Economic analytics and consulting firm Nathan Associates has received a potential five-year, $12M contract to help the U.S. Agency for International Development implement economic integration efforts within the ASEAN Economic Community.
The company said Thursday it will support USAID in promoting inclusivity in the Southeast Asian trade environment as part of the ASEAN-USAID Inclusive Growth in ASEAN through Innovation, Trade, and E-Commerce contract.
ASEAN-USAID IGNITE seeks to encourage investments in digital economy, innovation, science and technology as well as foster gender equality and women empowerment across small, micro and medium-sized businesses.
Nathan noted its economic integration assistance will build upon the company’s work on USAID’s U.S.-ASEAN Connectivity through Trade and Investment initiative.
Sue Chodakewitz, CEO and president of Nathan, said the company seeks to deepen its partnership with the agency and collaborate with Southeast Asian organizations via the contract.
The new program will support prior USAID projects such as ASEAN Single Window and ASEAN-U.S. Science Prize for Women; the newly launched ASEAN-U.S. Smart Cities Partnership program; and other cybersecurity and connectivity cooperation efforts.