Progress Made in ASEAN Smart Cities Network

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…

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

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 Trajectory of ASEAN Smart Cities

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…

32nd U.S.-ASEAN Dialogue Welcomes USASCP

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.

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

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…

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

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,…

VP Pence Announces “U.S.-ASEAN Smart Cities Partnership”

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…

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

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.  Vice President Pence: "To facilitate our dialogue, it is…
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