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Youths’ Perspective on the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) - What does it mean for local youths in AMS?
A publication on Understanding How Young People See ASEAN: Awareness, Values, and Identity, launched during the ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Youth in September 2021 includes a survey that found ASEAN youths in general think positively about ASEAN. ASEAN youths’ concern about poverty reduction, health and disease control, and educational barriers has portrayed ASEAN’s commitment toward youth involvement as ASEAN believes that youth are key to future success and act as a catalyst for economic, social, and cultural development.

The Covid-19 pandemic has impacted the development of youths in ASEAN across all sectors as the pre-existing challenges of youth employment and education compounded in economic crises. Prior to the pandemic crisis, youth in ASEAN already faced a challenging labour market situation. Given their relative lack of experience, young people are around three times more likely to be unemployed as compared to adults. Youth are also more likely than adults to work in less-secure, lower-wage employment, frequently with limited legal rights, social protection and representation.

Through the ASEAN Prosperity Initiative Project 2022, this webinar aims to facilitate a conversation with youth representatives and experts to understand their views on the ASEAN Economic Community and its challenges in the next few years to come.

Keynote Address
YB Dato’ Sri Saifuddin bin Abdullah
Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Dr Eric C. Thompson
Principal Investigator
ASEAN Youth Development Index Survey
National University of Singapore (NUS)

Mirus Ponon
Founder & Chairperson
ASEAN Youth Advocates Network
The Philippines

Assoc Prof Dr Ahmad Nizar bin Ya’akub
Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities
Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS)

Dr Syafiqah Abdul Rahim
Malaysian Youth Council (MBM)

Jul 28, 2022 10:00 AM in Kuala Lumpur

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