Jakarta, 8 March 2012

A youth seminar on communications entitled “Beyond Natural Resources and Cultural Cliché” was held this week at the Universitas Pelita Harapan in Tangerang, Indonesia. Inviting speakers from ASEAN Secretariat, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Indonesia, Universitas Bina Nusantara and Universitas Indonesia, the event attracted many participants from various universities in Indonesia.

Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN, H.E. Mr Bagas Hapsoro expressed his support to such events as they provide platforms for exchange of information and creativity among today’s young generation “to play a leading role in realising the ASEAN Community by 2015″. He further added, “Second track diplomacy is important to which young generation could play a significant role by sharing their inspirations, hopes and feedback towards building a forward-looking ASEAN Community”. The active role of the youth participants, have met the objective in voicing issues directly affecting government and people. Through active participation in making change to the social-economic-politic processes, the role of ASEAN youth is undeniably important.

Mr. Bagas Hapsoro firmly stressed that the youth need to unite to create a strong network with other young people from all aspects of life so they can consequently reach mutual understanding and boost regional cooperation. He also suggested that enhancing policy advocacy activities would lay the foundation for the youth’s voices to be heard by their governments, parliaments, and business people.

The Seminar was followed by a writing competition with a theme “Role of young generation in representing Indonesia at international forum”. Ten selected teams presented their topics to the judging panelists, who were the speakers from the morning seminar. Each team was judged on their ability to present the essay; convey thoughts; respond to feedback; and present solutions to problem. One of the students participated in the writing competition said that at the end of the day, he will have a comprehensive picture of ASEAN youth, their common challenges, and action plans to build up a single and prosperous ASEAN Community. The competition concluded with two winners: Giovanni Rasidy from Universitas Pelita Harapan on “Limitation of young generation in creative work to represent Indonesia” as Best Presentation; and Glenys Octania, Pricillia and Erina from Universitas Bunda Mulia on “Role of Indonesian youth in adapting Bahasa Indonesia as the second language in Viet Nam” as Best Concept Paper.

This event is part of week-long activities of Communication Avenue 2012: “Indovative. Be inspired, be captivated”, a yearly event organised by students committee from Department of Communication of Universitas Pelita Harapan.