The 9th ASEAN+3 Village Leaders Exchange Programme

Academics, practitioners, and officials from the region shared their experience and lessons, among others, on income diversification of poor famers, the PRC-Myanmar pilot poverty project, Singapore’s community development approach, and revitalizing rural areas as tourist attractions. The annual event typically focuses on site visits to successful poverty reduction villages in the PRC. This year, however, it was held virtually due to the recent delta variant outbreak. 

“The ASEAN+3 Village Leaders Exchange Programme” is the first regional poverty reduction exchange activity for the grassroots organized by IPRCC. It targets the leaders and promoters of rural community development – village officials, and expands the sharing of poverty reduction knowledge to grassroots village officials. The programme has been promoting the development of rural communities in ASEAN countries and the PRC, Japan and ROK, through capacity building of village leaders in the region. Since 2013, the programme has been successfully held for eight series in the PRC and Malaysia , and has been fully recognized by all parties.

Agenda:
TimeProgram
10:00 – 10:20Opening Ceremony

Moderator: Ms. Li Linyi, Deputy Director of International Exchange Division, International Poverty Reduction Center in China (IPRCC).

Welcome Remarks:
Ms. Li Xin, Deputy Director-General of IPRCC.
10:20 – 12:00Country Presentation I

Moderator: Ms. Li Linyi, Deputy Director of International Exchange Division of IPRCC.

Commentator: Dr. Zhang Chuanhong, Associate Professor of China Agricultural University.

Speakers (20 minutes each):

1. Diversification of Income for Poor Farmers.
Mr. Horn Kimhong, Program Coordinator, Dan Church Aid, Cambodia.

2. PRC Aided Pilot Project of Poverty Reduction Cooperation in Myanmar.
Mr. Win Kyaw Myo, Director, Department of Rural Development, Ministry of Cooperatives and Rural Development, Myanmar.

3. Mr. Htun Htun Oo, Second Secretary, Embassy of Myanmar.

4. Exploration and Experience: Rural Revitalization in the PRC.
Dr. Xu Jin, Associate Professor, China Agricultural University.

12:00 – 14:30 Break
14:30 – 16:00Country Presentation II

Moderator: Ms. Maha Ahmed, Deputy Country Director, World Food Programme.

Speakers (20 minutes each):

1. Singapore’s Approach to Social Assistance and Community Development.
Ms. Lau Amanda, Manager, Ministry of Social and Family Development, Singapore.

2. Tourist Attraction/Learning Community, Baan Nam Sap Learning Center.
Mrs. Suttapak Panpapai, Foreign Relations Officer, Professional Level, ASEAN Unit, Office of Permanent Secretariat, Ministry of Interior, Thailand.

3. D-Hope Project Thailand.
Mrs. Nicha Premchan, Foreign Relation Officer, Professional Level, Department of Community Development, Thailand.

4. Case Introduction and Video Presentation of Hesilu Village in Zhejiang Province.
Mr. He Yunhui, Party Secretary of Hesilu Village, Zhejiang Province, the PRC.
16:00 – 16:20 Closing Ceremony

Closing Remarks:
Mr. Miguel Musngi, Senior Officer, Poverty Eradication and Gender Division of the ASEAN Secretariat.

The 8th ASEAN+3 Village Leaders Exchange Programme

Village leaders play an important role in rural development. This exchange program aims to strengthen capacity building of village leaders from ASEAN member countries, the People’s Republic of China (PRC), the Republic of Korea (ROK) and Japan. The 5-day event will share good experiences on rural industrial development, poverty reduction, agricultural value chain, rural tourism, and others. Moreover, the program will provide a platform to discuss potential economic development and industrial cooperation, which may further bring substantial cooperation among the countries. A main feature of the program is village homestay, which enables ASEAN representatives to stay together with local villagers and experience their daily lives and culture.

Advocated by the PRC Premier Li Keqiang at the ASEAN+3 Summit 2013, the “ASEAN+3 Village Leader Exchange Programme” was launched the same year. From 2013 to 2018, seven training workshops and village stays in the PRC were conducted in Sichuan, Guangxi, Shanghai, Yunnan, and Beijing. The Association of Southeast Asian Nations( ASEAN) was established on 8 August 1967 in Bangkok, Thailand, with the signing of the ASEAN Declaration (Bangkok Declaration). The ten member countries are Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Viet Nam. ASEAN+3 includes the PRC, Japan, and ROK.

Agenda:

Arrival of representatives from ASEAN member countries, Japan, ROK and the PRC at Jinghong City, Xishuangbanna Prefecture of Yunnan Province.

TimeProgram
09:00 – 12:30Leave Jinghong City for Hebian Village of Mengla County
12:30 – 14:00 Village Homestay Check-in and Lunch Break

Facilitator: Mr. Zhou Zhixue, Managing Director of Xishuangbanna Yaojia Rainforest Tourism Cooperative (XYRTC)
14:00 – 14:30Opening Ceremony

Moderator: Director of International Exchange Division, International Poverty Reduction Center in China (IPRCC)

Welcome Speeches by:

  • Representative of IPRCC

  • Representative of ASEAN countries

  • Representative of ASEAN Secretariat

14:30 – 15:00Programme Briefing & Self-introduction of Participants

Coordinator: Mr. Li Xiaoyun, Dean of China Institute for SouthSouth Cooperation in Agriculture (CISSCA), Distinguished Professor of China Agricultural University
15:00 – 15:30 Group Photo and Tea Break
15:30 – 16:30 Theme I: Introduction to the PRC’s Experience in Poverty Alleviation and Development

Moderator: Ms. Wu Jin, Professor of College of Humanities and Development Studies, China Agricultural University

Speaker: Ms. Zhang Chuanhong, Associate Professor of College of Humanities and Development Studies, China Agricultural University
16:30-16:50 Tea Break
16:50-18:20Country Presentation I

Moderator: Ms. Wu Jin, Professor of College of Humanities and Development Studies, China Agricultural University

Brunei Darussalam
Cambodia
Indonesia

18:30-19:30 Dinner
TimeProgram
08:00 – 09:00Breakfast
09:00 – 10:10Theme II: Rural Revitalization & Targeted Poverty Alleviation

Moderator: Ms. Lu Jixia, Professor of College of Humanities and Development Studies, China Agricultural University

Speaker: Ms. Wu Jin, Professor of College of Humanities and Development Studies, China Agricultural University
10:10 – 10:30 Tea Break
10:30 – 12:30Country Presentation II

Moderator: Ms. Lu Jixia, Professor of College of Humanities and Development Studies, China Agricultural University

Lao PDR
Malaysia
Myanmar
The Philippines
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 14:30 Noon Break
14:30 – 17:30Experiencing the Yao Culture (Tea break during 16:00-16:20)

Coordinators: Mr. Wang Anran, Programme Officer of Action Against Poverty (AAP) and Mr. Zhou Zhixue, Managing Director of Xishuangbanna Yaojia Rainforest Tourism Cooperative (XYRTC)

18:30-19:30 Dinner
TimeProgram
08:00 – 09:00 Breakfast
09:00 – 10:10 Theme III: Development Planning of Rural Community, taking Hebian integrated poverty governance as an example

Moderator: Ms. Lu Jixia, Professor of College of Humanities and Development Studies, China Agricultural University

Speaker: Mr. Li Xiaoyun, Dean of China Institute for South-South Cooperation in Agriculture (CISSCA), Professor of China Agricultural University
10:10 – 10:30 Tea break
10:30 – 12:30 Country Presentation III

Moderator: Ms. Lu Jixia, Professor of College of Humanities and Development Studies, China Agricultural University

Singapore
Thailand
Viet Nam
12:30 – 13:30Lunch
13:30 – 14:30 Noon Break
14:00 – 15:30 Country Presentation IV

Moderator: Ms. Wu Jin, Professor of College of Humanities and Development Studies, China Agricultural University

PRC
Japan
ROK
15:30 – 15:50Tea Break
16:00 – 17:30 Group Discussions and Presentation
Elements, challenges and coping strategy of rural vitalization

Facilitators: Prof. Li Xiaoyun, Prof. Wu Jin and Prof. Lu Jixia
18:30 – 19:30Dinner
20:00 – 21:00Campfire Party
08:00 – 09:00Breakfast
09:00 – 09:30 Leave Hebian Village for Naka Village
09:30 – 12:00Visit Naka Village and Interaction with Villagers
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 15:00 Return to Hebian Village and Noon Break
15:00 – 16:00 Roundtable: Problems and Solutions for Rural Development

Moderator: Ms. Lu Jixia, Professor of College of Humanities and Development Studies, China Agricultural University

Lead Discussion, Q&A: Prof. Li Xiaoyun and Ing. Dr. Dieter Albrecht ADB-PRC expert (TBC)
16:00 – 16:30 Tea Break
16:30 – 17:00 Wrap-up and Evaluation

  • Overall evaluation

  • Problems and suggestions

  • Discussions of follow-up programmes


Facilitators: IPRCC, Prof. Lu Jixia
18:30 – 19:30Dinner
TimeProgram
07:30 – 08:30 Breakfast and Check-out
08:30 – 10:30 Travel to Menglun Township of Mengla County
10:30 – 12:30 Visit the Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch Break
13:30 – 14:30Return to Jinghong City and Hotel Check-in
Afternoon Free Time
18:30 – 19:30 Farewell Dinner

Departure of all representatives

The 6th ASEAN+3 Village Leaders Exchange Program

Advocated by the PRC Premier Li Keqiang at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)+3 Summit 2013, the “ASEAN+3 Village Leader Exchange Program” was launched that same year to strengthen the capacity of village leaders of ASEAN member countries through exchanging best practices and training. From 2013 to 2016, four training workshops and village stays in the PRC have been conducted in Sichuan, Guangxi, and Shanghai. This year’s ASEAN+ 3 Village Leader Exchange Program aims to empower the knowledge of village leaders in rural development and poverty eradication, especially in human capital development, through capacity building and improved community development. The program aims to catalyze cooperation between ASEAN+3 village leaders, government officials, and NGOs for knowledge sharing and networking, with possibilities of future economic cooperation among the participants. 

ASEAN was established on 8 August 1967 in Bangkok, Thailand, with the signing of the ASEAN Declaration (Bangkok Declaration). The ten member countries are Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Viet Nam. ASEAN+3 includes the PRC, Japan, and the Republic of Korea (ROK).

Agenda:

Participants arrival in Jinghong City, Xishuangbanna Prefecture, Yunnan Province

TimeProgram
09:00-09:30Opening Ceremony
Moderator: Ms. LI Linyi, Deputy Director, International Poverty Reduction Center in China (IPRCC)

Opening Remarks:

  • Dr. TAN Weiping, Acting Director General, IPRCC

  • Mr. Ferdinand Hombrebueno, Director, Basic Sector Coordinating and Advocacy Services, National Anti-Poverty Commission, the Philippines

  • Mr. TANG Jiahua, Deputy Director General, Poverty Alleviation Office of Yunnan Province

  • Mr. LIU Junjie, Vice Governor, The Government of Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture, Yunnan Province

09:30-10:00Group Photo & Coffee/Tea Break
10:00-10:30Introduction to the program activities and participants’ self-introduction
Moderator: Dr. DONG Qiang, Associate Professor of China Agricultural University and Coordinator of VLEP
10:30-11:30Introduction to Chinese Poverty Reduction Achievements and Experiences
Dr. TAN Weiping, Acting Director General, IPRCC
11:30-12:30Introduction to Poverty Reduction in Yunnan Province
Ms. YAO Qian, Deputy Director General, International Poverty Reduction and Development Center of Yunnan Province
12:30-13:30Lunch (CaféVista All Day Dining Restaurant, 1st Floor, Wanda Vista)
14:00-15:30Poverty Reduction Approaches in ASEAN Countries (1)
Moderator: Dr. WU Jin, Professor of China Agricultural University
– Brunei Darussalam: One Village One Product
– Cambodia
– Indonesia
15:30-15:50Coffee/tea Break
15:50-17:50Poverty Reduction Approaches in ASEAN Countries (2)
Moderator: Dr. DONG Qiang, Associate Professor of China Agricultural University

Agricultural University and Coordinator of VLEP
– Lao PDR
– Myanmar
– Malaysia
– Singapore
18:30-19:30Welcome Dinner by The Government of Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture, Yunnan Province (Wanda Vista Resort)
19:30-21:30Local cultural activity: Xishuangjing, Gaozhuang
TimeProgram
09:00-10:20Poverty Reduction Approaches in ASEAN Countries (3)
Moderator: Dr. WU Jin, Professor of China Agricultural University

– The Philippines
– Thailand
– Viet Nam
10:20-10:40Coffee/tea Break
10:40-11:30Poverty Reduction Approaches in Plus 3 Countries (4)
Moderator: Ms. ZHANG Xin, Knowledge Sharing Coordinator, ADB-PRC Regional Knowledge Sharing Initiative

– PRC
– ROK
12:00-13:00Lunch (JI Cafe, 1st Floor, Crowne Plaza Resort)
13:30-16:30Travel to Mengla Township of Mengla County
16:30-17:30Field visit at Huilong Village Group, Bubang Village, Mengla Township
17:30-19:00Travel to Hebian Village, Mengban Township, Mengla County
19:00-20:00Dinner
20:00-20:30Introduction to field tour and homestay arrangements
TimeProgram
08:00-09:00Breakfast
09:00-10:20Themed Report: Improving Development Capacity of Poor Villages: Theory and Practice
Dr. LI Xiaoyun, Professor of China Agricultural University and Dean of China Institute for South-South Cooperation in Agriculture (CISSCA)
10:20-10:40Coffee/tea Break
10:40-12:00Themed Discussion: The Challenges Facing Hebian Village and Where Is Hebian Village Heading To?
Dr. DONG Qiang, Associate Professor of China Agricultural University

Q&A:

  • Prof. Dr. LI Xiaoyun, Dean of China Institute for South-South Cooperation in Agriculture (CISSCA)

  • Dr. Ing. Dieter Albrecht, Independent Consultant

12:30-13:30Lunch
12:30-14:30Lunch Break
14:30-17:30Culture Experience: Beautiful Yao
(16:00-16:20, Coffee/Tea Break)

Coordinators:

  • Ms. SONG Haiyan, Lecturer of China Agricultural University

  • Ms. ZHANG Ping, Deputy Director, Action Against Poverty

18:30-19:30Dinner
TimeProgram
08:00-09:00Breakfast
09:00-10:30Roundtable Discussions:

  • The role of government in rural development

  • The role of NGOs in rural development

  • Pro-poor tourism development for poverty Reduction

  • Poverty reduction through agricultural value chains


Coordinators:

  • Dr. LI Xiaoyun, Professor of China Agricultural University

  • Dr. DONG Qiang, Associate Professor of China Agricultural University

  • Dr. Ing. Dieter Albrecht, Independent Consultant

  • Dr. WU Jin, Professor of China Agricultural University

10:30-10:50Coffee/tea Break
10:50-12:00Presentation on Group Discussions
Moderator: Dr. WU Jin, Professor of China Agricultural University
12:30-13:30Lunch Break
14:30-16:40Knowledge Sharing On Rural Development and Village Party (Inviting Dai Ethnic villagers)
Moderator: Dr. DONG Qiang
Commentators: Prof. LI Xiaoyun and Dr. Ing. Dieter Albrecht
Coordinators: Ms. SONG Haiyan and Ms. ZHANG Ping
16:40-17:00Coffee/tea Break
17:00-17:30Wrap-up and Feedback

  • Overall evaluation

  • Problems and suggestions

  • Discussions of follow-up programs


Moderators:

  • Ms. LI Linyi, Deputy Director, IPRCC

  • Dr. DONG Qiang, Associate Professor of China Agricultural University

18:30-19:30Dinner
TimeProgram
07:30-08:30Breakfast
08:30-10:30Travel to Menglun Township, Mengla County
10:30-12:30Visit the Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences
12:30-13:30Lunch Break
13:30-14:30Travel back to Jinghong City and hotel check-in
AfternoonFree time
19:30-21:00Farewell Dinner (Crowne Plaza Resort)

Departure of all participants

4th ASEAN+3 Village Leader Exchange Program

The 4th ASEAN+3 Village Leader Exchange Program was held from 18 to 24 September 2016 in Shanghai City, the PRC. The 2016 program was hosted by the International Poverty Reduction Center in China (IPRCC), and organized by the Cooperation and Communication Office of Shanghai Municipal Government. It was supported by ASEAN Secretariat, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and ADB. All together 84 participants from ASEAN, the PRC, and the Republic of Korea participated in the program.  

Agenda:
TimeProgram
07:00 – 08:30Breakfast
09:00 – 09:30Opening Ceremony
Chair: Ms. LI Linyi, Deputy Director, International Exchange Division of IPRCC

Opening Remarks:

  • Mr. Yao Hai, Director General of the Cooperation and Communication Office, Shanghai Municipal Government

  • Mr. Tan Weiping, Deputy Director General, IPRCC

  • Ms. Tang Thi Phuong Mai, Senior Officer of Community Relations Division, Community Affairs Directorate, ASEAN Secretariat

  • Mr. Armin Bauer, Principal Economist, Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department, ADB

09:30 – 09:45Group Photo
09:45 – 10:00Coffee/tea break
10:00 – 10:30Introduction
Introduction to the Program (Prof. LIU Yonggong, China Agricultural University)
Participants’ Self-introduction (Each delegation has 1-2 minutes to name their participants and background)
10:30 – 12:30Poverty Reduction in the PRC, and Shanghai’s Experiences on East-West Cooperation

The PRC’s Experience on Poverty Reduction and Rural Development
Mr. Tan Weiping, Deputy Director General, IPRCC

Shanghai’s Experiences on East-West Cooperation for Poverty Reduction and Rural Development
Mr. Pan Xiaogang, Secretary General, Cooperation and Communication Office, Shanghai Municipal Government

Village Leaders On-site Poverty Reduction Practices
Mr. Liu Wei / Ms. Zhang Wanting, the State Council Leading Group Office of Poverty Reduction and Development in the PRC

Questions and Answers (moderated by Ms. LI Linyi)
12:30 – 14:00Lunch break
14:00 – 15:30Poverty Reduction Approaches in ASEAN Countries (1)

Cambodia
Lao PDR
Myanmar

Questions and Answers (moderated by Mr. Armin Bauer)
15:30 – 15:45Coffee/tea break
15:45 – 17:35Poverty reduction approaches in ASEAN countries (2)

Viet Nam
Thailand
Brunei Darussalam
Singapore

Questions and Answers (moderated by Prof. Liu Yonggong)
18:00 – 19:00Dinner
TimeProgram
09:00 – 10:30Poverty reduction approaches in ASEAN countries
Malaysia
The Philippines
Indonesia
Brunei Darussalam

Questions and Answers (moderated by Mr. Armin Bauer)
10:30 – 10:45Coffee/tea break
10:45 – 12:15Poverty Reduction Approaches in the Republic of Korea and the PRC

The Samaul Udong Movement in the Republic of Korea
Dr. Do-Hyun HAN, Senior Researcher, Korea Saemaul Undong Center

New Approaches in the PRC

Poverty Alleviation Through Tourism – the Case of Leishan County
Mr. Lu Liqun, Deputy County Mayor, Leishan County, Guizhou Province

College Graduates Turing a Poor Village into Prosperity – The Case of Hunan Province
Mr. Qin Yuefei, CEO of Serve for China & First Secretary of Village CCP Committee, Baiyun Village, Futianpu Township, Hengshan County, Hunan Province CN

Questions and Answers (moderated by Prof. Liu Yonggong)
12:15 – 13:30Lunch break
13:30 – 15:00Promoting Farmers’ Cooperative Movement

Capacity Building for Farmers’ Cooperatives in the PRC
Dr. Li Erchao, Deputy Director of Farmers’ Cooperative Development Centre, Institute of Village Enterprises Management, Ministry of Agriculture, the PRC

Cases from ASEAN Countries and the Republic of Korea

Discussion (moderated by Prof. Liu Yonggong)
15:00 – 15:15Coffee/tea break
15:15 – 17:00Poverty Reduction through Agricultural Value Chains

The one village one product program in the PRC
Prof. Liu Yonggong, China Agricultural University

Promoting Inclusive Business
Mr. Armin Bauer, ADB

Cases from ASEAN countries (the Philippines and Indonesia)

Discussion (moderated by Mr. Armin Bauer)
18:00 – 19:00Dinner
TimeProgram
07:00 – 08:30Breakfast
09:00 – 10:30Rural Finance and Micro-Credit for Poverty Reduction

The Case of the PRC
Prof. Du Xiaoshan, China Academy of Social Sciences

Examples from ASEAN Countries and the Republic of Korea

Discussion (moderated by Prof. Liu Yonggong)
10:30 – 10:45Coffee/tea break
10:45 – 12:30Village Governance, Public Services, Community Driven Development (CDD)

The Case of PRC
The Case of Philippines
The Case of Indonesia

Discussion (moderated Yukiko Ito, ADB)
12:30 – 13:30Lunch break
14:00 – 17:15Group Discussions
Each ASEAN country and the PRC built a group for discussing following issues:

  • Based on what you learnt from the presentations what will you change in your country’s poverty reduction and village development?

  • What and how can the PRC/IPRCC support your in village development and poverty reduction?

  • What and how can ASEAN Secretariat support your country in poverty reduction and village development?

  • Your suggestions for next program?


Moderators for the 11 working groups: Mr. Armin Bauer (ADB), Yukiko ITO (ADB), Prof. Liu Yonggong

Presentation of the discussions, others
17:15 – 17:45Preparing the Field Trip
Introduction of the 5 village case studies
Key questions to be answered during the field trip
Distribution of participants to the village case studies
18:00 – 19:00Dinner
TimeProgram
07:00 – 08:30Breakfast
08:30 – 10:30Travel from the Shanghai Hotel to Jinshan District
10:30 – 11:30Visiting the Shanghai Jinshan Modern Agricultural Demonstration Park and EP-Exotic Plant Company Shanghai
12:00 – 13:30Lunch break
13:30 – 17:00Field Visit to Intelligent Agricultural Base (Jinshan District Vegetable Research and Development Center,No. 7199 Jinshi North Road); and to
Shinjan Professional Grape Cooperative (No 4218-8 Baiyang Village)
Shantian Countryside Leisure Agriculture Park
18:00 – 20:00Hotel check-in in Jinshan, then dinner in the hotel
TimeProgram
07:00 – 08:30Breakfast
09:00 – 10:45Roundtable Discussions with Village Leaders and Villagers
Transparence in village administration, and people’s empowerment
Rural economic development, including cooperative-driven income and wealth creation
Rural public affairs management

Moderated by: Prof. Liu Yonggong
10:45 – 11:00Coffee/tea break
11:00 – 12:00Wrap-up and Feedback
Moderated by: Prof. Liu Yonggong
Overall Evaluation
Suggestions and Advices for the Next VLE Course Program
Proposed Follow Up Actions
12:00 – 13:30Lunch break
13:30 – 16:30Visiting Jinshanzu Fishing Village and Shanyang Countryside Garden
16:30 – 18:30Travelling back to Shanghai
18:30 – 20:30Hotel check in and dinner

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