Khanh Hoa hosts regional workshop of Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative

The US Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City kicked off the “2022 Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Regional Workshop: Marine Warriors” in the central coastal province of Khanh Hoa on December 2.
Delegates to the opening ceremony of the workshop in a group photo (Source: VNA)
Delegates to the opening ceremony of the workshop in a group photo (Source: VNA)

The workshop brings together youth delegates from all ASEAN countries and Timor-Leste between the ages of 18 and 25 to Nha Trang from December 1-6. The participants were selected among 1,300 applicants for their dedication to community, volunteerism, and strong leadership skills. Fifteen youths from across Vietnam participated in the workshop, the Consulate General said.

During the workshop, participants will engage in interactive activities including group workshops, panel discussions, and a field trip. They will collaborate to identify potential short and long-term solutions and strategies to address environmental changes in marine/freshwater environments in Southeast Asia.

Participants will be equipped with game development technologies to create solutions for marine environmental degradation via game production. They will also develop ideas on how to engage their communities in protecting the environment and forge new relationships with young leaders from neighboring countries to jointly implement community projects.

The workshop will also provide participants with an opportunity to learn about the US-ASEAN Comprehensive Strategic Partnership and develop skills in leadership, project management, entrepreneurship, and digital communication.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, US Ambassador to ASEAN Yohannes Abraham noted: “Each year, 11 million metric tonnes of plastic pollution enter our oceans. This rate is expected to double by the end of this decade and triple by 2040 – threatening the world’s delicate marine ecosystems, major industries such as fishing and tourism, food security, and ultimately, human health.”

In his remarks, Vice Chairman of Khanh Hoa provincial People’s Committee Le Huu Hoang stressed the pioneering, important role of young people in socio-economic development in each country and the world at large.

Khanh Hoa always supports young people in learning, startup and skill development, and encourage them to join international activities, he added.

The YSEALI is a US Department of State’s flagship programme designed to advance regional strategic goals by providing the young generation with networking, mentoring, hands-on training, and the tools necessary to lead communities in addressing economic, environmental, educational, and civic engagement issues.