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.
24 June 2019
On the 24th, Japan Productivity Headquarters announced that it had established Myanmar Productivity Center in the country, in cooperation with the Ministry of Industry of Myanmar and the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI). In Myanmar, investment from overseas has expanded rapidly since the transfer of civil administration in 2011. The need for guidance on productivity improvement is also growing.
The costs for the establishment were contributed by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF). It is part of the project Capacity Building of Industrial Human Resource Development Organization for Productivity Improvement in Myanmar (Phase II) supported by the Government of Japan through the JAIF.
23 June 2019
The 34th ASEAN Summit was held in Bangkok on 23 June 2019. The Meeting was chaired by H.E. General Prayut Chan-o-cha, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Thailand.
The Chairman’s Statement recognized projects, among others, supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF). It mentioned the ASEAN-Japan Cybersecurity Capacity Building Centre (AJCCBC) in Bangkok, which will complement existing ASEAN efforts in cybersecurity capacity- building. It welcomed the signing of the Protocol to Amend the ASEAN-Japan Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement on 2 March 2019 in Siem Reap, Cambodia, and looked forward to its early implementation. It also welcomed the establishment of an ASEAN Satellite Warehouse in Chai Nat, Thailand, and looked forward to the launch of the ASEAN Satellite Warehouse in Manila, the Philippines in 2019 under the Disaster Emergency Logistics System for ASEAN (DELSA), which will enhance the mobilisation and delivery of relief items rapidly to disaster-affected areas.
22 June 2019
The Myanmar Productivity Center (MPC), which has been supported since December 2015 in cooperation with the Ministry of Industry of Myanmar and the Federation of Myanmar Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI), was formally established on 22 June 2019 and will be in full operation. The establishment ceremony was held at UMFCCI in Yangon, and about 150 people, including government officials and industry representatives (industry groups, industrial park representatives, business executives, etc.) attended.
The initiative is part of the project Capacity Building of Industrial Human Resource Development Organization for Productivity Improvement in Myanmar (Phase II)supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).
10 June 2019
May 2019, the Japanese Government through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF), provided the ASEAN Regional Mine Action Center (ARMAC) with an approximate amount of USD 156,000 funding to enhance Mine Risk Education (MRE) in a number of countries across the ASEAN region.
The funding will go towards supporting a one-year project to develop a comprehensive and integrated approach to MRE that will build on the best practices of ASEAN Member States in educating their populations on the dangers of landmines and explosive remnants of war (ERW).
4 June 2019
ASEAN and Japan Senior Officials participating in the 34th ASEAN-Japan Forum in Hanoi yesterday reaffirmed the importance of the ASEAN-Japan Strategic Partnership and the commitment to further strengthen the close ties.
ASEAN also welcomed Japan’s active contribution to addressing climate change and natural disasters including through financial and technical support to strengthen the operation of the ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on disaster management. More activities and projects will also be conducted under the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) to foster closer cultural ties and people-to- people contacts.