ASEAN Smart Network Initiative

Vision

The ASEAN Smart Network Initiative is in pursuit of eliminating network bottlenecks by 2015 and implementing applications to solve social issues which are common to the ASEAN region. After 2015, the ASEAN Smart Network Initiative aims to spread the implemented applications to all ASEAN countries. The realization of the ASEAN Smart Network Initiative will promote the distribution of information between ASEAN countries, enhance their connectivity, and greatly contribute to the establishment of the ASEAN Community. Furthermore, each ASEAN country will share ICT and applications to solve social issues such as environmental protection, disaster prevention and mitigation, which will make it possible to collect and analyze necessary information promptly and internationally and to respond effectively. For example, the ASEAN Smart Network Initiative will make it possible to single out the pollution source of rivers flowing through a number of countries more promptly and precisely than each country independently trying to pinpoint the source. Furthermore, the cost of necessary ICT and applications introduced by the ASEAN Smart Network Initiative will be lower than the cost of those introduced by each individual country.

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Historically, Japan has had a deep relationship with ASEAN countries. Japan can make effective use of ICT and contribute significantly to the establishment of the ASEAN Community, which ASEAN is aiming at, and the enhancement of the connectivity of ASEAN countries. MIC hopes that the cooperation between ASEAN and Japan will be enhanced through this contribution.