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 October 2019
On October 18, H.E. CHIBA Akira, Ambassador of Japan to ASEAN, presented the Letter of Credence to H.E. Lim Jock Hoi, Secretary-General of ASEAN, at the ASEAN Secretariat. Hence, Ambassador Chiba has officially assumed the post of the Ambassador of Japan to ASEAN.
On this occasion, Ambassador Chiba expressed his will to further enhance Japan’s relationship with ASEAN by making the best use of human resources of the Mission of Japan to ASEAN, the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF), and technical cooperation to ASEAN by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). In response, Secretary-General Lim congratulated Ambassador Chiba on his assumption of office, and expressed the appreciation to Japan’s longstanding support to the ASEAN Community. He also extended his sympathies to the sufferingcaused by Typhoon Hagibis.
Both sides also exchanged views on such issues as the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) negotiations, situation in Rakhine State, and cooperation on disaster management.
14 October 2019
On 1 October, the ASEAN Secretariat welcomed nine officials from Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, and Viet Nam (CLMV) as attachment officers. The one-year attachment programme supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) provides an opportunity for these junior officials to learn and gain experience on regional cooperation. The attachment officers are from different ministries that relate to the three ASEAN Community pillars.
Read more about the Attachment Programme here.
11 October 2019
The Second ASEAN Plus Japan Ministerial Meeting on Sports was held on 9 October 2019 in the Philippines. Part of the joint statement reads:
“We note the results of Needs Assessment of the ASEAN-Japan CollaborativeWork Programme and resolve to further collaborate in the areas of women in sports,development of physical education teachers and coaches, and sports science.Upholding the sense of resilience and solidarity among the peoples of ASEAN andJapan through sports, we look forward to our collaboration in promoting theparticipation of women and girls in sports in ASEAN through our joint initiative ASEAN-Japan Actions on Sports in 2019 – 2020 and express support towards Japan’s new initiative on Fostering Physical Education Teachers in the ASEAN Region.”
The “ASEAN-JAPAN Actions on Sports Phase I” is an upcoming project supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).
11 October 2019
From October 15 (Tuesday) to October 23 (Wednesday), 19 university students fromLaos who are interested in disaster prevention and the environment will visit Japan.The group plans to visit disaster prevention/environment related facilities and visit Hiroshima University as a program with the theme of “disaster prevention/environment.” In addition, at the workshop and debriefing session before returning home, they will create an action plan after returning home and share and deepen knowledge among participants.
Through this program, it is expected that young people who will lead the future of Laos will deepen their knowledge according to their themes, deepen their understanding and interest in Japanese culture, and become an active transmitter ofJapanese attractions after returning to Japan.
The JENESYS2019 is an exchange programme for the youths of Japan and ASEAN.
8 October 2019
On October 4, Ms. Hikariko Ono, Minister, Deputy Chief of the Mission of Japan to ASEAN, attended the Opening Session of Attachment Programme held at the ASEAN Secretariat, and celebrated the commencement of the training program at the ASEAN Secretariat for young government officials from Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Vietnam (CLMV). Attendees to the ceremony included H.E. Aladdin D. Rillo, Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN for ASEAN Economic Community.
At the opening session, Minister Ono encouraged the participants by stating that the Attachment Programme is one of the most successful projects among many projectsJapan has supported through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) and expressing her expectation for the success of this year’s training.
Attachment Programme dispatches young governmental officials from CLMV to the ASEAN Secretariat for one year, with a view to enhancing administrative capacities of the participants and narrowing the gap between CLMV countries and other six ASEAN countries. The program has produced excellent officials till now. This year’straining marks the 16th Batch of Junior Diplomats and the 5th Batch of Government Officials from the agencies under the ASEAN Economic Community and ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community pillars. The Government of Japan has supported the program through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).