The Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) was officially established in March 2006, based on a pledge made by then Japanese Prime Minister H.E. Junichiro Koizumi at the 9th 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 establishment, additional funding support has been pledged to JAIF. As of October 2017, contributions totalled more than 650 million USD. JAIF has contributed to strengthening Japan-ASEAN relations by undertaking various projects in the areas of disaster management, counterterrorism, economic integration, youth exchanges, Japanese language training, among others.
On 19-20 March 2018, the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization - Regional Centre for Higher Education and Development (SEAMEO-RIHED) organised the Expert Meeting on Preparation of Operating Guidelines for the project Support for Capacity Building of the Greater Mekong Subregion University Consortium (GMS-UC) (Phase 1). The meeting was held at Pullman Bangkok Hotel G in Bangkok, Thailand. This project, supported by the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF), is the first phase of the planned two-phased project to harmonize higher education in Southeast Asia, contributing to formulation of the Asian Higher Education Area in the future.
The second phase of a joint hydrographic survey of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore (SOMS) by the three littoral States – Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore – and the Malacca Strait Council of Japan officially commenced today. The data collected from the survey will be used to produce more up-to-date and detailed electronic navigational charts that will improve navigational safety and enable better voyage planning in one of the busiest waterways in the world.
Phase one of the joint hydrographic survey was completed in 2016. Phase two of the survey is supported by the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) and is expected to be completed by 2020.
The ASEAN Cultural Heritage Digital Archive (ACHDA) project was launched this week to present ASEAN’s cultural heritage on one website, making it possible for the public to access some of ASEAN’s museum collections more easily. The online portal will consolidate select digital archives of cultural heritage including artefacts, old documents and paintings. The project will also supplement the existing digital archives of ASEAN member states as it will digitise cultural heritage objects.
The ACHDA project is being implemented by the ASEAN Secretariat with support from the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).
The Task Force on the Mainstreaming of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in the ASEAN Community convened its fifth meeting on 5-6 February 2018 in Jakarta, Indonesia. The meeting deliberated on the first draft of the “ASEAN Enabling Masterplan 2025: Mainstreaming the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (MRPD),” which seeks to complement the implementation of ASEAN Member States’s commitments towards achieving an inclusive community as reaffirmed in the ASEAN Community Vision 2025 and the ASEAN Community Blueprints 2025.
The AHA Centre deployed the ASEAN Emergency Response and Assessment Team (ASEAN-ERAT) personnel to Myanmar on 15 – 31 January 2018. The team members were tasked to assist the work of the Relief and Resettlement Department (RRD) of Myanmar.
JAIF supports the AHA Centre through the projects “ASEAN-ERAT Transformation Project” and “Establishment of a Disaster Emergency Logistic System for ASEAN (DELSA).”
Following the successful implementation of the Disaster Emergency Logistics System for ASEAN (DELSA) project during the period of 2012 – 2017, the Government of Japan continues supporting ASEAN in advancing its disaster management and preparedness strategies through the second phase of DELSA. This covers several activities to further enhance ASEAN’s preparedness and response capacity to reduce and address the impacts of natural disasters across Southeast Asian countries. It includes the establishment of two satellite warehouses in the Philippines and Thailand, in addition to the existing regional stockpile in Subang, Malaysia, and the development of long-term agreements with suppliers.
The Commission for the Supervision of Business Competition (KPPU), working together with Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC) and Competition Commission of Brunei Darussalam, held a two-day workshop on 17-18 January 2018 in Badi’ah Hotel, Bandar Seri Begawan. The workshop focused on “Selection and Prioritization of Sectors or Industries for Market Studies,” which was attended by more than 40 participants from 10 ASEAN member countries. The activity is part of the project on "Technical Assistance for ASEAN Competition Authorities to Strengthen Competition Law Enforcement in ASEAN Region" supported by the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).
The Fifth ASEAN State of Environment Report was launched at the sideline of the 14th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Environment (AMME) on 12 September 2017 in Brunei Darussalam. The SOER5 was developed with support from UN Environment and the Government of Japan through Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF), and printed with support from Hanns Seidel Foundation (HSF).
The Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC) and the Commission for the Supervision of Business Competition of the Republic of Indonesia (KPPU) facilitated a training on effective competition authority enforcement and advocacy on 6-8 December 2017 in Tokyo, Japan. The training was attended by 24 officials from competition authorities in ASEAN and the ASEAN Secretariat. The activity is part of the project on "Technical Assistance for ASEAN Competition Authorities to Strengthen Competition Law Enforcement in ASEAN Region" supported by the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Indonesia, in collaboration with the United Nations and the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), hosted the first ASEAN-UN Training Workshop on the Law of the Sea on 12-14 December 2018 in Jakarta. The three-day workshop is co-sponsored by the Mission of Japan to ASEAN and the German Embassy in Jakarta.