USASCP Launches with Smart Cities Symposium for ASCN

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.…

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

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…

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…

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…

Smart City Dreams Only a Stretch Away

Vietnam is making great efforts to build smart cities based on its internal and external advantages. Ta Thi Thanh Huong, urban green growth specialist from the Global Green Growth Institute in Vietnam, writes about the challenges and opportunities that come with developing this type of city. Read Full Article From Vietnam Investment Review

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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