The Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) was officially established in March 2006, based on the pledge from then Japanese Prime Minister H.E. Mr. Junichiro Koizumi at the Ninth ASEAN-Japan Summit held in December 2005 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
JAIF aims at supporting integration efforts to create the ASEAN Community by facilitating the implementation of the ASEAN 2025: Forging Ahead Together, which consists of the blueprints for the ASEAN Political Security Community (APSC), ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), and ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC), as well as the Initiative for ASEAN Integration (IAI) Work Plan III and the Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity (MPAC) 2025. JAIF also aims at promoting greater cooperation between ASEAN and Japan.
Since its first financial contribution, several additional funding supports have been pledged to the original JAIF, and as of 31 May 2019, the total contribution amounts to more than USD 680,000,000.
21 January 2020
Ten young politics oriented Cambodians will visit Japan as a part of the JENESYS2019 program from January 23 to 31. Under the theme of “Japanese multiparty democracy”, the group will attend lectures and visit legislative, administrative and judicial institutions in Tokyo, as well as Hachioji-city to observe the process of a local election. They will also travel to Tokushima prefecture and visit sites related to the local administrative and culture to deepen their understanding of Japan.
Through the program, it is expected that the participants, who will lead the future of Cambodia, will enrich their views on Japanese multiparty democracy as reference for the democratic development of their country. The JENESYS2019 is an exchange programme for the youths of Japan and ASEAN supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).
10 January 2020
Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi, who is visiting Jakarta, Indonesia on January 10, met with the Secretary General of ASEAN, HE Dato Lim Jock Hoi at the ASEAN Secretariat. The outline is as follows.
Foreign Minister Motegi is delighted to reunite with Secretary General Lim since September 2019. He will make a speech today on Japan's policy on ASEAN. Japan fully supports the ASEAN Outlook on the Environment (AOIP), promotes synergy between Japan's "Free and Open Indo-Pacific (FOIP)" and AOIP, and cooperates to realize a free and open Indo-Pacific.
In response, Secretary-General Lim welcomed Minister Motegi's visit to the ASEAN Secretariat and stated that he hoped that Japan-ASEAN relations would be further strengthened under the direction indicated in the speech of Minister Motegi. He expressed his appreciation for Japan's support for AOIP and expressed hope that Japan and ASEAN would cooperate closely. He also expressed his gratitude to Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) and other Japanese cooperation so far.
Both sides also exchanged views on the situation in Rakhine State of Myanmar. The two sides also agreed that the signing of East Asia Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) this year among 16 countries, including India, is important.
10 January 2020
Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, Motegi Toshimisu, visited the ASEAN Secretariat on 10 January 2020, during which he met with the Secretary-General of ASEAN, Dato Lim Jock Hoi, and delivered a lecture on Japan’s Policy for ASEAN “Towards a new stage of cooperation in the spirit of Gotong-Royong”.
The lecture highlighted Japan’s contributions to narrow human resource gap within ASEAN through the “Attachment Programme” and strengthen ASEAN’s emergency response to natural disaster through the ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on Disaster Management (AHA Centre). These initiatives are funded by the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).
10 January 2020
The Japan Coast Guard has announced that a commemorative ceremony will be held on January 14 for the introduction of a new training system at the ASEAN Regional Training Center in Malaysia.
The Japan Coast Guard is supporting the training for VTS (Vessel Traffic Service) personnel of ASEAN. In 2017 ASEAN Regional Training Center in Port Klang, Malaysia was established supported by the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF). The center conducts training in accordance with international standards and trains VTS controllers in ASEAN countries. This time, a commemorative ceremony was held to introduce the new training system to enable efficient training.
The commemorative ceremony will be held at the ASEAN Regional Training Center in Port Klang, Malaysia. The ceremony was hosted by the Maritime Affairs Bureau of Malaysia, and from Japan, Mr. Masamune Wada, Minister of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, Ambassador Hiroshi Oka, Ambassador of Japan to the Embassy in Malaysia, Mr. Norihiro Takasugi, Chief of Transportation, Japan Coast Guard, and Deputy Minister of Transport will participate. From Malaysia, the Secretary-General of the Ministry of Transport and the Director of Maritime Division of the Ministry of Transport will participate. According to the order of ceremony, the Director of the Maritime Division of Malaysia will give a speech from the organizer. The Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism and the Deputy Minister of Transportation will give guests greetings and hand over the equipment (inventory).
20 December 2019
The ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on disaster management (AHA Centre) launched a new emergency satellite warehouse on 13 December in Chai Nat Province, Thailand. Together with the satellite warehouse in Camp Aguinaldo, Philippines, which was recently launched last July, ASEAN reaffirmed commitment to increase speed and scale of response to disasters in the region.
The said satellite warehouse shall be co-managed by the AHA Centre and the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM), Ministry of Interior, Thailand and supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).