ASEAN Smart Cities Network

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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.[1] It was launched at the 32nd ASEAN Summit as a key deliverable of Singapore's ASEAN Chairmanship 2018.[2] 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.[1] 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.[1]

ASCN Cities

Below is a list of the 26 Pilot Cities that have been nominated by the respective ASEAN Member States.

Map of the 26 Pilot Cities

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.[1] In addition, each city also nominates a Chief Smart City Officer (CSCO).[1] The status of a CSCO is equivalent to that of a Chief Urban Planner or Chief Resilience Officer.[3] 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

MOU between JETRO and UNDP

In March 2018, Australia announced an A$30 million fund to support smart city development in ASEAN.[4]

In July 2018, five agreements were signed during the Opening Ceremony of the Inaugural ASCN Meeting.[5] 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.[6] An agreement was also signed between the Amata Smart City Corporation Chonburi and the Yokohama Urban Solutions Alliance.[5]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Concept Note of the ASEAN Smart Cities Network". 27 April 2018. Retrieved 30 April 2018.
  2. ^ "32nd ASEAN Summit - Chairmans Statement". ASEAN Singapore 2018. Archived from the original on 2019-03-06. Retrieved 2018-07-17.
  3. ^ "Concept Note on ASEAN Smart Cities Network, 2018" (PDF).
  4. ^ The Straits Times (2018-03-18). "Turnbull unveils $30m fund for Asean smart cities". The Straits Times. Retrieved 2018-08-06.
  5. ^ a b "Five agreements inked to take Asean's smart cities plan forward". TODAYonline. Retrieved 2018-08-02.
  6. ^ "Exchange of MOU with UNDP regarding SDGs | JETRO Topics - About Us - Japan External Trade Organization - JETRO". Retrieved 2018-08-02.