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Former foreign minister MR Sukhumbhand Paribatra will be joining the 5th Hitachi Young Leaders Initiative (HYLI), an award-winning regional young leaders forum and community service programme in Singapore, as a keynote speaker. He will be addressing the main theme of the forum: "Asia's Roadmap - Forging Regional Cohesion for Global Advancement".
In his speech, MR Sukhumbhand will illustrate how the Asia-Pacific is one of the most geo-strategically important areas in the world, and how peace, prosperity and progress in this region, or the absence thereof, have direct consequences and implications for the course of global advancement.
"Inter-governmental cooperation, both bilateral and multilateral, is necessary for the region's security and well-being," he says. "But, given the region's diversity and myriad problems, it is not sufficient to forge the kind of regionalism which will create conditions for sustainable peace and development. The reduction of inequities both within and among the region's societies, the promotion of people-to-people contacts and exchanges of ideas and information, and the forging of common norms and values, especially among the younger generations, are also critical for bringing about regional progress for global advancement".
The 5th HYLI will bring together 24 top students and opinion leaders from Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand to discuss global and regional issues.
The main theme of regional cohesion will be supported by three sub-themes, namely, "Cultivating Entrepreneurial Spirit in Asia", "The Growing Importance of Corporate Social Responsibility in Asia", and "The Changing Role of Media in Asia".
The event will be taking place from July 29 to August 2 in Singapore.
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