|H.E. Im Sethy, Minister of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, Cambodia At the ASEAN Youth Forum on “the Roles of Youth in ASEAN Community Building”|
Opening Speech by H.E. Im Sethy, Minister of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, Cambodia
At the ASEAN Youth Forum on “the Roles of Youth in ASEAN Community Building”, Phnom Penh Hotel, CAMBODIA
1-2 April 2012
Your Excellencies, the Ambassadors and representatives of ASEAN Member States
Ladies and Gentlemen
First of all, allow me to express my great pleasure and honor to be here at the opening ceremony of the ASEAN Youth Forum today on “The Roles of Youth in ASEAN Community building” which considered as a major tool to contribute to the ASEAN Community in order to achieve “ONE ASEAN, ONE DESTINY”. On behalf of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport of the Kingdom of Cambodia and myself, I would like to warmly welcome you all, our honorable speakers, distinguished delegates and participants from ASEAN Member States attending this very important meeting which is the main objective of the 20th ASEAN SUMMIT this year.
Indeed, as the ASEAN Chair for 2012, Cambodia would strongly commit and drive the Vision of "ASEAN One Community, One Destiny" to build the ASEAN Community in 2015. The theme of this year's ASEAN - ASEAN One Community, One Destiny - is a meaningful message to the young people in ASEAN that they have a role to play in shaping the region's future, and that they can begin to do that now. Alongside this, the ASEAN Youth Forum matches the present situation when the Royal Government of Cambodia is greatly concerned with the issues related to the youth's education development with quality of life and it is also the right time to focus on the ways to improve living conditions for our people.
The most important development in Cambodia during the last decade has been the change in behavior, virtue as well as perseverance and “national unification” political agenda which are important philosophies and roads to peace, development, prosperity and sustainability in Cambodia. Peace and stability have been the integral components of the “win-win” strategy of the Royal Government to achieve lasting territorial unification. There is no doubt that without peace and stability, there will be no development and prosperity. In particular, with the strengthening in peace, stability, national unification, democracy, respect for human rights and dignity Cambodia has achieved economic development, regained national and international trust, and is well prepared to move towards a brighter future.
Within “The Roles of Youth in ASEAN Community building”, Cambodia have put a lot efforts to inspire and provided opportunities for young people to develop their potential fully as the productive citizen and at the same time prepare them to take in charge and contribute in building ASEAN Community. We currently keep giving high priority to capacity building and human resource development through supporting strategic plan and priorities program in order to continuously raise the quality and efficiency of education at all levels, which answers appropriately and timely to the Government’s policy on capacity building and human resource development for ensuring Cambodia’s competitiveness in integrating herself into the region and the world.
Ladies and Gentlemen
Ladies and Gentlemen
In conjunction with the 20th ASEAN SUMMIT and ASEAN's Leaders meetings, I am convinced that this gathering provides a great opportunity for our youth leaders and their representatives from across the ASEAN region to exchange dialogue on critical socio-economic challenges to find options and alternatives in order to improve the living standards of ASEAN community by broadening their opportunities and expanding their choices. We are very pleased that the two-day Youth Forum will focus on the role of ASEAN youth in ASEAN Community Building cover with several aspects inline with ASEAN blueprint that refer mostly on the issues of (1) education, (2) employment & entrepreneurship, (3) leadership, (4) participation, (5) connectivity , (6) volunteerism and Promotion of youth exchanges between ASEAN plus three that was included in the Joint Declaration on Strategic Partnership for Peace and Prosperity, which was adopted on 8 October 2003 at the ASEAN-Plus Three Summit and they will present their deliberations to the 20th ASEAN's Leader Summit.