Specialist Dispatch Project

One of CLAIR Singapore’s main roles is to promote constructive mutual exchange between local governments in Japan and the ASEAN region, including India. In this regard, exchange in terms of knowledge transfer has always been an emphasis in CLAIR Singapore’s programs, and the Specialist Dispatch Project implemented by CLAIR Singapore embodies this vision of further promoting knowledge exchange between local governments in Japan and the ASEAN region, as well as India.

Under the Specialist Dispatch Project, Japanese local government officials (including retirees) who have knowledge or technical skills in various fields, are dispatched to local governments in the ASEAN region and India as specialists. These specialists will contribute to improving the quality of local administration, technical expertise and human resources in the overseas local governments. The specialists’ fields of expertise include fire and disaster prevention, water supply and sewerage, social welfare, health and sanitation, local administration and many more.

Recent Successful Projects

The following is a list of projects successfully implemented by CLAIR Singapore (as at fiscal year 2013):

FY Country Area of Expertise
2014  Indonesia (Surabaya) Disaster Prevention
 Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur) Waste Management
 Thailand (Sukhothai) Tourism
 Vietnam (Hanoi) Fire and Disaster Prevention
2013  Indonesia(Surabaya) Sewerage Management
 Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur) Health and Sanitation 
 Brunei Fire and Disaster Prevention
 Vietnam (Hanoi) Fire and Disaster Prevention 
2012  Indonesia (Surabaya) Environmental Conservation
Thailand (Phitsanulok) Tourism Promotion
Indonesia (Phuket) Public health management
 Thailand (Bangkok) Fire and Disaster Prevention 
2011 Thailand (Phitsanulok) Public health management
Thailand (Phatthalung) Education
Brunei Agriculture and Commerce
2010 Thailand (Phitsanulok) Preservation of intangible cultural assets
Thailand (Bangkok) Fire and desaster preverntion
India Water supply and sewerage management
Brunei Agriculture and commerce
2011 Thailand Firefighting and rescue
Malaysia Health and Sanitation
Malaysia Firefighting and rescue
2008 Thailand Health and social walfare
Brunei Firefighting and rescue

Application Process

The Specialist Dispatch Project coordinated by CLAIR Singapore will be opened for application in the period between March to April every year. Local governments and related organizations in the ASEAN region as well as India that are interested to participate in the project are invited to submit their request forms to CLAIR Singapore’s official counterparts as stated below:

 Country Counterpart 
 Malaysia Department of Local Government,Ministry of Urban Wellbeing,Housing and Local Government
 Indonesia Directorate General of General Administration,Ministry of Home Affairs
 Brunei Ministry of Home Affairs
 Cambodia General Department of Local Administration,Ministry of Interior
 Laos Ministry of Home Affairs
 Philippines Department of the Interior and Local Government,Ministry of Interior
 Thailand Department of Local Administration,Ministry of Interior
 Vietnam International Cooperation Department,Ministry of Home Affairs
 Myanmar General Administration Department,Ministry of Home Affairs
 India All India Institute of Local Self-Government (AIILSG)

Interested local governments and related organizations are advised to directly contact the above counterparts for the relevant guidelines, request forms and detailed information pertaining to the project. You can also contact CLAIR Singapore for any matters related to the project.

The application documents for fiscal year 2014 (application closed) can be accessed from the following links, should you wish to peruse the detailed information pertaining to the project:

You can also obtain more information on past projects from the following link:

The application for fiscal year 2015 will be opened between March to April 2014. CLAIR Singapore will make further announcement on the matter through this website.

Kindly contact CLAIR Singapore at TEL: +65-6224-7927, FAX: +65-6224-8376 or E-mail: info@clair.org.sg should you require further information about the project.


Local Government Officials Training Program (LGOTP)

As part of an effort towards enhancing international cooperation, the LGOTP is a training program catered to send overseas local government officials as trainees to local government offices in Japan. Jointly coordinated by Japan's Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) and CLAIR, program participants will attend trainings and acquire relevant knowledge and skills in various fields during their stay in Japan, and are expected to play an active role in their respective fields as well as contribute to the internationalization of their local regions upon the return to their home countries.

All trainees will first undergo a 1-month introductory training period, before being posted to their individual host institutions where they begin their specialized training. The whole training program typically lasts for 6 – 10 months, during which the trainees will also be able to deepen their understanding and knowledge of the Japanese culture and traditions.

The program offers training in a wide range of fields including general administration, environment, agriculture, education, tourism, economic exchange and many others.

List of Accepted Trainees from ASEAN countries over the past years

Country No. of Trainess  Total
1996-2010 2011  2012 2013  2014
Cambodia 7 - -  - - 7
Indonesia 34 1 2 39
Laos 8 - -  1 8
Malaysia 22 - -  - 22
Myanmar 19 - -  -  2 19
Philippines 35 1 2  1 1 39
Thailand 45 -  1 - 46
Vietnam 24 3  2 2 30
Total 193 3 7 8 218

For more details and reports on the training program, please visit:http://www.clair.or.jp/e/cooperation/lgotp/lgotp.html