A delegation of eight students departed the Lao PDR to Japan to participate in the Japan-ASEAN AOIP (ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific) and FOIP (Free and Open Indo-Pacific) Exchange.
Japan-ASEAN AOIP and FOIP are exchange programs conducted for students of ASEAN member states and Timor-Leste to deepen their understanding of the Japan- ASEAN relationship and foreign policy. These programs are conducted under the framework of JENESYS 2022 supported by the Government of Japan.
Five of the eight Lao students were selected in cooperation with the National University of Laos. The additional three students were selected from among those who had participated in the JENESYS online program offered by Japan International Cooperation Center (JICE), an official agency for JENESYS 2022.
The Lao students, together with students from other participating countries, are set to attend lectures on development of Japanese politics and diplomatic relations to deepen their understanding of Japan. They will also visit high-tech and traditional industries, historic landmarks, provincial government offices, in addition to experiencing cross-cultural events, workshops, and discussions with local people in Japan.
Participants are expected to share and promote their experiences, learnings and insights with wider audiences at home and abroad utilizing social networking services (SNS) during their 8-day stay in Japan and also after returning to home.
JENESYS or Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youths, is the youth-focused people-to-people exchange program between Japan and the Asia-Pacific region. More than 2,100 Lao young people have been to Japan for such exchanges since JENESYS’ establishment in 2007. In-person visits have been restarted after a two-year suspension due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is expected that these exchanges will continue to promote mutual trust and understanding among the participating nations’ younger generations to build strong foundations for the long-term friendship and cooperation between Japan and the Lao PDR.
Source: Lao News Agency