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  • Graduation Ceremony of twelve Attachment Officers (AOs) from Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Viet Nam was held virtually on 24 September 2020. During the one-year programme, 12 AOs from the 16th Batch of Junior Diplomats (APSC involvement) and the 5th Batch of AEC and ASCC involvement further developed their knowledge and understanding on regional cooperation. The ceremony was attended by over 60 participants, including H.E. Ambassador Akira Chiba, Ambassador of Japan to ASEAN, H.E. Aladdin D. Rillo, Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN for ASEAN Economic Community, Permanent Representatives to ASEAN, ASEAN Secretariat staff members who served as mentors for AOs and the members of JMT.

    Congratulating the graduating AOs, Ambassador Chiba highlighted the importance of the Attachment Programme as JAIF’s longest-running programme that has so far supported 100 officers from CLMV who now play a significant role in ASEAN cooperation after graduation. Words of appreciation for extensive support from the Government of Japan and JMT were shared by DSG Rillo, H.E. Ambassador Aung Myo Myint of Myanmar and various host divisions. On behalf of JMT, Director Setsuko Miyakawa wished AOs a further success in their future career and continued cooperation with JAIF.

    Japan has consistently supported the Attachment Programme since 2001. The Attachment Programme continues to develop capacities of CLMV officials to participate in regional initiatives and to fulfil their regional commitments.

    The 5th Project Steering Committee (PSC) meeting for the Establishment of a Disaster Emergency Logistics System for ASEAN (DELSA) Phase II was held on 22 September 2020 through virtual meeting. The meeting was co-chaired by National Disaster Management Agency (NADMA) Malaysia and Singapore Civil Defense Force (SCDF). The meeting was attended by the representatives from National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) Philippines, Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) Thailand, Mission of Japan to ASEAN, ASEAN Secretariat, the AHA Centre and JMT.

    The platform was updated about the status of implementation of DELSA Phase II including deployment and activities in support of NDMO operations during Covid-19 Pandemic, sustainability of DELSA Programme, financial status and updates from Joint Committee Meetings. Moreover, it was also informed about the new concept note of Digitalisation of DELSA Satellite Warehouse Management System and upcoming Humanitarian Emergency Logistic Innovation Expo (HELIX.2021) in Hanoi, Viet Nam in 2021. JMT Programme Coordinator Zin Aung Swe provided the meeting with  technical assistance on the possible area of post-DELSA project activities.

    As the Government of Japan is considered one of the ASEAN Committee on Disaster Management (ACDM) closest Dialogue Partners supporting ASEAN’s work in Disaster Management and is directly supporting the development of the ASEAN Agreement on Disaster Management and Emergency Response (AADMER) Work Programme 2021-2025, a consultation meeting with think-tanks and academics from the region was convened on 18 September 2020 through virtual meeting.

    Together with representative from the Mission of Japan to ASEAN, JMT Programme Coordinator participated the meeting. The JMT provided the meeting with the information of JAIF-supported projects under current AADMER Work Programme 2015-2020. The meeting exchanged the possible areas of Japan-ASEAN cooperation and coordination in disaster management and possible improvements in the WP 2021-2025.

    The 9th Project Steering Committee (PSC) meeting for the ASEAN-Japan Cybersecurity Capacity Building Centre (Step 2) was held on 17 September 2020 through virtual meeting. The meeting was attended by the total of 13 representatives from Ministry of Digital Economy and Society of Thailand, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications of Japan, Embassy of Japan in Thailand, Mission of Japan to ASEAN, ASEAN Secretariat and JMT.

    The platform was updated about the progress of project activities, online self-learning course and budget utilisation. The meeting discussed the possibility of another no-cost extension and budget realignment request. The JMT provided the meeting with technical inputs in preparation of budget realignment. The meeting was also reported the mitigation plan in consideration of current Covid-19 Pandemic situation.

    The 4th Project Steering Committee (PSC) meeting for the AHA Centre Executive (ACE) Programme 2018-2020 was held on 15 September 2020 through virtual meeting. The meeting was co-chaired by National Disaster Management Authority of Indonesia (BNPB), Singapore Civil Defense Force (SCDF) and Viet Nam Disaster Management Authority, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of Vietnam. The meeting was attended by the representatives from Mission of Japan to ASEAN, ASEAN Secretariat, the AHA Centre and JMT.

    The meeting was updated about the status of implementation of ACE Programme 7th batch in 2021, ACE programme impact evaluation and other activities. The platform also discussed on financial report and budget realignment as well as Future-Driven Strategy for Capacity Development of ASEAN Professionals in Emergency Response and in Building Resilience (FUTURESCAPES) proposal. The JMT provided the meeting with inputs of JAIF guidelines and procedure during the discussion of 7th batch implementation options.

    The 8th Project Steering Committee (PSC) meeting of the ASEAN-Japan Cybersecurity Capacity Building Centre (Step 2) in 2020 was held on 20 August 2020. The meeting was attended by the total of 15 PSC members from Ministry of Digital Economy and Society of Thailand, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications of Japan, Embassy of Japan in Thailand, Mission of Japan to ASEAN, ASEAN Secretariat and JMT.

    The meeting updated the unbalance in the number of participants between government officers and Critical Information and Infrastructure (CII) Operator and provided suggestions. The meeting was reported of the progress of AJCCBC online self-learning course and suggested several options to increase enrollment. The JMT provided technical support in offering view on the second no-cost extension request and budget realignment request to cover the operational cost. The meeting was organised remotely through video conference due to Covid-19 Pandemic.

    To maximize the benefits of the Attachment Programme at the ASEAN Secretariat, the 12 Attachment Officers (AO) from Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Viet Nam (CLMV) ― the 16th Batch of Junior Diplomats (APSC involvement) and the 5th Batch of AEC and ASCC involvement ― initiated a series of practical learning sessions with the assistance from the IAI-NDG Division.

    Training on Project Development for AOs was one of such learning sessions organized on 18 – 19 August 2020 in Jakarta, Indonesia (partially virtually). Five (5) members of JMT as resource persons provided practical knowledge on project management from the development to evaluation stages through lectures as well as practical group exercises.

    At the opening remarks, JMT Director Setsuko Miyakawa commended on AO’s professionalism and commitment to making the best use of the learning opportunities during the AO Programme despite the difficult times during the pandemic period. PCPMD of the ASEAN Secretariat also provided lectures on project cycle and the guidelines on implementation.

    Japan has consistently supported the Attachment Programme since 2001. To-date, it has a total of 88 graduates from 15 Batches for Junior Diplomats (APSC Involvement) and 4 Batches for AEC and ASCC Involvement. The Attachment Programme continues to develop capacities of CLMV officials to participate in regional initiatives and to fulfil their regional commitments.

    The JAIF Management Team (JMT) convened a meeting with Mr. Romeo Jr. Abad Arca, Head of Community Relations Division (CRD) of ASEAN Secretariat (ASEC) as the representative of proponent and implementing agency of three (3) projects implemented under CRD during 2011-2015. The platform offered opportunities to understand relevance, effectiveness, efficiency and sustainability of JAIF-supported projects in support of Information sector.

    The JMT acknowledged best practices and lesson learned that were withdrawn from the project implementation through the virtual meeting conducted on 11 August 2020. The discussion also served as an opportunity to enable closer ties between ASEC and JMT.

    The 7th Project Steering Committee (PSC) meeting of the ASEAN-Japan Cybersecurity Capacity Building Centre (Step 2) in 2020 was held on 16 July 2020. The meeting was attended by the total of 16 PSC members from representatives from Ministry of Digital Economy and Society of Thailand, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications of Japan, Embassy of Japan in Thailand, Mission of Japan to ASEAN, ASEAN Secretariat and JMT.

    The meeting shared outcome discussions of ASEAN Digital Senior Officials’ Meeting- ASEAN Telecommunication Regulators’ Council (ADGSOM-ATRC) Joint Working Group meeting with Japan that was held on 3 July 2020. In relation to the ongoing pandemic of Covid-19, the meeting discussed the possibility of a delay in project implementation as well as its mitigation plan. The meeting also explored the alternative option to migrate from physical training to online course platform and the requirement of technical support from MIC/NICT Japan. The JMT provided the meeting with technical support in offering views on change in activities and budget utilisation. The meeting was organised remotely through video conference due to Covid-19 Pandemic.

  • The JAIF Management Team (JMT) organised meeting with People’s Television Network (PTV-4), Philippines as proponent and NHK International, Inc. as implementing agency (IA) of project titled Capacity Building of ASEAN TV Broadcasters through Documentary Program Production on ASEAN-Japan Cooperation. The platform offered opportunities to understand relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, sustainability and likely impact of JAIF-supported projects in support of Information. The meeting further discussed about Japan-ASEAN collaboration to promote tourism and investment in the region through documentaries production.

    JMT acknowledged best practices and lessons learned that were withdrawn from the project implementation through the virtual meeting conducted on 30 June 2020. The discussion also served as an opportunity to enable closer ties between JMT and project stakeholders.

    The JAIF Management Team (JMT) convened a meeting with five (5) representatives from ASEAN Business Advisory Council (ASEAN-BAC) and Philippine Centre for Entrepreneurship (PCE) of project titled ASEAN Mentorship for Entrepreneurship Network (AMEN). PCE is Philippines’ subsidiary body for ASEAN-BAC. Due to travel restriction, the monitoring interview was conducted remotely over video conference on 29 June 2020. During the meeting, the ASEAN-BAC that was the proponent-cum-IA of project as well as PCE explained the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, sustainability and likely impact of JAIF-supported project in assisting of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs).

    The meeting informed about the success of project which was implemented in 2019 including development of 10 entrepreneurship modules, 48 certified mentors and pilot run in four (4) ASEAN Member States (AMS). Moreover, it also enabled closer ties between JMT and ASEAN-BAC as well as PCE.

    The 6th Project Steering Committee (PSC) meeting of the ASEAN-Japan Cybersecurity Capacity Building Centre (Step 2) was held on 18 June 2020. The meeting was attended by representatives from the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society of Thailand, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications of Japan, Embassy of Japan in Thailand, Mission of Japan to ASEAN, ASEAN Secretariat and JMT.

    The meeting was reported the readiness of online self-learning course on cybersecurity for ASEAN Member States (AMS) as well as the possible cooperation with third countries for further training or workshops. JMT provided technical support for the second tranche fund disbursement. The meeting was organised remotely through video conference due to Covid-19 Pandemic.

    The JAIF Management Team (JMT) organised a meeting with proponent and implementing agency in the Philippines. More than 10 representatives, including members from JMT participated in the monitoring visit conducted remotely through video conference on 3 June 2020. The platform offered opportunities to understand relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, sustainability and likely impact of JAIF-supported projects in support of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). The meeting further discussed about its endeavour to promote SMEs within the ASEAN region through internship program and network.

    JMT acknowledged the best practices and lesson learned that were withdrawn from the project implementation. The discussion also served as an opportunity to enable closer ties with JAIF stakeholders as the team met with representatives from Department of Trade and Industry – Bureau of SME Development (DTI-BSMED) as well as University of the Philippines Institute for Small Scale Industries (UP ISSI).

    The JAIF Management Team (JMT) convened a meeting with Mr. Rommel Gavieta as implementing agency (IA) of project titled ‘Formulation of Case/Industry Studies to Develop ASEAN Benchmarks and Baselines for SMEs within ASEAN in Three Identified ASEAN Priority Sectors’ for the purpose of JMT Monitoring Visit. Due to travel restriction, the interview was conducted remotely over video conference on 26 May 2020. During the one-hour meeting, the IA explained the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, sustainability and likely impact of JAIF-supported projects in support of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs).

    The meeting was informed about the collaboration amongst ASEAN Member States (AMS) and Japan to promote SMEs within the region through the project implementation. Moreover, it also enabled closer ties between DLSU and JMT.

    The 5th Project Steering Committee (PSC) meeting of the JAIF supported project on ASEAN-Japan Cybersecurity Capacity Building Centre (Step 2) was held on 14 May 2020. The meeting was attended by representatives from the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society of Thailand, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications of Japan, Embassy of Japan in Thailand, Mission of Japan to ASEAN and JMT.

    The meeting provided implementation updates during work-from-home arrangement since March 2020, the establishment of online self-learning course and wider cooperation with third countries. JMT provided technical support in request of project no-cost extension and budget realignment of the project. The meeting was organised remotely through video conference due to current Covid-19 Pandemic.

    The JAIF Management Team (JMT) organised a meeting with proponent and implementing agencies in the Philippines for the purpose of JMT Monitoring Visit. Due to Covid-19 Pandemic that restrict travels, the interview were conducted remotely over video conference on 5 May 2020. The meeting was convened to understand relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, sustainability and likely impact of JAIF-supported projects in support of Information.

    The meeting provided the opportunity for JMT to capture lesson learned and good practices of the two (2) projects. It also enabled to form closer network with representatives from Philippine Information Agency (PIA), People’s Television Network (PTV-4) as well as Culture and Information Division of ASEAN Secretariat.

    The 4th Project Steering Committee (PSC) meeting of the JAIF supported project on ASEAN-Japan Cybersecurity Capacity Building Centre (Step 2) was held on 16 April 2020. The meeting was attended by representatives from Ministry of Digital Economy and Society of Thailand, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications of Japan, Embassy of Japan in Thailand, Mission of Japan to ASEAN, ASEAN Secretariat and JMT.

    The meeting discussed the establishment of online self-learning course and wider cooperation with third countries. JMT provided technical support in view of reporting requirement and fund disbursement of project. The meeting was organised remotely through video conference due to current Covid-19 Pandemic.

  • The 3rd Project Steering Committee (PSC) Meeting for the “Establishment of an Integrated Information and Communication (ICT) System to Strengthen the Operation of the ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on Disaster Management (the AHA Centre)- Phase IV” was held on 13 March 2020 at the AHA Centre’s office in Jakarta, Indonesia. The Meeting was chaired by Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) as the Lead Shepherd Country and attended by delegates from Mission of Japan to ASEAN, JAIF Management Team (JMT), the Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance Division (DMHA) of the ASEAN Secretariat and the AHA Centre.

    The meeting provided updates on the Project Implementation of ICT Phase IV and discussed budget realignment along with no-cost extension request until 28 February 2021. JMT provided technical assistance during the PSC meeting.

    The 1st Project Steering Committee (PSC) Meeting of “Enhancing the Readiness of Myanmar Government Local Capacity in Providing Humanitarian Assistance to Support the Repatriation Process” was held on 4 March 2020 at the Department of Disaster Management (DDM) Office, Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar.

    The Meeting was chaired by Myanmar, attended by representatives from the Mission of Japan to ASEAN, ASEAN Secretariat (ASEC), the AHA Centre and Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) Management Team. The newly-recruited National Project Manager also joined the said meeting. The AHA Centre provided secretariat support to the meeting through the Project funded by JAIF.

    JMT provided the technical support to the meeting.

    As part of its regular reporting mechanism, the JAIF Management Team (JMT) attended the 14th Meeting of the ASEAN-Japan Joint Cooperation Committee Working Group (AJJCC-WG) on 26 February 2020 at the ASEAN Secretariat (ASEC) where JMT presented the status of JAIF and its supported projects in year 2019, including JMT activities. The highlights of the JMT’s presentation were the revision to the JAIF Handbook and the development of Compact Version of JAIF Handbook (which later obtained acknowledgement from the AJJCC Meeting on 11 March 2020). Furthermore, the Meeting extended its appreciation to JAIF for the additional contribution of JAIF2.0 and noted JMT’s effort to strengthening the visibility of Japan-ASEAN Cooperation through the revision on JAIF logo and requesting JAIF stakeholders’ initiative in communicating contributions of JAIF in the form of publicity.

    The Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC) hosted the Project Planning Meeting for the new JAIF-supported project, “Development of Stock Assessment Methods and Strengthening of Resources Management Measures for Tropical Anguillid Eel in Southeast Asia” on 3 February 2020 in Bangkok, Thailand. The project is a follow-up to a follow-up project to “Enhancing Sustainable Utilization and Management Scheme of Tropical Anguillid Eel Resources in Southeast Asia”, which was successfully implemented SEAFDEC from JAIF from 2017 to 2019 with the support from JAIF.

    The meeting was attended by 28 participants, including the representatives from AMS, consultants and the technical staff of the SEAFDEC Secretariat.

    Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) Management Team (JMT) was invited to share the information on the JAIF procedures and requirements useful for the project stakeholders.

    The Chair expressed its appreciation for Japan’s cooperation in the fisheries sector through JAIF and for JMT’s close support to the SEAFDEC.

  • The JAIF Management Team (JMT), in collaboration with the ASEAN Secretariat (ASEC) Program Cooperation and Project Management Division (PCPMD), organized the second of two (2) JAIF Socialization Sessions for ASEC staff intended for the year 2019. The Socialization Session aims to facilitate understanding of the updated JAIF Handbook acknowledged by the 13th ASEAN-Japan Joint Cooperation Committee (AJJCC) Meeting on 14 March 2019. The first Socialization Session was conducted on 16 May 2019. While covering the same contents, the second one was particularly meant for those ASEC staff who were not able to attend the first Socialization Session, notably those new to the ASEC.

    A total of 34 participants were in attendance, which included 15 ASEC Desk Officers (DOs), five (5) Attachment Officers (AO), three (3) PCPMD officers, two (2) officers from the Mission of Japan to ASEAN, and nine (9) JMT officers.

    HANOI, 30 October - 1 November 2019

    JMT visits JAIF stakeholders in Viet Nam

    The JAIF Management Team (JMT) organised meetings with proponents, implementing agencies, and project beneficiaries from Viet Nam as part of its monitoring and outreach activities to understand the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, sustainability, and likely impact of JAIF supported projects in support of counter-terrorism, information, and micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs). The visits also allowed JMT to gather lessons learned and good practices from the project implementation.

    To communicate the contributions of JAIF supported projects, JMT also interviewed beneficiaries of the MSME project ASEAN Training Course to Build and Enhance Export Capacities for SMEs implemented in 2017.

    Overall, the visits enabled closer ties with JAIF stakeholders as the team met representatives from Vietnam Television (VTV), Ministry of Industry and Trade, Viet Nam, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Vietnam Association of Small and Medium Enterprises, and Vietnam Leather, Footwear and Handbag Association.

    JAKARTA, 17 October 2019

    MOFA Japan officials visit JMT

    The JAIF Management Team (JMT) had the pleasure of welcoming officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of Japan. Director Mondo Yamamoto and his team visited the JMT on 17 October 2019 at the ASEAN Secretariat.

    Mr. Yamamoto received a briefing from the JMT Director about the current status of the JAIF and the roles of the JMT. The officials appreciated the information as well as the work of JMT. Mr. Yamamoto expressed his interest to visit the JMT again for continued discussion.

    The Regional Policy Division oversees Japan’s support to ASEAN through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    H.E. Ambassador Akira Chiba, the new Ambassador of Japan to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), visited the JAIF Management Team (JMT) on 7 October 2019 at the ASEAN Secretariat.

    The JMT Director welcomed the Ambassador and briefed him on the current status of the JAIF and the roles of the JMT. Ambassador Chiba also met the rest of the JMT officers and noted the team’s important role in the JAIF operations since its establishment in 2011. He encouraged the team to further cooperate with JAIF stakeholders, including the Mission of Japan to ASEAN, for the JAIF’s effective and efficient utilization.

    Ambassador Chiba is the fifth Ambassador of Japan to ASEAN since Japan established its Mission to ASEAN in 2011. For his further background, please refer to the Mission of Japan to ASEAN’s webpage here.

    The Opening Ceremony of the IAI Attachment Programme at the ASEAN Secretariat (2019-2020) was held on Friday, 4 October 2019 at the ASEAN Secretariat (ASEC).

    Supported by the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) for more than a decade, the one-year programme aims to assist Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, and Viet Nam in meeting ASEAN regional commitments and furthering equal benefits from the region’s integration through the attachment of 12 young diplomats and government officials to the relevant divisions at the ASEC.

    In her welcome remarks, Ms. Hikariko Ono, Minister, Deputy Chief of the Mission of Japan to ASEAN, stated that the Attachment Programme is one of the most successful projects among many projects Japan has supported through the JAIF and expressed her expectation for the success of this year’s programme.

    Attendees included H.E. Aladdin D. Rillo, Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN for ASEAN Economic Community, Permanent Representatives to ASEAN, Director for Sectoral Development Directorate Tran Dong Phuong, and JMT.

    The JAIF Management Team (JMT) met proponents, implementing agencies, and project beneficiaries from Lao PDR as part of its monitoring activities to help collect relevant information to support the analysis of the overall effectiveness, efficiency, and relevance of JAIF supported projects on environment, information, and counter-terrorism.

    The JMT also took the opportunity to interview project beneficiaries and sought the latter’s insights on the projects’ contributions, specifically on the sectors of environment and information. The JMT visited the following ministry and organizations in Lao PDR on 3-4 October 2019: Nam Ha National Protected Area in Luang Namtha Province, Lao National Television (LNTV), and the Ministry of Public Security in Vientiane.

  • The 5th Project Steering Committee (PSC) Meeting of the “ASEAN-ERAT Transformation Project – Phase I” was held on 24 September 2019 at the Civil Defence Academy, Singapore Civil Defence Force, Singapore. It was co-chaired by Singapore and Thailand, and attended by representatives from Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Viet Nam, the Mission of Japan to ASEAN, and the JAIF Management Team (JMT). Representatives from the Philippines and the ASEAN Secretariat (ASEC) also joined the meeting through video teleconference.

    In the meeting, the JMT provided technical inputs on financial reporting and discussion on the formulation for the expected Phase II of the ASEAN-ERAT Project.

    The ASEAN Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (ASEAN-IPR) convened a seminar on the outcome of the research project titled “Lessons Learned from a Process of Conflict Resolution between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) as Mediated by Indonesia, 1993-1996.” The research project was initiated by the ASEAN-IPR – Indonesia and carried out jointly by a team of researchers from Indonesia and the Philippines with the support of the Government of Japan through the Japan ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    The opening ceremony of the seminar commenced with welcome remarks by H.E. Rezlan Ishar Jenie, Executive Director of the ASEAN-IPR. It was also attended by approximately 100 participants and dignitaries namely H.E. Retno L.P. Marsudi, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia, H. E. Dr. Hoang Anh Tuan, Deputy Secretary-General (DSG) of ASEAN for Political-Security Community, and H.E. Noel Servigon, Permanent Representative of the Philippines to ASEAN who delivered remarks. The JAIF Management Team (JMT) Director also read out the message on behalf of Mme. Hikariko Ono, Charge d’Affairs ad interim, the Mission of Japan to ASEAN.

    The 2nd Project Steering Committee (PSC) Meeting for the “AHA Centre Executive (ACE) Programme 2018-2020” was held on 12 September 2019 in Hanoi. It was co-chaired by Singapore, Indonesia, and Viet Nam, and attended by the AHA Centre and the ASEAN Secretariat. The following day, 13 September 2019, the open session of the 6th Meeting of the ASEAN Committee on Disaster Management (ACDM) Working Group on Knowledge and Innovation Management (WG-KIM) was held, also in Hanoi. It was attended by representatives from Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, and Viet Nam. Moreover, representatives from the ASEAN-Korea Programme Management Team (AKPMT), Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA), International Federation of Red Cross (IFRC), United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOHCA), and the JAIF Management Team (JMT) presented in the said meeting while the Pacific Disaster Center (PDC) joined remotely through Skype.

    The JMT presented on JAIF as well as provided technical assistance to both meetings.

    Responding to a request from the JCCI, Singapore, the JAIF Management Team (JMT) Director contributed the article titled “ASEAN Smart City Network (ASCN) under Singapore Chairmanship Initiative and the Support of JAIF for ASCN” as part of the JCCI’s monthly magazine “Geppo” (September 2019 issue).

    The article is prepared in Japanese and covers the ASCN, which has been initiated under the Singapore Chairmanship in 2018. Similarly, JAIF currently supports an on-going project on ASCN with the title “Promotion of ASEAN Smart City Network (ASCN) by Commencing a High-Level Meeting.”

    The 4th Project Steering Committee (PSC) Meeting for the “Establishment of a Disaster Emergency Logistics System for ASEAN (DELSA) Phase II: Satellite Warehouse” was organised on 27 August 2019 at the Grand Millennium Hotel, Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur. The meeting was co-chaired by Malaysia and Singapore and attended by representatives from the Japan Mission to ASEAN, ASEAN Secretariat, the ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on disaster management (AHA Centre), and the JAIF Management Team (JMT). The meeting was updated on the project implementation and upcoming activities, budget realignment, and plan for the next phase. The JMT extended technical assistance to the meeting.

    MYANMAR, 15-16 August 2019

    JMT visits JAIF proponents in Myanmar

    The JAIF Management Team (JMT) organised meetings with proponents from Myanmar as part of its monitoring visits to gather information to understand the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, sustainability, and likely impact of JAIF supported projects in support of the Initiative for ASEAN Integration (IAI). The JMT met four representatives from the Department of Planning, Ministry of Agriculture and three representatives from the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration, Ministry of Planning and Finance. The visits also enabled closer ties with JAIF proponents and provided the sharing of lessons and good practices from the project implementation.

    The training aims to enhance the skills of officers from Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, and Viet Nam (CLMV) in project cycle management as well as in developing ASEAN Cooperation Projects. It was jointly organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Myanmar, Permanent Mission of Myanmar to ASEAN, the ASEAN Secretariat, the JAIF Management Team (JMT), and the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) of the Philippines. The JMT presented an overview of JAIF, including its financial disbursement and reporting systems. The three-day training was participated by 56 participants from various ministries of CLMV.

    The training was designed to support the implementation of the Initiative for ASEAN Integration (IAI) Work Plan III and was supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund.

    The second Project Steering Committee (PSC) Meeting for the “Establishment of an Integrated Information and Communication System to Strengthen the Operation of the ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on Disaster Management (AHA Centre) – Phase IV” was held on 19 July 2019 at the AHA Centre’s office in Jakarta, Indonesia. The Meeting was chaired by Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) as the Lead Shepherd Country and attended by representatives from the Mission of Japan to ASEAN, JAIF Management Team (JMT), the Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance (DMHA) Division of the ASEAN Secretariat, and the AHA Centre.

    The meeting was updated on the project implementation plan of ICT Phase IV and the development of the ICT Roadmap, to serve as guidelines for ICT infrastructure and solutions for the AHA Centre and its network with the ASEAN Member States for 2025 and beyond.

    On 16 July 2019, five delegates from NTT DATA, Japan, visited the ASEAN Secretariat (ASEC) to discuss the on-going ASEAN Cultural Heritage Digital Archive (ACHDA) project with the Culture and Information Division (CID). ACHDA project aims to raise ASEAN awareness and ASEAN identity through supporting the AMSs’ effort in digitising their cultural heritage collections and promoting public access to digitised archive of AMSs. Proposed by the CID with support from the ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting for Culture and Arts (SOMCA), the two-year project is being implemented by NTT DATA since June 2018.

    After welcome remarks by CID’s Assistant Director Mr. Tan Ghee Thong, Mr. Motoo Kotera Vice President and Head of Social Innovation Division, Social Infrastructure Solution Sector of NTT Data, thanked CID for its assistance in project management and provided updates. Mr. Kotera reported that both digitization and ACHDA website development is almost complete. The results of the project will be reported at the SOMCA + Japan meeting in Yogyakarta in September 2019 as well as the concluding forum of the project scheduled at the end of 2019.

    Both parties highlighted the importance of promotion of the project’s outputs, i.e. ACHDA website and its contents, and thus agreed to discuss further the plans for effective promotion toward the planned website launch to the general public in the 4th quarter of 2019.

    JAIF Management Team (JMT) attended the meeting as well as the discussion with CID and NTTDATA on promotion activities and future plans on the following day.

    JAIF Management Team (JMT) met with representatives from the Senior Officials Meeting on Transnational Crime (SOMTC), Brunei Darussalam and Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) as JMT continues its efforts to collect relevant information on transnational crimes (TC)-related projects. The team took the opportunity to meet both proponent and implementing agency before their final coordination meeting in Jakarta.

    The meeting provided insights on the overall effectiveness, efficiency, sustainability, and relevance of TC projects supported by JAIF and how project-level outputs contribute to the overall goals of ASEAN integration and community building and enhancing ASEAN-Japan cooperation.

    To communicate the contributions of JAIF supported projects, the JAIF Management Team (JMT) carried out an interview with one of the beneficiaries of the Initiative for ASEAN Integration (IAI) flagship programme: Attachment Programme at the ASEAN Secretariat for Officials from Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Viet Nam, as part of its outreach activities.

    H.E. Ambassador Ekkaphab Phanthavong, Permanent Representative of Lao PDR to ASEAN, was part of the 8th batch of the Attachment Programme. The visit allowed the Ambassador to share his experience and views on how the Attachment Programme has been contributing to the human capacity building of Lao PDR and the ASEAN region. The interview is shared through the Beneficiaries’ Voice of the JAIF Website.

  • JAIF has a long stated commitment to combat transnational crimes (TC) in particular counter-terrorism. With more than 50 TC-related projects across the ASEAN region, various ministries in Singapore have been implementing 10 of them. As part of its monitoring activities, JAIF Management Team (JMT) visited Ministry of Home Affairs, Singapore to collect relevant information and analyse their overall effectiveness, efficiency, sustainability, and relevance.

    The team met with representatives from International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) Global Complex for Innovation and agencies under Ministry of Home Affairs such as Singapore Police Force (SPF), Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA), Home Team Academy (HTA), Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF), International Cooperation and Partnership Division (ICPD).

    The JAIF Management Team (JMT), in collaboration with the ASEAN Secretariat’s Program Cooperation and Project Management Division (PCPMD), organized the JAIF Socialization Session for ASEC Staff to facilitate understanding of the updated JAIF Handbook acknowledged by the 13th ASEAN-Japan Joint Cooperation Committee (AJJCC) Meeting on 14 March 2019. The updated JAIF Handbook was circulated among ASEC staff by PCPMD via e-mail on 19 March 2019 for reference and usage of respective JAIF stakeholders.

    This was the first of two sessions intended for the year 2019. A total of 53 participants attended the session, which included 39 ASEC desk officers (DOs), 3 PCPMD officers, 1 officer from the Mission of Japan to ASEAN, and 10 JMT officers.

    The ASEAN Technical Working Group on Agriculture Research and Development (ATWGARD) organized the 1st Project Steering Committee (PSC) Meeting of the project “Promotion of Biomass Energy for Agriculture Communities and Rural Development in ASEAN Region” on 14 May 2019 at Adonis Hotel, Hanoi, Viet Nam. The JAIF Management Team (JMT) participated in the PSC Meeting and also pre-coordination meeting on 13 May 2019. The PSC appreciated the information shared in the JMT presentation regarding the important elements and procedures for implementation of JAIF supported projects.

    The open session of the 34th ASEAN Committee on Disaster Management (ACDM) Meeting was organized on 25 April 2019 in Mandalay, Myanmar. China, Japan, and Republic of Korea have been supporting projects under the ASEAN Agreement on Disaster Management and Emergency Response (AADMER) Work Programme. The ASEAN Secretariat (ASEC) has taken the initiative, according to Article 21 of the Conference of Parties to the AADMER, to establish the ACDM Plus Three cooperation and ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Disaster Management (AMMDM) Plus Three cooperation.

    In view of the above, based on the request from Japan, the JAIF Management Team (JMT) participated in the meeting, along with officials from the Mission of Japan to ASEAN, provided information on JAIF programmes/projects supporting the AADMER Work Programme, and exchanged views on ways forward regarding the implementation of the AADMER Work Programme.

    The 4th Project Steering Committee (PSC) Meeting for the “ASEAN-ERAT Transformation Project” was held on 16 April 2019 at D’ Anggerek Hotel, Brunei Darussalam. The PSC Meeting was co-chaired by Singapore and Thailand, and attended by representatives from Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Viet Nam, and Mission of Japan to ASEAN, ASEAN Secretariat (ASEC), and JAIF Management Team (JMT). The AHA Centre provided secretariat support to the meeting as the project’s proponent and implementing agency. The JMT extended technical support to the meeting and also project proponent.

  • In partnership with the ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on disaster management (the AHA Centre), JAIF’s consistent support to ASEAN on disaster management is demonstrated through the following AHA Centre’s flagship programmes: Disaster Emergency Logistics System for ASEAN (DELSA), AHA Centre Executive (ACE) Programme, and ASEAN-Emergency Response and Assessment Team (ASEAN-ERAT) Transformation Project. In addition, support has also been extended for the Establishment of an Integrated Information and Communication Technology System to Strengthen the Operation of the AHA Centre.

    The JAIF Management Team (JMT) met with the project management teams of these four flagship programmes as part of its monitoring activities. The visit allowed the AHA Centre to share comprehensive information about the contributions of JAIF supported projects on disaster management, including best practices and lessons learned from implementing them.

    The JAIF Management Team (JMT) attended the 13th Meeting of the ASEAN-Japan Joint Cooperation Committee Working Group (AJJCC-WG) at the ASEAN Secretariat (ASEC) on 8 March 2019. The Meeting endorsed to the ASEAN-Japan Joint Cooperation Committee the Revised Guidelines for the JAIF for its possible adoption and the Revised JAIF Handbook for its possible acknowledgment at its 13th Meeting scheduled to be held on 14 March 2019. (Later on, the adoption and acknowledgement were made at the AJJCC Meeting on 14 March 2019.) Further and as part of its regular reporting mechanism, the JMT presented the status of JAIF and its supported projects in year 2018, including JMT activities. The Meeting noted the importance of JAIF Handbook’s dissemination once adopted and appreciated joint effort by ASEC and JMT. It also appreciated the comprehensive reporting of JAIF status.

    The third Project Steering Committee (PSC) Meeting for The Establishment of a Disaster Emergency Logistic System for ASEAN (DELSA) – Phase II: Satellite Warehouse project was held on 19 February 2019 in Singapore. Malaysia and Singapore co-chaired the meeting as Co-Chairs of the ASEAN Committee on Disaster Management (ACDM) Working Group on Preparedness and Response. The Meeting was also attended by Thailand and the Philippines as host countries of the two satellite warehouses. In addition, the meeting was attended by PSC members namely representatives from The ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on disaster management (the AHA Centre), ASEAN Secretariat, Mission of Japan to ASEAN, and JAIF Management Team (JMT).

    Following its approved implementation arrangement, the project Disaster Risk Reduction by Integrating Climate Change Projection into Flood and Landslide Risk Assessment held its first Project Steering Committee (PSC) meeting on 6 February 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand. As the project’s implementing agency, the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) provided secretariat support for the meeting.

    The JAIF Management Team (JMT) participated at the meeting to provide the required technical inputs and clarifications for a JAIF supported project. The meeting provided updates on the project’s progress, including decisions that required approval from the PSC.

    The project Capacity Building for the Operationalisation of the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC) Blueprint Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Systems aims to address knowledge gaps and build capacity in the area of M&E especially in relation to the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC) Blueprint 2025. As part of the project’s activities, the ASEAN Secretariat as the project’s proponent, organized the first training on 29-31 January 2019 in Ha Noi, Viet Nam. Participants included focal persons from the ASEAN Committee on Disaster Management (ACDM), ASEAN Senior Officials on the Environment (ASOEN), Committee under the Conference of Parties to the ASEAN Agreement on Transboundary Haze Pollution (COM to AATHP), Senior Labour Officials Meeting (SLOM), Senior Officials Meeting on ASEAN Cooperation on Civil Service Matter (SOM-ACCSM), and Senior Officials’ Committee for the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community Council (SOCA).

    The JAIF Management Team (JMT) participated as one of the resource persons for the training and also took part in panel discussions.

    BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, 22 January 2019

    JMT participates at the 11th AJCT Dialogue

    The 11th ASEAN-Japan Counter-Terrorism (AJCT) Dialogue aimed to exchange experiences, views, and ideas as well as best practices on counter-terrorism among the ASEAN Member States and Japan. As a project supported through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF), the JAIF Management Team (JMT) was requested to attend the Dialogue on 21-22 January 2019 at Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam.

    JMT made a presentation on important elements for implementation of JAIF supported projects, with special focus on JAIF procedures. The presentation focused on three areas: fund management, visibility, and reporting.

  • The 7th Project Steering Committee (PSC) meeting for the ASEAN-Japan Cybersecurity Capacity Building Centre (AJCCBC) (Step 2) was held on 12 December 2018 in Bangkok, Thailand. The Meeting was chaired by the Electronic Transactions Development Agency (ETDA) Thailand and attended by representatives from the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) of Japan, ASEAN Secretariat (ASEC), Embassy of Japan in Thailand, and JAIF Management Team (JMT). Representative from the Mission of Japan to ASEAN participated remotely.

    The meeting reported on the progress of the project implementation and the JMT provided technical assistance to the meeting.

    The JAIF Management Team (JMT) organised meetings with proponents and implementing agencies from Thailand as part of its monitoring activities to collect relevant information on JAIF supported projects in support of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) and the information sector and to analyse their overall effectiveness, efficiency, sustainability, and relevance. The team met with 12 representatives from the Office of Small and Medium Enterprises Promotion (OSMEP), King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology, Kenan Institute Asia, AEM-METI Economic and Industrial Cooperation Committee (AMEICC) Secretariat, PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting (Thailand) Ltd., and The Government Public Relations Department (PRD). The visit also allowed the proponents and implementing agencies to share comprehensive information about the contributions of JAIF supported projects on MSME and information, including best practices and lessons learned.

    The 2018 AICHR Regional Dialogue on the Mainstreaming of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in the ASEAN Community (Accessibility through Universal Design) was held in Bangkok, Thailand on 3-5 December 2018. In addition to discussing the accessibility through Universal Design, the meeting celebrated the launch of the ASEAN Enabling Masterplan 2025: Mainstreaming the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which was adopted by the 33rd ASEAN Summit in Singapore in November 2018. The opening session for the launch of the Masterplan was graced by H.E. Kazuo Sunaga, Ambassador of Japan to ASEAN, along with H.E. Gen. Anantaporn Kanjanarat, Minister of Social Development and Human Security of Thailand, H.E. Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, Executive Secretary of United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), and H.E. Dr. Hoang Anh Tuan, Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN for ASEAN Political-Security Community.

    The meeting was attended by more than 100 participants, including representatives from the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR), ASEAN Commission on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Women and Children (ACWC), Senior Officials Meeting on Social Welfare and Development (SOMSWD), ASEAN Senior Law Officials Meeting (ASLOM), Disabled People’s Organisations (DPO), and JAIF Management Team (JMT).

    The first Project Steering Committee (PSC) meeting for the “Establishment of an Integrated Information and Communication Technology (ICT) System to Strengthen the Operation of the ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on disaster management (the AHA Centre) – Phase IV” was held on 14 November 2018 at the AHA Centre. Representatives from Singapore, Mission of Japan to ASEAN, JAIF Management Team (JMT), and the AHA Centre attended the meeting onsite. Joining via teleconference was the representative from the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) of Japan. The meeting was chaired by Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF), as the proponent and lead country of the ICT project. JMT provided technical assistance to the meeting.

    The project Policy Dialogue and Network Building of Multi-stakeholders on Wastewater Management in ASEAN Countries held its kick-off meeting, which was co-organised by the Ministry of Public Works and Housing of Indonesia (PUPR) and National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES) Japan. It was attended by officials from the PUPR, NIES, Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA), and JAIF Management Team (JMT).

    The meeting briefed the participants on the background, objectives, and the implementation structure of the project. JMT presented on the Important Elements for Project Implementation under JAIF Supporting Scheme.

    The delegates from the Japan Productivity Center (JPC) headed by Management Director, Mr. Yukihiro Okawa, paid courtesy call to the Permanent Representative of Myanmar to ASEAN, H.E Ambassador Min Lwin on the afternoon of 4 October 2018 at the office of the Permanent Mission of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar to ASEAN. The JPC has been taking the role of implementing agency for the JAIF supported project on Capacity Building of Industrial Human Resource Development Organization for Productivity Improvement in Myanmar, which is currently implementing activities under Phase II. The delegates reported the achievements of the project’s Phase I as well as the latest progress of Phase II. Noting the willingness of Mr. Okawa to enhance the awareness and visibility of ongoing efforts on productivity in Myanmar, Ambassador Min Lwin provided practical advice on effectively utilizing influential networks and also offered his support when deemed necessary. As part of the project’s important milestone, the establishment of the MPC is expected in early 2019, the delegates were advised to invite high level dignitaries in the event in order to enhance its effectiveness. Mr. Okawa appreciated the valuable advice of Ambassador Min Lwin and expressed his wish to work closely with relevant stakeholders from Myanmar.

    The courtesy visit was attended by First Secretary Naoto Okura, Mission of Japan to ASEAN, and two staff members of the JAIF Management Team (JMT), Director Setsuko Miyakawa and Programme Coordinator Zin Aung Swe.

  • The second Project Steering Committee (PSC) meeting for the project “Establishment of a Disaster Emergency Logistics System for ASEAN (DELSA) – Phase II: Satellite Warehouse” was held on 24 August 2018 in Camp Aguinaldo, Manila, Philippines. Malaysia and Singapore, as co-chairs of the ASEAN Committee on Disaster Management (ACDM) Working Group on Preparedness and Response, co-chaired the meeting.

    Thailand and the Philippines, as the host countries of the satellite warehouses, also attended the meeting along with the PSC members namely representatives from The ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on disaster management (The AHA Centre), ASEAN Secretariat, Mission of Japan to ASEAN, and Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) Management Team.

    After the meeting, the PSC members visited the satellite warehouse in Camp Aguinaldo, Manila.

    The third Project Steering Committee Meeting (PSC) for the “ASEAN-ERAT Transformation Project” was held on 9 August 2018 at Crowne Plaza Hotel, Vientiane, Lao PDR. The project is part of the ASEAN-ERAT Transformation Plan (2015-2020), which focuses on strengthening the ASEAN-Emergency Response and Assessment Team (ERAT) system.

    The ASEAN-ERAT Advisory Group, co-chaired by Singapore and Thailand, and representatives from Cambodia, Malaysia, and Viet Nam attended the meeting, along with PSC members from The ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on disaster management (The AHA Centre), ASEAN Secretariat, Mission of Japan to ASEAN, and Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) Management Team.

    After the meeting, the co-chairs invited the PSC to observe the Pilot Advance Course on Information Management, which was conducted in the same venue.

    The JAIF Management Team (JMT) visited proponents and implementing agencies from Indonesia as part of its monitoring activities to help collect relevant information to support the analysis of the overall effectiveness, efficiency, and relevance of JAIF supported projects in support of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs). The team met with representatives from the Ministry of Cooperatives and SMEs and Bank Indonesia. The visit also provided JMT with further information about the contributions of JAIF supported projects on MSME, including best practices and lessons learned from implementing them.

    As part of its regular reporting mechanism, the JAIF Management Team (JMT) attended the 12th Meeting of the ASEAN-Japan Joint Cooperation Committee Working Group (AJJCC-WG) at the ASEAN Secretariat on 2 July 2018. The JMT reported on the progress of the JAIF and its supported projects in year 2017, including JMT activities. One of the highlights of the JMT’s presentation was the revision to the JAIF Handbook and its supplementary documents namely Financial Supplemental Document (FSD) and Integrated Project Management Approach (IPMA): Guidelines for Proponents. The Meeting appreciated the comprehensive reporting and also noted the effort of strengthening JAIF visibility through further enhancement of the developed JAIF website.

  • The second coordination meeting for the project “Technical Assistance for Development of the SOMTC-Japan Work Plan for Cooperation to Combat Terrorism and Transnational Crime (2018-2022)” was held on 24 May 2018 at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), Tokyo, Japan. Representatives from the Senior Officials Meeting on Transnational Crime (SOMTC) Brunei, Officials from International Safety and Security Cooperation Division, MOFA Japan, and Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) attended the meeting. The JAIF Management Team (JMT) also joined the meeting to provide inputs and clarifications on project implementation and budget utilisation. The CSIS, as the project’s implementing agency, presented the summary of draft work plan and outcomes of the meeting with Lead Shepherd countries.

    The 4th Meeting of the ASEAN Committee on Disaster Management (ACDM) Working Group on Knowledge and Innovation Management (WG-KIM) was held on 14-15 May 2018 at Thang Loi Hotel, Hanoi, Viet Nam. The meeting consisted of closed and open sessions. In view of the project work plans and updates on appraisal process, the Co-chairs of the ACDM WG-KIM, Singapore, Indonesia and Viet Nam, approved the participation of a representative from the JAIF Management Team (JMT) to participate as an observer, in particular under the agenda items on updates on plans for ICT Phase IV and updates on the ACE Programme. Discussions were held during the meeting’s closed session on 14 May 2018.

    The WG-KIM extended the invitation for the open session the following day with partners who have projects under the purview of the WG-KIM. During the said open session, possible cooperation with partners for the implementation of Priority Programme 8 (LEAD) under the AADMER Work Programme 2016-2020 was explored, among others.

    The Department of Fisheries, Thailand hosted the 10th Meeting of ASEAN Fisheries Consultative Forum (AFCF) on 7 – 8 May 2018 in Bangkok, Thailand. The meeting was held back to back with the 26th Meeting of ASEAN Sectoral Working Group on Fisheries (ASWGFi).

    While the ASWGFi is a closed meeting to discuss policy matters, the AFCF, as a technical consultation group, is open to partners including international and regional organizations. The latter was attended by 44 participants from ASEAN Member States and partners from international organizations.

    Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) Management Team (JMT) was invited to the 10th Meeting of AFCF to share information on the procedures and requirements for JAIF-supported projects for information and notation of the Meeting. The Chair expressed its appreciation for Japan’s long-term cooperation in the fisheries sector. Commendable feedback to the presentation was also received from the ASWGFi members.

    The first Project Steering Committee (PSC) Meeting for the project “Establishment of a Disaster Emergency Logistics Systems for ASEAN (DELSA) – Phase II: Satellite Warehouse” was held on 25 April 2018 in Royal Princess Larn Luang Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand. The meeting was co-chaired by Malaysia and Singapore as Co-Chairs of the ASEAN Committee on Disaster Management (ACDM) Working Group on Preparedness and Response. Thailand, as the host country of the satellite warehouse, also attended the meeting along with the PSC members namely representatives from the ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on Disaster Management (AHA Centre), ASEAN Secretariat, Mission of Japan to ASEAN, and Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund Management Team (JMT).

    The PSC members expressed their appreciation to the Government of Japan for continuing its support to ASEAN through the AHA Centre, which is the implementing agency of the DELSA Phase II project. The Co-Chairs highlighted that the continuation of DELSA from Phase I to Phase II indicated the success of the first phase in having delivered tangible results on the ground, which benefited the ASEAN communities affected by disaster in the past five years.

  • The Government of Cambodia in partnership with the Government of Japan, ASEAN Working Group on Environmentally Sustainable Cities (AWGESC), and ASEAN Secretariat organized the 9th High-Level Seminar on Sustainable Cities (HLS-SC) on 8-10 March 2018 in Siem Reap, Cambodia under the framework of the East Asia Summit Environment Ministers Meeting (EAS EMM). The high-level seminar is organised annually to gather together influential East and Southeast Asia policymakers, experts and practitioners working on clean, green and sustainable cities. The 9th HLS-SC was attended by more than 250 participants, comprising representatives from ASEAN member states, local authorities and supporting organizations, international/regional organizations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), research institutions/academia, private companies, among others. The key messages from the seminar will be reported to EAS environment ministers and at relevant ASEAN meetings.

    In this occasion, the JAIF Management Team (JMT) was invited to make a short presentation about JAIF in the session “ASEAN SDGs Frontrunner Cities Programme.” The project “ASEAN SDGs Frontrunner Cities Programme – Upgrading the ASEAN ESC Model Cities Programme” is supported by JAIF.

    The first coordination meeting for the project “Technical Assistance for Development of the SOMTC-Japan Work Plan for Cooperation to Combat Terrorism and Transnational Crime (2018-2022)” was held on 7 March 2018 at the Prime Minister’s Office, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei. Representatives from Senior Officials Meeting on Transnational Crime (SOMTC) Brunei, Japan Mission to ASEAN, and Centre for Strategic and International Studies attended the meeting. The JAIF Management Team (JMT) also joined the meeting to provide technical inputs as well as assistance to the project proponent. The meeting discussed the framework of the SOMTC-Japan Work Plan. The proponent also updated the progress of the project implementation including outcomes of country visits.

    The JAIF Management Team (JMT) visited proponents and implementing agencies from Malaysia as part of its monitoring activities to help collect relevant information to support the analysis of the overall effectiveness, efficiency, and relevance of JAIF supported projects. The visit also afforded JMT to learn from proponents and implementing agencies about the contributions of JAIF supported projects, including best practices and lessons learned from implementing them. The JMT visited the following ministries and organizations in Malaysia from 26 February – 2 March 2018: Southeast Asia Regional Centre for Counter-Terrorism (SEARCCT), World Food Programme-United Nations Humanitarian Response Depot (WFP-UNHRD), Ministry of Home Affairs, SME Corp., Ministry of Communications and Multimedia, and Marine Transport Training Institute (MATRAIN).

    The 4th Project Steering Committee (PSC) meeting for the AHA Centre ICT Phase III project was held on 23 February 2018 at the AHA Centre, Jakarta. The meeting was chaired by the Co-Chair of the ASEAN Committee on Disaster Management (ACDM) Working Group on Knowledge & Innovation Management (Singapore) and attended by representatives from the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) of Japan, AHA Centre, Mission of Japan to ASEAN, and JAIF Management Team (JMT). The meeting discussed the preparation of ICT Phase IV project, which is expected to complement AHA Centre’s ICT Road Map Beyond 2020.

    The first Project Steering Committee (PSC) meeting of the ACHDA project was held on 22 February 2018 at the ASEAN Secretariat, back to back with the ASEAN-Japan Seminar on Cultural Heritage Digital Archive. It was attended by representatives from Brunei Museums, Ministry of Education and Culture of Indonesia, Ministry of Tourism and Culture of Malaysia, Mission of Japan to ASEAN, NTT Data Corporation, Culture and Information Division of the ASEAN Secretariat, and JAIF Management Team (JMT).

    A project on digital archiving of ASEAN’s cultural heritage will make it possible for the public to access some of ASEAN’s museum collections more easily. The ASEAN Cultural Heritage Digital Archive (ACHDA) is a milestone project to digitize and present ASEAN’s selected cultural heritage on one website.

    The project is being implemented by the ASEAN Secretariat with support from the Government of Japan through JAIF. NTT DATA will facilitate the digitization process in collaboration with cultural institutions in ASEAN member states. Indonesia and Malaysia will be the pilot countries in the project’s first phase.

    On 5 February 2018, 15 delegates from the Hiroshima-ASEAN Association led by Setsuko Komatsu, Vice Chair of Hiroshima-ASEAN Association, visited ASEAN Secretariat (ASEC). The Association was established in year 2013 and since its inception, it had been carrying out a wide range of activities including study visits to selected ASEAN Member States (AMSs). The visit is organised on an annual basis to expose its members on the latest status of ASEAN. This year, Indonesia and Malaysia were selected for the study visit. About half of the delegates were top/senior executives of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) headquartered/operating in Hiroshima, Japan and have their business relations in AMSs.

    ASEC’s Director for Community Affairs Lee Yoong Yoong welcomed and provided the introduction briefing to the delegates. It was followed by an insightful sharing on ASEAN-Japan Cooperation by the Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN for Community and Corporate Affairs H.E. Dr. AKP Mochtan. JAIF Management Team (JMT) Director Miyakawa provided the briefing on Overview of JAIF for Japan-ASEAN Cooperation. Minister, Deputy Chief of Mission of Japan to ASEAN Hikariko Ono also attended the session and provided supplemental information in response to the questions made by the delegates.

    The JAIF Management Team (JMT), in collaboration with ASEAN Secretariat’s Program Cooperation and Project Management Division (PCPMD), organized the JAIF Socialization Session for ASEC Staff to facilitate understanding of the JAIF Handbook and Its Supplementary Documents. The said document was recently revised and presented at the 11th ASEAN-Japan Joint Cooperation Committee—Working Group Meeting held on 5 July 2017 in Jakarta. These documents were then circulated among ASEC staff by PCPMD via e-mail on 11 July 2017 for possible reference and usage to facilitate the respective JAIF supported projects.

    A total of 43 participants attended the socialization session, which included 30 ASEC desk officers, 3 PCPMD officers, and 10 JMT officers. This was the second of two sessions. The first session was conducted on 7 November 2017.