As ASEAN chair, Singapore faces a stern test to maintain focus on two critical themes of resilience and innovation. The country has proposed the development of an ASEAN Smart Cities Network that envisages the creation of a platform where up to three cities from each ASEAN member state, including its capital will work towards the goal of being developed as smart and sustainable. World over, the development of smart cities has been responsible for setting in motion the vicious cycle of investment flow and growth. Our focus story, “Cities of the Future”, presents an overview of how select member states are drawing plans to develop smart cities.

The Southeast Asian countries are gearing up fast to meet the climate change commitments under the COP 21 Paris Agreement. In a bid to reduce dependence on fossil fuels, Indonesia too is making efforts to tap its wind energy potential. Our story “Winds of Change” discusses the current status of wind power capacity and the commissioning of Indonesia’s first commercial wind farm.

PPPs are not a new concept in the region’s infrastructure space. Myanmar too is set to implement its first PPP road project. The story “First Steps” talks about the project’s features, recent milestones and the investment opportunities in store.

Malaysia has been quite active with regard to initiating developmental measures in the urban transport segment. Our story “Major Changes” gives an insight into various transport initiatives undertaken by the Government of Malaysia. As telecom infrastructure sharing helps optimise investments and improve margins, operators and tower infrastructure companies across the region are adopting this practice. The story “Strong Synergies” gives an update on the telecom tower industry in select Southeast Asian markets

The story “Rivalry or Cooperation?” gives an insight on increasing interest of China and Japan in ASEAN’s infrastructure development.