NAY PYI TAW, 21 August 2015 – The 1st JAIF Caravan, jointly organized by Myanmar Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) Management Team (JMT) of ASEAN Secretariat, will be held on 27-28 August 2015 at the Grand Amara Hotel, Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar.

The JAIF Caravan will act as a platform to share achievements of JAIF-supported projects for best practice, boosting potential for multiplier effects and further support schemes for ASEAN Member States (AMS) under JAIF. The 1st Caravan specifically aims to explore and create working relationships between relevant Ministries and JAIF public sector partners via demonstration of the success and effectiveness of JAIF-supported projects; and diffuse knowledge of JAIF application, implementation and completion procedures and methodology among proponents and implementing agencies, to derive maximum possible benefits from JAIF-supported schemes and aid integration efforts of the ASEAN Community.

Myanmar’s Deputy Foreign Minister, U Tin Oo Lwin; Myanmar’s Permanent Secretary Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Aung Lynn; Ambassador of Japan to ASEAN, Koichi Aiboshi; Myanmar’s Permanent Representative of Myanmar Mission to ASEAN, Min Lwin; and Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN for ASEAN Economic Community, Dr. Lim Hong Hin are expected to attend the event with representatives from 22 ministries and media.

JAIF was officially established in March 2006 and is now in its tenth year. Since its establishment, several forms of funding support have been pledged, with contributions to date totaling over USD620M. As of August 2015, more than 130 projects have been completed. The AMS continue to recognize JAIF’s contribution to strengthening ASEAN-Japan relations by undertaking various projects including: disaster management, counter-terrorism, economic integration, youth exchanges and others.

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