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Social Innovation in Southeast Asia

Reimagining ASEAN, One Trend at a Time

    The ASEAN (The Association of Southeast Asian Nations) economy is set for a promising trajectory, with the IMF (International Monetary Fund) projecting a GDP (Gross Domestic Product) of $5.8 trillion in 2023 and an expected average GDP growth rate of 5.4% in 2024. This economic strength, coupled with a massive population of over 680 million, positions ASEAN as an alluring hub for business investment opportunities, technological advancements and a formidable economic force.

      Confronting Challenges

    • Southeast Asian countries grapple with infrastructural disparities, uneven digitalisation, and climate change concerns.
    • ASEAN, China and India collectively are home to 45% of the world’s population, and rapid modernisation and economic growth have significantly contributed to climate change.
    • The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on Southeast Asia’s social and economic fabric:
      1. - 4.7 million people have been pushed into poverty
      2. - 9.3 million jobs have been lost

    These statistics highlight the urgent need for cohesive efforts to rebuild and uplift affected communities in the region.

    With robust technology advancements, digitisation, sustainable practices and accelerated automation, ASEAN has the potential to become the innovation destination for all.

    Empowering ASEAN’s Journey: Hitachi at Every Step

    Hitachi’s Social Innovation fosters an ecosystem where ASEAN dreams thrive, and new possibilities emerge. Here are a few key areas and examples:

    • Transforming Urban Transportation

      Hitachi strengthened public transportation with projects like The Bangkok Red Line and Ho Chi Minh City named Line 1, simplifying commutes, reducing congestion and carbon emissions.

    • Bridging the Banking Gap

      Since 2003, Hitachi has been a driving force for financial inclusion in Indonesia. From supplying cash recycling ATMs to assisting with the nation’s first cash recycling operations, Hitachi marked major milestones in making banking services more accessible to all.

    • Wired for Cashless Success

      Electronic payment system rollout in Vietnam lays the foundation for a nationwide cashless infrastructure.

    • Accelerate Digital Transformation

      Lumada Center in Thailand offers IoT solutions to promote Thailand 4.0. Hitachi, in partnership with Standard and Industrial Research Institute of Malaysia (SIRIM), established the Smart Manufacturing Experience Centre (SMEC) in Kuala Lumpur to empower small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in adopting IR4.0 technologies.

    • Reliable Energy Supply for Rapid Growth

      5,600 distribution transformers supplied to Myanmar in 2019 to light up the lives of the villagers.

    • Tapping into Renewable Energy

      Hitachi supplied and commissioned a 220-kilovolt power transformer to Toji Group as part of the 50MWp Solar Power Plant Loc Ninh 5 project, enabling Vietnam’s renewable energy vision.

    Healthtech Transforming ASEAN Healthcare

    To take on the challenges of uneven accessibility, strained infrastructure in urban centers, rising non-communicable diseases, and an aging population, the ASEAN healthcare sector is undergoing a profound transformation with the integration of digital technologies.

    The Southeast Asia telehealth market was valued at USD 293.9 in 2021 and is predicted to grow at a 17.6% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) from 2021 to 2028.

    • Innovative solutions enhance patient care, streamline processes, and optimise healthcare delivery.
    • Artificial Intelligence (AI) powered diagnostics and predictive analytics solutions are modernising disease detection and treatment planning.
    • Digital platforms enable seamless data sharing and telemedicine breaks geographical barriers, expanding access to quality healthcare.

    Digital Manufacturing Driving Industry Advancement

    With Internet of Things (IoT), Robotics, Automation, Big Data and Artificial Intelligence (AI), Hitachi helps manufacturers accelerate new product development, minimise human errors, enhance production efficiency, and optimise their global production chains. This leads to economic growth, job creation, and an environment ripe for innovation.

    Hitachi’s solutions span the entire value chain, addressing the most pressing issues:

    Supply Chain Disruptions
    Skill Gaps
    Adverse Environmental Impacts

    This not only strengthens the manufacturing sector in ASEAN but also positions the region as a hub for advanced and sustainable production practices.

    Sustainability: Striving for Greener ASEAN

    Developing countries need $1.7 trillion in renewable energy investments each year.

    In 2022, only $544 billion was invested in clean energy, says World Investment Report 2023 by United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).

    As ASEAN strives for net-zero emissions, Hitachi, a climate change innovator, is dedicated to making the region green:

    Through sustainable development initiatives and groundbreaking technologies, Hitachi tackles challenges like environmental pollution, increasing energy demand, and inadequate waste management, supporting the transition to a low-carbon future.

    The year 2023 presents challenges and opportunities for ASEAN as it navigates global uncertainties. However, the region can leverage technology, sustainability, and innovation to emerge as a beacon of progress. Hitachi envisions and nurtures a future where technological advancements, sustainable practices, and innovation thrive in harmony.

    Date of Release:December 2023