Opening Ceremony of the ASEAN+3 Young Entrepreneurs Forum 2018

Web.HCYU. 14.12.2018. Ho Chi Minh City- On the 13 December 2018 the National Committee on Youth of Vietnam in coordination with the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union to organize the Opening Ceremony of the ASEAN+3 Young Entrepreneurs Forum 2018 in Ho Chi Minh City.

The forum gathered about 160 delegates including young entrepreneurs, leaders from 10 ASEAN countries and 3 partners namely Korea, Japan, and China.

Under the theme “Entrepreneurs Towards Innovative Hi-tech Agricultural Startups”, the Forum facilitates young entrepreneurs of ASEAN+3 to share models of innovative hi-tech agricultural startups, pioneer in realizing aims of the ASEAN Economic Community and contribute to building a sustainable development of ASEAN community.

Mr. Nguyen Ngoc Luong addresses the opening ceremony
Mr. Nguyen Ngoc Luong addresses the opening ceremony

At the ceremony, Mr. Nguyen Ngoc Luong, Secretary of the Executive Committee of the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union, the Permanent Vice Chairman of the National Committee on Youth of Vietnam said that the relationship between ASEAN and the Plus Three partners had comprehensively developed over every field during the time.

The innovative hi-tech agricultural startup is a global trend, which requires the cooperation of all countries, young people and entrepreneurs. During the forum, ideas for contribution, experience exchange and typical models of delegates and experts will improve knowledge for each young entrepreneur, thereby contributing to the development of the ASEAN+3.

Delegates pose for a group photo at the opening ceremony
Delegates pose for a group photo at the opening ceremony

“The forum is an opportunity for young entrepreneurs from ASEAN+3 to participate, discuss and connect over the theme of the innovative hi-tech agricultural startup. Therefore, the role of young entrepreneurs force in pioneering to realize aims of the ASEAN Economic Community in particular and contributing to the building of a sustainable development of ASEAN community in general”, Nguyen Ngoc Luong.

Mr. Tan Darren, the representative of Singapore delegation shared that he worked in a hi-tech farm called “Agricultural Products and Food of the Community” on the terrace of the building in the center of Singapore. Today, his farm is expanding, employing retired people and providing clean vegetables and fruits to Singaporean. He added that ASEAN has been facing many matters including population growth, climate change and urbanization, which influences wide range of fields such as agriculture. So, the innovative hi-tech agricultural startup can be an optimal solution to these problems.

Instead of entering stable working environments, young entrepreneurs from ASEAN are seeking solutions to food problems for the ASEAN community. The creativity, cooperation and exchange of the youth and young entrepreneurs in high-tech agriculture will help to stabilize and develop high-quality food in each country as well as ASEAN+3.

At the forum, delegates discussed startup experience, opportunities and challenges of the innovative hi-tech agricultural startup, saw models of technologically agricultural enterprises, found out the culture and beauty landscapes in Ho Chi Minh City and Dong Thap Province.

The forum is in the mechanism of ASEAN+3 on Youth Cooperation to concretize of the “Hanoi Initiative on Development of Young Human Resources for ASEAN” adopted in ASEAN+3 Youth Minister Conference in November 2011 in Ha Noi.

The forum provides opportunities for young entrepreneurs from ASEAN+3 to meet, exchange ideas and build trust as the foundation for promoting trade and investment cooperation in the region, exchange and share business models towards the aim of the sustainable development; raise awareness of the youth about ASEAN community and introduce to international friends about the achievements of socio-economic development of Vietnam.

 

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