From JFY 2007, JICA has been implementing the “Training Programme for Young Leaders”, a technical cooperation program aimed at promoting human resources development and nation-building in developing countries.
Under the program, groups of young leaders, who will eventually become nation-builders in the future, are invited to enhance their specialties by experiencing and learning technologies and skills in Japan for a period of 18 days.
The program was an enhancement of the Youth Invitation Program (formerly the ASEAN-Japan Friendship Programme for the 21st Century), which began in 1984 for six ASEAN countries, and which has since expanded to cover approximately 120 countries. For more than 20 years, the program has served as a significant venue for cultural exchange and for the promotion of friendship and mutual trust between Japan and the ASEAN countries.
JICA is implementing the program with the view of contributing to more sustainable capacity development for young leaders through greater emphasis on specialized technical training in various fields.