DFC - Introducing Innovative Technologies in Southeast Asia

Washington, June 4, 2020 - The U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) 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. These investments will help reduce costs for SMEs, facilitate trade, and foster innovation. Read more

USTDA Advances Iskandar Malaysia's Smart City Priorities

Iskandar, May 14, 2020 - The U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) announced it will provide grant funding for technical assistance that will transform how Malaysia’s fast-growing Iskandar Malaysia region manages its urban planning and development through advanced data analytics. "USTDA's targeted investments will help Iskandar Malaysia collect, manage and disseminate data that will facilitate urban planning and policy making," said Thomas R. Hardy, USTDA's Acting Director. "U.S. companies possess the most innovative and cutting-edge solutions in this policy space and are eager to partner with Iskandar Malaysia to achieve its ambitious smart city goals." Read more

USASCP presentation to the Technology Association of Oregon

Portland, April 27, 2020 - The USASCP in collaboration with the State Department’s Diplomat in Residence addressed the Smart Cities Committee of the Technology Association of Oregon (TAO).  The TAO, comprised of public and private stakeholders, represents the regional tech industry and provides support to entrepreneurs, facilitates connections between peers and decision makers, and promotes the Northwest as a global hub for innovation.  USASCP shared programmatic experiences in the fields of trade, water management and transportation as well as highlighted a planned city pairing between Portland and Johor Bahru in Malaysia to the interest of the participants.   The Diplomat in Residence spoke of the Department’s interest to hire foreign service officers with technological backgrounds.  The VTC attracted 29 participants, including cities representatives from City of Portland, City of Bend, City of Independence, City of Hillsboro, City of Eugene, Metro, Trimet, Oregon Department of Transportation, Oregon Department of Administrative Services as well as academia from Portland State University, University of British Columbia and private sector representation from Intel, Verizon, Google, DKS Associates, Urban Systems, Siemens, ESRI.   The Q&A session put forth several opportunities for cooperation, including working with the Portland metropolitan area transportation planning organization, Trimet, and Portland State University on closed-loop systems pertaining to energy, water, waste.   Exploring potential ASEAN investment/business partnerships in the Cascadia Innovation Corridor (Vancouver, Seattle and Portland) was also highlighted.

ITA Connects Smart City Technology Exporters to Southeast Asia

Washington, April 22, 2020 - The International Trade Administration (ITA) is spearheading programming that connects U.S. smart city technology providers and experts with ASEAN cities to promote U.S. exports, increase U.S.-ASEAN best practices exchanges, and assist ASEAN cities in their development needs. In December 2019, the United States and Singapore co-hosted a five-day workshop on Smart Cities in Singapore featuring a range of sessions on smart city planning. This past January, ITA led a delegation of Indonesian municipal officials to DistribuTECH, a leading energy and utilities trade show in San Antonio, Texas.  Read more

Joint Statement from ASEAN-U.S. on Countering COVID-19

Washington, April 6, 2020 - The text of the following statement was released by the Governments of the United States and Vietnam as Co-Chairs of the ASEAN-U.S. High-level Interagency Video Conference to Counter COVID-19 held on April 1, 2020. Read more

  • Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus: U.S. and #ASEAN officials met virtually this week to map out the bold action we are taking together to battle the #COVID19 pandemic. Continued coordination among our nations will keep our people safe, supplies flowing, and enable us to emerge as closer partners on the other side.
  • Spox Vox: U.S. and ASEAN COVID-19 High-Level Collaboration Watch online

USTDA RFP Davao City Public Safety & Security Command Center

Davao City, February 20, 2020 - The City of Davao invites submission of qualifications and proposal data from interested U.S. firms that are qualified on the basis of experience and capability to develop a technical assistance to support the modernization of Davao City Public Safety and Security Command Center and the development of an Intelligent Transportation Management System in the Philippines. Read more

Indonesian Smart Cities Delegation Participates in DistribuTech

San Antonio, January 31, 2020 - The U.S. Foreign Commercial Service (FCS) from Embassy Jakarta, working with U.S. Consulate Offices in Medan and Surabaya, accompanied a delegation of Indonesian public and private sector representatives to DistribuTech in San Antonio, Texas January 27-31. Read more

U.S. Students Research ASEAN Smart Cities

Chicago, January 29, 2020 - Wilbur Wright College students discussed the benefits and challenges of smart city technology with the USASCP on January 29. The discussion was the start of a mentoring relationship under the Diplomacy Lab, a State Department public-private partnership. Read more

NIST Associate Director Delivers Keynote Remarks at CSIS

Washington, January 23, 2020 - NIST Associate Director Dr. Sokwoo Rhee delivered the keynote remarks at the CSIS event Cities of Tomorrow: Safety, Smarts, and Surveillance. CSIS convened a diverse panel of experts to distinguish between leading smart city models and discuss how their technologies, including in the areas of public safety and surveillance, are impacting the power of citizens, governments, and corporations, both within and between countries. Watch online

USASCP Speaks at Japan-Hosted Event on Smart Cities

Washington, January 22, 2020 - 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 Maryland professor and former USASCP program manager, spoke on the industry panel. Read more

First Two U.S.-ASEAN WiSE "Twinnings" Announced

Washington, January 13, 2020 - The Water Smart Engagements (WiSE) program will be composed of four exchanges for each of the three city pairs, two from each ASEAN city and two from each U.S. city. The first two U.S.-ASEAN WiSE city pairs will be Ho Chi Minh City and San Francisco, and Phuket and Milwaukee. Read more

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