| Rokiah Mahmud |
THE 6th Asean Senior Officials Meeting on Youth plus Three (6th SOMY+3) was officiated yesterday at the Centrepoint Hotel, Gadong.
This year, Brunei Darussalam has been chosen as the host country for the meeting and it was chaired by the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports, Dato Paduka Haji Mohd Hamid bin Haji Mohd Jaafar.
In his address during the meeting, the permanent secretary said that Asean has been working closely with Japan, China and the Republic of Korea in the development of youth towards peace, stability and prosperity.
He added that as the senior officials in the youth sector they must enhance people-to-people ties between their dialogue partners so that the future generations will continue to enjoy a peaceful, prosperous and beneficial Asean Community.
“I hope the update on the status of projects and activities on youth will show how much we have progressed and present opportunities on how we can further enhance our cooperation,” he explained.
He added that one of the agendas for the meeting is the issue of youth employment and entrepreneurship and looked forward to have a fruitful outcome from the discussion especially in encouraging young professionals to be involved in volunteerism and entrepreneurship.
“I hope our initiatives can transform our youth who we believe are the agents of change with the best interest to the development of our nation in this era of globalisation,” he concluded.
Meanwhile, in his address Takahiko Yasuda, Director for General Promotion of Policy on Youth Affairs and Childbearing from Japan, who is also the Co-Chairman for the 6th SOMY+3 meeting, said that facilitating the development of young people who will lead the next generation is a common issue faced by most countries.
The meeting, he said, is an important platform to exchange views on current situations and problems on youth of the region and also to promote further cooperation among Asean plus three countries.
“The partnership among Asean countries and neighbouring countries, China, Korea and Japan, in various fields is becoming more important.”
The Ship for Southeast Asian and Japanese Youth Programme with its 41 years of history and JENESYS 2.0 are among the youth programmes adopted by Japan in further promoting mutual understanding and friendly relations among youth.