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  • The ASEAN region has faced many health challenges over the past few years due to emerging diseases. While the ASEAN Health Sector has regional mechanisms in place to respond to all hazards and emerging health threats, the region needs a single regional entity to fully coordinate measures on preparedness, prevention, detection and response to health threats, including pandemics. Enhancing these capacities has been ongoing within the ASEAN Health Sector together with support from external partners and ASEAN Secretariat.

    A feasibility study, supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF), is currently underway to assess the suitability of establishing an institution to promote public health and safety through control and prevention of disease, injury, and disability at the regional level. The study will assess the financial, organisational and technical feasibility of setting up an institution, tentatively named as the ASEAN Centre for Public Health Emergencies and Emerging Diseases. In addition, the study will identify regional gaps and specific needs for fully implementing the World Health Organization’s International Health Regulations 2005. Findings and recommendations of the study will be released in late October 2020 and shared at the 37th ASEAN Summit.

    In addition to the above study, ASEAN-Japan cooperation in the area of COVID-19 has included technical support and sharing of information through various Plus Three platforms. Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe highlighted that expansion of regional cooperation, with there being free, timely and transparent sharing of information, is crucial in managing the virus. Solid regional cooperation such as establishing the ASEAN Centre on Public Health Emergencies and Emerging Diseases, is needed. Prime Minister Abe also reaffirmed Japan’s commitment towards expanding clinical research to develop medicines needed in dealing with COVID-19.

    Article is available for download on The ASEAN Magazine – Issue 3, July 2020, page 31.

    The project, ASEAN SDGs Frontrunner Cities Programme – Upgrading the ASEAN ESC Model Cities Programme supported by Government of Japan through Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) aims to support the sustainable development in the ASEAN region.

    In Myanmar, the project has piloted a waste composition study which surveyed data for five different categories (i.e. kitchen waste, plastic waste, business waste, organic waste and in-organic waste) within Bagan Archaeological Zone, which is part of the Bagan Cultural Heritage Area.

    The study identified plastics and organic waste as the two main categories to be prioritized in reduction efforts. Subsequently, the project supported the establishment community composting and waste separation centres in 5 model villages. The project was led by Institute for Global Strategies-IGES and  the survey was completed by Myanmar Koei with funding support of USD 20,000 from JAIF.

    The Government of Japan contributed approximately 5.5 billion yen to fund the establishment of the “ASEAN Infectious Disease Control Center” to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in response to the global outbreak of the new coronavirus. The aim is to improve measures against infectious diseases in the ASEAN region, and there is also the aim to increase Japan’s presence through this support.

    The concept of establishing a new center was announced by Prime Minister Abe at a video conference between the ASEAN and the leaders of the three countries of Japan, China and South Korea in April. Japan will bear all of the establishment costs and will discuss operating costs in the future. In order to prevent the outbreak of COVID-19 and future infectious diseases, it is envisioned to conduct surveys and analysis on the infectious diseases and to train medical personnel.

    Selection of candidate site and construction of the center will be implemented through contributions to the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF). By utilizing Japanese knowledge, the project aims to improve the medical standard in the ASEAN region, and assist Japanese companies to further advance into ASEAN.

    Taking off from Go Negosyo’s Kapatid Mentor ME (KMME) Program, the ASEAN Business Advisory Council Philippines through Go Negosyo’s Founder PA Joey Concepcion’s chairmanship, is continuously pushing to make mentorship regional through its legacy project, ASEAN Mentorship for Entrepreneurs Network (AMEN).

    Following the success of AMEN’s pilot runs in Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines supported by Government of Japan through Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF), ASEAN-BAC held the live Stakeholder Meeting on 17 July 2019 at 9AM Manila time. Through the platform, regional experts and dialogue partners would share their best practices in helping their local MSMEs.

    Japanese Standards Association (JSA), under the ASEAN cooperation project Development of ASEAN Common Qualification Scheme for Quality Control Experts supported by the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF). The project assists the ASEAN countries and contributes to the promotion of economic growth of the ASEAN countries by utilizing our experience in quality control education, which is QC KENTEI (Quality Management and Quality Control Examination).

    This project is supporting to promote the level of quality control among people in companies, schools and contribute to improving the quality of products and services in ASEAN countries. Specifically, the design of a common QC KENTEI scheme will assess quality control competence for company employees in ASEAN countries. In Japan, JSA has been implementing the qualification scheme for QC KENTEI since 2005. Until the end of 2019, around 580,000 people have obtained qualification for all the grades (from 1 to 4) in total. Around 170,000 people have obtained grade 4 qualification. JSA has been entrusted with the JAIF project since 2020 to promote the level of quality control in ASEAN member countries.

  • All around the world, daily life has been transformed by the Covid-19 Pandemic. Since the emergence of the coronavirus in December last year, most governments have imposed travel restrictions and some form of stay-at-home order, bringing once bustling cities to a standstill. Streets, shopping centres, restaurants, parks and offices usually heaving with people have been plunged into silence, painting uncanny scenes of desolation and stillness. Life has shifted online, with technology seamlessly replacing face-to-face interactions for the most part and helping to break up the monotony and loneliness of self-isolation: food delivery and shopping applications, online courses, streaming services and video conferencing calls have become du jour for those adjusting to the “new normal”. With most places of entertainment also forced to shutter, digital alternatives to cultural amenities have gained momentum over the last few months as people are no longer able to simply pop into a museum, cinema, theatre or concert hall to while away time.

    The launch of the ASEAN Cultural Heritage Digital Archive (ACHDA) on 27 February 2020 marks one such push towards promoting open access to regional arts and heritage. This ACDHA project is implemented with the support of the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF), which was established in 2006 with contributions from the Japanese government. Currently in its first phase, the ACHDA website offers a detailed look into more than 160 artefacts from six Indonesian, Malaysian and Thai cultural institutions comprising museums, libraries and galleries. Relics such as the Yupa inscriptions from Indonesia, traditional musical instruments from Malaysia, and manuscript cabinets and chests from Thailand are on display in the form of three dimensional (3D) models, allowing users to zoom in on every area of interest and fully appreciate the intricacies of their handiwork.

    Article is available for download on ASEAN Focus – Issue 2/2020, page 31-33.

    Since early January, ASEAN Member States and the ASEAN Health Sector have launched national and regional measures to stop the spread of the disease. These collective actions have not ceased; and there is increased cooperation with health and non-health partners to mitigate the impact of this pandemic. The numbers of cases of COVID-19 and deaths are still increasing. The ASEAN region—with all its 10 ASEAN Member States having reported outbreaks of COVID-19 since the first confirmed case on 13 January 2020—has more than 124,000 people infected with the virus. About 3,600 people have died in seven ASEAN Member States. Cambodia, Lao PDR, and Viet Nam are the only countries with no reported fatalities. The CFR in this region ranges from as low as 0.06 to as high as 5.47 among the affected countries.

    Increased cooperation with external partners has built upon existing ASEAN regional mechanisms and platforms. ASEAN has been engaging with health focal points of Japan who has been supportive in technical exchanges on Covid-19 though the ASEAN Plus Three health platforms. Funds from Government of Japan through Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) are currently supporting the conduct of a Feasibility Study on the Establishment of the ASEAN Centre for Public Health Emergencies and Emerging Diseases which is being implemented on June-October 2020. This is a critical mechanism which hopes to bring together relevant initiatives that strengthen public health emergency preparedness and response capacity of the ASEAN region.

    Article is available for download on The ASEAN Magazine – Issue 2, June 2020, page 32.

    Post-COVID-19, as we enter a new normal, we will see more people adopting and embracing digital technologies in multiple facets of our lives. Likewise, the digital evolution will bring profound changes to the arts and culture landscape in our region. As it is, 55.1 per cent of the global population is now connected to the Internet, while in ASEAN, the rate is higher, with 64 per cent of the population plugged online. Eighty per cent of the internet traffic revolves around video consumption.

    Riding the digital waves, ASEAN is working with its partners to promote arts and culture in innovative and creative ways. ASEAN and Japan recently launched an interactive portal to digitally archive cultural artefacts in the region. This initiative is timely following the shutdown of museums and other cultural sites due to the pandemic. The ASEAN Cultural Heritage Digital Archive not only promotes greater awareness and appreciation of ASEAN culture, but does so in an equitable and inclusive way, allowing all in the region to access and learn about the rich diversity and vibrancy of the arts and culture of ASEAN.

    ASEAN Cultural Heritage Digital Archive is supported by Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    Article is available for download on The ASEAN Magazine – Issue 2, June 2020, page 37.

    The ASEAN Secretariat (Jakarta, Indonesia) is promoting the “ASEAN Cultural Heritage Digital Archive (ACHDA)” project, which aims at preserving and passing on ASEAN’s cultural heritage by digitizing and archiving them on an online archive site for public access.

    Asahi Hasebe, who is the person in charge for sales said, “we thought NTTDATA’s digital archiving solution “AMLAD” can be applied to contribute to cultivating a sense of unity among the ASEAN Member States (AMS). We discussed with the ASEAN Secretariat through the Mission of Japan to ASEAN and were able to gain understanding of its significance. Under such circumstances, it was decided that this project would be implemented by the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) contributed by the Government of Japan.”

    The project was approved and started in June 2018. Out of the 10 AMS, it was discussed which country’s cultural heritage should be digitized in the first phase, and NTTDATA continued to negotiate with the ASEAN Secretariat and the relevant cultural ministries of each country. As a result, it was decided to be Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia.

    Previously, the “AMLAD” project supported only image, audio and movie data such as documents and paintings. In addition to these heritage, ACHDA introduced a new trial, the digitalization of three-dimensional shaped objects such as Buddha statues and jewelry.

    Kenichi Kawashima, Project Manager of ACHDA, felt the awe of dealing with the important cultural heritage, while acquiring data without contacting the object, the work was carried out with the utmost care in choosing the method that has the least impact on the heritage itself.

    “Even though it was hard work, the staff in each country cooperated with tremendous amount of passion. Their zeal helped us out time and time again,” says Hasebe and Kawashima.

    Digitization itself was completed at the end of 2019. Even after the new year, preparations for the release of ACHDA website continued until the ACHDA site was successfully released on 27 February 2020. Phases 2 and 3 are planned for the remaining 7 AMSs.

    The AHA Centre in collaboration with the Office of Civil Defense of the Philippines has been providing support to the ongoing operations brought by the effects of Covid-19 in the Philippines. The work has been done throughout March-May 2020.

    From the DELSA satellite warehouse in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City, the AHA Centre released 5,000 personal hygiene kits procured with the support from the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF). The 1,000 hygiene kits have been mobilised to Legazpi City in Alabay and 4,000 hygiene kits to Tacloban City in Leyte, to be distributed to different quarantine sites of local governments to support their Covid-19 response.

    The ASEAN Emergency Response and Assessment Team (ASEAN-ERAT) is designed to support National Disaster Management Organisation (NDMO) of the affected country during the first phase of disaster emergency at a very short notice. Whenever a disaster occurs in Southeast Asian region, ASEAN-ERAT members are ready to be deployed within eight hours after the emergency alert is activated or based on the request of the NDMO of the affected country.

    As of January 2020, 141 members of ASEAN-ERAT were deployed to 28 emergencies in 7 ASEAN countries. The Government of Japan through Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) has supported the effort of the AHA Centre to strengthen the capacity of the ASEAN-ERAT to fulfil its mandate.

    The ASEAN-Japan Cybersecurity Policy Meeting has been held since 2009 to strengthen mutual understanding and cooperation of cybersecurity policies in Japan and ASEAN, and carry out cooperative activities to resolve common issues. Under this framework, cyber and desktop exercises have been continuously conducted with ASEAN member states since Fiscal Year 2013.

    In addition, the Japan-ASEAN Integrated Fund (JAIF) contributed by the Japanese Government was used to establish the ASEAN-Japan Cybersecurity Capacity Building Centre in Bangkok, Thailand, and by providing practical Cyber Defense Exercise with Recurrence (CYDER), etc., to cyber security officers of government agencies of AMS and important infrastructure operators, we are promoting cooperation in building cybersecurity capacity in ASEAN.

    On November 28, 2019, the journey of 18 AHA Centre Executive (ACE) Programme Batch 6 participants finally came to an end, recognised through a graduation ceremony at the AHA Centre’s office in Jakarta. The training comprising 23 courses, visited 5 countries, and was implemented throughout 5 months.

    Sridewanto Pinuji, one of alumnae wrote their journey and shared what are the lessons learned, remarks, and messages from the closing ceremony of the AHA Centre Executive Programme Batch 6.

    The ACE Programme is training for future leaders of national disaster management offices (NDMOs) in ASEAN countries conducted by the AHA Centre. The Programme is supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    At the Japan-ASEAN Summit in December 2005, Prime Minister Koizumi (at that time) announced a contribution of approximately $70 million to support ASEAN’s efforts to promote integration towards the establishment of the ASEAN Community. In March 2006, Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) has been installed.

    Furthermore, at the Japan-ASEAN Special Summit in December 2013, Prime Minister Abe announced a contribution of JAIF2.0 of 100 million dollars. In addition, the Government of Japan is making additional contributions to promote youth exchange, economic partnership between Japan and ASEAN, and measures against large-scale disasters.

    JAIF has contributed greatly to the promotion of Japan-ASEAN cooperation in a wide range of fields to date.

    For Japan and ASEAN, which have many natural disasters, disaster response is a common issue for both Japan and ASEAN.

    Japan has been promoting cooperation to protect people’s lives and properties from disasters for many years, including support for capacity building of the AHA Centre.

    At the 2013 Japan-ASEAN Special Summit, Japan once again emphasized the need for disaster management cooperation, and have launched a disaster cooperation enhancement package with a focus on enhancing humanitarian assistance and disaster prevention.

    In addition, Japan has been using the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) since the establishment of the AHA Centre to monitor the disaster situation in the region using ICT system and a stockpiling system (DELSA) that provides emergency relief supplies to the disaster-stricken areas.

    Since its establishment, the AHA Centre has responded to over 15 large-scale disasters, all of which used DELSA and ICT systems. We will continue to fully cooperate not only in the management aspect, but also in ensuring that the AHA Centre functions well as a regional disaster prevention hub.

  • The ASEAN Competition Action Plan (ACAP) calls for at least five peer reviews of ASEAN competition regimes to be undertaken by 2025. Following the enactment of competition law in nine ASEAN Member States (AMS), ASEAN endeavors to ensure the effectiveness of its competition regimes by setting-up institutions, developing implementing regulations and procedural guidelines, and developing the capacity of its competition officials to ensure proper enforcement of its laws and policies.

    The ASEAN Competition peer review process will involve the participation of not only AMS as peer reviewers, but also external consultants to gain an independent view of the competition regimes of the peer reviewed country. Various competition policy and law-related stakeholders will also be involved in the assessment to gain a comprehensive picture on the assessment. The ASEAN CPL Peer Review Process builds upon the ASEAN Self-Assessment Toolkit on Competition Enforcement and Advocacy, which was developed by the AEGC in 2017.

    The Guidance Document was developed with the support from Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    Directorate of Science Technology Area and Business Incubator- Bogor Institute of Agriculture (IPB) University (Sains Teknologi and Inkubator Bisnis-STP IPB University) conducts international business matching, particularly from the Southeast Asian region. Known as the ASEAN-JAIF ABINet Business Matching 2020, the event was attended by 32 startups in the ASEAN region.

    Rector of IPB, Arif Satria in Bogor, Thursday (12/3), opened the event which is under the auspices of the ASEAN Business Incubator Network (ABINet), investors from Japan and Southeast Asia. Also present is I Wayan Dipta as the Project Manager, Hadi K Purwadaria as Project Coordinator, and Destry Anna Sari as Chair of the ASEAN Coordinating Committee on Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (ACCMSME).

    Promoting SME Competitiveness through ASEAN Business Incubator Network – ABINet is supported by the government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    Business Matching 2020 was held at Science Techno Park (STP) of the University of IPB on 11-4 March 2020. This activity provided an opportunity for start-up businesses to connect with investors. Business Matching was attended by 32 startups as well as investors from Japan and Southeast Asia. INOTEK as a member of the ASEAN-ABINet Incubator Association has included one of its mentee “Green Well” to take part in this Business Matching activity. Green Well is a start-up business producing infiltrated wells to address water crisis issues particularly in densely populated communities.
    This Promoting SME Competitiveness through ASEAN Business Incubator Network- ABINetproject is supported by Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) to promote and foster Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in Southeast Asia.

    The 14th ASEAN-Japan Joint Cooperation Committee Meeting held at the ASEAN Secretariat today underscored the commitment of both sides to further advance their partnership. The meeting welcomed the progress in realising the Implementation Plan of the 2013 Vision Statement on ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation. Approximately 95% of the action lines under the Plan have been addressed.

    The meeting discussed ways to implement the Joint Statement of the 22nd ASEAN-Japan Summit on Connectivity adopted in November last year and welcomed initiatives from both sides to enhance the regional connectivity. ASEAN appreciated Japan’s continued support for ASEAN’s development including its contribution to the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund. Priorities in 2020 would be given to supporting programmes and projects in the areas of maritime cooperation, connectivity, UN Sustainable Development Goals, economic and other areas such as digital economy, MSMEs, disaster management.

    INOTEK and Business Incubator NSTDA, once again collaborated to hold a Third Visit Co-Incubation program for the Living Powder start-up supported by ASEAN-JAIF. This activity was held on 16-22 February 2020 in Thailand. The activities carried out including business consulting, business matching, market surveys and pilot plant projects. The activity objective was to assist Living Powder team to prioritize type of products to be exported, how to do closing, improve organizational management, expand networks, partner with potential distributors and gain business knowledge of the global market.

    This Promoting SME Competitiveness through ASEAN Business Incubator Network- ABINetproject is supported by Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) to promote and foster Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in Southeast Asia.

    NTT DATA has built a digital archive system that aggregates the cultural heritage of the entire ASEAN region with the ASEAN Cultural Heritage Digital Archive, a digitization project promoted by the ASEAN Secretariat. As the first phase, they released a digital archive of about 160 cultural heritage sites in Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia.

    Digital archiving of historical and cultural heritage of the entire ASEAN region with a population of more than 650 million people. Such a magnificent project is currently underway.

    The project, named “ASEAN Cultural Heritage Digital Archive”, digitizes the valuable historical and cultural heritage of ASEAN countries (Indonesia, Cambodia, Singapore, Thailand, Philippines, Brunei, Vietnam, Malaysia, Myanmar and Laos). To build a digital archive system that aggregates the cultural heritage of the entire region. Implemented by the ASEAN Secretariat, NTT Data will be responsible for the actual digitization.

    The project is implemented with the support of the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF), which was established in 2006 with contributions from the Japanese government. The archived cultural heritage is published on the website “ACHDA”, where you can see not only image, sound and video data, but also 3D data of three-dimensional objects.

    “This will be an important step in ASEAN’s primary goal of increasing people’s understanding and appreciation of the region’s rich and diverse cultural heritage,” said Kung Phoak, Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN for Socio-Cultural Community. “As we strive to foster ASEAN identity, we hope that ASEAN citizens using this website will better understand the shared cultural heritage and have a sense of belonging to a larger region.”

    On February 27, the launch of ACHDA website was announced at the ASEAN Cultural Heritage Digital Archive Concluding Forum held at the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta.

    ACHDA website: https://heritage.asean.org/

    ACHDA project aims to support the digitalization of ASEAN’s rich and diverse cultural heritages by setting up an online portal for wider public access. The Government of Japan supports this project through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF). The phase 1 of this project which started in December 2018 has digitalized cultural heritages in Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand.

    Attendees to the forum included H.E. CHIBA Akira, Ambassador of Japan to ASEAN, H.E. Kung Phoak, Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN for ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community, Mr. Anato Kusuma Seta, Senior Advisor, Ministry of Education and Culture of the Republic of Indonesia and Mr. Tsuchihashi Ken, President and CEO of NTT DATA Asia Pacific. In his opening remarks, Ambassador Chiba stated that it was his pleasure to see the advanced Japanese technology by NTT DATA playing an indispensable role to launch this project, and he hoped the ACHDA Website would enhance interest in ASEAN culture by the people in ASEAN and the world.

    NTT Data Corp has built a digital archive system for the ASEAN Cultural Heritage Digital Archive (ACHDA) project, being conducted by the ASEAN Secretariat to digitize the valuable historical cultural heritage of ASEAN countries. The first phase of this project has been completed, with a digital archive created of 160 cultural assets from Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia. The second phase of the project, supposed to begin from fiscal 2020, will be to digitally archive cultural assets from Cambodia, Vietnam, Myanmar and Laos, and make them available on the archive site. The project will be expanded to include all 10 ASEAN member states in the future.

    The cultural heritage archive became publicly available on Thursday for anyone in the world to view online at the ACHDA website. This system supports the images, audio recordings, and video data that are available on other NTT Data digital archive systems, as well as an expanded capability to handle three-dimensional models of physical objects. The project is supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    Southeast Asia’s museums, galleries and libraries are preserving their most fragile collection items using 3D data technology, making them available online for anyone who wants to take a close look. Anyone can visit the website, browse the items, and zoom in and turn the 3D items around to various angles. Items currently in the archive come from six institutions in Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia, including the National Museum of Indonesia and the National Library of Thailand.

    “I hope ASEAN citizens using the website will better appreciate the shared cultural heritage and instill in them a greater regional sense of belonging,” said Deputy-Secretary General of the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community Kung Phoak. Digitization contributes to the preservation of old, fragile items which represent valuable cultural heritage, said Katsuichi Sonoda, senior vice president of Japanese multinational system integration company NTT Data.

    NTT Data, with the generous support of the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF), has provided its Advanced Museum Library Archives Deposit (AMLAD) system for digital archiving, which has been used for other facilities such as the Vatican Library. NTT Data said this was the first time it had provided a 3D archiving function.

    Digitization is one way to make cultural heritage a legacy for the future generations, according to NTT Data Asia Pacific chief executive Ken Tsuchihashi. NTT Data is the Japanese tech company behind the digital archiving of many of the world’s cultural assets, including the recently launched Asean Cultural Heritage Digital Archive (ACHDA) with support of the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    Cultural heritage relics are known for being extremely susceptible to natural or man-made disasters or degradation. Often, restorations are carried out from time to time with hopes that the asset in hand can return to its original state. On the ACHDA, the smallest objects submitted were Malaysian 16th-century gold coins with a diameter of 1 centimeter. One of them was the gold coin used in the reign of Sultan Alau’uddin Riayat Shah. Meanwhile, the largest object to date is the Paris Clock submitted by the National Library of Thailand with a height of 202.5 meters. The clock is adorned with golden carvings of the clash between lightning goddess Mekhala and thunder god Ramansura.

    ASEAN Cultural Heritage Digital Archive (ACHDA) project was commenced and being conducted by the ASEAN Secretariat to digitize the valuable historical cultural heritage of ASEAN countries. The project is supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    ASEAN has launched the first phase of their ASEAN Cultural Heritage Digital Archive (ACHDA) website in the ASEAN Secretariat Building, South Jakarta, on Thursday, February 27, 2020. With support from the Indonesian, Malaysian and Thai governments, the ACHDA have managed to digitize 160 cultural heritage artefacts through their collaboration with many museums and libraries, including the Indonesian National Museum, the Malaysia Department of Museums and the National Library of Thailand.

    “I hope ASEAN citizens using the website will better appreciate the shared cultural heritage and instill in them a greater regional sense of belonging as we work towards fostering the ASEAN identity,” remarked Deputy Secretary General for the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community Kung Phoak, in the launch of the ACHDA. Work for the project initially began in 2018 with assistance from the Japanese Government through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    The first digital archive of the valuable historical cultural heritage of ASEAN Member States (AMS) was launched today. The ASEAN Cultural Heritage Digital Archive (ACHDA) website showcases over 160 digitised heritage items from Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand. The website allows visitors to have an in-depth look into the collections of museums, galleries, and libraries through three-dimensional (3D) models, images, audio recordings and valuable videos of cultural heritage of the three countries participating in the project’s first phase.

    The project is supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF). Japan Ambassador to ASEAN Akira Chiba further mentioned that “anyone can access many cultural heritage easily and instantly through this ACHDA website anytime and anywhere.” The first phase of the project began in 2018 and the second phase, scheduled to start in mid-2020, will digitise collections from Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, and Viet Nam. All the AMS will be covered by the project in succeeding years.

    The first digital archive of the valuable historical and cultural heritage of ASEAN member states was launched today, according to a written statement issued by ASEAN Secretariat and received here Thursday. The ASEAN Cultural Heritage Digital Archive (ACHDA) website showcases over 160 digitized heritage items from Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand.

    The ACHDA project is an important step in ASEAN’s pursuit towards enhancing the public’s understanding and appreciation of the rich and diverse cultural heritage of the region, Deputy-Secretary General of the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community Kung Phoak stated in his opening remarks. “I hope ASEAN citizens using the website will better appreciate the shared cultural heritage and instill in them a greater regional sense of belonging as we work towards fostering ASEAN identity. Today’s launching of the ACHDA website is timely as we celebrate the 2020 Year of ASEAN Identity,” Kung Phoak said.

    Anyone can access the cultural heritage easily and instantly through this ACHDA website anytime and anywhere, Japan Ambassador to ASEAN Akira Chiba further mentioned. “This is an innovative project benefitting not only ASEAN but the whole world. It is my pleasure to see advanced Japanese technology playing an indispensable role to launch this project using JAIF,” Chiba said.

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

    ASEAN Cultural Heritage Digital Archive (ACHDA) project was commenced and being conducted by the ASEAN Secretariat to digitize the valuable historical cultural heritage of ASEAN countries. The project is supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    ASEAN has launched the first phase of their ASEAN Cultural Heritage Digital Archive (ACHDA) website and it is publicly available online from 27 February, the system supports images, audio recordings and video data which are available on other NTT Data digital archive systems, in addition to handling three-dimensional models of physical objects.

    The project is being rolled out through financial support from the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF), established in 2006 with the contribution from the Japanese government.

    From February 24 to March 4, 115 youths from U-19 national soccer team and officials from the soccer associations of the ASEAN 4 countries (Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar) and Timor-Leste participating in the “Youth Sports Exchange (Soccer)” will visit Japan.

    The delegates will visit Ibusuki City, Kagoshima Prefecture as a program under the theme of “sports exchange (soccer)” and from February 26 to March 1, with the cooperation of the Japan Football Association, joint soccer practice, exchange matches, and meetings will be held among the young participants from different countries and Japan. In addition, during their stay, they will visit the soccer museum and experience cultural activities.

    Through this program, young people from participating countries, who will play important roles in the future, are expected to deepen their friendship and understanding of Japan and proactively communicate the charm of Japan learned through their experience of visiting Japan.

    On February 18, 12 ASEAN Secretariat officials visited GRIPS. 12 participants visited Japan as part of Attachment Officers Program supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) (dispatch of young government officials from Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Viet Nam to the ASEAN Secretariat for one year with the aim to improve the administrative ability of participants).

    First, President Akihiko Tanaka gave a welcome speech, followed by Vice President, Mikiyama Masuyama’s overview of the university. Later, 24 international students studying at the university’s Master’s Program Young Leaders Program (YLP) joined. YLP is a scholarship program of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), in which promising young government officials who are expected to play an active role as future national leaders in Asian countries and Central European countries are gathered.

    The students who are currently studying at GRIPS gave explanations about the significance and attractiveness of studying at YLP, and the delegates also listened very interestedly. There were also specific questions about procedures required for admission.

    In the second half, the venue was moved to the dining room and a social gathering was held. It was a very good opportunity to see the active exchange of opinions between the visiting team, who are also young administrative officers, and YLP students.

    On February 17th, a delegate of 138 college students from ASEAN Countries and Timor-Leste participating in JENESYS 2019 Japan-ASEAN Student Conference paid a courtesy call to Mr. NAKAYAMA Norihiro, Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

    In his welcoming address, Mr. Nakayama expressed his great pleasure that the participants have had many meaningful experiences and deepened their understanding of Japan through the exchange programs such as visits to regional cities and exchanges of views under the common theme “What the youths in Asian nations and Japan can do”. He hoped the participants will keep contact with their new friends met in this program and each participant will become a bridge between Japan and their countries.

    Two students representing the participants expressed their gratitude for having the opportunities to join the program in which they could learn more about Japanese tradition and culture they hoped that the collaborative relationship between Japan and Asian countries will be further promoted and submitted the Declaration of Action to Mr. Nakayama as an outcome of the conference.

    At the end of the courtesy call, Mr. NAKAYAMA, guests and the participants took photos together to commemorate the program.

    The JENESYS2019 is an exchange programme for the youths of Japan and ASEAN supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    From February 18 to 26, 16 Japanese university students and others will visit Laos. While visiting Laos, they will visit and inspect the Japanese Embassy in Laos and Japanese companies to deepen their knowledge of the relationship between Japan and Laos, Japan’s economic and technological development assistance and international contributions. In addition, through university exchanges and homestay experiences, they will deepen understanding of Laos’s lifestyle and culture, and work to communicate the appeal of Japan to exchanges with Lao people.

    Through this program, young people who have the ability to transmit information to the future generation of Japan will deepen their knowledge based on the themes, actively disseminate information on Japan, promote understanding of Japan in Laos. It is expected to contribute to strengthening the foundation for mutual understanding and trusting relationships. The JENESYS2019 is an exchange programme for the youths of Japan and ASEAN supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    From February 18 to February 26, 15 Japanese and other university students will visit Cambodia.

    During their visit to Cambodia, the group will work on disseminating Japan’s appeal through joint practice with the theme-related Norton University, visiting the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, and interacting with local people.

    In addition, the tour will visit the Chroy Changwar Bridge, which was rebuilt with Japan’s Grant Aid, and deepen their knowledge of Japan’s international contribution. In addition, the tour will visit Phnom Penh city, the Royal Palace and National Museum, Tuol Sleng Museum, Wat Phnom, etc. to deepen their understanding of Cambodian culture, society and history.

    Through this program, young people who have the ability to transmit information to the future generations of Japan will deepen their knowledge based on the themes, actively disseminate information on Japan, promote understanding of Japan in Cambodia. It is expected to contribute to strengthening the foundation for mutual understanding and trusting relationships.

    The JENESYS2019 is an exchange programme for the youths of Japan and ASEAN supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    From February 11 to February 19, 21 young executives from Vietnam will visit Japan.

    The group will visit Tokyo, Chiba and Okayama prefectures as a program on the theme of “Exchange of Young Government Officers”. We plan to deepen our understanding of Japan through lectures on Japanese politics, administration, culture, agriculture, disaster prevention, and visits to facilities where Japanese technology can be learned. In addition, through homestays and tours of each region, they will directly experience Japanese culture and experience the charm of Japan.

    Through this program, young government officials, who will be responsible for the future of Vietnam, will deepen their understanding and interest in thematic knowledge and Japanese culture, and after returning to Vietnam, they will improve their administrative skills in their daily work based on their knowledge of Japanese administration. It is expected that they will not only improve their skills, but also be active speakers of Japan’s charm.

    From February 9 to 18, 131 university students from 10 ASEAN countries (Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam) and Timor-Leste participating in the “Japan-ASEAN Student Conference” will visit Japan.

    The meeting was divided into five groups, with the common theme of “What the youths in Asian nations and Japan can do”. University students in Japan and participating countries will attend lectures related to the event, visit related facilities, exchange opinions with stakeholders, and hold workshops. Before returning from Japan, they will announce the “Declaration of Action” as an outcome at a report meeting in Tokyo. A courtesy visit to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is scheduled for February 17.

    Through this program, young people in future participating countries will share their current situation in Japan with each country on each issue, exchange opinions to solve problems, realize their abilities and potential, and become aware of social contribution. It is hoped that the participants will become effective callers of Japan’s charm through their experience of enhancing the mutual understanding between Japan and the participating countries, deepening the friendship among the participants and understanding the value of Japan.

    The JENESYS2019 is an exchange programme for the youths of Japan and ASEAN supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    A key aim for the AHA Centre – under One ASEAN, One Response vision – is to increase the speed and scale of disaster response across the ASEAN region.

    Supporting and innovating current ASEAN disaster management processes forms a key element in such efforts, and significant attention has been afforded to increasing and expanding the region’s relief preparedness, with a focus to ASEAN’s stockpile of relief items, housed and coordinated through the Disaster Emergency Logistics System for ASEAN (DELSA) warehouse in Subang, Malaysia.

    The other two DELSA satellite warehouses are located in Thailand and the Philippines, with both forming accessible, efficient and innovative options for the region to deliver much-needed relief items to communities affected by disaster anywhere in the region.

    DELSA is a project which aims to establish a system that will quickly deliver relief items to disaster-affected areas in the ASEAN region. The Government of Japan supports this project through Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    On January 14, a commemorative ceremony for the introduction of a new training system using the Internet was held at the ASEAN Regional Training Center (Malaysia), a facility for training Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) operators in 10 ASEAN member states supported by the Japan Coast Guard.

    Mr. Masamune Wada (Parliamentary Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism) and Mr. Norihiro Takasugi (Director-General of Maritime Traffic Department, Japan Coast Guard) came from Japan, and Mr. Kamarudin Jaffar, Deputy Minister of Transport and Director-General Baharin from Maritime Department of Malaysia, as well as Embassies of ASEAN Member States in Malaysia.

    This center is a training facility mainly for training VTS operators, which are lacking capacity in ASEAN countries, in order to ensure navigation safety in the seas around ASEAN. The Center was established by the support and cooperation Japan Coast Guard in July 2017 through Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    Clearance of deadly landmines and other remnants of wars is extremely important for people who live in contaminated regions of the ASEAN Member States (AMS). The harsh reality is that it will take considerable time and work to de-fuse all the residual explosive devices. Meanwhile, alongside the painstaking clearance process, it is vital to protect and educate people, especially curious children, of the dangers of going into hazardous areas or triggering deadly old weapons.

    To tackle these important issues, the ASEAN Regional Mine Action Center (ARMAC) took the initiative to convene a major consultative meeting on 6 February 2020 on the issue of “Good Practices and Integrated Approaches to Mine/Explosive Remnants of War (ERW) Risk Education for Affected Communities in AMS.”

    The Regional Consultative Meeting was the culmination of a ground-breaking one-year research and consultation project by ARMAC, with the generous support of the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF), to analyse and document the AMS’ diversity of mine/ERW risk education (MRE) approaches in educating their populations on the dangers of landmines and ERW, as well as the efforts made to avoid these risks.

    The ASEAN Regional Mine Action Center (ARMAC) convened a major consultative meeting on the issue of “Good Practices and Integrated Approaches to Mine/Explosive Remnants of War (ERW) Risk Education for Affected Communities in ASEAN Member States (AMS).” This Meeting was the culmination of one-year research and consultation project by ARMAC, supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    During the opening, the Chair of ARMAC’s Steering Committee and Ambassador of Viet Nam to Cambodia Vu Quang Minh expressed gratitude to the Government of Japan for their continued support of the project and to representatives of AMS for their expertise and time.

    Ambassador Minh urged participants to continue their good efforts in working to enhance the ASEAN capacity to effectively address the problems of landmines and ERW” and looked forward to a future of peace and prosperity.

    Representing Japan and the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund, Mitori Naoki, Councilor, Consular Office of Japan in Siem Reap, noted Japan’s strong commitment to ASEAN mine action and highlighted that Japan has consistently partnered with the AMS in the mine/ERW sector through financial contributions, provision of equipment and the dispatching of experts.

    From February 4 to February 12, 20 people from the four Mekong countries (Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam), including civil servants engaged in natural resources and the environment, will visit Japan.

    The group will visit Tokyo, Kanagawa and Toyama prefectures as a program with the theme of “Environmental Technology Exchange in the Four Mekong Countries”. In addition to participating in lectures related to environmental technology, they plan to deepen understanding of Japan through exchanges in environmental technology, such as visiting theme-related facilities and universities. In addition, through homestays and tours of each region, they will directly experience Japanese culture and experience the charm of Japan.

    Through this program, it is expected that young people who will be the future leaders of the four Mekong countries will deepen their knowledge based on the theme, deepen their understanding and interest in Japanese culture, etc.

    The JENESYS2019 is an exchange programme for the youths of Japan and ASEAN supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    From February 4 to February 11, 11 young Indonesian journalists will visit Japan as part of JENESYS2019.

    After visiting the ASEAN-Japan Center, the National Diet Building, and TV Tokyo in Tokyo, the group will visit Fukushima Prefecture, and inspect local media and the Environmental Creation Center for efforts to recover from the Great East Japan Earthquake. They will learn the importance of communicating information quickly.

    Through this program, it is hoped that the people who will be the future leaders of Indonesia will deepen their understanding and interests in Japan from various angles and will actively share their experiences when visiting Japan and the attractiveness of Japan.

    The JENESYS2019 is an exchange programme for the youths of Japan and ASEAN supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    Ten young politics oriented Cambodians will visit Japan as a part of the JENESYS2019 program from January 23 to 31. Under the theme of “Japanese multiparty democracy”, the group will attend lectures and visit legislative, administrative and judicial institutions in Tokyo, as well as Hachioji-city to observe the process of a local election. They will also travel to Tokushima prefecture and visit sites related to the local administrative and culture to deepen their understanding of Japan.

    Through the program, it is expected that the participants, who will lead the future of Cambodia, will enrich their views on Japanese multiparty democracy as reference for the democratic development of their country. The JENESYS2019 is an exchange programme for the youths of Japan and ASEAN supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    From January 21 to 29, 14 young Judo practitioners from Myanmar will visit Japan. The group will visit Tokyo, Saitama and Kanagawa as a program on the theme of “sports exchange (judo)”. In addition to visiting judo-related facilities, museums, universities, etc., they will participate in lectures and exchanges in Tsurugashima City, the host town of Myanmar at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, and participated in sports exchanges including judo. In addition, through homestays and tours of each region, they will directly experience Japanese culture and experience the charm of Japan.

    Through this program, young people who will play a role in Myanmar’s future are expected to deepen their knowledge based on the themes, deepen their understanding and interest in Japanese culture, etc., and after returning to their country, they are expected to become active promoters of Japan’s appeal.

    The JENESYS2019 is an exchange programme for the youths of Japan and ASEAN supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    From January 21 to January 29, 17 high school and university students from Brunei will visit Japan as part of JENESYS2019.

    The group will visit Tokyo, Kanagawa, and Osaka under the theme of “sports exchange (judo)” to implement international exchange projects. In Tokyo, we will visit the Olympic Museum, Touken Museum, Nippon Sport Science University, etc., and interact with Japanese judo players through judo at Kodokan. In Kanagawa Prefecture, they will deepen understanding of Japan by experiencing Japanese culture at Omotoyama Sojiji. In Osaka Prefecture, they will interact with Japanese students through Judo at Setsunan University and increase interest in Japan by deepening exchanges with local residents at homestays.

    Through this program, it is expected that the friendship between Japan and Brunei will be further strengthened, and that the group will actively disseminate their experiences on visiting Japan and Japanese culture and attractions.

    The JENESYS2019 is an exchange programme for the youths of Japan and ASEAN supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    In Malaysia, we held talks with the Deputy Minister of Transport, including important issues, and introduced the latest Japanese technology at the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism and private companies at the Transport and Technology Cooperation Seminar, with lively questions from the Malaysian side. The ASEAN Marine Traffic Operator Training Center has been further enhanced with Japanese assistance. Participated in the commemorative ceremony.

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

    From January 13 to the 21, 25 students from Cambodia, who are interested in Japan, will visit Japan.

    The group will visit Tokyo and Tokushima Prefecture as a program with the theme of “Japanese cultural exchange (local revitalization)”. In Tokyo, we will attend a lecture on bilateral relations between Japan and Cambodia. In Tokushima Prefecture, we plan to visit the Tokushima Prefectural Office and the University of Tokushima to exchange opinions on the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic host town business, and to experience traditional culture and homestay.

    Through this program, young people who will lead the future of Cambodia are expected to deepen their knowledge based on the themes, deepen their understanding and interest in Japanese culture, etc., and after returning to their country, they are expected to become active promoters of Japan’s appeal.

    The JENESYS2019 is an exchange programme for the youths of Japan and ASEAN supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi, who is visiting Jakarta, Indonesia on January 10, met with the Secretary General of ASEAN, HE Dato Lim Jock Hoi at the ASEAN Secretariat. The outline is as follows.

    Foreign Minister Motegi is delighted to reunite with Secretary General Lim since September 2019. He will make a speech today on Japan’s policy on ASEAN. Japan fully supports the ASEAN Outlook on the Environment (AOIP), promotes synergy between Japan’s “Free and Open Indo-Pacific (FOIP)” and AOIP, and cooperates to realize a free and open Indo-Pacific.

    In response, Secretary-General Lim welcomed Minister Motegi’s visit to the ASEAN Secretariat and stated that he hoped that Japan-ASEAN relations would be further strengthened under the direction indicated in the speech of Minister Motegi. He expressed his appreciation for Japan’s support for AOIP and expressed hope that Japan and ASEAN would cooperate closely. He also expressed his gratitude to Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) and other Japanese cooperation so far.

    Both sides also exchanged views on the situation in Rakhine State of Myanmar. The two sides also agreed that the signing of East Asia Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) this year among 16 countries, including India, is important.

    Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, Motegi Toshimisu, visited the ASEAN Secretariat on 10 January 2020, during which he met with the Secretary-General of ASEAN, Dato Lim Jock Hoi, and delivered a lecture on Japan’s Policy for ASEAN “Towards a new stage of cooperation in the spirit of Gotong-Royong”.

    The lecture highlighted Japan’s contributions to narrow human resource gap within ASEAN through the “Attachment Programme” and strengthen ASEAN’s emergency response to natural disaster through the ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on Disaster Management (AHA Centre). These initiatives are funded by the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    The Japan Coast Guard has announced that a commemorative ceremony will be held on January 14 for the introduction of a new training system at the ASEAN Regional Training Center in Malaysia.

    The Japan Coast Guard is supporting the training for VTS (Vessel Traffic Service) personnel of ASEAN. In 2017 ASEAN Regional Training Center in Port Klang, Malaysia was established supported by the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF). The center conducts training in accordance with international standards and trains VTS controllers in ASEAN countries. This time, a commemorative ceremony was held to introduce the new training system to enable efficient training.

    The commemorative ceremony will be held at the ASEAN Regional Training Center in Port Klang, Malaysia. The ceremony was hosted by the Maritime Affairs Bureau of Malaysia, and from Japan, Mr. Masamune Wada, Minister of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, Ambassador Hiroshi Oka, Ambassador of Japan to the Embassy in Malaysia, Mr. Norihiro Takasugi, Chief of Transportation, Japan Coast Guard, and Deputy Minister of Transport will participate. From Malaysia, the Secretary-General of the Ministry of Transport and the Director of Maritime Division of the Ministry of Transport will participate. According to the order of ceremony, the Director of the Maritime Division of Malaysia will give a speech from the organizer. The Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism and the Deputy Minister of Transportation will give guests greetings and hand over the equipment (inventory).

    From January 10 to the 18, 23 Japanese high school students will visit Vietnam.

    During the visit to Vietnam, the group conducted exchanges and cultural experiences with local students, visited and inspected Japanese ODA-related facilities, and deepened their knowledge on the relationship between Japan and Vietnam and Japan’s international contributions. The group plans to take advantage of the various opportunities inside and work to spread the appeal of Japan.

    Through this program, young people who have the ability to communicate externally and play a leading role in Japan’s future will deepen their knowledge based on the themes, actively disseminate Japan’s appeal and information, promote understanding of Japan in Vietnam. It is expected to contribute to strengthening the foundation for mutual understanding and trusting relationships.

    The JENESYS2019 is an exchange programme for the youths of Japan and ASEAN supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    Utilizing Japan ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) and aiming to improve the efficiency of irrigation water management using the latest telemetry (TM) in the ASEAN region, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development’s (MARD) Vietnam Academy of Water Resources (VAWR) planned to extend “Efficiency Enhancement of Regional Irrigation Water Management” using TM that is accurate, low cost, and small as a beneficiary area of the South Nghe An Irrigation Management Corporation (IMC) (45,000 ha).

    After the official approval of the project in January 2018, the installation of the TM in June and July 2019 was carried out by the Agricultural Development Consultants Association of Japan (ADCA) or South Nghe An IMC. In cooperation with IMC and VAWR, a TM was installed in the model district, and a kick-off meeting was held at the end of July for stakeholders. After the installation of TM, data is sent every 10 minutes, and the water level, rainfall and water quality data are starting to be used for improving the operation of water management.

    On November 5-7, 2019, VAWR and ADCA co-hosted an ASEAN seminar organized by JAIF Project at VAWR in Hanoi and South Nghe An IMC in Nghe An Province. From ASEAN countries, 23 people from 6 countries participated. On the morning of November 5, jointly with VAWR’s 60th anniversary project, co-hosted by ADCA and VAWR, as part of the JAIF Project, International Conference was held. About 150 people participated in this meeting, including the Deputy Minister of MARD, government officials, international organizations such as the World Bank, and officials from universities. ADCA gave a keynote lecture on “Data irrigation management based on data base” by introducing data from JAIF Project.

    The article is available on ADCA’s website (http://www.adca.or.jp/page/j/index.html).

  • The ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on disaster management (AHA Centre) launched a new emergency satellite warehouse on 13 December in Chai Nat Province, Thailand. Together with the satellite warehouse in Camp Aguinaldo, Philippines, which was recently launched last July, ASEAN reaffirmed commitment to increase speed and scale of response to disasters in the region.

    The said satellite warehouse shall be co-managed by the AHA Centre and the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM), Ministry of Interior, Thailand and supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    Professor Dr. Kazu Takemoto, President of the Overseas Environmental Cooperation Center (OECC) Japan welcomed the visit of Deputy Secretary-General H.E. Kung Phoak (in charge of the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community) on December 6, 2019.

    Professor Dr. Kazu Takemoto provided a briefing on their works in ASEAN including climate change adaption, disaster risk reduction and air pollution. As the implementing agency, they also updated the progress of project Development and Implementation of Facility / Company Level Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) Systems for Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions in ASEAN Member States (AMS). The project is supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    ASEAN’s second satellite warehouse that will serve as the logistics hub for the Mekong sub region was inaugurated during its operational launching on 13 December 2019 in Chai Nat Province, Thailand. The ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on disaster management (AHA Centre) and the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM), Ministry of Interior, Thailand as co-managers of the satellite warehouse were joined by representatives from the ASEAN Member States, ASEAN Dialogue Partners, other partners of the AHA Centre and the private sector to inaugurate the satellite warehouse.

    During the 34th ASEAN Summit in Bangkok on 23 June 2019, the ASEAN Leaders officiated the soft launch of the ASEAN satellite warehouse in Thailand, under the Disaster Emergency Logistics System for ASEAN (DELSA). DELSA is a project which aims to establish a system that will quickly deliver relief items to disaster affected areas in the ASEAN region. The Government of Japan supports this project through Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    From 2 to 9 December, more than a hundred students from ASEAN countries and Timor-Leste participating in a Movie and Art Exchange Programme in Kobe and Minami Awaji.

    Participants were introduced to ASEAN’s ongoing effort in the areas of youth development, and culture and arts, which are outlined in the ASEAN Work Plan on Youth 2016-2020 and the ASEAN Strategic Plan for Culture and Arts 2016-2025. The 13th Asian International Children’s Film Festival was organised in conjunction with the JENESYS 2019 programme on 4 December and held at the Minami Awaji island.

    The activity is part of the Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youth (JENESYS) 2019 Programme supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF). The JENESYS 2019 programme included visits to the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Kansai Office, Kitano Ijinkan-Gai, junior high schools and the Minami Awaji Central Public Hall. Since its inception in 2007, JENESYS has contributed to enhancing people-to-people interaction, cultural awareness and mutual understanding among the youth of ASEAN and Japan.

    In conjunction with International Day of Persons with Disabilities, the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) convened its annual dialogue from 3 to 5 December in Bangkok, Thailand.

    In her opening remark, H.E. Prof. Dr. Amara Pongsapich, Chair and Representative of Thailand to the AICHR, highlighted that the Dialogue was to discuss actions towards the implementation of the Enabling Masterplan: Mainstreaming the Rights of Persons with Disabilities with focus on the intersection between disability rights, gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls with disabilities to ensure priority on the rights of women and girls with disabilities in each and every aspect of their life.

    The 2019 AICHR Regional Dialogue on the Mainstreaming of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in the ASEAN Community (Gender Perspectives on Disability Rights) was hosted by AICHR Thailand in partnership with the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security of Thailand, the ASEAN Disability Network, with the support of the Government of Japan through Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund

    From December 9 to 17, 20 university and vocational school students from Singapore will visit Japan as part of JENESYS2019.

    The delegates will listen to lectures in Tokyo under the theme of “science and technology exchange”, visit museums and university research institutes, etc., and learn about sustainable efforts in the field of science and technology in Japan. In addition, they will visit Miyagi Prefecture to deepen their understanding of Japan through courtesy calls to the local governments, visit historical buildings, and interact with local people. In addition, they will visit R & D bases in science and technology to observe the cutting-edge technologies.

    Through this program, it is expected that the friendship between Japan and Singapore will be further strengthened, and that the group will actively disseminate their experiences on visiting Japan, science and technology of Japan, and the appeal of Japan.

    The JENESYS2019 is an exchange programme for the youths of Japan and ASEAN.

    On December 4th, Parliamentary Vice-Minister Nobuhiro Nakayama met with Deputy Secretary-General H.E. Kung Phoak (in charge of the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community).

    At the beginning, Parliamentary Vice-Minister Nakayama welcomed the visit of Deputy Secretary General Kung to Japan while referring to the “Japan-ASEAN Technical Cooperation Agreement and the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF), etc. As a mature partner, we would like to promote cooperation while sharing wisdom with each other toward 2023, which will mark the 50th anniversary of friendship.” In response, DSG Kung expressed his appreciation for Japan’s cooperation, including support through the JAIF, and expressed his expectation for further support by JAIF.

    In addition, both sides frankly exchanged opinions on a wide range of fields ASEAN faces such as the aging society and the environment.

    The ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) convened the 2019 Dialogue to mainstream the rights of persons with disabilities in the ASEAN Community from 3 to 5 December in Bangkok, Thailand.

    Focusing on the theme “Gender Perspective on Disability Rights,” the dialogue gathered participants from ASEAN sectoral bodies, government officials, organisations of persons with disabilities, national human rights institutions and experts on disability rights. Participants discussed actions towards the implementation of the ASEAN Enabling Masterplan 2025: Mainstreaming the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

    AICHR Thailand hosted the dialogue in partnership with the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security of Thailand, the ASEAN Disability Network, with the support of the Government of Japan through Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund.

    On November 28, 2019, H.E. CHIBA Akira, Ambassador of Japan to ASEAN, attended the Graduation Ceremony Batch Six of the ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on disaster management (AHA Centre) Executive Programme (ACE Programme) held at the AHA Centre in Jakarta, and celebrated the graduation of 18 participants. Attendees to the ceremony included Ms. Adelina Kamal, Executive Director of the AHA Centre, H.E. Kung Phoak, Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN for ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community, and Mr. Harmensyah, Dipl, SE, M.M., Secretary-General of BNPB.

    At his opening remarks, Ambassador Chiba mentioned that, by adding the 18 graduates of the Batch Six, the total number of ACE Programme graduates would become 97 and the target of producing over 100 expert officers was right in front of us, and expressed his intention to continue Japan’s support to the Programme.

    The ACE Programme is an over 4-month training for future leaders of national disaster management offices (NDMO) in ASEAN countries conducted by the AHA Centre. The Programme is supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF). The Programme commenced in 2014, and the Batch Six was just concluded.

    See what happened at the graduation day of our AHA Centre Executive (ACE) Programme Sixth Batch 2019 yesterday!

    Congrats to the new 18 graduates from ten ASEAN countries, adding the pool of our future leaders on disaster management into 97 people!

    Imagine the friendship and bonding built over 1,000 hours or 5-month intensive programme, held at our office in Jakarta, as well as in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Malaysia, New Zealand, and Japan, involving 19 training partners and 23 courses, adapted and contextualised to ASEAN’s needs. It’s indeed a unique leadership programme!

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

    The ASEAN Regional Mine Action Center (ARMAC) recently hosted a side event on “Integrated Approaches to Mine Risk Education (MRE) for Affected Communities in ASEAN Member States” during the Fourth Review Conference of the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention, held on 25-29 2019 November 2019 in Oslo, Norway. The conference was attended by more than 600 mine action stakeholders from across the globe, and ARMAC took the opportunity to host a side event as part of a one-year project supported by the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) to develop comprehensive and integrated approaches to MRE.

    During the Review Conference, the Government of Japan extended its commitment to support mine/explosive remnants of war (ERW) affected communities and announced that, “the Government of Japan has allocated more than USD 800 million since 1998 to support mine action, including mine clearance, MRE, victim assistance and socio-economic integration activities. MRE remains one of our priorities of support, and the Government of Japan calls for an acceleration of efforts including through enhancing innovation and effectiveness.”

    Yesterday, we said goodbye to 18 graduates of the AHA Centre Executive (ACE) Programme Sixth Batch 2019, after the five-month intensive programme. Let’s take a look at their journey where they built their leadership muscles in disaster management. We are proud that we now have new champions for #1ASEAN1Response, that will make our region to be more disaster-resilient and self-reliant!

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

    ASEAN launched the Poll on ASEAN Awareness 2018 Report at the ASEAN Secretariat today. According to the report, 96% of respondents surveyed are aware of ASEAN. The sense of belonging to the ASEAN region was also high, with nine out of ten respondents identifying themselves as ASEAN citizens.

    Supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF), the poll aims to measure general understanding of and perception towards ASEAN, evaluate current communication strategies, and identify key sources of information for effective dissemination to ASEAN citizens. Ipsos Business Consulting, a research agency, conducted the survey from October to December 2018.

    The poll’s infographics are available here. The findings of the poll will be disseminated in various events and media channels.

    ASEAN launched the Poll on ASEAN Awareness 2018 Report at the ASEAN Secretariat today. Supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF), the poll aims to measure general understanding of and perception towards ASEAN, evaluate current communication strategies, and identify key sources of information for effective dissemination to ASEAN citizens.

    The ASEAN Regional Mine Action Center (ARMAC) recently hosted a side event on “Integrated Approaches to Mine Risk Education (MRE) for Affected Communities in ASEAN Member States” during the Fourth Review Conference of the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention on 25-29 November 2019 in Oslo, Norway.

    More than 600 mine action stakeholders from across the globe attended the conference. ARMAC took the opportunity to host the side event as part of a one-year project supported by the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) to develop comprehensive and integrated approaches to MRE.

    From November 26 to December 4, 15 Japanese university students will visit Myanmar.

    During their visit to Myanmar, the party will deepen their understanding of Japan-Myanmar relations and Myanmar’s society and culture through exchanges and cultural experiences at local schools and tours of Japanese ODA-related facilities. They plan to take advantage of the various opportunities during their visit to promote the appeal of Japan.

    Through this program, young people who have the ability to communicate to the world and play a leading role in Japan’s future are expected to deepen their knowledge based on the themes, promote understanding of Japan in Myanmar, strengthen mutual understanding between Japan and Myanmar, and strengthen the foundation of trust.

    The JENESYS2019 is an exchange programme for the youths of Japan and ASEAN.

    From November 25 to December 3, 17 high school students from Thailand who are interested in science and technology will visit Japan.

    The group will visit science and technology related facilities and visit Nagaoka University of Technology as a program on the theme of science and technology. In addition, at the workshop and debriefing session before returning from Japan, an action plan after returning to Thailand will be created, and knowledge and sharing among participants will be promoted.

    Through this program, young people who will play a role in the future of Thailand are expected to deepen their knowledge based on the themes, deepen their understanding and interest in Japanese culture, etc., and become active transmitters of Japan’s charm after returning to Thailand.

    The kick-off meeting on Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) project on Mercury Waste for Indonesia was held on 18-19 November 2019. In attendance were 13 participants from the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Ministry of Health, The Basel Convention Regional Centre (BCRC), Indonesia and Regional Resource Centre for Asia and the Pacific (AIT RRC.AP). The kick-off meeting was primarily organized to introduce the project and project team members as well as involvement of international consultant who will support the project.

    In addition, the meeting provided the platform for project team to discuss the relevance project activities and consolidate the detail work plan of JAIF project in Indonesia with corresponding calendar of activities framed and agreed on key points related to project implementation. Outline of the guidelines on ESM as well as outline of inventory and the procedure for the development were introduced and discussed. Mr. GuilbertoBorongan and Mr. Solomon Huno represented AIT RRC.AP in the meeting.

    The 17th ASEAN and Japan Transport Ministers Meeting (17th ATM+Japan) was held on 15 November 2019 in Ha Noi, Viet Nam. The Meeting was co-chaired by H.E. Mr. Nguyen Van The, Minister of Transport of Viet Nam and H.E. Mr. MINORIKAWA Nobuhide, State Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism of Japan. The Meeting was preceded by the 18th ASEAN and Japan Senior Transport Officials Meeting (18th STOM+Japan) held on 13 November 2019.

    The Ministers noted with satisfaction the steady progress of 24 projects implemented based on the AJTP Work Plan for 2018-2019, under the Pakse Action Plan adopted at the 11th ATM+Japan in December 2013. The Ministers endorsed the AJTP Work Plan for 2019-2020 which would further enhance regional connectivity. These included two projects supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF): “Advanced Personnel Training Program for Vessel Traffic Service” and “Joint Hydrographic Survey of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore.”

    From November 12 (Tuesday) to 20 (Wednesday), 15 Japanese university students are scheduled to visit Viet Nam. While visiting Viet Nam, they deepen their understanding of Japan-Viet Nam relations and Vietnamese society and culture through interviews with government officials, cultural experiences/site visit, school exchanges, etc., and capture various opportunities during the visit to disseminate Japan’s charm. It is expected through this program that the young people who have the ability to transmit information to overseas and lead the future of Japan will deepen their knowledge according to the themes, and contribute to promoting understanding of Japan in Viet Nam, mutual understanding between Japan and Viet Nam, and the enhancement of the foundation of trust.

    The JENESYS2019 is an exchange programme for the youths of Japan and ASEAN.

    The ASEAN Integovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) Workshop on Promoting Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women through Information Communications Technology (ICT) towards Achieving the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was held in Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam on 7-8 November.

    The workshop gathered participants from relevant ASEAN Sectoral Bodies, representatives of ASEAN Member States government, civil society organisations and academia working in gender and ICT issues, as well as eminent experts from various regional and international organisations. A list of practical, action-oriented recommendations was developed at the end of the workshop for AICHR, other ASEAN sectoral bodies, and Member States to consider for further implementation.

    As part of the AICHR Priority Programme 2019, the workshop was hosted by AICHR Viet Nam and Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Viet Nam, with support from the Japan ASEAN Integration Fund.

    Japan maintains its influence on ASEAN by utilizing Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) . At the Japan-ASEAN Summit Meeting held in December 2005, Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi (at that time) pledged a total of JPY 7.5 billion to ASEAN leaders to support ASEAN efforts centering on correcting regional disparities within the ASEAN region. Based on this, JAIF was established on March 27, 2006. As of September 30, 2019, a total of USD 683 million has been contributed, and ASEAN integration is supported from various perspectives in terms of politics, security, economics, and culture to support ASEAN integration. Specific projects include “Promoting SME Competitiveness through ASEAN Business Incubator Network- ABINet” and “Assessment of the Legal and Regulatory Frameworks on Electronic Commerce in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Viet Nam.”

    The 22nd ASEAN-Japan Summit was held in Bangkok, Kingdom of Thailand, on 4th November 2019. The Meeting was chaired by H.E. General Prayut Chan-o-cha (Ret.), Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Thailand, and attended by all Heads of State/Government of ASEAN Member States and H.E. Mr. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan. The Secretary-General of ASEAN was also in attendance.

    ASEAN Leaders expressed appreciation for Japan’s generous contributions over the years towards ASEAN’s development, such as technical assistance on human resource development, including through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    The Chairman’s Statement recognized projects, among others, supported by the Government of Japan through the JAIF.

    From November 5 (Tuesday) to 13 (Wednesday), 18 high school students studying Japanese from Thailand are scheduled to visit Japan. The group plans to conduct lectures on Japan-Thailand relations, visit local companies as a program with the theme of “Japanese language learning (industry and culture),” and visit multiple high schools and universities to interact with students. In addition, at the workshop and debriefing session before returning home, they will create an action plan after returning home and share and deepen knowledge among participants.

    Through this program, it is expected that the young people who will lead the future of Thailand will deepen their knowledge according to the theme, deepen their understanding and interest in Japanese culture, and become an active transmitter of Japan’s charm after returning to Japan.

    The JENESYS2019 is an exchange programme for the youths of Japan and ASEAN.

    The 22nd ASEAN-Japan Summit was held in Bangkok, Kingdom of Thailand, on 4th November 2019. The Meeting was chaired by H.E. General Prayut Chan-o-cha (Ret.), Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Thailand, and attended by all Heads of State/Government of ASEAN Member States and H.E. Mr. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan. The Secretary-General of ASEAN was also in attendance.

    The Joint Statement encourages further support from Japan, including through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) and the newly launched technical cooperation by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) under the Technical Cooperation Agreement, to achieve the successful implementation of the Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity 2025 and relevant connectivity projects.

    The Joint Statement recognized projects, among others, supported by the Government of Japan through the JAIF.

    Ambassador Akira Chiba, the Permanent Mission of Japan to the Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), submitted a power of attorney to Secretary General Lim Jock Hoi of the ASEAN Secretariat in South Jakarta on August 18 and officially began acting as the ASEAN Ambassador to Japan.

    At a conference held after the submission of the power of attorney, Ambassador Chiba explained that ASEAN, which has more than 12,000 Japanese companies, is the second largest trading partner for Japan. He expressed his willingness to strengthen Japan-ASEAN relations through Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) and the technical cooperation of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). He also hopes to deepen cooperation in areas such as security, maritime affairs, counter-terrorism and international crime.

    Regarding the East Asia Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), he stated that “conclusion within the year is a significant issue.” “The Japanese Government is making every effort to get good results from the RCEP negotiations,” he said.

    Ambassador Chiba joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1984. He has served as Minister of the Embassy of Japan in Iran and Minister of the Consulate-General of Japan in Los Angeles. (Nobuyuki Takachi)

    On October 18, H.E. CHIBA Akira, Ambassador of Japan to ASEAN, presented the Letter of Credence to H.E. Lim Jock Hoi, Secretary-General of ASEAN, at the ASEAN Secretariat. Hence, Ambassador Chiba has officially assumed the post of the Ambassador of Japan to ASEAN.

    On this occasion, Ambassador Chiba expressed his will to further enhance Japan’s relationship with ASEAN by making the best use of human resources of the Mission of Japan to ASEAN, the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF), and technical cooperation to ASEAN by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). In response, Secretary-General Lim congratulated Ambassador Chiba on his assumption of office, and expressed the appreciation to Japan’s longstanding support to the ASEAN Community. He also extended his sympathies to the sufferingcaused by Typhoon Hagibis.

    Both sides also exchanged views on such issues as the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) negotiations, situation in Rakhine State, and cooperation on disaster management.

    On 1 October, the ASEAN Secretariat welcomed nine officials from Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, and Viet Nam (CLMV) as attachment officers. The one-year attachment programme supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) provides an opportunity for these junior officials to learn and gain experience on regional cooperation. The attachment officers are from different ministries that relate to the three ASEAN Community pillars.

    Read more about the Attachment Programme here.

    The Second ASEAN Plus Japan Ministerial Meeting on Sports was held on 9 October 2019 in the Philippines. Part of the joint statement reads:

    “We note the results of Needs Assessment of the ASEAN-Japan CollaborativeWork Programme and resolve to further collaborate in the areas of women in sports,development of physical education teachers and coaches, and sports science.Upholding the sense of resilience and solidarity among the peoples of ASEAN andJapan through sports, we look forward to our collaboration in promoting theparticipation of women and girls in sports in ASEAN through our joint initiative ASEAN-Japan Actions on Sports in 2019 – 2020 and express support towards Japan’s new initiative on Fostering Physical Education Teachers in the ASEAN Region.”

    The “ASEAN-JAPAN Actions on Sports Phase I” is an upcoming project supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    From October 15 (Tuesday) to October 23 (Wednesday), 19 university students fromLaos who are interested in disaster prevention and the environment will visit Japan.The group plans to visit disaster prevention/environment related facilities and visit Hiroshima University as a program with the theme of “disaster prevention/environment.” In addition, at the workshop and debriefing session before returning home, they will create an action plan after returning home and share and deepen knowledge among participants.

    Through this program, it is expected that young people who will lead the future of Laos will deepen their knowledge according to their themes, deepen their understanding and interest in Japanese culture, and become an active transmitter ofJapanese attractions after returning to Japan.

    The JENESYS2019 is an exchange programme for the youths of Japan and ASEAN.

    On October 4, Ms. Hikariko Ono, Minister, Deputy Chief of the Mission of Japan to ASEAN, attended the Opening Session of Attachment Programme held at the ASEAN Secretariat, and celebrated the commencement of the training program at the ASEAN Secretariat for young government officials from Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Vietnam (CLMV). Attendees to the ceremony included H.E. Aladdin D. Rillo, Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN for ASEAN Economic Community.

    At the opening session, Minister Ono encouraged the participants by stating that the Attachment Programme is one of the most successful projects among many projectsJapan has supported through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) and expressing her expectation for the success of this year’s training.

    Attachment Programme dispatches young governmental officials from CLMV to the ASEAN Secretariat for one year, with a view to enhancing administrative capacities of the participants and narrowing the gap between CLMV countries and other six ASEAN countries. The program has produced excellent officials till now. This year’straining marks the 16th Batch of Junior Diplomats and the 5th Batch of Government Officials from the agencies under the ASEAN Economic Community and ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community pillars. The Government of Japan has supported the program through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    ASEAN and Japan will collaborate to promote the concept of smart cities in each member city of the ASEAN Smart City Network (ASCN). The “ASEAN-Japan Smart City Network High Level Meeting” will be held to share the ASEAN countries needs and Japan’s know-hows and technologies, also providing a place for matching among public institutions and private organizations. Furthermore, the “ASEAN-Japan Smart City Network High Level Meeting” will be held together with the “Asia Smart City Conference (ASCC)” and “Global Smart City Alliance Establishment Meeting” under the joint slogan of “Asia Smart City Week (ASCW)”, and aims to disseminate smart city initiatives from Japan.

    The High Level Meeting is supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    From October 8 (Tuesday) to October 16 (Wednesday), 11 youths (men and women) who are interested in movies and art will visit Japan from Myanmar.

    The group plans to participate in the Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival in addition to visiting movies and arts-related facilities, visiting the Tokyo University of the Arts, as a program with the theme of “film and art.” In addition, at the workshop and debriefing session before returning home, they will create an action plan after returning home and share and deepen knowledge among the participants.

    Through this program, it is expected that the young people who will lead the future ofMyanmar will deepen their knowledge according to the theme, deepen their understanding and interest in Japanese culture, and become an active transmitter ofJapan’s charm after returning to Japan.

    The JENESYS2019 is an exchange programme for the youths of Japan and ASEAN.

  • Officials from competition and intellectual property authorities from all ASEAN Member States gathered to discuss the interfacing issues between competition law and intellectual property rights. The two-day Workshop deliberated on the forms of anti-competitive that results to an abuse of market power by a patent holder such as the refusal to license, excessive pricing, unfair or discriminatory licensing, anti-competitive use of the standard-essential patent (SEPs), concluding anti-competitive agreements, and abuse of dominance by delaying market entry of competitors.

    The Workshop was organised by the Commission for the Supervision of Business Competition (KPPU), with support from the Philippines Competition Commission (PCC) and the ASEAN Secretariat, as part of Technical Assistance for ASEAN Competition Authorities to Strengthen Competition Law Enforcement in ASEAN Region – Second Phase. The project supported by the Government of Japan through Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund. The first phase of the project was also supported through JAIF.

    Inotek and the Living Powder start-up participated in a co-incubation program workshop organized by the Business Incubator Association in Thailand. This event was a series of co-incubation program activities funded by Government of Japan through Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF). On 16 September 2019 morning, at the Abloom Hotel in Thailand, 3 Thailand-based incubators who hosted the program delivered presentation on their progress incubation following the co-incubation program. In the afternoon, the mentor and resource person of the co-incubation program discussed the entrepreneurial ecosystem includingboth constraints and opportunities for developing business in Thailand. On 17 September 2019, participants visited the SCG Innovation Center, Food Innopolis and Smart Tech Center. Later during the day, business matching was held with potential partners and a discussion at the end of the event. By taking part in the program,Inotek and Living Powder were able to expand their networks, increase the capacity of entrepreneurial knowledge and learn how to do business in Thailand.

    Science and Business Incubator Technopark of Bogor Agricultural Institute (STP IPB) conducts business matching to bring together tenants (incubating entrepreneurs) with potential business partners. The activity that was held in Bogor, West Java, on Thursday (19/9) was opened by Erika B Laconi as the Vice Chancellor for Innovation, Business and Entrepreneurship of IPB.

    Deva Primadia Almada as the Chair of Managing Business Matching explained that this business matching activity will be held annually. In early 2020, it will work with ASEAN and Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) to hold an International Business Matching in Jakarta.

    Previously, STP IPB also provided capacity building training for tenants to improve their knowledge and skills to develop business. The training which was held in Bogor on Wednesday (18/9) presented Herry Nugraha as Co-Founder & Board Member of Perwiratama Group and Netti Tinaprilla from the Department of Agribusiness of IPB. The activity is in collaboration with the Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education (Kemristekdikti).

    Through the training participants obtain understanding of the concepts and ways to properly calculate business valuations, conduct market survey and consumer research. In addition, they were also trained how to manage finances in an orderly manner, develop new products and scale up their business.

    Promoting SME Competitiveness through ASEAN Business Incubator Network – ABINet is supported by the government of Japan through JAIF.

    On September 19, a delegate of 164 youths from ASEAN countries and Timor-Leste participating in JENESYS 2019 Youth Sports Exchange program, paid a courtesy call to Mr. Nakatani Shinichi, Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

    In his welcoming address, Mr. Nakatani expressed his great pleasure that through the exchange programs such as tag rugby friendship games and visits to high schools they have had many meaningful experiences in Japan. He also hoped that the participants would enjoy the opening match of Rugby World Cup 2019 the next day and after returning home, they would share their experiences, enjoying rugby and learning about Japan with not only their families and friends but also their communities through SNS. He hopes that they will keep contact with their new Japanese friends and in the future work to build a bridge between Japan and their countries.

    A student from Singapore, representing the participants, made a thank you speech and he promised to share their experiences gained through the program after returning home, and also expressed the gratitude for Japan’s cooperation towards promoting mutual understanding between Japan and the Asia Pacific region.

    The JENESYS2019 is an exchange programme for the youths of Japan and ASEAN.

    The objective of the JAIF project “Enhancing Sustainable Utilization and Management Scheme of Tropical Anguillid Eel Resources in Southeast Asia” is to strengthen the resource management framework for sustainable tropical anguillid eel fi sheries in ASEAN Member States (AMSs).

    The activities of this project on tropical anguillid eels are to: a) survey the utilization; b) estimate abundance of eel stocks; c) describe the genetic population structure; d) refi ne culture techniques to improve the survival rate from glass eel to elver; and e) formulate resource management policies for AMSs.

    ASEAN Regional Mine Action Centre (ARMAC) concluded the final of a series of national consultative meetings in Hanoi on 16 September as part of the project to develop comprehensive and integrated approach to mine risk education that can be used throughout the region.

    Supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF), the meetings brought those affected by mines and explosive remnants of war (ERW) together to share their knowledge and experiences to raise public awareness about the danger of landmine and ERW.

    Looking forward, a side event will be held during the Fourth Review Conference on a Mine-Free World on 25-29 November this year in Oslo, Norway, so as to establish a platform for ASEAN countries to form a collaborative community of MRE experts and stakeholders. Ultimately, it is hoped that through these consultative meetings, research and other activities undertaken through the project, the number of victims of mines/ERW can be minimised and in so doing the socio-economic impact of mines is reduced and sustainable development outcomes are improved.

    ASEAN stands in solidarity with the flood-affected communities in Lao PDR following the tropical storm ‘Podul’ and Tropical Depression ‘Kajiki.’ Today the ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on disaster management (AHA Centre) handed over the ASEAN relief kits comprised of family kits, personal hygiene kits, kitchen sets, mosquito nets and jerry cans intended to over 1,500 people in six provinces affected by the disaster.

    In the spirit of “One ASEAN, One Response”, the AHA Centre immediately reinforced the Government’s response in the areas of coordination, information management, rapid needs assessment, and deployment of ASEAN relief items supported by the Government of Japan through its Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF); and the Direct Relief. The Government of Malaysia provided support for airlifting the relief items; and the UN Humanitarian Response Depot in Subang, Malaysia provided ground handling support to load the relief items to the RMAF A400M aircraft.

    ASEAN stands in solidarity with the flood-affected communities in Lao PDR following the tropical storm ‘Podul’ and Tropical Depression ‘Kajiki’. Today the ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on disaster management (AHA Centre) handed over the ASEAN relief kits comprised of of family kits, personal hygiene kits, kitchen sets, mosquito nets and jerry cans intended to over 1,500 people in six provinces affected by the disaster.

    In the spirit of “One ASEAN, One Response”, the AHA Centre immediately reinforced the Government’s response in the areas of coordination, information management, rapid needs assessment, and deployment of ASEAN relief items supported by the Government of Japan through its Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF); and the Direct Relief. The Government of Malaysia provided support for airlifting the relief items; and the UN Humanitarian Response Depot in Subang, Malaysia provided ground handling support to load the relief items to the RMAF A400M aircraft.

    Sixteen Cambodian national canoe team junior representatives will visit Japan from September 17 to 25. The group participated in the tour of water sports related facilities and joint practice with the Japanese national team as a program under the theme of “sport exchange (canoeing).” They will also participate in the 15th Japan Canoe Sprint Junior Youth Komatsu Tournament and Canoe Sprint Junior Asian Championship Japan Representative Player Selection. In addition, they will share and deepen knowledge among participants at a debriefing session before returning home.

    Through this program, it is expected that young people who will lead the future of Cambodia will deepen their understanding and interest in Japanese culture and become an active transmitter of Japan’s charm after returning from Japan.

    The JENESYS 2019 is an exchange programme for the youths of Japan and ASEAN.

    The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) family through its Jakarta-based humanitarian coordinating centre, the AHA Centre, has conveyed its solidarity with the Government of Lao PDR and the communities affected by the recent storm and floods, and has mobilised its humanitarian relief efforts. Today, the AHA Centre officially handed over ASEAN relief items, in support of the government-led response, received by Mr. Vilayphong Sisomvang, Acting Director-General of the Social Welfare Department, Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare of Lao PDR. The relief items, comprised of family kits, personal hygiene kits, kitchen sets, mosquito nets and jerry cans, were airlifted by A400M military aircraft of the Royal Malaysian Air Force, from the Disaster Emergency Logistics System for ASEAN (DELSA) regional stockpile in Subang, Malaysia. The assistance is intended for over 1,500 people in six provinces affected by the disaster.

    In the spirit of “One ASEAN, One Response”, the AHA Centre immediately reinforced the Government’s response in the areas of coordination, information management, rapid needs assessment, and deployment of ASEAN relief items supported by the Government of Japan through its Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF); and the Direct Relief. The Government of Malaysia provided support for airlifting the relief items; and the UN Humanitarian Response Depot in Subang, Malaysia provided ground handling support to load the relief items to the RMAF A400M aircraft.

    One of INOTEK’s fostered start-ups “Living Powder” had the opportunity to join INOTEK’s Co-Incubation program with the National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA) in Thailand. The NSTDA Co-Incubation Program is an ongoing activity that provides business consulting, business matching, pilot projects, exhibitions and network expansion. This program is supported by Government of Japan through Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF). Living Powder is a product for agriculture in the form of active powder that can improve the quality & quantity of agriculture.

    During the program, Living Powder team had discussion with professional mentors and business matching with Soil Smile, BIG Suphattra Land and farmers in Rayong Province. The program served as opportunity to expand their network and conducted market research in Thailand. It is expected that utilization of Living Powder in Thailand could assist Thai farmers to increase their fruits productivity while maintaining environmentally-friendly principles.

    Economic Ministers from the ten ASEAN Member States and the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), Japan (“the Ministers”) met on 7 September 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand for the Twenty-Fifth AEM-METI Consultations. The Consultations were co-chaired by H.E. Jurin Laksanawisit, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Commerce, Thailand and H.E. Hiroshige Seko, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, Japan.

    The Ministers welcomed the signing of the First Protocol to Amend the ASEAN-Japan Comprehensive Economic Partnership (AJCEP) Agreement to incorporate the Chapters on Trade in Services, Movement of Natural Persons (MNP), and Investment, and looked forward to the entry into force of the Protocol.

    The Ministers reviewed the progress in the implementation of the AJCEP Agreement and noted the on-going efforts on the implementation of tariff commitments under the AJCEP Agreement based on the latest HS code. The Ministers encouraged all Parties to expedite such implementation in this regard.

    The 51st Meeting of the ASEAN Economic Ministers (AEM) was held on 6 September 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand. It was chaired by H.E. Jurin Laksanawisit, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Commerce of Thailand. The 51st AEM was preceded by a preparatory meeting of the ASEAN Senior Economic Officials (SEOM). The AEM also held joint meetings with the 33rd ASEAN Free Trade Area (AFTA) Council and the 22nd ASEAN Investment Area (AIA) Council.

    The Ministers exchanged views on global and regional developments and reviewed the implementation of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) Blueprint 2025, including progress on the 13 priority economic deliverables under Thailand’s Chairmanship of ASEAN in 2019, as well as ASEAN’s external economic relations.

    The Ministers appreciated the technical assistance and capacity-building provided by ASEAN external partners which has significantly contributed to the process of ASEAN’s community building as well as to the development of ASEAN Member States, including through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    The Regional Forum on the Promotion of Sustainable Consumption in ASEAN was held in Manila, the Philippines on 29-30 August to strengthen awareness on the importance of sustainable consumption.

    At the forum, relevant governmental bodies, businesses, as well as regional and international experts discussed the impact of changing consumer behavior and consumption patterns in driving sustainable consumption, economic and regulatory tools, as well as possible policy reforms needed as ASEAN intensifies its work on sustainable consumption.

    The forum was hosted by the Department of Trade and Industry of the Philippines and co-organised by the ASEAN Committee on Consumer Protection and the ASEAN Secretariat. It was supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) under the project “Promotion of Sustainable Consumption in ASEAN”.

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of Myanmar hosted the Training in Project Management for Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Vietnam (CLMV) Officers on August 12-14 in Nay Pyi Taw.

    The training was a joint effort of the ASEAN Affairs Department of MOFA Myanmar, the Permanent Mission of Myanmar to ASEAN, the ASEAN Secretariat particularly the Programme Cooperation and Project Management Division, the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) Management Team and the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) of the Philippines. It aims to enhance the skills of CLMV officials in project cycle management as well as in developing ASEAN Cooperation Projects.

    The training is designed to support the implementation of the Initiative for ASEAN Integration (IAI) Work Plan III, which aims “to assist the CLMV countries to meet ASEAN-wide targets and commitments towards realising the goals of the ASEAN Community.” It is supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund.

    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, and the United States of America were held in Bangkok, Thailand, from 31 July to 1 August 2019.

    The Meeting welcomed Japan’s continued commitments to supporting ASEAN’s integration efforts and reaffirmed the commitment to further strengthen the ASEAN-Japan Strategic Partnership and enhance cooperation through the effective implementation of the Revised Implementation Plan of the 2013 Vision Statement on ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation and the Joint Statement of the 21st

    ASEAN-Japan Summit to Commemorate the 45th Anniversary of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation. The Meeting appreciated Japan’s continued support and contributions towards ASEAN’s development, including the implementation of the IAI Work Plan III through the additional contribution of 1 billion JPY to the component of JAIF 2.0 under the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) in March 2019 as well as the adaptation of “Tokyo Strategy 2018” at the 10th Mekong-Japan Summit Meeting and expressed their expectation for its reinforcement.

    On August 1, the Japan-ASEAN Ministerial Meeting was held in Bangkok, the Kingdom of Thailand. Foreign Minister Kono Taro attended the meeting. The overview of the meeting, with a focus on the statements by Minister Kono, is as follows. Minister Kono co-chaired the meeting with H.E. Mr. Minh, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Viet Nam.

    On behalf of ASEAN, Deputy Prime Minister Minh reviewed the outcome of Japan ASEAN cooperation in such fields as political and security, economy, and socio-cultural, and expressed his expectation for further progress of Japan-ASEAN cooperation. ASEAN countries also expressed their appreciation and hope for Japan’s support in various areas such as support for ASEAN’s integration through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF), disaster management cooperation through the ASEAN Coordinating Center for Humanitarian Assistance on disaster management (AHA Center), capacity building, and people-to-people exchanges. Minister Kono stated that Japan fully supports the theme of Thailand’s ASEAN Chairmanship: “Advancing Partnership for Sustainability” and Japan hopes to issue a leaders’ joint statement on connectivity, with a view to enhancing ASEAN connectivity. Minister Kono added that Japan will host the ASEAN Smart Cities Network (ASCN) in Yokohama this October, and that Japan also will host 14th United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice in Kyoto in April next year. Referring to the contribution made by Japan Foundation Asia Centre thus far, Minister Kono stated that he would like to discuss with ASEAN countries to further advance such exchanges.

    On July 22, H.E. Kazuo Sunaga, Ambassador of Japan to ASEAN, attended the Opening Ceremony of The ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on disaster management (AHA Centre) Executive Programme (ACE Programme) Sixth Batch held in Jakarta, and welcomed the 18 new participants. The ceremony was attended by H.E. Dato Lim Jock Hoi, Secretary-General of ASEAN, Ms. Adelina Kamal, Executive Director of the AHA Centre, and Ambassadors of ASEAN dialogue partners.

    At his opening remarks, Ambassador Sunaga told that it is grateful to witness the participation from all 10 ASEAN Member States for the first time and expressed his hope that the participants will become a big supporter of the AHA Centre as executive officers of national disaster management offices (NDMOs) in the future.

    The ACE Programme is an over four-month training for future leaders of NDMOs in ASEAN countries conducted by the AHA Centre. The Programme is supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF). The Programme commenced in 2014, and the Sixth Batch has just commenced.

    INOTEK and start-up Sanjo Beauty participated in the ABINet – JAIF ASEAN event which took place in Manila, Philippines on 17-18 July 2019). ABINet projectaims to promote the competitiveness of SMEs or start-ups by strengthening business incubators. This activity increased the capacity of business incubators and tenants to learn, share knowledge and experience among ASEAN and Japan incubator representatives.

    The output from this activity was to have business and technology incubators have a strategic role in the ecosystem to support the development and sustainability of SMEs / Startups in ASEAN.

    Ten young politics-oriented Cambodians will visit Japan as part of the JENESYS2019 program from July 17 to 25.

    Under the theme of “Japanese multiparty democracy,” the group will attend lectures and visit legislative, administrative, and judicial institutions in Tokyo. They will also travel to Yamagata Prefecture and observe the process of a House of Councilors election. In both places, they will visit notable sites and historical buildings as well to deepen their understanding of Japan.

    Through the program, it is expected that the participants, who will lead the future of Cambodia, will enrich their views on Japanese multiparty democracy as reference for the democratic development of their country.

    The JENESYS2019 is an exchange programme for the youths of Japan and ASEAN.

    The long-awaited Pilot Course on ASEAN Humanitarian Civil-Military Coordination began today in Jakarta. The Executive Director of the AHA Centre, Ms. Adelina Kamal, highlighted the important role of military as an integral part of ASEAN’s response, as military capabilities will scale up and speed up #1ASEAN1Response. She also emphasized that building relations and trust is the ASEAN Way in disaster response:

    “Experience tells us that a familiar face goes a long way during disaster response. ASEAN, AHA Centre, ASEAN-ERAT may have the legally binding agreement and a role to facilitate civil-military coordination, but based on our experience, access and opportunity to support affected countries and work together on the ground would often start with good relationship and trust”.

    The pilot course will run until 11 July 2019. It is part of the advanced courses of ASEAN Emergency Response and Assessment Team (ERAT) managed by the AHA Centre and 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) launched a new emergency satellite warehouse on 1 July in Camp Aguinaldo, Philippines. Together with the satellite warehouse in Chainat, Thailand, which was recently launched during the 34th ASEAN Summit, ASEAN reaffirmed commitment to increase speed and scale of response to disasters in the region.

    The said satellite warehouse shall be co-managed by the AHA Centre and the Philippines’ National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) through the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) and supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF). The establishment of this satellite warehouse in the Philippines is a reflection of the strong partnership and collaboration between ASEAN through the AHA Centre and the NDRRMC through the OCD in disaster risk reduction and management.

    The frequency of large-scale natural disasters has increased in recent years, as is evident from the rise in the number of disaster events, and the severity and scale of their impact. Immediate action is required to counteract the growing disaster-related losses. With the direct effect of climate change on disasters, linking disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation becomes a necessity. To forge a more resilient and inclusive future ASEAN through the ASEAN Committee on Disaster Management (ACDM) Working Group of Prevention and Mitigation, with support from the Government of Japan, through the ASEAN-Japan Integration Fund, is partnering with the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC), and CTI Engineering (CTII) to implement the project “Disaster Risk Reduction by Integrating Climate Change Projection into Risk Assessment”. This is in support of the ASEAN Agreement on Disaster Management and Emergency Response Work Programme 2016-2020, aimed towards “building resilient ASEAN Community to reduce disaster losses and collectively respond to disasters.”

    The project is a capacity building initiative directed mainly towards: 1) enhanced ASEAN Member States’ (AMSs) development plans, frameworks, and policies, where Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) are mainstreamed, and 2) strengthened capacities of targeted AMS government officials and institutions on flood and landslide risk assessment and risk mapping, with incorporation of climate projection

    One ASEAN, One Response. This was the collective message highlighted during Monday’s launch of the newest Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Emergency Satellite Warehouse at the Armed Forces of the Philippines General Headquarters in Camp Aguinaldo, which also coincided with the kickoff of the National Disaster Resilience Month this July.

    The strategically located satellite warehouse forms part of the DELSA network of warehouses across the region that will increase the speed and scale of disaster response and supplement the existing regional stockpile managed by the World Food Programme at the United Nations Humanitarian Response Depot in Subang, Malaysia.

    The event also marks the strengthening of cooperation and commitment between the ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on disaster management (AHA Centre) and the Philippines to support the readiness of ASEAN in responding to disasters. The satellite warehouse is being co-managed by the AHA Centre and the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), through the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) and supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    The activation of the Disaster Emergency Logistics Systems for ASEAN (DELSA) Phase II warehouse in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City will greatly boost the organization’s emergency preparedness and response capabilities.

    “This warehouse, one of the two satellite warehouses built, will support ASEAN’s emergency preparedness and response capacity by housing additional stockpiles of relief items,” Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said in his speech during the inauguration of the DELSA facility Monday.

    The DELSA Phase II warehouse will also improve the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) through the platform of cooperation and collaboration. It is supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    In response to the directive from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Leaders for a stronger and faster ASEAN collective response, a new emergency satellite warehouse strategically located in Camp Aguinaldo, the Philippines was launched today, 1 July 2019, to be part of the network of ASEAN warehouses across the region. This satellite warehouse will supplement the existing regional stockpile managed by the World Food Programme at the UN Humanitarian Response Depot in Subang, Malaysia. The other satellite warehouse, which was recently launched during the 34th ASEAN Summit, is located in Chainat, Thailand, a three-hour drive up north from Bangkok. The aim of prepositioning of ASEAN relief items in strategically located warehouses is to increase the speed and scale of an ASEAN response.

    The said satellite warehouse shall be co-managed by the AHA Centre and the Philippines’ National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) through the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) and supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF). The establishment of this satellite warehouse in the Philippines is a reflection of the strong partnership and collaboration between ASEAN through the AHA Centre and the NDRRMC through the OCD in disaster risk reduction and management.

    On 1 July 2019, Minister Makoto Iyori of the Embassy of Japan participated in the Launching Ceremony of the Disaster Emergency Logistics System for ASEAN (DELSA) Satellite Warehouse established in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City. Also present at the ceremony were Executive Director Adelina Kamal of the ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on disaster management (AHA Centre), Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, and Civil Defense Administrator, Undersecretary Ricardo Jalad.

    DELSA is a project which aims to establish a system that will quickly deliver relief items to disaster affected areas in the ASEAN region. The Government of Japan supports this project through Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF). The establishment of the Satellite Warehouse in the Philippines will significantly improve response time since stockpiles in the warehouse can be quickly delivered to disaster affected areas right away, no need to wait for shipments from other countries in the region.

    In response to the directive from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Leaders for a stronger and faster ASEAN collective response, a new emergency satellite warehouse strategically located in Camp Aguinaldo, the Philippines was launched today, 1 July 2019, to be part of the network of ASEAN warehouses across the region. This satellite warehouse will supplement the existing regional stockpile managed by the World Food Programme at the UN Humanitarian Response Depot in Subang, Malaysia. The other satellite warehouse, which was recently launched during the 34th ASEAN Summit, is located in Chainat, Thailand, a three-hour drive up north from Bangkok. The aim of prepositioning of ASEAN relief items in strategically located warehouses is to increase the speed and scale of an ASEAN response.

    The said satellite warehouse shall be co-managed by the AHA Centre and the Philippines’ National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) through the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) and supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF). The establishment of this satellite warehouse in the Philippines is a reflection of the strong partnership and collaboration between ASEAN through the AHA Centre and the NDRRMC through the OCD in disaster risk reduction and management.

  • The National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES) together with the Ministry of Public Works and National Housing of the Republic of Indonesia proposed “Policy Dialogue and Network Building of Multi-stakeholders on Integrated Decentralized Domestic Wastewater Management in ASEAN Countries” (hereinafter referred to as the “JAIF-PoDIWM project”), which has been implemented since July last year with contributions from the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) for the conservation of water environment in Southeast Asian countries.

    In the 19th ASEAN Working Group on Water Resources Management (AWGWRM) meeting held in Panglao Island, Philippines from 28 to 29 May 2019, NIES and the representatives from 10 ASEAN member countries and international organizations exchanged opinions for solving water environment resources in the ASEAN region, and gave the interim report on the actual situation of domestic wastewater in each ASEAN country under the JAIF-PoDIWM project.

    On the 24th, Japan Productivity Headquarters announced that it had established Myanmar Productivity Center in the country, in cooperation with the Ministry of Industry of Myanmar and the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI). In Myanmar, investment from overseas has expanded rapidly since the transfer of civil administration in 2011. The need for guidance on productivity improvement is also growing.

    The costs for the establishment were contributed by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF). It is part of the project Capacity Building of Industrial Human Resource Development Organization for Productivity Improvement in Myanmar (Phase II) supported by the Government of Japan through the JAIF.

    The Japan Productivity Headquarters (Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Chairman: Yuzaburo Mogi), in cooperation with the Ministry of Industry of Myanmar and the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI), has been supporting the establishment of the Myanmar Productivity Center since December 2015. The Myanmar Productivity Center was officially established on 22 June 2019 and will be fully operational.

    The initiative is part of the project Capacity Building of Industrial Human Resource Development Organization for Productivity Improvement in Myanmar (Phase II) supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    The Myanmar Productivity Center was officially established on 22 June 2019 and will be fully operational.

    The initiative is part of the project Capacity Building of Industrial Human Resource Development Organization for Productivity Improvement in Myanmar (Phase II) supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    The 34th ASEAN Summit was held in Bangkok on 23 June 2019. The Meeting was chaired by H.E. General Prayut Chan-o-cha, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Thailand.

    The Chairman’s Statement recognized projects, among others, supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF). It mentioned the ASEAN-Japan Cybersecurity Capacity Building Centre (AJCCBC) in Bangkok, which will complement existing ASEAN efforts in cybersecurity capacity-building. It welcomed the signing of the Protocol to Amend the ASEAN-Japan Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement on 2 March 2019 in Siem Reap, Cambodia, and looked forward to its early implementation. It also welcomed the establishment of an ASEAN Satellite Warehouse in Chai Nat, Thailand, and looked forward to the launch of the ASEAN Satellite Warehouse in Manila, the Philippines in 2019 under the Disaster Emergency Logistics System for ASEAN (DELSA), which will enhance the mobilisation and delivery of relief items rapidly to disaster-affected areas.

    On 11 June 2019, the 12th Dialogue between the Secretary General of ASEAN and the Federation of Japanese Chambers of Commerce and Industry in ASEAN (FJCCIA) was held in Pattaya, Thailand. From the Mission of Japan to ASEAN, H.E. Ambassador Kazuo Sunaga attended the meeting and from the ASEAN Secretariat, Dr. Aladdin D. Rillo, Deputy Secretary General of ASEAN, attended it on behalf of Dato Lim Jock Hoi, the Secretary General of ASEAN.

    Ambassador Sunaga explained that the Japan-ASEAN Technical Cooperation Agreement, which enables the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to carry out its technical cooperation for ASEAN as a unity, was signed last month. He also mentioned that the Government of Japan is determined to continue its support for ASEAN’s economic development through utilizing such tools as Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF), where additional funding was contributed this year.

    Twenty-seven competition officials from Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Phillippines, Thailand and Vietnam attended the Brainstorming Meeting to discuss the key elements of the ASEAN Peer Review process. Outcome 1.2.3 of the ASEAN Competition Action Plan 2025 provides that at least five peer reviews are set to be conducted in ASEAN by 2025. The Guidance Document serves to provide the general rationale and objectives, as well as the substantive and operational considerations to undertake the peer review of the national’s competition policy regime.

    The meeting is part of Technical Assistance for ASEAN Competition Authorities to Strengthen Competition Law Enforcement in ASEAN Region – Second Phase supported by the Government of Japan through Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund. The first phase of the project was also supported through JAIF.

    May 2019, the Japanese Government through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF), provided the ASEAN Regional Mine Action Center (ARMAC) with an approximate amount of USD 156,000 funding to enhance Mine Risk Education (MRE) in a number of countries across the ASEAN region.

    The funding will go towards supporting a one-year project to develop a comprehensive and integrated approach to MRE that will build on the best practices of ASEAN Member States in educating their populations on the dangers of landmines and explosive remnants of war (ERW).

    ASEAN and Japan Senior Officials participating in the 34th ASEAN-Japan Forum in Hanoi yesterday reaffirmed the importance of the ASEAN-Japan Strategic Partnership and the commitment to further strengthen the close ties.

    ASEAN also welcomed Japan’s active contribution to addressing climate change and natural disasters including through financial and technical support to strengthen the operation of the ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on disaster management. More activities and projects will also be conducted under the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) to foster closer cultural ties and people-to-people contacts.

    Improving conservation of wetlands and protection of migratory birds took centre stage during the Second Meeting of the ASEAN Network on Wetlands and Migratory Water Birds Conservation (ASEAN Flyway Network) held from 13 to 15 May 2019 in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia.

    The ASEAN Flyway Network (AFN), composed of national focal points, flyway site managers, experts, and other key stakeholders, was established by the ASEAN Member States, serving as a virtual network that facilitates regional cooperation to ensure the conservation of the migratory waterbirds and the wetlands that support them along the East Asian-Australasian Flyway.

    The AFN meeting in Kuching provided an opportunity for implementers of the project on Improving Biodiversity Conservation of Wetlands and Migratory Waterbirds in the ASEAN Region, an initiative supported by the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) and the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity (ACB), and led by the National Parks Board (NParks) of Singapore.

    The first regional discussion on the ASEAN Mentorship for Entrepreneurs Network—or AMEN, for short—program was held last May 3, 2019 in Manila. The ASEAN Business Advisory Council (ASEAN-BAC) organized the activity, with representatives of both the public and private sectors of all the ASEAN member states in attendance.

    The ASEAN Mentorship for Entrepreneurs Network (AMEN) is supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    Last May 3, 2019 in Manila, the ASEAN Business Advisory Council (ASEAN-BAC) held the first regional discussion on the ASEAN Mentorship for Entrepreneurs Network—or AMEN, for short—program with representatives of both the public and private sectors of all the ASEAN member states in attendance.

    With the support of the ASEAN Coordinating Committee on Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (ACCMSME), which represents the government of the ASEAN member states, the AMEN Program is designed to supplement the ongoing MSME capacity building programs of the individual states and to organize a systematic exchange of mentors across the entire region who will empower ASEAN’s MSMEs as a significant contributor to the one goal shared by all-prosperity.

    The ASEAN Mentorship for Entrepreneurs Network (AMEN) is supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    In April, the ASEAN Regional Mine Action Center (ARMAC) attended the 3rd Forum of Entities Associated with ASEAN in Jakarta, Indonesia, where it shared positive experiences of working with the ASEAN family.

    Beyond the Forum, ARMAC also took the opportunity to meet with the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) Team, and the Finance and PCPMD Teams of the ASEAN Secretariat to further build knowledge on financial and project reporting mechanisms.

    The Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC) organized the back-to-back workshops on “Statistics of Tropical Anguillid Eels in Southeast Asia” and “Aquaculture of Tropical Anguillid Eels in Southeast Asia” in Manila, Philippines on 23 April and 24-25 April 2019, respectively. The workshops were part of the work plan of the project “Enhancing Sustainable Utilization and Management Scheme of Tropical Anguillid Eel Resources in Southeast Asia” and is supported by the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    A total of 46 participants attended the workshops comprising the focal points and delegates from the ASEAN Member States (AMSs), the Assessment Committee, resources persons from the Indonesian Institute of Sciences and the Faculty of Science of University of Brunei Darussalam, representatives from prominent eel farms from Indonesia, Philippines, and Viet Nam, SEAFDEC Secretariat, SEAFDEC/AQD, SEAFDEC/IFRDMD and JANUS. The discussions during the three–day workshops focused on the status of information on the resource utilization, distribution and resource stock of tropical anguillid eels in Southeast Asian countries, and the development of technologies to improve the survival rate of juvenile eels. In this occasion, the publication on the nursery culture prepared by SEAFDEC/AQD was launched and copies were disseminated to the delegates and representatives who attended the workshops.

    ASEAN representatives discussed how to promote cooperation among Member States as well as regional and international organisations in order to effectively address and eliminate mine and explosive remnants of war (ERW) in the region at a seminar in Siem Reap, Cambodia on 22-23 April 2019.

    The Regional Seminar on Full and Effective Operationalization of ARMACEnhancing Regional Efforts in Addressing ERW through Integrated Approach was hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Cambodia, with support from the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    Every year, millions of tourists come to Thailand to receive health and medical services, making the sub-sector a key contributor to Thailand’s overall tourism industry and small businesses, which accounts for 21.2% of GDP. Thailand and Bangkok’s hospitals are becoming very popular.

    To strengthen the competitiveness of small businesses in the Medical and Health Tourism sector, Kenan Foundation Asia has partnered with Thailand’s Office of SMEs Promotion (OSMEP) on the “Enhancing Competitiveness of ASEAN SMEs through Cluster Development and International Standard Adherence” project supported by Government of Japan through Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF). Under the project, Kenan delivered workshops region-wide to help small business owners form clusters and raise the standards of their products and services to meet international quality requirements. Presentation from the event can be downloaded on the provided link.

    The Consumer Affairs Agency supported the implementation of the program Capacity Building Workshop and Observational Site Visit for the project “Promotion of Sustainable Consumption in ASEAN” for consumer protection officials of ASEAN Member States from 6 to 9 March 2019. The Department of Trade and Industry of the Philippines serves as the project proponent. The project is based on the growing momentum for sustainable consumption among ASEAN countries aiming for further economic development under the “ASEAN Community Vision 2025.” The project is supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF), with the cooperation of the Japan Productivity Center (JPC) as an implementing agency.

    In order to observe trends on “Ethical Consumption” in Japan, discussions with experts and observational site visits were held with companies in Tokyo and Kyoto working on sustainable business.

    In this project, the Consumer Affairs Agency will continue to provide support in order to contribute to the dissemination of “Ethical Consumption” and plan to hold ASEAN-led regional forums and develop sustainable consumption toolkits for the purpose of awareness raising of the stakeholders.

    The personnel of the International Programs Unit of the National Youth Commission (NYC) visited the Central Luzon State University in Muñoz, Nueva Ecija recently to take part in the projects initiated by the beneficiaries of the Japan East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youth (JENESYS 2.0 Social Community Course) and JENESYS2018 Japan ASEAN Students’ Conference.

    With the activities initiated by the youth beneficiaries of the international exchange programs facilitated by the NYC, the Commission hopes that the other beneficiaries will be able to replicate similar community or school based activities as a manifestation of sharing with fellow Filipinos what they have learned from their visits to foreign countries like Japan.

    The JENESYS 2018 is an exchange programme for the youths of Japan and ASEAN.

    As part of the JENESYS2018 programme, more than a hundred youth leaders from ASEAN and Timor-Leste gathered in Tokyo last week to learn from Japan’s experience and expertise in utilising technology to address and solve the region’s issues. The participants learned about food tourism, disaster prevention, history of manufacturing, as well as historical heritage.

    ASEAN + Timor-Leste Youth Leader Exchange is organised as part of the 2018 Japan East-Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youths (JENESYS2018). Since its inception in 2007, JENESYS has contributed to enhancing people-to-people interaction, cultural awareness, and mutual understanding among the youth of ASEAN and Japan.

    More than a hundred youth leaders from ASEAN and Timor-Leste gathered in Tokyo to learn from Japan’s experience and expertise in utilising technology to address and solve the region’s issues.

    ASEAN + Timor-Leste Youth Leader Exchange is organised as part of the 2018 Japan East-Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youths (JENESYS2018). Since its inception in 2007, JENESYS has contributed to enhancing people-to-people interaction, cultural awareness, and mutual understanding among the youth of ASEAN and Japan.

  • A national workshop for the development of policy recommendations on autism in each ASEAN Member State was held in Vientiane, Lao PDR on 19 March 2019. The activity is part of the project Autism Mapping Project in the ASEAN Region supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    The project is being implemented by the Asia-Pacific Development Center on Disability.

    The frequency of large-scale natural disasters has increased in recent years, as is evident from the rise in the number of disaster events, and the severity and scale of their impact. Immediate action is required to counteract the growing disaster-related losses. With the direct effect of climate change on disasters, linking disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation becomes a necessity. To forge a more resilient and inclusive future, the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN), through the ASEAN Committee on Disaster Management (ACDM) Working Group of Prevention and Mitigation, with support from the Government of Japan, through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF), is partnering with the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC), and CTI Engineering (CTII), to implement the project “Disaster Risk Reduction by Integrating Climate Change Projection into Risk Assessment.” This is in support of the ASEAN Agreement on Disaster Management and Emergency Response Work Programme 2016-2020, aimed towards “building resilient ASEAN Community to reduce disaster losses and collectively respond to disasters.”

    132 delegations from 10 ASEAN countries and Timor-Leste visited Japan from 19-26 February to participate in the JENESYS2018 exchange program. In this program “JENESYS2018 Student Conference,” undergraduate and graduate students not only from 10 ASEAN countries and East Timor but also from Japan gathered under the main theme of “What the Youths in Asian countries can do for realizing Sustainable World,” and they deepened their friendship and knowledge through lectures, observations, and discussions in workshops.

    Declarations of Action were submitted by the participants to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Japan, and will be also submitted to ASEAN Secretariat. Each action plan is expected to be taken up by the participants in each country in the near future.

    One hundred and seven (107) college students from 10 ASEAN countries (Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Viet Nam) and Timor-Leste, as part of the “ASEAN Youth Leaders Exchange Program,” will visit Japan from 19 to 26 March.

    The participants are divided into four groups according to themes of “tourism and food, disaster prevention technology, history and environment of manufacturing, and historical heritage protection.” They will visit theme-related facilities in Tokyo, Hokkaido, Miyagi, Aichi, Gifu, and Okayama prefectures. The group will deepen the understanding of Japan widely through site visits and interaction with local residents. In addition, at the debriefing session before returning from Japan, participants will share experiences with each other.

    The JENESYS2018 is an exchange programme for the youths of Japan and ASEAN.

    As a part of JENESYS2018, sixteen (16) students from Singapore’s higher professional school will visit Japan from 19 to 26 March. The students will visit Fukuoka prefecture after a tour in Tokyo based on the theme of “Japanese language communication and cultural exchange.” They will conduct site visits to historical buildings and school exchanges. In addition, they have an opportunity to directly experience the charm of Japan through cultural experiences such as homestay.

    It is hoped that through this program, young people who will be responsible for the future of Singapore will deepen their understanding and interest in Japan in various ways, and actively communicate their experiences in Japan and the attractiveness of the technological field of Japan.

    The JENESYS2018 is an exchange programme for the youths of Japan and ASEAN.

    ASEAN and Japan agreed to explore new initiatives for cooperation to further advance their strategic partnership following the 13th ASEAN-Japan Joint Cooperation Committee Meeting held at the ASEAN Secretariat on 14 March. A number of activities have been planned in 2019 such as the continuation of the Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youths programme and the adoption of a joint statement on connectivity by the Leaders at their Summit in November this year.

    A national workshop for the development of policy recommendations on autism in each ASEAN Member State was held in Bangkok, Thailand on 16 March 2019. The activity is part of the project Autism Mapping Project in the ASEAN Region supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    The project is being implemented by the Asia-Pacific Development Center on Disability.

    ASEAN and Japan agreed to explore new initiatives for cooperation to further advance their strategic partnership following the 13th ASEAN-Japan Joint Cooperation Committee (JCC) Meeting held at the ASEAN Secretariat on 14 March.

    ASEAN welcomed Japan’s continued support for ASEAN Community-building including its contribution to the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund to support cooperation programmes and projects aimed at enhancing connectivity and narrowing development gaps in the region. Both sides agreed to further streamline and provide necessary flexibilities to facilitate the utilisation of the Fund.

    The 13th ASEAN-Japan JCC Meeting was co-chaired by Permanent Representative of Viet Nam to ASEAN Tran Duc Binh and Ambassador of Japan to ASEAN Kazuo Sunaga.

    On 11-12 March 2019, the first GMS-UC activity of 2019, “Management and Leadership Development Workshop II,” welcomed university leaders and government representatives from five countries: Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Viet Nam, and Thailand at Inya Lake Hotel in Yangon, Myanmar with warmest and cordial hospitality of the Department of Higher Education, Myanmar and East Yangon University. The workshop is part of the project Support for Capacity Building of the Greater Mekong Sub-region University Consortium (GMS-UC). The topics covered were leadership, coaching and being coached, quality assurance process, and higher education in the context of “Our World: Our Future.” The workshop aimed to enhance the potentials of member universities to be able to strategically envision the big picture and respond to the global and regional contexts of the 21st century.

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

    Relevant project stakeholders from ASEAN and Japan gathered for the “ASEAN Hometown Improvement Forum” in Bangkok, Thailand on 7-8 March 2019. In the forum, participants shared experiences and recommendations on inclusive hometown as well as fostered partnerships and connections among project partners and stakeholders. The activity is part of the Project for ASEAN Hometown Improvement through Disability-Inclusive Communities Model supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    The project is being implemented by the Asia-Pacific Development Center on Disability.

    A four-days training course on strategic planning and management of enforcement activities was hosted by Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC) in cooperation with Commission for the Supervision of Business Competition (KPPU). 22 participants attended the training that aim to enhance the capacity of competition authorities in ASEAN and to improve the understanding on strategic planning and management of enforcement activities.

    The training is part of Technical Assistance for ASEAN Competition Authorities to Strengthen Competition Law Enforcement in ASEAN Region – Second Phase supported by the Government of Japan through Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund. The first phase of the project was also supported through JAIF.

    A total of 144 university students from ASEAN, Timor Leste, and Japan deepened their understanding on sustainable development during the week-long Japan-ASEAN Students Conference in Tokyo and Miyagi, Japan from 19 to 25 February.

    The programme provided an avenue for students to network and exchange views on issues which are related to their academic backgrounds and relevant with the United Nations 2030 Agenda of Sustainable Development Goals. Other activities included visits to Edo-Tokyo Museum, the University of Tokyo, and Tokyo Metropolitan City.

    The conference was organised as part of the 2018 Japan East-Asia Network of Exchange Programme for Students and Youth (JENESYS2018).

    The ASEAN Enabling Masterplan 2025: Mainstreaming the Rights of Persons with Disabilities represents the culmination of a collaborative and cross-pillar initiative of ASEAN organisations and entities to enhance the promotion and protection of the rights of persons with disabilities in the ASEAN Community.

    Its development is part of the project Task Force on the Mainstreaming of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in the ASEAN Community supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    The ASEAN Enabling Masterplan 2025: Mainstreaming the Rights of Persons with Disabilities represents the culmination of a collaborative and cross-pillar initiative of ASEAN organisations and entities to enhance the promotion and protection of the rights of persons with disabilities in the ASEAN Community.

    Its development is part of the project Task Force on the Mainstreaming of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in the ASEAN Community supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    One hundred fifty-nine (159) U-19 Women’s Soccer players and stakeholders from seven (7) ASEAN member states will visit Japan to participate in “ASEAN Sports Exchange (Women’s Soccer).” The group will visit Okinawa Prefecture under the theme of “sports exchange (soccer)” and will attend lectures on Asia’s contribution in Japanese soccer, etc., in cooperation with the Japan Football Association. During their stay, the group will have joint practice among young players from eight (8) countries including Japan at Cape Zampa Ball Park and Yomitan Athletic Field.

    The JENESYS2018 is an exchange programme for the youths of Japan and ASEAN.

    On February 25, one hundred forty-three (143) college students from the ASEAN member states, Timor Leste, and Japan participating in JENESYS2018 “Japan ASEAN Student Conference,” paid a courtesy visit to the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs, H.E. Norikazu Suzuki.

    H.E. Suzuki expressed his pleasure that participants could deepen their understanding of Japan, through regional visits and exchange of views, under the theme of “what youths in Asia can do to realize a sustainable world.” He hopes that the young participants will continue to interact and act as a bridge between Japan and ASEAN countries after returning home.

    Subsequently, from the two representatives of the participating students, appreciation was expressed with the prospects for Japan and ASEAN in the future and enthusiasm for activities after returning home. “Declaration of Action” was submitted as an output of the meeting.

    The JENESYS 2018 is an exchange programme for the youths of Japan and ASEAN.

    In a bid to boost the productivity of Myanmar’s small and medium enterprises (SMEs), the government will set up the Myanmar Productivity Center this year, said U Ko Ko Lwin, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Industry. He made the remarks at a roundtable to implement the plan for the Myanmar Productivity Center at the Novotel Hotel on 23 February.

    The initiative is part of the project Capacity Building of Industrial Human Resource Development Organization for Productivity Improvement in Myanmar (Phase II) supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF). This project was preceded by the pilot project to increase SME productivity in January 2016 carried out by the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry-UMFCCI and the Japan Productivity Center, also supported through JAIF.

    In September 2018, at the Technology Center of TÜV Rheinland Japan, a 4-day workshop on “Advanced Conference on Safety Technology” was held for national institutions of ASEAN countries and engineers of national laboratories. This workshop was implemented as part of a technical support activity for the project Capacity Building for Conformity Assessment for Information Technology Equipment (ITE) in ASEAN Member States supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF). In this project, workshops on topics such as product safety, electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) test method, test equipment, standards, etc., were held in Japan, Indonesia, and Viet Nam for five times from June 2018 to December 2018.

    One hundred thirty-two (132) college students from the ten (10) ASEAN member states and Timor Leste will visit Japan to participate in the “ASEAN Student Conference” from February 19 to 26. In the conference, university students from Japan and the participating countries are divided into groups based on six subjects. They will listen to lectures, visit related facilities, exchange opinions with the stakeholders, and hold workshops under the common theme of “what youths in Asia can do to realize a sustainable world.” Before returning home, the participants will announce the “Declaration of Action” as the output of the conference in Tokyo. In addition, they will visit farmers and have exchanges with local high school students.

    The JENESYS 2018 is an exchange programme for the youths of Japan and ASEAN.

    The ASEAN Autism Mapping team visited partner schools for autism in Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam on 16-20 February 2019. The activity is part of the project Autism Mapping Project in the ASEAN Region supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    The project is being implemented by the Asia-Pacific Development Center on Disability.

    Thirty (30) staff members on disaster management from ASEAN member countries participated in the study of geological disaster management in Uttaradit Province, Thailand.

    The case visit is part of a series of activities of the project Disaster Risk Reduction by Integrating Climate Change Projection into Flood and Landslide Risk Assessment supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    On February 7, H.E. Kazuo Sunaga, Ambassador of Japan to ASEAN, attended the preliminary seminar of the research project on “Lessons Learned from a Process of Conflict Resolution between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines and the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) as Mediated by Indonesia, 1993- 1996” held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia in Jakarta. The Government of Japan supports this project through Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF). Ambassador Sunaga emphasized the importance of the project and expressed his hope that the outcome of the project would contribute to the conflict resolution in the ASEAN region. The attendees to the seminar included H.E. Rezlan Izhar Jenie, Executive Director, ASEAN Institute for Peace and Reconciliation, H.E. Jose Tavares, Director General of ASEAN Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia, and Permanent Representatives of ASEAN Member States, as well as Mr. Naoyuki Ochiai, who has engaged in the process of the Mindanao Peace Process as a member of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for a long time.

    The ASEAN Autism Mapping team, headed by its Project Manager Mr. Pongwattana Charoenmayu, met with partners of the project Autism Mapping Project in the ASEAN Region in Singapore on 11-15 February 2019. The project is supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) and is being implemented by the Asia-Pacific Development Center on Disability.

    Five (5) participants who are involved in support of persons with disabilities/victims of Agent Orange defoliants in Viet Nam will visit Japan from February 12 to 19, as a part of JENESYS2018.

    The delegates will visit Tokyo, Kyoto Prefecture, and Hyogo Prefecture under the theme of “Exchange in Supporting Children with Disabilities.” They will visit theme-related facilities and historical buildings. In addition, they will deepen their understanding of Japan through experiencing traditional Japanese culture and having exchange with the local residents.

    The JENESYS2018 is an exchange programme for the youths of Japan and ASEAN.

    Twenty-seven (27) young public servants from Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, and Viet Nam will visit Japan from February 12 to 19, as part of JENESYS2018.

    The group will visit Tokyo, Aichi Prefecture and Mie Prefecture under the theme of “Air Quality Improvement Exchange.” They will attend keynote lectures at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of the Environment and visit theme-related facilities. In addition, they will deepen their understanding of Japan widely through visits to historical buildings and experience traditional Japanese culture.

    The JENESYS2018 is an exchange programme for the youths of Japan and ASEAN.

    Delegates gathered at the inception workshop to discuss ways climate change projections can be integrated into training and risk assessments within ASEAN countries. This workshop serves as an enriching forum for experts and participants to exchange needs and expectations as ASEAN Member States (AMSs) move towards building people’s resilience to disasters.

    The workshop is the first of many exciting milestones for our Disaster Risk Reduction by Integrating Climate Change Projections into Flood and Landslide Risk Assessment program, in collaboration with the ASEAN Committee on Disaster Management (ACDM) Working Group of Prevention and Mitigation, the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies and CTI Engineering International, with support from the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    Experts form across #ASEAN came together to discuss scenarios and ways to #integrating #climatechange #projection into #flood and #landslide risk assessment in #ASEAN.

    The workshop is the first activity of the project Disaster Risk Reduction by Integrating Climate Change Projection into Flood and Landslide Risk Assessment supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    Mr. Hans Guttman of the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center presented the importance of pooling together experiences and approaches to tackle increasing climate change impacts, at the ASEAN Project on #DRR by Integrating Climate Change Projection into Flood and Landslide Risk Assessment.

    The workshop is the first activity of the project Disaster Risk Reduction by Integrating Climate Change Projection into Flood and Landslide Risk Assessment supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    Delegates gathered at the inception seminar to discuss ways that climate change projections can be integrated into risk assessments within ASEAN countries. This seminar serves as an enriching forum for experts and participants to exchange needs and expectations as ASEAN moves towards building people’s resilience to disasters. It is the first of many exciting milestones for the ASEAN Project on Disaster Risk Reduction by Integrating Climate Change Projections into Flood and Landslide Risk Assessment.

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

    Representatives from ASEAN member countries visited the Disaster Learning Center at Uttaradit Province in Thailand to study the flooding incident at Nam Phai Subdistrict, Nam Pat District, Uttaradit Province in 2011.

    The case visit is part of a series of activities of the project Disaster Risk Reduction by Integrating Climate Change Projection into Flood and Landslide Risk Assessment supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    ASEAN continued improving its capacity to track progress of its community-building as ASEAN government officials participated in a workshop on monitoring and evaluation (M&E) in Ha Noi, Viet Nam, from 29 to 31 January. The three-day workshop aimed to address knowledge gaps and build capacity in the area of M&E especially in relation to the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC) Blueprint 2025. Officials from the ASEAN ministries of labour, civil service, disaster management and environment participated in the workshop. Participants also included national representatives from the Senior Officials’ Committee for the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community Council (SOCA).

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

    ASEAN is beefing up its capacity to track progress of its community-building journey in order to serve the people better. Government officials from ASEAN Member States who are looking after the socio-cultural community participated in a three-day workshop on monitoring and evaluation (M&E) in Ha Noi, Viet Nam. The workshop aimed to address knowledge gaps and build capacity in the area of M&E especially in relation to the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC) Blueprint 2025.

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

    ASEAN Member States are highly vulnerable to climate change, as is evident from the rise in disaster events and the severity and scale of their impact. Immediate action is required to counteract the growing disaster losses. With this direct effect of climate change on disasters, linking disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation becomes a necessity. Linking integrated hazard and risk assessments with future climate projections can help Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and other developmental planning domains, give appropriate solutions to address future risks. To forge a more resilient and inclusive future, the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN), through the ASEAN Committee on Disaster Management (ACDM) Working Group of Prevention and Mitigation, with support of the Government of Japan, through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund, is partnering with the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center, and CTI Engineering to implement the project on disaster risk reduction by integrating climate change projection into risk assessment through a pilot project. This is in support of the ASEAN Agreement on Disaster Management and Emergency Response Work Programme 2016-2020.

    Thirteen (13) high school students from Indonesia will visit Japan from February 5 to 13, as part of JENESYS2018. The group will visit Hokkaido after hearing the lecture in Tokyo, with the theme of “Japanese Communication-Japanese Cultural Exchange.” They will have cultural experiences and engage with local residents and high school students. In addition, they will have the opportunity to visit Takigawa City, Hokkaido, and have direct encounter with Japan’s charm through homestay.

    Through this program, it is expected that human resources who will be responsible for the future of Indonesia will deepen understanding and interest in Japan diversely and actively disseminate Japan’s attractiveness in the technical field and experience at the time of their visit.

    The JENESYS2018 is an exchange programme for the youths of Japan and ASEAN.

    The ASEAN Autism Mapping team, headed by its Project Manager Mr. Pongwattana Charoenmayu, met with partners of the project Autism Mapping Project in the ASEAN Region in the Philippines on 29 January to 1 February 2019. The project is supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) and is being implemented by the Asia-Pacific Development Center on Disability.

    Twenty four (24) high school students and university students from Viet Nam will visit Japan from January 29 to February 5 as part of JENESYS2018. The group will visit Tokyo and Gunma Prefecture under the theme of “Japanese communication and Japanese cultural exchanges.” The delegates will visit historical buildings and experience traditional Japanese culture and will also deepen their understanding of Japan through exchange with local high school students and homestay at local residents.

    The JENESYS 2018 is an exchange programme for the youths of Japan and ASEAN.

    Ten (10) young diplomats and five (5) young administrative officials will visit Japan from January 29 to February 5 as part of JENESYS2018. The delegates will visit the relevant facilities in Tokyo based on the theme of “politics/ administration.” They will experience both the culture and charm of Japan through visiting historical buildings in Yamaguchi Prefecture, receiving lectures, and having exchange with Indonesian international students at Yamaguchi University.

    The JENESYS2018 is an exchange programme for the youths of Japan and ASEAN.

    Sixty (60) high school students and young adults from Cambodia, Myanmar, and Thailand will visit Japan from January 22 to 29, as part of JENESYS2018. The group will visit Tokyo, Ishikawa prefecture, Yamagata prefecture, and Hokkaido under the theme of “Japanese communication and Japanese cultural exchange.” In addition to visiting historical buildings and experiencing Japanese traditional culture, the delegates will also have exchange with students from local school and homestay at local residents.

    The JENESYS2018 is an exchange programme for the youths of Japan and ASEAN.

    The 11th ASEAN-Japan Counter-Terrorism Dialogue will be held on February 21 and 22 in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam.

    The 11th Dialogue will be co-chaired by H.E. Mr. Eiji Yamamoto, Ambassador in charge of International Cooperation for Countering Terrorism and International Organized Crime and Mr. Pengiran Muhamad Sazali Pengiran Yakob, Permanent Secretary (Security and Enforcement), the Prime Minister’s Office, Brunei Darussalam. The Dialogue will be attended by officials from Japan, all the ASEAN Member States, the ASEAN Secretariat and some International Organizations.

    This Dialogue was launched in 2006 based on the decision made at the ASEAN-Japan Summit Meeting held in December 2005. It has been a forum to exchange views on the current situation related to terrorism and discuss various projects funded by the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF), which contribute to the region-wide counter-terrorism measures. At this Dialogue, implementation of UNSCR 2396 addressing return and relocation of foreign terrorist fighters (FTFs) will be one of the main agendas.

    The 3rd ASEAN-Japan Cybercrime Dialogue will be held on January 23 and 24 in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam.

    The 3rd Dialogue will be co-chaired by H.E. Mr. Eiji Yamamoto, Ambassador in charge of International Cooperation for Countering Terrorism and International Organized Crime and Mr. Pengiran Muhamad Sazali Pengiran Yakob, Permanent Secretary (Security and Enforcement), the Prime Minister’s Office, Brunei Darussalam. The Dialogue will be attended by officials from Japan, all the ASEAN Member States, the ASEAN Secretariat and some International Organizations.

    This Dialogue was inaugurated in 2014 as a follow-up to the commitment made at the ASEAN-Japan Commemorative Summit in December 2013. The 3rd Dialogue is held to confirm the importance of Convention on Cybercrime (Budapest Convention) with ASEAN Member States, to exchange information on trends and lessons learned to combat cybercrime, and to discuss ASEAN-Japan cooperation on cybercrime, such as capacity building to fight against cybercrime and the direction of concrete activities to be funded by Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    On 17 January 2019, SEAMEO Regional Centre for Higher Education and Development (SEAMEO RIHED) successfully held the mid-term review meeting of the project “Support for Capacity Building of the Greater Mekong Subregion University Consortium (GMS-UC) (Phase 1)” at Wiang Inn Hotel, Chiang Rai, Thailand.

    Chaired by Dr. Chanavit Sujatanond, Centre Director of SEAMEO RIHED, the meeting was actively attended by 17 delegates including the representatives from ASEAN Secretariat and SEAMEO Secretariat, the core experts for the project, and the national government representatives from Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Vietnam. It had been a crucial opportunity to review and reflect on the first year of the project’s implementation, as well as to share the second year plan comprising another four capacity building activities and university visits which will be organized all throughout 2019.

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

    Sixteen (16) Judo/Karate players from Myanmar will visit Japan as part of JENESYS2018 from January 15 to 22. The group will visit Tokyo and Fukuoka prefecture under the theme of “sports exchange (karate/judo).” The group will deepen their understanding of Japan through visiting historic buildings, experiencing traditional Japanese culture, and interacting with local high school students through sports and with local residents through homestay.

    The JENESYS2018 is an exchange programme for the youths of Japan and ASEAN.

    Japan’s Parliamentary Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs Norikazu Suzuki met with ASEAN Secretary-General Dato Lim Jock Hoi on 8 January 2019. The Vice Minister mentioned the Joint Statement commemorating the 45th anniversary of Japan-ASEAN Friendship Cooperation issued at the Japan-ASEAN Summit in November 2018 and expressed Japan’s hope to further strengthen Japan-ASEAN relations.

    In response, Secretary-General Dato Lim Jock Hoi expressed his appreciation for Japan’s cooperation, including support through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF), and expressed hope for continuous cooperation between Japan and ASEAN in various fields.

    Eight college students from Indonesia will visit Japan as part of JENESYS2018 from January 15 to 22, under the theme of “cultural and artistic exchange.” The students will attend lectures in Tokyo, visit Kochi prefecture to experience traditional culture, and meet the local residents and universities.

    The JENESYS2018 is an exchange programme for the youths of Japan and ASEAN.

  • The ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) convened the 2018 Dialogue to mainstream the rights of persons with disabilities in the ASEAN Community from 3 to 5 December in Bangkok.

    Focusing on the theme “Accessibility Through Universal Design,” the dialogue gathered participants from ASEAN sectoral bodies, government officials, organisations of persons with disabilities, national human rights institutions and experts on disability rights. It commenced with the launch of the “ASEAN Enabling Masterplan 2025: Mainstreaming the Rights of Persons with Disabilities” in conjunction with commemoration of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

    The dialogue was organised by Dr. Seree Nonthasoot, the Representative of Thailand to the AICHR, with support from Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund and the Australian Government.

    On December 14, 2018, H.E. Kazuo Sunaga, Ambassador of Japan to ASEAN, attended the graduation ceremony of Batch Five of the AHA Centre Executive (ACE) Programme held at the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta, and celebrated the graduation of 17 participants. Attendees to the ceremony included Ms. Adelina Kamal, Executive Director of the AHA Centre, and H.E. Kung Phoak, Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN for ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community.

    The ACE Programme is an over 4-month training for future leaders of national disaster management offices (NDMO) in ASEAN countries conducted by the AHA Centre. The Programme is supported by the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF). The Programme commenced in 2014 and the Batch Five just concluded.

    As a region that is prone to natural disasters, ASEAN continues to build itsresilience and capacity to manage humanitarian emergencies. Today, 17 disaster management professionals graduated from an intensive four-month course organized by the ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on disaster management (the AHA Centre).

    The AHA Centre Executive (ACE) Programme focused on humanitarian context, leadership, logistics and data management, among others. Thanks to the support of Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund and other partners.

    Deputy Secretary General of ASEAN for Socio-cultural Community Kung Phoak remarked that ASEAN’s future can be more secure with the help of these future humanitarian leaders, responders, and managers.

    Four months have passed with thousands of memories and tons of lessons to bring back home. Congratulations to the 17 new graduates of the Batch Five of the AHA Centre Executive (ACE) Programme .

    The ACE Programme is supported by the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF). It commenced in 2014 and the Batch Five just concluded.

    The AHA Centre Executive (ACE) Programme is designed to prepare future leaders of disaster management in ASEAN. It is by far the most intensive disaster management training programme in the region. Through the support of Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF), the AHA Centre concluded the conduct of the Batch Five of the ACE Programme today.

    On December 10, H.E. Kazuo Sunaga, Ambassador of Japan to ASEAN, attended the graduation ceremony of the Attachment Programme and celebrated the graduation of 12 participants. Attendees to the ceremony included H.E. Dato Lim Jock Hoi, Secretary-General of ASEAN, H.E. Dr. Huang Anh Tuan, Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN for ASEAN Political Security Community, H.E. Kung Phoak, Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN for ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community, H.E. Dr. AKP Mochtan, Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN for Community and Corporate Affairs, H.E. Norng Sakal, Permanent Representative of Cambodia to ASEAN and Chair of IAI Task Force, and Permanent Representatives of ASEAN countries.

    The Attachment Programme dispatches young governmental officials from Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, and Viet Nam (CLMV) to the ASEAN Secretariat for one year, with a view to enhancing administrative capacities of the participants and narrowing the gap between CLMV countries and other six ASEAN countries. The program has produced excellent officials till now. The Government of Japan has supported the program through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    As part of JENESYS2018, 27 people from Universitas Islam Indonesia, Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) and Muhammadiyah, Indonesia’s two major Islamic organizations, will visit Japan from December 11 to 18 under the theme of “Peacebuilding exchanges.” The group will visit Tochigi prefecture and Miyagi prefecture, local governments, broadcasting stations, and universities and exchange opinions with local residents and business people.

    The JENESYS2018 is an exchange programme for the youths of Japan and ASEAN.

    On December 3, H.E. Kazuo Sunaga, Ambassador of Japan to ASEAN, attended the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) Regional Dialogue held in Bangkok, Thailand. The Dialogue was attended by H.E. Gen. Anantaporn Kanjanarat, Minister of Social Development and Human Security of Thailand, H.E. Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, Executive Secretary of United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), and H.E. Dr. Hoang Anh Tuan, Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN for ASEAN Political-Security Community.

    At the opening session, Ambassador Sunaga congratulated the adoption of ASEAN Enabling Masterplan 2025 at the ASEAN Summit last month as the culmination of the program on mainstreaming of the rights of persons with disabilities, which Japan supported over the last three years.

    Ten young politics-oriented Cambodians will visit Japan as a part of the JENESYS 2018 program from December 2 to 8.

    Under the theme of “Japanese multiparty democracy,” the group will attend lectures and visit the House of Representatives and other institutions in Tokyo. Afterwards, they will visit Ibaraki Prefecture and observe the process of a prefectural assembly election. In addition, they will visit notable sites and historical buildings in each area to deepen their understanding of Japan. The JENESYS2018 is an exchange programme for the youths of Japan and ASEAN.

    The 10th induction course of the ASEAN Emergency Response and Assessment Team (ERAT) will be held on 8 December 2018 in Bogor, Indonesia. Thus far, there are 256 ERAT- trained personnel from all 10 ASEAN Member States. The team has been activated to support 25 emergency responses across the region.

    The AHA Centre, with support from the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF), currently implements the project ASEAN-ERAT Transformation Project – Phase I.

    27 November 2018

    JENESYS2018 Thailand

    Fourteen high school students from Thailand visited Japan from 6-13 November 2018 to participate in the JENESYS2018 exchange program on the theme of “Japanese Conversation and Japanese Culture.” The delegates experienced Japanese culture through visits in a museum and a local high school, among others.

    The JENESYS2018 is an exchange programme for the youths of Japan and ASEAN.

    Participants to the AHA Centre Executive (ACE) Programme are visiting the tsunami-affected site and various agencies in Japan to learn firsthand about the full cycle of disaster management. It starts with prevention and mitigation, emergency responses, all the way to reconstruction and recovery.

    The AHA Centre, with support from the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF), currently implements Batch 5 of the ACE Programme.

    21 November 2018

    JENESYS2018 Cambodia

    Twenty university students from Cambodia stayed in Japan from 30 October-11 November 2018 to participate in the JENESYS2018 exchange program on the theme “Monozukuri (Manufacturing) and Technology.” The delegates experienced Japanese culture and industry through visits in a university and a factory, among others.

    The JENESYS2018 is an exchange programme for the youths of Japan and ASEAN.

    15 November 2018

    JENESYS2018 Thailand

    Twelve high school students from Thailand stayed in Japan from 29 October-6 November 2018 to participate in the JENESYS2018 exchange program on the theme “Monozukuri (Manufacturing) and Technology.” The delegates experienced Japanese culture and industry through visits in technical junior colleges, research institutes, among others.

    The JENESYS2018 is an exchange programme for the youths of Japan and ASEAN.

    On Wednesday, November 14, the Japan-ASEAN Summit Meeting was held in the Republic of Singapore chaired by H.E. Lee Hsien Loong, Prime Minister of Singapore. H. E. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister, attended from Japan.

    Japan’s Prime Minister remarked that this year marks the 45th anniversary of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation and welcomed the issuance of the Joint Statement of the 21st ASEAN-Japan Summit to Commemorate the 45th Anniversary of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation. Specific JAIF supported projects on counter-terrorism, cybercrime, disaster management, culture, and information were highlighted. In addition, forthcoming initiatives on environment and the ASEAN Smart Cities Network (ASCN) were also acknowledged.

    The Heads of State/Government of the Member States of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Japan, gathered in Singapore on 14 November 2018 at the 21st ASEAN-Japan Summit to commemorate the 45th Anniversary of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation.

    ASEAN and Japan reaffirm the importance of Japan’s support for ASEAN integration and ASEAN’s efforts in realising ASEAN 2025: Forging Ahead Together, including through Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) as well as Japan’s full respect and support for ASEAN unity, cohesiveness, and centrality in shaping the evolving regional architecture.

    The 21st ASEAN-Japan Summit to commemorate the 45th Anniversary of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation was held in Singapore on 14 November 2018. The Meeting was chaired by H.E. Lee Hsien Loong, Prime Minister of the Republic of Singapore, and attended by all Heads of State/Government of ASEAN Member States and H.E. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan. The Secretary-General of ASEAN was also in attendance.

    ASEAN Leaders expressed appreciation for Japan’s generous contributions over the years towards ASEAN’s development, including through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF). Specific JAIF supported projects on counter-terrorism, cybercrime, disaster management, culture, and information were highlighted. In addition, forthcoming initiatives on environment and the ASEAN Smart Cities Network (ASCN) were also acknowledged.

    13 November 2018

    JENESYS2018 Myanmar

    The participants of JENESYS2018 Inbound Program Myanmar with the theme “Film and Art Exchange” have created their social media page.

    The JENESYS2018 is an exchange programme for the youths of Japan and ASEAN.

    During the response to Typhoon Mangkhut in the Philippines last September 2018, ASEAN provided support for the government and the affected communities in the Philippines, in partnership with Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund, valued at around USD 276,000.

    12 November 2018

    JENESYS2018 Myanmar

    Ten young and upcoming filmmakers from Myanmar stayed in Japan from 23-30 October 2018 to participate in the JENESYS2018 Inbound Program Myanmar with the theme “Film and Art Exchange.” The delegates experienced Japanese traditional arts and film history through visits in a graduate school, national film archive, among others.

    The JENESYS2018 is an exchange programme for the youths of Japan and ASEAN.

    8 November 2018

    JENESYS2018 Malaysia

    Twenty-two young managers in energy and environmental fields stayed in Japan from 23-29 October 2018 to participate in the JENESYS2018 Inbound Program Malaysia with the theme “Energy Technology and Cultural Exchange.” The delegates experienced Japanese energy technology and culture through visits in water treatment facilities, biomass power plants, thermal power stations, historical landmarks, among others.

    The JENESYS2018 is an exchange programme for the youths of Japan and ASEAN.

    8 November 2018

    JENESYS2018 Lao PDR

    The participants of JENESYS2018 Inbound Program Lao PDR with the theme “Environment and Disaster Prevention Technology” have created their social media page.

    The JENESYS2018 is an exchange programme for the youths of Japan and ASEAN.

    7 November 2018

    JENESYS2018 Lao PDR

    Sixteen high school and university students stayed in Japan from 16-23 October 2018 to participate in the JENESYS2018 Inbound Program Lao PDR with the theme “Environment and Disaster Prevention Technology.” The delegates experienced Japanese disaster prevention and culture through visits in cities, which received tremendous damages from the devastating tsunami caused by the Great East Japan Earthquake. The delegates also participated in a disaster prevention field tour called “the road of survivors (Inochi no Michi).”

    The JENESYS2018 is an exchange programme for the youths of Japan and ASEAN.

    Participants from Batch 5 of the AHA Centre Executive (ACE) Programme just concluded their valuable learnings on the Disaster Emergency Logistics System for ASEAN (DELSA) through their visit in the DELSA Warehouse in Subang, Malaysia. Colleagues from the World Food Programme (WFP) and United Nations Humanitarian Response Depot (UNHRD) also shared about the important components of a humanitarian supply chain and how it works in the different phases of emergency cycle.

    ASEAN representatives participated in the “ASEAN Proficiency Testing (PT) training workshop on ISO/IEC 17043: 2010 (E)” on 1-3 October 2018 in Bangkok, Thailand. About 40 participants from six Product Working Groups (PWGs) under the ASEAN Consultative Committee for Standards and Quality (ACCSQ) participated in the workshop.

    The workshop was supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund and coordinated by the National Metal and Materials Technology Center, which is under the purview of the National Science and Technology Development Agency, Thailand.

    The Asian Disaster Reduction Center (ADRC) published its Report of 20-Year History of ADRC to commemorate the organization’s 20th anniversary. Four projects supported by the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) were part of the report namely: Utilization of Satellite Image on Disaster Management, Capacity Building of Local Government Officials on Disaster Management, Development of Web-Based GLIDE Associated Disaster Event Databases for ASEAN Countries, and Promotion of Disaster Education in Schools.

    September 2018 saw the AHA Centre Executive (ACE) Programme hit full swing, with 17 participants from 9 ASEAN nations beginning their journey towards becoming the next crop of ASEAN disaster management professionals. A wide array of workshops and learning sessions took place throughout September.

    The AHA Centre, with support from the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF), currently implements Batch 5 of the ACE Programme

    JENESYS2018 participants share their experience during the exchange program for Japanese students from the Japan Football Association (JFA) Academy Fukushima. Along with other participants, the 10th batch students visited Cambodia and participated in various activities including friendly soccer games.

    The JENESYS2018 is an exchange programme for the youths of Japan and ASEAN.

    25 October 2018

    JENESYS2018 Indonesia

    Seven local government officials of Papua, Indonesia stayed in Japan from 9-16 October 2018 for JENESYS2018 Inbound Program Indonesia-Japanese Culture Exchange. They visited a Japanese IT enterprise, agricultural research institute, disaster control training center and local high school to observe Japan’s cutting-edge technologies and high expertise in varied fields.

    The JENESYS2018 is an exchange programme for the youths of Japan and ASEAN.

    On October 20, H.E. Kazuo Sunaga, Ambassador of Japan to ASEAN, attended the opening ceremony of an enlightenment event for the Regional Autism Awareness Day in Jakarta, which is part of the Autism Mapping Project in the ASEAN Region implemented by the Asia-Pacific Development Center on Disability (APCD). The government of Japan is supporting this project through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF). At this event, athletes with autism held a parade, and the participants interacted with each other through sports activities such as running and swimming, which led to the awareness of autism.

    After the Asian Para Games, the ASEAN Autism Games (AAG) is taking place today at the Soemantri Brodjonegoro sports center, South Jakarta. The event, which is the main activity of the 4th ASEAN Autism Network (AAN) Congress, will be held until tomorrow, October 21. The Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) joins the celebration through the project Autism Mapping Project in the ASEAN Region.

    The 4th ASEAN Autism Games kicked off on 20 October 2018 in Jakarta. The biennial games are a flagship event of the ASEAN Autism Network. This year, the games are hosted by Yayasan Autisma Indonesia and London School of Public Relations Jakarta, with support from the Asia-Pacific Development Center on Disability (APCD), Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF), and ASEAN Secretariat.

    Indonesia is hosting the 2018 ASEAN Autism Games (AAG) which will take place from 20-21 October 2018 at the Soemantri Sports Hall in South Jakarta.

    The organizers of the AAG 2018 are the Indonesian Autism Foundation (YAI), the London School of Public Relations (LSPR), the London School for Autism Awareness (LSCAA), the Asia Pacific Development Center on Disability (APCD), the Government of Japan and Ministry of Social Development and Human Security from Thailand.

    AAG 2018 is also supported by partners, namely the ASEAN Secretariat, the ASEAN Autism Mapping, the ASEAN Autism Network (AAN), the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) and other business sectors.

    Autism Mapping Project in the ASEAN Region is supported by the government of Japan through JAIF.

    The Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC) and the ASEAN Expert Group on Competition (AEGC) start the project Technical Assistance for ASEAN Competition Authorities to Strengthen Competition Law Enforcement in ASEAN Region – Second Phase, with Indonesia’s Commission for the Supervision of Business Competition (KPPU) as proponent and with support from the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    The first phase of the project was also supported through JAIF.

    18 October 2018

    JENESYS2018 Singapore

    Eighteen university students from Japan stayed in Singapore from 9-16 October 2018 for JENESYS2018 Outbound Program to Singapore aiming to deliver attractiveness of Japanese cultures.

    The JENESYS2018 is an exchange programme for the youths of Japan and ASEAN.

    Through the project Autism Mapping Project in the ASEAN Region, the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) joins the celebration of the 4th ASEAN Autism Network (AAN) Congress and ASEAN Autism Games on 20-21 October 2018 in Indonesia.

    About a week after the Asian Para Games event, the 4th ASEAN Autism Games (AAG) will be held in Jakarta. Along with the celebration will be the Regional Autism Awareness Day in Jakarta, which is part of the Autism Mapping Project in the ASEAN Region implemented by the Asia-Pacific Development Center on Disability (APCD), with support from the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

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

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

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

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

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

    On 10-11 October 2018, the SEAMEO Regional Centre for Higher Education and Development successfully organised the Internationalization and Cross-border Education Workshop I at Phnom Penh Hotel, Phnom Penh, Cambodia. This workshop is part of the two-year project on Support for Capacity Building of the Greater Mekong Sub-region University Consortium (GMS-UC), intended to provide a platform for the GMS-UC members to discuss on potentials and challenges, share good practices as well as identify available resources on internationalisation and cross-border education in order to enhance the capacity in internationalizing higher education among the member universities and respective countries.

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

    The 2nd ASEAN-Japan Music Festival as Celebration of the 45th Year of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation gathered artists from Japan and ASEAN, including artist from Thailand Tachaphon Pholkongseng. It was held on 4 October 2018 in Tokyo, Japan.

    On 5 October 2018, the JENESYS2018 Japan-Mekong U-17 Football Exchange Tournament opened at J-Village in Fukushima. The tournament is conducted as part of the JENESYS2018, a programme promoted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan.

    The event will serve as an exchange platform for the youth in Japan and the five countries of the Mekong Region.

    The JENESYS2018 Japan-Mekong U-17 Football Exchange Tournament opened on 5 October 2018 in Fukushima, Japan. The tournament is conducted as part of the JENESYS2018, an exchange programme for the youths of Japan and ASEAN.

    The 2nd ASEAN-Japan Music Festival as Celebration of the 45th Year of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation gathered artists from Japan and ASEAN. It was held on 4 October 2018 in Tokyo, Japan.

    Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attended the 2nd ASEAN-Japan Music Festival as Celebration of the 45th Year of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation on 4 October 2018 in Tokyo, Japan.

    The 2nd ASEAN-Japan Music Festival as Celebration of the 45th Year of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation was held on 4 October 2018 in Tokyo, Japan.

    The 2nd ASEAN-Japan Music Festival as Celebration of the 45th Year of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation gathered artists from Japan and ASEAN, including artist from the Philippines Sarah Geronimo. It was held on 4 October 2018 in Tokyo, Japan.

  • On the sea floor of the Strait of Malacca, key straits of international sea transportation, multiple protrusions that appear to be sunken ships, were found on 29 September 2018. It was revealed by a hydrographic survey jointly carried out by Japan and three coastal countries namely Malaysia, Indonesia, and Singapore. The Malacca Strait Council of Japan (MSC) has carried out the survey as part of efforts to further enhance the safety of navigation and the protection of marine environment.

    This is the third survey to be carried out by MSC as part of the three-year project Joint Hydrographic Survey of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore supported by the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    The First Regional Workshop (the Inception Workshop) of the ASEAN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Frontrunner Cities Programme (SDGs-FC) was held on 26- 28 September 2018 in Tokyo and Nagano, Japan. There were about 70 participants comprising: (i) representatives from all ASEAN Member States (AMS) (except Brunei Darussalam and Singapore); (ii) the ASEAN Secretariat; (iii) local governments nominated as participating cities of SDGs-FCs; (iii) IGES (the implementing agency) and; (iv) resource persons from United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS), UN-Habitat’s Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, Japan’s Local Policy Design Office and the Japan-ASEAN Centre.

    The SDGs-FC is a new initiative under the ASEAN Working Group on Environmentally Sustainable Cities (AWGESC) supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF). It aims to support ASEAN cities to achieve inclusive, sustainable, resilient and dynamic development in line with ASEAN Vision 2020. The programme strategically builds on the ASEAN Environmentally Sustainable Cities Model Cities Programme (2011 – 2017), which had supported and recognised 40 frontrunner cities in their innovative practices/policies in bottom-up environmental management.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    In order to promote the “ASEAN-Japan Cold Chain Logistics Project” under the framework of the ASEAN-Japan Transport Partnership, this meeting discussed the draft of “ASEAN-Japan Guidelines on Cold Chain Logistics.” Also, in order to support the promotion of green logistics in ASEAN, it discussed the development of the Green Logistics Partnership Conference in ASEAN countries and the collection of best practices on green logistics. Furthermore, for to the development of logistics human resources in ASEAN, specific measures will be taken to further utilize the “Japan-Mekong Regional Logistics Training Center” established in Haiphong, Viet Nam. The Center was established through the project “Establishment of Sub-regional Logistics Training Center in Vietnam” supported through the ASEAN-Japan Comprehensive Economic Partnership (AJCEP) under the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    The Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) of Japan has been cooperating with ASEAN member states in cybersecurity capacity building. As part of MIC’s initiative, the ASEAN-Japan Cybersecurity Capacity Building Centre (AJCCBC) will be established in Bangkok, Thailand. The opening ceremony of the Centre will be held on September 14, 2018.
    The ASEAN-Japan Cybersecurity Capacity Building Centre is a project supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

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

    The project aims to enhance capacities of selected universities of the GMS-UC across areas of management and leadership, teaching, research, internationalisation and cross-border education.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    15 August 2018

    Story from Lombok

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    In response to floodings in 10 provinces of Lao PDR, the Jakarta-based ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on disaster management (AHA Centre) is facilitating the mobilisation of ASEAN relief items for the flood-affected communities. The humanitarian assistance has arrived at Wattay International Airport, Vientiane, on Friday, 27 July 2018. Types of provided items include: mobile storage unit, aluminium boats, family tents, and personal hygiene kits. The relief items were transported from the Disaster Emergency Logistics System for ASEAN (DELSA) regional stockpile based in Subang, Malaysia, by A400M military aircraft of the Royal Malaysian Air Force – with an estimated value of assistance of over 235,000 USD.

    The ongoing mission is the Centre’s second emergency response to Lao PDR. The AHA Centre is also responsible in managing the DELSA regional stockpile with the support of Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund.

    A workshop on the “Development of Methodology for Mapping of Country Profiles on Autism” was held in Bangkok, Thailand on 24-25 July 2018. Workshop participants included representatives of the Senior Officials Meeting on Social Welfare and Development (SOMSWD) and ASEAN Autism Network (AAN) from ten ASEAN countries.

    The workshop is part of the project “Autism Mapping Project in the ASEAN Region” supported by the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    Asia-Pacific Development Center on Disability (ACPD) was assigned by ASEAN Secretariat to be the Implementing Agency of the “Autism Mapping Project in the ASEAN Region” for the period of two years from May 2018 until April 2020 under the guidance of the ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting on Social Welfare and Development (SOMSWD) and with the cooperation of ASEAN Autism Network (AAN) and the support of the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF). In this connection, APCD conducted the first activity, “Workshop on the Development of Methodology for Mapping of Country Profile on Autism,” from 23 to 25 July 2018 at APCD Training Center, Bangkok, Thailand.

    The aim of the workshop was to develop methodology on mapping of country profiles on autism, which will contribute to the development of ASEAN Profile and Policy Recommendations. The workshop saw the active and enthusiastic participation of 30 representatives from SOMSWD, AAN from 10 ASEAN countries, and concerned autism organizations in Thailand. It was moderated by the Project Manager and two consultants from Malaysia to conceptualize information regarding Autism Mapping Project in the ASEAN Region, update information regarding the national situation on autism, and develop the methodology for mapping country profiles on autism at the regional level. The result finally came out with the template of country profiles on autism to be utilized by ASEAN Member States as a framework for collecting data on autism. These country profiles will be compiled as a regional profile on autism called “Autism at a Glance in ASEAN”.

    The Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organisation Regional Centre for Higher Education and Development (SEAMEO RIHED) organised the kick-off of the project “Support for Capacity Building of the Greater Mekong Sub-region University Consortium (GMS-UC)” and the 1st Rectors Forum at the Sukosol Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand. This is the first activity of the project being implemented by SEAMEO RIHED in collaboration with the ASEAN Secretariat and with support from the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF). The project aims to enhance capacities of selected universities of the GMS-UC across areas of management and leadership, teaching and research, and internationalisation and cross-border education.

    A series of meetings and discussions with project partners for the “ASEAN Hometown Improvement through Disability-Inclusive Communities Model” were held in Hanoi and Da Nang, Viet Nam on 17-22 July 2018.

    The project is supported by the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    ASEAN and Japan renewed their commitment to further advance partnership following the 12th Meeting of the ASEAN-Japan Joint Cooperation Committee (JCC) held at the ASEAN Secretariat.

    The annual JCC meeting is a key mechanism to coordinate and review ASEAN-Japan cooperation. ASEAN appreciated Japan’s continued support for ASEAN Community building including through its contribution to the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) as well as cooperation programmes to support ASEAN’s efforts in enhancing regional connectivity and narrowing the development gap.

    A series of consultation meetings for the “ASEAN Hometown Improvement through Disability-Inclusive Communities Model” were held in Jakarta, Indonesia on 11-14 July 2018.

    The project is supported by the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    The Task Force on the Mainstreaming of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in the ASEAN Community, comprising representatives from the AICHR, SOMSWD and ACWC, convened its 7th meeting on 6 July 2018 in Jakarta, Indonesia. At this meeting, the Task Force continued its deliberation on the draft ASEAN Enabling Masterplan 2025: Mainstreaming the Rights of Persons with Disabilities which focuses on the finalisation of the draft Enabling Masterplan, including ways to ensure that the Enabling Masterplan is implementable, effectively monitored and reported.

    The Meeting was co-chaired by Dr. Seree Nonthasoot, Representative of Thailand to the AICHR and Mr. Richard Tan, SOMSWD Focal Point of Singapore with support from the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    The Task Force on the Mainstreaming of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in the ASEAN Community, comprised of representatives from the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR), Senior Officials Meeting on Social Welfare and Development (SOMSWD) and ASEAN Commission on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Women and Children (ACWC), convened its seventh meeting on 6 July in Jakarta, Indonesia.

    At this meeting, the Task Force continued its deliberation on the draft ASEAN Enabling Masterplan 2025: Mainstreaming the Rights of Persons with Disabilities which focuses on the finalisation of the draft Enabling Masterplan, including ways to ensure that the Enabling Masterplan is implementable, effectively monitored and reported. Furthermore, the meeting also highlighted the importance of the involvement and commitment of all ASEAN Community pillars, respective sectoral bodies and other stakeholders for the effective implementation of the Enabling Masterplan.

    Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN for Socio-Cultural Community Vongthep Arthakaivalvatee, through a letter, conveyed his congratulation and support to the Task Force on the regional endeavour in promoting the inclusion and mainstreaming of the rights and perspectives of persons with disabilities.

    The meeting was co-chaired by Dr. Seree Nonthasoot, Representative of Thailand to the AICHR and Mr. Richard Tan, SOMSWD Focal Point of Singapore with the support of the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

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

    30 June 2018

    Thank you, Japan

    Did you know that the Government of Japan has established Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund in 2006 to support various development projects in health, counterterrorism, environment, outreach, economic integration, and of course disaster management?

    Japan’s Foreign Minister Taro Kono visited the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta and met with ASEAN Secretary-General Dato Lim Jock Hoi. The Foreign Minster explained the position of Japan on further strengthening Japan-ASEAN relations towards the ASEAN related foreign ministers’ meeting to be held in July this year and the ASEAN-related summit meeting to be held in November. Minister Kono introduced the ASEAN music festival to be held in Japan in October this year, touching that this year is the 45th anniversary of ASEAN-Japan Friendship Cooperation.

    Secretary-General Dato Lim also expressed his appreciation for the 45th anniversary of Japan-ASEAN Friendship Cooperation and expressed his appreciation for Japan’s cooperation, including the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    As ASEAN and Japan commemorate the 45th Anniversary of Friendship and Cooperation this year, Japan conveyed its strong desire to further strengthen its partnership with ASEAN.

    Foreign Minister of Japan, Taro Kono conveyed this message during his meeting with Secretary-General of ASEAN, Dato Lim Jock Hoi at the ASEAN Secretariat today. Minister Kono underscored that Japan places high priority to its relations with ASEAN and conveyed Japan’s continued support to ASEAN Community building efforts, including through funding programmes and projects under Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

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

    A large number of projects and activities have also been implemented under the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) to foster closer cultural ties and people-to-people contacts.

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

    The Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC), with the financial support from Japan-ASEAN Integrated Fund (JAIF), convened the International Technical Workshop on Tropical Anguillid Eels in Southeast Asia on 7-8 June 2018 in Bangkok, Thailand. The Workshop was held to fulfill the Decision 17.186 on eels (Anguilla spp.) of the 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP17) of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). There were 45 participants who were members of the Assessment Committee and representatives from the countries involved in the SEAFDEC project “Enhancing Sustainable Utilization and Management Scheme of Tropical Anguillid Resources in Southeast Asia”, Mission of Japan to the ASEAN, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Zoological Society of London (ZSL), and SEAFDEC.

    The issue on Anguillid eels was previously discussed during the CoP17 where several decisions were made with directives from the CITES Secretariat to follow up, especially to document trade patterns and to organize an international technical workshop to compile information and discuss the challenges specific to various eel species. The recommendations from this workshop and the findings of the eel project undertaken by SEAFDEC will be incorporated in the “Information Document” on Tropical Anguillid Eels as the species may be raised for discussion during the relevant the 30th Animals Committee Meeting (AC30) to be held on 16-21 July 2018 in Geneva, Switzerland and the subsequent CoP18 in May 2019 in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

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

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

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

    The activity is part of the project on “Technical Assistance for ASEAN Competition Authorities to Strengthen Competition Law Enforcement in ASEAN Region” supported by the JAIF.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    On 19-20 March 2018, the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization – Regional Centre for Higher Education and Development (SEAMEO-RIHED) organised the Expert Meeting on Preparation of Operating Guidelines for the project Support for Capacity Building of the Greater Mekong Subregion University Consortium (GMS-UC) (Phase 1). The meeting was held at Pullman Bangkok Hotel G in Bangkok, Thailand. This project, supported by the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF), is the first phase of the planned two-phased project to harmonize higher education in Southeast Asia, contributing to formulation of the Asian Higher Education Area in the future.

    The second phase of a joint hydrographic survey of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore (SOMS) by the three littoral States – Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore – and the Malacca Strait Council of Japan officially commenced today. The data collected from the survey will be used to produce more up-to-date and detailed electronic navigational charts that will improve navigational safety and enable better voyage planning in one of the busiest waterways in the world.

    Phase one of the joint hydrographic survey was completed in 2016. Phase two of the survey is supported by the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) and is expected to be completed by 2020.

    The ASEAN Cultural Heritage Digital Archive (ACHDA) project was launched this week to present ASEAN’s cultural heritage on one website, making it possible for the public to access some of ASEAN’s museum collections more easily. The online portal will consolidate select digital archives of cultural heritage including artefacts, old documents and paintings. The project will also supplement the existing digital archives of ASEAN member states as it will digitise cultural heritage objects.

    The ACHDA project is being implemented by the ASEAN Secretariat with support from the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    The Task Force on the Mainstreaming of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in the ASEAN Community convened its fifth meeting on 5-6 February 2018 in Jakarta, Indonesia. The meeting deliberated on the first draft of the “ASEAN Enabling Masterplan 2025: Mainstreaming the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (MRPD),” which seeks to complement the implementation of ASEAN Member States’s commitments towards achieving an inclusive community as reaffirmed in the ASEAN Community Vision 2025 and the ASEAN Community Blueprints 2025.

    The AHA Centre deployed the ASEAN Emergency Response and Assessment Team (ASEAN-ERAT) personnel to Myanmar on 15 – 31 January 2018. The team members were tasked to assist the work of the Relief and Resettlement Department (RRD) of Myanmar.
    JAIF supports the AHA Centre through the projects “ASEAN-ERAT Transformation Project” and “Establishment of a Disaster Emergency Logistic System for ASEAN (DELSA).”

    Following the successful implementation of the Disaster Emergency Logistics System for ASEAN (DELSA) project during the period of 2012 – 2017, the Government of Japan continues supporting ASEAN in advancing its disaster management and preparedness strategies through the second phase of DELSA. This covers several activities to further enhance ASEAN’s preparedness and response capacity to reduce and address the impacts of natural disasters across Southeast Asian countries. It includes the establishment of two satellite warehouses in the Philippines and Thailand, in addition to the existing regional stockpile in Subang, Malaysia, and the development of long-term agreements with suppliers.

    The Commission for the Supervision of Business Competition (KPPU), working together with Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC) and Competition Commission of Brunei Darussalam, held a two-day workshop on 17-18 January 2018 in Badi’ah Hotel, Bandar Seri Begawan. The workshop focused on “Selection and Prioritization of Sectors or Industries for Market Studies,” which was attended by more than 40 participants from 10 ASEAN member countries. The activity is part of the project on “Technical Assistance for ASEAN Competition Authorities to Strengthen Competition Law Enforcement in ASEAN Region” supported by the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    The Fifth ASEAN State of Environment Report was launched at the sideline of the 14th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Environment (AMME) on 12 September 2017 in Brunei Darussalam. The SOER5 was developed with support from UN Environment and the Government of Japan through Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF), and printed with support from Hanns Seidel Foundation (HSF).

  • The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Indonesia, in collaboration with the United Nations and the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), hosted the first ASEAN-UN Training Workshop on the Law of the Sea on 12-14 December 2018 in Jakarta. The three-day workshop is co-sponsored by the Mission of Japan to ASEAN and the German Embassy in Jakarta.

    The Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC) and the Commission for the Supervision of Business Competition of the Republic of Indonesia (KPPU) facilitated a training on effective competition authority enforcement and advocacy on 6-8 December 2017 in Tokyo, Japan. The training was attended by 24 officials from competition authorities in ASEAN and the ASEAN Secretariat. The activity is part of the project on “Technical Assistance for ASEAN Competition Authorities to Strengthen Competition Law Enforcement in ASEAN Region” supported by the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    The Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC), in cooperation with the ASEAN Expert Group on Competition and the Commission for the Supervision of Business Competition (KPPU Indonesia), will hold a training course on enhancing the effectiveness of competition authorities in enforcement and advocacy on 6-8 December 2018 in Tokyo, Japan. The activity is part of the project on “Technical Assistance for ASEAN Competition Authorities to Strengthen Competition Law Enforcement in ASEAN Region” supported by the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

    The Commission for the Supervision of Business Competition (KPPU) held a two-day workshop on 15-16 November 2017 in Jakarta, Indonesia. The workshop focused on growth on e-commerce and its impact to competition. The activity is part of the project on “Technical Assistance for ASEAN Competition Authorities to Strengthen Competition Law Enforcement in ASEAN Region” supported by the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

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

    On the 2nd October 2017 in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, an agreement was signed between Japan and three coastal countries (Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore) concerning the implementation of joint hydrographic survey in the Malacca and Singapore Straits. This will launch the full-scale four-year project “Joint Hydrographic Survey of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore” utilizing the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF). With this project, in the international strait where 80% of Japan’s imported crude oil passes, improvement of navigation safety and stabilization of maritime trade are expected to be realized by using the JAIF and Japan’s technology.

  • On 13 September 2017, the 15th ASEAN+3 (Japan, China, Korea) Ministerial Meeting on Environment was held in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam, attended by the delegation from the Ministry of Environment of Japan headed by Vice Minister Tadahiko Ito.

    At the meeting, Vice Minister Ito made the following remarks: “As part of ‘Japan-ASEAN Environment Cooperation Initiative,’ we will expand and establish initiatives such as ‘ASEAN SDGs Frontrunner Cities Programme – Upgrading the ASEAN ESC Model Cities Programme’ through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) in cooperation with the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA) to promote cooperation toward establishing a recyclable society within the ASEAN region by initiating research in the fields of circular economy, waste and recycling, etc.”

    The Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC) conducted the second baseline survey under the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) Project entitled “Enhancing Utilization and Management Scheme of Tropical Anguillid Eel Resources in Southeast Asia,” on 28 August -1 September 2017 in Cambodia. The survey team members comprised SEAFDEC Deputy Secretary-General Dr. Kaoru Ishii and three researchers from SEAFDEC Departments, namely: Ms. Sumitra Ruangsivakul, Ms. Ni Komang Suryati, and Mr. Yanu Prasetyo Pamungkas. Two officers of the Fisheries Administration of Cambodia also joined the survey, i.e.: Mr. Buoy Roitana, Deputy Director of the Inland Fisheries Research and Development Institute, and Dr. Chea Tharith from the Marine Fisheries Research and Development Institute (MaFReDI).

    Destinations of this baseline survey were Sihanoukville and Kampong Cham Province, where eel fisheries and aquaculture are operated. From this survey, the team could grasp better understanding on the situation of eel fisheries and aquaculture in Cambodia. The SEAFDEC eel project team would therefore conduct further surveys and provide technical support to Southeast Asian countries that have eel fisheries and aquaculture in place, so that these countries could have better information on the situation in order to strengthen management scheme either for the respective countries, or for the Southeast Asian region as a whole.

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

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

    The Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC) Secretariat in collaboration with Departments, namely Inland Fishery Resources Development and Management Department (IFRDMD) and Aquaculture Department (AQD), organized the Project Planning Meeting to notify officially to the Member Countries on the project “Enhancing Sustainable Utilization and Management Scheme of Tropical Anguillid Eel Resources in Southeast Asia,” supported by the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF). The one-day meeting was organized in Bangkok, Thailand on 4 August 2017.

    As the project covers two-year period starting from August 2017 until 2019, the meeting specifically discussed on description, objectives and overviews of the project as well as elaboration of contents of surveys to be undertaken under the project. The participants are representatives of the respective ASEAN Member States, SEAFDEC Secretary-General Dr. Kom Silapajarn, Deputy Secretary-General Dr. Kaoru Ishii and relevant staff members of SEAFDEC. In addition, the new SEAFDEC Council Director for Japan Mr. Shingo Ota and the National Coordinator Mr. Kiichiro Miyazawa also attended the meeting as observers.

    The Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC) Secretariat represented by the Deputy Secretary-General Dr. Kaoru Ishii and the Policy and Program Coordinator Dr. Somboon Siriraksophon attended the 29th Meeting of the Animal Committee of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) in Geneva, Switzerland on 18-22 July 2017. During the plenary session of the Meeting, Dr. Ishii announced the launching of the new SEAFDEC project supported by the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) entitled “Enhancing Sustainable Utilization and Management Scheme of Tropical Anguillid Eel Resources in Southeast Asia.” The project covers two-year period from August 2017 until 2019, with the aim of enhancing the region’s capacity for development of management scheme of eel fisheries/aquaculture.

    Due to the increasing demand for eels, over-exploitation of European and American Anguillid eels has become a concern, and the issue was raised for discussion during the CITES CoP17 in 2016 in South Africa. This issue is supposed to be discussed again at the next meeting of CITES CoP18 to be held in 2019, and could result in impact to the sustainable utilization of tropical anguillid eel in the Southeast Asian region. Beside the issue on Anguillid eels, the Animal Committee also discussed on data collection and NDFs scheme of Sharks and Rays as well as other aquatic species particularly the freshwater stingrays, Banggai cardinal fish, and Precious corals.

    On 4 July 2017, the Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC) Mission, led by Dr. Kaoru Ishii, SEAFDEC Deputy Secretary-General, visited the Department of Fisheries (DOF) Myanmar in Nay Pyi Taw, and paid a courtesy call to Mr. Myint Zin Htoo, Deputy Director General of DOF and concurrent SEAFDEC Alternate Council Director for Myanmar as the representative of the Director General.

    With the new two-year (2017-2019) project on “Enhancing Sustainable Utilization and Management Scheme of Tropical Anguillid Eel Resources in Southeast Asia” to be supported by the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) and to be introduced among the ASEAN Member States, the Mission provided brief information on the project background, purposes, work plans, and preparation to be carried out by SEAFDEC together with fisheries officials of the DOF Myanmar. During the discussion, SEAFDEC requested the DOF Myanmar to appoint three contact persons to support activities in coordination with the SEAFDEC staff during 2017-2019, i.e. arrangement of eel issues, data gathering, collecting catch statistics, and considering the national resource management plan and scheme on eel fisheries in Myanmar, in order to ensure effective and smooth project implementation.

  • In order to enhance the capacity of countries in the region toward improving eel statistics collection system and information on the condition of tropical eel resources, as well as establishment of management plan for sustainable utilization of anguillid eel resources, the Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC) proposed to the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) to grant a budget for SEAFDEC to implement the project entitled “Enhancing Sustainable Utilization and Management Scheme of Tropical Anguillid Eel Resources in Southeast Asia.” To smoothly start off this new project just after the approval of JAIF, the Project Preparatory Meeting was organized by SEAFDEC Secretariat in collaboration with SEAFDEC/IFRDMD in Palembang, Indonesia on 9 June 2017 with the aim of providing a platform to introduce, discuss, and clarify the project components, objectives, and outputs among concerned SEAFDEC Departments (i.e. Secretariat, IFRDMD, and AQD). The Meeting was attended by Japanese experts on eels and delegates from five SEAFDEC Member Countries that have anguillid eel fisheries in place, namely: Cambodia, Indonesia, Myanmar, Philippines, and Viet Nam. The Meeting discussed key project activities to be undertaken, i.e. baseline survey, regular survey, regular meetings, and workshops. After the discussion, participating countries were requested to gather information for the upcoming baseline and regular surveys scheduled in August 2017. It was further announced that the Project Planning Meeting would be hosted by the Secretariat in Bangkok, Thailand on 4 August 2017 with the participation of all SEAFDEC Member Countries.

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

    At the kind invitation of Government of Brunei Darussalam, the 49th Meeting of the Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC) Council was convened in Bandar Seri Begawan from 3 to 7 April 2017 and hosted by the Department of Fisheries of the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism of Brunei Darussalam.

    The “Southeast Asian State of Fisheries and Aquaculture” or SEASOFIA was approved for printing and subsequent dissemination, while the proposals for “Establishment of Regional Repository Center for Marine Fisheries”, and for seeking funding support for “Monitoring Methodologies for the Resources of Inland Fisheries and Freshwater Aquaculture” from the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF), were approved. The Council also supported the conduct of a special event for the 50th Anniversary of SEAFDEC, which would be organized in Bangkok, Thailand on 15 November 2017.

    The Council recognized the close cooperation between SEAFDEC and regional/international collaborating agencies/organizations in undertaking activities that address the priorities of countries towards sustainable development of fisheries in Southeast Asia.

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