Initiative for ASEAN Integration
At the Fourth ASEAN Informal Summit held in Singapore in November 2000, then Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong launched the ‘Initiative for ASEAN Integration' (IAI).
The IAI framework covers a variety of human resource development programmes which contribute to the objective of integrating the four newer member countries (Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam) into ASEAN. As part of Singapore's contribution to the IAI, four training centres were set up in each of the four countries. Since 2002, the four centres have been conducting training courses for government officials in a wide variety of fields, including English Language, Information Technology, Public Administration, Trade and Tourism. More than 33,000 officials have been trained so far.
Singapore’s initial commitment to the IAI was S$59.5 million for a five-year period from 2001 to 2005. At the 10th ASEAN Summit in 2004, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced that Singapore would extend its commitment for a further three years, from 2006 to 2008, with a contribution of S$28.9 million. At the 13th ASEAN Summit in 2007, PM Lee reaffirmed Singapore's continued commitment to the IAI by pledging another S$30 million to cover technical assistance projects from 2009 to 2011. At the 19th ASEAN Summit in Bali in November 2011, PM Lee pledged a further contribution of S$50 million from 2012 to 2015, bringing Singapore's total commitment to the IAI to S$168.4 million.
Our IAI centres are located at the following places:
Cambodia-Singapore Training Centre
#208 Hong Kong Centre
108-112 Preah Sothearos Boulevard
Kingdom of Cambodia
Lao-Singapore Training Centre
Unit 04, House No. 058-059
Lao People's Democratic Republic
Myanmar-Singapore Training Centre
Villa at No 21/22
Nar Nut Taw Road
Union of Myanmar
Vietnam-Singapore Training Centre
Unit 401, 4th floor,
83B Ly Thuong Kiet Street,