The participating youth were selected for the prestigious workshop based on their outstanding track record and interest in economic engagement at the community, national, and regional levels. The workshop will feature expert panel discussions, case study challenges, and several relevant site visits, all of which aim to inspire and buttress the youth’s ability to contribute to sustainable economic growth in their communities and the ASEAN region.
The YSEALI Project is funded by the U.S. Department of State, with Kenan Foundation Asia and the Center for Sustainable Development Studies (CSDS) partnering to combine their respective strengths to produce a curriculum and agenda that will give the participants core knowledge about the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) and its impact on trade and development, as well as enhance the leadership and soft skills of youth to enable them to create a greater impact in their home communities.
Speaking to the participants during the opening ceremony, the United States Ambassador to Vietnam, Mr. Ted Osius, highlighted that “there are nearly 410 million people under the age of 35 in the ASEAN region. You are the ones who are going to shape policy in your countries and the region in the future; the ones who are going to drive the economy; and promote positive change for a more prosperous and inclusive society.”
During the workshop, youth will participate in role-playing activities in which they will be challenged to view ASEAN economic questions from the perspective of diverse stakeholders, helping them experience the multiple viewpoints that go into the ASEAN policy development. On the final day, a model ASEAN summit will be held, where participants will demonstrate the content knowledge and skills they developed over the first three days to collaborate with their peers to develop regional policies.
Ms. Phan Kieu Anh, Country Program Manager of Kenan in Vietnam, said “At the YSEALI Generation ECommunity! workshop our young participants will create a high energy and enthusiastic learning environment, benefiting from leading experts and through exchanging ideas. The workshop will help them define how they can engage with government, business leaders, and community organizations to contribute to economic and social development at the community, national, and ASEAN levels.”