JAKARTA, 24 November 2017 - The 44th batch of the Ship for Southeast Asian and Japanese Youth Programme (SSEAYP) composed of 330 youth delegates from the 10 ASEAN Member States and Japan visited the ASEAN Secretariat to learn about ASEAN development and priorities especially on youth.

Selected participants joined the stage for the panel discussion moderated by the Education, Youth, and Sports Division. Youth participants shared their experiences from the programme, including reflections on how they learned and gained understanding about the lives, cultures, and languages of each other, and how the experience would promote lasting friendships, unity and mutual understand. Also in the discussion were the administrator and crew of the 44th SSEAYP and representatives from the Mission of Japan to ASEAN.

The visit to ASEAN Secretariat was part of the 4-day programme when the Nippon Maru ship docked at the Tanjung Priok Port in Jakarta, Indonesia. The programme on land was facilitated by the SSYEAP International Indonesia Inc., the SSYEAP alumni association of Indonesia.

Organised by the Government of Japan and supported by ASEAN since 1974, the SSEAYP aims to promote friendship and mutual understanding among the youth of Japan and ASEAN to broaden their perspective of the world and strengthen cooperation. On board the Nippon Maru ship for 50 days, youth participants live together and acquire practical skills on international collaboration. The voyage brings participants to cities and ports in ASEAN and Japan. Activities are organised on board and on land when the ship docks in selected ports in the region. SSEAYP has more than 10,000 alumni in various fields – including Princess Kiko Akishino from Japan and Vice Foreign Minister Dr. AM Fachir of Indonesia.