US Vice President Announces US-ASEAN “Smart Cities” Partnership

US Vice President Mike Pence attends the 13th South Asia Summit Plenary Session on the sidelines of the 33rd ASEAN Summit in Singapore, 15 November 2018.
US Vice President Mike Pence attends the 13th South Asia Summit Plenary Session on the sidelines of the 33rd ASEAN Summit in Singapore, 15 November 2018. Photo: AP

MPCore.us – In Singapore, US Vice President Mike Pence expressed support for the Trump administration for the construction of digital facilities and urban Southeast Asia. In his speech at the American – ASEAN Summit, Pence announced the Smart Cities Partnership in America – ASEAN.

“This effort will trigger American investment that is renewed in the region’s digital facilities, promoting prosperity and security in Southeast Asia,” Pence said. He added, this effort would increase Washington’s cooperation in cyber security with the regional bloc.

Smart Cities or Smart Cities are a term among ASEAN countries when facing two major trends, urbanization and digitalization. The population of Southeast Asia is increasing rapidly, and most of its population tends to live in cities, thus creating various challenges ranging from traffic congestion, water and air quality, to cyber security.

Speaking to reporters, Pence called ASEAN a part of the world inhabited by extraordinary people. He also stressed the American government’s desire to engage more intensively with the economic bloc. America is only beginning to examine how our investments and the region’s economy can contribute to growth, employment and opportunities in America.

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