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Young leaders discuss Asia's challenges

Update: January, 09/2012 - 11:58

HA NOI – A group of prominent young student leaders from seven regional countries have gathered in Ha Noi at the 11th Hitachi Young Leaders Initiative (HYLI) to discus Asia's challenges.

The five-day event sponsored by Hitachi Ltd began today.

HYLI is a Corporate Social Responsibility programme which has hosted 11 events in the last 16 years. This year, its main theme is the New Stage for Asia – an Asian Perspective on Managing Sustainable Development and Economic Integration. Sub-themes including Energy and the Environment, and Economic Partnership and Integration are also scheduled for discussion.

Students under 28 years of age from Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Japan and Viet Nam were put through a rigorous selection process based on their academic achievements, participation in extra-curricular activities, awards achieved, fluency in the English language and knowledge of current regional issues. Four Vietnamese students were selected to represent the country in the event.

Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai attended this morning's session as the Guest-of-Honour.

Hai said: "The Government of Viet Nam especially cares about training and developing young human resources. Viet Nam has issued a human resources development strategy for the 2010-20 period aimed at sustainably developing the country and integrating internationally. This event is a good opportunity for students to show their talents, knowledge and social responsibility." – VNS

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