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  • JENESYS2023 aims to promote mutual trust and understanding among the peoples of Japan, ASEAN Member States, and Timor-Leste, to build a basis for future friendship and cooperation, as well as to encourage an understanding of various aspects of Japan. The project is supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF). These are the highlights of JENESYS2023 reported by Japan International Cooperation Center (JICE) in June 2024:

    On 10 June 2024, Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines, ENDO Kazuya welcomed the first batch of officers from the newly formed JENESYS Philippines Alumni Association (JPAA) for a special courtesy call at his residence in Makati City. Led by their President, Prof. Joseph Guinto Navarro, the JPAA officers shared their experiences as JENESYS alumni, highlighting how the exchange program in Japan positively influenced their career paths and lives.

    Three international students who studied in Japan shared their experiences when studying in Japan. One JENESYS alumnus, Dhanyajarat-bhorn Ratchakith from Thailand, majoring in International Relations as he wanted to learn more about Japanese diplomacy and Japanese society. Moreover, Dhanyajarat-bhorn also has a particular interest in how Japan assist ASEAN countries, including Thailand. Watch the video to know more!

    Senior Officials of ASEAN and Japan attending the 39th ASEAN-Japan Forum in Bangkok reaffirmed their commitment to further advance the ASEAN-Japan Comprehensive Strategic Partnership (CSP) based on mutual trust, mutual respect, mutual benefit, win-win cooperation, and equal partnership.

    The Meeting welcomed the continued momentum of strengthening ASEAN-Japan cooperation following the successful convening of the Commemorative Summit on the 50th Anniversary of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation held in Tokyo in December 2023.

    Both sides took stock of progress in ASEAN-Japan cooperation, particularly the implementation of the Joint Vision Statement on ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation Trusted Partners and its Implementation Plan adopted at the said Commemorative Summit. The two sides agreed to continue working closely in carrying out the Implementation Plan of the Joint Vision Statement.

    Both sides further agreed to continue strengthening cooperation under the three pillars of the CSP, namely Heart-to-Heart Partners across Generation, Partners for Co-creation of Economy and Society of the Future, and Partners for Peace and Stability.

    ASEAN welcomed projects and activities to follow up on initiatives announced by Japan at the Commemorative Summit such as the ASEAN-Japan Co-Creation Initiative for the Next-Generation Automotive Industry, the Asia Zero Emission Community (AZEC), the ASEAN-Japan MIDORI Cooperation Plan, the WA Project 2.0, and the financial contribution to the ASEAN Junior Fellowship Programme and the assistance to Timor-Leste.

    ASEAN welcomed Japan’s continuous support for ASEAN Centrality and ASEAN Community building efforts. ASEAN also welcomed Japan’s commitment and support for the ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific (AOIP), including through the conduct of concrete projects and activities to promote practical cooperation in the key areas of the AOIP with a view to contributing to the advancement of the CSP in an open, transparent, and inclusive manner.

    Both sides also exchanged views on regional and international issues of common interest and concern. They agreed to enhance collaboration in addressing emerging challenges and promoting peace, stability, and prosperity in the region. The 39th ASEAN-Japan Forum was co-chaired by Permanent Secretary of the Foreign Ministry of Thailand, Eksiri Pintaruchi, and Senior Deputy Foreign Minister of Japan, Funakoshi Takehiro, and attended by Senior Officials of ASEAN Member States and the Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN for ASEAN Political-Security Community, and their respective delegations. Timor-Leste attended as Observer.

    The Contribution to the ASEAN Fellowship Fund (AFF) project was supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    The South American tomato leaf miner, Phthorimaea [Tuta] absoluta, is a very serious insect pest of tomatoes in both open fields and protected cultivation that can completely destroy a crop if left uncontrolled. Spreading rapidly eastwards across Europe, Africa, and Asia over the past 15 years, it is now on the doorstep of Southeast Asia.

    Invasion into new areas follows several potential pathways. These are movements from infested areas of tomato fruit, containers, packaging, and vehicles to seedlings of tomato or other Solanaceous crops and ornamentals. Thus, implementing effective quarantine procedures during international trade is a key means to reduce the risk of spread across borders.

    As Phthorimaea [Tuta] absoluta is a new insect pest in Southeast Asia, information on it was limited. Through the funding from the Government of Japan, WorldVeg initiated a project to provide key knowledge required in pest quarantine and improve regional cooperation between member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to establish pest surveillance at possible ports of entry where the pest has not yet been reported.

    The Improved Coordination and Strengthened Capacity to Deal with the Invasive Insect Pest Tuta Absoluta in Mainland Southeast Asia project that was implemented from 2021 to 2023 was supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    Marine plastic debris in the ASEAN region is estimated 28 % of the total amount in the world and the top 10 ranked countries include 5 ASEAN countries. To combat the issue, “Bangkok Declaration on Combating Marine Debris in ASEAN Region” and “ASEAN Framework of Action on Marine Debris (AFAMD)” were adopted in June 2019. AFAMD stipulates that developing and implementing long-term and robust strategies including comprehensive waste management systems and circular economy approaches and promotes private sector investment in redesigning products/packaging and alternative materials.

    To support the promotion of a plastic circular society in the ASEAN region, Clean Ocean Materials Alliance (CLOMA) surveyed ASEAN alternative plastics policy trends and developed measures to promote a plastic circular economy in Indonesia from October 2021 to March 2024, and issued two publications titled:

    1) Propose Effective and Viable Options to Promote Plastic Circular Economy -Case study in Indonesia-; and

    2) Opportunity and Challenges in Introducing Bio-Based Plastic and Biodegradable Plastic in ASEAN Member States.

    The Promotion of Plastic Circular Society in ASEAN Region project is supported by Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    The 18th ASEAN-Japan Joint Cooperation Committee Meeting took place on 10 June 2024 reaffirming both sides’ commitment to strengthen cooperation under the ASEAN-Japan Comprehensive Strategic Partnership (CSP).

    The meeting received the successful convening of the Commemorative Summit on the 50th Anniversary of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation held in Tokyo in December 2023, including the adoption of the Joint Vision Statement and its Implementation Plan, affirming the shared commitment to advance the ASEAN-Japan CSP, which is substantive, meaningful, and mutually beneficial.

    Good progress made in following up to the outcomes of the Commemorative Summit was noted in the meeting, including through the conduct of activities and projects under the Implementation Plan of the Joint Vision Statement. Japan also provided updates on its initiatives announced at the Commemorative Summit as well as activities to carry out the Implementation Plan.

    Both sides exchanged views on developments in ASEAN and Japan and relevant regional issues. ASEAN welcomed Japan’s continued support for ASEAN Community building efforts and integration as well as ASEAN Centrality and the ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific (AOIP). The Meeting encouraged more cooperation projects and activities under the AOIP, particularly through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund 3.0, to which Japan contributed US$ 102.783 million.

    Both sides agreed to continue advancing cooperation under the three pillars of the CSP, namely Heart-to-Heart Partners across generations, Partners for Co-creation of Economy and Society of the Future, and Partners for Peace and Stability. They also highlighted the need to explore and enhance cooperation in new areas such as digital transformation, innovation and clean energy, aiming to foster a resilient and dynamic ASEAN-Japan partnership. The meeting was co-chaired by the Permanent Representative of Thailand to ASEAN, Phantipha Iamsudha Ekarohit and Ambassador of Japan to ASEAN, KIYA Masahiko, and attended by Permanent Representatives of ASEAN Member States or their representatives, and the Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN for ASEAN Political-Security Community and their delegations.

    On 10 June, the 18th ASEAN-Japan Joint Cooperation Committee (AJJCC) was held at the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta. Ambassador KIYA Masahiko of the Mission of Japan to ASEAN and Permanent Representative of Thailand as Country Coordinator for Japan, Pantipha Iamsudha Ekarohit, co-chaired the meeting, having attendance from Permanent Representatives of ASEAN Member States and delegates, as well as Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN for Political Security Community from the ASEAN Secretariat, Dato’ Astanah Abdul Aziz and the Official of the Regional Policy Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, HAYAKAWA Rena also attended the meeting.

    This year’s AJJCC acted as an important opportunity to follow up on the new Joint Vision Statement and its Implementation Plan for the first time after the 50th year of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation and the Commemorative Summit last year. In around six months since the adoption, 81 of the 130 items (approximately 62%, 16 out of 43 areas) of the implementation plan have already been addressed. This result is a testament to the seamless implementation of close cooperation between ASEAN and Japan thus far. The meeting also discussed regional and international affairs.

    The new Joint Vision Statement has the subtitle “Trusted Partners”. Together with ASEAN, Japan will continue to deepen and expand cooperation toward the next 50 years.

    Through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund, the Government of Japan aims to strengthen support for the functions of the ASEAN Secretariat and supporting the capacity building for Timor-Leste’s accession to ASEAN with several projects, namely 1) Technical Assistance to Support the ASEAN Secretariat’s Analysis and Monitoring Capacity in Connection with the ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific (AOIP); 2) ASEAN-Japan Special Youth Forum for Promoting the Rule of Law; 3) ASEAN-Japan Good Practice Seminar on Intellectual Property 2024-2025 (JSIP follow-up seminar), and others.

    Click here for Ambassador KIYA’s presentation material.

    Ambassador KIYA Masahiko of the Mission of Japan to ASEAN interviewed JMT Director Minamiguchi Naoki to learn more about JMT’s activities, including the occasion of celebrating the 50th Year of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation. Moreover, Director Minamiguchi also shared the future plans for JAIF. The Government of Japan has contributed more than USD 874 million to ASEAN through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) since the establishment of JAIF in 2006.

    ASEAN Volunteers, an ASEAN Cooperation Project, aims to foster a caring and sharing community among ASEAN youth through volunteering activities. It aspires to become an ASEAN-led integrated platform for such activities, to promote ASEAN awareness and to foster participatory community building by actively engaging the youth.

    The inaugural cycle of the project was organised under the theme “Community-based Disaster Risk Reduction and Preparedness” with funding from the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF). The project deployed approximately 100 young people aged 18-30 from all ASEAN Member States to serve as volunteers in community development projects across the region for 22 days. Many of these volunteers are involved in community projects in their home country.

    Read the highlights of the JAIF-funded project, ASEAN VOLUNTEERS: Community Based Disaster Risk Reduction and Preparedness on the ASEAN Magazine: Issue 37 page 46.

    Although the COVID-19 pandemic may seem less prominent in public discourse this year, its enduring impacts still resonate today. The swift implementation of restrictive policies, the accelerated shift toward digitalisation, disruptions across economic sectors, and the disproportionate burden on people’s livelihoods all posed global challenges.

    ASEAN’s comprehensive efforts to address the multidimensional impacts of the pandemic shine a light on ASEAN’s resilience. The region has shown a remarkable ability to rebound from adversity in the face of the most severe crisis of our time.

    ASEAN’s proactive approach to public health is exemplified by its robust vaccination campaign, with nearly 73 percent of the population fully vaccinated by 2023. Moreover, initiatives such as the ASEAN COVID-19 Genomics Project enabled early detection of virus mutations, anticipating their impact on rapid vaccination efforts. Most importantly, establishing the ASEAN Centre for Public Health Emergencies and Emerging Diseases (ACPHEED) as part of the ACRF’s initiatives further reinforces the region’s long-term capacity to respond to future health crises.

    Read more details about the framework in The ASEAN Magazine: Issue 37 page 20.

    The Feasibility Study and Detailed Design and Preparation Support for ACPHEED, which were implemented in 2020 and 2021, respectively, are supported through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    During its ASEAN Chairmanship in 2023, Indonesia advanced the One Health Initiative as a key deliverable. Indonesia’s Health Minister Budi G. Sadikin offers invaluable insights into Indonesia’s efforts to champion the One Health approach, highlighting its strategic significance and far-reaching implications for regional and global health governance. ASEAN Member States have committed to establishing the One Health Network and Joint Plan of Action to strengthen cross-sectoral collaboration.

    As the declaration states, the ASEAN Member States recognise the need for a multi-sectoral and collaborative approach towards health risks. Minister Budi elaborates on how Indonesia and ASEAN create stronger and more resilient health systems. At the national level, Indonesia’s Ministry of Health has formed a team consisting of experts from various sectors to ensure the country’s health resilience and the availability of medical personnel, including logistical supplies.

    Meanwhile at the regional level, there is a need to shift towards preventive action rather than reactive efforts to boost our health resilience. During the ASEAN Finance and Health Ministerial Meeting in August 2023, the discussion covered regional strategies to achieve a resilient health system that centres around the PPPR approach through innovative financing. This will be achievable with the operationalisation of the ACPHEED in Indonesia, Thailand, and Viet Nam. ACPHEED will be ASEAN’s concrete diplomatic effort to integrate health standards and protocols across ASEAN countries. This strategy will help ASEAN countries to prepare for future emerging diseases in the region collaboratively.

    Read more details about the framework in The ASEAN Magazine: Issue 37 page 9.

    The Feasibility Study of ACPHEED and the Detailed Design and Preparation Support for the ACPHEED which was implemented in 2020 and 2021 respectively, are supported through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    As the Chair of ASEAN in 2024 and the ASEAN Health Ministers Meeting (AHMM), Lao PDR has set a significant agenda under the theme “Health: Transforming ASEAN Health Development Resilience in a New Context.”

    In this interview featured in the ASEAN Magazine, Minister Bounfeng Phoummalaysith outlines the key priorities to enhance health resilience across the region. With ASEAN continuing its recovery from the pandemic and preparing for future crises, Minister Phoummalaysith delves into critical initiatives, including biosafety and biosecurity measures, the health security interface, the ASEAN Public Health Emergency Coordination System (APHECS), and the ASEAN Centre for Public Health Emergencies and Emerging Diseases (ACPHEED). He also discusses efforts to prevent HIV and AIDS and promote smoke-free advocacy, healthy lifestyles, and people’s well-being in ASEAN.

    Read more details about the interview in The ASEAN Magazine: Issue 37 page 5.

    The Feasibility Study of ACPHEED and the Detailed Design and Preparation Support for the ACPHEED which was implemented in 2020 and 2021 respectively are supported through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    The Regional Technical Meeting on Climate-Resilient Crop Insurance in ASEAN, held in Bali, Indonesia on 5-16 May 2024. The event gathered 40 participants from related agencies across the ten ASEAN member nations. This two-day meeting served as a critical platform for sharing ideas and best practices to bolster agricultural resilience and promote sustainable development.

    During the meeting, participants delved into the feasibility and challenges of developing climate-resilient crop insurance solutions through public-private partnerships. They reviewed the current status of crop insurance in ASEAN, explored innovative models, and identified the capacity-building needs of stakeholders from upstream to downstream. The discussions emphasized the importance of cross-sectoral cooperation and knowledge sharing in advancing effective crop insurance schemes.

    Key takeaways from the meeting include recognising crop insurance as an essential tool within a broader strategy for sustainable and resilient agriculture.

    The meeting was jointly organized by the Promotion of Crop Insurance in ASEAN through Public and Private Partnership (PPP) Project, commissioned by the Japan ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) and implemented by Sanyu Consultants Inc., Japan and Mekong Institute, and the Innovative Climate Risk Financing for the Agricultural Sector in the ASEAN Region, commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.

    Promotion of Crop Insurance in ASEAN through the Public and Private Partnership is supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    On 22 May, the 3rd AICHR-Japan Interface Meeting was held in Jakarta, Indonesia, on the sideline of the AICHR (ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights) Special Meeting as it did in November last year. The agenda includes possible cooperation between Japan and AICHR in realising the AICHR Five-Year Work Plan 2021-2025 and in Joint Statement and Implementation Plan, which were adopted in the Commemorative Summit for the 50th Year of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation.

    Ambassador KIYA Masahiko of the Mission of Japan to ASEAN, together with Professors/Government Attorneys from the Ministry of Justice of Japan and JICA experts, attended this meeting and exchanged views with AICHR representatives on the current situation and future direction. AICHR and Japan shared the view to deepen cooperation, such as in the area of “Business and Human Rights”.

    During the presentation, Ambassador KIYA shared the achievements of Japan and AICHR, including the nine projects that Japan supported through JAIF.

    A meeting was held with the ASEAN Regional Mine Action Center (ARMAC), the Mission of Japan to ASEAN, and JAIF Management Team (JMT) on 13 May 2024.

    Awareness programs on the dangers of mines and explosive remnants of war have been enhanced, and sustainable development and resilience have been promoted through JAIF’s support.

    Gratitude is extended to JAIF for their unwavering support and dedication to the ASEAN community.

    Twenty mid-level managers from the ASEAN Member States graduated from the AHA Centre Executive Leadership in Emergency and Disaster Management for ASEAN Programme (ACE LEDMP) Middle Level First Batch 2024.

    Supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF), the ACE-LEDMP was held online for one month, followed by a month of intensive onsite sessions in Jakarta, Indonesia, and a week-long study visit to Japan.

    For more info, visit https://ahacentre.org.

     

    The Seventh National Day for the promotion of Khmer products will be celebrated today (April 9), under the theme ‘Sustainable Production and Supply to the Market – One Village, One Product Movement (OVOP).’  The movement encourages producers, farmers, artisans, traders and service providers to form collective production groups or communities, rather than competing individually and locally, and strive to use the potential of the villages.

    The definition of OVOP in Cambodia refers to products that are produced by people in one or more villages, products reflecting ancient and modern culture and tradition, products having the potential to be strengthened and expanded in quality, quantity and beauty to create value addition, products registered in OVOP system and endorsed by the OVOP National Committee.

    A study sponsored by Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) found that Cambodian SMEs could produce products and sell them not only in the domestic market but also in the international one, but they seem to have limited knowledge regarding the international market and how to expand their markets.

    Another important issue was related to access to finance. The Cambodian SMEs, featured in the study, experienced a lack of internal finance to expand their business. The production process of SMEs was also found to be labour-intensive and relies mostly on handmade processes, which results in a rather long and costly production mechanism.

    Last year, ASEAN and Japan celebrated the 50th anniversary of their dialogue relations with the establishment of the ASEAN-Japan comprehensive strategic partnership. In Southeast Asia, Japan has made concrete commitments in the Implementation Plan of the 2023 ASEAN-Japan Joint Vision Statement to “further ease barriers to entry for foreign workers in professional and technical fields to work in Japan”, including through language training, education and skill programmes for Southeast Asian workers, and explore mutual recognition of workers’ skills.

    Moreover, Japan has sponsored several multi-year multilateral initiatives that have earned widespread acclaim and appreciation from generations of participants. These initiatives include the Japan East-Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youths (JENESYS) and the Attachment Programme at the ASEAN Secretariat for CLMV Diplomats/Officials. Japan’s support for ASEAN integration through education and human resources development has garnered significant appreciation from Southeast Asians, as evidenced in a public survey conducted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan in 2019.

    JENESYS and the IAI Attachment Programme at the ASEAN Secretariat for Junior Diplomats of Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Viet Nam are supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    Culminating the first-year implementation of the project, #ASEANVolunteers Report Meeting: Fostering Youth Cooperation for a Resilient ASEAN was convened in Jakarta on 27 March 2024.

    Witnessing the impactful work of the Host Organisations, National Focal Points and Volunteers representatives, the Meeting delved into every insight gained from the 22-day programme in seven ASEAN Member States while also providing platforms for Volunteers representatives to share their journey and accomplishments derived from their volunteering experience.

    ASEAN VOLUNTEERS: Community Based Disaster Risk Reduction and Preparedness is supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

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  • JENESYS2023 aims to promote mutual trust and understanding among the peoples of Japan, ASEAN Member States, and Timor-Leste, to build a basis for future friendship and cooperation, as well as to encourage an understanding of various aspects of Japan. The project is supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF). These are the highlights of JENESYS2023 reported by Japan International Cooperation Center (JICE) in March 2024:

    JENESYS2023 ASEAN Online Alumni Meeting II

    On 15 March, JICE held “JENESYS2023 ASEAN Online Alumni Meeting Ⅱ”, which includes lecture by an entrepreneur and Sakura drawing session.

    First, the lecture was delivered by Mr. TAO Keitaroh of BLJ Philippines Inc., who runs a KARAAGE (fried chicken) shop using local native chicken raised in Negros, Philippines. His business is also a social business that solves the economic instability of local farmers. The message “Create Social Action out of Nothing” from a lecturer inspired the alumni participants so much. Inspired alumni will take action to improve society like him.

    As the Sakura or cherry blossom season will soon arrive in Japan, the participants enjoyed the Sakura party after the lecture.

    Ms. YAMAGUCHI Wakako of True Japan Tour Co., Ltd., a Japanese culture professional, introduced Japanese culture related to SAKURA. She used a brush to paint cherry blossoms while live painting and the participants followed. At the end, everybody took pictures with the Sakura that they had drawn.

    JENESYS Timor-Leste-Japan Environmental Conservation Activities Exchange
    A total of 10 participants from Timor-Leste visited Japan as part of the JENESYS Project from March 5th to 12th.

    They visited Tokyo and Fukui prefecture. In Tokyo, they had a theme-related lecture by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare and learnt about water supply in Japan. They also had theme-related observations at the Sunamachi Water Reclamation Centre and the Tokyo Waterworks Historical Museum. They then enjoyed Asakusa and experienced Japanese culture.

    In Fukui Prefecture, which is famous for its abundant spring water, they had a theme-related lecture on the water cycle and groundwater in Ono City. And they enjoyed an opinion exchange with the members of NGO CROP which serves coffee made from Timor-Leste coffee beans and groundwater in Ono. Then they observed Echizen Great Buddha, Maruoka Castle and Yokokan Garden.

    At the homestay, they were warmly welcomed by the host families and spent an unforgettable time with them. They enjoyed the life in the Japanese satoyama, making tempura of wild vegetables, pounding mochi, chatting with neighbors and the beautiful snowy landscape!

    JENESYS2023 The Philippines-Japan Cultural Exchange
    Nine Japanese students had a good time in the Philippines and visited the country from 27 February to 5 March. They gave presentations on youth culture, and real life in Japan at the University of the Philippines and Ateneo de Manila University. They also introduced yukata, calligraphy, and Japanese toys to students at these universities and they enjoyed interacting with each other.

    At the homestay, they impressed the warm Filipino family love, delicious Filipino food, and Filipino culture. This one-week program helped deepen the friendship between Japan and the Philippines!

    JENESYS2023 Timor-Leste-Japan Agricultural Exchange
    A total of 5 participants from Timor-Leste visited Japan as part of the JENESYS Project from March 5th to 12th. They visited Tokyo and Tochigi prefecture.

    In Tokyo, they had theme-related lectures and observations such as “Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries” and “LEAF FACTORY TOKYO”. They also enjoyed Asakusa and learned Japanese culture.

    In Tochigi, they visited Sano city. They made a courtesy call to Mr. KANEKO Yutaka, the mayor of Sano city, and then they tried on “Kimono-fuku” and participated in the Sano historical and cultural tour. Then they had a lot of experiences such as shiitake mushroom picking, strawberry picking, theme-related lectures at “JA Sano”, and opinion exchange with KANENTAI (Regional revitalization Team).

    The highlight was definitely homestay! They enjoyed various things such as pounding rice (mochi-tsuki), eating very fresh tomatoes, planting the peach tree, and the festival held in a shrine. They had a precious time with host families.

    JENESYS Malaysia-Japan Cultural Exchange
    Nine Japanese university students visited Malaysia to deepen their understanding of the two countries and foster friendship through school exchange, homestay, SATREPS project site visit, and courtesy visits to the Embassy of Japan and the Ministry of Youth and Sports of Malaysia.

    The students visited two schools, University Pertahanan Nasional Malaysia (UPNM) and University Putra Malaysia (UPM), and had a campus tour to feel the characteristics of each university, which included airplane and ship simulator experience and sugarcane harvesting experience, etc. The students from both countries introduced the culture and attractions of their countries. The JENESYS delegation introduced the appeal of Japanese food and the Japanese spirit and culture(calligraphy, flower arrangement, martial arts, etc.). Students from UPNM and UPM introduced traditional Malaysian games, sweets, traditional costumes, Arabic calligraphy, dance, etc., and the participants were able to make many friends through the cultural exchange. The Japanese students were also warmly welcomed by host families at their homestays, giving them a taste of Malaysian home life.

    At the UPM-UTM OTEC Center, the SATREPS project site, the participants deepened their understanding of the cooperative relationship between Japan and Malaysia by inspecting the development and research facilities for ocean thermal energy conversion suitable for Malaysia.

    During a courtesy visit to the Ministry of Youth and Sports, the participants had the opportunity to interact with JENESYS alumni (participants of the 2023 Invitation Program). They also deepened their understanding of Malaysian culture and history through visits to the Tianhou Palace, Batu Caves, Pink Mosque, and the National Museum of Malaysia.

    Commemorating the 50th Year of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation JENESYS ASEAN-Japan Sports (Rugby) × SDGs Exchange
    77 students and others from ASEAN countries and Timor-Leste visited Japan from February 19th to 26th for the JENESYS ASEAN Project.

    In Tokyo, a courtesy call to Mr. KOMURA Masahiro, Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs and a keynote lecture on 50 years of ASEAN-Japan relationships by Mr. YAZAWA Hideki, Principal Deputy Director, Regional Policy Division, Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan was conducted.
    In Fukuoka, the participants visited Japan Base and played tag rugby together with the participants from other countries there.
    All participants enjoyed playing tag rugby with overcoming the language barrier and understanding cultural differences.

    In Saitama, the participants visited Rugby Stadium, Kumagaya sports culture park which was the venue for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan. They toured the facilities there and watched the game of the National Elementary School Tag Rugby Tournament. At the reporting session, they presented various “Action plans”.

    The Straits of Malacca and Singapore are a vital shipping lane linking Asia with Europe and the Middle East. The narrow straits with their predominantly shallow waters constitute a treacherous choke point for passing vessels. Japan has been cooperating with the three littoral States of Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore since the 1960s to enhance the safety of navigation, including conducting joint hydrographic surveys.

    “Ensuring navigational safety in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore is a key area of maritime cooperation that will benefit the entire ASEAN region. Japan has been working together with the three littoral States since the 1960s and has contributed to the safety of navigation in the straits in a number of areas, including the removal of shipwrecks, hydrographic surveys, and the production of electronic navigational charts,” said NAGAMATSU Kenji, executive director of the Malacca Strait Council (MSC) of Japan.

    The littoral States and Japan targeted five specific areas within the Straits of Malacca and Singapore that required particularly urgent action. In Phase I of the survey, which ran from 2015 to 2016, financial cooperation and the dispatch of engineers were provided through the Japanese Shipowners’ Association, the Japan Hydrographic Association, and the MSC. In Phase II, which began conducting its survey in 2018 and covered a larger sea area, approximately 1 billion yen was budgeted by the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund, established to support integration among ASEAN nations. The MSC oversaw coordination and managed the progress while the private from Aero Asahi Corporation conducted the survey.

    It’s a wrap! 20 mid-level managers from the ASEAN Member States have completed the AHA Centre Executive Leadership in Emergency and Disaster Management for ASEAN Programme (ACE-LEDMP) Middle Level First Batch.

    With sharpened skills in strategic thinking and leadership, these graduates are now ready to support policy-making in their respective institutions as future-oriented disaster management professionals.

    This project is supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund, the European Union, Government of New Zealand, and other course partners for supporting the ACE-LEDMP journey.

    On 22 March, Graduation Ceremony of the AHA Centre Executive Leadership in Emergency and Disaster Management for ASEAN Programme (ACE LEDMP) Middle Level Course was held and Ambassador Kiya, together with H.E. Nararya S. Soeprapto, Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN for Community and Corporate Affairs and Mr. Lee Yam Ming, Executive Director of the AHA Centre, attended the ceremony and delivered his remarks. 20 participants from the National Disaster Management Organizations (NDMOs) of ASEAN member states took part in this course.

    In addition to the meeting with officials of ministries and government-related agencies in charge of disaster management, the study visit to Japan included a visit to Kobe City, where participants exchanged views with disaster management officials from various organizations.

    This training course will hopefully contribute to enhancing the knowledge and experience of the participants and that they will lead NDMOs in their respective countries in the future and promote the One ASEAN One Response initiative.

    The ACE LEDMP Middle Level is supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    Click here for the Ambassador’s remarks

    Under the project entitled “Development of stock assessment methods and strengthening resource management measures of tropical Anguillid Eels in Southeast Asia,” funded by JAIF in 2024, IFRDMD continued conducting the monthly routine monitoring of the eel data on 18-21 March 2024. At this time, SEAFDEC/Secretariat, represented by Mr. Fumiya Takahashi and Ms. Patompon Putpipat, joined the survey in Cikaso River and Cimandiri River of Palabuhan Ratu, West Java, Indonesia.

    Efficient humanitarian logistics and streamlined Customs, Immigration, and Quarantine (CIQ) are essential for effective coordination and prompt delivery of assistance during disasters. In the context of ASEAN disaster operations, these aspects become more critical as this region is prone to natural disasters.

    Realising its importance, the AHA Centre organised the Logistics Management and CIQ Procedures Training on 11-15 March 2024 in Metro Manila, the Philippines. Hosted by the Philippines Office of Civil Defense Civil Defense PH, the training aimed to equip participants of the ASEAN NDMOs and the AHA Centre, with the knowledge and skills required to effectively manage humanitarian logistics operations during disasters and emergencies.

    Through theoretical sessions, case studies, and field visits to the DELSA Satellite Warehouse in Camp Aguinaldo and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Warehouse, participants gained an in-depth understanding of the principles and practice of logistics management and CIQ procedures, with a focus on disaster response operations.

    The Logistics Management and CIQ Procedures Training is supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) and HELP Logistics.

    Since 2020, the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) has worked with Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) on various projects to strengthen taxonomy in ASEAN. These include training workshops on the taxonomy of hard corals, freshwater fish, monocot and dicot plants, economically imported insects and bryophytes and pteridophytes. These projects have since trained more than 600 participants from academic institutions, conservation agencies and organisations, protected areas, and ASEAN Heritage Parks (AHPs) in the ASEAN Mmeber States (AMS). These initiatives also generated a number of knowledge products, including field guides, manuals, and workshop reports and proceedings.

    Hosted by PMI (Palang Merah Indonesia), #ASEANVolunteers deployed on a 22-day mission to master best practices in Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), disaster management, and emergency logistics.

    Guided by PMI, volunteers are honing skills in warehousing, delivery, fleet management, and storage logistics for swift response during crises. In their mission, the volunteers also supported communities in Margamukti Village, West Java, Indonesia in improving their public facilities and raising awareness in personal hygiene.

    The ASEAN Volunteers project is supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    In December 2023, Joint Vision Statement and Implementation plan were adopted at the Commemorative Summit for the 50th Year of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation that was held in Tokyo in December 2023. The summit also discussed the cooperation throughout the 50th year (2023), the implementation of Japan’s Commitment through Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF), and the measures that will be taken by ASEAN and Japan in the in the future. 

    IFRDMD continued the study in Poso, Central Sulawesi. This activity was carried out from 07 to 11 February 2024 as part of one of the projects budgeted by the JAIF for the Eel Project. It aimed to collect monthly data on eel catch at all stages and water quality parameters. Furthermore, it is also a controlling act of the on ongoing study for better data quality.

    On the first day in Poso, the team, along with one of the fishers, traced the location where the fishing gear for yellow and elver was set up and recorded the eel catch and water quality data. Unfortunately, this month’s eel catch result was not favorable. On the second day, the team departed to Pandiri, and in February, they could catch four eels in Elver stadia.

    In the night, the team went to the glass eel site in Muara Poso River. Fishers caught the glass eels using a fyke net as fishing gear. At that time, the team successfully collected a sample of glass eel. On the last day in Poso, the team went to Tentena, Poso, to meet the enumerator to collect the monthly eel data.

    Kudos to the 38 ASEAN-ERAT Members who have completed the 15th Induction Course in Brunei Darussalam!

    From 26 February to 5 March 2024, participants from the ASEAN Member States, Timor-Leste, ASEAN Secretariat, and AHA Centre underwent an intensive 5 days of classroom learning, followed by a challenging Simulation Exercise (SIMEX) that truly tested their abilities and teamwork.

    With essential skills in coordination, rapid assessment, information management, and humanitarian logistics in hand, our new ASEAN-ERAT Members are now ready to be deployed to support affected ASEAN Member States in emergency situations.

    Pusat Pengurusan Bencana Kebangsaan hosted the event, and NDMC Brunei Darussalam, and facilitators from the ASEAN Member States, MapAction, Télécoms Sans Frontières – TSF and United Nations OCHA also made the induction course possible.

    The 15th ASEAN-ERAT Induction Course is supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    38 participants of the ASEAN Emergency Response and Assessment Team (ASEAN-ERAT) induction course were celebrated with a graduation ceremony at the Officers’ Mess Room, Fire and Rescue Hall, Jalan Airport Lama, Berakas following the completion of their nine-day course.

    Minister of Home Affairs Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Ahmaddin bin Haji Abdul Rahman presented the graduates with vests and certificates.

    An annual event of the ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on Disaster Management (AHA Centre) in cooperation with the relevant ASEAN member countries as a host, the 15TH ASEAN Emergency Response and Assessment Team (ASEAN-ERAT) Induction Course is hosted by Brunei Darussalam and managed by the National Disaster Management Centre (NDMC) as the Chairman of the ASEAN Committee on Disaster Management this year.

    Permanent Secretary (Safety and Welfare) at the Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA) Salminan bin Haji Burut; Deputy Permanent Secretary (Safety and Welfare) at the MoHA Nor Hamidah binti Haji Hamidon; Executive Director of the AHA Centre Lee Yam Ming; Director of the NDMC Colonel (Rtd) Muhd Harrith bin Haji Muhd Jamin were also present.

    Participants comprised ASEAN member countries including Timor- Leste who took part in the course from February 26 to March 5 at a hotel in Berakas.

    Meanwhile, the 15th AEIC Simulation Exercise, which aims to provide comprehensive disaster training and lasted 52 hours from March 3 to 6, took place at the Fire and Rescue multi-purpose hall and the NDMC building.

    The course, fully supported by the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF), aims to recognise ASEAN citizens appointed and trained to be members of the ASEAN-ERAT, which is a team that is ready to be deployed when needed to assist and support ASEAN member countries immediately after a disaster. The team was established to support and realise One ASEAN, One Response under the ASEAN Declaration.

    Facilitators include ASEAN Partners such as the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), Telecom Sans Frontieres (TSF) and MapACTION.

    ASEAN-ERAT members have been deployed to several countries affected by disasters since 2012, including the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan in 2013 and after Tropical Storm Nalgae in 2022, and Myanmar after Tropical Cyclone Mocha in 2023.

    The three main functions of ASEAN-ERAT are: to assist affected ASEAN member countries to coordinate humanitarian assistance with other agencies; to facilitate the management of the influx of the humanitarian aid; and to support the affected countries in assessing the immediate needs of disaster victims. – Lyna Mohamad

    To ensure the accountability and strengthen internal controls, the AHA Centre, together with the audit partner and auditors, conducted a routine warehouse audit at Disaster Emergency Logistics System for ASEAN (DELSA) Satellite Warehouse in Chainat, Thailand.

    The audit, held on 20 February 2024, was conducted by cross-referencing inventory records with actual stock, pinpointing areas for enhancement, and mitigating the risk of errors or fraud, as a commitment of the Centre to robust internal control measures.

    The Disaster Emergency Logistics System for ASEAN (DELSA) Phase IV Project is supported by the Government of Japan though Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    JENESYS2023 aims to promote mutual trust and understanding among the peoples of Japan, ASEAN Member States, and Timor-Leste, to build a basis for future friendship and cooperation, as well as to encourage an understanding of various aspects of Japan. The project is supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF). These are the highlights of JENESYS2023 reported by Japan International Cooperation Center (JICE) in February 2024:

    JENESYS Japan-East Timor Cultural Exchange was held on 23-30 January 2024. Six high school students and one facilitator from Kochi prefecture visited East Timor and deepened friendship and understanding between the two countries through school exchange, visit to JICA office, NGO inspection, etc. Last day was blessed with the opportunity to hear words of encouragement directly from the Prime Minister of East Timor, Kai Lala Shanana Guzman.

    During the school exchange, high school students visited two schools and made many friends through introduction to Japanese culture and Kochi prefecture, as well as wearing traditional costumes, visiting classes, painting and origami. Lectures on ODA and inspection of the reservoirs at JICA East Timor office, fair trade and coffee cupping lectures at Loja & Cafe Aroma Timor.

    JENESYS Cambodia-Japan Young Politics-Oriented Exchange was held on 31 January to 7 February 2024. A total of ten young people politically oriented from Cambodia have participated in the programme in Japan. The Programme aims to boost the country’s democratic development by promoting dialogue among the ruling and oppositional parties. During their stay they have taken lectures about democracy in Japan, visited the House of Parliament in Tokyo and exchanged with members of the Japan-Cambodia Parliamentary Friendship Association. In addition, a courtesy call with the Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan. It is hoped that the experience they had and the bonds they created in the programme will ensure future development, safety, and stability in Cambodia and tighten the future relationship between Japan and Cambodia.

    On 21 February, the Mission of Japan to ASEAN organised the Wrap-up Symposium of the 50th Year of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation, titled “Co-Creating the Future with Trust,” co-hosted with the Permanent Mission of Thailand to ASEAN and Foreign Policy Community of Indonesia (FPCI), in a hybrid format, at the Digital Innovation Sustainable Centre (E-DISC) of ERIA, as a wrap-up event of the 50th Year of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation.

    In the opening session, Ambassador Soemadi Brotodiningrat, Senior Fellow of Foreign Policy Community of Indonesia (FPCI), H.E. Ekkaphab Phanthavong, Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN for ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community, H.E. Urawadee Sriphiromya, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Thailand to ASEAN, and Mr. NAKAMURA Ryo, Director General of Southeast and Southwest Asian Affairs Department, MOFA Japan, followed by screening of video of the Commemorative Summit and various events in the 50th Year of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation. The opening session was concluded with a wrap-up video produced and supported by the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    Then, the panel discussion session was held (socio-economic challenges in session 1, ASEAN-centred regional architecture in session 2), and Mr. Tetsuya Watanabe, President of ERIA, and H.E. Hassan Wirajuda, former Indonesian foreign minister, made keynote speeches in each session, followed by vibrant discussions among the panelists and participants from ASEAN Member States and Japan, including ways to address political and socio-economic challenges that we face today, as well as the role of ASEAN-Japan partnership toward regional peace, stability and prosperity, while taking into account the achievements of the 50th Year of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation.

    In closing, Ambassador Kiya concluded the symposium by stating his appreciation to those people and discussants who attended and made great contributions, as well as expressing his determination to further strengthen ASEAN-Japan relationship as we recognize this symposium as a new starting point of ASEAN-Japan friendship and cooperation, while promoting peace, stability and prosperity in the region and the world through “co-creation” with ASEAN based on “trust.”

    About 80 participants attended the event, including most of Permanent Representatives to ASEAN, staff from Dialogue Partners/diplomatic missions, officials from Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Indonesia, as well as academics. The symposium was also livestreamed on YouTube with about 200 participants.

    Click here to watch the symposium.

    The ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on disaster management (AHA Centre) warmly welcomes the 20 participants of the AHA Centre Executive (ACE): Leadership in Emergency and Disaster Management Programme (ACE-LEDMP) Middle Level – Batch 1 to Jakarta, Indonesia.

    They kicked off the on-site sessions at the Opening Ceremony on 20 February 2024, which was attended by Mr. CHUJO Kazuo, Minister/Deputy Head of the Mission of Japan to ASEAN, Mr. Ky Anh Nguyen, Director, Sustainable Development Directorate at the ASEAN Secretariat, and Mr. Lee Yam Ming, Executive Director of the AHA Centre. The ceremony was also opened by H.E. Ekkaphab Phanthavong, Deputy Secretary-General (DSG) of ASEAN for Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC).

    After one month of intensive online sessions, these middle level managers from the National Disaster Management Offices (NDMOs) of ASEAN Member States are ready to continue their learning journey to enhance leadership skills and exchange knowledge on disaster management.

    The ACE LEDMP Middle Level – Batch 1 is supported primarily by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    ASEAN Volunteers have undertaken a crucial mission centred on climate adaptation and sustainability, spanning Singapore and the Philippines. Hosted by Mercy Relief, ten enthusiastic ASEAN volunteers were united to grasp sustainable practices, engaged in community service, policy discourses, and acquired valuable insights into disaster response management and preparedness, disaster risk reduction, environment protection, food security, livelihoods and sustainability throughout their journey in both locations.

    The ASEAN Volunteers project is supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    ASEAN Volunteers were on a mission dedicated to community resilience & disaster preparedness in Cambodia! Hosted by the Directorate General of Youth under the Ministry of Education Youth and Sport Cambodia, ten ASEAN volunteers learned essential measures for community resilience.

    The volunteers met with Cambodian Red Cross and the National Committee for Disaster Management, joined in supporting activities for First Aid Training, Safe School Programme & Disaster Risk Reduction, and enhancing knowledge on climate change adaptation and sustainable farming.

    Let’s continue to empower communities and build a resilient future together! The ASEAN Volunteers project is supported by the Government of Japan through Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

     

    The scoping paper presented a study that focuses on aspects in climate change adaptation, disaster risk management and sustainable urban development. This study highlights opportunities for strengthening cooperation for urban resilience across policy levels, sectors, and the region.

    A wide range of initiatives and programmes exists in the ASEAN region that address urban resilience and sustainable urbanisation. SDGs Frontrunner Cities Programme (SDGs-FC): building on the ASEAN ESC Model Cities programme, the SDGs-FC is an initiative under the AWGESC. Funded by the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF), the initiative aims at supporting ASEAN cities in achieving inclusive, sustainable, resilient, and dynamic development in line with the ASEAN Vision 2020 through aligning city action with the SDGs (ASEAN SDGs Cities 2021). Key objectives of the SDGsFC are to support practices and policies enhancing green and sustainable development, to foster capacity building and to promote the exchange of knowledge and experiences. The programme also supports cities in producing tangible outputs to achieve those objectives. Under the initiative, cities produce a “Priority SDGs Report” and “Project Action Plan” and apply the “Inventory Method” to identify key policies and good practices that have the potential to impact sustainable development in the respective city.

    JENESYS2023 aims to promote mutual trust and understanding among the peoples of Japan, ASEAN Member States, and Timor-Leste, to build a basis for future friendship and cooperation, as well as to encourage an understanding of various aspects of Japan. The project is supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF). These are the highlights of JENESYS2023 reported by Japan International Cooperation Center (JICE) in January 2024:

    JENESYS Laos-Japan Business Exchange and JENESYS2023 Laos-Japan Disaster Prevention and Recovery from Disasters exchange – A total of 15 Laotian university students visited Japan from 16-23 January 2024. They visited Tokyo and Miyagi prefectures. In Tokyo, they learned about Japanese culture and society, and then they had the theme related lectures and observations such as “Tokyo Stock Exchange Arrows” and “OECD” (Business exchange), “Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications” and “Life Safety Learning Center Tokyo Fire Department” (Disaster Prevention and Recovery from Disasters exchange). In Miyagi, they visited “The International Policy Division, Miyagi Prefectural Government”, “Tohoku Fukushi University” and Tome City. They had a lot of experiences such as theme-related lectures and observation, school exchange, and homestay! The highlight was the homestay. It was impressive for them to enjoy various things such as a kimono experience, strawberry picking, and playing in the snow with host families. They will make use of what they learned from this program and set up the reporting sessions and events in their schools.

    JENESYS Alumni Reunion on Study in Japan was held online on 12 January 2024 and attended by over 200 people. It is hoped this can be a useful reference for everyone aiming to study in Japan.

    Hello from JENESYS Alumni – Mr. Poka Som from Cambodia had the opportunity to visit Japan for the first time in December 2023 through JENESYS2023 (ASEAN-Japan Students Conference). His group’s theme was “Climate Change and Disaster Prevention”. During their visit to Sendai City, they learned about evacuation routes, helicopter rescue, and other related topics. He also had an honor opportunity to meet the First Lady of Japan’s Prime Minister, KISHIDA Yuko and talk about flooding, which is one of serious issue in Cambodia.

    The ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on disaster management (AHA Centre) hosted a productive ASEAN Emergency Response and Assessment Team (ASEAN-ERAT) Guidelines Review Workshop on 29 January to 2 February 2024 in Bogor, Indonesia, participated by the representatives of ASEAN-ERAT members from ASEAN Member States, ASEAN Secretariat, and the AHA Centre.

    This workshop, supported by Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF), aimed to validate and solidify feedback from ASEAN-ERAT members, which previously collected from the online survey and focus group discussion.

    Today, the ASEAN Secretariat hosted a graduation ceremony for 12 junior officers from Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, and Viet Nam (CLMV). The ceremony marked the completion of the 17th Batch of the IAI Attachment Programme for Junior Diplomats and the 6th Batch of the Attachment Programme for Officers from CLMV countries involved in the AEC and ASCC at the ASEAN Secretariat (2022-2023) attachment programme.

    Deputy Secretary-General for ASEAN Economic Community Department Satvinder Singh and Ambassador KIYA Masahiko of the Japan Mission to ASEAN attended the ceremony along with IAI Task Force members from the ASEAN Member States.

    The Attachment Programme is hailed as the gold standard among IAI projects, supported by the Japanese government for over twenty years, under the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF). Since 1 February 2023, the attachment officers were assigned to work under the ASEAN Political Security Community, ASEAN Economic Community and ASEAN Socio-Cultural Departments at the ASEAN Secretariat. They will complete their assignment on 31 January.

    Throughout the years, the programme has trained and provided invaluable experience to 120 officers from CLMV countries. These officers, in turn, have actively championed ASEAN integration and facilitated cooperation within their home ministries and respective countries. The programme has not only enriched the skills of CLMV officers but has also played a crucial role in fortifying ASEAN-Japan cooperation. This enduring partnership also serves as a show of the 50 years of friendship and cooperation between ASEAN and Japan.

    The IAI is a specific initiative dedicated to assisting CLMV countries in fulfilling their ASEAN regional commitments and in ensuring equitable economic development among the ASEAN Member States.

    On 24 January, H.E. Mr. KIYA Masahiko, Ambassador of Japan to ASEAN, attended the Closing Ceremony of the Attachment Programme for Junior Officials from Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Viet Nam, 2022-2023 in Jakarta, celebrating 12 Attachment Officers upon the conclusion of the Programme. Attendees to the ceremony included H.E. Satvinder Singh, Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN for ASEAN Economic Community as well as Permanent Representatives of ASEAN Member States.

    The Attachment Programme dispatches young government officials from CLMV countries (Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Viet Nam) to the ASEAN Secretariat for one year, with a view to enhancing administrative capacities of the participants, as well as narrowing the gap between CLMV countries and other six ASEAN countries. The programme has fostered a number of promising officials in CLMV countries for the past years.  The Government of Japan supports the programme through Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    References:

    On 15-19 January 2024, Anguillid eel data was collected under the project entitled “Development of stock assessment methods and strengthening resource management measures of tropical Anguillid Eels in Southeast Asia,” funded by the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF). This study was conducted in Palabuhan Ratu, West Java, Indonesia, and led by the Chief of SEAFDEC Inland Fishery Resources Development and Management Department (IFRDMD), Mr. Andi Soesmono. This was a monthly routine monitoring in which the fishers deploy some gear in the Cikaso and Cimandiri Rivers to support the continuation of eel catch data.

    Supported by the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF), the ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on disaster management (AHA Centre), in collaboration with Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) Thailand, organised the ASEAN Emergency Response and Assessment Team (ASEAN-ERAT) Level 2 Course on Rapid Assessment (held on 16-20 October 2023) and Information Management (held on 23-27 October 2023) in Pattaya, Thailand. The courses aimed to prepare the ASEAN-ERAT members with in-depth knowledge and skills, to perform the role and function of an ASEAN-ERAT Rapid Assessment and Information Management specialist in humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operation.

    Kicking off the Online Sessions of Batch 1 of the AHA Centre Executive – Leadership in Emergency and Disaster Management of ASEAN Programme (ACE LEDMP) Middle Level!

    For the next month, 20 mid-level career officers from the ASEAN Member States will participate in online courses before on-site sessions commence in February 2024.

    The two-month course is designed to equip participants with the skills and knowledge needed to effectively support and advance disaster management efforts in ASEAN using the region’s coordination tools and mechanisms.

    ACE LEDMP is supported primarily by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    04 January 2024

    Pinoy MSMEs Go Global!

    Go Negosyo proudly announced to have 196 mentee graduates for the ASEAN Mentorship for Entrepreneurs Network (AMEN) for this year and sent their warmest gratitude across borders to the mentors and partners who shared in the success of this programme.

    AMEN project is supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

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  • JENESYS2023 aims to promote mutual trust and understanding among the peoples of Japan, ASEAN Member States, and Timor-Leste, to build a basis for future friendship and cooperation, as well as to encourage an understanding of various aspects of Japan. The project is supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF). These are the highlights of JENESYS2023 reported by Japan International Cooperation Center (JICE) in November-December 2023:

    JENESYS ASEAN-Japan Students Conference

    JENESYS Student Conference was held to commemorate the 50th Year of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation 130 students gathered from ASEAN Member States, Timor-Leste and Japan, and deepened mutual understanding, and strengthened networks of friendship and cooperation through various programs and discussions under the 5 themes such as “Climate Change and Disaster Prevention”, “Internet and AI”, “Startups”, “Tourism Development”, and “Population Issue.” After the active discussion, participants formally submitted the Declaration of Thematic Recommendations and Action Plans.

    JENESYS Malaysia-Japan Cultural Exchange – JENESYS2023 Singapore-Japan Social welfare exchange

    Ten Malaysian university students, 8 Singaporean high school students, and 1 Singaporean teacher visited Japan from 17-24 December! They visited Tokyo and Okinawa prefectures.

    In Tokyo, they observed the public elementary school classes in Yokohama. They learned a lot by comparing the educational systems and schools in Japan and each country. And they learned about the barrier-free initiative in Japan from the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism.

    Co-Creation ​with Heart-to-Heart and Trust Mutual Prosperity for ​ASEAN-Japan 50th Year of Friendship and Cooperation

    On 11 December, the AJC was invited to do a short program for the JENESYS group that are currently in Japan for the “JENESYS2023 ASEAN-Japan Students Conference”. SG Hirabayashi engaged with about 110 youth from all ASEAN Member States and Timor-Leste and gave a presentation titled “Co-Creation ​with Heart-to-Heart and Trust Mutual Prosperity for ​ASEAN-Japan 50th Year of Friendship and Cooperation​”.

    SG emphasized that the collaboration between Japan and ASEAN will accelerate innovation and increase cultural richness while vitalizing economic synergy, educational exchange, expansion of tourism, and finding ways to solve environmental issues together.

    The participants are joining our ASEAN-Japan 50th anniversary “Happy ASEAN-Japan 50!” photo message campaign.

    Commemorating the 70th Year of Cambodia-Japan Friendship JENESYS Cambodia-Japan Exchange “Japan’s efforts for SDGs”

    Ten Cambodian professionals and university students visited Japan from 14-21 November. Under the theme of ‘Japan’s efforts for SDGs’, they had company visits and a courtesy call to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and received a lecture about SDGs. They participated in a factory tour at EBARA Corporation, which manufactures pumps. They were also introduced to the projects being implemented in Kenya and Brazil to deliver clean water.

    Hello! from JENESYS Alumni

    Ms. Souphavanh Senesavath from Lao PDR was the participant of JENESYS2015 (Society). She is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in civil engineering at Kyushu University.

    Her interest in studying in Japan was sparked by JENESYS. During her visit to Hiroshima, she was impressed by the friendly and accepting nature of Japanese students towards foreigners.

    Read her full story on the above link.

    President Vo Van Thuong reunited with JENESYS host family

    The president of Viet Nam, Vo Van Thuong visited Japan and invited his host family, with whom he had spent time with when he participated in the JENESYS Program in 2011, to have breakfast together at the State Guest House in Tokyo. President Thuong had always remembered the hospitality he received from them in the past, and that was the moment when JENESYS truly became a bridge between the two countries. He reiterated the importance of youth exchange and expressed how he looks forward to seeing future exchanges develop even further.

    Viet Nam-Japan Cultural Exchange

    Eleven students and one teacher of Osaka Prefectural Sumiyoshi High School visited Ha Noi, Viet Nam on 21-28 November 2023.

    During the program, they were inspired by hearing about Japanese people who working abroad such as the Embassy of Japan in Viet Nam and JICA.

    In the school exchange, they Painted the “Viet Nam – Japan Mural Wall” to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Viet Nam – Japan diplomatic relations with students of Phan Huy Chu High School and Nguyen Ba Ngoc Primary School. Also, in the Japanese attractiveness presentation, the students performed the ‘Kawachi Ondo’ in Yukata which local dance in Osaka that they had practiced many times. It was a great event, there were over 300 people there!

    Japan-Laos Agritourism Exchange

    Nine Japanese university students visited Vientiane, Lao PDR. They exchanged with Laos students and people in school exchange and homestay and visited Laos markets and farmhouses.

    At the school exchange, they visited two schools (NUOL and Pakpasak Technical College) and introduced the attractiveness of Japan. Lao students showed them Laos traditional dance and had lunch together at the food court on campus. At the homestay, they experienced Lao home-style food and visited famous sightseeing places (Buddha Park, Thatluang, etc.). They enjoyed Laos culture with the host family.

    A special summit meeting to mark the 50th anniversary of ASEAN-Japan friendship and cooperation was held in Tokyo on December 17, with Prime Minister Kishida Fumio attending as chair, and leaders from ASEAN member countries, including President Joko Widodo of Indonesia, who co-chaired the ASEAN side. In addition, Prime Minister Shana Guzman of East Timor, which is seeking full membership in ASEAN, attended as an observer, as did Secretary-General Kao Kim Horn of the ASEAN Secretariat.

    The meeting discussed four topics: “Review of ASEAN-Japan Relations,” “Partners for Peace and Stability, Regional and International Affairs,” “Cross-Generational Heart-to-Heart Partnership” (working lunch), and “Partners for Co-Creating Future Economy and Society.

    The session on “Partners for Co-Creating Future Economies and Societies” focused on new public-private partnerships between Japan and ASEAN to solve issues through co-creation, including (1) the establishment of the Asia Zero Emission Center at the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA), and (2) the establishment of the Asia Zero Emission Community (AZEC) at the ASEAN Economic Research Institute for East Asia (ERIA). (2) launch of the ASEAN-Japan Next Generation Automotive Industry Co-Creation Initiative, and (3) boosting private investment to strengthen connectivity, combat climate change, and support small, medium, and micro enterprises and start-ups. He also indicated the steady realization of commitments through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF), to which he announced an additional US$100 million contribution in March 2023.

    On 17 – 18 December, the Commemorative Summit for the 50th Year of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation was held in Tokyo. Prime Minister Kishida and President Joko Widodo of Indonesia, this year’s ASEAN Chair, co-chaired the Commemorative Summit.

    Three outcomes of the summit were discussed and adopted:

    1. Joint Vision Statement and Implementation Plan from Commemorative Summit (17 December 2023)
    2. Cooperation throughout the 50th year (2023)
    3. Implementation of Japan’s Commitment through Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF)

    On 17 December, the Commemorative Summit for the 50th Year of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation was held at Hotel Okura Tokyo. Mr. KISHIDA Fumio, Prime Minister of Japan attended the Summit. Prime Minister Kishida and President Joko Widodo of Indonesia, this year’s ASEAN Chair, co-chaired the Commemorative Summit. The Joint Vision Statement on ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation and its Implementation Plan has been adopted as the outcome documents of the Commemorative Summit.

    The Summit was divided into two sessions. Session 1 had the Opening, Agenda 1: Review of ASEAN-Japan Relations and Agenda2: Partners for Peace and Stability & Regional and International Issues. Session 2 had the Agenda 3: Heart-to-Heart Partnership Across Generations (Working Lunch), Agenda 4: Partners in Co-creation of Economy and Society of the Future, Adoption of Outcome Documents, Other Issues and Closing.

    On Agenda 3, Prime Minister Kishida referred to programs such as the Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youths (JENESYS), a youth exchange program, NIHONGO (Japanese language) Partners, the Ship for Southeast Asian and Japanese Youth Program (SSEAYP), etc. He emphasized the alumni of these various youth exchange programs who matured friendship and camaraderie are now active in various fields around the world, serving as bridges between ASEAN and Japan.

    On Agenda 4, ASEAN Member States expressed their appreciation for Japan’s contributions over the years to ASEAN’s economic and social development and enhanced connectivity. In response, Prime Minister Kishida stated that he could reaffirm that ASEAN and Japan share understandings in many respects. He also mentioned the continued support for the early launch of ASEAN Centre for Public Health Emergencies and Emerging Diseases (ACPHEED), and the establishment of a Rapid Financing Facility that can be activated flexibly in the event of natural disasters.

    The JENESYS program and Detailed Design and Preparation Support for the “ASEAN Centre for Public Health Emergencies and Emerging Diseases” (ACPHEED) are supported by the Government of Japan through Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    Read full version of Overview of Sessions here.

    Read the JAIF Fact Sheet on the Outcomes of the 50th Year of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation / the Commemorative Summit (p.9-10).

    On 17 December, Mrs. KISHIDA Yuko, Spouse of the Prime Minister of Japan, hosted the Partners’ Program for the Commemorative Summit for the 50th Year of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation in Tokyo. The partners who joined this program were as follows;

    1. First Lady Louise Araneta–Marcos, Spouse of the president of the Republic of the Philippines
    2. Ho Ching, Spouse of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Singapore
    3. Wan Azizah, Spouse of the Prime Minister of Malaysia
    4. E.Mrs. Vandara SIPHANDONE, Spouse of the Prime Minister of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic
    5. E.Dr. PICH Chanmony HUN Manet, Spouse of the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia.

    One of the programs is Meeting with Students of “JENESYS 2023 ASEAN-Japan Students Conference”. At this conference held as part of the Commemoration of the 50th Year of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation, Mrs. KISHIDA met with approximately 130 students from 10 ASEAN Member States, The Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste and Japan.

    In her opening address following the greeting by the ASEAN-Japan students’ representatives, Mrs. KISHIDA said that it was delightful to have the opportunity of direct interaction with students who are the future of ASEAN, Timor-Leste and Japan in this commemorative 50th Year of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation. Mrs. KISHIDA also expressed her hope that the youths of Japan and this region would further enhance active interaction and encouraged the students.

    The partners had conversation with the students from their respective countries and listened intently to them talking regarding their Japanese cultural experience. The students, taking delight in the precious opportunity to meet with the partners of their leaders, had a pleasant time interacting with them.

    The “Japan’s Friendship Ties Programs JENESYS 2023” project is supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    As we approach the year’s end, ASEAN Volunteers stand united in elevating community resilience for disaster preparedness in Brunei Darussalam. Across a 22-day program, youth volunteers focused on disaster preparedness training, fortifying Water and Sanitation Hygiene (WASH) systems in rural areas, and fostering community-based disaster risk reduction preparedness.
    The ASEAN Volunteers project is supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF). This project is part of the commemoration of the 50th Year of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation.

    Indonesian President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida will meet on Saturday, 16 December 2023 to discuss efforts to strengthen relations between the two countries.

    “Tomorrow, the President and the Japanese Prime Minister will meet. The two leaders will meet again to discuss efforts that can strengthen our bilateral relations,” Foreign Affairs Minister Retno Marsudi informed in Tokyo, Japan, on Friday. She made the statement while delivering her remarks at the inauguration of the Indonesian embassy building in Tokyo.

    The meeting scheduled on Saturday is part of a series of activities of the ASEAN-Japan Commemorative Summit, which will take place on 16 and 17 December.

    “Earlier, the state minister (of Japan) said that this year, the intensity of relations between Indonesia and Japan has been very high,” Marsudi said. The minister noted that Japan is Indonesia’s second-largest trading partner. In 2022, the value of trade between the two countries crossed US$42 billion. In addition, Japan is the fourth-largest investor in Indonesia. In 2022, Japanese investment in the country reached US$3.56 billion.

    ASEAN and Japan earlier officially agreed to form a comprehensive strategic partnership, as outlined in the Joint Statement on the Establishment of the ASEAN-Japan Comprehensive Strategic Partnership, which was adopted at the 26th ASEAN-Japan Summit in Jakarta in September 2023.

    The strategic partnership was outlined in three documents: Progress Report of the Revised Implementation Plan of the Vision Statement on ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation, Future Design and Action Plan of an Innovative and Sustainable ASEAN-Japan Economic Partnership, and ASEAN-Japan Economic Co-Creation Vision.

    Japan also made a funding commitment of US$100 million to support the implementation of the ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific (AOIP) through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) 3.0.

    The Member States of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Japan, gathered in Tokyo on 17 December 2023 to commemorate the 50th Year of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation and adopted the Joint Vision Statement on ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation and its Implementation Plan.

    This Implementation Plan serves to realise the abovementioned Joint Vision Statement to mainstream and further strengthen cooperation in the four priority areas of the ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific (AOIP), namely, maritime cooperation, connectivity, the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and economic and other possible areas of cooperation.

    Download the full Joint Vision Statement here.

    Download the full Implementation Plan here.

    Japan and ASEAN are trusted partners. Japan and ASEAN have been not only major trade or investment partners but also true friends with “heart-to-heart” relations based on a wide range of people-to-people exchanges.

    Find out more about Japan and ASEAN relations from the following links:

    Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF):https://jaif.asean.org

    JENESYS:https://www.mofa.go.jp/a_o/rp/page24e_000354.html

    NIHONGO Partners: https://asiawa.jpf.go.jp/en/partners/

    SSEAYP: https://www8.cao.go.jp/…/kouryu/en/sseayp/2019/sseayp.html

    The Straits of Malacca and Singapore are a vital shipping lane linking Asia with Europe and the Middle East. The narrow straits with their predominantly shallow waters constitute a treacherous choke point for passing vessels. Japan has been cooperating with the three littoral States of Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore since the 1960s to enhance the safety of navigation, including conducting joint hydrographic surveys.

    In response to a request for the third joint hydrographic survey, the littoral States and Japan targeted five specific areas within the Straits of Malacca and Singapore that required particularly urgent action. In Phase I of the survey, which ran from 2015 to 2016, financial cooperation and the dispatch of engineers were provided through the Japanese Shipowners’ Association, the Japan Hydrographic Association, and the Malacca Strait Council (MSC) of Japan.

    In Phase II, which began conducting its survey in 2018 and covered a larger sea area, approximately 1 billion yen was budgeted by the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF), established to support integration among ASEAN nations. The MSC oversaw coordination and managed the progress while the private firm Aero Asahi Corporation conducted the survey.

    With the survey of the whole area completed, the electronic chart was finally updated in July 2023. Not only will the completion of highly accurate electronic charts promote maritime cooperation among ASEAN Member States, but it will also greatly improve connectivity. Japan will continue its efforts to collaborate with relevant authorities to improve the safety of maritime navigation.

    Ahead of the Commemorative Summit for the 50th Year of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation held in Japan in December 2023, Prime Minister of Japan, KISHIDA Fumio wrote a piece on Kompas on the Japan and ASEAN’s collaboration for ASEAN region development.

    Japan initiated dialogue with ASEAN in 1973, ahead of the rest of the world. Since then, Japan has walked alongside ASEAN including Indonesia on its path of development and integration. Japan has supported the development of the ASEAN region through development cooperation in various fields. Japan and ASEAN are each other’s major trading partners, and Japan is the second largest direct investor in ASEAN after the United States. In recent years, Japanese direct investment in ASEAN has averaged about 2.8 trillion yen annually. Japanese companies have approximately 15,000 business establishments in ASEAN, bringing the vitality of the fast-growing ASEAN region into the Japanese economy and also creating products, services and employment in ASEAN countries, thus contributing to their economic development. Turning attention to Indonesia, there are around 2,000 Japanese companies are operating in Indonesia. They have created jobs for 7.2 million of Indonesian people and have produced 8.5% of Indonesia’s GDP and 25% of its imports. Japan is also the second largest direct investor in Indonesia on a cumulative basis. The two countries have built very close economic relations for more than 50 years including through the aforementioned private economic activities.

    The Malaysia Marine Department (MMD) through the Maritime Transport Training Institute (MATRAIN) held an “Expert Group Meeting (EGM)” for the third time to present the implementation of “The Enhanced VTS Operator Training Project for ASEAN (Phase 4)”. This meeting was held by teleconference and was chaired by Deputy Director General of Marine (Planning) JLM. Also presented, Director of Traffic Management and Navigation Assistance Division (BPTBP), Director of MATRAIN, Senior Director of BPTBP, Senior Assistant Director of BPTBP and officers from the Professional Development Division (Functional) of MATRAIN.

    The meeting was also attended by representatives of ASEAN Member States. The Japanese representatives were represented by Special Assistant Director, Japan Coast Guard (JCG) and Executive Director General of Japan Aids to Navigation Association (JANA). The International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities (IALA) also sent representatives. This meeting is a continuation of the previous meeting which was held with Japan and ASEAN members to present the projects that have been held for the current year and plans for the following year.

    This meeting started with an opening speech by the Chair and continued with a presentation by JANA regarding the implementation of the course “The Enhance VTS Operator Training Project for ASEAN (Phase 4)”.

    After finishing the presentation, the Chairman took this opportunity to congratulate all parties involved in making this training program a success and hoped that all VTS members could carry out their duties diligently to ensure maritime navigation in the region is safe, secure and efficient.

    This project is supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    The relationship between Japan and ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations), which has achieved remarkable development since 1973, celebrated its 50th anniversary of friendship and cooperation in 2023. Since 1973, relations between Japan and ASEAN have accomplished remarkable development. Youths from Japan and ASEAN interact under various themes such as Asian cultural exchange policy, politics, economy, society, culture, history, and sports under the title “WA Project – Getting to Know Asia“. The people-to-people exchanges between Japan and ASEAN through the “JENESYS Project” will form the basis of a strong partnership called “heart-to-heart partners,” and we will work closely together for peace, stability, development, and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region. We have built a strong cooperative relationship. The JENESYS project is supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    Three people who have previously participated in the “JENESYS Project” and the “WA Cultural Project” will talk about “people-to-people exchanges” from their respective countries, Cambodia, Indonesia, and Japan.

    The leaders of the ASEAN members and Japan will convene in Tokyo on December 16 to 18 for the Commemorative Summit for the 50th Year of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation. Dialogue between ASEAN and Japan gained important momentum in 1973, when Japan and ASEAN agreed to establish a forum on Japanese exports of synthetic rubber. That forum was a framework for fortifying the ASEAN members’ natural rubber business amid growing demand for synthetic rubber. It presaged what has become extensive ASEAN-Japan cooperation in advancing mutual interests through a remarkable relationship.

    The value of ASEAN-Japan cooperation is especially compelling in upgrading functions strategically important to national vitality. Infusing security, administrative, regulatory, and supervisory functions with global best practice is yielding tangible benefits for all 10 ASEAN members.

    Bolstering Maritime Safety

    We tend to take for granted the availability of imported necessities, such as oil, and amenities, such as fine wine. Rarely, however, do we recognize the role in ensuring that availability of Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) operators. Those unappreciated individuals work 24–7 at monitoring ship traffic into and out of our harbors. Japan boasts leading-edge technology and personnel for ensuring reliable VTS. And Japan has shared its VTS strengths with ASEAN counterparts since 2017 through a first-of-its-kind training centre in Malaysia.

    “What the trainees learn at our center serves them well throughout their careers,” emphasizes Nordin Bin Mohamadin, a deputy director general for planning at the Malaysia Marine Department. “That includes work beyond VTS. The trainees acquire expertise in traffic management, safety of navigation, and rules of the road that is essential for marine officers in managing ports and waterways.”

    The centre was born of a shared interest in what Bin Mohamadin characterizes as “ensuring safety from the port of departure to the port of arrival.” ASEAN and Japanese representatives decided on the Malaysian site after considering multiple options. The Malacca Strait, a jugular vein for global trade, unfolds between Malaysia, Indonesia, and Singapore. Siting the VTS training centre in one of those three ASEAN members was therefore a natural choice. Malaysia’s government was especially proactive about the undertaking, and it provided an in-service training facility to house the centre. The initiative receives funding through Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund 2.0 (JAIF 2.0) under the ASEAN-Japan Transport Partnership.

    Elevating professional capacities at the Specialised Training Course on Human Resource Development (HRD) for ASEAN Customs Officers in Kashiwa, Japan on 13 – 17 November 2023 with support from the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    Attended by 18 participants from eight ASEAN Member States and ASEAN Secretariat and discussed valuable insights shared by distinguished resource persons:

    1) Mr. Oentarto Wibowo, WCO Accredited Expert on Capacity Building and Integrity,
    2) Ms. TSUDA Yuko, Trainer and Research Department, Customs Training Institute, Ministry of Finance of Japan, and
    3) Mr. MURAYAMA Takamasa, Trainer and Research Department, Customs Training Institute, Ministry of Finance of Japan.

    The training provided ASEAN customs officials with knowledge and skills on training policies, succession planning, career development, integrity in customs, and formulation of methodologies for training programmes, as well as creating a network of customs professionals that can support advancing customs HRD practices in ASEAN.

    Let’s honour the remarkable dedication of volunteers worldwide including the ASEAN Volunteers as they contribute to increasing local community resilience through environmental protection and climate change adaptation measures in Viet Nam. Hosted by National Committee on Youth of Viet Nam and Viet Nam Youth Union in Tuyen Quang province, ASEAN Volunteers are engaged in tree planting, constructing play areas out of recycled materials and guiding kindergarten students in creating products using repurposed waste. Stay tuned to ASEAN social media to follow the ASEAN Volunteers journey!

    The ASEAN Volunteers project is supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF). This project is part of the commemoration of the 50th Year of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation.

    From December 10 to December 19, approximately 110 students from 10 ASEAN Member States and Timor-Leste will visit Japan to participate in the “JENESYS 2023 ASEAN-Japan Students Conference” a project commemorating the 50th year of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation, to be held in Tokyo.

    1. Prior to their participation in the ASEAN-Japan Students Conference, which will be held in Tokyo from December 15 to 18, the delegation will be divided into five groups and visit Miyagi and Chiba Prefectures, Kanagawa and Shizuoka Prefectures, Mie Prefecture, Hiroshima Prefecture, and Okinawa Prefecture, to have opportunities to attend lectures, study topics of the Conference, visit universities, and experience Japanese culture and charms of the region from various perspectives.
    2. In the ASEAN-Japan Students Conference, students from Japan and the ASEAN region will take part in a 3-night 4-day discussion program based on five issues under the common theme of “What we (students) can do for peace, stability, growth, and prosperity in the Asian region”. The five issues of discussion are “Climate Change and Disaster Prevention,” “Tourism Development,” “Population Issues,” “Startups,” and “Internet and AI”. They will present their “Declaration of Action Plan ” and “Thematic Recommendations” on the last day of the program.
    3. Through this program, it is expected that the youth of Japan and the ASEAN region will together raise their interest in social contribution, recognize cultural diversity, and build a network of friendship and cooperation based on mutual understanding. It is also expected that the youth of the ASEAN region will actively share their learnings of the program and the charms of Japan to their respective countries through social media and other means.

    The Malaysia Marine Department (MMD) through the Maritime Transport Training Institute (MATRAIN) held the Closing Ceremony of the Enhanced VTS Operator Training for ASEAN (Phase 4). This ceremony was held to celebrate the participants of this course who have completed this course and have successfully passed. This course has been running for a month starting from 30 November to 1 December 2023.

    This course is organized by MATRAIN in collaboration with the Japan Aids to Navigation Association (JANA) which is funded by the Japan ASEAN Integrated Fund (JAIF) and Light Dues Board (LDA). Participation in this course consists of participants from ASEAN countries who have sat the online assessment and passed to attend this course face-to-face. Teaching staff consists of lecturers with extensive experience in the field of Vessel Traffic Services (VTS).

    A token of appreciation is also addressed to JAIF for sponsoring the ASEAN participants to attend this course. The implementation of this course proves the cooperation and close relationship between the Government of Japan and the ASEAN countries. It is hoped that this cooperation will continue for the good of the ASEAN countries and Japan.

    The relationship between ASEAN and Japan has a long history. In 2023, Japan and ASEAN celebrate the 50th anniversary of friendship and cooperation, and looking back, there were many opportunities that strengthened the bond between the two. Now after 50 years, ASEAN countries and Japan have developed significantly. This white paper is to look back and analyze the relationship, including economic growth between both in marking the 50-year milestone and Japan with each ASEAN Member States.

    JENESYS2023 aims to promote mutual trust and understanding among the peoples of Japan, ASEAN Member States, and Timor-Leste, to build a basis for future friendship and cooperation, as well as to encourage an understanding of various aspects of Japan. The project is supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF). These are the highlights of JENESYS2023 reported by Japan International Cooperation Center (JICE) in October-November 2023:

    JENESYS Viet Nam-Japan Young Administrative Officials and Diplomats Exchange – On 7-14 November, seven young Vietnamese administrators and diplomats visited Tokyo and Toyama Prefecture under the JENESYS programme. In Tokyo, they visited the Embassy and JICA Tokyo and felt the history of Japan-Vietnam relations, while in Toyama they paid a courtesy call to the Toyama Prefectural Government to deepen exchanges with officials. Also, they experienced Japanese culture such as casting and clay doll painting, in addition to homestay.

    Lao PDR-Japan Tourism & OMOTENASHI Exchange and Thailand-Japan Tourism Exchange for University Students – On 7-14 November, 20 students from Laos and Thailand visited Japan to learn about OMOTENASHI and tourism. In Tokyo, they learned how to show OMOTENASHI mind by greeting or table manners first, and took the lecture about strategy related to the attractive tourism of Tokyo. In Okinawa, they developed friendships through presentations and exchanges about tourism with their new friends in the school exchange. At the homestay, they learned traditional Okinawan dance and dialect, and even cooked some of their dishes for their host families.

    Hello! From JENESYS Alumni – Mr. Joey Reyes Loristo from the Philippines (Participation: JENESYS 2016 2nd Batch (Economy/Transportation)) shared his experience with JENESYS. He said, learned at JENESYS inspired him to pursue further studies in transportation policy at GRIPS, a graduate school in Japan. He was convinced that the transportation system in Japan can serve as a great example for the Philippines to learn from. At the school, he was the president of the International Students’ Council where can interact with students with different backgrounds and experiences in governmental affairs from various countries, and expand his network.

    JENESYS Myanmar-Japan Cultural Exchange (Invitation Program for Japanese Language Learners) – 25 Myanmar high school and university students and adults involved in Japanese language study and education visited Japan on 17 – 24 October 2024. In Tokyo, they experienced traditional cultures such as Koh-do (incense ceremony) and Origami with Japanese students participating in the Myanmar Online Dispatch Program, and deepened exchanges in Japanese. In Kanagawa Prefecture, they visited the Great Buddha of Kamakura and Tsurugaoka Hachiman Shrine to pray for their return to Japan. They also gained new knowledge about the Japanese language, such as the origin of hiragana and katakana, in a lecture by Kanagawa University Professor Masahiro Yamada, entitled “The Japanese Language: Then and Now.” In Hokkaido, the participants visited Higashikawa Town, where they received a “Higashikawa Special Town Citizen Certificate” from the Mayor.

    JENESYS2023 Mekong Five Countries Online Alumni Meeting – On 24 October, JENESYS Alumni from Cambodia, Lao-PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, and Viet Nam were gathered online for an event. They enjoyed exchanging memories of JENESYS programme they had joined before, and what they liked about Japan. They also learned Japanese E-Learning Resources from the Japan Foundation, as well as how to study in Japan with practical information from Okayama University (OJEIC). It is hoped everyone learned something new which supports the participants’ dreams, and strengthens JENESYS Alumni relations in Mekong’s five countries.

    Twenty young leaders in disaster management from ASEAN Member States just completed their 2-month programme in Jakarta and one week study visit to Japan through the AHA Centre Executive Leadership in Emergency and Disaster Management Programme for ASEAN (ACE-LEDMP).

    Thank you to the Government of Japan through Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) and all partners for all the supports and making this programme possible.

    25 November is observed as ASEAN Youth in Climate Action and Disaster Resilience Day! In celebrating its 5th year, let’s give a courageous shout out to the second batch of #ASEANVolunteers deployed to the Philippines! Facilitated by the Philippines Red Cross (tag when available), youth volunteers actively participate in flood resilience and disaster management projects, as well as health caravan care services. They also learned valuable know-how, such as composting, material recovery, sustainable planting and harvesting!

    The ASEAN Volunteers project is supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) and is part of the commemoration of the 50th Year of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation.

    The 13th Session of the ASEAN Community Statistical System Committee (ACSS13), hosted by BPS Statistics Indonesia, in Jakarta on 22 to 24 November 2023.  The Session was chaired by Ms. Amalia Adininggar Widyasanti, Acting Chief Statistician of BPS Statistics Indonesia, with Mrs. Phonesaly Souksavath, Head of Lao Statistics Bureau as the Co-chairperson.

    Aligned with the overall theme of Indonesia’s ASEAN Chairmanship in 2023 of “ASEAN Matters:  Epicentrum of Growth”, and as part of ACSS’ continuous commitment to further enhance regional statistical cooperation and respond proactively to emerging statistical requirements, the following theme was adopted for 2023 ACSS work programme: “Navigating Official Statistics towards ASEAN as Epicentrum of Growth.

    The chairs thanked the International Organisations, namely United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN ESCAP), United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), Asian Development Bank (ADB), ARTEMIS, Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF), ASEAN-USAID Inclusive Growth in ASEAN through Innovation, Trade, and E-Commerce (IGNITE), and International Labour Organization (ILO) for the support towards the goal of a more responsive ACSS providing high quality statistics in support of the ASEAN integration.

    Download the full statement here.

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand and the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) Management Team (JMT) jointly organised the JAIF Coaching Clinic in Bangkok, Thailand on 23 – 24 November in cooperation with the ASEAN Secretariat.

    The JAIF Coaching Clinic affirmed ASEAN and Japan’s commitment to bringing JAIF closer to its stakeholders by holding in-country workshop-cum-consultation. A total of 40 representatives from the government and Bangkok-based regional organisations had the opportunity to learn about JAIF’s cooperation and gained hands-on knowledge on developing project proposals and implementing JAIF-funded projects effectively under the ASEAN Cooperation Projects framework.

    The Specialised Training Course on Customs Human Resource Development (HRD) for the ASEAN Customs Capacity Building Working Group (CCBWG) was conducted in Kashiwa, Japan on 13-17 November 2023 with support from the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    The training will provide ASEAN customs officials with knowledge and skills on training policies, succession planning, career development, integrity in customs, and formulation of methodologies for training programmes.

    The training was officiated Managing Director of Japan Customs Training Institute (CTI), Shigetoshi Aoyama. He highlighted the importance of this Specialised Training during the celebration of the important year of the 50th anniversary of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation. Amidst the fast-changing of customs environment, such as the increase in trade volume, the surge of cross-border e-commerce, the rise of various economic partnership agreements, and rapid changes in digitisation, it is essential to focus on the HRD aspect as the vital component in customs administrations to respond to those changes. He hoped that this training could provide the ASEAN participants with sufficient knowledge and skills that could be used to enhance the ASEAN Customs HRD.

    The first batch of ASEAN Volunteers “Community based disaster risk reduction and preparedness” has started their deployment in Malaysia from 28 October-18 November! Hosted by Mercy Malaysia, the project aimed to support communities in disaster-prone area by identifying risks specific to their community and strengthening their resilience. Over the course of 22 days, they also received training on community-based disaster risk management, psychological first aid, fundraising planning programme as well as support in school preparedness and beach clean-up programme.

    Stay tuned on ASEAN social media to follow ASEAN Volunteers’ journey!

    The ASEAN Volunteers project is supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF). This project is part of the commemoration of the 50th Year of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation.

    On November 7, the 2nd AICHR-Japan Interface Meeting was held in Jakarta, Indonesia, as on the sidelin of the AICHR (ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission On Human Rights) Special Meeting 2/2023. The agenda s includes possible cooperation between Japan and AICHR in realizing the AICHR Five-Year Work Plan 2021-2025, as well as ASEAN-Japan relations upon celebrating 50 years of friendship and cooperation this year.

    Ambassador KIYA attended this meeting and exchanged views with AICHR representatives on the current situation and future direction and AICHR and Japan shared the view to conduct the AICHR-Japan Interface meeting on a regular manner.

    Read Ambassador KIYA’s lecture material here.

    The article in Japanese also available here.

    In celebrating the 50th Year of ASEAN–Japan Friendship and Cooperation, the Mission of Japan to ASEAN and the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) Management Team (JMT) kicked off the onsite and virtual Golden Friendship Walk and Run 2023 on 5 November.

    The Golden Friendship Walk and Run 2023 commenced with opening remarks by Ambassador KIYA Masahiko of the Japan Mission to ASEAN, who stated, “We are gathered here today to walk and run together. The Golden Friendship Walk and Run is one of the events where participants throughout ASEAN and beyond including Japan can join virtually to celebrate the 50th year of ASEAN-Japan cooperation.”

    During the opening ceremony, Minister Councellor Piyapong Nuntana of the Thai Mission to ASEAN, also delivered his remarks, “Walking and running are good for our health and for the environment as a study shows that walking reduces your carbon footprint by 75%, I therefore encourage you to walk or run instead of driving whenever possible. Your participation today will also help raise awareness on reducing carbon emission, which is a goal in ASEAN-Japan cooperation.”

    Deputy-Secretary General of ASEAN for Political-Security Community Michael Tene and JABOT – an ASEAN-Japan mascot – flagged off the walk and run event with a six-kilometre track along the main boulevard of Sudirman and the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium.

    Over a hundred people participated at the event including Permanent Representatives of the ASEAN Member States, Deputy Secretary General of ASEAN, the ASEAN Secretariat staff, and representatives of Dialogue Partners. In addition, several private Japanese companies and the general public also took part.

    More information on the 50th Anniversary of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation is available at https://aseanjapan50.org/

    On Sunday morning, 5 November 2023, the Mission of Japan to ASEAN and the Permanent Mission of Thailand to ASEAN co-organised a sports event called Golden Friendship Walk & Run 2023 at Senayan Park as part of the series of commemorative events for the 50th Year of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation, supported by the Japan ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF)

    More than 100 participants run and walk together around Senayan area, totaling 5.6 km distance, to reduce carbon footprint and promote friendship. Among the participants were Deputy-Secretary General of ASEAN H.E. Michael Tene, who performed flag off, Chargé d’ Affaires a.i. of Thailand Mission to ASEAN Mr. Piyapong Nuntana, who gave the opening remarks with Ambassador Kiya, Ambassadors and representatives from other ASEAN Member States and Dialogue Partners, ASEAN Secretariat representative, and event sponsors from Private Sectors as well as public participants who won the lucky draw in Golden Friendship Walk & Run 2023 virtual event. ASEAN Friend from Japan, JABOT, has been unveiling in person and cheering together.

    While the on-site event was finished on Sunday, the virtual event was still on-going until 29 November 2023. Interested runners can register to the virtual event from this link or cause.id website.

    On 4 November 2023 (local time), Prime Minister Kishida, who is visiting Manila in the Philippines, held a meeting with Senate President Juan Miguel Zubiri and House Speaker Martin Romualdez, before delivering a policy speech at the Joint Session of the Philippine Senate and House of Representatives.

    In his policy speech, Prime Minister highlighted the 50th Anniversary of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation.

    Fifty years ago, Japan has initiated dialogue with ASEAN ahead of the rest of the world. Since then, Japan and ASEAN have helped each other in times of difficulty and nurtured a relationship of trust with a heart-to-heart connection through exchanges among peoples in a wide range of fields and at various levels.

    One of the lessons learned from this experience is the second pillar of the new Free and Open Indo-Pacific (FOIP) plan, “addressing challenges in an Indo-Pacific way.” This is the idea of addressing global challenges in a realistic and practical manner, and enhancing resilience and sustainability of each country as an equal partner.

    For example, COVID-19 expanded divisions and disparities in the international community. It is evident that the world as a whole must respond to international health challenges. Japan will support the ASEAN Centre for Emerging Diseases and Public Health Emergencies to develop as a regional center of excellence.

    Japan will promote cooperation in line with the ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific (AOIP), which resonates with the FOIP.

    In March, Japan announced a new contribution of USD100 million to the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    Read the full Policy Speech by Prime Minister here.

    The Philippine News Agency and Business World also published articles regarding the visit of Prime Minister.

    The Malaysia Marine Department (MMD) through the Maritime Transport Training Institute (MATRAIN) is holding the Enhanced VTS Operator Training Project for ASEAN (Phase 4) which starts from 30 October to 1 December 2023 at MATRAIN. The opening ceremony was held at the MATRAIN Auditorium and was officiated by the Director General of Marine, Malaysia Marine Department, Kapten Mohamad Halim bin Ahmed online. This ceremony was also attended by Morioka Hiroshi, the First Secretary (Coast Guard/Maritime Transport) Embassy of Japan, Mr. Nordin bin Mohamadin, the Deputy Director General of Marine (Planning), Mrs. Rahayu binti Rajali the Director of MATRAIN, and the representative Director of BPTBP, Mrs. Nurul Suhana binti Sulaiman. The ceremony began with an opening speech by the Director General of Marine and was accompanied by a speech by a representative of the Japan Coast Guard, First Admiral Tsugo Awai, and a representative of the International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities (IALA), Mr. Omar Frits Eriksson.

    This course is organized in collaboration with Japan Aids to Navigation (JANA) and the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF). Participants consist of Vessel Traffic Services (VTS) operators from ASEAN countries. They will attend classes that have been scheduled by the Instructors throughout the course and will be recognized as certified VTS operators by the International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities (IALA) after passing the assessment and examination. This course has produced more than 70 operators trained in operating VTS throughout ASEAN.

    The Malaysia Marine Department (MMD) through the Maritime Transport Training Institute (MATRAIN) is holding the Enhanced VTS Operator Training Project for ASEAN (Phase 4) which starts from 30 October to 1 December 2023 at MATRAIN. The opening ceremony was held at the MATRAIN Auditorium and was officiated online by the Director General of Marine, Malaysia Marine Department, Kapten Mohamad Halim bin Ahmed. This ceremony was also attended by Morioka Hiroshi, the First Secretary (Coast Guard/Maritime Transport) Embassy of Japan, Mr. Nordin bin Mohamadin, the Deputy Director General of Marine (Planning), Mrs. Rahayu binti Rajali the Director of MATRAIN, and the representative Director of BPTBP, Mrs. Nurul Suhana binti Sulaiman. The ceremony began with an opening speech by the Director General of Marine and was accompanied by a speech by a representative of the Japan Coast Guard, First Admiral Tsugo Awai, and a representative of the International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities (IALA), Mr. Omar Frits Eriksson.

    This course is organized in collaboration with Japan Aids to Navigation (JANA) and the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF). Participants consist of Vessel Traffic Services (VTS) operators from ASEAN countries. They will attend classes that have been scheduled by the instructors throughout the course and will be recognized as certified VTS operators by the International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities (IALA) after passing the assessment and examination. This course has produced more than 70 operators trained in operating VTS throughout ASEAN.

    JENESYS2023 aims to promote mutual trust and understanding among the peoples of Japan, ASEAN Member States, and Timor-Leste, to build a basis for future friendship and cooperation, as well as to encourage an understanding of various aspects of Japan. The project is supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF). These are the highlights of JENESYS2023 reported by Japan International Cooperation Center (JICE) in September-October 2023:

    JENESYS2023 Viet Nam – Japan Cultural Exchange for High School Students was held on 17-24 October. Ten Viet Nam high school students visited Japan! They spent a week in Tokyo and Osaka. They learnt Japanese culture from various points of view such as anime, games for pop culture, and Edo wind bell and tea ceremonies for traditional Japanese culture. Also, they had a valuable experience on homestay and school exchange in Osaka, so they can understand a little Japanese. It is hoped that they had a good experience in this program and keep a good relationship with Japan in the future.

    JENESYS Timor-Leste Alumni event was held virtually on 11 October 2023. The participants had a learningful and creative time in JENESYS Timor-Leste Alumni event last week! After the lecture about fair trade and their activities by Ms. Roberts from the PARC Interpeoples’ Cooperation (PARCIC), participants tried to come up their original sustainable food product which takes advantages of Timor-Leste’s strength.

    JENESYS Online Alumni Meeting (Brunei, Philippines, Singapore) was held on 21 September 2023. Mr. Ichikawa, who works at the Japanese restaurant Excapade in Brunei, gave a lecture on the origin and history of sushi. During the exchange that followed, the participants created original sushi menus, exchanged opinions, and had a great time.

    Kudos to the 13 ASEAN-ERAT Members who have completed the 2nd Level 2 Course on Information Management from 23-27 October 2023 in Pattaya, Thailand!

    With enhanced skills in Information Management, they are now poised to play a key role in ASEAN’s emergency operations, supporting decision-makers with critical information for swift and life-saving disaster response.

    We thank the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) Thailand for hosting the training, facilitators from the ASEAN Member States, and our partners United Nations OCHA and MapAction for co-facilitating the course. We also extend our gratitude to the Government of Japan Mission of Japan to ASEAN for its continued support in strengthening ASEAN-ERAT through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

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    AHA Centre welcomed the new graduates of ASEAN-ERAT Level 2 Course on Rapid Assessment. 15 ASEAN-ERAT members from ASEAN Member States, ASEAN Secretariat, and AHA Centre has completed level 2 course and now certified as Rapid Assessment specialist. They are now part of the growing pool of 30 Rapid Assessment Specialists and 116 Level 2-trained members in total.

    The course was conducted in Pattaya, Thailand on 16-20 October 2023, with the support from Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF). Also, thank you to Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) Thailand for hosting the training, and our partners UNOCHA and IFRC for co-facilitating the course.

    Over the years, Japan has supported ASEAN’s development and integration through a range of initiatives including assistance during the Asian financial crisis, through disaster relief following the Indian Ocean tsunami and via the establishment of the Japan–ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF). During the COVID-19 pandemic, Japan committed USD50 million to the development of the ASEAN Centre for Public Health Emergencies and Emerging Diseases (ACPHEED).

    Japan has also doubled down on its engagement with ASEAN, being among the first to express support for the ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific (AOIP), which shares some principles with Japan’s own Free and Open Indo-Pacific (FOIP). The ASEAN–Japan partnership will be upgraded to a ‘Comprehensive Strategic Partnership’ in December 2023.

    Circumstances over the past 50 years created an environment conducive for Japan and ASEAN to pursue development and prosperity. A change in the status quo on the Taiwan Strait or any conflict over the South China Sea would threaten these joint goals. Middle powers like Japan and groupings like ASEAN are trapped in this geopolitical flux and cannot afford to stand idly by.

    To protect against geopolitical shocks, ASEAN and Japan can buttress the rules-based order and strengthen the international rule of law. The inaugural meeting of ASEAN’s and Japan’s justice ministers followed by a meeting of ASEAN and G7 ministers were a start. Both meetings reaffirmed the importance of the rule of law and established a mechanism for communication between key ASEAN and G7 judicial officers.

    Building more robust frameworks that reinforce the rule of international law in East Asia is a challenge for the future of ASEAN’s relationship with Japan.

    Beyond the attractiveness of its popular culture, Japan’s multifaceted soft power implementation hinges on one other crucial element: its leadership in addressing common challenges. The 1997 financial crisis that struck Asia emphasised the risk of contagion effects that ASEAN’s economic instability could have on Japan. In response, Japan supported ASEAN countries through disbursements of official development assistance (ODA) – bilaterally and as a collective. Japan solidified its support for ASEAN and the bloc’s community-building efforts through initiatives such as the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) launched in 2006.

    More recently, Japan supported ASEAN’s COVID-19 Response Fund. This included donations to the JAIF to address the health emergency, supplies of health equipment and vaccine doses, training of health officers from ASEAN countries, and contributions to the ASEAN Centre for Public Health Emergencies and Emerging Diseases (ACPHEED).

    Recognising the region’s vulnerability to climate-induced disasters and extreme weather events, Japan has also leveraged its technical expertise to strengthen ASEAN’s disaster management response. Its support to the ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on disaster management (AHA Centre), has helped establish an integrated information and communication technology (ICT) system and the Disaster Emergency Logistic System for ASEAN (DELSA), both of which have provided strategic coordination and facilitated resource mobilisation to countries facing post-disaster emergencies.

    On security, Japan was ASEAN’s first dialogue partner to align its free and open Indo-Pacific vision with the ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific (AOIP), announced during the 23rd ASEAN-Japan Summit in 2020. During the 26th ASEAN-Japan Summit in September 2023, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida announced a new contribution of USD100 million to JAIF, which is expected to implement key areas under the AOIP. This supplements the previous contribution of USD243.6 million from Japan to JAIF since 2006, to support ASEAN connectivity and regional integration.

    Japan’s soft power dividends have helped build a robust relationship with ASEAN over the last 50 years – one that has evolved from a donor-recipient dynamic to one of equal partnership based on mutual understanding.

    Let’s take a look at the highlights of the ASEAN Mentorship for Entrepreneurs Network (AMEN) Project Phase 2 that kicked off last year. A heartfelt gratitude to the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) and to our dedicated public and private partners across ASEAN for making this journey fruitful.

    Also watch some of the videos of AMEN mentees’ testimonials to know about their story:

    AMEN mentee from Viet Nam, Mr. Lai Hoang Du Ong, the Founder of Thanh Giong Computer Company, “Since joining this mentorship program (AMEN), I have been equipped with valuable knowledge, skills and networking opportunities while also receiving quality support and advice from experts. After 4 months of the course, the great value that it brings to my personal and business development is that I was trained in basic business skills. I was able to grasp the key factors to scale up and improve the performance of my business.”

    AMEN mentee from Thailand, Ms. Wansiri Nimpitakpong, the Founder and CEO of Prompt Pa Company Ltd.,” After I finished the AMEN course, I learned that we can grow by digitalization. We can improve how we provide our services using techniques we have learned – design thinking, empathizing with our customers and also empathizing with our team.”

    AMEN mentee from Singapore, Ms. Marylen Velasco, the CEO and founder of Customized Training Solutions, “Make sure to get into the AMEN program, leverage on the knowledge of the mentors and make sure to also collaborate because it’s not really just about the strategies, the framework and whatever you will learn from it, but it’s really so much more about the network and the potential collaboration that you can get out of it to not only improve your business, but to also be able to support and help improve the economy of the ASEAN region.”

    AMEN mentee from the Philippines, Ms. Mary Ann Cabangon, the founder and managing director of Globalistics Philippines, Inc., “To the future AMEN Mentees, take this opportunity to upskill and upgrade for free. Your only investments are your time and your commitment to learning. You’d never know what awaits you and your business after your AMEN journey.”

    The 11th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Disaster Management (AMMDM) and 12th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the ASEAN Agreement on Disaster Management and Emergency Response (COP to AADMER) took place from 9 to13 October. The meetings were hosted by the Government of Viet Nam as Chair of AMMDM and ASEAN Committee on Disaster Management (ACDM) in 2023.

    The 11th AMMDM/12th Conference of Parties to AADMER, 3rd AMMDM Plus China, 3rd AMMDM Plus Japan, Commemoration of 50th Anniversary of ASEAN-Japan Relation, signing of MOIs between AHA Centre and ADRC, AHA Centre and JICA, launch of AHA Centre’s JAIF-funded Projects, and 2nd AMMDM Plus ROK Meetings all took place on 12 October.

    The progress of implementation of the ASEAN-Japan Work Plan on Disaster Management was reviewed during the 3rd AMMDM Plus Japan. ASEAN appreciated Japan’s long standing support to strengthen disaster preparedness and build resilience through the continuation of the three flagship projects funded funder through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF), namely Disaster Emergency Logistics System for ASEAN Phase IV, Strengthening ASEAN-Emergency Response and Assessment Team (ASEAN-ERAT) Phase III and AHA Centre Executive-Leadership in Emergency and Disaster Management of ASEAN Programme (ACE-LEDMP).

    The AMMDM Chairmanship was handed over to Brunei Darussalam who assumed leadership of the sectoral body in-charge of disaster management and humanitarian assistance in 2024.

    The Chairman’s Statement for the 11th AMMDM could be accessed through this link.

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  • Commemorating 50 Years of ASEAN-Japan Cooperation and Friendship, the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) is holding the ASEAN-Japan Fair which will take place at Plaza Senayan from 29 September to 1 October 2023. J Trust Bank is one of the participants representing a group of Japanese business actors/companies in Indonesia at the event.

    On this occasion, with the theme “Better Me for a Better Ocean” J Trust Bank displays its commitment to contribute to achieving sustainable development goals, especially number 8 “Decent Work and Economic Growth”, number 14 “Undersea Life” and number 17 “Partnerships to Achieve Goals”.

    Ritsuo Fukadai, the President Director of J Trust Bank, stated that as a global business actor, the bank is well aware of the negative impact on the environment caused by the fashion industry’s development in Indonesia.

    J Trust Bank has taken steps to address the issue of textile waste, which is the second largest pollutant in the sea. They have increased the capability of business actors to produce upcycled products from textile waste. Additionally, they are educating individuals and society about the importance of responsible fashion consumption.

    Tsunezuka Itsumi, as the representative of the Mission of Japan to ASEAN, has stated that J Trust Bank’s participation in the ASEAN-Japan Fair had a positive impact on the event. J Trust Bank was able to educate the public about waste management, specifically about textile waste in the interest of marine sustainability. Their program was engaging and attracted visitors through the activation of exchanging wearable clothes for upcycling products with attractive decorations, all of which were made from textile waste.

    JENESYS2023 aims to promote mutual trust and understanding among the peoples of Japan, ASEAN Member States, and Timor-Leste, to build a basis for future friendship and cooperation, as well as to encourage an understanding of various aspects of Japan. The project is supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF). These are the highlights of JENESYS2023 reported by Japan International Cooperation Center (JICE) in September 2023:

    JENESYS the Philippines-Japan Basketball Exchange was held on 28 August – 5 September 2023. Twelve high school students from the Philippines with basketball experience visited Tokyo and Akita Prefectures! They enjoyed school exchanges at Daito Bunka University Daiichi High School in Tokyo and Noshiro High School of Science and Technology in Akita. They also had a weekend homestay in Akita, where they learned more about Japanese culture and lifestyle, and deepened their understanding of Japan.

    JENESYS2023 Brunei-Japan Maritime Safety Exchange was held on 6-12 September 2023. A delegation of six marine law enforcement personnel from the Prime Minister’s Office in Brunei visited Japan. They spent a week in Tokyo, Kanagawa Prefecture, and Kamogawa City, Chiba Prefecture and learned about Japan’s coast guard situation and policies through lectures on the theme by the Japan Coast Guard, hands-on experience of arresting techniques, and exchanges of opinions with Japan Coast Guard officials. To deepen their understanding of maritime security, they also visited the Japan Coast Guard Museum YOKOHAMA. During their stay in Kamogawa City, Chiba Prefecture, they experienced a homestay with fun hospitality by each family. The cultural exchange included experiencing judo, kendo, and hand-rolled sushi with flower petals in a Japanese house and in the natural environment. They also enjoyed Japanese cultural experiences such as wearing yukata, tea ceremony, and pulling a float at a festival, making it a fulfilling programme.

    JENESYS Thailand-Japan Agriculture Exchange for High School/ University Students (Invitation Programme for Japanese Language Learners) was held on 5-12 September 2023. Fifteen Thai high school and university students visited Japan under the JENESYS programme! They spent a week in Tokyo and Shizuoka Prefecture. In Tokyo, they visited Leaf Factory Tokyo and NTT AgriTechnology Corporation and learned new agricultural technology. Also, in Shizuoka Prefecture, they exchanged with students from Shizuoka University’s Faculty of Agriculture and host families. Not only participants are studying Japanese and have an interest in Japanese culture, but they also discovered a new part of Japan.

    JENESYS Indonesia-Japan Exchange for Diplomats and Governmental Officials (Invitation Programme) was held on 6-12 September 2023. Nine Indonesian officials from the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries and the Coast Guard visited Tokyo and Kamogawa, Chiba Prefecture. In Kamogawa, they stayed with host families and experienced first-hand various aspects of Japanese culture, such as calligraphy and sushi making. In Tokyo, they learned a lot about the promotion of Japanese marine products at Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), the importance of opening the Kaiyomaru (research vessel) to the public and exchanging opinions at the Japan Coast Guard.

    After a devastating earthquake struck Türkiye and Syria in February 2023, several ASEAN Member States joined the international community in providing humanitarian aid and relief to affected communities.

    Supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF), the ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on disaster management (AHA Centre) organised a Workshop on the Lessons Learned from Humanitarian Operations in Türkiye and Syria on 18-19 September 2023 to facilitate learning from the experiences of representatives from six ASEAN Member States, Japan, and relevant ASEAN Dialogue Partners who helped with the relief efforts.

    It is hoped that this knowledge-sharing session can provide valuable lessons for ASEAN Member States to gain a stronger understanding of the potential roles that ASEAN as a collective can play in responding beyond the region.

    In early September, the ASEAN Summit and related summits were held in Jakarta, and Prime Minister of Japan, Mr. KISHIDA Fumio attended. In this edition, Ambassador KIYA Masahiko introduces events and achievements, focusing on the ASEAN Summit and related summits.

    Ambassador had the opportunities to attend and observe a series of meetings, events and preparatory briefings throughout the Summits, and realised the significance of individual arrangements, decision-making and exchange of views in this highlevel diplomacy, which requires collaborative support of teamwork, individual ingenuity and efforts of so many people involved.

    On 13 September, a week after the ASEAN Summit and related Summits, the ASEAN Hydrographic Survey Workshop was held in Jakarta, organised by Ministry of Transportation Republic of Indonesia. This workshop was held to share the results of the Malacca-Singapore Strait Joint Hydrographic Survey, which Japan is supporting through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF), with ASEAN countries and related industry following the completion of the survey (Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism).

    On 18-19 September, a workshop on ‘Lessons Learned from Humanitarian Assistance Operations in Turkey and Syria’ was held in Jakarta, organised by the ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on disaster management (AHA Centre) and supported by JAIF. Japan has long been supported ASEAN’s efforts in the field of disaster management through the establishment of the AHA Centre in 2011 and cooperation in its subsequent operation. As part of its cooperation in mainstreaming and implementation of the AOIP, Japan would like to work with other partners, as it did in this workshop, to further strengthen disaster management in the Indo-Pacific region.

    The Mission of Japan to ASEAN and the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) Management Team (JMT) jointly organised the ASEAN-Japan Fair 2023 at the Main Atrium of Plaza Senayan in Jakarta from 29 September to 1 October.

    The fair served as an important milestone in commemorating the 50th Year of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation. Various booths from Japanese organisations and companies, dynamic Taiko (Japanese drum) performance, and other fun activities were featured in the event.

    The three-day fair was officially launched by the Ambassador of the Mission of Japan to ASEAN KIYA Masahiko. In his opening remarks, Ambassador Kiya expressed his appreciation for the longstanding cooperation between ASEAN and Japan as everyone works together to benefit the region and pursue the ASEAN Outlook on Indo-Pacific (AOIP). He also introduced JABOT, the fair’s mascot, to illustrate the beauty and innovativeness of ASEAN and the region’s cooperation with Japan.

    At the opening ceremony, Deputy-Secretary General of ASEAN for Political-Security Community Michael Tene and the Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of Thailand to ASEAN Urawadee Sriphiromya also delivered their remarks and thanked Japan for its contributions to ASEAN and hoped for a continued friendship and cooperation for years to come.

    The participating partner organisations and companies included the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), J Trust Bank, PT SJS, Marubeni, PT Amerta Indah Otsuka, Hokkaido Government Representative Office, Atomis, Yachiyo Engineering, Glico, and Uniqlo.

    JMT and the Mission of Japan to ASEAN jointly unveiled their initiatives in support of the AOIP and the significant advancements made towards shaping a more promising future. Other companies, namely ABeam Consulting, APTERR, Japan Foundation, Kajima, and Uni-Charm, also showcased their initiatives in the exhibition.

    More events for families and friends will be held in November to celebrate the friendship and cooperation between ASEAN and Japan, including the Golden Friendship Fun Walk and Run and the Golden Mission at Jakarta Japan Matsuri.

    Jabatan Perancangan Bandar dan Desa (PLANMalaysia) has been selected by the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) to represent Malaysia in the ASEAN SDGs Frontrunner Cities Programme Phase 2 – Supporting Bottom-Up Innovations for Addressing Land-Based Plastic Marine Debris and Urban Resilience in ASEAN Cities.

    PLANMalaysia with the cooperation of Pusat Tadbir Urus Lautan, Institut Oseanografi dan Sekitaran (INOS), Universiti Malaysia Terengganu and Majlis Bandaraya Kuala Terengganu (MBKT) will implement the “Handover Ceremony of Plastic Recycling Machine to Kampung Baru Community, Redang Island, Terengganu” on 16-17 September 2023 with the hope that the coastal area will continue to be maintained and restored to ensure that the nature around the coastal area of Pulau Redang will continue and sustainable. In addition, this initiative will also provide opportunities for additional side income and economic opportunities to the Redang Island community.

    The ASEAN SDGs Frontrunner Cities Programme Phase 2 – Supporting Bottom-Up Innovations for Addressing Land-Based Plastic Marine Debris and Urban Resilience in ASEAN Cities is supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    The Government of Indonesia through the Directorate General of Sea Transportation, Ministry of Transportation acted as the host of the ASEAN Hydrographic Survey Workshop held at the Shangri-La Hotel Jakarta.

    Opened by the Secretary General of the Ministry of Transportation, Novie Riyanto, the Workshop was attended by the Ambassador of Mission of Japan to ASEAN, Deputy Secretary-General for ASEAN Economic Community, ASEAN Secretariat, ASEAN Member States, as well as international organisations and stakeholders with interests in the Malacca Strait and Singapore Strait.

    In her remarks, Novie said that the Malacca Strait and Singapore Strait play an important role as they connect the Indian Ocean and the South China Sea. Both straits are narrow but heavily trafficked shipping lanes. Therefore, there is a growing concern for the safety of shipping navigation and the impact on the marine environment in these two Straits.

    “To address these concerns, the coastal states of Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore have established cooperation to improve shipping safety and protect the marine environment from the negative impacts of shipping activities,” he said. This workshop, Novie continued, is one of the efforts made to continue the discussion to improve shipping safety in the Malacca Strait and Singapore Strait.

    The ASEAN Hydrographic Survey 2023 is the final process of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Government of Japan and 3 Coastal States (Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore) to cooperate in carrying out hydrographic surveys along the Traffic Separation Scheme (TSS) of the Malacca Strait and Singapore Strait at the expense of the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) signed in 2017.

    The 26th ASEAN-Japan Summit was held on 6 September 2023 in Jakarta, Indonesia. The Summit was chaired by H.E. Joko Widodo, President of the Republic of Indonesia. The Summit was attended by ASEAN Member States, H.E. Kishida Fumio, Prime Minister of Japan, and the Prime Minister of Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste as an Observer. The Secretary-General of ASEAN was also in attendance.

    The Meeting reiterated the support for Indonesia’s ASEAN Chairmanship under the theme “ASEAN Matters: Epicentrum of Growth” and welcomed the significant progress of ASEAN-Japan partnership and cooperation, including through the full and effective implementation of the Revised Implementation Plan of the Vision Statement on ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation: Shared Vision, Shared Identity, Shared Future.

    The Meeting underscored the importance of multilateralism, regionalism and upholding international law in contributing to global and regional peace, stability and prosperity. ASEAN welcomed Japan’s support for ASEAN centrality and unity as well as the ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific (AOIP), which shares relevant fundamental principles in promoting peace and cooperation with Japan’s Free and Open Indo-Pacific (FOIP) vision. The Meeting appreciated Japan’s contribution of USD100 million to the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) 3.0 established in March 2023 to support ASEAN’s efforts in mainstreaming the AOIP and Japan’s support for the establishment of the ASEAN Centre for Public Health Emergencies and Emerging Diseases (ACPHEED) and its commitment of USD50 million, through JAIF.

     Read the full statement here.

    Thirteen ASEAN-ERAT members from ASEAN Member States, ASEAN Secretariat and the the ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on disaster management (AHA Centre) were deployed to the ASEAN Regional Disaster Response Simulation Exercise 2023 (ARDEX-23) in Yogyakarta, Indonesia as the exercise player. In preparation for that, the AHA Centre, supported by Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) and European Union in ASEAN, organised a refresher course, which aimed to refresh knowledge and enhance preparation of ASEAN-ERAT members before the deployment.

    During the course, ASEAN-ERAT also had the opportunity to enhance their understanding on interoperability between ASEAN-ERAT and United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) United Nations OCHA in the event of disaster.

    Watch the video here.

    The 18th East Asia Summit (EAS) was held in Jakarta, Indonesia on 7 September 2023. The Summit was chaired by H.E. Joko Widodo, President of the Republic of Indonesia. The Summit was attended by ASEAN Member States, Australia, the People’s Republic of China, the Republic of India, Japan, New Zealand, the Republic of Korea (ROK), the Russian Federation, and the United States of America (U.S.), as well as the Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste as an Observer. The Secretary-General of ASEAN was also in attendance. The Chairs of the Indian Ocean Rim Association and the Pacific Islands Forum, as Guests of the Chair, briefed the 18th EAS on their perspectives on the regional architecture in the Indo-Pacific and its contributions to economic growth.

    From the review and future direction of the EAS on global health issues and pandemic diseases, the Meeting reaffirmed the role of EAS cooperation in mitigating the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and preparing and responding to future health threats. We acknowledged the support and contribution of the EAS participating countries to the ASEAN Member States and ASEAN’s initiatives in addressing COVID-19, among others, the establishment of the ASEAN Centre for Public Health Emergencies and Emerging Diseases (ACPHEED); the COVID-19 and Other Public Health Emergencies and Emerging Diseases ASEAN Response Fund; the ASEAN Regional Reserve of Medical Supplies for Public Health Emergencies (RRMS); and the ASEAN Comprehensive Recovery Framework (ACRF) and its Implementation Plan with the support of ASEAN Centres. The Meeting expressed support in scaling up, sustaining, and exploring complementarity of areas of cooperation between these and other ASEAN-led mechanisms and initiatives, including enhancing efforts to achieve Universal Health Coverage (UHC), strengthening coordination between finance and health authorities, that enhance ASEAN’s capacity and capability to better prepare, prevent, detect, and respond to all hazards and emerging and resurgent health threats.

    The Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) contributes to the ASEAN Response Funda and supported the ACPHEED with the Detailed Design and Preparation Support for the “ASEAN Centre for Public Health Emergencies and Emerging Diseases” project which was completed in December 2022.

    Read full statement here.

    The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Indonesia Retno Marsudi said that at the ASEAN-Japan Summit three cooperation documents were recorded.  She stated that most of the leaders expressed the importance of maintaining a conducive situation in the region, especially on the Korean Peninsula and the South China Sea. Apart from that, the leaders also encouraged cooperation in developing green infrastructure, connectivity, energy transition and the digital economy.

    Furthermore, Japan also conveyed a funding commitment of USD100 million or IDR1.5 trillion to support the implementation of the ASEAN Outlook on Indo-Pacific (AOIP) through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) 3.0. Japan also launched the Comprehensive Connectivity Initiative while speaking at the ASEAN Indo-Pacific Forum (AIPF).

    ASEAN-Japan partnership has strengthened and continued to grow more strategic and mutually beneficial. Much of ASEAN’s early industrial development was achieved through successful cooperation, therefore significantly contributing to ASEAN’s manufacturing capacity.

    In a titah delivered during the 26th ASEAN-Japan Summit at the Jakarta Convention Centre, Indonesia, yesterday, His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam also stated that these activities – together with Japan’s efforts to support and promote cultural and people-to-people exchanges – have built a strong foundation of mutual trust and confidence.

    As ASEAN and Japan celebrate the 50th Year of Friendship and Cooperation, His Majesty expressed pleasure at the establishment of ASEAN-Japan Comprehensive Strategic Partnership. This will provide opportunities to advance ASEAN-Japan’s “Golden Friendship” towards overall peace and prosperity in the region and benefitting the peoples’ continued well-being.

    Meanwhile, Prime Minister of Japan KISHIDA Fumio in a statement highlighted Japan’s commitment to initiatives that will strengthen cooperation between ASEAN and Japan, such as the Japan-ASEAN Connectivity Initiative and Japan’s contribution of USD100 million to the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) 3.0.

    Let’s take a look at the highlights of the ASEAN Mentorship for Entrepreneurs Network (AMEN) Project Phase 2 that kicked off last year. A heartfelt gratitude to the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) and to our dedicated public and private partners across ASEAN for making this journey fruitful.

    Also watch the below videos of AMEN mentees to know about their story:

    AMEN mentee from Brunei Darussalam, Mr. Mohammad Syafiq Syukri the founder and CEO of Paning Free Company, “Embrace this incredible opportunity with an open mind and a thirst for knowledge. Your journey as an entrepreneur is a continuous learning experience and the AMEN programme is here to empower you with the tools, insights and connections that can elevate your business to new heights.”

    AMEN mentee from Cambodia, Ms. Ky Chhorvy the CEO of KK 11 Mini Mart, “Don’t give up your dreams. In order to make your dreams come true, it needs a lot of effort, commitment and energy through a stage of business development until the goal is achieved.”

    AMEN mentee from Indonesia, Ms. Trisna Utami Lestari, the founder of Keytabee, “The AMEN Project has been a game changer for me and my business. It has equipped me with practical skills and knowledge, enabling me to grow my business. The biggest impact was the shift in my mindset and perspective towards entrepreneurship. I learned the importance of strategy, planning, and continuous learning in business.”

    AMEN mentee from Lao PDR, Mr. Ketsana Seneoudom, the Director of 1213 Ice Cream Company, “AMEN project is very useful and practical for a new entrepreneur who wants to upgrade their business knowledge and build a wider connection with many mentees who join the project as well. It is better to have a lot of business friends to share and help you overcome your difficult situations.”

    AMEN mentee from Malaysia, Ms. Noormawani Binti Nordin. Managing Director of NFA Technologies Sdn Bhd., “Don’t stop in terms of learning, be persistent, never give up. Also, failure is just a test for you to stay stronger and, at the same time, to have a mentor really really helps you a lot.”

    AMEN mentee from Myanmar, Ms. Kay Khaing Win Maung, founder and managing director of Energy World Co. Ltd., “I would like to encourage the future AMEN mentees to participate well in the AMEN program as it covers all aspects on how to run a successful business; from the 1st stage of planning till the calculating of ROI, which is beneficial for business owners. You will learn many techniques, tools and keywords which can be applied to your businesses.”

    On Wednesday, 6 September 2023, ASEAN and Japan Wednesday have officially agreed to establish a comprehensive strategic partnership. This agreement was adopted at the 26th ASEAN-Japan Summit at the Jakarta Convention Center in Jakarta.

    “During the Summit, the two leaders officially agreed to form a comprehensive strategic partnership as outlined in the Joint Statement on the Establishment of the ASEAN-Japan Comprehensive Strategic Partnership,” Minister of Foreign Affairs of Indonesia Retno LP Marsudi said in her statement.

    In addition, three documents were discussed during the Summit. They are as follows:

    1. Progress Report of the Revised Implementation Plan of the Vision Statement on ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation.
    2. Future Design and Action Plan of an Innovative and Sustainable ASEAN-Japan Economic Partnership, outlining a 10-year plan in the sectors of cyber connectivity, human resource development, and innovation.
    3. ASEAN-Japan Economic Co-Creation Vision, outlining the economic vision of the ASEAN-Japan partnership involving the private sectors, business communities, and scholars.

    The Minister further said that the state leaders underscored the importance of maintaining a conducive situation in the region, particularly in the Korean Peninsula and the South China Sea, while encouraging partnership between ASEAN and Japan in several sectors including green infrastructure development, connectivity, energy transition, and digital economy.

    Japan also reinforced its commitment to support the implementation of the ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific (AOIP) by providing funding worth USD100 million through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) 3.0.

    The Column Vol. 82 is out now! In this edition of the AHA Centre’s monthly newsletter, they look back at the Road to ARDEX-23 in the Highlight article on its Final Exercise Planning Team (EPT) Meeting, as well as the exciting journey of the ASEAN-ERAT’s first batch of Team Leaders who completed the Level 3 Pilot Course in May 2023.

    The ASEAN-ERAT Level 3 (Team Leader) Pilot Course was held in Bogor, Indonesia, from 8 to 15 May 2023 with the support of the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF). Hosted by the Indonesian National Disaster Management Authority (BNPB), the Pilot Course was attended by 11 experienced ASEAN-ERAT Members from Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Viet Nam, and the AHA Centre.

    Read the full article here.

    JENESYS2023 aims to promote mutual trust and understanding among the peoples of Japan, ASEAN Member States, and Timor-Leste, to build a basis for future friendship and cooperation, as well as to encourage an understanding of various aspects of Japan. The project is supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF). These are the highlights of JENESYS2023 reported by Japan International Cooperation Center (JICE) in August 2023:

    21 August: Two events of JENESYS2023 Online Japan-Visit Advanced Program for JENESYS ASEAN Alumni with the themes “Environment/Disaster Prevention” and “Population Problem” were held on 7 – 17 August 2023. After the nine-day program, the 100 participants deepened their understanding of their respective themes and Japanese culture, and enjoyed exchanges with alumni and Japanese students from ASEAN countries.

    7 August: Eighty-nine ASEAN and Timor Leste high school students and their leaders came to Japan for the JENESYS ASEAN-Japan High School Students Exchange on 25 July – 2 August 2023. The programme was held in hot weather, but they enjoyed themselves energetically. In the Tokyo program, they visited companies and universities to learn about Japanese technology and education, while in the regional program, they visited Aomori, Tochigi, Aichi, and Hiroshima prefectures, where they interacted with many Japanese people and made many memories through school exchanges and weekend home stays.

    14 August: JENESYS Brunei-Japan Energy Technology Exchange was carried out on 2 – 8 August 2023. Six participants involved in the energy field from Brunei visited Japan and spent a week in Tokyo and Hakuba Village, Nagano Prefecture. They learned about Japan’s energy situation and policies through theme lectures given by ministries and visits to small hydroelectric power plants. They also enjoyed cultural experiences such as the Yukata festival and fireworks.

    18 August: On 8 – 17 August 2023, JENESYS ASEAN-Japan Golden Friendship Exchange programme was held. About 200 participants enjoyed the online exchange in Tokyo, Okinawa, Hokkaido, Kochi and Gifu.

    The Semi-final Version of “the ASEAN Guidelines on Facility-level GHG Measurement and Reporting”, which had been in progress since 2019, was unveiled at the Singapore Pavilion at the 27th Conference of the Parties of the UNFCCC (COP27) in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt.

    In the side-event PaSTI-JAIF Project on Development and Implementation of Facility Level Monitoring and Reporting (M&R) Framework for Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions in ASEAN Member States (AMS), H.E. Ms. Grace Fu, Minister of Sustainability and the Environment, Singapore, H.E. Mr. NISHIMURA Akihiro, Minister of the Environment, Japan, and H.E. Mr. Ekkaphab Phanthavong, Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN for Socio-Cultural Community, ASEAN Secretariat gave remarks and welcomed the outcome.

    This regional guideline had been formed in the second phase of the PaSTI-JAIF Project based on “Roadmap for Designing Facility Level GHG M&R Guideline for ASEAN Region” published as an outcome of the first phase in 2021, through detailed study and deliberate discussions by the ASEAN Member States. The semi-final draft guidelines will be finalised through the public comments.

    The ASEAN Mentorship for Entrepreneurs Network (AMEN) Project Phase 2 held its Culminating Activity to celebrate AMEN’s growing network of 105 mentors, 111 coaches, 20 consultants, 7 translators and 194 mentees all doing their part to achieve prosperity in the ASEAN.

    As a legacy project of the ASEAN Business Advisory Council (ABAC), the AMEN Project has also started to collaborate with other regional programmes and projects currently implemented to better deliver access to not just Mentorship but also to Money (or capital) and Market, as well – thereby aiming to provide the 3Ms representing business pillars.

    These programmes include the Brunei Mentors for Entrepreneurs Network (BMEN), which piloted the deployment of AMEN mentors across the ASEAN particularly by engaging AMEN-PH Mentor Butch Bartolome to conduct sessions on franchising for Bruneian mentees.

    Another partner-programme of the AMEN is the Wiki Wirausaha (or Wiki Entrepreneur), a programme designed to deliver MSME development in the ASEAN. Likewise, exploratory meetings with officers of the Digital Trade Project of the Mitsubishi Research Institute and the ASEAN SME Academy have been held to put together supplemental online business courses for AMEN graduates. Furthermore, the ASEAN Access programme can be tapped to match export-ready AMEN graduates with suitable importers in the region and beyond.

    The successful completion of the AMEN Project Phase 2 would not be possible without the generous funding from the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF), the unwavering support from the ACCMSME and the ASEAN Secretariat as well as partners in the public and private sectors in all ASEAN Member States.

    The 17th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on the Environment and the 18th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the ASEAN Agreement on Transboundary Haze Pollution were held on 23–24 August 2023 in Vientiane, Lao PDR. The Meetings acknowledged the achievements and progress of regional cooperation efforts in addressing a number of environmental issues.

    On the eighth bullet point of the media release, the Meeting were pleased to present the publication of the Sixth ASEAN State of Environment Report (SOER6), which provides relevant and useful information on environmental state and trends in the region and informs environmental management decisions that will contribute to ASEAN’s sustainable development efforts.

    The SOER6 project is supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    Read the full media release here.

    The ASEAN Finance and Health Ministers Meeting (AFHMM) was convened on 24 August 2023, under the co-chairmanship of H.E. Sri Mulyani Indrawati, Finance Minister of Indonesia, and H.E. Budi Gunadi Sadikin, Health Minister of Indonesia. This joint meeting of ASEAN Finance and Health Ministers recognised the importance of health and finance collaboration.

    The Meeting affirmed ASEAN commitment to strengthening regional health architecture beyond Covid-19 towards achieving resilience in the ASEAN Community, considering the ASEAN Comprehensive Recovery Framework (ACRF) and recognised the expansion of the Covid-19 ASEAN Response Fund to the existing Covid-19 and Other Public Health Emergencies and Emerging Diseases ASEAN Response Fund and agreed to expedite the finalisation of the Establishment Agreement and preparatory phase of the ASEAN Centre for Public Health Emergencies and Emerging Diseases (ACPHEED).

    In addition to its contribution to the ASEAN Response Fund, the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) also supported the ACPHEED with the Detailed Design and Preparation Support for the “ASEAN Centre for Public Health Emergencies and Emerging Diseases” project which was completed in December 2022.

    Read the full statement here

    Tropical anguillid eel resources are utilized for direct human consumption worldwide and its demand in Southeast Asia is increasing. For the sustainable use of eel resources, effective resource management measures are urgently required. However, appropriate resource management measures have not been developed yet because of limited information and data relevant to eel biology, catch history and statistics, and aquaculture.

    The Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) supported the project Development of Stock Assessment Methods and Strengthening of Resources Management Measures for Tropical Anguillid Eel in Southeast Asia carried out by the Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center/Inland Fishery Resources Development and Management Department (SEAFDEC/IFRDMD) which aims to collect the catch data and biological/ecological information and develop mathematical/statistical methods for estimating abundance of eel stocks, in order to formulate effective management measures on tropical anguillid eel resources in Southeast Asia.

    These are the highlights of the project reported by IFRDMD in August 2023:

    On 2 August, IFRDMD organized the Meeting of Anguillid Eel Data Analysis in Bogor, Indonesia. The meeting had aim to discuss the methods for the comprehensive stock assessment of Anguillid Eels in Indonesia. The resource person was Prof. Toshihide Kitakado from Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology, Japan. The eel team of IFRDMD participated in the Meeting which was also attended by Dr. Tomoko Nakazato, Deputy Secretary General of SEAFDEC and her staffs.

    On 3 August, a total of 60 students of the Fisheries Business Expert Polytechnic (Politeknik AUP) Pasar Minggu attended a public lecture with the theme “Introduction of Management Strategy Evaluation for Fisheries” presented by Prof. Toshihide Kitakado from Tokyo University of Marine and Science, Japan. This public lecture was held in a hybrid format at the Faculty of Fisheries and Marine Science, IPB University and through the Zoom meeting platform and YouTube in two-hour broadcast live. This agenda is a series of activities carried out by SEAFDEC/IFRDMD in Bogor, Indonesia, where for the public lecture was in a collaboration with IPB University and the Politeknik AUP Pasar Minggu.

    On the above occasion, the Deputy Chief, Mr. Tomohito Shimizu, handed over books and comics published by IFRDMD entitled “Overview and Perspectives of Anguillid Eels in Southeast Asia” and “Sidat, Ikan yang Tangguh” to Dean of Faculty of Fisheries and Marine Science of IPB University, Prof. Fredinan Yulianda, in Bogor, Indonesia.

    On 17 – 19 August, a regular survey of eel fisheries was conducted in Poso, Central Sulawesi. Catch data were collected from enumerators, and water quality data were observed in in-situ. Glass eel samples were also collected from the Poso River estuary.

    On the last day, an interview and a video were taken with the owner of Banua Sidat Company, an eel rearing and processing business into meatballs and unagi kabayaki. These products have entered the market in Indonesia and are being introduced in other countries.

    The ASEAN Volunteers Project gathers youth from all ASEAN Member States to contribute to community projects with local organisations across the region. On its first year of implementation with the theme “Community based disaster risk reduction and preparedness”, the volunteers will serve for 22 days on community projects on disaster risk management and climate change adaptation.

    The first batch of volunteers will be deployed in October this year. Stay tuned on ASEAN social media to follow ASEAN Volunteers’ journey!

    The ASEAN Volunteers project is supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF). This project is part of the commemoration of the 50th Year of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation.

    The ASEAN Mentorship for Entrepreneurs Network (AMEN) -Thailand held the virtual graduation ceremony for its 24 MSE-mentees who successfully completed the ten AMEN modules, underwent intensive coaching sessions and presented their business improvement plans with the help and guidance of their Mentors and Coaches.

    Also present to share their insights and messages to MSEs were ASEAN Business Advisory Council (ASEAN BAC) Thailand Chair, Office of SMEs Promotion, Institute for Small and Medium Enterprises Development, and AMEN PMO Executive Director.

    The AMEN Project Phase 2 in Thailand is implemented by the International Cooperation Department, the Thai Chamber of Commerce, Department of Business Opportunity Enhancement, the Institute for Small and Medium Enterprises Development (ISMED), and The Board of Trade of Thailand with the support of the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    From 29 – 30 July 2023, 12 dedicated members of the ASEAN-ERAT participated in a crucial ASEAN-ERAT Refresher Course in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. The primary aim was to strengthen their understanding of ASEAN and international mechanisms and services for disaster response, gearing up for the ASEAN Regional Disaster Emergency Response Exercise 2023 (ARDEX-23).

    The ASEAN-ERAT Refresher Course was organised with support from the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) and the European Union in ASEAN through EU-SAHA.

    Congratulations to the 22 mentees of ASEAN Mentorship for Entrepreneurs (AMEN) – Malaysia! They graduated on 27 July after successfully completing the ten AMEN modules, undergoing intensive coaching sessions and presenting their business improvement plans with the help and guidance of their Mentors and Coaches. The mentees’ dedication, hard work and determination paid off after months of mentorship and coaching.

    Highlighting the significance of the event was the presence of esteemed guests, including the Deputy Undersecretary, Policy & International Relation Division of Ministry of Entrepreneurial and Cooperatives Development (MECD) Mr. Azman Abdullah, the AMEN Private Sector representative and Managing Director of Brickfields Asia College, Mr. Raja Singham and CEO of Skills Academy, Mr. Kumar Nagalingam, and the AMEN Regional Consultant Ms. Renea Cruz-Tan. Their support and guidance have undoubtedly boosted the significance of the AMEN Project to the entrepreneurial journeys of the mentees.

    The AMEN – Malaysia Phase 2 is implemented by Brickfields Asia College (BAC), the Centre for Entrepreneur Development and Research (CEDAR) and the Ministry of Entrepreneur and Cooperatives Development (MECD) with the support of the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    Ambassador of Japan to ASEAN KIYA Masahiko was interviewed by JICA Magazine about his expectation for Japan and the possibility of cooperation between Japan and ASEAN.

    Ambassador Kiya said that Japan is now at the forefront of cooperation with ASEAN countries. The important thing is to continue to lead the way. An ongoing example is the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF). This year, Prime Minister KISHIDA Fumio announced a new contribution of USD100 million to the JAIF 3.0, which supports the deepening of the ASEAN community and the correction of intra-regional disparities and promotes cooperation between Japan and ASEAN.

    Ambassador added, “In addition to the 50th Anniversary of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation Commemorative Summit in December, I would like many people to participate in the series of meetings and commemorative events. We will also aim to “visualise” Japan’s efforts. I believe that we can further strengthen horizontal cooperation by widely communicating what we have built and what we are doing to both the ASEAN side and Japan. Through visualization, we will create opportunities for various organizations to collaborate,”

    “There are many areas in which Japan and ASEAN can cooperate, but innovation and start-ups are particularly important. It should be possible to apply the results of cooperation with ASEAN to other regions and scale up to the rest of the world. In this regard, I believe that ASEAN is the most suitable partner,” he concluded.

    The Ministry of Justice of Japan (MOJ) and the Thailand Institute of Justice (TIJ) co-hosted the ASEAN-Japan Special Youth Forum for Promoting the Rule of Law (Special Youth Forum) to facilitate discussion on the rule of law among the youth in Japan and ASEAN countries. The two-day Forum was held on 5 – 6 July 2023, at the Hotel New Otani (Tokyo), in conjunction with the ASEAN-Japan Special Meeting of Justice Ministers (AJSMJ).

    At the Forum, more than 60 youths (aged 18 to 25) from Japan, ASEAN countries, and Timor-Leste gathered for a lively discussion in English on the theme of “Building Justice Literacy for Enhanced Access to Justice: the key to the rule of law in the digital era.” The outcomes of their discussions were submitted as recommendations to the AJSMJ.

    The Forum brought together young people with diverse backgrounds and values from each country for a proactive discussion on “the rule of law.” Encouraging interest in and understanding of the rule of law among the youth in Japan and ASEAN countries is essential for sustainably strengthening and promoting the rule of law in both regions. This presented a significant opportunity to foster solidarity, dialogue, and mutual understanding, as well as to build partnerships for the future of both regions.

    The ASEAN-Japan Special Youth Forum for Promoting the Rule of Law is supported by the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    Dialogue partners of ASEAN have launched many new cooperation initiatives and pledged financial support for the group at the 56th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM) and related meetings from 11-14 July 2023 in Jakarta, Indonesia, according to H.E. Dr. Kao Kim Hourn, Secretary-General of ASEAN.

    For its part, Japan agreed to contribute USD 100 million to the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) 3.0 established in March 2023 to support projects in key areas of the ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific (AOIP).

    Secretary-General Kao said ASEAN and its dialogue partners are also promoting major plans, including activities to celebrate the 50th founding anniversary of ASEAN-Japan relations.

    Watch the inspiring journey of the ASEAN-ERAT’s first batch of trained Team Leaders as they complete the Level 3 Pilot Course in Bogor, Indonesia from 8-15 May 2023.

    Now available on YouTube: https://youtu.be/qqeeFc5qa3Q

    The ASEAN-ERAT Level 3 (Team Leader) Pilot Course is supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    Minister of Foreign Affairs of Viet Nam Bùi Thanh Sơn continued to join his counterparts from ASEAN countries in attending the ASEAN+1 meetings with Japan, the Republic of Korea, the European Union (EU), the United Kingdom, Canada, and the ASEAN+3 meeting, within the framework of the 56th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM-56) in Jakarta, Indonesia, on 13 July 2023.

    During the meetings, partner countries affirmed their appreciation for ASEAN and support for ASEAN’s unity and centrality. They pledged to assist ASEAN in building the ASEAN community and an open, inclusive, transparent, and rules-based regional architecture operating in accordance with international law.

    Meanwhile, ASEAN and Japan agreed to deepen cooperation in various areas, especially in trade, investment, supply chain stability, and high-quality infrastructure development while expanding collaboration into new potential areas such as innovation, climate change response and green growth. The ASEAN highly valued Japan’s provision of a USD 3.34 billion loan to support post-pandemic recovery efforts in ASEAN and its additional contribution of USD100 million to the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

     

    Congratulations to the ASEAN Mentorship for Entrepreneurs Network (AMEN) – Myanmar and its 26 mentees who have successfully completed the ten modules and presented their Business Improvement Plans. Their achievements are a testament to their hard work, dedication and the invaluable guidance provided by their mentors and coaches.

    Mentor Aung Thura and mentee Khin Swe Aye also shared their testimonials, expressing their gratitude for the privilege of being part of the AMEN Project. They mentioned how the program broadened their knowledge, expanded their network and provided them with valuable business opportunities. Overall, the graduation ceremony celebrated the achievements of the mentees and showcased the positive impact of the AMEN Project in Myanmar.

    The AMEN Project Phase 2 Myanmar is implemented by the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce & Industry and Myanmar Bureau together with the ASEAN Business Advisory Council (ASEAN BAC) with the support of the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    On 13 July 2023, the ASEAN-Japan Foreign Minsters’ Meeting was held in Jakarta, Indonesia. Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan HAYASHI Yoshimasa attended and co-chaired the meeting with Thai Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai.

    On the review of ASEAN-Japan cooperation and its future direction, Deputy Prime Minister Don of Thailand and Ministers of other countries mentioned that Japan’s efforts under the Free and Open Indo-Pacific (FOIP) has been contributing to the progress of efforts under the ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific (AOIP) and expressed their appreciation for Japan’s cooperation in many areas and their hope that this year’s Commemorative Summit will be an opportunity to further strengthen ASEAN-Japan relations.

    In response, the overview of Minister Hayashi’s remarks is as follows:

    i) Japan has been consistently supporting ASEAN centrality and unity, and has implemented many concrete cooperation projects in line with four priority areas of the ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific (AOIP);

    ii) Japan has been taking initiatives, including energy transition assistance through the “Asia Zero Emission Community” initiative, the establishment of ERIA’s Centre for Digital Innovation and Sustainable Economy, and support for the establishment and operationalization of the ASEAN Centre for Public Health Emergencies and Emerging Diseases. In the ‘‘New Plan for a Free and Open Indo-Pacific (FOIP)’’announced by Prime Minister KISHIDA in March, he clearly positioned the Southeast Asia as an important region. He also announced a new contribution of USD 100 million to the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF), and a renewal of the Japan-ASEAN Connectivity Initiative;

    iii) Japan would like to further promote attractive cultural, people-to-people, and intellectual exchange such as JENESYS and the “WA Project”.

    Read also the Chairman’s statement here.

    Secretary-General of ASEAN Dr Kao Kim Hourn attended the ASEAN Post Ministerial Conference with Japan held in Jakarta this afternoon. The meeting reviewed the progress of ASEAN-Japan cooperation in light of the 50th Year of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation this year. The meeting also discussed the establishment of an ASEAN-Japan Comprehensive Strategic Partnership and the key outcomes and deliverables of the ASEAN-Japan Commemorative Summit scheduled in Tokyo later this year.

    The Jakarta Post published an article contributed by Mr. HAYASHI Yoshimasa, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan on the occasion of the 56th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting and Related Meetings in Jakarta.

    In the article, Minister Hayashi reiterates Japan’s new plan for the Free and Open Indo-Pacific (FOIP) which shares its fundamental principles with the ASEAN Outlook on Indo-Pacific (AOIP) adopted by ASEAN and a new contribution of USD 100 million to the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF), which has been supporting ASEAN countries in their efforts toward regional integration and community building.

    In addition, Minister Hayashi also mentioned Japan and ASEAN have developed a relationship not only as major trade and investment partners but also as true friends with “heart-to-heart” relations built through a wide range of people-to-people exchange, one of which is JENESYS programme which has sent and invited approximately 47,000 people to and from ASEAN countries and Japan since 2007.

    On 5 July 2023, Secretary-General of ASEAN Dr Kao Kim Hourn interacted with the participants of the Special Youth Forum in a luncheon hosted by the Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Justice of Japan. They exchanged views on the participation and the roles of the ASEAN-Japan youth in shaping the future of ASEAN-Japan cooperation and partnership, in particular, in advancing the rule of law and justice.

    The ASEAN-Japan Special Youth Forum for Promoting the Rule of Law is supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    At the invitation of Japan Minister of Justice SAITO Ken, Secretary-General of ASEAN Dr Kao Kim Hourn will attend the ASEAN-Japan Special Meeting of Justice Ministers (AJSMJ), which will be held on 6-7 July 2023 in Tokyo, Japan. The visit is expected to strengthen ASEAN-Japan cooperation and partnership on the rule of law and justice. During this special meeting, SG Dr Kao will attend various related event such as the Special Youth Forum which aims to promote the role of ASEAN and Japanese youth in the area of rule of law, human rights and justice.

    As ASEAN and Japan celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation, the convening of AJSMJ and related events demonstrates the strong commitment of both sides to further advance ASEAN-Japan cooperation on shared fundamental values such as the rule of law and respect for human rights, and justice, among others, built on the strong foundations of ASEAN-Japan Strategic Partnership.

    The ASEAN-Japan Special Youth Forum for Promoting the Rule of Law is supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    The ASEAN Mentorship for Entrepreneurs Network (AMEN) Phase 2 in Viet Nam recently celebrated the graduation of seven mentees who successfully completed all ten modules of the programme, underwent coaching sessions and presented their business improvement plans with the guidance of their mentors and coaches.

    The graduation ceremony was graced by the presence of Mr. Paul Anthony De Guzman, the Programs Development Manager of Go Negosyo, who represented the AMEN Project Management Office. The ceremony emphasized the importance of the mentees’ growth and upcoming achievements as proofs of the effectiveness of mentorship as a tool for developing the micro- and small enterprises in the ASEAN region.

    During the ceremony, mentors Nguyen Minh Phuong and Vu Tuan Anh, along with panellists Nguyen Minh Tuan, Tran Dinh Toan, and Hoang Van Dung, expressed their appreciation for the AMEN Project. Mentees Lai Hoang Duong, Du Ngoc Huyen Trang and Vu Thi Lieu highlighted how the program expanded their knowledge, broadened their network, and created new business opportunities for them.

    The AMEN Project Phase 2 in Viet Nam is implemented by the Viet Nam Chamber of Commerce & Industry, with the support of the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

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  • The ASEAN Annual Report for the year 2023 provides a comprehensive overview of the remarkable efforts and achievements of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in strengthening resilience and ensuring an enduring recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

    In the face of unprecedented global crises, ASEAN reaffirmed its unwavering commitment to an open, inclusive and rules-based trading system as a pivotal means to boost trade and investment while solidifying ASEAN as the central hub for regional supply chains. ASEAN has achieved key milestones such as commencement of the review of the ASEAN-India Trade in Goods Agreement. ASEAN is also negotiating an FTA with Canada and exploring possibilities of strengthening existing FTAs including the ASEAN – Korea FTA and ASEAN – Japan Comprehensive Economic Partnership (AJCEP).

    On ASEAN Cooperation Projects and Programmes, as of March 2023 the cumulative value of ASEAN Cooperation Projects and Programmes (ACP) submitted since 2009 totalled USD 1,837,983,308, of which USD 1,763,874,164 were utilised (on-going, implemented, or completed) and USD 74,109,143 are in process. The project implementation was made possible with financial and technical support from ASEAN Dialogue Partners, including Japan, among others JENESYS programmes to support education and youth related initiatives, and Mangrove Ecosystem Management in the ASEAN Region to support initiative on food and agriculture. Under the Initiative for ASEAN Integration (IAI) Work Plan IV (2021-2025), a Japanese-funded project, Sharing Best Practices on the Development and Promotion of On-Farm Irrigation Management among the Water-User Groups in CLMV Countries, was completed in December 2022.

    In relation to the 50th Year of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation, the Mission of Japan to ASEAN launched a Special Page showcasing videos, related websites, commemorative events, and links to Governments and Agencies that support the ASEAN and Japan cooperation.

    Visit the page to get insightful information!

    As we are now half-way through the year 2023 and in the course of the series of meetings and events, discussions are in full swing on the directions and contents of new ASEAN-Japan cooperation projects to be agreed and announced at the ASEAN-Japan Commemorative Summit at the end of the year. In this edition, Ambassador KIYA Masahiko introduces these meetings and events and discuss on how to formulate the ASEAN-Japan cooperation projects.

    Based on several reports and announcements, such as the report compiled by Expert Panel for the 50th Year of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation and the ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific (AOIP) Mainstreaming Support announced by the Foreign Minister HAYASHI in February, a New Plan for a Free Open Indo-Pacific (FOIP) and an additional new USD 100 million contribution to the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) announced by Prime Minister KISHIDA in March, “Future of Asia” speech by Prime Minister Kishida in May, and the Interim Report on ASEAN-Japan Economic Co-Creation Vision released by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) in June, we need to form cooperation projects to materialise the new vision in various fields with ASEAN.

    In doing so, it is important to recognise ASEAN’s many partners and to make most of its own strengths to realise maximum impact. For the moment, it is important for Japan to play the role of a major partner based on its long-standing trust, technology and experience, with a focus on key issues in respective sectors, and to promote cooperation in an open manner in coordination with many other partners, with ASEAN at the centre.

    Another batch of relief items from the people of ASEAN to the people of Myanmar affected by Tropical Cyclone MOCHA arrived in Yangon on 26 June 2023. The items include emergency shelter tool kits and a manual water filtration system worth USD 37,800 in value. They were transported from Disaster Emergency Logistics System for ASEAN (DELSA) warehouse in Subang, Malaysia, by Indonesia’s military aircraft.

    To date, through the ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on disaster management (AHA Centre), ASEAN has mobilised ten batches of humanitarian support for Myanmar with a total value of around USD 1.6 million.

    The Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) has been supporting DELSA since its establishment in 2012.

    Read the full statement here.

    Congratulations to the 25 mentees of the ASEAN Mentorship for Entrepreneurs Network (AMEN) – Brunei! They graduated on 21 June 2023 after successfully completing the 10 AMEN modules, undergoing coaching sessions and presenting their business improvement plans. The graduation ceremony took place at the Main Auditorium of D&T Building, Kg Anggerek Desa, Brunei Darussalam and was conducted face-to-face, allowing for a meaningful and more personal celebration.

    Highlighting the significance of the event was the presence of esteemed dignitaries, including the Director of Enterprise Development at Darussalam Enterprise (DARe) Ms. Lela Suhailee, General Manager of PDS Abattoir, ASEAN Business Advisory Council (ASEAN BAC) member Mr. Sabirin Othman, and AMEN Project Executive Director Engr. Merly Cruz.

    The AMEN Brunei – Phase 2 is implemented by Shell LiveWire Brunei and Darussalam Enterprise with the support of the Japanese Government through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    The ASEAN Mentorship for Entrepreneurs Network (AMEN) – Philippines celebrates the mentees’ successful completion of the 10 modules and the presentation of their Business Improvement Plans as a testament to their hard work and dedication to their growth as entrepreneurs. The guidance provided by their mentors and coaches played a crucial role in the achievements of these milestones.

    The AMEN Project has proven to be a valuable initiative in promoting MSME development not only in the Philippines but also in other ASEAN Member States. The presence of distinguished guests at the graduation ceremony, such as Mr. Virgilio Espeleta, AMEN AMI Consultant, Undersecretary Blesila Lantayona of the DTI- Regional Operations Group, Engr. Merly Cruz, AMEN Executive Director and Senior Adviser for MSME development at Go Negosyo, and Ms. Renea Tan, AMEN Regional Consultant, further underscores the program’s significance and impact.

    During the ceremony, Mentors Josephine Romero and Armando Bartolome, along with mentees Carl Derrick Guanlao, Ma. Christina Valdez, and Marietta De la Torre, expressed their gratitude to the AMEN Project. They emphasised the merits of the program, which included the expansion of their knowledge, the growth of their professional network, and the creation of new business opportunities.

    The AMEN Project Phase 2 is implemented in the Philippines by Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship – Go Negosyo and Department of Trade and Industry- Bureau of Small and Medium Enterprise Development with the support of the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    The ASEAN Plus Three Ministerial Meeting on Youth, met on 21 June 2023 via videoconference for the ASEAN Plus Three Ministerial Meeting on Youth, under the co-chairpersonship of Malaysia and Republic of Korea.

    The meeting note with satisfaction the contribution of activities implemented through the ASEAN Plus Three mechanism and those involving each respective Plus Three Countries to the progress made in advancing the ASEAN Work Plan on Youth 2021- 2025 and the ASEAN Plus Three Cooperation Work Plan 2023-2027, among others the engagement of ASEAN youths for meaningful youth participation through the ASEAN Volunteers funded by the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) and the implementation of the international youth exchange programmes by Japanese government, including JENESYS programme.

    Read the full statement here.

    The same appreciation also stated on the Joint Ministerial Statement of the Eleventh ASEAN Meeting on Youth (AMMY XII).

    JENESYS2022 aims to promote mutual trust and understanding among the peoples of Japan, ASEAN Member States, and Timor-Leste, to build a basis for future friendship and cooperation, as well as to encourage an understanding of various aspects of Japan. The project is supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    In conjunction to the 50th Anniversary of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation, JICE held a programme namely ASEAN-Japan Youth Leaders Exchange on 22-28 February 2023. Enjoy the atmosphere of JENESYS programme by watching the below video:

    The voices of participants

    NEC Corporation through NEC Corporation Thailand Ltd. (NEC Thailand) will conduct exercises with the ASEAN-Japan Cybersecurity Capacity Building Centre (AJCCBC) in order to develop cybersecurity human resources for ASEAN Member States.

    NEC, in collaboration with NEC Thailand and NEC Asia Pacific, will hold a variety of hands-on cybersecurity exercises with the AJCCBC, including recovery measures against cyberattacks, and incident response exercises for personnel from governments and critical infrastructure companies based in ASEAN Member States. These exercises will be held four times in Bangkok, Thailand by December 2023.

    Moreover, new exercises will also be provided for trainers, aiming for them to conduct local exercises independently in the future.

    Japan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) opened the AJCCBC in September 2018, a project supported by the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) to develop cybersecurity human resources in ASEAN countries.

    The ASEAN Mentorship for Entrepreneurs Network (AMEN) – Singapore celebrates the graduation of 15 mentees who have completed the ten comprehensive modules and successfully presented their Business Improvement Plans with the guidance of their mentors and coaches.

    The ceremony was graced by the presence of distinguished guests, including Engr. Merly Cruz (AMEN PMO), Mr. Low Cheng York (Enterprise Singapore), Ms. Sock Joo Tan and Ms Hung Zi Yin (Singapore Business Federation). Their support for the program accentuates its importance and impact on MSME development in Singapore and all other ASEAN member-states.

    During the ceremony, Mentors George Kong and Trina Teo together with Mentees Marylen Ramos-Velasco, Anna Lum and Zhennan Low highlighted in their testimonials the merits of the AMEN Project as it has broadened their knowledge, expanded their network and ushered in business opportunities.

    The AMEN Project Phase 2 Singapore is implemented by Enterprise Singapore and Singapore Business Federation together with the ASEAN Business Advisory Council (ASEAN BAC) with the support of the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    Congratulations to the 24 mentees of the ASEAN Mentorship for Entrepreneurs Network AMEN – Indonesia who graduated on 5 June after successfully completing the 10 modules mentorship program that is capped with the presentation of their Business Improvement Plans!

    The esteemed guests presented at the ceremony included Mr. Bernardino Vega, Vice Chairman of the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KADIN), Ir. Siti Azizah, MBA, Deputy Minister of Entrepreneurship, Ministry of Cooperatives and SMEs of Indonesia, and Engr. Merly Cruz, Executive Director of AMEN Project. The activity served to highlight the crucial role of Public-Private Partnerships in contributing to MSME development in all ASEAN Member States.

    The AMEN Project Phase 2 in Indonesia is implemented by the Ministry of Cooperatives and Entrepreneurship and KADIN together with the ASEAN Business Advisory Council (ASEAN BAC) with the support of the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) of the Republic of the Philippines, in collaboration with the ASEAN Secretariat (ASEC), hosted the ASEAN Project Development Training for Philippine government officials from 6 – 8 June in Manila.

    The training workshop is a joint effort of the Permanent Mission of the Philippines to ASEAN and ASEC.

    A total of 61 Philippine government officials from various ministries and agencies participated in the three-day training. Through presentations, exercises, and group work, they were briefed by ASEC staff on developing regional project proposals and managing ASEAN cooperation projects using a results-based management approach.

    At the end of the training, participants developed and presented eight regional project proposal drafts.

    Representatives from the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) Management Team (JMT) also attended. In their presentation, it was explained their priorities and procedures to access the fund. The training concluded with a plenary session led by representatives from the Department of Foreign Affairs, Department of Finance, Department of Trade and Industry of the Philippines, and ASEC.

    The ASEAN Member States commended the ASEAN Mentorship for Entrepreneurs Network (AMEN), a modules-based training program that the Philippines initiated when it chaired the ASEAN-Business Advisory Council (ASEAN-BAC) in 2017.

    The legacy project, headed by Go Negosyo founder Joey Concepcion, received positive feedback during the 15th ASEAN Coordinating Committee on Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprise (ACCMSME) Meeting on 22 – 26 May 22 in Bangkok, Thailand, for the efficient delivery of its targeted outcomes and outputs, which ultimately are designed to contribute to MSME development and overall prosperity in the region.

    In response, Concepcion said he was delighted that other nations were now benefiting from mentorship. “Access to mentorship is critical to an entrepreneur’s success, and with AMEN, we are able to share this with the rest of ASEAN,” he said.

    AMEN’s ten modules cover subjects ranging from Entrepreneurial Mind-setting and Values Formation to more practical tutoring on Enterprise Accounting and Financial Management to Good Governance. Through AMEN, regional experts and dialogue partners share their best practices in helping their local MSMEs, bringing formal training to millions of MSMEs in the region.

    AMEN Phase 2 is nearing completion after being rolled out in February 2023. Phase 2 involves the regional rollout of the project after having been successfully piloted in Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Philippines.

    The AMEN Project Phase 2 is implemented by the ASEAN-BAC, the ASEAN Secretariat, and the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    Take a trip down the 50-year memory lane of the ASEAN-Japan friendship in a commemorative exhibit at the ASEAN Secretariat! Officially opened yesterday by the Ambassador of Japan to ASEAN KIYA Masahiko, Permanent Representative of Thailand to ASEAN Ambassador Urawadee Sriphiromya, and Deputy Secretary-General for Political and Security Community Michael Tene, the exhibition will be on display until 16 June.

    The 17th ASEAN-Japan Joint Cooperation Committee (AJJCC) Meeting took place today reaffirming both sides’ commitment to further advance their partnership to mark the 50th Year of Friendship and Cooperation.

    Permanent Representative of Thailand to ASEAN Urawadee Sriphiromya and Ambassador of Japan to ASEAN KIYA Masahiko co-chaired the meeting. Permanent Representatives of ASEAN Member States to ASEAN or their representatives and the Deputy Secretary-General for ASEAN Political Security Community were in attendance.

    The meeting noted the substantive progress made in ASEAN-Japan cooperation over the past year through the effective implementation of the Revised Implementation Plan of the 2013 Vision Statement on ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation.  All action lines in the plan have been addressed with multiple programmes and projects carried out in a wide range of areas.

    The two sides exchanged views on developments in ASEAN and Japan and regional issues.  ASEAN welcomed Japan’s support for ASEAN’s efforts in mainstreaming the ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific (AOIP). In this regard, the meeting welcomed the establishment of the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) 3.0 with an initial contribution of US$100 million from Japan to support cooperation projects and activities relating to the implementation of the key areas of AOIP.

    The ASEAN Mentorship Entrepreneurs Network (AMEN) in Lao PDR celebrates the graduation of 23 mentees who have completed the ten modules, underwent coaching sessions and presented their business improvement plans in Vientiane, the country’s capital city. The commencement exercise was conducted face-to-face with the additional support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

    The dignitaries who graced the ceremony with their presence included the Deputy Minister of Industry and Commerce, Mr. Bounthueng Douangsavanh, Director General of the Department of Small and Medium Enterprise Promotion, Ministry of Industry and Commerce, Dr. Bounpheng Sibounheung, Vice President of Laos National Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Mr. Thanongsingh Kanlagna and USAID’s Economic Growth, Education and Energy Officer, Mr. Cullen Hughes.

    The AMEN Project Phase 2 is implemented by the ASEAN Business Advisory Council (ASEAN BAC) with the support of the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    Mr. NAOKI Minamiguchi, Director of the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) Management Team (JMT), paid a courtesy visit to Associate Professor Amorn Petsom, Ph.D., Director of the Office of Academic Resources, Chulalongkorn University, after the ASEAN Corner – a project under JAIF’s support- has been successfully established in 2021 at Thailand and the ASEAN Information Center, on the 6th floor of Chulalongkorn Central Library.

    JAIF recognises the Office of Academic Resources as the potential partner for ASEAN academic resource distribution and knowledge sharing. More collaborations and activities are to come.

    A newsletter from the Ambassador of Japan to ASEAN, H.E. KIYA Masahiko was published on 31 May 2023. In this edition, Ambassador introduces a series of events and consider, together with the readers, on how to make the most of the ASEAN-led mechanisms.

    Some of events attended by Ambassador Kiya in May was a meeting between Chairperson Mr. HAGIUDA Koichi of Policy Research Council of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and the ASEAN Secretary-General H.E. Dr Kao Kim Hourn where Mr. Hagiuda explained the announcement by Prime Minister KISHIDA in March of an additional USD 100 million contribution to the Japan ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) to mainstream the ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific (AOIP). They exchanged views to further strengthen ASEAN-Japan relations, including the promotion of economic ties and people-to-people exchanges.

    Ambassador also attended the ASEAN-Japan Risk Management Plan (RMP) Symposium 2023 held on 24 May in Jakarta. This is a project co-organised by the Indonesian FDA (BPOM), the Faculty of Pharmacy University of Indonesia (FFUI) and the Pharmaceutical and Medical Devices Agency (PMDA) Japan to promote pharmaceutical regulatory as part of ASEAN Connectivity, through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF). Ambassador recognized the immense benefit of this initiative to both Japan and ASEAN, as it utilises Japanese knowledge to accelerate the approval and use of medicines within ASEAN.

    Read the full newsletter here.

    Congratulations to the 43 professional learners who completed the inaugural program at the ASEAN Academy on Responsible Investing! The graduates are already driving positive change in the food, agriculture, and forestry sectors.

    The ASEAN Academy on Responsible Investing is supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.

    Learn more about the ASEAN Academy on Responsible Investing here.

    Deputy Secretary-General for ASEAN Political-Security Community Michael Tene met with Ambassador of Japan to ASEAN KIYA Masahiko at the ASEAN Secretariat earlier today. Both sides exchanged views on ASEAN-Japan cooperation and on the deliverables for the 50th Year of Dialogue Relations, particularly the implementation of projects under the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) to support cooperation in the key areas of the ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific (AOIP).

    The Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Indonesia (UI) in collaboration with Indonesian Food and Drug Authority (BPOM RI) and the Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency (PMDA) Japan held the ASEAN–Japan Risk Management Plan (RMP) Symposium and Seminar 2023 on 24-26 May 2023 at the Ayana Midplaza Grand Ballroom, Jakarta. This activity is funded by the Government of Japan through the Japan–ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) and supported by the ASEAN Secretariat (ASEC) with aims to enhance efforts to harmonise drug regulations among the ASEAN Member States.

    Ambassador of Japan to ASEAN, H.E. KIYA Masahiko expressed his appreciation to UI, BPOM RI, and PMDA Japan for organising this symposium and thanked all speakers who had participated. According to Ambassador Kiya, this event is a good opportunity for parties from ASEAN and Asia to take part in efforts to advance world health.

    The entire project between ASEAN and Japan will focus on advancing global harmonisation activities on pharmaceutical regulations related to medicinal products. When country-specific regulations apply, additional tests and inspections may be required before the product can be approved. This lengthens the review period and increases costs, even causing delays in patient access to drugs. Therefore, the harmonisation of pharmaceutical regulations plays an important role in eliminating technical barriers in drug distribution without reducing the quality or safety of drugs. It is the responsibility of world regulators to ensure fast and appropriate access. With this joint effort, Deputy Chairperson of BPOM RI Dra apt Togi Junice Hutadjulu MHA is optimistic that symposium participants from ASEAN member countries will benefit from the latest information from experts and experiences shared in this symposium.

    The articles about the event are also published on Indonesia’s news websites namely Suara Nusantara and Warta Apoteker.

    Tropical anguillid eel resources are utilized for direct human consumption worldwide and its demand in Southeast Asia is increasing. For the sustainable use of eel resources, effective resource management measures are urgently required. However, appropriate resource management measures have not been developed yet because of limited information and data relevant to eel biology, catch history and statistics, and aquaculture.

    The Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) supported the project Development of Stock Assessment Methods and Strengthening of Resources Management Measures for Tropical Anguillid Eel in Southeast Asia carried out by the Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center/Inland Fishery Resources Development and Management Department (SEAFDEC/IFRDMD) which aims to collect the catch data and biological/ecological information and develop mathematical/statistical methods for estimating abundance of eel stocks, in order to formulate effective management measures on tropical anguillid eel resources in Southeast Asia.

    These are the highlights of the project reported by IFRDMD from February to May 2023:

    On 23 – 28 February 2023, the survey team from IFRDMD continued the first survey in 2023 to Poso of Central Sulawesi and Pelabuhan Ratu of West Java, Indonesia.

    On 16 March 2023, IFRDMD organised a meeting at the Fisheries Division office of the Department of Livestock and Fisheries, Lao PDR. The meeting aimed to discuss the preparation of a book on freshwater fish profiles and fisheries activities of Lao PDR.

    On 18 – 22 March 2023, IFRDMD conducted a survey activity in Pelabuhan Ratu and Poso. The team conducted interviews and discussions with the fishers, installed fishing gear, measured water quality, and had the opportunity to see and participated together with the fishers in catching glass eel at the river mouth of the Cimandiri River and the Poso River estuary during the night.

    On 17 May 2023, IFRDMD visited a glass eel shelter in the Southeast Asia Region in Pelabuhan Ratu and learned the process of packaging glass eels that will be sent to buyers to be cultivated in ponds.

    On 18 May 2023, IFRDMD conducted an interview with fishers of eel fisheries in the Cikaso River to find out the concern of fishers as actors of capture fisheries towards the sustainability of eel fisheries in Pelabuhan Ratu.

    On 19 May 2023, IFRDMD conducted interviews with fishers of eel fishery in Cimandiri River. The interview was to find out the concern of fishers of capture fisheries towards the sustainability of eel fisheries in Pelabuhan Ratu, Indonesia. In addition, an eel collector was also interviewed to gather the problems of eel fisheries in his working area, as well as his views on the current management and utilisation of eel fisheries.

    On 21 May 2023, IFRDMD team and the fishers continued the data collection of anguillid eel in the Poso River mouth, Central Sulawesi. The fishing gears deployed in some areas were checked and the water quality of the Poso waters was measured.

    On 20 – 23 May 2023, the SEAFDEC/IFRDMD team and the fishers continued the data collection of anguillid eel in the Poso river, Central Sulawesi. The team also got the opportunity to meet with the eel collector and supplier.

    Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), in collaboration with the Republic Polytechnic of Singapore and the ASEAN Secretariat (ASEC), concluded the fourth cycle of the Initiative for ASEAN Integration (IAI) Project Proposal Writing Training for Cambodian officials today.

    The Cambodia-Singapore Cooperation Centre in Phnom Penh hosted the hybrid training on 16-25 May. It was attended by 30 Cambodian officials from 20 ministries and agencies based in Cambodia.

    ASEC trained the officials to develop a regional project proposal and manage the ASEAN cooperation projects (ACPs) using a results-based management approach that includes budget formulation, fund disbursements, and reporting. Meanwhile, the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) Management Team shared relevant information and experiences on project proposal formulation, implementation, and monitoring from an ASEAN partner’s perspective.

    At the training, participants learned about the mechanisms to access available resources with the ACPs and the processes throughout the ASEAN project cycle.

    As the ASEAN Mentorship for Entrepreneurs Network (AMEN) Project Phase 2 nears its completion, its Joint Coordinating Committee (JCC) convened its second meeting during the 15th ASEAN Coordinating Committee on Micro Small and Medium Enterprise (ACCMSME) Meeting held on 22-26 May 2023 in Bangkok Thailand.

    On 23 May 2023, the Project Management Office (PMO) successfully presented the achievements and milestones of the AMEN Project Phase 2 thus far together with the challenges encountered, lessons learned, and recommendations put forward by the project stakeholders.

    The project was lauded by the ASEAN Member States for the efficient delivery of its targeted outcomes and outputs, which ultimately are designed to contribute to MSME development and overall prosperity in the region.

    The AMEN Project Phase 2 is implemented by the ASEAN Business Advisory Council together with the ASEAN Secretariat and the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

     

     

    Join the campaign and celebrate the 50th Year of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation! The grand prize winner will be invited to Tokyo or one of the ASEAN countries.Take this chance and show your creativity.

    Deadline for submission is Saturday, June 10, 2023.

    The video can be shot on your smartphones of your daily life filled with your perspectives and thoughts, so don’t hesitate to join the celebration of ASEAN-Japan Friendship!

    For details, please refer to the entry guidelines on the campaign announcement page on the website for the 50th Year of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation.

    On 21 May 2023, ASEAN delivered the first batch of Disaster Emergency Logistics System for ASEAN (DELSA) relief items of USD 100,000 in value to support the people of Myanmar affected by the Tropical Cyclone Mocha.

    The ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on disaster management (AHA Centre) is preparing to deliver more relief items from the DELSA Regional Warehouse in Malaysia and Satellite Warehouse in Thailand. The ASEAN Emergency Response and Assessment Team (ASEAN-ERAT) have also been deployed to conduct rapid needs assessment and to facilitate the delivery of relief items.

    The Secretary-General of ASEAN has expressed his condolences to the affected communities and is closely monitoring the situation. Pursuant to the ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Statement on the Impact of Cyclone Mocha on Myanmar issued on 15 May 2023, the Secretary-General stands ready to serve as the ASEAN Humanitarian Assistance Coordinator (SG-AHAC) to provide strategic coordination and facilitate resource mobilization. Additional contributions from ASEAN Member States, external partners, and stakeholders including international humanitarian organisations are greatly appreciated to support ASEAN’s efforts in alleviating the suffering of the people affected by Cyclone Mocha.

    The Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) has been supporting DELSA since its establishment in 2012.

    Singapore Air Force’s two C-130s and B737-800F aircraft arrived at Yangon International Airport yesterday afternoon, carrying a total of 34.69 tons of emergency supplies, temporary tents, tarpaulin, Jerry Can, and shelter repair kits worth USD 107,064. The aid was sent from ASEAN countries to assist those affected by Cyclone Mocha.

    The Executive Director of the ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on Disaster Management (AHA Centre) presented the first batch of aid items to the Minister of Social Affairs of the Yangon Region Government.

    The Regional Minister, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Social welfare, Relief and Resettlement, Director General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Heads and Missions from the nine ASEAN embassies based in Yangon and officials from AHA Centre attended the ceremony.
    Following ASEAN’s One Response principle, the humanitarian aid provided by ASEAN countries will be facilitated through the Disaster Emergency Logistics System for ASEAN (DELSA). The materials, stored in warehouses in Subang of Malaysia and Chainat of Thailand, will be transported by military aircraft of Thailand, Singapore and Indonesia 19 times.

    The Disaster Emergency Logistic System for ASEAN (DELSA) is supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    Similar article also are published on Ruetir.com, and Warta Ekonomi

    Ambassador of Japan to ASEAN, H.E. KIYA Masahiko was interviewed by the ASEAN magazine on the occasion of the 50th Year of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation and shared his insights on this significant partnership.

    Ambassador said, since the establishment of ASEAN-Japan relations, Japan has worked closely with ASEAN for five decades to promote peace, stability, and prosperity in this region as a staunch supporter of ASEAN centrality and unity. Japan has also been working to aid ASEAN’s integration efforts through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) established in 2006, he added.

    Further, Ambassador Kiya shared his view on Japan’s new plan for a Free and Open Indo-Pacific (FOIP) and how it compares to ASEAN’s AOIP. He also promoted the commemorative events organized by the Mission of Japan to ASEAN.

    Read full article on page 60-61.

    The ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC) Policy Brief is a publication of the ASCC Department at the ASEAN Secretariat. It identifies trends and challenges that will impact ASEAN and ASCC sectors and propose policy-relevant solutions and recommendations to uplift the quality of lives of ASEAN people.

    The ASCC Policy Brief No. 7 (2023), titled “Building Health System Resilience in ASEAN,“ discusses ASEAN’s progress in developing resilient health systems. It recommends more research and development, supply chain connectivity and resource pooling, and stronger primary health care to improve the ability of countries to deliver the health needs of their population at all times and withstand and respond to future emergencies.

    The brief identified a number of bright spots. In the area of services delivery, ASEAN has set up the ASEAN Center for Public Health Emergency and Emerging Diseases (ACPHEED) and implemented the ASEAN Regional Capacity on Disaster Health Management Project to improve the capability of health systems to provide health services during public health emergencies, such as outbreaks, pandemics, and disaster events. The ASEAN Medical Device Directive was developed to ease access of countries to diagnostic and life-saving apparatus, machines, instruments, software, and other medical devices.

    Read the highlights of the policy brief on The ASEAN Issue page 53 and download the policy brief from here.

    This policy brief was made possible with the support of the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    The ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on Disaster Management (AHA Centre) was pleased to announce the successful completion of the ASEAN-ERAT Level 3 Pilot Course for Team Leaders, held from 8-15 May 2023 in Bogor, Indonesia.

    In just seven days, 11 participants from ASEAN Member States and the AHA Centre embarked on a journey of knowledge and skill-building, emerging as competent and experienced humanitarian response managers who are ready to lead ASEAN emergency response operations on the ground.

    The AHA Centre also thanked the National Agency for Disaster Management (BNPB) Indonesia for hosting the course, and the Government Japan for its support through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    Heads of State/Government of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), gathered in Labuan Bajo, Indonesia, for the 42nd ASEAN Summit on 10-11 May 2023 under the Chairmanship of the Republic of Indonesia. The Summit was chaired by H.E. Joko Widodo, President of the Republic of Indonesia, and convened in accordance with the ASEAN Charter.

    The meeting welcomed the progress made on the implementation of ASEAN Cybersecurity Cooperation Strategy 2021-2025 and recognized the continuing role of cybersecurity awareness activities and capacity-building programs of the ASEAN-Singapore Cybersecurity Centre of Excellence (ASCCE) and the ASEAN-Japan Cybersecurity Capacity Building Centre (AJCCBC)* in complementing existing ASEAN efforts in building regional cybersecurity posture.

    The meeting also agreed to expand the COVID-19 ASEAN Response Fund to respond to other public health emergencies and emerging diseases and encourage the finalization of Establishment Agreement and preparatory phase of the ASEAN Center for Public Health Emergencies and Emerging Diseases (ACPHEED)*.

    Read full statement here.

    *The ASEAN-Japan Cybersecurity Capacity Building Centre (AJCCBC) and ASEAN Center for Public Health Emergencies and Emerging Diseases (ACPHEED) are supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    The Permanent Mission of Thailand to the United Nations submitted an updated information provided in accordance with Article 7, paragraph 2 of the Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and on Their Destruction, covering the period of 1 January – 31 December 2023.

    Thailand has been actively supporting the international efforts on Cooperation and Assistance under the framework of the Convention. The 53 pages report summarised Thailand’s cooperation activities in 2022, among others between Thailand and Japan (p.43).

    Japan supports Thailand’s mine operations through the funding of the Thai Civilian Deminer Association (TDA), an NGO operating in Thailand. In 2022, TDA submitted the proposal of the Project to Assist Thailand in Fulfilling its Clearance Obligation under the Mine Ban Treaty (PATOM Phase 2) to the ASEAN Secretariat for the funding from the Japanese Government through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF). The project is due to start in 2023.

    JENESYS2022 aims to promote mutual trust and understanding among the peoples of Japan, ASEAN Member States, and Timor-Leste, to build a basis for future friendship and cooperation, as well as to encourage an understanding of various aspects of Japan. The project is supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    In conjunction to the 50th Anniversary of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation, JICE held a programme on Japan-ASEAN History of Development Cooperation on 24-31 January 2023. Let’s learn about Japan-ASEAN relationship by watching the below video:

    The voices of participants

     

    A newsletter from the Ambassador of Japan to ASEAN, H.E. KIYA Masahiko was published on 28 April 2023. In this edition, Ambassador conveys the significance of the cooperation to the public (in both ASEAN and Japan) in an easy-to-understand manner.

    Ambassador Kiya attended a series of events held in April, one of which is a meeting related to ASEAN-Japan cooperation in digital sector with NEC Asia Pacific. Through discussion with many ASEAN stakeholders, Ambassador found that the digital sector is one of the most important areas for cooperation with Japan in their expectations. Japan established ASEAN-Japan Cybersecurity Capacity Building Centre (AJCCBC)* with ASEAN in Bangkok, Thailand. More than 700 participants completed the trainings at AJCCBC. NEC is also cooperating in the operation of these trainings.

    The possibilities of ASEAN-Japan cooperation are enormous. To name but a few, the use of digital technology to improve connectivity and to support start-ups within and beyond ASEAN. Ambassador said, taking the opportunity of the 50th Year of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation this year, I would like to listen closely to the needs from ASEAN Member States, the ASEAN Secretariat, and other stakeholders. We hope to realise high-impact initiatives that will lead to the co-creation of value between ASEAN and Japan.

    Read full newsletter here.

    *The Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) supported the ASEAN-Japan Cybersecurity Capacity Building Centre (AJCCBC).

    Today at the ASEAN Secretariat, Secretary-General of ASEAN Dr Kao Kim Hourn met with 12 Attachment Officers (AOs) from Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Viet Nam (CLMV). The AOs are currently undertaking a one-year attachment with the ASEAN Secretariat under the Initiative for ASEAN Integration (IAI) Attachment Programme.

    Supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF), the Attachment Programme is aimed to help participants obtain first-hand experience on regional cooperation frameworks under the three ASEAN pillars, namely Political-Security Community, Economic Community, and Socio-Cultural Community.

    The Indonesian government and the governments of Malaysia, Singapore, and Japan are attending a meeting in Singapore on 26 – 27 April to discuss maritime safety in the straits of Malacca and Singapore.

    The 3rd Extraordinary Session of Implementation Committee Meeting on the Joint Hydrographic Survey of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore is organized by Malacca Strait Council (MSC) and aims to discuss the implementation of improvement of maritime safety in the Malacca and Singapore Straits.

    The joint hydrographic survey of the straits of Malacca and Singapore is divided into two phases. The first phase is the implementation of a hydrographic survey in five critical areas of the Malacca and Singapore Straits that was carried out in 2015.

    Meanwhile, the second phase is a hydrographic survey conducted along the Traffic Separation Scheme (TSS), which has a depth of less than 30 meters. The second phase was carried out from 2017 to 2020, which was then extended to 2023 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

    Yudhonur Setyaji of the Transportation Ministry and the Indonesian Navy Hydro-Oceanographic Center (Pushidrosal) in a written statement received on Thursday, stated that one of the essential agendas to be discussed at the meeting is the ASEAN Hydrographic Survey Workshop that is scheduled to be held in September 2023 in Jakarta and will be attended by Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi.

    The Joint Hydrographic Survey of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore project is supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    Congratulations to the 30 ASEAN-ERAT Members who have completed the Level 2 Courses on Humanitarian Logistics and Civil-Military Coordination on 3-14 April 2023 in Singapore.

    These members are now part of ASEAN’s growing pool of 114 certified specialists, who stand ready to support the National Disaster Management Organisations of ASEAN Member States in responding to disasters across the region, in the spirit of One ASEAN, One Response.

    The ASEAN-ERAT Level 2 Courses on Humanitarian Logistics and Civil-Military Coordination are supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    Grow Asia has partnered with Nanyang Technological University (NTU) Singapore to launch a new certified training course on responsible investing. With US$205 billion in untapped investment opportunities across Southeast Asia, the ASEAN Academy on Responsible Investing equips professionals with the skills to execute sustainable investments in the food, agricultural, and forestry sectors.

    The course is delivered by Grow Asia and hosted NTU Singapore and the Singapore Agri-Food Innovation Lab (SAIL) – a collaboration between NTU and Enterprise Singapore to drive innovation and collaboration among companies in the agri-food sector and accelerate developments from the lab to market.

    The programme consists of in-person workshops and e-learning modules specifically tailored for the ASEAN context. It’s an ideal entry point for professionals working in both private and public sectors, as well as start-ups, non-profits, and civil society organizations in the region.

    Watch the program trailer here.

    The initiative is supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).

    Grow Asia is honored to have the support of the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) for the newly launched ASEAN Academy on Responsible Investing. To learn more about the academy, please visit https://www.growasia.org/academy.

    Read the press release here.

    The year 2023 marks the 50th Year of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation. The long-term relationship has shown that a solid partnership is essential in building a more connected and prosperous region.

    Through the years, ASEAN and Japan have collaborated on substantial and strategic programmes through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) flagship projects. See them here:

    In English: https://youtu.be/Wq0jX73ibME

    In Japanese: https://youtu.be/k1rKCVoImrQ

    ASEAN looks forward to deepening friendship and cooperation with Japan!

  •  in Month loop 17 April 2023
  • The Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) project on Strengthening Capacity for Marine Debris Reduction in ASEAN Region through Formulation of National Action Plans for ASEAN Member States and Integrated Land-to-Sea Policy Approach (Phase 1) identified several policy gaps including the need to speed up formulation and implementation of national action plans, lack of inter-ministerial coordination/integrated policy for marine plastic issues, significant shortage and lack of harmonization of baseline data both of statistical waste management data and marine debris, weak infrastructure for solid waste management especially in local government, as well as the informal nature of circular economy approaches, and a lack of monitoring system among other things.

    Under Phase 2, this project will address the capacity development needs in Cambodia and Myanmar with the prospect of a comprehensive package of National Action Plan (NAP) development and capacity development at local level implementation of NAP. In this project, a thoroughly assessment was made to the plastic waste value chain in the city, mapping the evidence, and improving the locations of plastic which is prone to be leaked to the environment. The activities provided with the participatory of people who using the data collection method and questionnaire involvement on the plastic waste assessment.

    JENESYS2022 aims to promote mutual trust and understanding among the peoples of Japan, ASEAN Member States, and Timor-Leste, to build a basis for future friendship and cooperation, as well as to encourage an understanding of various aspects of Japan. The project is supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF). These are the highlights of JENESYS2022 reported by Japan International Cooperation Center (JICE) in March 2023:

    50th Anniversary of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation JENESYS U-17 Women’s Football Memorial Cup – Football teams from ASEAN and Timor-Leste assembled in Okinawa and Tokyo, Japan on 15-25 March 2023 for the ASEAN-Japan Sports Exchange (Football).

    Japan-Singapore Exchange (Japanese Communication and Culture) – On 2-14 March, 36 vocational school students from Singapore visited Tokyo and Akita. They studied Japanese and visited Hamarikyu, Kabukiza, Tokyo Daijingu, and Asakusa to deepen their understanding of Japanese culture. At Hama-rikyu, they had a matcha experience, and the participants were very impressed with the matcha and Japanese sweets for the first time! They also enjoyed visiting samurai residences in Kakunodate and enjoying a homestay in Akita Prefecture. The participants were impressed by the hospitality of the Japanese people.

    Japan-Philippines FOIP Exchange – On 8-14 March 2023, 22 students and government officials from the Philippines came to Japan and inspected Tokyo and Miyagi. In Tokyo, they attended a lecture on the theme of “Open and Free Indo-Pacific (FOIP)”, while in Miyagi, they attended a memorial service for the victims of the 3.11 earthquake and tsunami. The programme was meaningful and informative for the participants.

    Japan-Viet Nam Young Administrative Officials and Diplomat Exchange – Diplomats and government officials from Viet Nam visited Japan and inspected Tokyo, Wakayama, and Tochigi on 1-7 March 2023. They learned about economic and trade cooperation between Japan and Viet Nam.

    Japan-ASEAN Youth Leaders Exchange Program – On the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation, 138 youth leaders from ASEAN countries, Timor-Leste and Japan discussed case studies on five fields of common issues in Asia (A-Tourism development, B-Internet Utilization, C-Agriculture and Food Safety, D-Labor and Human Resource Development, and E-Cities Development) under the common theme of “What can be done for peace, stability, growth and prosperity in the region?” .

    From 22-28 February 2023, presentations were received every day from prestigious lecturers and speakers in each field. These presentations were the basis for participants’ discussions on ways to contribute and cooperate in the Japan and ASEAN regions. From the discussions participants were able to make a declaration of action which has been submitted to the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the day of reporting session.

    JENESYS Japan-Philippines Exchange (Food Safety) – On 15-21 February 2023, twenty Filipino university students visited Tokyo and Fukushima under the theme of food safety. In Tokyo, they exchanged at culinary school that has a restaurant.

    Lecture from the ASEAN-Japan Centre (AJC) – On Thursday, 23 February 2023, more than 100 youths from ten ASEAN countries, Timor-Leste, and Japan gathered for the “ASEAN-Japan Youth Leaders Exchange Program” under the “JENESYS 2022” program to discuss the common issues. AJC staff member Tanabe from Trade and Investment team gave a lecture on urban development.

    Japan-Cambodia Para‐Sports Exchange – On 15 February, the participants of Japan-Cambodia Para-Sports Exchange visited Tokyo Tower.

    Senior Officials of ASEAN and Japan attending the 38th ASEAN-Japan Forum in Tokyo reaffirmed their commitments to further advance the partnership and strengthen cooperation, as both sides mark the 50th Anniversary of Dialogue Relations this year.

    The meeting highlighted the substantive progress made in ASEAN-Japan cooperation in all pillars over the past year, and discussed deliverables for the 50th anniversary, in particular, the preparation for the ASEAN-Japan Commemorative Summit to be held in Tokyo in December 2023.

    The meeting also welcomed the establishment of the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) 3.0 with a contribution of US$100 million from Japan. JAIF 3.0 is a deliverable targeted for the partnership’s 50th anniversary to support various initiatives especially the activities relating to the implementation of the key areas of AOIP.

    The press release from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan for the 38th Meeting of the ASEAN-Japan Forum is available here.

    Japan has proposed a new Free and Open Indo-Pacific or FOIP strategy, with more cooperation and funding for the Indo-Pacific region, according to a highly placed and informed source.

    The new FOIP improves on the earlier version introduced in 2016 and has broader scope for cooperation with the countries in the Indo-Pacific region as well as emerging countries in all parts of the world.

    According to the new FOIP, Japan is committed to spending a total of US$100 million in Southeast Asia to improve so-called multi-layered connectivity, one of the four pillars of the strategy. The money will go into the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF). The new FOIP will also see knowledge, human and digital connectivity.

    Japan has already applied for comprehensive strategic partnership of ASEAN, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Japan-ASEAN diplomatic relationships. The ASEAN leaders will make the decision in September, when they meet in Jakarta at the ASEAN Secretariat.

    Over 270 young footballers from the U-17 women’s team from ASEAN Member States, Timor Leste, Uruma City Select Team and from the U-16 Japan National Team participated in the JENESYS-U17 Women Football Memorial Cup. The memorial cup was held on 14-25 March to commemorate the 50th year of ASEAN-Japan cooperation.

    The cup brought together 12 teams with Japan emerging as the champion and Viet Nam and Thailand as the respective first and second runners-up.

    Apart from competing in the match, the players also attended a lecture by the Japan Football Association on Japan Women’s Empowerment Professional Football League (WE League), the country’s first professional women’s football league that aims to promote an inclusive society through women’s football. Through the lecture, the young players were introduced to the WE League’s background, purpose, and its vision to be a societal role model in promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion in the workplace and beyond.

    The entire programme provided a venue for the young players to further understand the pivotal role of youth and women in the sports sector and promoted mutual trust and cross-cultural understanding among the ASEAN and Japanese youth.

    The commemorative event was organised as part of the JENESYS2022 project. Supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) since 2007, JENESYS has enhanced people-to-people interaction, intercultural awareness, and mutual understanding between ASEAN and Japan youth.

    The year 2023 marks the 50th commemorative year of ASEAN-Japan relations. The video introduces ASEAN-Japan relations which have been built on the ”heart-to heart” relationship of mutual trust, with some examples of ASEAN-Japan cooperation.

    For more information on ASEAN-Japan relations:

    Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan website

    Official website on “50th Year of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation”

    Japanese Prime Minister KISHIDA Fumio is looking to put his stamp on Japan’s “Free and Open Indo-Pacific” (FOIP) framework, using a visit to India this week to unveil a new plan that includes a massive new infrastructure and economic assistance program for countries in the “Global South.”

    Kishida laid out the ambitious plan to promote the FOIP strategy on Monday, pledging $75 billion in investment to aid economies across the region — and beyond — in an attempt to bolster ties with countries in the Global South, a term used to refer to developing nations in areas such as Asia, Africa and Latin America.

    Our FOIP is becoming more important than ever in the pursuit of the goal of leading the international community toward cooperation rather than division and confrontation,” the prime minister said, emphasizing the importance of “rule-making through dialogue.”

    As part of the plan, Kishida said Japan would pledge $75 billion via private investment and yen loans and by ramping up aid through official governmental assistance and grants. The prime minister also said that Tokyo would make a new contribution of $100 million to the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) and will revamp the Japan-ASEAN Connectivity Initiative, which supports transport and logistics projects as well as person-to-person exchanges

    In the Year of ASEAN Youth in 2022, various activities were launched to give the younger generation a more prominent voice in shaping policies and in building the ASEAN Community.

    Explore the important role of the youth in ASEAN post-pandemic recovery efforts, growth, and development.

    The Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) supports the ASEAN Volunteers: Community Based Disaster Risk Reduction and Preparedness to provide young ASEAN citizens with the opportunity to work with local partners and undertake grassroots initiatives in various ASEAN Member States (p.10). And through the project ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC) Research & Development Platforms, the ASCC Department at the ASEAN Secretariat published a policy brief namely “Common Resilience Challenges in ASEAN and Potential Areas of Collaboration in Disaster Management”. This policy brief recommends a focus on institutions, financing, and technology to improve disaster resilience (p.52).

    On March 20, from 2:35 p.m. (6:05 p.m., Japan time), for approximately 35 minutes, Mr. KISHIDA Fumio, Prime Minister of Japan, who is visiting New Delhi, India, delivered a policy speech entitled “The Future of the Indo-Pacific—Japan’s New Plan for a ‘Free and Open Indo-Pacific’ — ‘Together with India, as an Indispensable Partner’ ” at the Indian Council of World Affairs (ICWA), announcing Japan’s new plan for a “Free and Open Indo-Pacific (FOIP).” H.E. Dr. Jaishankar, External Affairs Minister of India, attended this speech, representing the Indian government.

    Out of the five points overview of the speech, Prime Minister Kishida set forth the new “four pillars” of cooperation for FOIP: principles for peace and rules for prosperity, addressing challenges in an Indo-Pacific way, multi-layered connectivity, and extending efforts for security and safe use of the “sea” to the “air”. He explained in concrete terms the expansion of cooperation for FOIP by incorporating realistic and practical cooperation in wide range of areas, such as climate change, food security, global health, and cybersecurity. He also announced a new contribution of 100 million US dollars to the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund.

    Read full Policy speech by Prime Minister Kishida from the following links:
    Japanese (PDF)

    English (PDF)

    More news also published on The New Indian Express, Fortune India, Financial Express, and The Times of India.

    As part of Japan Football Association’s (JFA) commitment to support JENESYS, a programme promoted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, the “JENESYS U-17 Women’s Football Memorial Cup” kicked-off on Friday, 17 March at Uruma City in Okinawa. The event will serve as an exchange platform for the youth in Japan, the countries of ASEAN, and Timor-Leste.

    The 12 participating teams arrived in Okinawa on Wednesday, 15 March, as they conducted training sessions and participated in an orientation. Prior to their arrival in Japan, on Tuesday, 7 March, Coach MIYAMOTO Tomomi of the Nadeshiko Japan (Japan Women’s National Team) held an online lecture to introduce the development and history of women’s football in Japan.

    On 16 March, Ambassador Kiya of the Mission of Japan to ASEAN received a courtesy call by the ASEAN Regional Mine Action Center (ARMAC) Executive Director, Mr. Prum Suonpraseth, and Project Manager, Ms. Chanthana Sengthong at the Mission of Japan to ASEAN.

    ARMAC conveyed their appreciation for Japan’s support through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF), particularly on the Enhance Awareness Programs on the Dangers of Mine/Explosive Remnants of War (ERW).

    They further discussed potential cooperation for future projects in line with ARMAC’s mission to avoid risks in the region.

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of Japan released a series of documentary videos on “Japan’s ”. This is a documentary video that closely follows Official Development Assistance (ODA)’s activities in the field related to the sea. Actor Mitsuo Yoshihara is featured as a reporter, and his interviews with the people involved provide an insight into the activities of ODA. The video on “Safety of Maritime Traffic (Support for Capacity Improvement of Vessel Traffic Service (VTS), etc.)” shows how VTS provides necessary information and centralized navigation control to ships using radar and Very High Frequency (VHF) radio for the purpose of improving safety of maritime traffic and easing traffic congestion in congested sea areas, plays an important role. VTS plays an important role. In recent years, the needs for VTS centres have been increasing due to changes in the actual conditions of vessel traffic, especially in the ASEAN countries as their economies grow.

    The Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) supported the VTS projects for ASEAN namely Development of VTS Operator’s Capacity and Advanced Personnel Training Program for Vessel Traffic Service.

    The trailer of the documentary was launched on 17 January 2023.

    Watch also the video on “Initiatives for a Free and Open Ocean (Capacity Building Support for Charting)” which covers another JAIF supported project Joint Hydrographic Survey of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore.

    The ASEAN Mentorship for Entrepreneurs Network (AMEN) Project began the onboarding of prospective coaches representing the ten ASEAN Member States (AMS) with the training and workshop conducted by AMEN Consultants Virgilio Espeleta and Gaston Ortigas on March 2023. A total of 32 coaches from Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Viet Nam, Cambodia and Myanmar actively participated in the sessions, which covered (1) understanding their role as coaches, (2) brushing up on the Business Model Canvas (BMC) as a tool for coaching, and (3) finalizing the Business Improvement Plans (BIPs) of the mentees.

    The AMEN Project Phase 2 is implemented by the ASEAN Business Advisory Council together with the ASEAN Secretariat and the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    The ASEAN Mentorship for Entrepreneurs Network (AMEN) Project has concluded its Mentors’ Onboarding for the AMEN Phase 2 with the conduct of the Batch 3 Session last February on 21 and 23. Spearheaded by the Project Executive Director Engr. Merly Cruz and AMEN Consultant Mr. Gaston Ortigas, this session was participated in by mentors representing Cambodia and Malaysia. The Onboarding Session of Coaches for the AMEN Phase 2 Program will follow on 08 March 2023.

    The AMEN Project Phase 2 is implemented by the ASEAN Business Advisory Council with the support of the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    JENESYS2022 aims to promote mutual trust and understanding among the peoples of Japan, ASEAN Member States, and Timor-Leste, to build a basis for future friendship and cooperation, as well as to encourage an understanding of various aspects of Japan. The project is supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    The highlights of JENESYS2022 in February 2023 recorded from the activities of “JENESYS2022 Japan-ASEAN History of Development Cooperation”. The journey of participants is captured in the Japan International Cooperation Center (JICE)’s Instagram:

    On 26 January, participants had a tour and attended a lecture at JICA Global Plaza and exchange with National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS). They also had a virtual tour and lecture of Kao Corporation, a Japanese company that is famous for daily products such as soap. Lastly, participants attended a with the theme Youth Initiatives on Sustainable Blue Seas in ASEAN and Japan.

    Starting on 27 – 29 January, participants were divided into groups with different focuses and activities:

    Group B – On the first day, Group B had an exchange experience with Institute of Tropical Medicine of Nagasaki University. They visited Nagasaki National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims and Nagasaki Peace Memorial Park on the next day. Last day on 29 January, they experienced the cultural experience of origami, Japanese event namely Hinamatsuri and Tango-no-sekku, and also enjoyed Japanese traditional sushi and sweets.

    Group C – On 27 January, Group C visited Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University to experience the exchange programme and on 29 January, they had a home visit and visited NPO Azimumachi Green Tourism Society for a lecture.

    Group D – On 27 – 29 January in Hiroshima prefecture, Group D experienced the exchanges with JDS students in Hiroshima University, visited Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, had courtesy call for Higashi-Hiroshima city and cultural experience of ikebana, origami and kimono.

    Group E – On 27 – 28 January, Group E had an exchanges experience with Chiba University and the next day, they had a tour of Sazaedo, Tsuruga Castle and a samurai residence in Aizu Wakamatsu.

    Not only JICE, ASEAN-Japan Centre also covered JENESYS2022 activity and posted the group photo of participants from the reporting session and closing ceremony of Group 1 and Group 3 on their Instagram.

    On 22 February, Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KADIN), the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), and ASEAN Business Advisory Council (ASEAN BAC) hosted “ASEAN-Japan Co-Creation, Co-Innovation”, a hybrid event to commemorate the 50th Year of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation which was held in Jakarta, Indonesia. Ambassador KIYA Masahiko of the Mission of Japan to ASEAN attended the event.

    Ambassador Kiya delivered a keynote speech at the opening session. In his speech, Ambassador Kiya stated that this year would provide a big opportunity for ASEAN and Japan, as the year falls upon the 50th Year of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation. In addition, he emphasised that Japan would continue to stand by ASEAN in its efforts to develop and overcome crises, as it had done for the past 50 years. Ambassador Kiya also mentioned that he would do his utmost to put into effect the opinions and actions presented by participants in the event, for the development of not only ASEAN and Japan as well as the people of this generation, but also the world and the people of next generations.

    The content discussed at the event will be taken into account in the “ASEAN-Japan Economic Co-Creation Vision” being formulated by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), JETRO and the business community, including the Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI).

    Read the keynote speech and presentation slides from Ambassador Kiya on the following links:

    Congratulations to the 31 newly graduates of ASEAN-ERAT!

    Supported by Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF), 31 participants from the ASEAN Member States, ASEAN Secretariat, and AHA Centre joined the 14th ASEAN-ERAT Induction Course held in Da Nang, Viet Nam on 12-21 February 2023.

    These ASEAN-ERAT members will be ready to support affected ASEAN Member States in the immediate of aftermath of a disaster.

    The ASEAN Mentorship for Entrepreneurs Network (AMEN) Project Phase 2 welcomes a new batch of mentors from Brunei Darussalam, the Philippines, Viet Nam, Lao PDR, Singapore, Myanmar and Indonesia with the conduct of an Onboarding Training on 18 and 19 January 2023. The AMEN Mentors’ Training Consultant, Prof. Titos Ortigas, led the discussion of the AMEN modules as well as methods to hold effective sessions in preparation for the simultaneous mentoring of 30-35 mentees in each of the ASEAN Member States from February to June 2023.

    The AMEN Project Phase 2 is implemented by the ASEAN Business Advisory Council with the support of the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund.

     

    On 13 February, the Mission of Japan to ASEAN organised the Commemorative Symposium for the 50th Year of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation co-hosted with Foreign Policy Community of Indonesia (FPCI) in a hybrid format, as a kick-off event of the 50th Year of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation.

    In the opening session, Dr. Dino Patti Djalal, Founder and Chairman of FPCI and H.E. Dr. Kao Kim Hourn, the Secretary-General of ASEAN made their opening remarks, followed by screening of video messages from H.E. Mr. HAYASHI Yoshimasa, Minister for Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of Japan, H.E. Ms. Retno Lestari Priansari Marsudi, MOFA of the Republic of Indonesia, and H.E. Mr. Don Pramudwinai, Deputy Prime Minister and MOFA of the Kingdom of Thailand.

    Then, the discussants, shared their constructive views on how to make the most of ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific (AOIP) cooperation, as well as ASEAN-led mechanisms and initiatives in order to realise a sustainable and resilient society and regional peace and stability for the Epicentrum of Growth.

    In closing, Ambassador Kiya concluded the symposium by stating his appreciation to those people and discussants who attended and made great contributions, as well as expressing his determination to further strengthen ASEAN-Japan relationship, while highlighting the 50th Year of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation in the wake of this commemorative symposium.

    About 180 people, including 20 students and a number of high-level participants, attended the event. The symposium was also livestreamed on YouTube.

    Follow the links below to watch the video messages from Foreign Minister Hayashi and Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi and full version of closing remarks from Ambassador Kiya:


    Video message by Foreign Minister Hayashi

    Video message by Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi

    Video message by Deputy Prime Minister/Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai

    Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) congratulate the Mission of Japan to ASEAN and the Foreign Policy Community of Indonesia for organizing the “Commemorative Symposium for the 50th Year of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation”. This major kick-off event in Jakarta brings together experts to deepen our understanding of the development of the ASEAN-Japan relationship for half a century and to discuss the way forward to promote peace, stability, and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region and beyond.

    Follow JAIF social media for more ASEAN-Japan commemorative activities in line with the ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific (AOIP) coming up this year!

    The Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) is giving approximately USD 680,000 to the ASEAN Mentorship for Entrepreneurs Network (AMEN) to help small and medium enterprises in the Philippines. The grant was announced by Go Negosyo founder Jose Ma. “Joey” Concepcion III. Concepcion and Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Alfredo Pascual thanked JAIF for supporting the development of Filipino micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs).

    “Through their support of AMEN, the Government of Japan has contributed greatly to creating prosperity for more in the ASEAN by uplifting the SMEs, which make up 96 percent of the total enterprises in the region,” Concepcion said.

    AMEN is a region-wide program that originated in the Philippines as Kapatid Mentorship for Micro Enterprises (KMME) of DTI and Go Negosyo.

    Launched in 2017 as the legacy project of the ASEAN Business Advisory Council-Philippines during the Philippines chairmanship of the ASEAN, AMEN completed its pilot implementation in Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines, and its 10-part module has been translated into seven languages, namely Khmer, Indonesian, Lao, Bahasa Malay, Burmese, Thai and Viet.

    Joey Concepcion also shared his opinion about the importance of AMEN into two articles published on Philstar Global titled “The Challenges that We Face, the Future that We Want” and “A Rising Tide Lifts All Boats”.

    Read more articles about AMEN on Philstar Global, Manila Buletin, Inquirer.Net, and The Manila Times.

    The 3rd ASEAN Digital Ministers Meeting (ADGMIN) was held in Boracay Island, Aklan, Philippines on 9-10 February 2023. His Excellency Ivan John E. Uy, Minister of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), chaired the Meeting with His Excellency Dr Janil Puthucheary, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Communications and Information & Ministry of Health of Singapore as the Vice-Chair.

    With regards to digital cooperation with Dialogue and Development Partners, the Meeting acknowledged that several important projects under ASEAN-Japan 2022 ICT Work Plan were supported under the ASEAN-Japan ICT Fund (AJICTF) and noted that the ASEAN – Japan Cybersecurity Capacity Building Centre (AJCCBC) has accomplished its target of reskilling over 700 cybersecurity professionals from 2018 to 2022 and welcomed the start of the upcoming next phase of AJCCBC spanning from 2023 to 2027.

    The Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) has been supporting the ASEAN-Japan Cybersecurity Capacity Building Centre (AJCCBC) since 2018 to develop the capacity of personnel in cyber security of ten ASEAN nations.

    Read the full statement here.

    President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. thanks through Go Negosyo founder Joey Concepcion and Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Alfredo Pascual. Concepcion and Pascual joined the President at this morning’s ceremonies held in Tokyo to thank Japan for funding the ASEAN Mentorship for Entrepreneurs Network (AMEN) through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    AMEN is based wholly on Go Negosyo and DTI’s Kapatid Mentor ME (KMME), which has been mentoring Filipino entrepreneurs since 2016. Joining them are Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan Director-General of Southeast and Southwest Asian Affairs Yutaka Arima, who received the certificate and former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

    AMEN is the ASEAN-wide implementation of KMME, which has produced more than 12,000 Filipino entrepreneur-graduates since its launch.

    The Japanese Center for Research on Women in Sport, Juntendo University has been commissioned to conduct the “ASEAN-Japan Actions on Sports: Gender Equality” as a part of the Sports for Tomorrow project commissioned by the Sports Agency in FY 2022. The website for this project is now open to the public.

    These activities are part of the ASEAN-JAPAN Actions on Sports project supported by the Government of Japan through Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    Country-level program launch of ASEAN Mentorship for Entrepreneurs Network (AMEN) together with mentees, mentors, and Go Negosyo Private Partners.

    The sessions are conducted online. Module 1 on Entrepreneurial Mindsetting and Values Information was held on 2 February and continued with Module 2 on Marketing Mindset on the next day.

    On 16 February, Modul 3 with the topic on Business Model Canvas was also held virtually.

    On 30 January, the ASEAN Business Advisory Council (ASEAN-BAC) Chairperson Handover Ceremony was held in Jakarta, Indonesia, and the Ambassador of Japan to ASEAN, KIYA Masahiko attended the ceremony.

    Ambassador Kiya delivered his closing remarks at the ASEAN Mentorship for Entrepreneur Network (AMEN) Regional Kick-Off event held during the handover ceremony, which marked the start of the 10-country roll-out of the AMEN project.

    The AMEN Project is implemented by the ASEAN Business Advisory Council with the support of the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    In his remarks, Ambassador Kiya stated that AMEN was an excellent Public-Private Partnership to improve MSMEs’ access to market, money and mentorship in the region, which would contribute to narrowing gaps.

    He also emphasised that Japan would fully support priorities of Indonesia as the ASEAN Chair in 2023 including the ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific (AOIP) mainstreaming.

    Read full Ambassador Kiya’s remarks here.

    The event also posted on AMEN’s Facebook page along with a video remarks from ASEAN-BAC Chairman.

    Today, the ASEAN Secretariat (ASEC) welcomed junior officers from Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Viet Nam (CLMV) who will take part in the Initiative for ASEAN Integration (IAI) Attachment Programme.

    This programme is one of the activities of the IAI which assists CLMV countries to meet ASEAN regional commitments and ensure that the benefits of ASEAN integration are equally shared.

    The officers will be attached to the relevant divisions of the ASEAN Political-Security Community, ASEAN Economic Community, and ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community for 12 months.

    For more than 20 years, the programme has trained over 99 CLMV officers. In turn, these officers have promoted ASEAN integration and cooperation in their ministries and respective home countries. The programme is supported by the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    The officers were officially welcomed by Deputy Secretary-General for ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community Ekkaphab Phanthavong and Ambassador of the Japan Mission to ASEAN Kiya Masahiko.

    Deputy Secretary-General Phanthavong thanked the Government of Japan and the JAIF Management Team (JMT) for their continued support towards the IAI Attachment Programme and for various other initiatives under the ambit of “Initiative for ASEAN Integration.”

    Japan has shown consistent support for the IAI Attachment Programme for more than 20 years. This year is also the 50th Year of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation, a major milestone in ASEAN-Japan relations.

    On 2 February, H.E. Mr. KIYA Masahiko, Ambassador of Japan to ASEAN, attended the Opening Ceremony of the Attachment Programme 2022-2023 for Junior Officials from Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Viet Nam (CLMV) at the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta, celebrating 12 Attachment Officers upon their commencement of the Programme. Attendees at the ceremony included H.E. Mr. Ekkaphab Phanthavong, Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community, as well as Permanent Representatives of CLMV countries.

    The Attachment Programme dispatches young government officials from CLMV countries to the ASEAN Secretariat for one year, with a view to enhancing administrative capacities of the participants, as well as narrowing the gap between CLMV countries and other six ASEAN countries.  The programme has fostered a number of promising officials in CLMV countries for the past years.  The Government of Japan supports the programme through Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    This special issue is inspired by ASEAN’s outstanding athletes, who continue to persevere, beat the odds, and reach for excellence amid the COVID-19 pandemic. ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Sports (AMMS) Chair and Thailand Minister of Youth and Sports Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn talks about ASEAN’s initiatives to adapt to future emergencies and to promote equality, accessibility and inclusion in sports. Cambodia’s Minister of Education, Youth, and Sports Hang Chuon Naron expounds on why the region’s traditional sports and games help build the ASEAN community.

    Inclusion and gender equality are significant cornerstones of sports in ASEAN. Through the project ASEAN-JAPAN Actions on Sports under the Japan-funded initiative #WeScore, ASEAN appointed 10 prominent athletes and sports officials as ASEAN Women in Sports Ambassadors in December 2021. This edition featured them on how they use their influence to promote gender equality and women empowerment.

    The ASEAN magazine also thanked the Government of Japan, through its JENESYS programme, for supporting the production of this special edition.

    JENESYS2022 aims to promote mutual trust and understanding among the peoples of Japan, ASEAN Member States, and Timor-Leste, to build a basis for future friendship and cooperation, as well as to encourage an understanding of various aspects of Japan. The project is supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF). These are the highlights of JENESYS2022 activities conducted in January 2023:

    Brunei creator in Japan – JENESYS programme invited 20 Brunei creators to Japan from 11 – 17 January 2023. They visited amps International ANIME School in Tokyo and learned about the history of Japanese animation. The lecturer Mr. OBATA Kimiharu is a well-known creator who is in the team of “Sailor Moon” and “Shin-chan”. The participants also interacted with Japanese students studying animation and manga policy at Nihon Kougakuin College. Also, they visited real-life anime locations such as the movie “Evangelion”, and the anime “Lagrange – The Flower of Rin-ne” in Chiba prefecture.

    At the home visit, they learned about Japanese traditions and the warmth of the people. Participants are likely to remember what they presented at the Reporting Session and continue to share what they have learned with Brunei and the world.

    JENESYS2022 Japan-Cambodia Martial Arts Exchange Program – On 11 – 17 January 2023, participants from Cambodia finally came to Japan to join the Japan-Cambodia Martial Arts Exchange Programme. Most of participants are experienced Karate, some of members are even National Karate members.

    First day they visited the Nippon Budokan, where participants learned about “The History and Fascination of Japanese Martial Arts” lectured by Mr. YOSHII Hideo. Then, they visited Nippon Sports Science University to observe the practical training of martial arts by University Students. For sure, all of participants enjoyed all of program and deepened the understanding of Japanese Martial Arts.

    From the second day they went to Yomitan Village in Okinawa and participated in many programmes such as a courtesy visit to Yomitan Village Office, home visit, and experience of Okinawa Karate and Kobudo (ancient Karate), and prepared for the presentation.

    At the reporting session in Tokyo, participants made a presentation in front of the government officials from Royal Embassy of the Cambodia in Japan and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan. Also at this session, two Karate players performed KATA of Karate and everyone gave them a big ovation. Please take a look at the video attached here.

    Filipino High School Students in Japan – JENESYS programme had a high school exchange between the Philippines and Japan. In Tokyo, Filipino participants visited Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum, Gotokuji Temple, and Japanese language classes. While in Hachinohe City, Aomori Prefecture, they interacted with Japanese high school students and visited Japanese families. The Filipino participants look beautiful in their ethnic costumes at the reporting session on the last day. It is hoped all participants would continue studying Japanese after returning.

    Official Development Assistance (ODA) Mail Magazine No.460 issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of Japan published an article titled “50th Anniversary of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation: Promotion of ASEAN-Japan Cooperation in Line with the AOIP”.

    The article begins with remarks from the Ambassador of Mission of Japan to ASEAN KIYA Masahiko emphasising that the year 2023 marks the 50th Anniversary of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation. In 2019, ASEAN Leaders adopted the ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific (AOIP) to guide ASEAN’s engagement in the Asia-Pacific and Indian Ocean regions. Japan was one of the first to express its full support for AOIP, and in 2020 Japan adopted a joint statement on AOIP cooperation with ASEAN leaders. Based on this joint statement, Japan is promoting cooperation with ASEAN that contributes to the essential principles of AOIP, such as the rule of law, in line with the AOIP’s four priority areas of cooperation (maritime cooperation, connectivity, UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and economic and other possible areas of cooperation).

    The article continues with Mission of Japan to ASEAN officials introducing projects supported by the Government of Japan through Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) in each of the four AOIP priority areas, among others JENESYS programme, Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Implementation Plan Training in ASEAN (GIPTA), The Establishment of a Disaster Emergency Logistic System for ASEAN (DELSA) – Phase II: Satellite Warehouse, ASEAN-Japan Cybersecurity Capacity Building Centre (Step 2-2) are currently underway.

    The Meeting between Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center/Inland Fishery Resources Development and Management Department (SEAFDEC/IFRDMD) with the Chairman of the Marine and Fisheries of Extension and Development of Human Resources Agency/SEAFDEC Alternate Council Director, Dr. I Nyoman Radiarta, was held in Jakarta on 19 January 2023.

    The Chief of IFRDMD, Dr. Rudi Alek Wahyudin and Deputy Chief of IFRDMD, Mr. Tomohito Shimizu, delivered the programs of SEAFDEC/IFRDMD budgeted by Japan Trust Fund VI Phase 2 and the Japan-ASEAN Integrated Fund (JAIF). Besides, the workplan in 2023 was also discussed by presenting four projects entitled Management Scheme of Inland Fisheries in the Southeast Asian Region, Enhancing Sustainable Utilization of Anguillid Eels in the Southeast Asia Region, Regional Collaborative Research and Capacity Building for Monitoring and Reduction of Marine Debris from Fisheries in Southeast Asia, and Development of Stock Assessment Methods and Strengthening of Resources Management Measures for Tropical Anguillid Eel in Southeast Asia. In addition, the core team of the SEAFDEC/IFRDMD was formulated as well.

    Dr. Nyoman accompanied by the Head of Fisheries Research Center, Ms. Yayan Hikmayani, stated that Marine and Fisheries of Extension and Development of Human Resources Agency supports SEAFDEC/IFRDMD and also supports promoting achievements to gain valuable outputs, and encourages some experts to bolster staff capacity building.

    Through the meeting, it is expected that there will be changes in the work team and better planning of activities so that in the future it can provide significant input for the development of marine and fisheries, especially related to inland fisheries.

    Prime Minister of Japan KISHIDA Fumio contributes an article titled “Human security and universal health coverage: Japan’s vision for the G7 Hiroshima Summit” to The Lancet, the world’s most highly regarded medical journal.

    He wrote that the COVID-19 pandemic has made an unprecedented impact on the international community and exposed the vulnerabilities of the present global health architecture. Better governance and finance measures are urgently needed to strengthen pandemic prevention, preparedness, and response (PPR) for global health threats and to create more resilient and sustainable health systems that lead to universal health coverage (UHC).

    Further he wrote, national capacity is the foundation of PPR; enhancing regional and global institutions in a coherent way to support national efforts and collective actions is a key priority for effective PPR. In this regard, Japan will continue its full support to the ASEAN Centre for Public Health Emergencies and Emerging Diseases (ACPHEED).

    H.E. Dr. Kao Kim Hourn, Secretary-General of ASEAN, received a courtesy call by H.E. Ambassador KIYA Masahiko, the Ambassador of Mission of Japan to ASEAN at the ASEAN Secretariat today. Ambassador Kiya conveyed Japan’s commitment to further strengthen its relations with ASEAN in conjunction with the 50th Anniversary of ASEAN-Japan relations. Japan’s new support to ASEAN will include, among others, its additional contribution to the ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on disaster management (AHA Centre) for humanitarian assistance to Myanmar, which was welcomed by the Secretary-General.

    The ongoing project Support towards ASEAN’s Effort on COVID-19 Response to Myanmar through the Provision of Medical Supplies and Equipment for Phase 1 (Life-Saving) is supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    PLANMalaysia has successfully organised the 1st Regional (Inception) Workshop for ASEAN SDGs Frontrunner Cities Programme Phase 2 in collaboration with the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) to support the bottom-up innovations for addressing land-based plastic marine debris and urban resilience in ASEAN cities.

    The workshop is a strategic platform to discuss ASEAN countries’ policies related to inclusive, sustainable, resilient, and dynamic development.

    The Day 1 of the workshop was held on 10 January at Seberang Perai. On Day 2, a technical visit to Kampung Permatang Nibong and Taman Bagan Lalang was arranged to see the implementation of the Project Case Study in Seberang Perai area – “Waste Segregation at Source: Solving Plastic Pollution in Penang”, an initiative that was led by the community and facilitated by the Seberang Perai City Council.

    ASEAN SDGs Frontrunner Cities Programme Phase 2 – Supporting Bottom-up Innovations for Addressing Land-based Plastic Marine Debris and Urban Resilience in ASEAN Cities is supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) which is currently underway.

    On 17 December 2022, Ambassador of Mission of Japan to ASEAN KIYA Masahiko delivered a video message to Universitas Jambi for celebrating the “Year of ASEAN Youth 2022 and Welcoming Indonesia’s Chairmanship of ASEAN in 2023.”

    In the message, Ambassador Kiya introduced projects of ASEAN-Japan cooperation, such as the ASEAN Centre for Public Health Emergencies and Emerging Diseases (ACPHEED) and the Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youths (JENESYS) Programme, which are supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF). Ambassador Kiya encouraged students of Universitas Jambi to take advantage of these programmes in order to deepen their understanding of Japan.

    Watch the full video here.

     

    The ASEAN-Japan Centre has opened a special website dedicated to the 50th Year of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation. This website introduces various anniversary events that will be held in 2023 as well as the people in ASEAN Member States and Japan who are connecting the people within. Also, it will be carrying out campaigns in which everyone from the region can participate together. It is hoped that this website will serve as an opportunity to start the next 50 years of ASEAN-Japan relations.

    Visit the portal for the guidelines on how to apply for accreditation of the events and use of official logo/catchphrase.

    Portal: https://aseanjapan50.jp

    Guideline for accreditation: www.asean.or.jp/en/commemorative-events

    The ASEAN SDGs Frontrunner Cities Programme (SDGs-FC) is a new initiative under the ASEAN Working Group on Environmentally Sustainable Cities (AWGESC) funded by the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF). The programme expects to raise the capacity and profile of 27 (to be confirmed) ASEAN cities, (comprising ‘SDGs Frontrunner Candidate Cities’ and ‘Model Cities’) to develop and scale up multi-dimensional benefit model practices/policies towards clean and green sustainable development. It will also actively catalyse the agenda of SDGs localisation to contribute towards the national voluntary reporting and implementation of the SDGs in ASEAN Member States.

    Visit the link to read full information of the project’s objective, implementation of activity and expected output.

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  • Kedah Industrial Skills and Management Development Centre (KISMEC) was awarded a project by ASEAN Secretariat funded by Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF). The title of this project is Common Standard Curriculum in Industrial Electronics for CLMV Countries where it aims to assist Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Viet Nam (CLMV) in strengthening their Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) sector.

    KISMEC’s role is instrumental in training the trainers from six Centres of Excellence (CoEs) in which 20 trainers from all of the CoEs will undergo one month training at KISMEC from 2 – 30 November 2022. After the training completion, the CoEs will be equipped with appropriate equipment with the help of KISMEC.

    By equipping the participating CoEs from Cambodia, Lao PDR, and Viet Nam with befitting tools and providing trainings to their trainers, it can be the catalyst for their enhancement on industrial electronics and conducting training where the trained laboratory technicians will be in charge of the equipment.

     

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    JENESYS2022 aims to promote mutual trust and understanding among the peoples of Japan, ASEAN Member States, and Timor-Leste, to build a basis for future friendship and cooperation, as well as to encourage an understanding of various aspects of Japan. The project is supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF). These are the highlights of JENESYS2022 activities conducted in December 2022:

    JENESYS Japan-Thailand Exchange for High School Students – High school students who study Japanese in Thailand participated in the online program held on 7-13 December 2022. They enjoyed “Noh” (the oldest theatrical art that still exists in Japan) in Kyoto, school exchange with Seto High School in Okayama, Japanese art with Japanese ink, and home visit at Ehime.

    JENESYS Japan-Myanmar Exchange (Japanese Language) – on 30 November – 6 December 2022, 46 Japanese language learners from Myanmar came to Japan. In Tokyo, the attended lecture and experience of Japanese culture and language, while in Nagano and Fukushima they had a home visit. Read more about the story from JICE Facebook page.

    Join the #50lden_jenesys Challenge – 2023 is the 50th Anniversary of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation, carrying the slogan “Golden Friendship, Golden Opportunities”. To commemorate this, JICE will have a Hashtag Challenge on Instagram. What is JENESYS for you? What did you get from JENESYS? What do you want to do in JENESYS? Let’s participate! Download the frame and write about those themes and post it on Instagram with #50lden_jenesys.

    Thai Students with Pop Culture – University and graduate students from Thailand came to Japan under the JENESYS2022 program from 30 November – 6 December 2022. They went to Tokiwa-so Manga Museum, Nakano Broadway, and Manga, Animation & Voice Actors School in Hokkaido.

    JENESYS2022 Japan-Malaysia Exchange Program – Finally, those from Malaysia participated in the inbound program of JENESYS. Two batches, “young officials” and “women’s empowerment,” visited Japan on 23 – 29 November 2022. After lectures and exchanges in Tokyo, the team of young officials visited Tochigi Prefecture, and that of women’s empowerment visited Osaka and Nara Prefecture. Every day, there were new findings, and they recognized differences from Malaysia, and they made all the things into the presentation materials during workshops. At reporting Session, they presented to Government Officials from the Embassy of Malaysia and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, which was a very fulfilling and meaningful reporting session.

    On 22 December 2022, Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center/Inland Fishery Resources Development and Management Department (SEAFDEC/IFRDMD) took a part on the Annual Progress Meeting on Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) Project Phase 2 under the Development Stock Assesment Method and Strengthening Resources Management measures for Tropical Anguillid Eel in the Southeast Asia.

    In this fruitful meeting, IFRDMD wrapped up and shared the current result of the Eel Catch Sampling Survey and DNA activity. Since it is still an ongoing project, the complete analysis were expected to be done in 2023 and the objective of the project could be achieved to support sustainable eel fishery management.

    A handmade buckwheat noodles (“teuchi soba” in Japanese) demonstration by a Japanese soba master was organized by the Mission of Japan to ASEAN in cooperation with the ASEAN Secretariat and the Permanent Mission of Thailand. Despite the end of the year, representatives of ASEAN member countries and many staff members of the Secretariat visited the event, enjoyed the powerful demonstration, and appreciated the actual tasting.

    JAIF Management Team (JMT) Director Minamiguchi also attended the event and indulged in the exquisite soba!

    Various projects supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) have been implemented to support key ASEAN strategies in the areas of food, agriculture, and forestry.

     

    The ASEAN Mentorship for Entrepreneurs Network (AMEN) Project began the onboarding of the 1st batch of its mentors representing all ten ASEAN member-states (AMS) with the training conducted by AMEN Consultant Prof. Gaston Ortigas on 13 & 15 December 2022. Mentors from Brunei, the Philippines, Viet Nam, and Indonesia actively participated in the training, which covered the AMEN Mentoring Modules, mentoring tips and strategies as well as tools for doing effective online sessions.

    The AMEN Project Phase 2 is implemented by the ASEAN Business Advisory Council with the support of the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    On 15-17 December 2022, Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center/Inland Fishery Resources Development and Management Department (SEAFDEC/IFRDMD) held an agenda entitled Consolidation of the 2023 of SEAFDEC/IFRDMD Performance Plan in South Lampung, Indonesia. The meeting was attended by Chief of IFRDMD, Deputy Chief of IFRDMD, Acting Head of Research Institute for Inland Fisheries and Extension, and 14 staff of IFRDMD. The meeting was performed in a comfortable atmosphere to explore the potential of those in charge on how to achieve the objectives and develop the strategy for 2023.

    At this meeting, presentations for 2023 were delivered by the IFRDMD secretariat as well as the project leaders. The activity under the Japan Trust Fund VI Phase 2 with title Management scheme of inland fisheries in the Southeast Asian region and Sustainable Utilization of Anguillid Eels in the Southeast Asia Region will be conducted. Besides, there will be two projects under the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) entitled Regional Collaborative Research and Capacity Building for Monitoring and Reduction of Marine Debris from Fisheries in Southeast Asia (for the freshwater fish) and Development of Stock Assessment Methods and Strengthening of Resources Management Measures for Tropical Anguillid Eel in Southeast Asia. The program from Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries with title Smart Fisheries Village was introduced as well.

    Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN for Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC) Ekkaphab Phanthavong highlighted that climate change is contributing to the rise of risks and vulnerabilities for countries and communities in ASEAN.

    He said this during the 4th ASCC Research and Development Forum on ‘Building Disaster Resilience to Climate-related Hazards in Southeast Asia’ held virtually recently.

    Ekkaphab urged more attention to innovative adaptive approaches and cross-sector cooperation to mitigate the risks.

    He emphasised the need for better mobilisation of local actors and cutting-edge technologies and suggested that innovative financing could be a powerful tool.

    The forum was held with support from the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF). It brought together experts and officials from the ASEAN member states to discuss the trends and issues on climate-related hazards in Southeast Asia and the policy solutions that can emerge to build disaster resilience.

    SEAFDEC Inland Fishery Resources Development and Management Department (IFRDMD) carried out a survey in Pelabuhan Ratu, West Java, on 16-20 April 2022 under the project entitled Sustainable Utilization of Anguillid Eels in the Southeast Asia Region sponsored by JTF VI Phase 2, and Development of Stock Assessment Methods and Strengthening of Resources Management Measures for Tropical Anguillid Eel In Southeast Asia funded by the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    The team set fishing gears to trap the elver and yellow eel in the river and monitor the water quality of the Cimandiri and Cikaso Rivers. The aerial survey was recorded using a drone and camera at the river mouth of Cimandiri, Pelabuhan Ratu, West Java. The stock of Anguillid eels in the Cikaso River was observed using hydroacoustic equipment during the day and night to compare the supply of Anguillid eels at both times.

     The ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on disaster management (the AHA Centre) had the pleasure of welcoming H.E. Ambassador KIYA Masahiko from the Mission of Japan to ASEAN during his courtesy visit on 14 December 2022. The Government of Japan is one of AHA Centre’s biggest partners, supporting various initiatives through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF). These include the Disaster Emergency Logistics System for ASEAN (DELSA), the AHA Centre Executive (ACE) Programme, enhancing the capacity building of ASEAN-ERAT, and the enhancement of AHA Centre’s ICT operational capacity.

    JAIF is now on Facebook and Instagram! Please follow the JAIF social media accounts to keep updated with the latest news on JAIF.

    Grow Asia – a nonprofit established by the World Economic Forum and the ASEAN Secretariat to build partnerships for more inclusive, resilient, and sustainable food systems – has launched a USD 6.6 million multi-donor impact fund to drive more responsible investments in Asia’s food and forestry sector. The fund, called GrowRight, will support a blend of partner-matching and training programs for investors and policymakers to support the adoption of sustainable finance mechanisms.

    “We welcome the launch of Grow Asia’s multi-donor impact fund to drive responsible investment in Southeast Asia’s agriculture system,” says H.E. Satvinder Singh, Deputy Secretary-General for the ASEAN Economic Community. “This work, thanks to support from the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund and matching funding from Cargill, will help scale the operationalization and impact of the ASEAN Guidelines on Promoting Responsible Investment in Food, Agriculture, and Forestry – a journey we embarked on with Grow Asia and its partners in 2018. We commend Grow Asia’s commitment to sustainable, inclusive agriculture in the region, and look forward to seeing the impact and learnings that emerge.”

    Read the press release of the event here.

    The 4th ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community Research and Development Forum on “Building Disaster Resilience to Climate-related Hazards in Southeast Asia” was held with support from the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) through the project ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC) Research & Development Platforms. This webinar brought together experts and officials from the ASEAN Member States to discuss the trends and issues on climate-related hazards in Southeast Asia and the policy solutions that can emerge to build disaster resilience.

    In his opening remarks, Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN for Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC), Ekkaphab Phanthavong, highlighted that climate change is contributing to the rise of risks and vulnerabilities for countries and communities in ASEAN. He urged more attention to innovative adaptive approaches and cross-sector cooperation to mitigate these risks. He emphasized the need for better mobilisation of local actors and cutting-edge technologies and suggested that innovative financing could be a powerful tool.

    The webinar presented the highlighted topics on the global progress that has been made in the localization of humanitarian assistance and the targeted localization approaches that can be deployed in Southeast Asia to address the systemic risks of current and future disasters of climate change including future public health emergencies. The webinar also had a discussion on the changing disaster risk landscape in ASEAN due to climate change, and the opportunities in emerging technologies for disaster risk management.

    The news is also published on Vietnam Plus.

    On 6 December 2022, H.E. HAYASHI Yoshimasa, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, held a meeting with H.E. Dr. Kao Kim Hourn, Minister attached to the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia and the next Secretary-General of ASEAN.

    In the summary overview of the meeting, Minister Hayashi expressed his respect for Cambodia’s efforts in successfully hosting the ASEAN-related Summits in November in person for the first time in three years and expressed his expectation for the leadership of Minister Kao Kim Hourn, who would assume the office of the Secretary-General of ASEAN in 2023.

    Regarding the cooperation between ASEAN and Japan, Minister Hayashi stated that Japan supports the ASEAN Comprehensive Recovery Framework and would continue to contribute to ASEAN countries’ economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. He also stated that Japan would continue to support the ASEAN Centre for Public Health Emergencies and Emerging Diseases (ACPHEED) as the flagship project of ASEAN-Japan cooperation in order to strengthen prevention, preparedness, and response to future public health crises. The ACPHEED is funded through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund.

    In relation to the upcoming 50th Year of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation, Minister Hayashi reiterated Japan’s intention to develop a new vision for the friendship and cooperative relationship between ASEAN and Japan in preparation for the ASEAN-Japan Commemorative Summit in December next year, and Minister Kao Kim Hourn stated in response that he places importance on the 50th Year of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation next year. The two Ministers concurred that they would work closely with each other in order to further strengthen ASEAN-Japan relations on the occasion of the 50th Year.

    On 1 December 2022, H.E. KIYA Masahiko assumed his duty as the Ambassador of Mission of Japan to ASEAN.

    This is the first posting of Ambassador Kiya to a Southeast Asian country, but he has been working with ASEAN Member States in various fields such as security, peacebuilding, economy, energy, development cooperation, and global health in Japan as well as in other countries in the world. Making most of such backgrounds, Ambassador Kiya would make his utmost efforts to enhance ASEAN-Japan relations, given the growing importance of ASEAN in the international community.

    Ambassador mentioned that Japan has been supporting countermeasures against the COVID-19 pandemic as well as recovery from the pandemic by providing vaccines, medical equipment, financial support loans, and support for the ASEAN Centre for Public Health Emergencies and Emerging Diseases (ACPHEED). In the field of socio-culture, Japan has been promoting people-to-people exchange and sports-cultural exchange under the JENESYS programmes. Both projects were implemented through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    In particular, next year is the 50th Year of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation. The official catchphrase of the 50th Year of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation is “Golden Friendship, Golden Opportunity.” Making the most of this Golden Jubilee of ASEAN-Japan relations, Ambassador Kiya says, “I would like to do my utmost to elevate ASEAN-Japan relationship to a new stage, making our friendship, opportunities, and our future even greater and brighter. I look forward to meeting all those who lean the further development of ASEAN-Japan cooperation in various fields.”

    Read the full message from the Ambassador here.

    Ambassador of Mission of Japan to ASEAN KIYA Masahiko presented his Letter of Credence to Secretary-General of ASEAN, Dato Lim Jock Hoi, on 1 December 2022 at the ASEAN Secretariat.

    On this occasion, Ambassador Kiya reaffirmed that Japan has been a staunch supporter of ASEAN Centrality and unity as well as the ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific (AOIP), and expressed his will to further enhance Japan’s relations with ASEAN towards the 50th Year of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation in 2023. In response, Dato Lim congratulated Ambassador Kiya on his assumption of office and expressed his appreciation to Japan’s longstanding support to ASEAN.

    The above event is also published by the Indonesian news agency Antara News.

    The GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) using Space Satellite System, standardised by International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), has been introduced in several countries of the world as a redundancy of conventional ground-based navigation system. In order to implement GNSS in the ASEAN region fluently, the human resources development who would be in charge of optimized implementation planning with understanding significance of GNSS would be an important challenge.

    The GNSS Implementation Plan Training in ASEAN (GIPTA) project supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) aimed at staff training of engineers and administrative officials in ASEAN nations who would be in charge of development of implementation plan for the realisation of safe and economic GNSS implementation that would be operated with joint cooperative works in ASEAN region. This project also aims for relevant ASEAN civil aviation personnel to obtain knowledge and skills for introduction plan of Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) starting from year 2020. After this training, safe, efficient, reliable and cost-effective air navigation service provided by GNSS is expected to be ready in ASEAN region as a whole.

    JENESYS2022 aims to promote mutual trust and understanding among the peoples of Japan, ASEAN Member States, and Timor-Leste, to build a basis for future friendship and cooperation, as well as to encourage an understanding of various aspects of Japan. The project is supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF). These are the highlights of JENESYS2022 activities conducted in November 2022:

    First JENESYS2022 Inbound Program: Japan-Lao PDR Exchange “Environment” – Face-to-face program has finally resumed at JENESYS! Twenty participants from Faculty of Environmental Science, National University of Lao PDR visited Tokyo and Nagano prefecture. Through exchanging with Nagano University students and visiting Hakuba village, they learned about Japanese environmental protection activities and renewable energy.

    JENESYS2022 Inbound Program: Japan-Lao PDR Exchange “Japanese Language and Culture” – was held on 26 October – 1 November 2022. Nineteen participants from secondary school and university in Lao PDR visited Tokyo, Osaka, and Wakayama prefecture. They exchanged with Japanese students who study Lao at Tokyo University of Foreign Studies. They also experienced Japanese tea and “Makie” (gold-relief lacquerware).

    Read more about the program from JICE Facebook.

    JENESYS2022 Inbound Program for Indonesia and Timor Leste – was held on 9 – 15 November 2022. This program was divided into three groups with different themes. Group A learned about diplomacy and local administration in Yamagata, Group B learned about maritime safety in Shizuoka, while Group C visited fishing industry in Toyama.

    The Department of Trade and Industry’s Bureau of Philippine Standards (DTI-BPS), under the Consumer Protection Group (CPG), successfully hosted the 58th ASEAN Consultative Committee on Standards and Quality (ACCSQ) Meeting and its Related Meetings in Boracay, Malay, Aklan on 6-9 December 2022.

    The Meeting discussed matters arising from the 57th ACCSQ Meeting, updates on the recent developments in the ASEAN Economic Integration, progress of 2022 Annual Priority (AP) Deliverables, latest updates in the signing of ASEAN legal instruments in 2022, AP Deliverables for 2023 proposed by Indonesia, the Standards and Conformance Strategic Plan 2016-2025 and Third Sector Masterplan of ASEAN Connectivity (MPAC) 2025, progress reports of ACCSQ Working Groups and Product Working Groups as well as Standards, Technical Regulations and Conformity Assessment Procedures (STRACAP) in ASEAN Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) with Australia and New Zealand, China, Korea, Japan, and Canada. The ASEAN Trade in Goods Agreement (ATIGA) upgrade negotiations and cooperation with Dialogue Partners were also tackled.

    Several Dialogue Meetings were held back-to-back with the 58th ACCSQ, one of which is the 8th ASEAN Japan Comprehensive Economic Partnership (AJCEP) Sub-Committee on STRACAP Meeting, which discussed the progress of ASEAN activities and projects in cooperation with Japan particularly the ASEAN-Japan Partnership Program for Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) and Safety Conformity Assessment of Multi-Media Equipment (MME) and the Development of ASEAN Common Qualification Scheme for Quality Control Experts funded through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    The ASEAN Mentorship for Entrepreneurs Network (AMEN) Project assembled the national consultants who will work on its ASEAN region-wide program implementation earlier today to align on tasks and activities in time for project launch slated in January 2023.

    All ten ASEAN Member-States (AMS) were represented by their National Consultants together with Public-Private Partnership (PPP) focal persons and AMEN Technical Working Group members. The session was led by AMEN Mentorship Institute (AMI) Consultant Virgilio Espeleta and AMEN Regional Consultant Renea Tan.

    The AMEN Project Phase 2 is implemented by the ASEAN Business Advisory Council with the support of the Japan ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    Filipino franchising expert Armando “Butz” Bartolome was invited earlier in November 2022 by the Darussalam Enterprise (DARe) and Brunei Mentorship for Entrepreneurs Network (BMEN) to mentor entrepreneurs of Brunei.

    Bartolome, who is part of the ASEAN Mentorship for Entrepreneurs Network (AMEN), conducted a three-day mentorship consultation with local Bruneian entrepreneurs, local mentors and members of DARe. He also held for BMEN mentors an exclusive session on how to further hone their mentorship skills.

    To gain a full picture of entrepreneurship in Brunei, he visited businesses with potential for growth in franchising, namely Top Folk, Substation, Arquilato Kusina, Kontana, A-Ayam Chicken and Satay.

    BMEN is Brunei’s Public sector partner in the implementation of the AMEN, a program supported by the Japan ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) to promote mentorship as a means to grow MSMEs and achieve prosperity in the region.

    The 17th East Asia Summit (EAS) was held in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on 13 November 2022. The Meeting was chaired by Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia, and attended by the Heads of State/Government and High Representatives of ASEAN Member States, Australia, the People’s Republic of China, the Republic of India, Japan, New Zealand, the Republic of Korea, the Russian Federation, and the United States of America.

    The Summit acknowledged ASEAN’s key initiatives in strengthening public health emergency preparedness and response initiatives, such as, the COVID-19 ASEAN Response Fund and the ASEAN Centre for Public Health Emergencies and Emerging Diseases (ACPHEED). The Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) contributed USD 1 million to the COVID-19 ASEAN Response Fund and the implementation of projects A Feasibility Study on the Establishment of “ASEAN Centre for Public Health Emergencies and Emerging Diseases” and Detailed Design and Preparation Support for the “ASEAN Centre for Public Health Emergencies and Emerging Diseases”.

    In the area of disaster management, the Summit reaffirmed the continued support from EAS member country for the implementation of the priority programmes of the ASEAN Agreement on Disaster Management and Emergency Response (AADMER) Work Programme (2021-2025) as well as strengthening the capacity of the ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on disaster management (the AHA Centre) as the primary ASEAN regional coordinating agency on disaster management and emergency response. The Government of Japan has been one of the key support mechanisms for a range of ASEAN disaster management functions through JAIF projects, among others, Development of the AADMER Work Programme 2021-2025 and several flagship projects implemented by the AHA Centre.

    Read the full Statement here: https://asean.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/FINAL-Chairmans-Statement-of-the-17th-East-Asia-Summit_EAS.pdf

    Two new publications, made through the Taxonomic Capacity Building on DNA Barcoding of Common Vascular Plants in the Tropics Project in partnership with the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF), Department of Environment and Natural Resources, University of the Philippines Diliman – Institute of Biology, and Mount Makiling Center for Mountain Ecosystems, were launched during the Seventh ASEAN Heritage Parks Conference.

    The publications, “Field Guide to the Vascular Plants of the Mudspring Area, Mount Makiling Forest Reserve, Philippines” and “Manual on DNA Barcoding of Vascular Plants in Southeast Asia”, will help in enhancing of the capacity of the AMS in identifying vascular plant species in the region and using DNA-based approaches in species identification and discovery.

    Get free access to these publications by scanning the QR codes on the above pictures.

    The Indonesian Representative to the Advisory Board of the ASEAN-IPR, Ambassador Artauli RMP Tobing, paid a visit to the Mission of Japan to ASEAN on Monday, 7 November 2022. With warm welcome by Ambassador Chiba Akira, Ambassador Artauli handed a book launched by the ASEAN-IPR, titled “Aceh Case: Peacebuilding and Post Tsunami Recovery” to Ambassador Chiba.

    The Mission of Japan to ASEAN, through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF), supports the research and study of peacebuilding and post-conflict recovery through the post-tsunami recovery case in Aceh. The purpose of the research is to find the roles of post-humanitarian actors with their further assistance in peacebuilding, and the publication is one of the pillars in celebrating the successful outcome of the research.

    The book launch event was conducted on 27 June 2022 and it is available for download on ASEAN-IPR website.

     

    From 9 November, the series of “ASEAN Now and the Future III – Plastics in the Ocean”, has been broadcasted on NHK World through support by the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF), starting from the Episode One “Series Introduction and Viet Nam”.

    “ASEAN Now and the Future III – Plastic Ocean“ consists of TV programmes made by broadcasting stations in four ASEAN countries, i.e. Viet Nam, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Thailand. Supported by Japanese experts, each station will report on rapidly worsening problems in respective countries due to the increase of marine plastic wastes and some distinctive measures to tackle them in three-run programs.

    Check the details from the link below and enjoy them by video streaming from outside of Japan:

    Episode One: Series Introduction and Viet Nam https://biz.jibtv.com/programs/asean_now_and_the_future_2022/20221109.html

    Episode Two: Indonesia and the Philippines https://biz.jibtv.com/programs/asean_now_and_the_future_2022/20221109_2.html

    Episode Three: Thailand and Conclusions https://biz.jibtv.com/programs/asean_now_and_the_future_2022/20221111.html

     

    The 25th ASEAN-Japan Summit Meeting was held in Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia, on the afternoon of 12 November 2022. Prime Minister Fumio Kishida announced that Japan has provided a total of 29.5 billion yen in financial assistance to ASEAN member countries for the reconstruction of Covid-19 and expressed his intention to continue this assistance in the future. In response, President Marcos said, “The Covid-19 ASEAN Response Fund and the ASEAN Comprehensive Reconstruction Framework (ACRF) depend on Japan’s significant support,” he said, expressing his appreciation for Japan’s contribution.

    In the area of disaster management, President Marcos spoke highly of the long-standing cooperation between Japan and ASEAN, particularly Japan’s assistance to the ASEAN Humanitarian Assistance Coordination Centre for Disaster Risk Reduction (AHA Centre) through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    At the ASEAN-Japan Summit, it was decided at the suggestion of Prime Minister Kishida to hold a special ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation Summit in Tokyo next year to commemorate the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between ASEAN and Japan.

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    Entrepreneurship is a key driver of the ASEAN economy, and their digitalisation will be vital in achieving inclusive growth in the region. This appeared to be the view of the ASEAN leaders as it wrapped up two days of top-level meetings at the ASEAN 2022 Summit in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, according to Go Negosyo founder and ASEAN Business Advisory Council (BAC) Chair for the Philippines, Joey Concepcion.

    Concepcion shared that digitalisation and cooperation are central to the regional mentorship program called the ASEAN Mentorship for Entrepreneurs Network (AMEN) program. AMEN aims to share best practices and know-how among MSMEs in the ASEAN. It is the legacy project of the Philippines’s 2017 Chairmanship of the ASEAN, which also coincided with the 50th anniversary of the union.

    “Our goal is to scale up our MSMEs through access to what we call the three Ms of MSME development – that is, mentorship, money and market – using both traditional and digital platforms,” he said.

    Phase 1 of AMEN was piloted in Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines in 2019, with 127 entrepreneurs and 48 mentors participating. Phase 2 is now on its build up stage and is set to be implemented across the ASEAN. Both phases of the project were funded by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    An article written by Concepcion titled “Creating an inclusive ASEAN economy” shares his experience and view about the importance of mentorship programme for achieving inclusive growth and creating more jobs in ASEAN, and bringing prosperity to all.

    With entrepreneurship as the “true engine” of growth, an economic adviser on Saturday, 12 November hailed the leaders of the ten-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) for putting micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) and their digitalisation at the core of the region’s economic recovery and progress.

    Joey Concepcion, Go Negosyo founder and ASEAN Business Advisory Council (BAC) Chair for the Philippines, said he was elated that the ASEAN leaders recognised entrepreneurship as the key driver of the ASEAN economy, and that helping entrepreneurs would be vital in achieving inclusive growth in the region during the two-day top-level meetings at the ASEAN 2022 Summit in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

    Concepcion said, digitalisation and cooperation are also central to the regional mentorship program called the ASEAN Mentorship for Entrepreneurs Network (AMEN) program, a legacy project of the Philippines’s 2017 Chairmanship of the ASEAN, Concepcion said. AMEN aims to share best practices and know-how among MSMEs in the region. With AMEN, MSMEs can learn from other small entrepreneurs and mentors across the region. Mentors can also exchange knowledge and learn from each other on a regional scope.

    ASEAN Mentorship for Entrepreneurs Network (AMEN) projects are supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    On 12 November, the 25th ASEAN-Japan Summit, chaired by Mr. Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia, was held in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Mr. Kishida Fumio, Prime Minister of Japan, attended the meeting.

    Prime Minister Kishida on his opening remarks, stated that he would like to hold a Commemorative Summit in Tokyo around December 2023 as the next year would mark the 50th Year of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation. In response, many countries expressed their support in their remarks. As the Chair, Prime Minister Hun Sen expressed appreciation to the ASEAN Leaders for accepting Japan’s proposal and confirmed that the Commemorative Summit would be held following a regular annual ASEAN-Japan Summit in 2023.

    In the area of ASEAN-Japan Cooperation, particularly regarding the economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, Prime Minister Kishida introduced Japan’s financial support loans of approximately 295 billion JPY in total to ASEAN countries as part of Japan’s support to the ASEAN Comprehensive Recovery Framework (ACRF). He also reaffirmed Japan’s continued commitment to assist the sustainable growth of ASEAN countries. In addition, he also expressed his intention to continue supporting the ASEAN Centre for Public Health Emergencies and Emerging Diseases (ACPHEED) including through the dispatch of Japanese health experts. The Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) supported the projects A Feasibility Study on the Establishment of “ASEAN Centre for Public Health Emergencies and Emerging Diseases” and Detailed Design and Preparation Support for the “ASEAN Centre for Public Health Emergencies and Emerging Diseases”.

    In concluding his remarks, Prime Minister Kishida said that he would like to make the Golden Jubilee of ASEAN-Japan relations a golden opportunity to demonstrate golden friendship between ASEAN and Japan as suggested by its official catchphrase.

    The Chairman’s Statement is available here where the following projects supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) are acknowledged:

    The 25th ASEAN Plus Three (APT) Summit was held on 12 November 2022 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The Summit was chaired by Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia, and attended by Heads of State/Government and High Representatives of ASEAN Member States, the People’s Republic of China, Japan, and the Republic of Korea. The Secretary-General of ASEAN, and the Secretary-General of the Trilateral Cooperation Secretariat (TCS) and the director of ASEAN+3 Macroeconomic Research Office (AMRO) were also in attendance.

    The Summit reaffirmed the crucial role of APT cooperation in combating the COVID-19 pandemic in the region and mitigating its socio-economic impacts and acknowledged the support and contribution of the Plus Three countries to ASEAN Member States, and ASEAN’s initiatives in addressing COVID-19 which include, among others, the COVID-19 ASEAN Response Fund, and the ASEAN Comprehensive Recovery Framework (ACRF) and its Implementation Plan.

    In particular, the Summit appreciated Japan’s contribution to the establishment of the ASEAN Centre for Public Health Emergencies and Emerging Diseases (ACPHEED). Apart from the COVID-19 ASEAN Response Fund, the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) also supported the projects A Feasibility Study on the Establishment of “ASEAN Centre for Public Health Emergencies and Emerging Diseases” and Detailed Design and Preparation Support for the “ASEAN Centre for Public Health Emergencies and Emerging Diseases”.

    Read the full statement here: https://asean.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/FINAL-CS-of-the-25th-APT-Summit-as-of-15-Nov-22.pdf

    Congratulations to the Viet Nam team for winning the championship of the Cyber SEA Game 2022 in Bangkok, Thailand. After a seven-hour competition, Mr. Le The Thang, Mr. Nguyen Quang Ba, Mr. Ky Hung Chien, and Mr. Nguyen Manh Dung who represented their nation as a team brought home the championship and the prize to compete in one of the most exciting cyber contests, SECCON 2022, in Tokyo, Japan in February next year.

    Cyber SEA Game is an annual Capture the Flag cyber competition conducted by the ASEAN-Japan Cybersecurity Capacity Building Centre (AJCCBC) and Electronic Transactions Development Agency (ETDA) under the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society of Thailand (MDES) to be a platform for cyber enthusiasts from the ten ASEAN Member States under the age of 30 to compete among each other.

    This year’s competition was held on 10 November 2022 and was very special because this was the first time after two years, we were able to conduct the event face-to-face, which brought back physical engagement and discussion among the team members and interaction between different teams.

    This successful event would not have been possible without the generous support from the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications of Japan (MIC). AJCCBC as the organiser of this event extend their gratitude to the ASEAN Secretariat (ASEC), Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF), the Embassy of Japan in Thailand, and Mission of Japan to ASEAN for their valuable contributions. It is hoped that participants enjoyed the contest and gained valuable experience and knowledge that will be applicable to their future venture. It also hoped that this event helps shed light on the importance of cybersecurity and the young generation who will be the future of cybersecurity.

    ASEAN Business Advisory Council (BAC) Chair for the Philippines and Go Negosyo founder, Joey Concepcion, shared news that three homegrown companies bagged top awards at the ASEAN Business Awards. Home Healthlink Innovations and FELTA Multimedia Inc. won the top prizes in the SME Priority Sector – Healthcare and the SME Excellence in Innovation categories, respectively, while Esquire Financing bagged a special award for its role in MSME financing.

    “There are 71 million MSMEs in the ASEAN region, accounting for almost all of the total establishments. In the Philippines, these small entrepreneurs also account for a large majority of the total enterprises. Considering their important role in job generation and in our collective economic recovery, we must continue to support them,” he said.

    Concepcion shared that the ASEAN Mentorship for Entrepreneurs Network (AMEN) the Legacy Project of his Chairmanship of the ASEAN BAC, continues to be actively expanded and sustained across ASEAN. AMEN is a public-private partnership platform that aims to support regional MSMEs through mentorship and training based on modules used by the Go Negosyo program Kapatid Mentor Microenterprises (KMME), which it conducts alongside the Department of Trade and Industry. Phase 1 of AMEN has been piloted in Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines. Phase 2 is set to be implement in the whole region with the support of the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) which funded AMEN for a second time.

    The ASEAN Business Awards motivates key sectors to promote the ASEAN in the world’s economy and encourage regional cohesiveness and global competitiveness.

    More article here: https://mb.com.ph/2022/11/06/filipino-smes-bag-top-honors-at-asean-business-awards/

    “ASEAN Now and the Future III” is a series based on the unique perspectives of each country’s broadcasters. This year, it treats the problem of marine plastic waste. More than half of the plastic is discharged from Asian countries. The ASEAN member countries of Indonesia, the Philippines, Viet Nam, and Thailand occupy top positions in the world ranking. In the series, we will see the actual situation of each country.

    Episode 1 introduces Vietnam Television (VTV)’s production. Viet Nam has enjoyed spectacular economic growth in recent years, but its 3,000 km north-south coastline is now beset by serious plastic waste pollution. The program introduces several topics, such as a project to exchange waste for money at a Green Hub regional development center, and the activities of a female student represented Viet Nam at the ASEAN-Japan Centre’s “Future Leaders’ Declaration on ASEAN-JAPAN Cooperation for International Marine Plastic Waste”.

    The series are output of the Capacity Building of ASEAN TV Broadcasters through Documentary Program Production on Marine Plastic Waste in ASEAN project, supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    Japan’s relations with ASEAN began in 1973. That means next year, in 2023, Japan and ASEAN will celebrate 50 years of friendship and cooperation. To commemorate this important milestone, Mission of Japan to ASEAN and Permanent Missions of the ASEAN Member States in Jakarta have selected a logo and a catchphrase from a total of over one thousand entries.

    Ambassador of Japan to ASEAN, H.E. Chiba Akira explains the meaning behind the official logo and catchphrase.

    Japan and ASEAN share the view to promote a rule-based Indo-Pacific region that is free and open, embraces key principles such as ASEAN’s unity and centrality, inclusiveness, transparency, respect for international law, and complements ASEAN community building process. At the 34th ASEAN Summit in June 2019, ASEAN Leaders adopted the ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific (AOIP) which provides a guide for ASEAN’s engagement in the Asia-Pacific and the Indian Ocean regions. Japan expressed its full support to the AOIP at the ASEAN-Japan Summit in the same year and has been a steadfast supporter of the AOIP as the AOIP and Japan’s Free and Open Indo-Pacific (FOIP) concept share relevant fundamental principles in promoting peace and cooperation.

    The progress report on Japan’s Cooperation for the AOIP is submitted by Japan to the ASEAN-Japan Summit to update ASEAN Leaders on the progress of Japan’s 73 existing cooperation projects and to inform 16 additional projects on the AOIP. A variety of projects, which cover all the priority areas of AOIP cooperation, made steady progress despite the Covid-19 pandemic.

    The following projects are partially/fully funded by the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund to support the AOIP:

    • Advanced Personnel Training Program for Vessel Traffic Service
    • Joint Hydrographic Survey of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore
    • Strengthening Capacity for Marine Debris Reduction in ASEAN Region through Formulation of National Action Plans for ASEAN Member States and Integrated Land-to-Sea Policy Approach (Phase2)
    • Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Implementation Plan Training in ASEAN (GIPTA)
    • “Japan’s Friendship Ties Programs JENESYS 2022”
    • Fostering Greater Understanding, Tolerance and a Sense of Regional Agendas among the Peoples of ASEAN
    • ASEAN-JAPAN Actions on Sports
    • IAI Attachment Programme at the ASEAN Secretariat for Junior Diplomats of Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Viet Nam (17th Batch) and 6th Batch: Attachment of Officers from Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, and Viet Nam for AEC and ASCC Involvement at the ASEAN Secretariat (2022-2023)
    • Detailed Design and Preparation Support for the “ASEAN Centre for Public Health Emergencies and Emerging Diseases”
    • ASEAN SDGs Frontrunner Cities Programme Phase 2 – Supporting Bottom-up Innovations for Addressing Land-based Plastic Marine Debris and Urban Resilience in ASEAN Cities
    • AHA Centre Executive (ACE) Programme 2018-2020
    • Strengthening ASEAN’s Collective Response Capacity through the Enhancement of the Capacity Building of the Regional ASEAN Emergency Response and Assessment Team (ASEAN-ERAT) (2020 – 2022)
    • The Disaster Emergency Logistics System for ASEAN (DELSA) Phase II and III projects
    • Development of the AADMER Work Programme 2021-2025
    • ASEAN Cultural Heritage Digital Archive (ACHDA) – Phase 2
    • Promotion of Higher Efficient Air Conditioners in ASEAN through Harmonisation of Standards and Strengthening of Market Verification and Enforcement Capabilities (Phase I)
    • ASEAN Mapping Exercise to Promote Synergy with Other Relevant ASEAN Sectoral Bodies and Entities Associated with ASEAN on Disaster Management
    • ASEAN-Japan Cybersecurity Capacity Building Centre (Step 2-2)
    • The Review of ASEAN Harmonised Tariff Nomenclature (AHTN) 2017/1
    • KPI Monitoring Support of the ASEAN Strategic Action Plan for SME Development (2016-2025): Phase 2 toward 2020
    • Development and Implementation of Facility Level Monitoring and Reporting (M&R) Framework for Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions in ASEAN Member States (AMS): Phase2
    • ASEAN Mentorship for Entrepreneurs Network (AMEN) Phase 2

    Detailed list of Japan’s Cooperation Projects on the AOIP is available here.

    The inadequacy in trained human resources and capacities on taxonomy has been stressed as one of the obstacles in the implementation of commitments to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), especially in the ASEAN region. Lack of scientific information on biodiversity in this region is a crucial issue in the assessment and prediction of biodiversity changes, caused mainly by the lack of taxonomic capacity in data collection and analysis. To meet this challenge, the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) and Japan have partnered to strengthen taxonomic capacities in the ASEAN region, through projects funded by the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) namely Taxonomic Capacity Building on DNA Barcoding of Common Vascular Plants in the Tropics which is currently underway.

    JAIF project aims to contribute largely in developing capacities for the ASEAN Member States in the application of taxonomic knowledge for, among others, reducing the rate of biodiversity loss. The project would also enhance the role and capacity of the ACB to function as an effective regional centre of excellence in promoting biodiversity conservation and management, harmonizing quarantine and inspection sampling procedures, as well as strengthening best practices for implementing sanitary and phytosanitary measures in trading and commerce of ASEAN products to be more competitive globally as envisioned in the Roadmap (ASEAN Economic Community A.7.38.iv).

    The project also aims to contribute to the establishment and enhancement of the ASEAN standards and conformance in the trading and commerce for biodiversity-related commodities and products which critically need taxonomic knowledge and skills in the region.

    JENESYS2022 aims to promote mutual trust and understanding among the peoples of Japan, ASEAN Member States, and Timor-Leste, to build a basis for future friendship and cooperation, as well as to encourage an understanding of various aspects of Japan. The project is supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF). These are the highlights of JENESYS2022 activities conducted in October 2022:

    Online Student Conference for JENESYS ASEAN Alumni (Day 1): A total of 30 JENESYS alumni from ASEAN countries and Timor-Leste, as well as Japanese students, participated the three-day online program, from 9 – 11 October 2022. At the first day of program, the participants listened to lectures by professor and experts on five themes such as “Food sustainability” by Mr. Charles E. McJinton, CEO of Second Harvest Japan, “Cultural Heritage” by Mr. Yuichi Uchiyama, Manager of Toppan Inc., “Fair trade” by Mr. Yasuhiro Fukuchi, CEO of Yatsumoto Tsusho Co., LTD., “Education” by Prof. Shoko Yamada, Nagoya University, and “Disaster Prevention” by Mr. Akio Sasahara, Executive Director, Asian Disaster Reduction Center. The lectures followed by a workshop where participants discussed on how to develop more workable action plan. This action plan will be presented at the reporting session on the last day.

    Online Student Conference for JENESYS ASEAN Alumni (Day 2): On the second day of the workshop, students from ASEAN countries, Timor-Leste, and Japan discussed seriously, and the discussion continued even after the expected time. Sometimes there were hot discussions, however, they found great solution on this argument. All participants indeed showed their hard work.

    Online Student Conference for JENESYS ASEAN Alumni (Day 3): At the final day of the three-day online program, each group member of “Food Sustainability”, “Cultural Heritage”, “Fair Trade”, “Education”, and “Disaster Prevention” worked out an action plan through the workshops. Each group made presentation materials in terms of 1) Definition of the Issue, 2) Learning about the Issue, 3) Project-Plan, and 4) Conclusion. Since the Task List and One-Year Project Timeline has been clarified in the Project Plan, students from ASEAN, Timor-Leste and Japanese will work together from now, keep in touch with each other and implement the joint activities.

    JENESYS Indonesia and Timor-Leste Online Program: On Thursday, 13 October 2022, Japan International Cooperation Center (JICE) as the implementing agency of JENESYS2022 held an online program for people involved in fisheries in Indonesia and Timor-Leste. As a lecturer, Mr. Fujiwara Takahiro from Resources Management Promotion Office, Fisheries and Resources Management Division, Resources Management Department, Fisheries Agency was invited to give a lecture on “Circumstances surrounding Japan fisheries and new resource management.” After receiving a detailed lecture on fisheries resource management, many questions were asked from the participants. It is hoped that this program will be meaningful to the participants and that it will be an opportunity for them to continue their relationship with Japan in the future.

    Brunei Reunion with Japanese Embassy: A reunion for JENESYS Brunei alumni was held on 20 October 2022. Ms. Watanabe Eiko, Embassy of Japan in Brunei gave a presentation on the theme of “Japan’s Contribution in Brunei Darussalam”, explaining specific examples of economic, political, educational, and sports activities between Japan and Brunei. She also touched on the activities of JENESYS alumni.

    Launched on 2 September 2022 by the ASEAN Committee on Consumer Protection (ACCP), the ASEAN Toolkit on Sustainable Consumption provides guidance and advocacy materials to enhance the understanding of government officials, businesses and consumer associations on the concept and policy implications.

    Access the toolkit and infographic, and watch the video at www.aseanconsumer.org.

    The development of the toolkit was led by the Department of Trade and Industry of the Philippines and funded by the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) through the project Promotion of Sustainable Consumption in ASEAN.

    On 3 – 7 October 2022, ASEAN-Japan Cybersecurity Capacity Building Centre (AJCCBC) under the Electronics Transaction Development Agency (ETDA), Ministry of Digital Economy and Society (MDES) conducted the 23rd AJCCBC Cybersecurity Technical Training to share the effective practices in dealing with cyber threats and to enhance the cybersecurity capacity of the ASEAN Member States. What is special about this training is that AJCCBC could finally welcome the participants again at its own facility in Bangkok, Thailand after being hindered by the pandemic for more than two years.

    This training session covered two areas that are of the most importance for cybersecurity:

    1) Incident Response course named CYDER (Cyber Defense Exercise with Recurrence), which focused on the improvement of the incident response ability to correspond against the cyberattacks through lecture, practical exercise based on actual attacks, and team discussion; and

    2) Digital Forensics course which provided the participants with key skills in forensics techniques including how attackers attack servers in DMZ, how attackers attack client’s computers etc. which is based on simulation attack such as attack against servers in DMZ and APT attack.

    This training is part of the ASEAN-Japan Cybersecurity Capacity Building Centre (Step 2-2) funded by the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    Indonesia hosted the 2nd Regional Workshop on the Implementation of the ASEAN Harmonised Tariff Nomenclature (AHTN) 2022 which was held on 29 August – 2 September 2022 in Serpong, South Tangerang.

    The workshop organized by the ASEAN Secretariat and the Directorate General of Customs and Excise (DJBC) is part of the Review of ASEAN Harmonised Tariff Nomenclature (AHTN) 2017/1 project funded by the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF), which aims to encourage the effectiveness of 2022 AHTN implementation and increase the capacity of customs administration staff in ASEAN in the field of classification.

    The Workshop was attended by 32 customs administration employees from 10 ASEAN member countries and facilitated by resource persons/consultants from Sri Lanka, Japan, Cambodia, the Philippines, Viet Nam, and Indonesia.

    DJBC also opens opportunities for other ASEAN member countries to learn from Indonesia regarding the development and management of customs laboratories or for those who need assistance regarding goods identification.

    The ASEAN Plant Health Cooperation of ASEANET, in collaboration with National Crop Protection Center (NCPC) and the Department of Agriculture of Malaysia, conducted a 2-week Training Workshop on Diagnostics of Begomovirus and Development of LAMP-PCR at Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia on 19-30 September 2022. The activity was part of the Taxonomic Capacity Building to Support Market Access for Agricultural Trade in the ASEAN Region – Phase 2 funded by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) and was attended by 23 participants representing 10 Southeast Asian countries.

    In attendance were Ms. Mary Joy C. Mendoza, Dr. Marita S. Pinili, and Mr. Freddiewebb B. Signabon, NCPC researchers. Dr. Pinili also served as the regional coordinator for the activity.

    The Plenary Meeting for the Pilot Peer Review of Malaysia’s Competition Commission (MyCC’s) Competition Advocacy Activities was held virtually following the successful undertaking of the inaugural ASEAN Voluntary Peer Review, which is consistent with deliverable 1.2.3 of the ASEAN Competition Action Plan (ACAP) 2025. The Chief Executive Officer of the Malaysia Competition Commission (MyCC), Mr Iskandar Ismail in his remarks reiterated that MyCC is the first Competition Authority to volunteer for the pilot peer review, contributing to ASEAN’s mission of attaining a level-playing field for all firms through an effective competition policy.

    The Plenary Meeting which was participated by ASEAN Members States (AMS), a set of Peer Review Team, the ASEAN Secretariat, and a team of consultants, deliberated on the findings, key recommendations and takeaway points from the exercise.

    The Meeting enabled AMS to learn from each other’s experiences, share best practices and perspectives on encountered common issues, and helped to deepen regional cooperation arrangements amongst AMS. The exercise has also helped to identify ways to improve the overall peer review exercise – to better select the methodology to be pursued, identify solutions to challenges presented throughout the peer reviewed process, and to obtain results that would best assist the peer reviewed country to strengthen their competition law frameworks.

    The Peer Review Exercise is supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF), under the project entitled Technical Assistance for ASEAN Competition Authorities to Strengthen Competition Law Enforcement in ASEAN region – Second Phase.

    The Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) Coaching Clinic, jointly organised by the Lao PDR Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), JAIF Management Team (JMT), and the ASEAN Secretariat, took place on 18 August in Vientiane, Lao PDR.

    The JAIF Coaching Clinic affirmed ASEAN and Japan’s commitment to bringing JAIF closer to its stakeholders by holding an in-country workshop-cum-consultation. The participants from various ministries had the opportunity to learn about JAIF’s cooperation and gained hands-on knowledge on developing project proposals to effectively implement JAIF projects.

     The one-day workshop was officially launched by Sitsangkhom Sisaketh, Deputy Director-General of ASEAN Department, of the Lao PDR MFA.

    For his part, Naoki Minamiguchi, Director of JMT, highlighted an increasingly important role Lao PDR is playing in ASEAN in anticipation of its ASEAN Chairmanship in 2024. He noted that more active formulation of JAIF projects by Lao proponents would contribute to narrowing the development gaps within the region, thereby further enhancing integration of ASEAN.

    The 1st JAIF Coaching Clinic gathered about 30 officials from 18 line ministries. In addition to learning about JAIF’s cooperation, the participants learned about the ASEAN Development Cooperation programme from Jasper Belarmino Rom of the ASEAN Secretariat, followed by Phetphouthai Vongphouthai of the Permanent Mission of the Lao PDR to ASEAN who briefed the roles and responsibilities of the Committee of Permanent Representative to ASEAN for appraising ASEAN Development Cooperation project proposals.

    An article covering this event in local language is also published by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lao PDR.

    The ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on disaster management (the AHA Centre) continued to support Department of Disaster Prevention & Mitigation (DDPM) Thailand for the emergency response operations in the 13 areas affected by flooding due to the influence of Tropical Cyclone Noru. A total of 3,500 ASEAN family kits and 9,000 personal hygiene kits were released from the DELSA Satellite Warehouse in Chainat, Thailand and are now being distributed by DDPM Thailand to the affected communities. The AHA Centre commends DDPM Thailand for the ongoing efforts to help alleviate the suffering of the communities affected by the floods.

    The Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) supports The Establishment of a Disaster Emergency Logistic System for ASEAN (DELSA) – Phase II: Satellite Warehouse and The Disaster Emergency Logistics System for ASEAN (DELSA) Phase III Project.

    The 20th ASEAN and Japan Transport Ministers Meeting (20th ATM+Japan) was held on 17 October 2022 in Bali, Indonesia. The Meeting was co-chaired H.E. Mr. Budi Karya Sumadi, Minister of Transportation of Indonesia and H.E. Nishida Shoji, Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism of Japan.

    ASEAN Member States welcomed the announcement of Japan to support the various activities based on the Kuala Lumpur Transport Strategic Plan 2016-2025 in the areas of air transport, land transport, maritime transport, sustainable transport and transport facilitation through projects and activities under the ASEAN-Japan Transport Partnership (AJTP) in a comprehensive and sustained manner.

    The Meeting endorsed the ASEAN-Japan Transport Partnership (AJTP) Work Plan for 2022-2023 which would further enhance regional connectivity. Among the list of projects/activities in the AJTP Work Plan, the ongoing projects Advanced Personnel Training Program for Vessel Traffic Service (2020-2021) and Joint Hydrographic Survey of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore are supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    The ASEAN Mentorship for Entrepreneurs Network (AMEN) Team gathered for an onboarding workshop the AMEN Public-Private Partnership (PPP) and Technical Working Group (TWG) members from all 10 member-countries. The activity heralds the simultaneous conduct of the region-wide mentorship sessions from December 2022-May 2023.

    AMEN consultants Virgilio Espeleta, Renea Cruz-Tan and Gaston Ortigas led the discussions and addressed the questions on the AMEN program flow, the selection process for the mentors and mentees as well as the defined roles of the AMEN PPP and TWG. Project Executive Director Engr Merly Cruz reiterated the importance of helping MSMEs especially as commodity prices and interest rates continue to rise and geopolitical tensions threaten economic growth across the globe. Members of ACCMSME and ASEAN BAC also have participated in the ongoing implementation of the ASEAN-wide mentorship program

    The Government of Japan has been supporting AMEN since the implementation of first phase in 2019 through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    The ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on disaster management (the AHA Centre) continues the capacity building efforts for ASEAN-ERAT members by conducting Level 2 Course on Information Management and Rapid Needs & Damage Assessment. The course aims to strengthen ASEAN’s preparedness and response capacity to support collective, fast, and reliable disaster responses in accordance with humanitarian standards.

    Supported by Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF), the course was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 26 September – 7 October 2022. Grateful also with the support from National Disaster Management Agency (NADMA) Malaysia and MapAction.

    Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi, in an interview with The Straits Times before his first official trip to Singapore, touched on strategic and bilateral issues, the Free and Open Indo-Pacific (FOIP) and Japan’s support to the ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific (AOIP) which shares many fundamental principles with the FOIP.

    In relation to the ASEAN-Japan golden jubilee next year, Minister Hayashi said that in its half-century of relations with ASEAN, Japan has not only been a close business partner, but also a true friend with a heart-to-heart connection, working together for peace, stability and prosperity in the region.

    In addition, Japan has fully supported the further deepening of ASEAN integration in various fields over the years, including assistance in correcting disparities within the region through Official Development Assistance (ODA) which provides aids to developing nations and the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) which promotes ASEAN integration efforts and cooperation with Japan.

    Now is the time for Japan and ASEAN to work closely together and strengthen cooperation. In particular, the FOIP promoted by Japan and the AOIP also share the fundamental principles of openness, transparency, inclusiveness and rule of law. Japan supports the AOIP and will promote cooperation through it.

    As we mark the historic milestone of the 50th anniversary of ASEAN-Japan friendship and cooperation next year, we can together develop a new vision and take new steps forward together.

  •  in Month loop 6 October 2022
  • The emerging and re-emerging diseases caused by viruses are perhaps the most devastating ones and require immediate attention and remedies due to the manner of disease transmission, spread and distribution across wide geographical locations. Begomoviruses are remarkably the most successful group of emerging viruses (Briddon et al. 2010; Rojas & Gilbertson 2008).

    A two-week training workshop was implemented on 19-30 September 2022 in Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia trained 23 plant pathologists and entomologists from ten Southeast Asian countries including Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietam. Majority of the representatives are affiliated to the Plant Quarantine Centre and Plant Protection Division under their respective Departments of Agriculture, and some are from the academe.

    The training workshop’s main objective is to gain in-depth knowledge and awareness about the devastating effect of Begomoviruses on economically important crops, and to draw immediate and long-term solutions to manage such risks through capacity building development among plant quarantine and plant protection experts in the ASEAN region.

    The training workshop is part of Taxonomic Capacity Building to Support Market Access for Agricultural Trade in the ASEAN Region – Phase 2 supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    JENESYS2022 aims to promote mutual trust and understanding among the peoples of Japan, ASEAN Member States, and Timor-Leste, to build a basis for future friendship and cooperation, as well as to encourage an understanding of various aspects of Japan. The project is supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF). These are the highlights of JENESYS2022 activities conducted in September 2022:

    Hospitality in post-pandemic society: An online program for Lao PDR under the theme of “SDGs Management and Tourism – looking to post-pandemic society” was held on 16 September. Participants were students of Lao PDR university and vocational school majoring in tourism, hotel industry, and business. Prof. Kenta Hiramoto, Graduate School of Economics, Hokkaido University, gave participants a lecture on new knowledge about Japanese hospitality and management methods.

    JENESYS Online Program for Lao PDR: About 40 participants from Lao PDR joined a lecture on understanding Japan given by Ms. Andrade Hisami on 9 September. Ms. Andrade introduced about Japanese geography, climate, society, culture, daily life, and many other topics. During the Q&A session, participants asked a lot of questions, such as Japanese traditional sweets, religion, and the origin of Japanese language. The participants seemed having fun experiencing “how to bow” and learning Japanese language phrase.

    JENESYS Online Event for ASEAN Countries and Timor Leste: JICE hosted the online event for participants from ASEAN countries and Timor Leste on 30 August. In the beginning, the participants enjoyed some quizzes about Japan. After the quiz session, Mr. Yazawa, Principal Deputy Director, Regional Policy Division, Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan (MOFA) gave a lecture titled “50 years of ASEAN-Japan.” Participants deepened their understanding of long-lasting cooperative relationships. It is hoped that the online programme will contribute to the partnership between Japan and ASEAN countries and Timor Leste.

    JENESYS Online Program for Cambodia: About 70 participants from Cambodia joined a lecture on understanding Japan given by Mr. Oda Yuichi, Professor of Chiba University on 1 September. Mr. Oda introduced about Japanese geography, society, habits, technology, culture and so many other topics. During the Q&A session, participants showed their enthusiast and asked a lot of questions such as about Japanese election system, education system and environmental situation.

    JENESYS Online Program for Singapore and Malaysia: Almost 70 participants from Singapore and Malaysia enjoyed the online lecture of “Japan Today” given by Mr. Kimura Hideo, Executive Managing Director, Strategic International Management Associates (SIMA) on 27 September. All participants listened intently to the lecture such as Japanese history, culture, society, economy, and some SDGs topics. During the Q&A session, many questions such as the government’s plan to increase the population, popular foreign language for Japanese students and so on were asked and answered by Mr. Kimura which further deepened their understanding of Japan.

    Taxonomic experts from different ASEAN Member States are attending the Post-training Evaluation Workshop and Writeshops on the Development of the Training Manual and Field Guidebook taking place in Bangkok, Thailand.

    The event, organised by the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) in partnership with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Biodiversity Management Bureau, is part of the Taxonomic Capacity Building on DNA Barcoding of Common Vascular Plants in the Tropics project that is implemented by the ACB with the support of the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) and guidance from the ASEAN Secretariat and JAIF Management Team. Project partners also include the UP Diliman Institute of Biology and Makiling Center for Mountain Ecosystems.

    The workshop and writeshop will finalise the Manual on DNA Barcoding of Vascular Plants of Southeast Asia and Field Guide to Vascular Plants of the Mudspring area, Mount Makiling Forest Reserve, which will be launched during the Seventh ASEAN Heritage Parks Conference.

    Mission of Japan to ASEAN is back with another history recap of Japan and ASEAN cooperation.

    Previously, we have looked at the Fukuda Doctrine and Five Principles of Japan’s ASEAN Diplomacy.

    Let us now look at the Four Key Areas of Partnership, as the foundation of cooperation between Japan and ASEAN until this very day. Adopted on the Vision Statement on ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation and its Implementation Plan dating back to 2013 that coincides with the 40th anniversary of ASEAN-Japan relations.

    The Four Key Areas of Partnership:

    1. Partners for Peace and Stability
    2. Partners for Prosperity
    3. Partners for Quality of Life
    4. Heart-to-heart Partners

    Let us learn further by swiping through the post above!

    ASEAN Member States (AMS), the People’s Republic of China (China), Japan, and the Republic of Korea (Korea) met on 17 September 2022 for the Twenty-Fifth ASEAN Economic Ministers (AEM) Plus Three Consultation. The Consultation was co-chaired by H.E. PAN Sorasak, Minister of Commerce, Kingdom of Cambodia, H.E. Li Fei, Assistant Minister of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China, H.E. Hirai Hirohide, Vice Minister for International Affairs, Minister of Trade and Industry of Japan, and H.E. Dukgeun Ahn, Minister for Trade at the Ministry of Trade, Industry, and Energy of Korea.

    The Meeting noted that the post-COVID-19 economic recovery remains vulnerable to global economic challenges. The Meeting expressed its deep concerns on continued risks to global food and energy security, and rising inflationary pressure.

    The Meeting reaffirmed their strong support to the ASEAN Comprehensive Recovery Framework (ACRF) and ASEAN Plus Three Plan of Action on Mitigating the Economic Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the commitment to working closely together to address and mitigate the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic as well as to advance regional recovery. The Meeting also welcomed the establishment of the ASEAN COVID-19 Response Fund, the ASEAN Regional Reserve of Medical Supplies, and the ASEAN Centre for Public Health Emergencies and Emerging Diseases to respond to the immediate and long-term needs of ASEAN’s regional resilience.

    The Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) contributed USD 1 million to the COVID-19 ASEAN Response Fund and the implementation of projects A Feasibility Study on the Establishment of “ASEAN Centre for Public Health Emergencies and Emerging Diseases” and Detailed Design and Preparation Support for the “ASEAN Centre for Public Health Emergencies and Emerging Diseases”.

    Read the full statement here: https://asean.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/ADOPTED-Joint-Media-Statement-of-the-25th-AEM-Plus-Three-Consultation.pdf

     

    ASEAN Member States (AMS), Australia, China, India, Japan, Republic of Korea, New Zealand, the Russian Federation and the United States met on 17 September 2022 for the Tenth East Asia Summit (EAS) Economic Ministers’ Meeting. The Meeting was chaired by H.E. PAN Sorasak, Minister of Commerce, Cambodia.

    The Meeting expressed support to and noted the significant progress on the implementation of the ASEAN Comprehensive Recovery Framework, which serves as ASEAN’s consolidated exit strategy from the pandemic. The Meeting also welcomed the establishment of the ASEAN COVID-19 Response Fund, the ASEAN Regional Reserve of Medical Supplies, and the ASEAN Centre for Public Health Emergencies and Emerging Diseases to respond to the immediate and long-term needs of ASEAN’s regional resilience.

    The Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) contributed USD 1 million to the COVID-19 ASEAN Response Fund and the implementation of projects A Feasibility Study on the Establishment of “ASEAN Centre for Public Health Emergencies and Emerging Diseases” and Detailed Design and Preparation Support for the “ASEAN Centre for Public Health Emergencies and Emerging Diseases”.

    Read the full statement here: https://asean.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/ASEAN-Media-Statement-on-the-EAS-EMM-10-1.pdf

    The 54th ASEAN Economic Ministers (AEM) Meeting was held in Siem Reap, Cambodia on 13 – 15 September 2022. The Meeting, which was chaired by Cambodia under the theme “ASEAN A.C.T.: Addressing Challenges Together” was preceded by a preparatory meeting of the ASEAN Senior Economic Officials (SEOM) and joint meetings with the 36th ASEAN Free Trade Area (AFTA) Council, 25th ASEAN Investment Area (AIA) Council, and Consultations with the ASEAN Business Advisory Council (ABAC).

    In relation to ASEAN Customs Integration, the Meeting welcomed the finalisation of the ASEAN Harmonised Tariff Nomenclature (AHTN) 2022 and noted that Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand have implemented the AHTN 2022. The Meeting encouraged the remaining ASEAN Member States to intensify efforts to implement the AHTN 2022 by the end of 2022. The Review of ASEAN Harmonised Tariff Nomenclature (AHTN) 2017/1 which is currently underway is supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    In terms of Technical Assistance and Capacity-Building, the Meeting expressed ASEAN’s appreciation to its dialogue and development partners, including JAIF, for the technical assistance they continue to provide to ASEAN’s Community-building efforts. The Meeting looked forward to their continued support and cooperation as ASEAN moves towards a stronger and more resilient ASEAN Economic Community.

    The Japan Radio Air Navigation Systems Association (JRANSA) and Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) have co-hosted the Symposium on Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Implementation for ASEAN.

    The Japan Radio Air Navigation Systems Association (JRANSA) and Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) have co-hosted the Symposium on Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Implementation for ASEAN.

    The event is the first of many more activities that the country will take part in, towards the fulfillment of the GNSS Implementation Plan Training in ASEAN (GIPTA), which is supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    CAAP spokesman Eric Apolonio said among these activities include the initial installation of GNSS equipment in the country and the training of GNSS personnel that will be spearheaded by JRANSA at the Civil Aviation Training Center (CATC). The members of the symposium also conducted a facility visit at the CATC last 9 September 2022.

    Apolonio said the event was attended by Katsuyuki Nakatsubo, CEO, Japan Radio Air Navigation Systems Association (JRANSA), Mr. Aung Soe Moe, Senior Officer (Air Transport), ASEAN Secretariat Office, Dr. Manjit Singh, Deputy Regional Director, ICAO Asia and Pacific Office, International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), Atty. Roberto C. Lim, Undersecretary for Aviation and Airports, Department of Transportation (DOTr), Hiroyuki Kudo, First Secretary, Embassy of Japan in the Philippines, Takayuki Harada, Director, Air Traffic International Affairs Office, ANS Department, Japan Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB), Shingo IGUMA, First Secretary, Mission of Japan to ASEAN, and delegates from the participating Southeast Asian countries.

    On 8 September 2022, the symposium on Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) implementation for Southeast Asian countries opened at the Makati Diamond Residences in Manila, with the support of the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF). The GNSS Implementation Plan Training in ASEAN (GIPTA) project hosted the symposium.

    Aimed at improving capacity building for Filipino engineers and government officials, the program introduced GNSS technology to Philippine aviation agencies. The GNSS Technology utilizes the Space Satellite System standardized by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). This technology seeks to improve the rate of flight service and expand the safety and efficiency of civil aviation.

    Ambassador Koshikawa Kazuhiko recognized this initiative as a milestone for Japan-Philippines air and space cooperation. He also praised the progress of the GIPTA project as a symbolic collaboration under the “ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific (AOIP)”, which serves as the guide for ASEAN’s engagement in the Asia-Pacific and the Indian Ocean regions.

    The Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF), officially established in early 2006, is a specific funding mechanism developed by the Government of Japan to support the continuous development of the ASEAN Community. As one of the top investors and the top Official Development Assistance (ODA) donor, the Government of Japan will continue its support for the Philippines in a variety of fields, including the space satellite field utilizing state-of-the-art Japanese technology.

    Read full article from the Embassy of Japan in the Philippines here: https://www.ph.emb-japan.go.jp/itpr_en/11_000001_00961.html?fbclid=IwAR1IelmvEXUyw5NiuFEkhLXAZLoONAwO1T_SE2ra0pI0U7PN9UqsGwZYYQY

    The “Are ASEAN Health Systems Prepared for Climate-Related Health Threats?” webinar called for accelerated multisectoral actions to address priority health issues and strengthen health systems to tackle climate-induced emergencies.

    The webinar is part of the Public Health Emergencies webinar series under the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC) Research and Development Platforms project supported by the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF). Strengthening foresight on trends and challenges of climate change on regional health security was the focus of the first session.

    In his opening remarks, Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN for ASCC, Ekkaphab Phanthavong, highlighted that vulnerable and marginalised population in ASEAN will increasingly be hit hardest by the effects of climate change. He encouraged regional health systems to enhance social welfare, reduce inequalities, and contribute to sustainable development.

    Actions to enhance health resilience in the region was the subject of the discussion sessions. Repurposing existing COVID-19 infrastructure and programmes to support next-generation resilient health systems were some low-hanging fruits that ASEAN should consider. Disaster awareness and literacy should also be strengthened. The discussions also highlighted political will is crucial to ensure that plans progress into legislation and financial support.

    The Thailand and ASEAN Information Center (TAIC) announced the winners of TikTok Video Contest under the topic “Laugh, Live, Learn at ASEAN Library” to celebrate ASEAN’s 55th anniversary. This contest was targeted for students of Chulalangkorn University and ASEAN University Network.

    The top three most liked TIKTOK clips get rewards worth THB 3,000 won by the contestant from Can Tho University, Chulalongkorn University and Thammasat University.

    Watch the winner videos from below links:

    https://www.tiktok.com/@nhanmbi/video/7122793713239182618?is_copy_url=1&is_from_webapp=v1

    https://www.tiktok.com/@fitzplar/video/7117490769019145499?is_copy_url=1&is_from_webapp=v1

    https://www.tiktok.com/@pleasedonttouchmyketchup/video/7122850847016504602?is_copy_url=1&is_from_webapp=v1

    This contest was part of the project ASEAN Corner in Universities (Phase 1) supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

     

    The ASEAN Committee on Consumer Protection (ACCP) has launched the ASEAN Toolkit on Sustainable Consumption which comprises of tools and teaching materials aiming to enhance the understanding of government officials, consumer associations, and businesses, on the concept and policy implications of sustainable consumption.

    Promoting Sustainable Consumption is in-line with the ASEAN Economic Blueprint (AEC) 2025, which recognizes the need to build higher consumer confidence including through the promotion of sustainable consumption. This strategic measure has been further elaborated under Goal 3 of the ASEAN Strategic Action Plan for Consumer Protection (ASAPCP) 2025 which aims at ensuring higher consumer confidence in the ASEAN Economic Community and cross-border commercial transaction.

    The development of the Toolkit was led by the Department of Trade and Industry of the Philippines and funded by the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) through the project Promotion of Sustainable Consumption in ASEAN.

    Please visit the ACCP website  to download the Toolkit and the set of advocacy materials, and watch an attractive video about the sustainable consumption here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7QmuUmtrJEs&t=8s

     

    *The original link is no longer available

    JENESYS2022 aims to promote mutual trust and understanding among the peoples of Japan, ASEAN Member States, and Timor-Leste, to build a basis for future friendship and cooperation, as well as to encourage an understanding of various aspects of Japan. The project is supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF). These are the highlights of JENESYS2022 activities conducted in August 2022:

    JENESYS2022 Japan-ASEAN AOIP-FOIP Exchange: Learning about ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific (AOIP) and Free and Open Indo-Pacific (FOIP) was a good opportunity for ASEAN youth in preparation for the upcoming 50th anniversary of ASEAN-Japan friendship next year. Mr. Yazawa Hideki from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan gave a lecture about ASEAN-Japan relationships to the participants.

    JENESYS Alumni Program for Indonesia: In this programme, Mr. Bando, President & Representative Director of PT Amerta Indah Otsuka, gave a lecture on their business, products, and activities in Indonesia.

    JENESYS Online Japan-Visit Advanced Program (Theme: Disaster Prevention): About 40 participants, ranging from university students to working adults from ASEAN countries and Timor-Leste joined this programme and exchanged their opinions on disaster prevention.

    JENESYS Online Program for Myanmar: The participants from Myanmar enjoyed a wonderful lecture about Japan by Ms. Andrade Hisami. Various topics were introduced, such as Japanese society, culture, history, customs, Japanese people’s character, and so on.

    JENESYS Alumni Program for Lao PDR: Mr. Hisaike Sadamitsu, President Director of Nishino Komuten Co., Ltd, presented the company’s initiatives in using Japanese wood processing technology to foster the building industry while also developing local human resources.

    JENESYS Alumni Program for Viet Nam: Mr. Nishikawa Satoshi and Mr Đàm Mạnh Tuấn from AEON VIETNAM Co., Ltd gave a lecture on their business development in Viet Nam and how they try to enrich Vietnamese people’s life, as well as future plans.

    First Online Program for ASEAN-Japan 50th Anniversary: About 50 participants from ASEAN countries and Timor-Leste took part in this programme. The course provided an insight into the history of development cooperation between Japan and ASEAN. Participants learned a lot about wildlife conservation projects in Indonesia, Japan’s rich nature and sustainable lifestyle, research and study life in Japan, and so on.

    JENESYS2022 Japan-ASEAN Alumni Online Program (Theme: SDGs): Fifty participants from ASEAN and Timor Leste got lectures for nine days,and had virtual visits to many institutes related to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

    JENESYS Online Program for Timor-Leste: Participants from Timor-Leste enjoyed fantastic lecture to understand Japan. Various topics were introduced such as Japanese society, culture, customs, Japanese people’s character and so on.

    JENESYS Alumni Program for Cambodia: Mr. Kamata Keiya, chairperson of the board of directors of Sunrise Healthcare Service Co., Ltd, dedicated to offering “Japanese-style” medical service in Sunrise Japan Hospital in Phnom Penh, Cambodia gave a lecture on their services.

    JENESYS Alumni Program for Timor Leste: In this programme, Mr. Goto from Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Timor-Leste office gave a lecture on “JICA Projects and its relation with the people of Timor-Leste”. The participants learned a lot about JICA’s ongoing approach to support Timor-Leste to realise “Safe, Resilient and Attractive City” for the next generations.

    JENESYS Alumni Program for Thailand: The Japan Foundation, Bangkok, which is dedicated to carrying out comprehensive international cultural exchange programs in Thailand gave a lecture on their programs.

    JENESYS Alumni Program for Singapore: Hitachi Asia Ltd. gave a lecture regarding their business in Singapore and Asia. Their business covered various fields such as social innovation business that combines IT, operational technology, and products.

    JENESYS Alumni Program for the Philippines: The SFTE-JV (Shimizu-Fujita-Takenaka-EEI Joint Venture), which is the Contractor of Contract Package CP101 of Metro Manila Subway Project gave a lecture. The Metro Manila Subway, also known Mega Manila Subway, is the biggest and first subway project in the Philippines. Through the lecture and Q&A session, participants learned challenges of this big project and key points of their management.

    For High School Students in Timor-Leste and Secondary and Tertiary students aged 15-20 years old in Singapore, Japan-ASEAN Online Exchange for High School Students is now open.

    Batch 3: Reconstruction Support of Disaster-Affected Areas

    Batch 4: Peacebuilding

    The JENESYS 2022 eight-day online program will be implemented to promote mutual trust and understanding among the people of Japan and ASEAN Member States and Timor-Leste to build future friendship and cooperation. Participants will receive a completion certificate.

    Date: Monday, 12 September 2022 – Thursday, 22 September 22

    Interested participants may register by 7 September 2022 and check detailed schedule through this link:

    https://jice.form.kintoneapp.com/…/jenesys2022-online…

    The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has announced the establishment of a secretariat of the ASEAN Centre for Public Health Emergencies and Emerging Diseases (ACPHEED) in Bangkok to improve preparedness for public health emergencies.

    ACPHEED comes in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, which caused serious economic damage and stressed regional healthcare systems.

    A meeting will be held in Luang Prabang, Lao PDR, to choose the ACPHEED Secretary General and team, which will include specialists and medical professionals from all 10 nations. The official launching of ACPHEED will be in November 2022.

    The ACPHEED project was initiated in 2020 with a feasibility study supported by the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund. Japan donated $50 million for the project last year, and Australia has committed to helping fund the center. Thailand and fellow ASEAN members will pay up to $5 million annually to support ACPHEED operations.

    Mr. Anutin Charnvirakul, Thailand’s Minister of Health said the ACPHEED will serve as a center of excellence to strengthen ASEAN regional capacity in preventing, detecting, and responding to public health emergencies and emerging diseases.

    From 24 to 25 August 2022, representatives from the University of the Philippines Diliman Institute of Biology, Makiling Center for Mountain Ecosystems, the Philippines’ Department of Environment and Natural Resources Biodiversity Management Bureau, and the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) conducted a preparatory meeting-workshop on the development of the Field Guidebook on Common Vascular Plants Along the Mudspring Trail of the Mount Makiling Forest Reserve and Training Manual on DNA Barcoding of Vascular Plant Species for the Tropics.

    These publications are being developed through the collaboration between the ACB and the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF), which emphasises the importance of species identification, discovery, and communication through the conduct of taxonomic capacity enhancement activities in the ASEAN region.

    Thailand has been chosen by the ASEAN Member States to establish an ASEAN Secretariat Office for Public Health Emergencies and Emerging Diseases. According to the public health permanent secretary, Dr Kiattiphum Wongrajit, the unit will serve as a centre of excellence and hub to strengthen ASEAN’s capability to handle public health emergencies and emerging diseases.

    The project passed a feasibility study in 2020, which was supported by the Japanese government through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF). Last year, Tokyo also injected a further US$50 million (1.8 billion baht) towards the final stage of establishing a permanent facility in a chosen country.

    With continued support from the ASEAN Member States and the Government of Japan, the ASEAN-Japan Cybersecurity Capacity Building Centre (AJCCBC) under the Electronic Transactions Development Agency (ETDA), Ministry of Digital Economy of Thailand successfully completed the 22nd AJCCBC Cybersecurity Technical Training, concentrating on Incident Response (CYDER) and Malware Analysis on 1 – 5 August 2022.

    To create a more robust cybersecurity landscape within each ASEAN Member State, which would contribute to the region’s stronger cybersecurity posture, the Centre invited 24 professionals from government agencies and critical information infrastructure operators of the member states to participate in the session.

    It is hoped the lessons on incident response where the participants can upskill their ability to correspond against cyberattacks, and malware analysis from which they can learn how to assume the behaviour of malware and its impacts by surface, dynamic lock, and static analyses will be of a great benefit to the participants and to the region.

    The AJCCBC is supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    The 13th ASEAN Emergency Response and Assessment Team (ASEAN-ERAT) Induction Course was conducted in Hua Hin, Thailand on 20 – 28 July 2022 with the support from the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF). Participants of this course came from the 10 ASEAN Member States, ASEAN Secretariat, and the AHA Centre.

    Watch the full video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=axOSWQpeH_k

    On 15 August 2022, the Center for ASEAN Studies, Chulalangkorn University, held an International Seminar during the Chula-ASEAN Week, entitled “Whither ASEAN in a Deeply Troubled World?”

    The Chula-ASEAN Week was held on 15-17 August 2022 in hybrid form, both online and on-site at Mahachulalangkorn Building.

    Watch the videos of seminars from the following links:

    16 August:

    (Morning session) Hierarchies of Weakness: What’s Next for ASEAN?

    (Afternoon session) Understanding ASEAN’s Future Challenges: Stakeholders’ Perspectives

    17 August:

    (Morning session) ASEAN and Conflict Management and Response

    (Afternoon session) Enhancing Unarmed Civilian Protection (UCP) in ASEAN

    This event is part of ASEAN Corner in Universities (Phase 1) project supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    Be the first to join the accredited training program on responsible investment!

    With more than $205 billion per year in untapped green investment, the agriculture, food, and forestry sector in Southeast Asia has significant potential to yield Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) returns. To help realise this potential, Grow Asia is launching the ASEAN RAI Academy – an accredited learning program designed to help professionals from public, private and civil society organisations make more inclusive, responsible, and sustainable investments in the food, agriculture, and forestry sectors.

    Watch the trailer here: https://lnkd.in/gnTpqaNr

    Learn more about the ASEAN RAI Academy here: https://lnkd.in/dg6PB3Mz

    This project on the Creation and Testing of Learning and Accreditation Program to Implement ASEAN RAI Guidelines is supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    On 8 August 2022, the ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on disaster management (AHA Centre) held graduation ceremony for the 7th Batch of AHA Centre Executive (ACE) Programme. Ms ADACHI Mayuko from the Mission of Japan to ASEAN made a congratulatory address to the 21 participants from 10 ASEAN Member States who have completed the programme. The Government of Japan has supported ACE programme through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) since its beginning.

    Check out AHA Centre website and article on JAIF website to learn more about the project which aims to facilitate cooperation and coordination of disaster management amongst ASEAN Member States.

    Watch the video showcasing activities of ACE Programme Batch 7 here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQt8dAUHG94

    The ASEAN Post Ministerial Conference (PMC) 10+1 Sessions with ASEAN’s Dialogue Partners, namely Australia, Canada, China, the European Union, India, Japan, New Zealand, the Republic of Korea, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America and two separate Trilateral Meetings between Cambodia and ASEAN Secretariat with Türkiye and Switzerland were held in Phnom Penh, Kingdom of Cambodia, on 3-4 August 2022.

    The Meeting highly appreciated Japan’s continued support for ASEAN’s integration and Community-building efforts through the implementation of Initiative for ASEAN Integration (IAI) Work Plan IV (2021-2025) supported by the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) and encouraged the continued effective implementation of the ASEAN-Japan Technical Cooperation Agreement (TCA).

    Read the full statement here: https://asean.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/Final_Chairmans_Statement_of_PMC_101_Sessions_with_DPs__Trilateral-Meetings.pdf

    On 12 July 2022, Chula-ASEAN Corner 2ndTalk held at Chulalangkorn University presented the research of Rider Welfare Issues in the Platform Economy.

    Akkanut Wantanasombut, a researcher at Chulalongkorn University’s Institute of Asian Studies, described his research results on 435 food riders in the food delivery service business in Bangkok and some provinces in Thailand. The food delivery business in Thailand was growing in the raging pandemic, meanwhile, the entailing issues in social welfare, unfair employment, deputing between platforms and food riders, and vague labor laws emerged.

    The statistics from this research show that 45% of food riders tend to work overtime for more than 60 hours per week; 33.5 % ever get into accidents while working due to attempts at shortening delivery time, usage of applications and GPS on mobile when riding, and unfamiliarity with maps, etc. These issues lead to self-compensated medical care resulting from the ambiguous relationship between the platform companies and food riders, and the riders’ status also worsens the issues because they are not part of the formal labor system.

    The research result reflects the food rider’s needs from the company and government in better social welfare, health insurance, and minimum income guarantee as the baseline of their payment and benefit regardless of their service areas as each area has different costs of operation. For the part of the government, the service riders need laws or policies to protect and regulate the labor in platform businesses equal and indiscrimination to other occupations.

    The article in Thai is also available here:

    https://www.car.chula.ac.th/activity_detail.php?id=370&fbclid=IwAR16kXAtM3DttTDGQ8FLzlf82Xrz61EhFzoaTRajb5-TJlN96qAKR-XILic

    Chula-ASEAN Talk is part of ASEAN Corner in Universities (Phase 1) project supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    The 23rd ASEAN Plus Three (APT) Foreign Ministers’ Meeting was held on 4 August 2022 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and chaired by His Excellency PRAK Sokhonn, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Cambodia.

    The Meeting reaffirmed the role of APT cooperation in mitigating the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Meeting acknowledged the support and contribution of the Plus Three countries to ASEAN Member States, and ASEAN’s initiatives in addressing COVID-19, among others, the establishment of the ASEAN Centre for Public Health Emergencies and Emerging Diseases (ACPHEED) and the COVID-19 ASEAN Response Fund.

    Apart from the USD 1 million contribution to the COVID-19 ASEAN Response Fund, the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) also supported these ASEAN’s initiatives through the projects A Feasibility Study on the Establishment of “ASEAN Centre for Public Health Emergencies and Emerging Diseases” and Detailed Design and Preparation Support for the “ASEAN Centre for Public Health Emergencies and Emerging Diseases”.

    In the area of disaster management, the Meeting encouraged the enhancement of regional cooperation on disaster management and emergency response by promoting cooperation on policy coordination, information exchanges and conducting joint exercises to effectively promote disaster management and reduce disaster risks and losses in the region by providing support toward the ongoing implementation of the AADMER Work Programme 2021-2025 and the implementation of the ASEAN SHIELD initiative.

    JAIF supported the AADMER Work Programme (AWP) 2021-2025 Web-based Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) System, a secured online platform which is formulated to ease the conduct of the monitoring processes and to provide real-time monitoring data that informs and guides the AADMER Work Programme implementation.

    Read the full statement here: https://asean.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/Final-Chairmans_statement_of_the_23rd_APTFMM.pdf

    On 5 August 2022, Mr. HAYASHI Yoshimasa, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Japan, held a meeting with H.E. Dato Lim Jock Hoi, Secretary-General of ASEAN, during his visit to the Kingdom of Cambodia to attend the ASEAN-related Foreign Ministers’ Meeting.

    On the Review of ASEAN-Japan Cooperation and Future Directions, Minister Hayashi stated ASEAN-Japan relations had made significant progress through comprehensive cooperation in line with the four Partnerships, namely: Partner for Peace and Stability, Partner for Prosperity, Partner for Quality of Life, and Heart to Heart Partner since then-Prime Minister Abe and ASEAN Leaders adopted the Vision Statement at the ASEAN-Japan Commemorative Summit for the 40th Year of Friendship and Cooperation in 2013.

    Minister Hayashi mentioned that Japan had been consistently supporting ASEAN centrality and unity, and had been the first to announce its support for ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific (AOIP). He explained that Japan had been implementing concrete cooperation projects towards the realisation of both Free and Open Indo-Pacific (FOIP) and AOIP. In addition, he also reiterated Japan’s intention to hold a Commemorative Summit that marks the 50th Year of ASEAN-Japan relations and to jointly announce a vision for future ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation on that historic occasion.

    In response, Secretary-General Lim expressed that he highly valued Japan’s cooperation in the field of Politics and Security, Economy, Social and Cultural issues, as well as Japan’s contributions to ASEAN’s community building efforts. He also expressed his appreciation for Japan’s assistance to the ASEAN Centre for Public Health Emergencies and Emerging Diseases (ACPHEED), economic recovery from COVID-19 pandemic, the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) and technical cooperation. He expressed his hope that a vision which would be announced at the ASEAN-Japan Commemorative Summit for the 50th Year of Friendship and Cooperation, would further strengthen ASEAN-Japan cooperation.

    The announcement everyone has been waiting for is here! Congratulations to the winners of the Logo Design and Catchphrase Competition for the 50th Year ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation.

    The philosophy behind the logo:

    The red circle represents the Japanese flag; wrapped in a mobius ring of ribbons where each bound stalks of rice represents each ASEAN Member States. Southeast Asian countries are connected by the ocean; this is incorporated by the blue waves into the logo.

    This logo and catchphrase will be used officially to commemorate the golden anniversary of ASEAN-Japan relations taking place next year, 2023.

    The official announcement from MOFA Japan can also be viewed through the links below:

    https://www.mofa.go.jp/press/release/press1e_000316.html

    Winner and runners-up announcement from Japan-ASEAN Centre:

    https://www.asean.or.jp/en/ajc-info/20220804-3/

    The official logo and catchphrase for “The 50th Year of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation” were announced at the ASEAN-Japan Ministerial Meeting on 4 August 2022 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The Logo Design and Catchphrase Contest for the 50th Year of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation attracted 393 entries for the logo design and 620 entries for the catchphrase from ASEAN Member States and Japan.

    The ASEAN-Japan Joint Cooperation Committee, comprising the Committee of Permanent Representatives to ASEAN, the Ambassador of Japan to ASEAN, and the ASEAN Secretariat, has selected the following winners whose work are now the official logo and catchphrase for “the 50th Year of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation”:

    Logo Design – TANABE Masaya from Japan

    Catchphrase – Marlon Villones GUERRERO from the Philippines

    In 2023, there will be numerous commemorative events and exchange programmes to be held in commemoration with “the 50th Year of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation”. The official logo and catchphrase may be used in both Japan and ASEAN Member States for these activities.

    Information regarding commemorative events and exchange programmes, will be posted on the website of ASEAN-Japan Centre: https://www.asean.or.jp/en/.

    The official announcement from MOFA Japan can also be viewed from the link below:

    https://www.mofa.go.jp/press/release/press1e_000316.html

    Following the successful conduct of the 3rd ASEAN Consumer Protection Conference (ACPC) last 28 June 2022, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Philippines informs the public that two (2) of the ASEAN Committee on Consumer Protection (ACCP) deliverables that are now available in the ACCP website.

    Officially launched during the Conference, ASEAN consumers can now access the Learning Management System which offers modules on consumer protection to raise public awareness and vigilance across the 10 ASEAN Member States (AMS) – Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, Singapore, and Vietnam. The general public can gain a better understanding of consumer issues and disputes by using these free interactive online distance learning tools.

    Another ACCP deliverable is the development of the ASEAN Sustainable Consumption Toolkit (SCT) consisting of five (5) modules, which promotes Sustainable Consumption and Production. The availability of this toolkit in the ACCP website is set on August 2022. The modules are output of Promotion of Sustainable Consumption in ASEAN project, supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    The ASEAN-ERAT Induction Course is finally back!

    Thirty-two participants of the 13th ASEAN-ERAT Induction Course joined the Opening Ceremony held on 21 July 2022 in Hua Hin, Thailand.

    By the end of the course, these participants will be ready to be deployed to support affected ASEAN Member States in the immediate aftermath of a disaster.

    The course is supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration (JAIF) under the project Strengthening ASEAN’s Collective Response Capacity through the Enhancement of the Capacity Building of the Regional ASEAN Emergency Response and Assessment Team (ASEAN-ERAT) (2020 – 2022) which is currently underway.

    GO Negosyo, an entrepreneurship advocacy group in the Philippines, aims to foster stronger collaboration with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to continue empowering the country’s micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) that “will be crucial to the recovery of the Philippines from the pandemic,” its founder Jose Maria Concepcion III said in his recent meeting with Trade Secretary. The meeting discussed the continuation of Go Negosyo’s partnership with DTI and possible collaborations to further develop MSMEs.

    The meeting agenda also includes the continuation of the ASEAN Mentorship for Entrepreneurship Network (AMEN) Project, which was recently awarded a grant from the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF), according to Concepcion. This, he said, “brings the legacy project of the ASEAN Business Advisory Council–Philippines to its second phase, where small entrepreneurs can scale up to the regional level, and the network of mentors is increased and expanded.”

    Former Prime Minister Abe Shinzo passed away on 8 July 2022.

    Youth exchange programs including “Japan’s Friendship Ties Programs”, supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund since 2007, was originally started by his strong leadership and initiative.

    As the implementing agency for many JENESYS programmes, JICE appreciates condolence messages sent from all over the world.

    On 8 July 2022, the Former Prime Minister of Japan, Mr. ABE Shinzo, passed away.

    Possessing outstanding leadership and execution ability, Mr. ABE Shinzo, at the risk of his own life, took on the weighty responsibility of being prime minister. He did so over a total of eight years and eight months, the longest period in Japan’s constitutional history.

    In terms of supporting the Japan-ASEAN relations, Mr. ABE Shinzo pledged USD 100,000,000 through JAIF 2.0 component to strengthen cooperation for ASEAN integration. JAIF 2.0 is intended to support activities to achieve the objectives of the Vision Statement and its Implementation Plan adopted at the ASEAN-Japan Commemorative Summit in 2013.

    Upon hearing the sudden news of his death, we cannot hold back our grief. Here, together with all of you, the Mission of Japan to ASEAN extend heartfelt condolences and pray that he rests in peace.

    The ASEAN Corner in Universities is a pilot programme to establish information centres in the libraries of higher education institutions in the ASEAN Member States. The ASEAN Corners will provide authoritative information about ASEAN through multi-media resource collections e.g. books, maps, digital information, language instructions, infographics, periodicals such as The ASEAN magazine, reports, statistics, etc. covering a wide range of topics (political-security, economic, and socio-cultural).

    The ASEAN Corners will thus serve as a knowledge hub for students and academics, and further promote ASEAN awareness and identity. Each corner will also have a dedicated computer terminal or handheld device. Those who are interested are encouraged to visit at the Thailand and ASEAN Information Center (TAIC) Central Library on the 6th floor.

    The ASEAN Corner in Universities (Phase 1) project is supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF). Ten member universities of the ASEAN University Network (AUN) including Chulalongkorn University are participating in this project.

     

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  • More than 50 participants attended a Book Launch of the ASEAN Institute for Peace & Reconciliation’s (ASEAN-IPR) Research Project, “Aceh Case: Peace Building and Post-Tsunami Recovery”, on Monday, 27 June 2022. The launch was done in hybrid format with in-person participants attending at the Training Centre of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Indonesia while those participating virtually joined through Zoom Meeting platform. This is the Institute’s second ever research project and was supported by the Mission of Japan to ASEAN through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    In his opening remarks, the Representative of Indonesia to the ASEAN-IPR Governing Council, H.E Umar Hadi, underlined that the Research’s main objective had been successfully achieved to find the roles of post-humanitarian actors with their further assistance in peacebuilding.

    Ambassador of Mission of Japan to ASEAN, H.E CHIBA Akira, highlighted this publication as Japan’s commitment to work closely with ASEAN to promote peace in the region. He underlined that the unprecedented disaster plays a role in building humanitarian approaches to peace and post-conflict resolution. He also highlighted that the implementation and distribution of humanitarian assistance in Aceh could be applied within the region and the world.

    A short summary of this event is also posted on ASEAN Institute for Peace & Reconciliation -AIPR Facebook page:

    https://web.facebook.com/asean.aipr/posts/pfbid02DFcWazjHhB19Qve9Kkro5bXiGVKP8Vrnf22KfDeZzcJqrMkZctLj4jSKZ9RVbcoUl?_rdc=1&_rdr

    The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Philippines, as one of the agencies that advocates for sustainable consumption, launched the ASEAN Sustainable Consumption Toolkit (SCT) on 28 June 2022, at the 3rd ASEAN Consumer Protection Conference (APCP).

    One of the key deliverables of the ASEAN Committee on Consumer Protection (ACCP) is the creation of the ASEAN SCT. As defined in Goal 4 of the ASEAN Strategic Action Plan for Consumer Protection 2025 (ASAPCP) and the ASEAN Economic Blueprint 2025, the development and implementation of sustainable consumption policies increase consumer confidence.

    The DTI, as the country’s representative to the ACCP, is the primary proponent of the tool kit’s development. The toolkit consists of five (5) modules designed to increase understanding of sustainable consumption among government officials and relevant stakeholders:

    • Module 1: Understanding the concepts and principles of sustainable consumption;
    • Module 2: Best practices and approaches to policies that promotes sustainable consumption;
    • Module 3: Tools and instruments used in influencing consumer behavior, communication/information provision tools such as product information through labeling and certification, economic instruments such as incentives, and regulatory instruments;
    • Module 4: Use of appropriate instruments and tools in selected areas such as food sector, energy, and consumer electronics; and
    • Module 5: Development of a set of advocacy materials such as PowerPoint slides, infographics, and audio-visual, among others, to be used by officials and the public to promote sustainable consumption among consumers.

    These modules include training manuals for trainers and facilitators and multimedia presentations such as PowerPoint slides and audio-visual materials. The ASEAN SCT will be available in the ACCP website.

    The modules are output of Promotion of Sustainable Consumption in ASEAN project, supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    This virtual regional event on the Implementation of the ASEAN Guidelines on Promoting Responsible Investment in Food, Agriculture, and Forestry (ASEAN-RAI) gathered different stakeholders from the government, public sector, private sector, and civil society organisations to provide key updates on the progress on the ten year action plan of the ASEAN-RAI, feature initiatives such as the Alignment Assessment tool for ASEAN Member States, actions by companies that are embedding responsible practices engagement on attendees to provide feedback on existing activities and future directions.​

    ​Implementation of the ASEAN-RAI Guidelines is supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), and the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF). The organization of the regional event is also supported by the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture of Germany (BMEL).

    Watch the event highlight from the ASEAN-RAI here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H2DX-BFosFc

    The Ministry of Cooperatives and Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) of Indonesia (Kemenkop UKM) is strengthening the MSMEs program through regional cooperation at the ASEAN level, by regularly participating in the ASEAN Coordinating Committee on Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (ACCMSME) meeting which is held twice a year.

    The Ministry joined the 13th ACCMSME and related meetings held under the chairmanship of Myanmar, with various discussion agendas covering issues and initiatives regarding the development of MSMEs both at the national and regional ASEAN levels.

    During the dialog between ACCMSME and Japan, a discussion was held on the possibility of resuming the ASEAN Mentorship for Entrepreneur Network (AMEN) Phase 2 project with funding support from the Japanese government. Indonesia expressed interest in participating in the project again after participating in the previous phase.

    Supported by the Government of Japan through Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF), ASEAN Mentorship for Entrepreneur Network (AMEN) Phase 2 is currently underway.

    How well do you know about ASEAN-Japan relations? Take a look at major milestones of ASEAN-Japan journey in the past 50 years:

    1973 – ASEAN-Japan dialogue on synthetic rubber

    1977 – 1st ASEAN-Japan Summit, Fukuda Doctrine announced

    1981 – ASEAN-Japan Centre established

    2006 -Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) established

    2011 – Mission of Japan to ASEAN established in Jakarta

    2023 – ASEAN-Japan 50th Commemoration

    Senior Officials from ASEAN and Japan reaffirmed commitment to further strengthen cooperation and advance their partnership towards the 50th Anniversary of ASEAN-Japan relations next year. The Senior Officials met at the 37th ASEAN-Japan Forum held yesterday via videoconference. The meeting took note of the substantive progress made in ASEAN-Japan cooperation over the past one year in the four pillars of peace and stability, prosperity, quality of life, and heart-to-heart partnerships.

    ASEAN welcomed Japan’s support to ASEAN Community building efforts, and in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic, including Japan’s substantial contribution for the establishment of the ASEAN Centre for Public Health Emergencies and Emerging Diseases Centre (ACPHEED). ASEAN and Japan underlined the need to enhance cooperation on peace and stability, trade and connectivity, health security, digital transformation, smart cities, environment protection, sustainable development and resilience, and people-to-people exchange.

    Both sides also agreed to strengthen practical cooperation in the key areas of the ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific (AOIP), in line with the Joint Statement of the 23rd ASEAN-Japan Summit on Cooperation on the AOIP. The two sides agreed on the designation of 2023 as the 50th Year of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation, with a series of events to be conducted by both sides throughout the year.

    The Feasibility Study on the Establishment of ACPHEED and Detailed Design and Preparation Support for the ACPHEED projects are supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    Effective and safe medicine is essential to maintain and improve public health and it is the responsibility of regulators in all countries of the world to carry out their monitoring. Therefore, the global harmonisation of technical regulatory requirements for the approval of medicinal products and cooperation among the authorities is essential for realising product review and efficient exchange of safety information.

    The Risk Management Plan (RMP) is a breakthrough developed by the International Council for Harmonisation of Technical Requirements for Pharmaceuticals for Human Use (ICH) to provide information on the safety profile of drugs.

    The University of Indonesia (UI) through the Faculty of Pharmacy (FF) is trusted as the implementing agency of the ASEAN-Japan Risk Management Plan Symposium and Seminar 2022, co-hosted by the Indonesian Food and Drug Authority (BPOM RI) and the Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency (PMDA) Japan. This symposium and seminar, funded by the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) as part of the project ASEAN-Japan Pharmaceuticals Training in Risk Management Plan, aims to enhance efforts to harmonise drug regulations among the ASEAN Member States.

    The ASEAN-Japan RMP Symposium and Seminar 2022 was held virtually for three days, on 23-25 May 2022. The symposium which was held on the first day had discussion on pharmacovigilance activities in Japan, the current status of RMP and the perspective of regulators in Indonesia, and the role of labelling to minimise risks. On the next day, the seminar was held with the same focus as the symposium, which is to discuss the latest information related to RMP as an official regulation. The seminar is intended for regulatory staffs in ASEAN Member States. The speakers of the ASEAN-Japan RMP Symposium and Seminar 2022 are experts from PMDA Japan, Japan Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association, and BPOM RI.

    The PMDA also captured these events on their Newsletter June 2002 on page 2.

    On 19 June 2022, the Professional Training Center for Standards, Metrology and Quality – General Department of Quality Assurance in collaboration with the Japan Standards Association (JSA) held the QC KENTEI examination in Hanoi.

    Speaking at the opening ceremony, Mr. Le Minh Tam – Deputy Director in charge of the Professional Training Center for Standards, Metrology and Quality (QTC) said, QTC cooperated with the Department of International Cooperation have been worked with the JSA for the past three years to receive all learning materials, processes, and organisational guidelines for the QC KENTEI Level 4 exam. QC KENTEI is an exam that evaluates and certifies the level of knowledge and competence in quality management, quality control of personnel working in quality management or interested in learning about quality management.

    “QC KENTEI Level 4 Pilot Examination is expected to bring to the Vietnamese business community a methodical examination and certification system, which is recognized in Japan for the competence of quality control and management personnel,” Mr. Tam emphasized.

    Also, at the opening of the contest, Mr. Ha Minh Hiep – Deputy Director General in charge of the General Department said that quality management plays an important role, having a profound and multifaceted impact on various fields, from products to industries, production and business, scientific research, technological development to environmental protection, safety and human health, social justice and national interests. In the current economic integration conditions, constantly improving the quality of products and goods is the key to improving the competitiveness of enterprises and countries.

    According to Mr. Ha Minh Hiep, the efforts of the Government of Viet Nam cannot be achieved without the very effective support of international cooperation projects. The ASEAN Cooperation project Development of ASEAN Common Qualification Scheme for Quality Control Experts has been supported by the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) since 2019. The project aims to support improving the quality control capacity of employees in companies, schools, and other organizations, contributing to improving the quality of products and services in ASEAN countries. The project wishes to design a common competency recognition system to assess the quality control expertise of all employees of companies in the ASEAN region.

    On 15 June 2022, the Mission of Japan to ASEAN launched their official account on Instagram.

    On their very first post, H.E. CHIBA Akira, Ambassador of Japan to ASEAN, through a video message, welcoming everyone to the official account of the Mission of Japan to ASEAN and thanking for the enthusiastic participation in the Japan-ASEAN 50th Year Anniversary Logo Design and Catchphrase contest. The contest has moved on to phase two, for judgement by the juries. Ambassador Chiba wishes everyone good luck and stay tune for more updates.

    Follow @japanmissiontoasean on Instagram and join the journey of Japan-ASEAN relations, and to many activities the Mission have in store.

    The webinar on “Transforming ASEAN’s Digital Health Landscape to Improve Regional Health” called for regional cooperation and multi-stakeholder partnerships to invest and collaborate on digital health transformation to support ASEAN’s post-COVID-19 recovery.

    The event is the first of a series of ASEAN Public Health Emergencies webinars under the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC) Research and Development Platform Programme supported by the Japanese government through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund.

     Representatives from the ASEAN sectoral bodies on health, social welfare, rural development, and poverty eradication, as well as ASEAN’s working group on livestock and health service, the World Health Organization (South East Asia Regional Office and Western Pacific Regional Office), the World Organization for Animal Health, the South East Asia One Health University Network, the Asia-Europe Foundation, and the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) Management Team (JMT) attended the event.

    On Thursday 9 June 2022, Grow Asia and their partners held a successful ASEAN-RAI Regional Event with 160+ participants dialing in.

    Grow Asia as the host was thrilled to see a very diverse group of attendees, representing professionals from the private, public, and civil society sectors. The key takeaway from the event is that multistakeholder approach will drive transformative change in investment practices and policies in ASEAN.

    For those who missed the event, the records can be accessed from the following resources:

    Webinar Recording: https://bit.ly/3NRWLaz

    Presentation Slides: https://bit.ly/3Of7xrq

    The event was co-organised by International Institute for Sustainable Development and the ASEAN Secretariat. Grow Asia also thanked to their donors for supporting the implementation of the ASEAN-RAI, namely the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, and the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF). The project on Creation and Testing of Learning and Accreditation Programme to Implement ASEAN-RAI Guidelines is currently underway.

    Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center/Inland Fishery Resources Development and Management Department (SEAFDEC/IFRDMD) attended the JAIF Eel Project Internal Meeting on 7 June 2022. The participants were the people who joined the project of the Eel Fishery activity namely Development of Stock Assessment Methods and Strengthening of Resources Management Measures for Tropical Anguillid Eel in Southeast Asia budgeted by the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF). During the meeting, IFRDMD delivered the progress result of the eel catch sample survey and DNA survey and got some input from participants.

    The Indonesian National Agency of Food and Drug Control in collaboration with the Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency (PMDA) of Japan and the Faculty of Pharmacy – University of Indonesia held a virtual symposium and seminar on the Risk Management Plan (RMP) in the pharmaceutical sector on Monday, 23 May 2022.

    This symposium and seminar are follow-up events of the collaboration between PMDA and the Pharmaceutical Product Working Group (PPWG), under the ASEAN Consultative Committee on Standards and Quality (ACCSQ), with funding from the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    The three-days event aimed to increase the capacity of regulators towards harmonisation of regulations in the pharmaceutical sector. It is also hoped the regulators will be able to continue the steps towards developing harmonious RMP standards and strengthen relations and increase cooperation between Japan and ASEAN countries, especially in the field of regulation of pharmaceutical products.

    “Kaizen”, “Quality Management” and “Quality Control” are the keywords for realising better quality products and services, and capacity in these activities is based on knowledge and experience.

    QC KENTEI (Quality Management and Quality Control Examination) is a measure for assessing knowledge of QM, QC and Kaizen, and is intended for people working or preparing to work in any organization.

    Japanese Standards Association (JSA) administers QC KENTEI and the first examination was conducted in 2005. As of Sept 2021, a total of 1.322 million examinees had attended the exam. For note, currently QC KENTEI is provided in Japanese only.

    For the first time QC KENTEI examination will be conducted in Malaysia. JSA had collaborated with Standards Malaysia and Universiti Kuala Lumpur MITEC to offer QC KENTEI qualifying examination. It will be opened to all qualified Malaysian workers with no charge.

    The exam will be limited to 100 participants only and interest applicants can register from below link:

    https://unikl-lean.wixsite.com/qc-kentei/support

    This project Development of ASEAN Common Qualification Scheme for Quality Control Experts is supported by the Government of Japan through Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    “Kaizen”, “Quality Management (QM)” and “Quality Control (QC)” are the keywords for realizing better quality products and services, and capacity in these activities is based on knowledge and experience. QC KENTEI (Quality Management and Quality Control Examination) is a measure for assessing knowledge of QM, QC and Kaizen, and it is intended for people working or preparing to work in any organization.

    Japanese Standards Association (JSA) administers QC KENTEI and the first examination was conducted in 2005. As of September 2021, a total of 1.322 million examinees had attended the exam. For note, currently QC KENTEI is provided in Japanese only.

    For the first time, QC KENTEI examination will be conducted in Viet Nam. JSA had collaborated with Quality Training Centre (STAMEQ) to offer QC KENTEI qualifying examination to all qualified Viet Nam workers with no charge.

    For further information, please visit related articles on QC KENTEI:

    This project Development of ASEAN Common Qualification Scheme for Quality Control Experts is supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    Girard Philip E. Bonotan who was part of the ASEAN project team that worked on the first phase of the ASEAN Cultural Heritage Digital Archive (ACHDA), shared his personal insights on the planning of virtual archive’s inaugural exhibition and the role of digital technology in cultural education.

    As a former officer of the ASEAN Secretariat’s Culture and Information Division (CID), Bonotan have personally seen how the ACHDA project developed over the years. It was conceived as one of the key recommendations of the ASEAN Member States during a workshop participated by museum professionals in 2015. There were many discussions hold with the ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting for Culture and the Arts (SOMCA) and ASEAN Committee on Culture and Information (ASEAN COCI) to refine the project and make it relevant to their needs. The initial phase of the project was participated by museums and libraries of Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand. The Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) supported the project and partnered with the digitising company, NTT Data.

    The ACHDA website was launched in early 2020, and less than a month later many countries went into lockdown. Access to digital resources became increasingly important, and Bonotan believes ACHDA proved its immense value in continuing cultural education when the vast majority of people could not visit museums. Digitised collections such as the ACHDA act as effective bridges between people and their heritage, not necessarily to replace the functions of museums but to complement them.

    Read the full article in The ASEAN Issue 21 2022 (page 68-69).

    ASEAN launched the inaugural e-exhibition of the ASEAN Cultural Heritage Digital Archive (ACHDA) project on 26 November 2021. The virtual launch cum webinar has the theme “Forging History: Metals in the Crucible of ASEAN’s Transformation.” The Government of Japan supports the ACHDA project and e-exhibition through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund.

    At the webinar, a panel of seven experts discussed “Reimagining E-Exhibitions During COVID-19.” The experts, representing cultural institutions from Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Japan, shared best practices in transitioning exhibitions from the physical to the digital sphere given the ongoing pandemic. Japanese telecommunications company NTT DATA, which handled the digitisation of artefacts for the ACHDA project, described the prototype 3D virtual space showcasing select cultural heritage items from the ACHDA based on NTT DATA’s service named “DOOR.” The panel session sparked discussions on the challenges faced by museums, galleries, and libraries in engaging the public during COVID-19, public reception of the online exhibits, and how smaller cultural institutions would be able to digitise their collections using available resources.

    The ACHDA e-exhibition comes at a timely moment, showcasing how cultural institutions can organise cultural projects and activities amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Accelerated digital adoption and consumption, under the ongoing Fourth Industrial Revolution, will only make technology more integral to people’s cultural life. The e-exhibition and webinar hope to propel cultural institutions to reflect on their current capacities and gradually move towards digital adoption in order to enhance their services, widen their reach, and remain relevant in the future.

    Read the full article in The ASEAN Issue 21 2022 (page 66-67).

    An INTERPOL-led operation targeting malware cyber fraud across Southeast Asia has led to the Nigeria arrest of three suspected global scammers in possession of fake documents, including fraudulent invoices and forged official letters. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) arrested the suspects in a sting operation conducted simultaneously in the Lagos suburb of Ajegunle and in Benin City, 300 km to the East of the commercial capital. The Nigerian sting operation comes as part of a global operation codenamed “Killer Bee” involving INTERPOL’s General Secretariat headquarters and National Central Bureaus (NCBs) and law enforcement agencies in 11 countries across Southeast Asia.

    “Cybercrime is spreading at a fast pace, with new trends constantly emerging. Through operations like Killer Bee, INTERPOL supports EFCC in keeping pace with new technologies and understanding the possibilities they create for criminals and how they can be used as tools for fighting cybercrime,” said EFCC’s Director of Operations, Abdulkarim Chukkol.

    “The enforcement actions led by Nigeria and coordinated with INTERPOL send a clear message that cybercrime will have serious repercussions for those involved in business email compromise fraud, particularly in Nigeria,” added Mr. Chukkol.

    Operation Killer Bee is led by the ASEAN Cybercrime Operations Desk, which is funded by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) and supported by the Singapore Government.

    To enhance the capacity of cybersecurity personnel of ASEAN Member States, on 9 – 13 May 2022, ASEAN-Japan Cybersecurity Capacity Building Centre (AJCCBC) under Electronic Transactions Development Agency (ETDA), Ministry of Digital Economy and Society has successfully conducted the 20th Online AJCCBC Cybersecurity Technical Training, focusing on two courses, including CYDER and Malware Analysis.

    CYDER is an incident response training that focuses on the ability to correspond against the cyberattacks, prioritizing the cyber invasion from the impact that occurs on the organization appropriately from the incident handling based on an actual cyberattack.

    Malware Analysis is the training that revolves around the process of understanding the behaviour and purpose of malware for cyber risk assessment and to prevent future attacks on businesses and organisations.

    Despite the absence of in-person training due to the policy applied to limit COVID-19 exposure, the 25 participants from the ASEAN Member States have harvested fruitful knowledge in order to protect their respective organizations and countries. The Centre still looks forward to contributing more to the region.

    The ASEAN-Japan Cybersecurity Capacity Building Centre (AJCCBC) was funded by Japan ASEAN Integration Fund with the aim to develop a cybersecurity workforce of 700+ over 4 years to enhance the capacity of cybersecurity experts and specialists in the ASEAN Member States by providing trainings and other activities to participants from the region.

    In 2023, Japan and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) will celebrate 50 years of friendship and cooperation. In conjunction with this, a call has been launched for a logo mark and catchphrase to commemorate the 50th anniversary. On the 19 April 2022, H.E. CHIBA Akira, Ambassador of Japan to ASEAN, gave an interview to the Jakarta Shimbun newspaper. He spoke about Japan’s desire to be close to ASEAN.

    Ambassador Chiba began by asking, “What is the appropriate name to call the 50th anniversary? He explained that the government office would not come up with a logo or catchphrase, but would like to solicit applications from a wide range of people in Japan and ASEAN countries.”

    The 40th anniversary celebration 10 years ago also called for entries, and 113 logos and 551 catch phrases were submitted. The winner for logo was a Cambodian and the catch phrase was a Japanese.

    Ambassador Chiba said, “This is the 50th anniversary of Japan-ASEAN relations. ASEAN is celebrating its 50th anniversary. However, the relationship between Japan and Southeast Asia can be traced back to 500 years ago, when trade began. Five of these years have been marked by the unfortunate history of war, which should not be forgotten, but in light of this, Japan has stood by Southeast Asia,” he said, stressing the importance of the cooperative relationship.

    The deadline for submission was closed on 15 June 2022. One winning entry and two runners-up will be selected for the logo and catchphrase, respectively, and the results will be announced in August 2022.

    The ASEAN Cultural Heritage Digital Archive (heritage.asean.org) is now accessible in 6 languages!

    Displaying the diversity of ASEAN, Khmer, Indonesian, Malay, Burmese, and Thai are presented together with English.

    The ASEAN Cultural Heritage Digital Archive (ACHDA) project is supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund.

     

    In times of disaster, the ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on disaster management (AHA Centre) mobilises resources, including stockpiled relief items, to ASEAN countries facing post-disaster emergency situations.

    Learn more about the challenges faced by AHA Centre and other regional humanitarian organisations in mobilising resources in support of disaster affected countries at the upcoming Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (GPDRR) side event on 27 May 2022.

    The Establishment of a Disaster Emergency Logistic System for ASEAN (DELSA) – Phase II: Satellite Warehouse project which is currently underway is supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund. By establishing satellite warehouses and pre-positioning stockpile in strategic locations such as in Thailand, Malaysia and the Philippines, ASEAN will significantly improve response time to mobilise the resources to ASEAN countries.

    In the last instalment of ASEAN 101 series, Director Rodora Babaran convinces our audience that ASEAN emerges from the COVID-19 crisis better, stronger and more resilient. Watch to see ASEAN crisis mechanisms and initiatives.

    The Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund provides supports to the COVID-19 ASEAN Response Fund and the establishment of the ASEAN Centre for Public Health Emergencies and Emerging Diseases with the project A Feasibility Study on the Establishment of “ASEAN Centre for Public Health Emergencies and Emerging Diseases”, followed by Detailed Design and Preparation Support for the “ASEAN Centre for Public Health Emergencies and Emerging Diseases”.

    The Southeast Asian Nations are undergoing rapid socio-economic transformations with associated dynamic changes in the hazard, vulnerability, and risk characteristics. Climate change and human induced factors such as dense human settlements and socio-economic activities near fragile areas are expected to exacerbate these risks acting as a threat multiplier. Institutions in Southeast Asian countries are putting in place overarching disaster risk reduction plans and policies from national to local level; and rapidly progressing towards localizing them to specific sectors with robust implementation at the community level. There is a need to strengthen these efforts by addressing the systemic risks brought by climate change affecting the disaster vulnerability.

    Keeping the above background in view, a project was implemented to assess the systemic risks of floods and landslides in selected river basins by integrating climate change projections into risk assessments in cooperation with the ASEAN Working Group on Prevention and Mitigation (WG P&M) of the ASEAN Committee on Disaster Management (ACDM) with support from the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    This paper presents the results of the project succinctly and outlines the guidelines developed for practitioners and decision-makers to understand systemic risks and address systemic risks through planning processes. Developing forward-looking risk assessments equipped decision-makers with the ability to manage rapidly changing risk profiles because of climate change and related uncertainties.

    Japan will commit to help funding the ASEAN Centre for Public Health Emergencies and Emerging Diseases (ACPHEED) as a preparatory measure against a potential new pandemic, Indonesian Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin stated.

    During the 15th ASEAN Health Ministers’ Meeting online press conference on Sunday evening, he noted that in general, ACPHEED’s work principle was similar to the United States’ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).”This centre guides the capability and capacity from the entire ASEAN to prepare themselves in case there is a potential new pandemic,” he explained. ACPHEED’s work division, authority, and founding mission had already been agreed, he noted. Three pillars that form the ACPHEED are surveillance or detection, response, and management risk.

    Since 2020, the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund have been supporting the setting up of ACPHEED with the project A Feasibility Study on the Establishment of “ASEAN Centre for Public Health Emergencies and Emerging Diseases”, followed by Detailed Design and Preparation Support for the “ASEAN Centre for Public Health Emergencies and Emerging Diseases” which currently underway.

    The Japan’s supports to ACPHEED are also covered by the Korea Herald, Ministry of Health of Indonesia, and Indonesian leading agency news such as Liputan6 and Republika.

    The 9th ASEAN Plus Three Health Ministers Meeting was held on 15 May 2022 in Bali, Indonesia.

    The Health Ministers affirming their commitment to continue “Optimising the Mobilisation of Essential Health Resources in Responding to Public Health Crisis”. The Meeting discussed and exchanged views on the preparation and response to future health challenges and agreed on some important points, one of which is to increase the utilisation of existing respective Plus Three countries’ trust funds by the ASEAN Health Sectoral Body, such as ASEAN-China Cooperation Fund (ACCF), ASEAN Korea Cooperation Fund (AKCF), and Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF), and tapping into the identified ASEAN regional funding and resource mechanisms, such as COVID-19 ASEAN Response Fund for concrete actions in COVID-19 recovery and future public health emergencies, including the expeditious FINAL 3 implementation of the ASEAN Comprehensive Recovery Framework (ACRF) and its Implementation Plan.

    The full statement can be downloaded here.

    Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion announced that the mentorship initiative originated in the Philippines by Go Negosyo, the non-profit he founded, will be implemented across the ASEAN starting this May. He shared this landmark news as the ASEAN Mentorship for Entrepreneurship Network (AMEN) moves to its second phase following a US$333,943 grant from the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) last March.

    “We are grateful to the JAIF for making this possible. With AMEN moving to its second phase, our small entrepreneurs can scale up to the regional level, and we increase and expand our network of mentors. It is a great leap forward for the mentorship advocacy started by Go Negosyo,” he said.

    The AMEN project was launched in 2017 and is supported by the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship, which runs the Go Negosyo advocacy. It aims to institute a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) system that will help micro- and small enterprises (MSEs) access money, markets and mentorship which can help them scale up their operations and improve their profitability and sustainability.

    The first phase used a 10-module mentorship program that was vetted in the public and private sectors in all 10 ASEAN member-countries. It aims to forge public-private partnerships dedicated to continually developing and mobilizing mentors dedicated to enabling ASEAN’s MSE to succeed and grow.

    The second phase will employ an improved ten-module mentorship program which will be translated to the languages of the ASEAN member-countries.

    More articles about AMEN project or Go Negosyo Program can also be found on Manila Times, Philstar Global, Business World and Manilla Bulletin.

    This project also dedicated a Facebook page to showcase and update the activities of project.

    The Golden Bowl carved with Ramayana Stories will be included in a DK Books publication entitled “Cultural Treasures” coming out in Spring 2022!

    Housed at the Museum Nasional Indonesia, the Golden Bowl can be viewed digitally at the ASEAN Cultural Heritage Digital Archive (ACHDA) website.

    Be the first to grab a copy of “Cultural Treasures” when it is out!

    Book title: Cultural Treasures

    Publisher: Dorling Kindersley (DK)

    Publication date: Spring 2022

    Rights: World, all languages, all editions (including digital)

    The ACHDA project is supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    Global Forum on Cyber Expertise (GFCE) magazine provides cyber policymakers and stakeholders insight on cyber capacity building projects, policies, and developments globally.

    ASEAN-Japan Cybersecurity Capacity Building Center (AJCCBC) was featured their content in the Volume 10 of GFCE magazine and LinkedIn post to share the success and experience as a collaborative cybersecurity initiative between ASEAN and Japan.

    The AJCCBC is supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    Effective and safe drugs are essential to maintaining and improving public health, and it is the responsibility of the world’s regulators to ensure swift access. Therefore, global harmonisation of technical regulatory requirements for drug product approvals and cooperation among regulatory authorities is essential to realise more efficient product reviews and streamlined exchange of critical safety information.

    The ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) Blueprint 2025 emphasises regulatory harmonisation. The Revised Implementation Plan of the Vision Statement on ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation states that ASEAN and Japan will cooperate in drug and medical device product regulation through platforms like the Asia Training Center for Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Regulatory Affairs (PMDA-ATC) managed by Japan’s local regulator. The ASEAN Pharmaceutical Product Working Group (PPWG) is advancing harmonisation among member states by developing regional guidelines and acknowledging ICH guidelines1 by the Member States.

    Corresponding training programming is crucial to help ensure the smooth application of harmonised guidelines. Accordingly, PPWG has listed the types of training most needed based on input from the Member States. The primary goal of this training is to leverage the resources and know-how of ASEAN and Japan to meet these urgent needs. ASEAN-Japan Pharmaceuticals Training in Risk Management Plan(RMP)is a collaboration program conducted by the Indonesian FDA, Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency (PMDA, Japan), and Universitas Indonesia (UI) with the support of the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    The Indonesian FDA, Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency (PMDA, Japan) and Universitas Indonesia (UI) collaborate to present the ASEAN-Japan Risk Management Plan (RMP) Symposium 2022 on 23 May 2022 and Seminar 2022 on 24-25 May 2022.

    The ASEAN Secretariat organised the Trends and Foresight for ASEAN Disaster Management forum to discuss adaptive approaches to disaster management on 21 April.

    This is the second event of a series of forums under the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC) Research and Development Platform Programme which brings evidence-based research and insights to support ASEAN sectoral bodies in their activities. The programme is supported by the Japanese government through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    Naoki Minamiguchi, the Director of Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund Management Team, noted that the forum aims “to assist ASEAN in achieving substantial reduction of disaster losses in lives and assets and to enhance disaster resilience in the region through collaboration and cooperation in disaster management.” He emphasised the importance of actionable policy tools and innovative methodologies to be readily applied to the disaster sector.

    Representatives of the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity, ASEAN Committee on Disaster Management from several ASEAN Member States, ASEAN Committee on Science, Technology, and Innovation, Senior Officials Committee for the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community, Committee on Permanent Representatives to ASEAN, attended the event.

    The news of this event is also published on the Vietnam Plus on 4 May 2022.

    After the continuation of laboratory activities and a bioinformatics session, the Regional Workshop on DNA Barcoding of Common Vascular Plants concluded on 21 April with a trek to the mudsprings at Mount Makiling Forest Reserve and a visit to the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) office for the workshop’s closing ceremony.

    This activity is part of the Taxonomic Capacity Building on DNA Barcoding of Common Vascular Plants in the Tropics, a project supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    We have seen positive changes in cybersecurity field in the last few years whether in terms of workplace flexibility, innovative and digital transformation enthusiasm, and many more. Moreover, according to the IMD Digital Competitiveness Ranking, the investments in science education, research, robotics, and high-tech exports in Eastern Asia have reached the highest rank compared to other regions. Despite the facts stated, one of the challenges as gender disparity in technology industry still has room for improvement.

    There are possible ways to alleviate the challenge, ranging from protecting their rights and making them feel safe to be part of the community, setting up a cybersecurity educational training for women to support their career path, or launching an initiative for women in the area globally.

    To be part of this, since the inception in 2018, the Centre has welcomed 193 female participants to AJCCBC activities, which account for 25% of the total participant number, and we are still on a mission to encourage the participation of female cybersecurity personnel by keeping the gate to trainings wide open for everyone.

    The ASEAN-Japan Cybersecurity Capacity Building Centre (AJCCBC) was funded by Japan ASEAN Integration Fund with the aim to develop a cybersecurity workforce of 700+ over 4 years to enhance the capacity of cybersecurity experts and specialists in the ASEAN Member States by providing trainings and other activities to participants from the region.

    3D technologies are helping museums and heritage sectors to digitalise and reach a wider audience. With the ASEAN Cultural Heritage Digital Archive, one can easily virtually project the Prajnyaparamita statue in its actual size! This precious and heavy statue is available for viewing at the Museum Nasional Indonesia in Jakarta, Indonesia. This pilot demonstration was presented by AMLAD NTT DATA Japan (NTTDATA) during the NTT DATA Innovation Conference 2022: Go Beyond Digital Archive in the Age of Metaverse.

    Watch the full video at https://bit.ly/BeyondACHDA to have an in-depth understanding of how the future and the past can merge through technology.

    The ACHDA project is supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

     

    The application of DNA barcoding technology is broad—from biodiversity research to wildlife law enforcement and has the potential to support capacity development for access and benefit-sharing.

    The Regional Workshop on the DNA Barcoding of Common Vascular Plants in the Tropics was held on 18-22 April 2022. The workshop is designed to enhance the taxonomic capacity in the region on the standardised GTI DNA barcoding protocols developed by the University of Guelph, Canada and the traditional method of taxonomic identification of vascular plants in the tropics.

    On the 2nd day of the workshop, participants experience DNA barcoding first-hand at the University of the Philippines Diliman Institute of Biology’s herbarium and laboratories.

    This program is part of the project namely Taxonomic Capacity Building on DNA Barcoding of Common Vascular Plants in the Tropics supported by the Government of Japan through Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    The International Day for Monuments and Sites, also known as World Heritage Day, is an international observance held on 18 April each year around the world with different types of activities.

    ASEAN’s culture sector has been working to highlight the importance of heritage conservation and preservation in the region, from storage management for paintings to the performance of traditional dances, from the restoration of historic sites to digitising heritage objects.

    One of the notable works in digitising heritage objects is the ASEAN Cultural Heritage Digital Archive (ACHDA) which celebrates the rich and diverse cultural heritage of ASEAN and showcases a veritable treasure trove of exemplary artefacts and history. Initiated in February 2018, ACHDA has digitalised more than 160 items from Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand. This ACHDA project is supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    On 2-8 March 2022, the JENESYS online programme, organised by Japan International Cooperation Center (JICE) and themed “JENESYS Youth Sports Exchange (Rugby)”, welcomed participation from youths hailing from ASEAN countries and Timor-Leste. Over the course of the programme, several lectures were delivered that touched on, among others, physical education in Japan as well as education through sports. It is hoped that the participants enjoyed the exchanges among youths from each different country, and that the programme enriched their perspectives about sports and education.

    This program is part of the Japan’s Friendship Ties Programs JENESYS2021 “Inbound, Outbound and Follow Up Project” supported by the Government of Japan through Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    Mr. Kodama Yoshinori, Minister and Deputy Head of Mission of Japan to ASEAN visited the ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on disaster management (AHA Centre) to discuss the Government of Japan’s long-standing support towards AHA Centre’s disaster management efforts through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    JAIF flagship projects implemented by the AHA Centre among others are Integrated Information and Communication Technology (ICT) System, Disaster Emergency Logistic System for ASEAN (DELSA), Transformation of ASEAN-Emergency Response and Assessment Team (ASEAN-ERAT) and AHA Centre Executive (ACE) Programme.

    The production of metal objects requires sophisticated skills, technology, and extended time. High-quality items made of metal, such as crowns, accoutrements, and bells, are historically valued as prestige objects.

    This silver container from Malaysia is one of the featured heritage collections of the “Forging History: Metals in the Crucible of ASEAN’s Transformation” e-exhibition. It is used to store jewellery and other valuable items.

    The ACHDA project is supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    On 4 April, H.E. CHIBA Akira, Ambassador of Japan to ASEAN virtually attended the reception of the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action, which was held in a hybrid format in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and delivered opening remarks. Ambassador Chiba underlined that in many parts of the region, landmines, and other explosive remnants of war (ERW) still pose persistent threats to the safety of local people and hinders socio-economic development. Not only the clearance of landmines and other ERW, but also mine risk education and awareness-raising are the indivisible components of mine actions to prevent unnecessary accidents, and to achieve a landmine free world.

    The reception was held as part of the project called Enhance Awareness Programs on the Dangers of Mine/Explosive Remnants of War (ERW) among ASEAN Member States, which was supported by the Government of Japan through Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    As we celebrate International Day of Sports for Development and Peace, let’s learn about the role of sports in ASEAN Community building:

    1. Sports is an important tool to forge regional identity
    2. Sports can challenge gender stereotypes
    3. Sports have the power to demonstrate gender equality

    Learn more about how ASEAN and Japan promote women and girls in sports from the Open Symposium of ASEAN-Japan Workshop on Gender Equality in Sports with Japan Sports Agency and UN Women:

    Part 1: https://bit.ly/GenderEquality_Workshop_Part1

    Part 2: https://bit.ly/GenderEquality_Workshop_Part2

     These activities are part of the ASEAN-JAPAN Actions on Sports project supported by the Government of Japan through Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    Join the logo design and catchphrase contest to celebrate ASEAN-Japan 50th Anniversary of Friendship and Cooperation!

    Turning 50 in 2023, ASEAN-Japan have made remarkable achievements through their “heart-to-heart” partnership.

    Submit your idea before 15 June to https://bit.ly/ASEANJP50_CONTEST

    More details of the contest’s requirements can be found here: https://www.asean.or.jp/en/ajc-info/20220401/

    On 2-8 March 2022, Japan International Cooperation Center (JICE) held the JENESYS online programme on the BUDO and Japanese traditional cultures for Bruneian youths who practice Japanese martial arts (BUDO). They also participated in the pre-programme in April and May last year. During the programme, they were exposed Sado – one of Japan’s famous traditions – and were given a lecture on Okinawa traditional BUDO.

    It is hoped that this exchange programme will further develop the close and wonderful cultural relationship between the participants.

    This program is part of the Japan’s Friendship Ties Programs JENESYS2021 “Inbound, Outbound and Follow Up Project” supported by the Government of Japan through Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    On 4 April 2022, the ASEAN Regional Mine Action Center (ARMAC), in collaboration with the Japan-ASEAN International Fund (JAIF) marked the 2022 International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action by acknowledging the progress ASEAN Member States, all the partners, and friends of ARMAC have made in addressing landmines and explosive remnants of war (ERW). As the threat of explosive ordnance remains in the ASEAN Member States, continues efforts to keep these dangers in public consciousness through consistent and regular Explosive Ordnance Risk Education (EORE) and awareness raising is a must.

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  • Japan International Cooperation Center (JICE) held an online exchange program on 28 March 2022. University students from Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Philippines, and Timor Leste had an exchange with the students from Komatsu University in Japan.

    The Japanese students introduced the culture about Japan’s four seasons, women’s social advancement, martial arts, peacebuilding, and so on.

    This program is part of the Japan’s Friendship Ties Programs JENESYS2021 “Inbound, Outbound and Follow Up Project” supported by the Government of Japan through Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    Another online exchange program was held by Japan International Cooperation Center (JICE) on 29 March 2022.

    Eighty university students from Cambodia, Myanmar and Lao PDR met Japanese students online.

    The participants from Chiba University and Okayama University introduced Japanese fashion, traditional costumes and dance, SDGs, education, traditional performing arts, agriculture, food processing, etc.

    Participants asked many questions and deepened their mutual understanding of each other.

    It hoped this event become the bridge between the countries.

    This program is part of the Japan’s Friendship Ties Programs JENESYS2021 “Inbound, Outbound and Follow Up Project” supported by the Government of Japan through Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    Japan and ASEAN reaffirmed that Free and Open Indo-Pacific (FOIP) and the ASEAN Outlook on Indo-Pacific (AOIP) share relevant fundamental principles in the 2020 Japan-ASEAN Joint Statement, and Japan has been promoting various cooperation with ASEAN in line with AOIP.

    The video clip regarding Japan’s FOIP is now available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V0-1qp0u9Us

    Japan International Cooperation Center (JICE) organised an online event “JENESYS Photo Contest Awards ceremony & Online Alumni Event for ASEAN“ on 19 March 2022.

    JENESYS Photo Contest had been held from November to December in 2021 to confirm the outcome of JENESYS program and enhance the Alumni network. JICE collected photos showing the activities relating Japan after the program participation and participants’ experiences during the program under the theme of “Reconnecting with Japan”.

    In the ceremony, all photos (78 photos) submitted by JENESYS alumni from JENESYS2015 to JENESYS2019 were introduced in the video clip and winners received the awards and told how they were doing recently.

    About 100 participants of the event also enjoyed the brilliant musical performance of shamisen (Japanese guitar) played by “OTOHA” of Keio University. Trusted they spent wonderful time with other alumni members and enjoyed reunion through the program and reconnected to Japan.

    This program is part of the Japan’s Friendship Ties Programs JENESYS2021 “Inbound, Outbound and Follow Up Project” supported by the Government of Japan through Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    On 22 – 28 February 2022, the JENESYS online programme was organised by the Japan International Cooperation Center (JICE) with the theme “Japan-Brunei Traditional Arts Exchange”, which was attended by young Bruneian artists. During the programme, these artists were briefed on Japanese culture, society, and history as a first introduction. They were also exposed to Japanese traditional cultures, Noh (traditional dance-drama) and Kyogen (traditional comedy drama), through workshops by skilled Noh actors and Japanese Kyogen performers. JICE as the organiser hoped this programme inspires young Bruneian artists to push further in the performing arts and look forward to their future activities.

    This program is part of the Japan’s Friendship Ties Programs JENESYS2021 “Inbound, Outbound and Follow Up Project” supported by the Government of Japan through Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    Toho High School from Aichi prefecture and Piriyalai School from Thailand had an online exchange on 29 March 2022. Students from Thailand who are studying Japanese participated in this program. Japanese students introduced their school, school activities, and the attractions of Nagoya. Thai students introduced Thailand, the region where they live, traditional food, tourist sites, and their school. Then, they enjoyed talking about each other’s school life and hobbies, etc. in Japanese.

    It is hoped that this exchange will be an opportunity for the participants to continue to deepen their friendship and mutual understanding.

    This program is part of the Japan’s Friendship Ties Programs JENESYS2021 “Inbound, Outbound and Follow Up Project” supported by the Government of Japan through Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    Rice is the dominant staple in ASEAN, and its production is facing increasing challenges due to climate change. For every one degree Celsius increase in temperature, up to 10% of rice yield can be lost. Rice production in the ASEAN region is especially vulnerable to more frequent and intense climate effects, including typhoons, floods, droughts, salinity, and extreme temperatures. Recently, the Japan-ASEAN Integrated Fund (JAIF) Management Team (JMT), representatives from International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and Southeast Asia countries namely Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, and Viet Nam gathered online to discuss ASEAN Rice Net best practices.

    Read more here: https://bit.ly/3D8gezt

    The Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund Capacity Development Program for ASEAN RiceNet is supported by the Government of Japan through Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund which is currently underway.

    The 16th ASEAN-Japan Joint Cooperation Committee Meeting took place virtually today, underscoring the commitment of both sides to further advance the ASEAN-Japan partnership towards the 50th Anniversary of ASEAN-Japan relations next year. The meeting welcomed the continued efforts in the implementation of cooperation activities and projects under the Implementation Plan of the 2013 Vision Statement on ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation.

    The meeting was co-chaired by the Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of Thailand to ASEAN, H.E. Urawadee Sriphiromya, and Ambassador of Japan to ASEAN, H.E. Chiba Akira, and attended by members of the Committee of the Permanent Representatives to ASEAN and the Deputy Secretary-General for ASEAN Political Security Community.

    The two sides exchanged views on developments in ASEAN and Japan as well on international and regional issues. Japan reaffirmed support for the ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific (AOIP). Both sides also agreed to strengthen ASEAN-Japan practical cooperation in the four areas outlined in the AOIP, in line with the ASEAN-Japan Joint Statement on Cooperation on AOIP adopted by the Leaders in 2020.

    ASEAN appreciated Japan’s support to ASEAN efforts in handling challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic for the last two years, including the establishment and operations of the ASEAN Centre for Public Health Emergencies and Emerging Diseases Centre (ACPHEED).

    A Feasibility Study on the Establishment of “ASEAN Centre for Public Health Emergencies and Emerging Diseases” and Detailed Design and Preparation Support for the “ASEAN Centre for Public Health Emergencies and Emerging Diseases” are supported by the Government of Japan trough Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    The Japan International Cooperation Center (JICE) held Asian International Children’s Film Festival as a JENESYS2021 Japan-ASEAN-Timor-Leste Art Exchange on 8 – 18 March 2022.

    The festival was held online, 14 countries and regions participated, and participants had a great cultural exchange. High school students from Brunei Darussalam and Malaysia participated in the exchange with Ueda High School in Nagano Prefecture in Japan, where they watched the films they had made and shared their impressions.

    In the breakout room, participants talked about school events, after-school activities, and food recommendations from each country, making everyone wants to visit each country even more!

    This program is part of the Japan’s Friendship Ties Programs JENESYS2021 “Inbound, Outbound and Follow Up Project” supported by the Government of Japan through Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    JENESYS online exchange program between Nagasaki National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims and ECCC (Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia) and LDC (Legal Documentation Centre relating to the Extraordinary Chamber of Cambodia) was held on 17 March 2022. Mr. IWANAGA, Deputy Director of Nagasaki National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, explained about the facilities, archival materials about the atomic bombing, the use of testimonial materials of atomic bombing experiences, building an international peace network, etc.

    Participants had a meaningful discussion and reaffirmed the preciousness of peace and the importance of passing on the tragic events of the past to the next generation.

    This program is part of the Japan’s Friendship Ties Programs JENESYS2021 “Inbound, Outbound and Follow Up Project” supported by the Government of Japan through Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    The “Building Climate Change Data Management Capacities and Enhancing Access to Climate Finance” Forum was the first of a series of discussions from the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC) Research and Development Platform Programme.

    The forums aim to bring evidence-based research and insights to support ASEAN sectoral bodies in developing and implementing their activities. The programme is supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    At the forum, Naoki Minamiguchi, the Director of JAIF Management Team (JMT), noted that the Research and Development Platforms Programme funded by JAIF aims to “assist ASEAN Member States to build climate change data management capacities and to enhance access to resources needed to address climate change adaption and mitigation.”

    He also emphasised the importance of actionable sets of policy tools and innovative methodologies or guidelines to measure progress around specific climate change indicators.

    At the end, the forum concluded the need to address three main challenges in both building data management capacity and access to climate financing: data uniformity, connectivity, and complexity.

    In the light of constant cybersecurity risks that keep posing threats to cyber space, ASEAN-Japan Cybersecurity Capacity Building Centre (AJCCBC) has expanded its training curriculum boundary by collaborating with the Government of Switzerland in conducting “Secure Provision Training”. This collaboration is the first collaboration beyond ASEAN region and Japan.

    With the support from Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications of Japan and Embassy of Switzerland in Japan, the Centre has conducted Secure Provision Training on 14th – 15th March 2022 with 22 participants. The training focused on the best practices in avoiding cybersecurity risks that are globally recognized through OWASP Top Ten. What is special about the training is that the trainees were able to investigate those threats from a different point of view “attacker perspectives”, which provided them with a fresh and exciting experience.

    The training would not have ended with success without the contributions from the mentioned supporters and cybersecurity professionals as Dr. Alessandro Trivilini from The University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland, who facilitated the creation of the course as well as Mr.Lino Buono and Mr.Antonio Gagliardi from Inthecyber, who guided the participants throughout the training sessions and provided them with a wonderful learning experience.

    It is hoped that the participants have acquired the knowledge that will be beneficial for their respective fields of work and for the cybersecurity landscape in the region. AJJCB as the organiser will not stop attempting to expand the training boundary for cybersecurity is one of the roots to strong digital economy and society.

    This activity is part of Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) project namely ASEAN-Japan Cybersecurity Capacity Building Centre (Step 2-2).

    Is it a statue? A religious object? Or a decorative lamp?

    This is Blencong Lantern from Indonesia, a heritage object made of bronze. Blencong is a coconut oil-fueled lighting device used for the Wayang Kulit performance. The Garuda shape implies the strong influence of Hindu mythology in the 18th-century Javanese community.

    This heritage collection from Museum Wayang Jakarta, Indonesia is part of the digitised cultural heritage items on the ASEAN Cultural Heritage Digital Archive (ACHDA) website.

    The ACHDA project is supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    At a G7 Foreign Ministers Meeting held in the UK in December 2021, foreign ministers from Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Member States were invited for the first time, demonstrating hopes for the role ASEAN will play in a Free and Open Indo-Pacific.

    This February, the US Biden administration announced its Indo-Pacific Strategy, which mentioned deepening cooperation with ASEAN as well as clearly stating that the US will intensify its focus in the Indo-Pacific. How should Japan, which has been a world leader in relations with ASEAN and will mark the 50th anniversary of ASEAN-Japan friendship and cooperation in 2023, develop its relationship with ASEAN for peace and prosperity in the region?

    The Foreign Press Center Japan (FPCJ) invited Dr. Mie Oba, a professor at Kanagawa University and an expert on Asian international politics, to discuss this topic. She also touched upon the main efforts of Japan-ASEAN Cooperation under the COVID-19 pandemic, one of which is the support for the Establishment of ASEAN Centre for Public Health Emergencies and Emerging Diseases (ACPHEED) utilising the fund donated by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) in May 2020.

    The Japan International Cooperation Center (JICE) held JENESYS all online program for youths from ASEAN and Timor-Leste from 2-8 March 2022. This program aimed to promote people-to-people exchange through sports, especially rugby football. JICE cooperated with Japan Rugby Football Union (JRFU) to implement this program. More than 55 young people of university/graduate students and working adults were joined and divided into 9 groups with various nationalities mixed.

    On Day 1, Mr. MUKOYAMA Masatoshi, Associate Professor at Ryutsu Keizai University and also the Head of International Cooperation Division of Rugby Development Committee at JRFU, gave a lecture on educational values of rugby football

    On Day 2, besides group activities, Ms. NOGUCHI Aya (a member of International Cooperation Division of Rugby Development Committee at JRFU) and Ms. INOUE Yuiko, co-directors of S.C.P. Japan (Sport for Creating Pathways Japan) gave the participants lectures on gender and safeguarding in sports.

    On Day 3, Mr. MANABE Hiroshi and Mr. NAKAYAMA Atsushi (Ace) from CANYCOM introduced Tambo Rugby (rugby on paddy fields). In addition, Dr. OZEKI Nobutake of Tokyo Medical and Dental University talked about reducing sports disorders in growing athletes.

    On Day 4, all 9 groups of participants gave presentations about what they learned during the program and Mr. NAGATA Tamekuro, Senior Manager of Rugby Development Division at JRFU, gave comments on their presentations.

    JICE as the organiser thanked JRFU and those who helped implementing the program, as well as all participants. Participants’ effort to actively participate in the program amid the situation under the COVID-19 pandemic was really appreciated.

    This program is part of the Japan’s Friendship Ties Programs JENESYS2021 “Inbound, Outbound and Follow Up Project” supported by the Government of Japan through Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    The spirit of International Women’s Day should be kept alive all year round! ASEAN invited to celebrate, break the bias and support ASEAN women athletes to score further and lead farther in the industry.

    Watch and get inspired from the ASEAN #WeScore Talk Show: https://bit.ly/ASEAN_WESCORE_HL

    ASEAN #WeScore Campaign is part of the ASEAN-JAPAN Actions on Sports project supported by the Government of Japan through Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    ASEAN reiterate to keep the spirit of International Women’s Day alive by continuing to work together in promoting, improving women’s rights and gender equality. As HRH. Princess ‘Azemah Ni’matul Bolkiah said at the ASEAN #WeScore Campaign last December: “Be persistent!”

    ASEAN #WeScore Campaign is part of the ASEAN-JAPAN Actions on Sports project supported by the Government of Japan through Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    Introducing e-exhibition, one of the functions of the ASEAN Cultural Heritage Digital Archive (ACHDA) project. E-exhibition is an online exhibition where curators who are familiar with the history and culture of ASEAN countries select and introduce themes from the contents published on ACHDA website.

    In the first e-exhibition, 22 cultural heritage sites will be exhibited and introduced with the cooperation of ASEAN member countries under the theme of “Metals in the Crucible of ASEAN’s Transformation”.

    What is ACHDA?

    The ASEAN Cultural Heritage Digital Archive is a digital archive that allows you to centrally manage and browse the cultural heritage owned by each ASEAN country.

    The ACHDA project is supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    On Friday, 25 February 2022, ASEAN-Japan Cybersecurity Capacity Building Centre (AJCCBC) has completed conducting another training, which is Training 19, revolving around Incident Response and Digital Forensics after the training’s inception on 21 February 2022.

    The training was productively and ecstatically participated by 25 personnel from ASEAN Member States’ government and critical information infrastructure (CII) sectors. They were provided with the knowledge on how to cope with rapidly evolving cyberthreats in a more effective fashion.

    It is the Centre’s privilege for having yet another chance to be part of building a robust fundamental for the future of cybersecurity landscape. AJCCBC expressed their gratitude to Japan, ASEAN, the participants, and the instructor team for making the trainings possible and successful.

    This activity is part of Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) project namely ASEAN-Japan Cybersecurity Capacity Building Centre (Step 2-2) which is currently underway

    The ASEAN-Japan Cybersecurity Capacity Building Centre (AJCCBC) announced that the online training titled “Exercise for SOC Analysts” has just started. The training will last from 7-11 February 2022.

    This extra hands-on training program from AJCCBC is a training where the participants will be provided with comprehensive knowledge and necessary skills to become an expert in analysing security incidents, a critical role in the Security Operation Center (SOC).

    The training will cover three essential skills for SOC analysts including (1) knowledge of cyberattack methods, (2) knowledge of security products to detect and prevent cyberattacks, and (3) knowledge to analyse detected attacks.

    This activity is part of Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) project namely ASEAN-Japan Cybersecurity Capacity Building Centre (Step 2-2).

    The JENESYS online program for participants of Viet Nam was held on 4 March 2022. Mr. YOSHINAGA Shohei from Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Japan gave an informative lecture on Initiatives in the energy, digital, and infrastructure fields in the Indo-Pacific Region.

    It is hoped this program has helped to deepen the participants’ understanding of the importance of Free and Open Indo-Pacific (FOIP) as well as ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific (AOIP) after the participants watched a lecture video on the AOIP by Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan.

    This program is part of the Japan’s Friendship Ties Programs JENESYS2021 “Inbound, Outbound and Follow Up Project” supported by the Government of Japan through Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    ASEAN-Japan Cybersecurity Capacity Building Centre (AJCCBC) under the Electronic Transactions Development Agency (ETDA) has participated in To be RansomAware: UNODC Campaign Landing Event on 4 March 2022 at Alliance Française Bangkok, in pursuit of collaboration opportunity with organizations within ASEAN region and in quest of promoting the Centre through exhibition booth, presenting the Centre’s overview and missions.

    The event aims to promote ransomware awareness and how to prevent ransomware threats among region’s organisation leaders and general public. In addition, at the AJCCBC booth, the attendees can fill out a questionnaire to connect with the Centre for future activity update and to receive souvenirs.

    ASEAN-Japan Cybersecurity Capacity Building Centre (AJCCBC) was established with the support of the Government of Japan through Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    After a series of field visits, the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) team is currently preparing a field guidebook on common vascular plants along the mud spring trail of the Mount Makiling Forest Reserve (MMFR).

    MMFR located in Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines, is one of the 50 declared ASEAN Heritage Parks.

    This activity is supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) as part of the Taxonomic Capacity Building on DNA Barcoding of Common Vascular Plants in the Tropics Project, which aims to enhance the capacity of Member States in using the DNA-based approach in species identification and discovery.

    On 25 – 27 and 31 January 2022, Japan International Cooperation Center (JICE) organised a JENESYS online seminar on the Japanese vehicle inspection system. From Brunei Darussalam, officials from the Land Transport Department, Ministry of Transport and Infocommunications, attended the virtual meetings. It is hoped that sharing the Japanese experience will contribute to Brunei Darussalam’s effort in ensuring safety of vehicles on the roads.

    This program is part of the Japan’s Friendship Ties Programs JENESYS2020 “Inbound, Outbound and Follow Up Project” supported by the Government of Japan through Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    Having the opportunity to exchange knowledge and experiences with professionals in various areas of disaster management from the ten ASEAN countries is one of the precious lessons that Sheedy bin Sies will always remember from the AHA Centre Executive (ACE) Programme. Sheedy is Staff Officer for Operations Resources in the Logistics Department of the Singapore Civil Defense Force (SCDF) who took part in the Batch 7 of ACE Programme. “The ACE Programme participants have made me realise that our dedicated pool of disaster-management practitioners is the best asset that we have in building a disaster-ready and disaster-resilient ASEAN”, he claimed.

    Read more stories from Sheedy on how he enjoyed the learning process during the programme at https://thecolumn.ahacentre.org/posts/aha-centre-diary-1/vol-79-m-sheedy-bin-sies/

    The programme is part of the AHA Centre Executive (ACE) Programme 2018-2020 supported by the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    Belt Buckle in the Malaysian National Museum is a pure gold belt buckle. This buckle is also featured in the first online exhibition (e-exhibition) within ACHDA, so now it is possible to appreciate the design of the lotus flower and the colorful jewels scattered from various angles using the 3D viewer.

    The ASEAN Cultural Heritage Digital Archive (ACHDA) is a digital archive that allows you to centrally manage and browse the cultural heritage owned by each ASEAN country.

    The ACHDA project is supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    Be amazed by the newest addition of digitised items contributed by the National Museum of Myanmar (Yangon) to the ASEAN Cultural Heritage Digital Archive (ACHDA).

    Among the highlights of Myanmar’s captivating collection are dazzling gold manuscripts, an ancient Buddhist sculpture, a majestic royal throne, and a betel box decorated with precious gems such as diamonds, emeralds, and rubies.

    The ACHDA project is supported by the Government of Japan through the ASEAN-Japan Integration Fund (JAIF).

    The ASEAN-Japan Cybersecurity Capacity Building Centre (AJCCBC) announced that its online training titled “Exercise for Security Operation Center (SOC) Analysts” will be held from 7-11 February 2022. This extra hands-on training program from AJCCBC is a training where the participants will be provided with comprehensive knowledge and necessary skills to become an expert in analyzing security incidents, a critical role in the SOC.

    The training will cover three essential skills for SOC analysts including (1) knowledge of cyberattack methods, (2) knowledge of security products to detect and prevent cyberattacks, and (3) knowledge to analyse detected attacks.

    AJCCBC as the organizer hoped the participants are as thrilled and as enthusiastic as their team.

    This activity is part of Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) supported-project namely ASEAN-Japan Cybersecurity Capacity Building Centre (Step 2-2) which is currently underway.

    In ASEAN countries, gold is historically reserved only for special purposes such as for spiritual practices. Deemed as a luxury material, gold is used in religious objects to highlight their significance and distinguish them from the profane.

    Find out more about the application of gold leaf in many historical objects in the Golden Tales section of the “Forging History: Metals in the Crucible of ASEAN’s Transformation” in the e-exhibition on the ASEAN Cultural Heritage Archive (ACHDA) website.

    The ASEAN Cultural Heritage Digital Archive (ACHDA)- Phase 2 project is supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    The Japan International Cooperation Center (JICE) conducted the JENESYS Online Exchange Program for Thai Participants from 25-31 January 2022.

    The participants took part in the lecture “Attraction of Japan” by Prof. Yuichi Oda on the 1st day and they learned the geography, demography, and culture of Japan compared with those of Thailand.

    On the 2nd day, they enjoyed the virtual tour in Osu, Nagoya City. Many of them showed their interests in anime, food, and so on.

    On the 3rd day, half of the participants joined the virtual tour in Hakodate, Hokkaido, and enjoyed watching the scenery and visiting souvenir stores. Another half watched the lecture about Nagoya City by Mr. Rioya Wakayama, and they learned about its feature and nine touristic sites.

    On the 4th day, the participants discussed in their own groups about the presentation they were going to give on the final day.

    The 5th day was the last day of this program and 10 groups had presentations about their Action Plans.

    This program is part of the Japan’s Friendship Ties Programs JENESYS2021 “Inbound, Outbound and Follow Up Project” supported by the Government of Japan through Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    The ASEAN Socio Cultural Community (ASCC) Blueprint 2016-2025 is a statement of commitment and a guideline for ASEAN in building a community that engages and benefits ASEAN’s peoples; one that is inclusive, sustainable, resilient, and dynamic.

    2020 was a pivotal year and the halfway mark of the Blueprint. ASCC Monitoring Division (AMD), through the support of the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF), conducted the Mid-Term Review (MTR) of the implementation of ASCC Blueprint 2025 and a series of capacity building activities on the development of monitoring and evaluation system of the ASCC Sectoral Bodies work programmes in the ASEAN Member States. Both projects generated lessons learned for ASCC to keep the Blueprint relevant for Member States and the people of ASEAN. Over 320 participants from 15 ASCC Sectoral Bodies and the Senior Official committee of the ASCC (SOCA) across the ASEAN Member States participated in these training events. Post-evaluation surveys and tests revealed that the online training had successfully increased the knowledge score of participants from 44.3 per cent (pre-test) to 68 per cent (post-test).

    Read the full article in p.52 – 53 of The ASEAN Double Issue December 2021 – January 2022.

    Climate change remains one of the most challenging environmental issues of our generation and is an ongoing threat to global security. Its adverse impacts are manifested across communities around the world including in the Southeast Asian region.

    Aiming to put this climate crisis to an end, world leaders gathered at the 26th Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC COP26) from 31 October to 12 November 2021 in Glasgow, the United Kingdom. The UNFCCC COPs have served as a pivotal platform for countries to deliberate about transformational changes in global climate policy and action. ASEAN Member States certainly did not miss this pivotal momentum. All ASEAN Member States have committed to substantially reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the coming years as reflected in the official submission of their nationally determined contributions (NDCs) to the UNFCCC.

    In line with the Paris Agreement that encourages all Parties to formulate and communicate long-term low GHG emission development strategies, ASEAN has been paving the way to build preparedness and capacity towards this long-term vision. The ASEAN State of Climate Change Report was recently launched to provide an overall outlook on the state of play of climate change in Southeast Asia and identify priority actions by 2030.

    Read the full article in p.43 – 44 of The ASEAN Double Issue December 2021 – January 2022.

    The Development of the Report on the State of Climate Change in ASEAN Region is supported by the Government of Japan through Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    ASEAN Cultural Heritage Digital Archive (ACHDA) is a digital archive that centrally manages and publishes the cultural heritage of each ASEAN country.

    For the first time in AMLAD , it also archives 3D data such as stone statues. AMLAD® is a global digital archiving solution by NTT DATA, the implementing agency of ACHDA.

    The ACHDA project is supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    It’s been a great experience for Nova Eloiza Ybañez, the AHA Centre Executive (ACE) Programme Batch 7 participant from the Philippines, to learn and understand more the vision of One ASEAN One Response through the programme. She also believes that the programme will help her in developing her career as a disaster-management professional.

    Read more stories from Nova at https://thecolumn.ahacentre.org/posts/aha-centre-diary-1/vol-78-nova-eloiza/

    The programme is part of the AHA Centre Executive (ACE) Programme 2018-2020 supported by the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    The ASEAN Guidelines on Promoting Responsible Investment in Food, Agriculture and Forestry (ASEAN RAI) network is continuously developing tools and partnerships to support the adoption of more responsible investment practices in their sector and region.

    In this quarter’s ASEAN RAI newsletter, they highlight some of the progress, including:

    • The publication of the first three ASEAN RAI case studies;
    • New donor support from the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) and the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office;
    • Launch of Communities of Practice for the private sector and governments; and
    • Upcoming webinars on carbon and the ASEAN RAI case study series

    Read this quarter’s newsletter here: lnkd.in/gefGAJ9f

    To learn more about the ASEAN RAI, visit www.aseanraiguidelines.org

    The Government of Japan supports the ASEAN RAI through the JAIF project Creation and Testing of Learning and Accreditation Programme to Implement ASEAN-RAI Guidelines

    The application for four-day online exchange program is now open. This program which will be held on 16 – 22 February 2022 is targeted for undergraduate students in Cambodia. With the theme “Exploring the Attractions of Japan”, this program aims to encourage an understanding of Japan’s economics, society, history, diverse culture, politics, and diplomatic relations and to promote mutual trust and understanding among the peoples of Japan and the Asia-Pacific region and building a basis for future friendship and cooperation.

    This program is part of the Japan’s Friendship Ties Programs JENESYS2021 “Inbound, Outbound and Follow Up Project” supported by the Government of Japan through Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    Siti Nur Afiqah from the National Disaster Management Agency (NADMA) of Malaysia really enjoyed taking a Post Disaster Need Assessment (PDNA) course provided in the AHA Centre Executive (ACE) Programme Batch 7. Her impression about the programme in overall was enjoyable and safe learning environment. The programme also allowed the participants to express their opinions and thoughts in a non-judgmental environment.

    Read more stories from Afiqah and her experience involving in ACE Programme Batch 7 at https://thecolumn.ahacentre.org/the-column-vol-77/

    The programme is part of the AHA Centre Executive (ACE) Programme 2018-2020 supported by the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    The application for five-day online exchange program for Undergraduate students in Cambodia is now open. The program objectives are to encourage an understanding of Japan’s economics, society, history, diverse culture, politics, and diplomatic relations (especially of the program theme: Environment), to promote mutual trust and understanding among the peoples of Japan and the Asia-Pacific region and building a basis for future friendship and cooperation. The program which content virtual tour, school exchange, etc. will be run on 16 – 22 February 2022.

    Interested applicants may register by 2 February 2022 through this link: https://jice-inex.smktg.jp/public/seminar/view/1785

    This program is part of the Japan’s Friendship Ties Programs JENESYS2021 “Inbound, Outbound and Follow Up Project” supported by the Government of Japan through Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    The application for five-day online exchange program is now open. This program is targeted for technical school students, undergraduate students, graduate students or working adults of Lao PDR and will be held on 16 – 22 February 2022 which cover home visit, virtual tour, etc.

    The program objectives are to encourage an understanding of Japan’s economics, society, history, diverse culture, politics and diplomatic relations, and to promote mutual trust and understanding among the peoples of Japan and the Asia-Pacific region and building a basis for future friendship and cooperation.

    Interested participants are invited to register by 2 February 2022 through this link: https://jice-inex.smktg.jp/public/seminar/view/2080

    This program is part of the Japan’s Friendship Ties Programs JEN