The ASEAN Science and Technology Network (ASTNET) was identified as a flagship project of the ASEAN Committee on Science, Technology, and Innovation (COSTI) – was Committee on Science and Technology (COST) – at its 33rd Meeting held in Bandung, Indonesia, on 23-27 July 1997. The ASTNET aims to create an ASEAN-wide electronic based technology information network. It will also be a gateway to interconnect ASEAN S&T information resources to internal S&T and industrial databases. It is expected to support administration, monitoring and coordination of plans and programs of ASEAN COSTI so as to improve the efficiency of cooperation and coordination among ASEAN member countries. The Sub-committee on S&T Infrastructure and Resources Development (SCIRD) is responsible in the implementation of ASTNET.