(Construction) - Prime Minister of Japan Fumio Kishida delivered a speech at ASEAN Indo-Pacific Forum in Jakarta, Indonesia, on September 6.
He announced the "Japan ASEAN Comprehensive Connectivity Initiative," which will promote stronger cooperation within the ASEAN region in both high-quality infrastructure development and technical cooperation. The initiative will include the development of transportation infrastructure worth about 2.8 trillion yen, mainly through yen loans. Japan will also give support in areas such as digital and maritime cooperation and supply chains. Through these initiatives, the goal has been set to develop 5,000 human resources over the next three years.
|Japanese Prime Minister Kishida announces new initiative for infrastructure development in ASEAN region.|
Based on the initiative, Japan and ASEAN will promote the development of land, sea, and air transportation infrastructure, including railways, ports, and airports, to facilitate the flow of people and logistics and help improve connectivity in the region. The initiative will also integrate technical cooperation to create synergies. The aim is to enhance sustainability by embedding Japanese technology and knowledge in the region. The forum will also support infrastructure development using digital technology, such as the creation of smart cities.
At the Forum, Prime Minister Kishida expressed his hope for a future in which Japan and ASEAN can jointly create new social values by promoting technological cooperation and strengthening networks with ASEAN countries.
The forum was a side event of the ASEAN-Japan Summit, which was held the same day in Jakarta. At the summit, ASEAN countries expressed their appreciation for Japan's extensive cooperation over the years and welcomed the new initiative. A special ASEAN-Japan Summit will be held in Tokyo in December. At the meeting, Prime Minister Kishida expressed his willingness to jointly develop a vision for creating a new era together. (2023/09/08)
The Daily Engineering and Construction News of Japan