USASCP News Archive

NSF Issues DCL to Support USASCP-Aligned Research

Washington, December 4, 2019 - Through this Dear Colleague Letter (DCL), the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) together with the Department of State's Bureau of East Asia and Pacific Affairs wishes to notify the U.S. community of its intention to support the following high-impact research-transition funding requests aligned with the U.S.-ASEAN Smart Cities Partnership (USASCP). Read more

Singapore-U.S. TCTP Holds Smart Cities Workshop

Singapore, December 2, 2019 - The Singapore-U.S. Third Country Training Program (TCTP) hosts a Smart Cities workshop on December 2-6 in Singapore. This five-day course aims to deliver a comprehensive and interactive training on planning, financing, procurement, standardization, cybersecurity risk and related topics that are fundamental to the success of smart city development in Southeast Asia. Read more

KOICA Commits to Coordination with ASCN and USASCP

Seoul, November 6, 2019 - The 4th Republic of Korea (ROK)-United States Senior Economic Dialogue (SED) was held in Seoul on November 6, with Vice Foreign Minister Lee Taeho and Under Secretary of State Keith Krach leading their respective delegations. Both sides intend to continue their close coordination through the SED to further strengthen bilateral economic ties and enhance their partnership on regional and global issues. In coordination with the ASEAN Smart Cities Network (ASCN) and the U.S.-ASEAN Smart City Partnership (USASCP), the Republic of Korea is committed to contributing to the establishment of smart cities in the region, including through the Korea Overseas International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) flagship project in Tam Ki city, Quang Nam Province in Vietnam. Read more

U.S. and Japan Announce Joint Development Plans with ASCN

Bangkok, November 4, 2019 - The United States and Japan are working together to advance a shared vision for a free and open Indo-Pacific. Under the Japan-U.S. Strategic Digital Economy Partnership (JUSDEP), we are committed to realizing a global digital economy environment that is open, interoperable, reliable, and secure. This enabling environment is essential to the development of smart cities in the Indo-Pacific region. The United States and Japan intend to share our cities' experience and expertise with the ASEAN Smart Cities Network (ASCN) to further ASEAN's vision for a more integrated and connected ASEAN community.

  1. Smart Sisters Program: The United States and Japan intend to facilitate policy and technical collaboration between their cities and Indo-Pacific cities, in particular the 26 cities in the ASEAN Smart Cities Network (ASCN) through a Smart Sisters program.
  2. Coordinating Smart City Efforts: The United States and Japan expect to coordinate and share information on their planned engagements under their respective smart city programs, including engagements with key stakeholders, such as the private sector.
  3. Joint Training: The United States and Japan intend to engage in joint training related to smart cities for the Indo-Pacific region including the ASCN.  Read more

Chairman Welcomes USASCP Activities at 7th ASEAN-U.S. Summit

Bangkok, November 4, 2019 - Chairman's Statement: "We welcomed the activities under the U.S.-ASEAN Smart Cities Partnership initiative, including the U.S.-ASEAN Symposium on 9-10 July 2019 in Washington, DC. We looked forward to the planned activities under the USASCP, including workshops, sharing of best practices, development of pilot projects, private sector engagements, among others, in support of smart city development in the ASEAN region." Read more

USDOT and WiSE Programs Announced at 7th ASEAN-U.S. Summit

Bangkok, November 4, 2019 - U.S. engagement with the ten member states of ASEAN has never been stronger.

  • The U.S.-ASEAN Smart Cities Partnership (USASCP), announced by Vice President Pence in November 2018, seeks to connect U.S. public and private sectors with 26 member cities in the ASEAN Smart Cities Network to solve challenges of rapid urbanization. With an initial investment of $10 million, USASCP is developing smart city solutions and strengthening regional cybersecurity capability and capacity.
  • The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), with $2.1 million in support of USASCP, is leading five projects sharing best practices between U.S. and ASEAN cities to create smart public transportation. The five ASEAN-U.S. match-ups will be announced in late 2019, with projects beginning in early 2020.
  • Starting in early 2020, the Water Smart Engagements (WiSE) Program will pair three ASCN cities with U.S. cities, districts, and utilities for the purpose of increasing water security in the ASEAN region. Read more

USAID Announces More Than $440 Million for the Indo-Pacific

Bangkok, November 4, 2019 - USAID has dedicated an additional $441 million to expand partnerships with governments, civil society, and the private sector in countries in the Indo-Pacific region in support of activities in energy, infrastructure, digital connectivity, trade, and other economic activities. Read more

OPIC, DFAT and JBIC Launch Blue Dot Network

Bangkok, November 4, 2019 - The U.S. Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), and Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) today unveiled Blue Dot Network—a multi-stakeholder initiative that brings together governments, the private sector, and civil society to promote high-quality, trusted standards for global infrastructure development in an open and inclusive framework. Read more

Indo-Pacific Business Forum Showcases U.S. Commitment

Bangkok, November 4, 2019 - The Indo-Pacific Business Forum in Bangkok promoted the value of high-standard investment, transparency, rule of law, and private-sector-led economic development. Since July 2018, the Department of Commerce has assisted more than 9,000 U.S. companies to do business in the Indo-Pacific region and facilitated more than $7.65 billion in U.S. exports. Read more

Jefferson Science Fellow Lectures on Smart Cities and Technology

Washington, October 15, 2019 - Jefferson Science Fellow (JSF) Dr. Elizabeth Smela presented a lecture, "Smart Cities and Their Technologies: An introduction to smart cities and the technologies needed to implement them," to department employees and guests. Held at the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine, Dr. Smela's lecture explained some of the key technologies that need to be employed in order to implement smart cities. Read More

USASCP Holds Listening Session at ASCN Annual Conference

Bangkok, August 21, 2019 - The USASCP invited officials from the 26 ASCN pilot cities to speak about their smart city work and needs. The event was held at the Renaissance Bangkok Ratchaprason Hotel on the afternoon of August 21, the day before the opening of the ASCN Annual Meeting and ASCN Conference & Exhibition held at the nearby GMM Live House, CentralWorld, August 22-24. Read more

USASCP Investing $10 Million in the Innovative

Bangkok, August 2, 2019 - Smart cities using data-driven technology to innovate and manage city resources are a key to sustainable development in both the United States and ASEAN. The inaugural USASCP event was held in Washington, D.C. in July with representatives of the 26 pilot cities in the ASEAN Smart Cities Network exchanging views with public and private sector smart city experts and exploring U.S. commercial solutions to smart city challenges. The initial U.S. commitment to this partnership is $10 million. Read more

USASCP Hosts U.S. Study Tour for ASCN

New York and Seattle, July 13-17, 2019 - Thirty officials from each of cities in the ASEAN Smart City Network (ASCN) visited the United States to participate in a series of smart city related events. Participants learned about global best practices, met with U.S. government and private sector experts, and visited U.S. cities that have successfully implemented smart city solutions. Data gathered during the July program are being used to build out future USASCP programming. Read more

ASCN Representatives Attend Smart Cities Expo

Washington, July 11-12, 2019 - ASCN representatives attended the Global City Teams Challenge Smart and Secure Cities and Communities Challenge (GCTC/SC3) Expo, which featured U.S. mayors and other smart city innovators in keynote addresses and topic-specific parallel sessions. Read more

USASCP Launches with Smart Cities Symposium for ASCN

Washington, July 9-10, 2019 - The U.S.-ASEAN Smart City Partnership (USASCP) kicked off July 9 with a welcome at the State Department for 30 representatives from the pilot cities of the ASEAN Smart City Network (ASCN). Assistant Secretary of State David Stilwell gave opening remarks, followed by Joy Sinay of the ASEAN Secretariat and Dr. Passakon Prathombutr from Thailand's Digital Economy Promotion Agency. Read more

President Deepens Economic Cooperation with ROK, i.e. USASCP

Seoul, June 29-30, 2019 - President Donald Trump and President Moon Jae-in took steps to deepen security, economic, scientific, health, and cultural cooperation in the region. The United States and the Republic of Korea share goals on encouraging an open and innovative environment for a thriving regional digital economy. For example, the United States promotes an open, interoperable, reliable, and secure Internet, encourages private sector engagement in the digital economy, and strengthens regional cybersecurity capability and capacity through programs such as the Digital Connectivity and Cybersecurity Partnership and the U.S.-ASEAN Smart Cities Partnership. Read more

Progress Made in ASEAN Smart Cities Network

Bangkok, June 7, 2019 - ASEAN countries reported progress made in the ASEAN Smart Cities Network (ASCN) during a meeting on 6-7 June in Bangkok, Thailand. National Representatives and Chief Smart City Officers from ASEAN Member States and the ASEAN Secretariat participated in the ASCN Roundtable Meeting and Conference on Smart and Sustainable Cities. It was chaired by Ajarin Pattanapanchai, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Digital Economy and Society, and National Representative of Thailand to the ASCN. Read more

President Advances Capacity Building with Japan, i.e. USASCP

Tokyo, May 27, 2019 - President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe advanced the U.S. and Japan's Global Partnership. This partnership aligns Japan's public financing and capacity building initiatives with the U.S. Digital Connectivity and Cybersecurity Partnership and related initiatives such as the U.S.-ASEAN Smart Cities Partnership. To foster the digital economy, initial activities  include collaboration on smart cities with an initial, primary focus on ASEAN to improve the lives of people by applying best practices to advancing the digital transformation of urban systems. Read more

32nd U.S.-ASEAN Dialogue Welcomes USASCP

Washington, March 28, 2019 - Participants at the 32nd U.S.-ASEAN Dialogue welcomed economic initiatives such as the U.S.-ASEAN Smart Cities Partnership and U.S.-ASEAN Connect, as well as U.S. programs under the Indo-Pacific Strategy on infrastructure, energy security, and digital commerce and cybersecurity. They recognized the importance of continued cooperation on a wide range of cyber- and digital economy-related issues. Read more

10th ASEAN-U.S. Joint Cooperation Committee Welcomes USASCP

Jakarta, March 1, 2019 - ASEAN and the United States discussed a range of collaborative initiatives to further strengthen their strategic partnership during a meeting at the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta. The 10th Meeting of the ASEAN-U.S. Joint Cooperation Committee noted that the ASEAN-U.S. relations continued to follow an upward trajectory since its elevation to a strategic level in 2015. The meeting also welcomed the new regional initiatives on infrastructure, energy and technology amounting to $113 million as part of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Strategy as well as the U.S.-ASEAN Smart Cities Partnership. Read more

Vice President Announces USASCP at 6th ASEAN-U.S. Summit

Singapore, November 15, 2018 - At the 6th ASEAN-U.S. Summit, Vice President Mike Pence announced a new U.S.-ASEAN Smart Cities Partnership (USASCP) that will help municipal governments advance the digital transformation of urban systems and increase U.S.-ASEAN commercial engagement in the digital economy. The United States' initial investment in this program is $10 million. Read more

  • Vice President Pence: "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. And it also bears on the cybersecurity statement that we will discuss here today."

  • Watch VOA: Vice President Pence Announces "U.S.-ASEAN Smart Cities Partnership"