JAIF News

ASEAN Mobile Storage Units in Palu, Sulawesi

11 October 2018

ASEAN Emergency Response and Assessment Team members are putting the final touch to the second Mobile Storage Unit (MSU) in Palu Airport. With the support of Japan through Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund, ASEAN MSUs are the first to arrive and operate in Palu, Sulawesi.

ASEAN Mobile Storage Units in Palu, Sulawesi

11 October 2018

Have you ever wondered where relief items are stored when buildings are collapsed? MSU or mobile storage unit is the answer. It can store ample relief items such as family kits, tents and others.

MSU is part of ASEAN relief items stocked for emergencies in the region and they are available with the support from Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

#ASEAN Solidarity with Indonesia

11 October 2018

The ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on disaster management (AHA Centre) has installed Mobile Storage Units in Palu to serve as temporary portable warehouse for incoming relief items. Many governments and private institutions have offered help to Indonesia and this is one of the many ways that ASEAN is supporting Indonesia.

The AHA Centre, with support from the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF), currently implements the project Disaster Emergency Logistic System for ASEAN (DELSA) - Phase II: Satellite Warehouse.

8th Meeting of the Task Force on the Mainstreaming of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in the ASEAN Community

17 September 2018

The Task Force convened the 8th Meeting of the Task Force on the Mainstreaming of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in the ASEAN Community on 14-15 September 2018 in Bangkok, Thailand. The Meeting finalised the ASEAN Enabling Masterplan 2025: Mainstreaming the Rights of Persons with Disabilities that encompasses all ASEAN Community Pillars and encourages ASEAN Bodies to take action in integrating and including disability perspectives to their work.

The Meeting was co-chaired by Dr. Seree Nonthasoot, Thailand Representative to the AICHR and Mr. Richard Tan, Singapore Focal Point to Senior Officials Meeting on Social Welfare and Development (SOMSWD). It was supported by the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) and the Australian Government.

8th Meeting of the Task Force on the Mainstreaming of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in the ASEAN Community

17 September 2018

The Task Force convened the 8th Meeting of the Task Force on the Mainstreaming of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in the ASEAN Community on 14-15 September 2018 in Bangkok, Thailand. The Meeting finalised the ASEAN Enabling Masterplan 2025: Mainstreaming the Rights of Persons with Disabilities that encompasses all ASEAN Community Pillars and encourages ASEAN Bodies to take action in integrating and including disability perspectives to their work.

The Meeting was co-chaired by Dr. Seree Nonthasoot, Thailand Representative to the AICHR and Mr. Richard Tan, Singapore Focal Point to Senior Officials Meeting on Social Welfare and Development (SOMSWD). It was supported by the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) and the Australian Government.

NEC enhances cybersecurity for ASEAN member states with training system in Thailand

14 September 2018

The NEC Corporation announced the building and operation of a system in cooperation with NEC Thailand for the ASEAN-Japan Cybersecurity Capacity Building Centre (AJCCBC), which develops cybersecurity human resources for ASEAN member states at the request of the Electronic Transactions Development Agency (Public Organization) or ETDA, a Thailand government agency.

The ASEAN-Japan Cybersecurity Capacity Building Centre is a project supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

Southeast Asian cybersecurity center opens in Thailand

14 September 2018

A cybersecurity center opened in Thailand on Friday to train personnel from countries in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to help combat cyber threats in the attack-prone region. About 700 cybersecurity personnel from Southeast Asia are expected to graduate from the Japan-designed programs, which include cyber defense, digital forensics and malware analysis.

The ASEAN-Japan Cybersecurity Capacity Building Centre is a project supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

Southeast Asia boosts cybersecurity training with Bangkok center

14 September 2018

Japan and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) opened a cybersecurity training center here on Friday to combat the growing threat of digital attacks as cross-border investment in the region rises and connected technologies like the "internet of things" spread. The Bangkok facility, dubbed the ASEAN-Japan Cybersecurity Capacity Building Center, will share expertise on how to identify and defend against such attacks.

The ASEAN-Japan Cybersecurity Capacity Building Centre is a project supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

Southeast Asian cybersecurity center opens in Thailand

14 September 2018

A cybersecurity center opened in Thailand on Friday to train personnel from countries in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to help combat cyber threats in the attack-prone region. About 700 cybersecurity personnel from Southeast Asia are expected to graduate from the Japan-designed programs, which include cyber defense, digital forensics and malware analysis.

The ASEAN-Japan Cybersecurity Capacity Building Centre is a project supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

The Teaching and Research Capacity Development Workshop I: Identification of Challenges and Setting Development Goal

3-4 September 2018

On 3-4 September 2018, Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization - Regional Centre for Higher Education and Development (SEAMEO-RIHED) organised the Teaching and Research Capacity Development Workshop I: Identification of Challenges and Setting Development Goal at Mercure Vientiane Hotel in Vientiane, Lao PDR. This activity is part of the project Support for Capacity Building of the Greater Mekong Sub-region University Consortium (GMS-UC), being implemented by SEAMEO RIHED in collaboration with the ASEAN Secretariat under the framework of 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, research, internationalisation and cross-border education.

Autism Mapping Project targeting 10 ASEAN members starts today

29 August 2018

The ASEAN Secretariat officially announced the commencement of the Autism Mapping Project in the ASEAN Region to provide a credible report on autism for policymakers in the targeted 10 ASEAN members.

Proposed by the ASEAN Secretariat, through the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community and funded by the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF), the program is currently being implemented by the Asia-Pacific Development Center on Disability (APCD), in partnership with the ASEAN Secretariat, ASEAN Autism Network (AAN), and other key partners.

Ambassador Sunaga’s participation in the launching event for Autism Mapping Project in the ASEAN Region

28 August 2018

On August 27, H.E. Kazuo Sunaga, Ambassador of Japan to ASEAN, attended the launching event for the Autism Mapping Project in the ASEAN Region held at ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta. The government of Japan supports this project through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF). Ambassador Sunaga welcomed the launch of this project and expressed his hope that the project would contribute to the promotion and protection of the rights and empowerment of people with autism in the ASEAN region.

Inclusive #ASEAN Community

27 August 2018

The Autism Mapping Project in the ASEAN Region was launched on 27 August 2018 at the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta.

Promoting the Rights and Inclusion of Persons with Autism

27 August 2018

The Autism Mapping Project in the ASEAN Region was launched on 27 August 2018 at the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta.

Support for Capacity Building of the Greater Mekong Sub-Region University Consortium (GMS-UC): The 1st Workshop on Management Leadership Development

15 -16 August 2018

The first Workshop on Management Leadership Development was held on 15-16 August 2018 in Yangon, Myanmar. The workshop is part of the two-year project on Support for Capacity Building of the Greater Mekong Sub-region University Consortium (GMS-UC) supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

At this workshop, experts, delegates from universities and government representatives learned and shared knowledge and experiences in university governance, management leadership and human resource development in global context, as well as to work on the university’s strategic planning.

Ambassador Sunaga’s participation to the opening ceremony of the ACE Programme

15 August 2018

On August 14, H.E. Kazuo Sunaga, Ambassador of Japan to ASEAN, attended the opening ceremony of Batch 5 of the AHA Centre Executive Programme (ACE Programme) held in Jakarta, and welcomed the 17 new participants. The ceremony was attended by H.E. Dato Lim Jock Hoi, Secretary-General of ASEAN, Ms. Adelina Kamal, Executive Director of the AHA Centre, and Ambassadors of ASEAN dialogue partners.

The ACE Programme is an over four-month training for future leaders of national disaster management offices (NDMO) in ASEAN countries conducted by the AHA Centre. The Programme is funded by Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) since it commenced in 2014.

Story from Lombok

15 August 2018

The Mobile Storage Unit (MSU) picked up from the ASEAN logistic stockpile has been set up in Lombok by the ASEAN Emergency Response and Assessment Team (ERAT). Indonesia and the other ASEAN countries can access the emergency relief items which are managed by the AHA Centre, whenever required.

The AHA Centre, with support from the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF), currently implements two projects: Disaster Emergency Logistic System for ASEAN (DELSA) - Phase II: Satellite Warehouse and ASEAN-ERAT Transformation Project.

Policy Dialogue and Network Building of Multi-stakeholders on Integrated Decentralized Domestic Wastewater Management in ASEAN Countries

6 August 2018

The project Policy Dialogue and Network Building of Multi-stakeholders on Integrated Decentralized Domestic Wastewater Management in ASEAN Countries jointly proposed by the National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES) and Ministry of Public Works and Housing of Indonesia commenced on 11 July 2018 with support from the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

The two-year project aims to serve as a policy and institutional design development platform for multi-stakeholders on integrated decentralized domestic wastewater management and technology showcase of decentralized domestic wastewater treatment in ASEAN countries.

ASEAN Business Incubator Network convenes first project meeting

5 August 2018

Close to a hundred representatives from the region’s technology business incubators and start-ups convened at the 1st meeting of the Promoting SME Competitiveness through ASEAN Business Incubator Network (ABINet) project on 2-3 August 2018 in Jakarta.

The project is multi-year project and is designed to promote SMEs’ competitiveness and strengthening of technology and business incubators (TBIs) through capacity building and regional networking and linkages among the incubators in the ASEAN region. It is an initiative of the ASEAN Coordinating Committee on Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

Chairman’s Statement of the ASEAN Post Ministerial Conference (PMC) 10+1 Sessions with the Dialogue Partners

4 August 2018

The Japan-ASEAN Ministerial Meeting was held in Singapore on August 2, 2018. It was co-chaired by the Honourable Dato Erywan Pehin Yusof, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade II of Brunei Darussalam, and H.E. Taro Kono, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan.

ASEAN and Japan reviewed their cooperation over the past year and discussed avenues to strengthen cooperation, including the implementation of their respective Plan of Action.

ASEAN delivers solar lanterns for flood-affected communities in Myanmar

3 August 2018

Following Tropical Storm 11 (Son-Tinh), combined with the monsoon season in ASEAN region, several ASEAN Member States have been severely affected by floods. Since early July 2018, the Jakarta-based ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on disaster management (AHA Centre) has been closely monitoring the situation in the region and providing updates to ASEAN Member States as well as its partners and stakeholders.

Since its establishment in November 2011, the AHA Centre has responded to 22 emergencies in 7 ASEAN countries. The solar lanterns delivered to 12,000 affected families in Myanmar were part of the initial batch of ASEAN relief items.

Japan-ASEAN Ministerial Meeting

2 August 2018

The Japan-ASEAN Ministerial Meeting was held in Singapore on August 2, 2018. It was co-chaired by the Honourable Dato Erywan Pehin Yusof, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade II of Brunei Darussalam, and H.E. Taro Kono, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan.

ASEAN and Japan reviewed their cooperation over the past year and discussed avenues to strengthen cooperation, including the implementation of their respective Plan of Action.

ASEAN relief items arrive in Wattay International Airport, Vientiane, Lao PDR

27 July 2018

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.

ASEAN Autism Mapping's “Workshop on the Development of Methodology for Mapping of Country Profiles on Autism”

24-25 July 2018

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 Kick-off of the Project on Support for Capacity Building of the Greater Mekong Sub-region University Consortium (GMS-UC) and the 1st Rectors Forum

20-21 July 2018

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.

Update Meetings and Discussions with Partners for the ASEAN Hometown Improvement Project

17-22 July 2018

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, Japan reaffirm commitment to further strengthen dialogue partnership

17 July 2018

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.

Consultation Meetings for ASEAN Hometown Improvement Project

11-14 July 2018

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).

7th Meeting of the Task Force on the Mainstreaming of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in the ASEAN Community

9 July 2018

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).

Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund

30 June 2018

The AHA Centre’s The Column features the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) in its June 2018 edition. The Government of Japan through JAIF has been an integral partner for the AHA Centre (and by extension disaster management in ASEAN) since the programme’s founding years.

Thank you, Japan

30 June 2018

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?

Meeting with Foreign Minister Kono and ASEAN Secretary-General Dato Lim Jock Hoi

26 June 2018

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).

Foreign Minister Taro Kono reaffirms Japan’s commitment to strengthen strategic partnership with ASEAN

26 June 2018

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).

ASEAN and Japan reaffirm commitment to strengthen partnership

14 June 2018

ASEAN and Japan Senior Officials participating in the 33rd ASEAN-Japan Forum in Tokyo reaffirmed the importance of the ASEAN-Japan Strategic Partnership and renewed the commitment to further strengthen their close ties. The officials also discussed regional and international issues of common interest and concern and agreed to work together to address emerging challenges and promote peace and stability.

Advanced Personnel Training Program for Vessel Traffic Service

25 April 2018

Following the success of the project Development of VTS (Vessel Traffic Service) Capacity in 2017, the project to implement the VTS training courses for operators (both the modified course and short-term course) as well as the VTS manager course commences this year after establishing the remote data communication links between the ASEAN Regional Training Center for VTS (ARTV) and each ASEAN Member State, the first training facility of its kind to be set up in the ASEAN region.

The Advanced Personnel Training Program for Vessel Traffic Service is supported by the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

ASEAN strengthened its capacity in negotiating competition chapter in FTA

20 April 2018

In order to strengthen the capacity of competition authorities in negotiating competition chapter, Commission for the Supervision of Business Competition of the Republic of Indonesia (KPPU) and Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC) convened a workshop on “Negotiating Competition Chapter in FTA” with the support of Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF). The workshop was held in Surabaya, from 18-19 April 2018, and was attended by 32 participants from ASEAN Member States.

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 JAIF.

Workshop on ASEAN Mechanism to Enhance Surveillance against Illegal Desludging and Disposal of Tanker Sludge at Sea

17 April 2018

Indonesia’s Ministry of Environment and Forestry (KLHK) organized a three-day workshop on 17-19 April 2018 in Batam, Indonesia. The workshop discussed the implementation of monitoring mechanisms for disposal of waste oil in ASEAN countries. It is expected that through the exchange of information among ASEAN member countries, each country can learn from the experience of other countries. The occasion was also expected to give birth to various recommendations related to the supervision of waste disposal into the waters.

The three-day event was attended by delegates from ASEAN countries, namely Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand and Viet Nam.

6th Meeting of the Task Force on the Mainstreaming of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in the ASEAN Community

16-17 April 2018

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 6th meeting on 16 to 17 April 2018 in Jakarta, Indonesia. The Meeting continued its deliberation on the draft ASEAN Enabling Masterplan 2025: Mainstreaming the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which identifies key action points based on the recognition and importance of inclusion of persons with disabilities in the political, legal, economic, social and cultural environments and the full realisation of their rights in all areas of the three ASEAN Community Blueprints.

Thailand to host ASEAN-Japan Cybersecurity Centre to be launched in June 2018

31 March 2018

The Ministry of Digital Economy and Society (MDES) of Thailand and Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) of Japan jointly announced the preparation for the establishment of ASEAN-Japan Cybersecurity Capacity Building Centre (AJCCBC) in Thailand. The Electronic Transactions Development Agency (ETDA) revealed three courses to prepare cybersecurity workforce in ASEAN for the rising threats of cyber-attacks.

This project has received support from Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF), including support in terms of technical expertise to enable effective delivery of cyber training for ASEAN Member States.

ASEAN-Japan Cybersecurity Center will be launched in Bangkok

31 March 2018

Japan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIC) and Thailand’s Ministry of Digital Economy and Society (MDES) have announced the establishment of the ASEAN-Japan Cybersecurity Capacity Building Centre (AJCCBC) in Thailand. The goal for the Centre is to ensure that ASEAN cybersecurity personnel are well equipped with both the knowledge and the skills to defend against advanced cyber-attacks.

This project has received support from Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF), including support in terms of technical expertise to enable effective delivery of cyber training for ASEAN Member States.

ASEAN-Japan Cybersecurity Capacity Building Centre to be launched in Thailand in June 2018

31 March 2018

The Ministry of Digital Economy and Society (MDES) of Thailand and Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) of Japan are partnering for the establishment of the ASEAN-Japan Cybersecurity Capacity Building Centre (AJCCBC) in Thailand in June. The Centre is expected to play a key role in mitigating cybercrime in the region as well as getting ready for the establishment of ASEAN-CERT.

The project has received funding from Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund and supports in terms of technical expertise to enable effective delivery of cyber training for ASEAN Member States. MDES has mandated the Electronic Transactions Development Agency or ETDA to be the lead agency on this project, taking into consideration its extensive experience on cybersecurity workforce development.

Expert Meeting on Preparation of Operating Guidelines for GMS-UC Development Project (Phase 1)

19-20 March 2018

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.

Phase two of the joint hydrographic survey of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore commences

5 March 2018

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.

ASEAN launches cultural heritage digital archiving project

22 February 2018

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).

5th Meeting of the Task Force on the Mainstreaming of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in the ASEAN Community

6 February 2018

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 ASEAN-ERAT members to Myanmar

2 February 2018

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).”

Japan continues to support disaster management programme in ASEAN

25 January 2018

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.

ASEAN focuses on selection and prioritization of sectors or industries for market studies

22 January 2018

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).

Fifth ASEAN State of the Environment Report (SOER5)

12 January 2018

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).

ASEAN enhances the effectiveness of competition authority in enforcement and advocacy

18 December 2017

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).

ASEAN officials gather in Jakarta to study the Law of the Sea

12 December 2017

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.

JFTC holds the training course on strengthening the capacity in enforcing the competition law

5 December 2017

The Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC), in cooperation with the ASEAN Expert Group on Competition and the Commission for the Supervision of Business Competition (KPPU Indonesia), will hold a training course on enhancing the effectiveness of competition authorities in enforcement and advocacy on 6-8 December 2018 in Tokyo, Japan. 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).

Regional Workshop on Competition Analysis in e-Commerce

22 November 2017

The Commission for the Supervision of Business Competition (KPPU) held a two-day workshop on 15-16 November 2017 in Jakarta, Indonesia. The workshop focused on growth on e-commerce and its impact to competition. 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).

ASEAN Now and the Future Connectivity and Economic Corridors

6 November 2017

This video provides an overview about the series of documentary programs on ASEAN-Japan in the past years, especially focusing on the increasing ASEAN connectivity on the East-West Economic Corridor (EWEC) and the South Economic Corridor (SEC). The series is produced by four national TV broadcasters in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, and Viet Nam, with technical assistance from NHK International of Japan.

Launching Workshop on "Climate Change in the ASEAN Coast: Impact, Vulnerability and Adaptation"

25 October 2017

On 19 September 2017, the Viet Nam Environment Administration (VEA) organized a workshop on "Climate Change in ASEAN Coast: Impact, Vulnerability and Adaptation." The launching workshop held in Hanoi, Viet Nam, served as a forum for countries to provide, share and exchange information on integrated coastal management policies in each member country; review coastal vulnerability caused by climate change and sea level rise; and discuss relevant plans and policies of ASEAN member countries.

ASEAN starts to engage discussion on cross-border competition enforcement

25 August 2017

Indonesia’s Commission for the Supervision of Business Competition (KPPU) hosted a training session for case handlers from ASEAN countries on 22-25 August 2017 in Bandung, West Java, Indonesia. The training aimed to raise discussion by and awareness of ASEAN Member States on cross border cases among member states and how to deal with challenges derived from the region’s diversity. The training course was conducted in cooperation with Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC).

Cooperation in Acquiring Digital Evidence Focus of INTERPOL Workshop

24 August 2017

The workshop brought together some 30 law enforcement investigators, prosecutors, and judicial authorities from the 10 ASEAN countries. The three-day workshop held on 22-24 August 2017 in Singapore aimed to assist participants in identifying and accessing electronic evidence which may be located in several jurisdictions. The workshop is part of the two-year project on ASEAN Cyber Capacity Development.

JAIF Caravan goes full steam in Cambodia

24 August 2017

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Cambodia and the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) Management Team of the ASEAN Secretariat jointly organised the 4th JAIF Caravan on 24-25 August 2017 in Phnom Penh Hotel. The Caravan affirmed ASEAN and Japan’s commitment to bring JAIF closer to its relevant stakeholders.

3rd Regional Dialogue on the Mainstreaming of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in the ASEAN Community

22 June 2017

The 3rd AICHR Regional Dialogue on the Mainstreaming of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in the ASEAN Community was held on 19-21 June 2017 in Phuket, Thailand. This Dialogue built on the previous two regional dialogues the AICHR convened in 2015 and 2016. The 2017 Dialogue focused on the issues pertaining to access to justice, persons with disabilities as entrepreneurs and disability perspective in disaster risk management.