manager, Helen Santiago Fink, visited Patihoub, a plastics recycling company, in Luang Prabang, Lao PDR.…

USASCP Scopes Nature-Based Solution Pilot Site in Vientiane

The U.S. delegation and the Vientiane City Office for Management and Service had a working session to review the proposed pilot project. USASCP Program Manager, Helen Santiago Fink, joined staff and partners from the Water Smart Engagement (WiSE) program to survey and scope the proposed site for a nature-based trickling filter system in Vientiane, Lao…

RIT Circular Entrepreneurship Program Maps Out 2024 Activities

From left to right: Fawad Ahmad, Clyde Erikur Hull, Mihloti Williams, Helen Santiago Fink, Khant Oak Soe U.S.-ASEAN Smart Cities Partnership (USASCP) Program Manager, Helen Santiago Fink, visited USASCP program implementer Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), to discuss program activities in 2024. RIT Circular Entrepreneurship Program is a two-year project led by two RIT professors, Clyde…

DOT and Boston Representative Visit to Phnom Penh Identifies Key Priorities for Pilot City Project

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) team, accompanied by a representative from the City of Boston, traveled to Phnom Penh, Cambodia to hold in person engagements and conduct site visits along key corridors to improve our pilot project focused on walkability, and the overall Boston-Phnom Penh city pairing. US DOT was able to arrange several…

USASCP Semi Annual Newsletter

The U.S. ASEAN Smart Cities Partnership kept busy during the 2023! Read our newsletter to learn about our activities and achievements this year. Thank you to all of our partners and implementers for supporting our programs! december newsletter

U.S. ASEAN Center Launches in Washington, D.C.

The U.S. Department of State, in collaboration with Arizona State University (ASU), proudly inaugurated the U.S.-ASEAN Center in Washington, D.C.  The event was marked by insightful remarks from Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, Liz Allen, who emphasized the Center's pivotal role in fortifying the U.S.-ASEAN relationship.  The ceremony featured additional remarks…

USASCP in the Mekong Sub-Region

The U.S.-ASEAN Smart Cities Partnership has many programs active in the Mekong sub-region. Check out the link below to learn more about the active projects in the region under seven of our USASCP programs! USASCP-in-the-Mekong-Sub-Region-12.23Download

U.S. Companies Address HCMC Government on Smart Cities Solutions

Consulate General Ho Chi Minh City’s (HCMC) Foreign Commercial Service with support from the U.S.-ASEAN Smart Cities Partnership (USASCP) hosted the Smart Cities Digital Transformation and Networking event, which gathered 12 U.S. information communication technology companies and the HCMC People’s Committee and started a dialogue among public-private actors to better understand HCMC’s urban challenges.  U.S.…
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