Asian Urban Information Center of Kobe International NGO
Established in 1989
Supported by UNFPA and
the Kobe City Government

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The 2004 Second Workshop Outline
Asian Urban Information Center of Kobe (AUICK)
Kobe International Center for Cooperation and Communication (KIC)

A. Theme of Workshop


AUICK Associate Cities Research

B.  Background

The Asian Urban Information Center of Kobe (AUICK) was established in 1989 with the support of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the City of Kobe. AUICK's mission is to foster understanding of population and sustainable urban development issues and to help provide solutions to challenges which medium-sized cities in Asian countries face. Since its establishment, AUICK has conducted four rounds of inquiries and five rounds of in-depth studies, and has invited 256 senior officials from 76 medium-sized cities in 13 Asian countries.

AUICK has launched a new strategic project for the year 2004-2007, jointly with UNFPA, aiming to create a number of viable "critical masses" of trained personnel within the selected nine Asian medium-sized cities, called AUICK Associate Cities (AACs), in nine countries of Asia: Chittagong (Bangladesh), Weihai (China), Chennai (India), Surabaya (Indonesia), Kuantan (Malaysia), Faisalabad (Pakistan), Olongapo (Philippines), Khon Kaen (Thailand), and Danang (Vietnam).

Under this project, AUICK shall work to build organisational capacities to deal with major urbanisation and related issues, including HIV/AIDS; poverty; education, particularly for girls and women; the conditions of slum dwellers; reproductive health among adolescents; water and sanitation; environment; and ageing.  AACs will then be model cities in their own countries, from which successful projects can be disseminated to other cities.

Concentrating on the selected nine cities will also facilitate AUICK's efforts to promote more effectively South-South exchange of ideas and experiences as well as promote partnership with academic organisations and NGOs/NPOs.
C. Purpose of Workshop
  1. To bring together the data from each city that was collected between September and October 2004, and to discuss among the AUICK Associate Cities (AACs) partners the implications for each city, and the future direction for the AACs project. in consideration of this data.
  2. For participants to learn simulation techniques for city planning by applying the baseline survey city data to the STELLA computer programme. This programme allows planners to predict future city scenarios on issues such as solid waste management, reproductive health, water supply, traffic and pollution, based on past and present statistical data.
  3. To provide the AAC participants with information on a proposed support project which will be submitted to Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for implementation. Upon approval of the project, it is envisioned that we will receive JICA funding for the approved project in one selected AAC. An Information Session will be run by a manager of Kobe International Center for Cooperation and Communication (KIC) on this proposal during the workshop.
D. Period

From 21st to 25th November, 2004
E. Venue

Khon Kaen University, Thailand
F. Participants Expected
 
1. AUICK Associate City Officials 9 persons
2. Academic Collaborators 9 persons
3. AUICK International Advisory Committee Members 7 persons
4. AUICK Secretariat 5 persons
Total 29 persons

G. Schedule (provisional)

Date Time Detail
Nov. 21
Sun
All Day Participants arrive in Khon Kaen
Nov. 22
Mon
8:30-9:00
9:00-12:00
12:00-13:00
13:00-17:00
Openning Ceremony, Self Introduction, Orientation
Discussion on Baseline Survey and STELLA programme
Lunch
Discussion on Baseline Survey and STELLA programme
Nov. 23
Tue
9:00-12:00
12:00-13:00
13:00-17:00
Stella Training
Lunch
Stella Training
Nov.24
Wed
9:00-11:00
11:00-12:00
12:00-13:00
13:00-17:00
Review
KIC's Information on JICA Support Project
Lunch
Site Visit in Khon Kaen City
Nov.25
Thu
All Day Participants depart from Khon Kaen
*The schedule is subject to change.
H.  Language

The workshop will be conducted in English.

I. Accommodation

Sofitel Raja Orchid Hotel
9/9 Prachasumran Road, Amphur Muang, 40000, Khon Kaen, THAILAND
Tel :(+66)43/322155
Fax :(+66)43/322150

J. Invitational Conditions for Participants

AUICK will provide participants with the following:
  1. Economy-class round trip airline ticket between the nearest airport to each participant's residence and the Khon Kaen Airport.
  2. Travel expenses between the accommodation venue and the Khon Kaen Airport.
    *Airport tax to be paid in each participant's country will not be reimbursed.
  3. Accommodation (including breakfast.)
  4. Living allowance of US $45 per day for meals and incidental expenses during the workshop period in Khon Kaen.
  5. Short-term insurance to cover injuries or illness from the time of entry to Thailand until the departure from Thailand. (Preexisting illnesses and dental treatment are not covered by the insurance.)
  6. Internal transportation for the workshop programmes.
Note: Expenses other than those mentioned above should be borne by participants themselves.
K. Entry Procedures
  1. AAC Participants: See Appendix A
  2. Academic Collaborators: See Appendix B
L. Contacts

Asian Urban Information Center of Kobe (AUICK)
Kobe International House 20F
8-1-6, Goko-dori, Chuo-ku, Kobe 651-0087 JAPAN
TEL: +81-78-291-8031
FAX: +81-78-291-0691
Emai: jigyo@kicc.jp

CONTENTS


A. Theme of Workshop
B.  Background
C. Purpose of Workshop
D. Period
E. Venue
F. Participants Expected
G. Schedule
H. Language
I. Accommodation
J. Invitational Conditions for Participants
K. Entry Procedures
L. Contacts