Nominations open for ASEAN Prize 2021

Azlan Othman

ASEAN has launched its call for the ASEAN Prize 2021 nominations, the Asean Secretariat said on Monday.

Now in its fourth year, the prestigious regional award acknowledges outstanding ASEAN citizens or ASEAN-based organisations that have made exceptional contributions and shown exemplary work in strengthening ASEAN Community -building, promoting regional integration, fostering inclusivity and raising ASEAN awareness.

The Community Affairs Director of ASEAN Secretariat Lee Yoong Yoong, who oversees the ASEAN Prize administration, said, “After a challenging 2020, the ASEAN Prize 2021 is an opportunity to celebrate the indomitable spirit of ASEAN citizens in helping to improve our lives as a community. We hope to identify and recognise another ASEAN champion to inspire the region as we journey together towards post-pandemic recovery.”

The rules stipulate that the nomination should be submitted by at least one reference and that submissions must include the summary/highlights of the nominee’s achievements and relevant supporting documents since the launch of the ASEAN Community on December 31, 2015.

The judging committee, chaired by ASEAN Secretary-General Dato Paduka Lim Jock Hoi, and his predecessors, will review the nominations and select the ASEAN Prize 2021 recipient, who will receive a USD20,000 cash prize and the ASEAN Prize trophy to be presented at the 54th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting in Brunei Darussalam. The ASEAN Prize is supported by Temasek Foundation, Singapore and Yayasan Hasanah of Malaysia.

Since its establishment, the ASEAN Prize has been awarded to three recipients. In 2018, Erlinda Koe from the Philippines was the Prize’s inaugural recipient in recognition of her efforts to build an inclusive ASEAN Community by raising autism awareness.

The following year, Dr Jemilah Mahmood, an ardent humanitarian leader from Malaysia, received the prize for her contributions to championing humanitarian responses across the region and the world. Last year, the ASEAN Studies Centre from the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute of Singapore was awarded the prize for its long-standing work in promoting regional integration in ASEAN.