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.
29 November 2019
ASEAN launched the Poll on ASEAN Awareness 2018 Report at the ASEAN Secretariat today. Supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF), the poll aims to measure general understanding of and perception towards ASEAN, evaluate current communication strategies, and identify key sources of information for effective dissemination to ASEAN citizens.
15 November 2019
The 17th ASEAN and Japan Transport Ministers Meeting (17th ATM+Japan) was held on 15 November 2019 in Ha Noi, Viet Nam. The Meeting was co-chaired by H.E. Mr. Nguyen Van The, Minister of Transport of Viet Nam and H.E. Mr. MINORIKAWA Nobuhide, State Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism of Japan. The Meeting was preceded by the 18th ASEAN and Japan Senior Transport Officials Meeting (18th STOM+Japan) held on 13 November 2019.
The Ministers noted with satisfaction the steady progress of 24 projects implemented based on the AJTP Work Plan for 2018-2019, under the Pakse Action Plan adopted at the 11th ATM+Japan in December 2013. The Ministers endorsed the AJTP Work Plan for 2019-2020 which would further enhance regional connectivity. These included two projects supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF): “Advanced Personnel Training Program for Vessel Traffic Service” and “Joint Hydrographic Survey of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore.”
11 November 2019
From November 12 (Tuesday) to 20 (Wednesday), 15 Japanese university students are scheduled to visit Viet Nam. While visiting Viet Nam, they deepen their understanding of Japan-Viet Nam relations and Vietnamese society and culture through interviews with government officials, cultural experiences/site visit, school exchanges, etc., and capture various opportunities during the visit to disseminate Japan's charm. It is expected through this program that the young people who have the ability to transmit information to overseas and lead the future of Japan will deepen their knowledge according to the themes, and contribute to promoting understanding of Japan in Viet Nam, mutual understanding between Japan and Viet Nam, and the enhancement of the foundation of trust.
The JENESYS2019 is an exchange programme for the youths of Japan and ASEAN.
8 November 2019
The ASEAN Integovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) Workshop on Promoting Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women through Information Communications Technology (ICT) towards Achieving the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was held in Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam on 7-8 November.
The workshop gathered participants from relevant ASEAN Sectoral Bodies, representatives of ASEAN Member States government, civil society organisations and academia working in gender and ICT issues, as well as eminent experts from various regional and international organisations. A list of practical, action-oriented recommendations was developed at the end of the workshop for AICHR, other ASEAN sectoral bodies, and Member States to consider for further implementation.
As part of the AICHR Priority Programme 2019, the workshop was hosted by AICHR Viet Nam and Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Viet Nam, with support from the Japan ASEAN Integration Fund.
6 November 2019
Japan maintains its influence on ASEAN by utilizing Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF). At the Japan-ASEAN Summit Meeting held in December 2005, Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi (at that time) pledged a total of JPY 7.5 billion to ASEAN leaders to support ASEAN efforts centering on correcting regional disparities within the ASEAN region. Based on this, JAIF was established on March 27, 2006. As of September 30, 2019, a total of USD 683 million has been contributed, and ASEAN integration is supported from various perspectives in terms of politics, security, economics, and culture to support ASEAN integration. Specific projects include “Promoting SME Competitiveness through ASEAN Business Incubator Network- ABINet” and “Assessment of the Legal and Regulatory Frameworks on Electronic Commerce in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Viet Nam.”