ASEAN Smart Network Initiative

Related Measures

Various related measures have been implemented toward the realization of the ASEAN Smart Network Initiative.

Ubiquitous Alliance Project

MIC has been implementing a ubiquitous alliance project to contribute to the solution of social issues in ASEAN countries by constructing model systems in response to the social and economic needs of particular countries and visualizing the good points of Japan’s ICT systems.

This project has been working under public-private cooperation across industries to attain its goals, which include the establishment of strategic high-level partnerships between governments and implementation of relevant research as well as the construction of model systems.

Japan-ASEAN ICT Fund

At the Japan-ASEAN Information and Communications Ministerial Level Meeting in August 2004, ASEAN countries agreed on the establishment of a fund named the Japan-ASEAN ICT Fund to raise a total of five million dollars in five years by each ASEAN member country releasing 100,000 dollars annually.

Japan expressed its intention to contribute to the fund at the Japan-ASEAN Information and Communications Ministerial Level Meeting in October 2009. Japan contributed 100,000 dollars in March 2010, and has been contributing to the Fund continuously since.

The contributed funds have been actively used for human resource development in ASEAN countries and the joint research and study of Japan and ASEAN, including workshops for improvements in IP phone security and functional improvements in the domain name system in the ASEAN region.

Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF)

Japan established the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) in 2006, in order to support ASEAN to advance the integration of the region to redress intra-ASEAN disparities with the aim of establishing the ASEAN Community by the end of 2015. The then Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi announced a contribution of a total of 7.5 billion yen. Since then, Japan has made several additional contributions. Furthermore, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced the establishment of a fund named JAIF2.0 as a successor to JAIF at the Japan-ASEAN Commemorative Summit in December 2013.

JAIF is used to support the ASEAN Co-ordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on disaster management (AHA Centre), for example, by integrating disaster information on each ASEAN country to enable centralized support.

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