The Connectivity Pillar designs activities to accelerate human development efforts by using ICT for education and training, improving access to scientific knowledge, and promoting innovative partnerships.
The Connectivity Pillar provides platforms to exchange best practices in infrastructure development, such as information and communication technology (ICT), engineering, aviation, energy ports, and road management. The pillar also builds strategic partnerships between the private sector in the U.S. and the Lower Mekong in order to facilitate connectivity and foster innovative business models in the sub-region.
Examples of projects under the Connectivity Pillar include:
- The USAID Connecting the Mekong through Education and Training (COMET) project will help universities and vocational centers to increase the number of skilled workers in the science, technology, engineering, mathematics, accounting, and tourism (STEM+AT) fields in the Lower Mekong countries. COMET will help bridge the gap between the private sector, universities and vocational centers in order to ensure the supply of skilled workers meets the demands of local employers.
- Mekong Technology Innovation Generation and Entrepreneurship Resources (TIGERS@Mekong) is a public-private alliance platform aimed at enhancing and deepening the start-up and innovation ecosystems of targeted Mekong economies by supporting young innovators and entrepreneurs. The project is managed by the U.S. Department of State and is the signature project under the 'Connect Mekong' framework. For more information, please visit the Tigers@Mekong website.