KUCHING: Asean youths are urged to come together in identifying the common challenges as well as finding the best solution to the problems faced by the youth of today or in the foreseeable future.
Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah pointed out that the young generation would face various challenges in the country’s journey to become a great nation.
“The nature of the challenges and problems faced by future generations may be different from what we are facing today.
“But it is important that our youth are well-prepared and ready to overcome these headwinds that may hamper their progress,” he said during the 2019 Asean Young Entrepreneurs Forum (AYEF) Cultural Award Night at The Waterfront Hotel, on Friday night.
Abdul Karim also stressed that problem solving remains as one of the most important skills the youth should master as they progress in life.
“One way of achieving this is to look at the best practices and to successfully implement problem management initiatives within your community, organisation, business enterprise and even the country.
“It may sound idealistic but the initiatives that you have planned and tried out today may provide the best solution to your future challenges,” he pointed out.
On the two-day forum themed ‘Connecting Asean Youth Towards Greater Social Innovation’, Karim said it was a good platform for youth leaders and young professional from the Asean region to gather at the forum to interact and discuss about Asean issues, social enterprise, and share innovative ideas.
Meanwhile, forum chairperson Nizam Datuk Khalyd said among the four topics that will be covered during the forum are Capitalising Social Innovation For Meaningful Impacts; Strengthening Ties Through Digital Economy; Understanding the Youth and Millennials Market and Harmonising Asean in the Age of Disruption.
He added that workshops are also being held on Social Innovation (Sustainable Development Goals), Social Innovation (Energy) and Entrepreneurship (Digital Economy).
The award night also witnessed young entrepreneurs being recognised for their success.
The top three winners Alexis Kevin B. Perez from the Philippines, Adib Mahamud from Brunei and Muhammad Nasrullah Yahya from Malaysia were awarded the Asean Outstanding Young Entrepreneurs Appreciation Award by Committee For Asean Youth Cooperation (CAYC).
Also present was Committee for Asean Youth Cooperation chairman Srisak Thaiarry.