U.S.-Singapore Partnership for Growth and Innovation (PGI)
Joint U.S.-Singapore activities under the Partnership (PGI), include four pillars: digital economy, clean energy and environmental technology, advanced manufacturing, and healthcare. PGI activities will address shared policy priorities, such as standards and supply chain resilience, and leverage regional networks such as the Southeast Asia Manufacturing Alliance.
DFC – Introducing Innovative Technologies in Southeast Asia
The U.S. International Development Finance Corporation Board of Directors has approved $1 billion of investments that will advance development in Africa, Latin America, the Indo-Pacific, and emerging markets across the globe. An up to $25 million investment will support Asia Partners I LP, a fund which will invest in businesses introducing innovative technology platforms in Indonesia, Vietnam, the Philippines, and Malaysia.
Vietnam Can Lead ASEAN through the Smart Cities Network Vision
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.
Webinar – Realizing ASEAN Smart Cities
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.
ASEAN Smart Cities: Balancing 5G And Geopolitics
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?
Can Tho to Become First Smart City in Mekong Delta by 2025
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 Full Article From VietnamPlus
Worldwide Smart Cities Spending $124bn, Singapore Top Investor
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 Full Article From Iotnews
Thailand Leading the Way for Smart Cities in ASEAN
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.…
USASCP Speaks at Japan-Hosted Event on Smart Cities
Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Marc Knapper and NIST Senior Executive Dr. Chris Greer delivered keynote speeches to an audience of over 180 at Japan's Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) event "Smart City Partnership: Japan-U.S." The discussion panels included participation from USASCP Program Manager Norm Capistrano and USTDA Senior Advisor Jeff Phillips on the government panel while Dr. Elisabeth Smela, University of…
Australia, the U.S. and the Race for ASEAN’s Infrastructure
Both providing infrastructure investments, sometimes in direct competition 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…
What Lies Ahead of Indonesia’s 100 Smart Cities Movement?
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 Full Article From The Jakarta Post
ASCN: Thinking Beyond Ceremonial Paradiplomacy
Can ASEAN support the growth of "smart" cities? 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…