| Fadhil Yunus |
A WELCOMING ceremony was held for the arrival of the participating youth of the 41st Ship for Southeast Asian Youth Programme (SSEAYP) 2014 at the Indera Samudra Grand Hall of The Empire Hotel & Country Club last evening.
The guest of honour at the event was the Acting Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, Datin Paduka Hajah Adina binti Othman.
Brunei Darussalam is participating for the 29th time in the programme this year.
Established in 1974, the international youth exchange programme is designed mainly for youth in Asean and Japan and is organised by the Government of Japan with the cooperation of the Asean member countries. Brunei Darussalam officially joined the programme in 1985.
This year, Brunei Darussalam has sent a contingent comprising 28 youths and one national leader, led by Awang Faisal bin Yunus, Assistant Head Officer of Youth and Sports.
A total of 320 youth from 11 countries are taking part in this year’s programme.
The Nippon Maru ship safely berthed in the Muara Port yesterday.
The vessel that carried the youth will be in the port for four days before it continues its journey to Cambodia on November 16.
The Ship Administrator Tomofumi Oka highlighted that Asean and Japan have collaborated in various fields and the programme serves as a platform to foster closer ties.
Meanwhile, Haji Abdul Malik bin Haji Mohammad, Director of Youth and Sports said that “this year marks the 30th anniversary of friendship between Japan and Brunei, and SSEAYP programme is one of the commemorative events for this momentous occasion”.
The SSEAYP aims to enhance understanding and international cooperation among Asean and Japanese youths other than introducing and learning activities from all aspects of life – socio-cultural, politics and economic development – from the respective nations.
The programme runs for 52 days beginning from October 28 until December 18 this year.
The first port of call was in Japan with numerous stops chosen by the organising members namely, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Myanmar and Indonesia.
The journey will conclude in Japan.