VIENTIANE, 19 July 2019 – ASEAN Youth Ministers gathered at the 11th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Youth and the Seventh ASEAN Plus Three Ministerial Meeting on Youth to discuss ways to enhance the role of youth in ASEAN for sustainable development and regional integration.
In his opening speech at the Opening Ceremony of the meetings, Deputy Prime Minister of Lao PDR Sonexay Siphandone highlighted,
“Young people represent the driving force of all areas of development, as well as the bridge between the present and future stages of development, between the country and the region as well as between the region and the world towards a sustainable and prosperous world.”
Deputy Prime Minister of Lao PDR Sonexay Siphandone highlighted
Taking into consideration the challenges and opportunities posed by digitalisation and Industry 4.0, the Ministers concurred that ASEAN youths must be empowered with not only technical or digital skills, but also with the necessary soft-skills for the betterment of ASEAN’s socio-economic development, peace and security.
Charting the path for post-2020, the Ministers further agreed to focus the region’s youth development agenda on fostering future-ready ASEAN youth through digital skills development and the institutionalisation of youth engagement mechanisms, including in the region’s policy discourse.
Towards this end, they welcomed the proposal to operationalise the ASEAN Volunteers project as well as the ASEAN Youth Dialogue.
Youth Ministers expressed appreciation to the Plus Three Countries – the People’s Republic of China, Japan, and the Republic of Korea – for their support to youth empowerment…