Outstanding students attend 11th Hitachi Young Leaders Initiative

The 11th Hitachi Young Leaders Initiative (HYLI) forum is a good opportunity for students to share experiences, develop leadership skills and strengthen their responsibilities towards society, said Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai.

The Deputy PM made the statement at the HYLI forum in Hanoi from January 9-13, which attracted the participation of 28 outstanding students from seven Asian nations.  The students were selected to participate at the forum based on their academic achievements, outdoor activities, their command of English and knowledge about issues in the region.

Honorable guest Deputy PM Hoang Trung Hai emphasized that the theme of the forum - “A New Stage for Asia - an Asian Perspective on Managing Sustainable Development and Economic Integration” - is one of the urgent burning issues in the region.

“We are witnessing rapid growth in Asia despite, the slowdown in other regions. It is obvious that Asia has played an important role in changing the global economy and will take the lead in the future,” the Deputy PM added.

He said he hopes the students will learn from each other’s experiences and put forth ideas for solutions and action plans, as well as initiatives to strengthen partnership and cooperation in the region to improve Asia’s status.

Takashi Kawamura, President of Hitachi Executive Board, said that his company has maintained a social responsibility programme for 16 years to nurture a generation of young leaders, which has received strong support from many prestigious leaders in the region.

He said he believes that through this forum, young leaders will expand their relationships, strengthen solidarity and cooperate for the future development of the region.

Participants at the forum will hear politicians and leaders discuss challenges in Asia such as energy, the environment, cooperation and international economic integration.