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Information on USTDA’s Grant – U.S. Embassy & Consulate in Thailand

Phuket Smart City Grant Signed
Bangkok, Thailand
September 19, 2022

USTDA grant information

What is USTDA?

  • The United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) is the US government’s international project planning agency. Utilize USTDA’s on-demand project preparation tools (feasibility studies, technical assistance, grants to pilot projects) and partnership building programs (reverse trade missions, workshops, training) to sustain Thai public and private sector organizations Helping to accelerate possible infrastructure development. Connect with trusted technology and service providers in the United States.

What does the USTDA grant for Phuket provide?

  • The value of the USTDA grant to DEPA is US$839,420. This grant is for developing technical requirements and detailed strategies for building the Phuket Smart City Data Platform, a tool that leverages data and innovation to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of city management and citizen services. We provide funding for technical assistance. The assistance will facilitate the upgrade of Phuket’s integrated operations center capabilities and core ICT infrastructure such as traffic control and emergency communication systems, fiber optic networks, data servers, cloud migration, cyber security and 5G.

How does this activity support your leadership in Thailand 4.0 and ASEAN?

  • Phuket is one of 26 official members of the ASEAN Smart Cities Network (ASCN). ASCN is a collaborative platform for cities in 10 ASEAN member countries to work towards the common goal of smart and sustainable urban development. The Phuket Smart City Data Platform, supported by a USTDA grant, is one of Thailand’s key projects identified under the ASCN framework and serves as a reference case for many other cities in Thailand and the ASEAN region. I’m here.
  • The smart city development of Phuket is part of the “Thailand 4.0” framework. It is a national agenda and economic development model that focuses nationally on the use of technology to promote the “security, prosperity and sustainability” of Thailand’s nation. Under this broader framework, smart cities are recognized as a key investment in achieving national development goals. The 20-year National Strategy (2018-2037), a long-term strategic framework to guide Thailand towards achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals, has focused on livable cities and improved public administration. It presents a roadmap for the implementation of Thailand 4.0.

How does USTDA support smart cities?

  • Globally, USTDA’s project preparation and partnership building tools promote sustainable and resilient solutions and best practices to urban infrastructure challenges. USTDA helps cities by:
    • Preparation – Properly prepare projects to support funding and implementation.
    • pilot – Pilot new and innovative technologies.
    • connection – Connect with U.S. expertise, best practices, and resources.
  • USTDA funds projects focused on smart urban infrastructure in over 30 countries and over 100 cities, building on these efforts through the agency’s Global Partnership for Climate-Smart Infrastructure are planning to
  • USTDA supports seven smart city activities underway across the ASEAN region, including the following projects:
    • Malaysia: Johor
    • Philippines: Cebu City, Davao
    • Thailand: Phuket
    • Vietnam: Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Tam Ky City
  • USTDA’s Reverse Trade Missions (RTM) bring public and private sector stakeholders to the United States for one to two weeks to learn about US technology and industry best practices.

What other USTDA Smart City Programs involve Thailand?

  • Representatives from the Department of Transport Policy and Planning, Ministry of Transport of Thailand, will participate in a mission to the United States hosted by USTDA on September 19-29, 2022 to introduce Southeast Asian representatives to the United States’ cutting-edge technology, services and transportation. Best practices to improve infrastructure safety, efficiency and sustainability. This mission will focus on innovations that can support decarbonization of the Southeast Asian transport sector, especially at the city level. The delegation will attend his ITS World Congress in Los Angeles.

What is USTDA’s track record in Thailand?

  • Funding over 135 major infrastructure projects focused on the energy, transport, ICT, healthcare infrastructure and agribusiness sectors.
  • For over 20 years (since 2002) USTDA has maintained an Asian regional office in Bangkok, from which it supports partnership programs with Thailand and Southeast Asian countries.

What is the US-ASEAN Smart City Partnership?

  • The US-ASEAN Smart Cities Partnership (USASCP) is a State Department initiative launched in 2018 with the aim of promoting sustainable, resilient and comprehensive solutions to improve the quality of urban life in Southeast Asian cities. It’s a leading initiative.
  • USASCP works with numerous US government agencies, universities and private sector partners to support projects and programs that advance smart and sustainable cities across the ASEAN region.

How does this activity support the objectives of PGII and IPEF?

  • This activity is supported by the U.S. Government’s Partnership for Global Infrastructure and Investments (“PGII”) and the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework’s (“IPEF”) digital partnership for the development, expansion and deployment of secure information and communications technologies. It also supports the pillars of (“ICT”) networks and infrastructure that drive economic growth and foster an open digital society.

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