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AJC Directors conducted on-site ASEAN lectures at the Saitama University

Lectures at the Saitama University by Mr. Vathouniyom (left) and Dr. Moe Chai (right)

At the request of the Saitama University, Mr. Vathouniyom Douangmala, Director of Tourism and Exchange Division, and Dr. Aung Moe Chai, Director of Trade and Investment Division of the ASEAN-Japan Centre (AJC), gave lectures at the university on April 26 and May 10, 2018, respectively. It was the second time for both of them to conduct a lecture at the university following the ones they did last year.

In the lecture titled “ASEAN-Japan Relations: Partnership for Sustainable Tourism Development”, Mr. Vathouniyom briefed the students on milestones of the ASEAN-Japan relations. He elaborated on diversity of the ASEAN Member States, ASEAN Economic Community and ASEAN Tourism Strategic Plan 2016-2025, which was followed by introduction of the AJC’s activities to promote tourism as well as exchanges of persons between the ASEAN Member States and Japan. He also shared attractions of Lao People’s Democratic Republic, his home country, with the students.

Meanwhile, Dr. Moe Chai gave a lecture on “ASEAN-Japan Economic Relations with Focus on ODA”. He talked about history and forms of Japan’s official development assistance (ODA) to the ASEAN Member States, and an important role that Japan has played in the regional development. He particularly focused on the case of economic cooperation between Japan and his home country, Myanmar, based on his experience of having engaged in a number of ODA projects as an official of the Ministry of Planning and Finance of Myanmar before he was seconded to the AJC.

Both Mr. Vathouniyom’s and Dr. Moe Chai’s lectures were participated in by some 50 students. The lectures raised students’ interest and understanding on ASEAN as a whole as well as Lao PDR and Myanmar, as they received many encouraging and insightful feedbacks from the students.  The AJC believes that on-site lecture at universities is a useful activity to boost and stimulate Japanese youths’ awareness on the ASEAN as well as its member states; thus, it intends to continue and step up its efforts.