Innovation For One ASEAN Future: Inaugural ASEAN Youth Fellowship

40 young ASEAN Leaders gathered in Singapore to exchange ideas and discuss emerging issues in innovation in areas as diverse as healthcare, infrastructure and social impact, at the inaugural ASEAN Youth Fellowship (AYF) programme organised by the National Youth Council (NYC) and Singapore International Foundation (SIF).

Powered by the Singapore-ASEAN Youth Fund (SAYF), the AYF will be built on the values of Resilience, Leadership, Comradery, in-line with Singapore’s chairmanship focused on building a “Resilient and Innovative” ASEAN to deal with the increasingly complex geopolitical landscape and the digital revolution. Through a series of dialogues and activities, the AYF will seek to connect young ASEAN leaders and their communities across the region.

By the year 2020, more than half of ASEAN’s population will be under 35 years old. To bring ASEAN to the next level, it is important that youth leaders – influencers and change makers in their own communities – across the region are given opportunities to share experiences, build relationships and be part of the efforts to establish a strong network of young ASEAN leaders who can influence positive change in the region.

ASEAN Youth Fellowship – 10 to 15 November 2018

AYF participants will be engaging in a variety of dialogue sessions and learning journeys hosted by various organisations across the Private, Public and People (3P) sectors.

Dialogue on “ASEAN after 50”

Deputy Prime Minister (DPM) and Coordinating Minister for Economic and Social Policies, Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam, will be engaging the AYF participants and local youth leaders in a dialogue on “ASEAN after 50”. The dialogue session will be helmed by SIF’s Chairman, Ambassador Ong Keng Yong, on 12 November 2018 at the National Museum of Singapore.

AYF Closing Ceremony

At the end of the five-day programme, AYF participants will be presenting a collective Pledge of Commitment to Action to Minister for Culture Community and Youth, Ms Grace Fu. The AYF Closing Ceremony will be held at Resorts World Sentosa Convention Centre on 15 November 2018.

“This collaboration between the National Youth Council and Singapore International Foundation marks a start towards building a strong regional network of youth leaders and paving the way for a more innovative and resilient ASEAN. Together, we can support our young leaders in ASEAN to take the region forward as a strong and united community”, said Mr David Chua, Chief Executive Officer, NYC.

Ms Jean Tan, Executive Director of SIF, said, “As future leaders of ASEAN, our youth are poised to cast a critical eye on common challenges and make changes that will create a better future for the region. We hope the fellowship will inspire greater participation by our youth in building and promoting a strong, peaceful and inclusive ASEAN community, one that offers opportunities for all.



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