BANGKOK, 23 August 2019 – ASEAN Member States, ASEAN Smart Cities Network (ASCN) cities and the ASEAN Secretariat held the annual ASCN meeting on 23 August in Bangkok to take stock of the work that has been done.

The meeting adopted the ASCN Terms of Reference which will be submitted for notation by the ASEAN Leaders at the 35th ASEAN Summit in November. Participants elected Singapore as ASCN shepherd to provide advice and support to the ASCN Chair for the next two years, in line with the terms of reference. They also discussed the development of the ASCN monitoring and evaluation framework and modalities for engagement with external partners.

As engagement with external partners is one of the focus of the ASCN Chair this year, some dialogue partners – the United States, Japan, Republic of Korea, and China – presented their smart city development and cooperation initiatives for ASCN.

Parallel to the meeting, the ASCN Conference and Exhibition was held on 22-24 August. In his welcome remarks, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Thailand Don Pramudwinai emphasised the importance of ASCN as a catalyst for cities’ economic growth and in exploring solutions for urban challenges.

The Phuket Smart City White Paper, developed jointly by the Digital Economy Promotion Agency, Huawei, and Roland Berger, was also launched as a guiding document for developing smart cities and provinces in Thailand. It is hoped to serve as reference for other interested cities. Speakers from solution providers and practitioners from smart cities also gave presentations, while a few G20 countries participated in the event and shared their respective initiatives on smart cities.