Nathan is implementing ASEAN-USAID Inclusive Growth in ASEAN through Innovation, Trade, and E-Commerce (ASEAN-USAID IGNITE), a five-year program supporting the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). ASEAN-USAID IGNITE is designed to promote a well-integrated and inclusive ASEAN Economic Community by strengthening the enabling environment for cross-border trade.
ASEAN-USAID IGNITE builds upon achievements of the US-ASEAN Connectivity through Trade and Investment (US-ACTI) project and provides technical assistance across three work streams: (i) Trade Facilitation; (ii) The Digital Economy; and (iii) Science, Technology, and Innovation. Through its support to the ASEAN Secretariat, ASEAN-USAID IGNITE aims to achieve the following objectives:
- Objective 1: Harmonized, transparent, internationally-accepted standards, rules, and procedures known to facilitate the cross-border movement of goods and services expanded while reducing non-tariff barriers to trade.
- Objective 2: Improved environment for increasing the availability within and among ASEAN Member States of relevant, affordable, and secure digitally-enabled services that reflect international standards and practices and facilitate e-commerce, especially for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs).
- Objective 3: Enabling environment strengthened that provides incentives for using science, technology, and innovation to drive open and inclusive economic growth.
In all of its work, the program seeks to promote a more inclusive environment for micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) and strengthen conditions for women’s economic empowerment, including through the promotion of gender equality and women’s participation in trade.