At the request of the Saitama University, Mr. Vathouniyom Douangmala and Dr. Aung Moe Chai, Directors of Operations of the ASEAN-Japan Centre (AJC), gave lectures at the university on April 25 and May 9, 2019, respectively. It was the third time for both of them to conduct lectures at the university following the ones they did last year. Both lectures were participated in by some 35 students.
In the lecture titled “ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation: Shared Vision, Shared Identity, Shared Future”, Mr. Vathouniyom briefed the students on diversity of the ASEAN Member States, ASEAN Economic Community, ASEAN Tourism Strategic Plan 2016-2025 and milestones of the ASEAN-Japan relations, 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. Further, he informed the students that there are many festivals related to the ASEAN Member States to be organized around Tokyo in May and June, in which students can enjoy traditional performances and cuisines of the featured countries.
Meanwhile, Dr. Moe Chai gave a lecture on “Myanmar: the Last Frontier and the Land of Wonders”. Before talking about Myanmar, he explained to the students types and importance of foreign direct investment (FDI) in general, and the significance and change in composition of export products in developing countries. Then, he talked about an important role that Japan’s FDI has played in economic development of his home country, Myanmar, and how the country’s economy has changed by showing figures on the recent trends of Myanmar’s inward FDI and exports. He also showcased tourism attractions of Myanmar, which is often described as the land of wonders, to the students, emphasizing that tourism is one of the important industries for a country’s development.