Bruneians take part in ASEAN youth programme

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

FIVE Bruneian university students recently joined other youth from ASEAN member states to discuss environmental sustainability and issues affecting the regional bloc during an exchange programme in Thailand.

The students from Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) and Universiti Teknologi Brunei took part in the ASEAN Youth Exchange Programme 2016 from August 2-10.

Participants also attended the ASEAN-Korea Youth Network Workshop on marine conservation.

UBD student Siti Aisyah Sahari said participants discussed areas that could help sustain an integrated single community in ASEAN, from the economy to connectivity.

“The speakers also shared their thoughts and insights based on their area of expertise for any potential paths towards achieving the ASEAN 2025 objectives,” she said in an interview.

She said participants also attended talks on mangrove forests and its biodiversity, adding that they also had hands-on experience planting in a mangrove forest.

“I am particularly interested in finance and estate, and it was an eye-opener to have someone who is an expert in the area to share and advise us on current events and how youth can contribute to make it better.”

Muhammad Shah Redzuan Hj Mat Serudin from UBD said the conference also discussed how ASEAN can work more efficiently.

He said sharing strategies as well as resources among countries is crucial.

“For example, Thailand has been using a lot of energy but has a problem producing less of it,” he said.

Ak Mohd Azizul Pg Hj Abd Rahman from UBD said other issues focused on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) and Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

The UBD student suggested the collaboration of agriculture and tourism industry players to work with NGOs in raising awareness on environment conservation.

The programme, themed ‘Youth Lead: Lingering the Enhancement of ASEAN Community’, aims to promote awareness on ASEAN.

The Brunei Times