The ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on Disaster Management (AHA Centre) recently kicked off the project “Establishment of an integrated information and communication technology to strengthen the operation of AHA Centre-Phase II” (AHA ICT-Phase II project).

The 18-month project, which commenced on May 17, aims to establish connectivity of the AHA Centre with all of national disaster management offices (NDMOs) to ensure that all necessary data and information can be exchanged between the two sides during disaster and non-disaster situation.

This phase is a continuation of AHA Centre ICT-Phase I, funded the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF), which concentrated on establishing ICT platforms, systems and equipment for the AHA Centre.

The 5 million USD project, also supported by the JAIF, will develop special software to facilitate the offer of assistance from ASEAN member states upon the request of disaster-affected countries in the region and coordination by the AHA Centre.

Training programmes will also be provided to the staff of both the AHA Centre and NDMOs to manage and operate the ICT system developed under the project.

The project is expected to enhance disaster response capability of ASEAN and its member states and further develop the function of the AHA Centre as a regional hub for disaster management in the region.-VNA