The U.S.-Singapore Third Country Training Program (TCTP) is a partnership between the Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the U.S. Department of State which jointly conducts capacity building course for Southeast Asian countries, in particular those in the Mekong region. TCTP supports ASEAN community-building efforts through its workshops and training seminars in developmental focused areas.

TCTP courses train participants on topics pertaining to connectivity, sustainable development, and regional resilience, with courses in Cybersecurity, WTO Trade Facilitation, Cybercrime, Disease Outbreak, Biological Threats, Smart Cities, and Intellectual Property Rights, among many others.

TCTP also conducts training on economic growth in a post-pandemic international environment. These courses are premised upon sustainable and resilience principles to address ASEAN challenges of climate change, biodiversity loss, public health, and equity. This provides a valuable opportunity to engage the expertise and resources of U.S. government agencies, academia, and private sector partners to strengthen cooperation within MUSP.

Singapore and the United States draw on complementary expertise and experience to develop innovative capacity building programs that meet the priority needs of ASEAN member countries. Through their efforts, TCTP is coordinated, administered, and funded by the Department of State and the Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The U.S. and Singaporean governments jointly design and implement the week-long training courses, which feature technical experts and trainers from both countries.

U.S.-Singapore Third Country Training Program (TCTP) 2020 Cybersecurity Workshop Held Virtually

The United States and Singapore co-hosted the 2020 Third Country Training Program (TCTP) Cybersecurity Workshop as a series of virtual events on October 26 and 27 and November 2 and 3. This cybersecurity course was fully subscribed with 30 participants from all ASEAN countries as well as Timor-Leste and the ASEAN Secretariat. It covered a broad range of cyber policy topics including the importance of whole-of-government cyber coordination, frameworks and best practices for a risk-based approach to cybersecurity, and the framework of responsible state behavior in cyberspace. The participants identified key themes and lessons to bring back to their home countries for implementation, including raising public awareness on cybersecurity, strengthening network defenses against cybersecurity threats, and creating public-private partnerships to effectively respond to and manage cyber incidents.