(Provisional Translation)

Points of the Action Plan

August 18, 2005


1. Dialogue and Cooperation

Make efforts for further deepening dialogue and cooperation between Japan and Central America through summit- and foreign-minister-level dialogue, and fora such as the Japan-Central America Forum and the Forum for East Asia-Latin America Cooperation (FEALAC).

2. Consolidation of Peace and Democracy

  • Support for the consolidation of democracy: Continue to provide support for efforts towards the enhancement of democratic systems and the consolidation of peace.
  • Improving and enhancing security of citizens: Support for the Central American Institute of Advanced Police Studies (Instituto Centroamericano de Estudios Superiores de Policía (ICESPO)) and prevention of juvenile crime.
  • Elimination of anti-personnel mines: Contribute to efforts towards the elimination of anti-personnel landmines in the Central American region.

3. Cooperation in the Areas of Economy, Development, Tourism and Disaster Reduction

  • Cooperation in economic and social development: Announcement of commitment to continue to provide active assistance for measures including infrastructure development and poverty reduction.
  • Human resource development: Continuation of efforts for human resource development and capacity building through technical cooperation.
  • Region-wide cooperation: Member countries of the Central American Integration System (Sistema de Integración Centroamericana (SICA)) will become a model for region-wide cooperation, which will be implemented with the following pillars.
    • "Initiative for Central American Cooperation Network" (Iniciativa de la Red de Cooperación Regional de Centroamérica): This initiative will designate a base country for each of the major developmental challenges in Central America, implement assistance accordingly, and disseminate the results to other countries.
    • "Special Courses for Capacity Building in Central America" (Cursos Especiales de Capacitación para Centroamérica): Promotion of training in fields of education, medicine and disaster reduction and others, specifically tailored to the situation in Central America.
  • Promotion of regional integration: Implement assistance through financial cooperation and dispatch of experts for efforts aimed at Central American integration, including the Plan Puebla Panama (PPP), which concentrates on infrastructure development. The SICA countries will dispatch a delegation to Japan to explain about the PPP.
  • Invigoration of economic exchange: Implement activities, including the SICA Exhibition and the Japan-Central America Business Forum, that will lead to promotion of corporate exchanges and invigoration of business.
  • Support for development of small, medium, and micro-sized companies and supporting industries.
  • Promotion of tourism: SICA countries will make efforts to promote tourism. Japan will examine what cooperation it could provide.
  • Assistance in the area of disaster reduction: Continue to provide humanitarian and technical assistance in the area of disaster reduction.

4. Education, Cultural Exchange, Sports Exchange and Youth Exchange

  • Cooperation in education: Continue such projects as construction of elementary and junior-high schools, and expand the Improvement of Teaching Methods in Mathematics (PROMETAM) project in Honduras into other countries.
  • Youth exchange: Over the next five-year period invite approximately 1,000 young people to engage in exchange as students or trainees.
  • Cultural exchange: Promote the performance of the Japanese play "One hundred sacks of rice." Continue to provide cultural grant aid, and implement projects with aims such as to introduce Japanese culture. Hold a seminar for cultural figures and intellectuals.
  • Sports exchange: Contribute to the dissemination and promotion of sports through the Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers (JOCV) and Japan Foundation.

5. Cooperation in the International Arena

  • United Nations reform: The SICA countries support Japan's candidature to become a permanent member of the Security Council, and when a vote for electing new permanent members is held following a resolution adopted in the General Assembly, the SICA countries will vote for Japan.
  • Human security: Implement projects in the social sector through the Trust Fund for Human Security.
  • Environmental protection and sustainable use of resources: Support the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Project. Cooperate concerning sustainable use of resources in the International Whaling Commission (IWC) and other arenas.
  • Cooperation in the World Trade Organization (WTO): Cooperate towards an early conclusion of the WTO Doha Development Agenda negotiation.

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