JAPANESE GOVERNMENT'S COOPERATION TO ASIA IN HUMAN CAPACITY BUILDING OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (IT) RELATED AREA

4 June 2001

Ⅰ. AUN / SEED NET (ASEAN University Network / Southeast Asia Engineering Development Network)

The Japanese Government supports ASEAN in strengthening higher engineering education by making a network of top-level universities of all ASEAN countries. This project intends to facilitate human resources development in the field of engineering and was inaugurated in April 2001 in Bangkok.

Ⅱ. Contribution to the ADB aimed at promoting ICT in the developing countries of Asia and Pacific region

As a follow-up of the "Japan's Comprehensive Cooperation Package to Address the International Digital Divide" announced in July last year, the Japanese Government decided to contribute for this fiscal year about 1,270 million yen to the ADB. This contribution will help the developing countries of Asia and Pacific region in promoting ICT through the ADB.

Ⅲ. ASEAN SchoolNet Pilot

The Japanese Government supports the e-ASEAN Task Force in the creation of the ASEAN SchoolNet through a grant of Japan Social Development Fund in the World Bank. This grant is aimed at providing 5 ASEAN countries (Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, the Philippines and Vietnam) with the opportunity to pilot the World Links for Development (WorLD) Program, so as that e-ASEAN can draw upon WorLD's experience and create ASEAN SchoolNet successfully.

Ⅳ. Asian Common Skill Standard Initiative for IT Engineer

In order to encourage Asian countries to raise the skill level of their IT engineers, the Japanese Government has already started and will continue to provide them with useful information on the "Information Technology Engineer Examination" which has been conducted in Japan since 1970. Thus, the Japanese Government is ready to contribute to the establishment of common scheme of skill standard with other Asian countries.

Ⅴ. Asia e-Learning Initiative

Given the abundance of skilled labor in Asia and the necessity of making good use of IT in the pursuit of economic development, the Japanese Government intends to facilitate the spread of "e-learning" in Asia. It will create, in cooperation with other Asian countries, "Asia e-learning network" so as to promote effective skill development and to enhance industrial competitiveness in this region. This network is aimed at (a) sharing information on the latest e-learning trends and technologies, (b) building consensus to ensure interoperability of e-learning systems and materials, (c) ensuring the quick spread of knowledge and efficient use of "e-learning" throughout the Asia.

Ⅵ. Japanese Funds-in-Trust for Promotion of ICT / IT in Education for All

The Japanese Government will provide Funds-in-Trust to UNESCO in order to implement training course of the effective usage of ICT in Education for school teachers and other professionals in Asia and Pacific region.

Ⅶ. University Mobility in Asia and the Pacific (UMAP)

Japan is actively supporting UMAP for the promotion of exchanges of students and staffs at higher education institutions in Asia and Pacific region since its inception. It has also established UMAP scholarship trust-fund to promote student exchanges.

Ⅷ. Japan-ESCAP Cooperation in the field of IT related Human Capacity Building

The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) is aware that the emerging trends of the information revolution would reinforce existing disparities and create new ones among countries. The Japanese Government, sharing such concerns with ESCAP, decided to finance the projects of ESCAP this year to promote the use of IT in the Greater Mekong Sub-region as well as the Pacific Island Countries through human capacity building.

Ⅸ. Official Development Aid (ODA) (in FY 2000(April 2000 - March 2001)

1. Grant Aid

1.1 Vietnam

The Project for Construction of Vietnam-Japan Human Resources Cooperation Center in Hanoi
The Project for Construction of Vietnam-Japan Human Resources Cooperation Center in Ho Chi Minh City (up to 777 million yen)

1.2 Laos

The Project for Construction of Facilities and the Lao-Japan Human Resource Cooperation Center in the National University of Laos (up to 283 million yen)

2. Loan Aid

Indonesia

Institutional and Human Resources Development for IT-related Customs Services Improvement Project (up to 4,108 million yen)

3. Technical Cooperation (the numbers indicate the results of the whole world;
*indicates the results as of July 2000)

3.1 Programs for accepting trainees

Group course: *about 400 persons
Individual course: *80 persons

3.2 Third-country training programs & in-country training programs

19 courses

3.3 Expert dispatch programs

71 persons

3.4 Project-type technical cooperation

17 projects
(The Vietnam Information Technology Training, the Research Center for Communication and Information Technology (ReCCIT), King Mongkut's Institute of Technology, Ladkrabang (KMITL) in Thailand, etc.)

3.5 Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers (JOCV)

*291 persons

3.6 Senior Volunteer Programs

*9 persons

4. Development Cooperation

4.1 Indonesia

Study on the development of nationwide broadcasting in Indonesia

4.2 Indonesia

Study for design of institutional and human resources development for IT-related customs services project in Indonesia

4.3 Cambodia

National Component of Regional Mekong GIS data base for Cambodia

4.4 Laos

Development of a Geographic Information System along the Mekong River in Laos

4.5 Laos

Master Plan Study for the Future Development of Telecommunications Network in Laos


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