H.E. Ambassador Kazuo Sunaga made a speech at the seminar on “Strengthening Japan and ASEAN Relations on the Occasion of ASEAN’s 50th Anniversary”

Ambassador Kazuo Sunaga made a speech and joined a Q&A session at the seminar on “Strengthening Japan and ASEAN Relations on the Occasion of ASEAN’s 50th Anniversary”, co-organized by the Mission of Japan to ASEAN and the Center for Southeast Asian Social Studies of 
Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta on 29 March 2017. Approximately 100 students joined the seminar, together with Professor Tri Widodo and Mr. Muhammad Rum from Gadjah Mada University.

Ambassador Sunaga outlined ASEAN’s progress and economic expansion and explained how ASEAN was important as an investment destination for Japan, referring to foreign direct investment from Japan to ASEAN and Japanese companies’ interests toward ASEAN. Additionally, Ambassador Sunaga introduced five examples of cooperation;
- Strengthening of ASEAN connectivity through developing infrastructure such as “Quality Infrastructure Investment”;
- Disaster prevention through the AHA Centre (ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on Disaster Management)
- “JENESYS”, a people-to-people exchange program between Japan and ASEAN for youths;
- “AUN/SEED-Net”, which promotes human resource development in engineering for sustainable socio-economic development of the ASEAN region; and
- Maritime security through Japan Self-Defense Forces and Official Development Assistance (ODA).
All these cooperation’s and programs are in line with the Blue Print of ASEAN’s three communities, such as ASEAN Economic Community, ASEAN Socio-cultural Community and ASEAN Political-Security Community, all established in 2015.
Participants had the opportunity to gain a better understanding about Japan-ASEAN cooperation.
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