Hosting Infrastructure Photo Exhibition “Bright Future Achieved by Quality Infrastructure in ASEAN -Connecting ASEAN-“and Its Opening Seminar

On 18 October 2019, the Mission of Japan to ASEAN, the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA) and ASEAN Foundation co-hosted the opening seminar of the photo exhibition on ASEAN’s infrastructures involving Japan, titled “Bright Future Achieved by Quality Infrastructure in ASEAN -Connecting ASEAN-” at the ASEAN Secretariat (ASEC). The exhibition will be held at the lobby of the new ASEC building until 1 November 2019.
At the seminar, H.E. CHIBA Akira, Ambassador of Japan to ASEAN, H.E. Dato Lim Jock Hoi, Secretary General of ASEAN, and H.E. Tran Duc Binh, Permanent Representative of the Mission of Viet Nam to ASEAN who represents ASEAN countries as the country coordinator of Japan, made welcoming remarks. Then, Professor HIROTA Koki from Saitama University and Dr. William Sabandar, President Director of Pt. MRT Jakarta, delivered keynote speeches.
Using latest and various kinds of data, Professor Hirota explained Japan’s contribution to infrastructure development in ASEAN, the role of infrastructure in economic development and Japan’s approach to that role, infrastructure demand in Asia, and future collaboration of infrastructure between Japan and ASEAN.
Dr. William mentioned that in the construction and operation of the MRT Jakarta that was constructed through the partnership between Japan and Indonesia, Japanese companies provided not only technical support, but also ethical support including the management of working environment. In addition, referring to many examples and facts, he explained the MRT Jakarta’s impact on people’s lifestyle behaviors (e.g. lining up properly before taking a train, keeping the train and station clean) and its contribution to ASEAN.
Approximately 100 people including Ambassadors of EAS participating countries and H.E. Robert Matheus Michael Tene, Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN for Community and Corporate Affairs, participated in the seminar.