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 2018, the total contribution amounts to more than USD 660,000,000. JAIF has contributed not only to advancing ASEAN integration but also to strengthening ASEAN-Japan relations by implementing various projects in the areas of disaster management, counter terrorism, maritime cooperation, economic integration, small and medium-sized enterprises development, youth exchanges, Japanese language training, and others.
In response to floodings in 10 provinces of Lao PDR, the Jakarta-based ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on disaster management (AHA Centre) is facilitating the mobilisation of ASEAN relief items for the flood-affected communities. The humanitarian assistance has arrived at Wattay International Airport, Vientiane, on Friday, 27 July 2018. Types of provided items include: mobile storage unit, aluminium boats, family tents, and personal hygiene kits. The relief items were transported from the Disaster Emergency Logistics System for ASEAN (DELSA) regional stockpile based in Subang, Malaysia, by A400M military aircraft of the Royal Malaysian Air Force – with an estimated value of assistance of over 235,000 USD.
The ongoing mission is the Centre’s second emergency response to Lao PDR. The AHA Centre is also responsible in managing the DELSA regional stockpile with the support of Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund.
A workshop on the “Development of Methodology for Mapping of Country Profiles on Autism” was held in Bangkok, Thailand on 24-25 July 2018. Workshop participants included representatives of the Senior Officials Meeting on Social Welfare and Development (SOMSWD) and ASEAN Autism Network (AAN) from ten ASEAN countries.
The workshop is part of the project “Autism Mapping Project in the ASEAN Region” supported by the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).
The Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organisation Regional Centre for Higher Education and Development (SEAMEO RIHED) organised the kick-off of the project “Support for Capacity Building of the Greater Mekong Sub-region University Consortium (GMS-UC)” and the 1st Rectors Forum at the Sukosol Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand. This is the first activity of the project being implemented by SEAMEO RIHED in collaboration with the ASEAN Secretariat and with support from the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF). The project aims to enhance capacities of selected universities of the GMS-UC across areas of management and leadership, teaching and research, and internationalisation and cross-border education.
A series of meetings and discussions with project partners for the “ASEAN Hometown Improvement through Disability-Inclusive Communities Model” were held in Hanoi and Da Nang, Viet Nam on 17-22 July 2018.
The project is supported by the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).
ASEAN and Japan renewed their commitment to further advance partnership following the 12th Meeting of the ASEAN-Japan Joint Cooperation Committee (JCC) held at the ASEAN Secretariat.
The annual JCC meeting is a key mechanism to coordinate and review ASEAN-Japan cooperation. ASEAN appreciated Japan’s continued support for ASEAN Community building including through its contribution to the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) as well as cooperation programmes to support ASEAN’s efforts in enhancing regional connectivity and narrowing the development gap.
A series of consultation meetings for the “ASEAN Hometown Improvement through Disability-Inclusive Communities Model” were held in Jakarta, Indonesia on 11-14 July 2018.
The project is supported by the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).
The Task Force on the Mainstreaming of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in the ASEAN Community, comprising representatives from the AICHR, SOMSWD and ACWC, convened its 7th meeting on 6 July 2018 in Jakarta, Indonesia. At this meeting, the Task Force continued its deliberation on the draft ASEAN Enabling Masterplan 2025: Mainstreaming the Rights of Persons with Disabilities which focuses on the finalisation of the draft Enabling Masterplan, including ways to ensure that the Enabling Masterplan is implementable, effectively monitored and reported.
The Meeting was co-chaired by Dr. Seree Nonthasoot, Representative of Thailand to the AICHR and Mr. Richard Tan, SOMSWD Focal Point of Singapore with support from the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).
Did you know that the Government of Japan has established Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund in 2006 to support various development projects in health, counterterrorism, environment, outreach, economic integration, and of course disaster management?
Japan’s Foreign Minister Taro Kono visited the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta and met with ASEAN Secretary-General Dato Lim Jock Hoi. The Foreign Minster explained the position of Japan on further strengthening Japan-ASEAN relations towards the ASEAN related foreign ministers' meeting to be held in July this year and the ASEAN-related summit meeting to be held in November. Minister Kono introduced the ASEAN music festival to be held in Japan in October this year, touching that this year is the 45th anniversary of ASEAN-Japan Friendship Cooperation.
Secretary-General Dato Lim also expressed his appreciation for the 45th anniversary of Japan-ASEAN Friendship Cooperation and expressed his appreciation for Japan's cooperation, including the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).
As ASEAN and Japan commemorate the 45th Anniversary of Friendship and Cooperation this year, Japan conveyed its strong desire to further strengthen its partnership with ASEAN.
Foreign Minister of Japan, Taro Kono conveyed this message during his meeting with Secretary-General of ASEAN, Dato Lim Jock Hoi at the ASEAN Secretariat today. Minister Kono underscored that Japan places high priority to its relations with ASEAN and conveyed Japan’s continued support to ASEAN Community building efforts, including through funding programmes and projects under Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).