Young leaders move forward

Fadhil Yunus

Youth are highly valuable assets and pillars for the future of our country. They are the hope of the nation, the successors in continuing leadership to shape the future.

This is consistent with the fact that the progress of a country depends on the ability, willingness and perseverance of the youth to achieve national development. Today’s youth represent future leaders of the nation.

These points were highlighted by Permanent Secretary (Vision, Finance and Cabinet) at the Prime Minister’s Office Pengiran Hajah Siti Nirmala binti Pengiran Haji Mohammad during the opening ceremony of the 3rd Brunei Young Leaders Convention (BYLC) held at the National Service Programme (PKBN) Training Camp in Batu Apoi, Temburong recently.

She believes that “youth are important stakeholders in realising the success of Brunei
Vision 2035.” The permanent secretary said that the government will always be open and accept thoughtful ideas from young leaders for the prosperity and progress of the country.

Guided by the formulation of the National Youth Policy and Strategy 2020-2035 by the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports, the policy has been tailored and is in line with aspirations and strategies at the national level.

Today’s youth represent future leaders of the nation. PHOTO: DEAN KASSIM

This includes Brunei Vision 2035, Digital Economy Masterplan 2025, Brunei Darussalam National Climate Change Policy and Manpower Planning and Employment Council. According to the country’s youth policy, the definition of youth leaders is revised to those no older than 45 years.

The BYLC, held for three days, served as a valuable platform for young leaders from diverse backgrounds and professions to discuss issues connected to Brunei Vision 2035.

The convention envisioned to support Brunei Vision which carries three main goals: educated; highly skilled and accomplished people; high quality of life; and dynamic and
sustainable economy.

The role and involvement of youth in jointly leading the development of the country has been touched on by His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam in his titah in conjunction with the 35th National Day celebration in 2019.

The BYLC assembled youth aged between 18 and 40 together with relevant parties. It was held to mobilise youth to acquire a sense of ownership as well as play an active role in achieving Brunei Vision 2035.

It is a youth-led convention under three youth social entrepreneurs – Perspective Insan Academy, Al-Huffaz Management and Generasi Bekarih – supported by various levels of the community, including the Government of His Majesty, private sector, non-governmental organisations, experts and professionals, as well as youth.

Co-Chairman of BYLC 2021 Haji Mohd Loqman Al-Hakim bin Haji Hamdan said that the motto for this year’s edition was BELIA (Believe, Empower, Lead, Inspire and Act), as it was during the first edition – during which it was an appeal to youth in the country to possess the five elements in supporting Brunei Vision 2035.

Since the launch of the first BYLC in 2018, several alumni continued to initiate volunteering activities, while others also formed youth movements and associations such as CureHeart and Minda Youth Movement.

Highlights of the convention included a series of forums centred around the three national goals, a mentoring clinic by the Young Professionals Network (YPN) for participants to be able to choose a topic and come up with their findings, and a sharing session by the Brunei Climate Change Secretariat and Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah. The convention, which also involved mentors that have made an impact in society and the community, was also supported by the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports and the Yayasan Sultan Haji
Hassanal Bolkiah.