President Biden will announce his intention to provide up to $ 102 million in new initiatives to expand the strategic partnership between the United States and ASEAN at the US-ASEAN summit on October 26, reflecting the deep commitment of the United States. Biden-Harris administration to the central role of ASEAN in America’s vision of a free and open Indo-Pacific.
US-ASEAN Future of Healthcare: The United States is committed to leading the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. The United States intends to provide up to $ 40 million in new efforts to accelerate joint research, strengthen the capacity of the health system, and develop the next generation of human capital in health through the through the US-ASEAN Health Futures initiative. These efforts build on the more than $ 3.5 billion the United States has invested in supporting public health in ASEAN over the past 20 years. The Health Futures initiative will help both tackle the current pandemic and strengthen ASEAN’s capacity to prevent, detect and respond to future outbreaks of zoonoses and other infectious diseases. Initiative activities may include the following:
- Extend USAID’s ASEAN Public Health Emergency Coordination System (APHECS) to support the response of ASEAN member states to COVID-19 and other public health emergencies through a regional framework to guide coordination and communication in public health emergencies.
- To provide grants for research on emerging infectious diseases in ASEAN between American scientists and early-career scientists in Southeast Asia, with an emphasis on promoting gender equality in this area .
- Support projects to help control tuberculosis transmission linked to cross-border and migration issues by developing transnational reporting systems and national tuberculosis action plans.
- Partner with regional hospitals in a new CDC cooperative agreement to detect and contain emerging infectious disease threats before the spread occurs.
- Promote cooperation to develop, implement and enforce regulations and best practices to reduce the risks of disease transmission from wildlife and strengthen mechanisms for monitoring, early warning, surveillance, prevention and control of diseases. zoonotic diseases.
- Expanding the United States and ASEAN Healthcare Future Alumni Network through capacity building programs including the flagship Young Leaders Skills Training Program (YSEALI), scholarship Department of Health and Human Services Public Health Emergency Management and US-ASEAN Fulbright Programs.
- Provide USAID assistance to strengthen the convergence of pharmaceutical standards and product quality in ASEAN.
- Share information and strengthen networks to detect and combat high-risk antibiotic-resistant pathogens and vectors, prevent antimicrobial resistance and improve technical exchanges on health and emerging pandemic threats.
- Transforming the health workforce and academic public health programs of ASEAN states and training the next generation of health professionals through multidisciplinary approaches through the One Health Workforce – Next Generation project.
- Strengthen engagement through ASEAN-US health ministerial conference.
United States-ASEAN climate futures: The United States intends to provide up to $ 20.5 million for a new US-ASEAN Climate Futures initiative dedicated to tackling the climate crisis and keeping within reach the urgent goal of limiting the global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius. Initiative activities may include the following:
- Launch the United States-ASEAN Climate Action Agenda to support ASEAN’s environment and sustainable development through climate change research, coordination and innovation and implementation improved nationally determined contributions.
- Collaborate with communities in ASEAN member states through the USAID Clean Air Catalyst program to better understand local pollution sources and identify solutions that lead to sustained progress towards cleaner, healthier air.
- Improving climate adaptation through the USAID SERVIR Mekong initiative with NASA, which harnesses remote sensing technology and open data to help address development challenges related to climate change.
- Expand smart energy efforts with USAID’s new Southeast Asia Smart Power Program to decarbonize and strengthen the region’s power system by increasing regional energy trade and accelerating the deployment of clean energy technologies.
- Invest in USAID’s new Sustainable Fish Asia project to strengthen ASEAN’s regional role in fisheries, address gender and labor issues, improve trade and fisheries compliance, and promote tools to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing.
- Launch the Smart Transport Asia program to support best practices and cutting-edge techniques to improve transportation systems and fuel economy standards, increase the use of clean transportation technologies, and reduce energy consumption and emissions .
- Establish a Smart City Business Innovation Fund to help ASEAN cities develop and adopt innovations that support the transformative changes needed to address current and future urban challenges.
- Increase engagement through ASEAN-US Ministerial Meeting on Environment and Climate Change and continuation of ASEAN-US Ministerial Meetings on Energy. The first ASEAN-United States energy ministerial was held in September 2021.
United States-ASEAN Economic Futures: The Biden administration continues its efforts to promote economic growth and opportunity and better reconstruct the economic damage caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The United States plans to provide $ 10 million in new loans and intends to provide up to an additional $ 10 million in new financing to support United States-ASEAN cooperation on trade and innovation. Initiative activities may include the following:
- Extend USAID support to the ASEAN Single Window to foster the global development of interoperable single window systems to facilitate trade across the Pacific and adopt international best practices in customs technology.
- Launch a scientific and technological innovation cooperation program between the United States and ASEAN (STIC) to support innovative projects, support the digital economy and facilitate connections between public and private laboratories, universities, policymakers, industries and professional associations in the United States and ASEAN.
- Providing funds through the United States’ International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) to Integra Partners Fund II LP, a venture capital fund focused on making impact investing in Southeast Asia in early-stage, impact-driven technology investments that close a significant gap between supply and demand in financial services, insurance and healthcare.
- Improve transport engagement through ASEAN-US Ministerial Meeting on Transport.
Billions of futures contracts: The United States Pledged to Our Combined Billion People and Announces Plans to Provide $ 16 Million in Education Related Loans, $ 1.5 Million for English Teacher Training and Intention provide up to $ 4 million in new funding to promote gender equality and equity. Initiative activities may include the following:
- Support ASEAN gender programs and initiatives such as the ASEAN Gender Mainstreaming Strategic Framework and the ASEAN Women, Peace and Security Agenda.
- Launch a new DFC loan portfolio guarantee with Pintek, an Indonesia-based digital lender facilitating educational loans for vocational training and higher education.
- Provide a 20-year DFC loan to support Fulbright Vietnam University (FUV) in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam’s first independent, non-profit liberal arts university.
- Strengthen people-to-people links with ASEAN countries through the new initiative âEnglish Teacher Training Plusâ aimed at strengthening national capacities for teaching English in ASEAN countries.
- Strengthen engagement and promote gender equality, equity and empowerment through an ASEAN-US Ministerial Meeting on Women.
The President looks forward to working with Congress to support these important initiatives.