ASEAN Smart Cities Network
The ASEAN Smart Cities Network (ASCN) is a collaborative platform which aims to synergise Smart city development efforts across ASEAN by facilitating cooperation on smart city development, catalysing bankable projects with the private sector, and securing funding and support from ASEAN's external partners. It was launched at the 32nd ASEAN Summit as a key deliverable of Singapore's ASEAN Chairmanship 2018. The Inaugural Meeting of the ASCN took place on 8 July 2018.
The ASCN is a response to the trend of rapid urbanisation affecting the region. Most of ASEAN's growth has been driven by urban centres, with 90 million more people expected to urbanise by 2030 and "middleweight" cities of between 200,000 and 2 million residents forecast to drive 40% of the region's growth. The ASCN aims to help ASEAN Member States harness technological and digital solutions and thus improve the lives of people across the urban-rural continuum.
Below is a list of the 26 Pilot Cities that have been nominated by the respective ASEAN Member States.
- Brunei- Bandar Seri Begawan
- Cambodia- Battambang
- Cambodia- Phnom Penh
- Cambodia- Siem Reap
- Indonesia- Makassar
- Indonesia- Banyuwangi
- Indonesia- DKI Jakarta
- Laos- Luang Prabang
- Laos- Vientiane
- Malaysia- Johor Bahru
- Malaysia- Kuala Lumpur
- Malaysia- Kota Kinabalu
- Malaysia- Kuching
- Myanmar- Nay Pyi Taw
- Myanmar- Mandalay
- Myanmar- Yangon
- Philippines- Cebu City
- Philippines- Davao City
- Philippines- Manila
- Singapore- Singapore
- Thailand- Bangkok
- Thailand- Chonburi
- Thailand- Phuket
- Vietnam- Da Nang
- Vietnam- Ha Noi
- Vietnam- Ho Chi Minh City
The Smart City Action Plans and Priority Projects developed by the 26 Pilot Cities can be found here
Each ASEAN Member State nominates a National Representative to the Network. In addition, each city also nominates a Chief Smart City Officer (CSCO). The status of a CSCO is equivalent to that of a Chief Urban Planner or Chief Resilience Officer. CSCO's role is to attend the annual meeting, craft his or her respective city’s action plan and discuss the ASEAN Smart Cities Framework. There is thus representation at both the national and municipal levels. The table below lists the CSCOs who are each city's main point of contact with the Network.
|City||Chief Smart City Officer||Designation|
|Bandar Seri Begawan||Haji Ali Matyassin||Chairman, Bandar Seri Begawan Municipal Department|
|Battambang||Soeum Bunrith||Deputy Governor, Battambang Province|
|Phnom Penh||Seng Vannak||Chief of Administration|
|Siem Reap||Ly Samreth||Deputy Governor, Siem Reap Province|
|Makassar||Ismail Hajiali||Head of Communications and Information, Makassar City Government|
|Banyuwangi||Budi Santoso||Head of Informatics, Communications and Encryption, Banyuwangi Government|
|DKI Jakarta||Dian Ekowati||Head of Communications and Informatics Office|
|Luang Prabang||Soukan Bounnyong||Mayor|
|Vientiane||Bouchan Keosithamma||Deputy Director of Public Works and Transport, Vientiane Capital|
|Johor Bahru||Maimunah Jaffar||Head, Planning and Compliance|
|Kuala Lumpur||Datuk Najib bin Mohamad||Executive Director (Planning)|
|Kota Kinabalu||Stanley Chong Hon Chung
Tantinny Fung Chew Li
|Director of City Planning Department, Dewan Bandaraya Kota Kinabalu
Town Planner, City Planning Department, Dewan Bandaraya Kota Kinabalu
|Kuching||Julin Alen||Principal Assistant Director, State Planning Unit, Chief Minister Department, Sarawak|
|Nay Pyi Taw||Myo Aung||Permanent Secretary, Nay Pyi Taw Development Committee|
|Mandalay||Ye Myat Thu||Committee Member, Mandalay City Government|
|Yangon||Tin Tin Kyi||Director of Urban Planning Division
Representative, Yangon City Development Committee
|Cebu City||Nigel Paul C. Villarete||City Administrator|
|Davao City||Mgen Benito Antonio T De Leon Afp
Rowena Henedine Dominguez-Narajos
|Head Public Safety and Security Command Center
Information Technology Officer II
|Manila||Mario Zapatos Oblefias||Head, Electronic Data Processing, Manila City Hall|
|Singapore||Tan Chee Hau||Director(Planning & Prioritisation) Smart Nation and Digital Government Office, Prime Minister's Office|
|Bangkok||Chaiwat Thongkamkoon||Director-General, Office of Transport and Traffic Policy and Planning|
|Chonburi||Seksan Phunboonmee||Policy and Plan Analyst, Energy Policy and Planning Office, Ministry of Energy|
|Phuket||Passakon Prathombutr||Senior Executive Vice President, Digital Economy Promotion Agency|
|Da Nang||Nguyen Quang Thanh||Director, Da Nang Department of Information and Communication|
|Hanoi||Nguyen Duc Chung||Chairman, Hanoi People's Committee|
|Ho Chi Minh City||Tran Vinh Tuyen||Vice Chairman, Ho Chi Minh City People's Committee|
Support and partnerships
In March 2018, Australia announced an A$30 million fund to support smart city development in ASEAN.
In July 2018, five agreements were signed during the Opening Ceremony of the Inaugural ASCN Meeting. Among them was an agreement between the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO) which expressed support for the ASCN in the context of promoting sustainable development in the Asia Pacific. An agreement was also signed between the Amata Smart City Corporation Chonburi and the Yokohama Urban Solutions Alliance.
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- "Concept Note on ASEAN Smart Cities Network, 2018" (PDF).
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- "Exchange of MOU with UNDP regarding SDGs | JETRO Topics - About Us - Japan External Trade Organization - JETRO". www.jetro.go.jp. Retrieved 2018-08-02.