|Youth representative attending the 2017 APEC Voices of the Future visit a craft village making traditional lanterns in ancient Hội An City. – VNA/VNS Photo|
They also proposed developing an online platform through which past delegates can mentor and support future delegates, as well as a database in which previous declarations, proposals and feedback can be accessed.
They further called upon leaders of member economies to support and consider the recommendations put forth in the annual APEC Voices Youth Declaration.
They additionally appealed to APEC Leaders to provide youth from the Asia Pacific region with opportunities and platforms to voice their concerns on issues relating to education and employment.
To assist human resources development in the digital age, the delegates seek to enhance adaptability, education, and employment through big data and experiences among member economies.
The young delegates believe that educational advancements and equality are essential for sustainable economic development in the Asia-Pacific region.
“Let us work together to foster a new dynamism and a brighter shared future in the Asia-Pacific region,” they said in a statement.
APEC Voices of the Future took place in Đà Nẵng and the neighbouring province of Quảng Nam from Monday to Friday on the sidelines of the APEC Economic Leaders’ Week, drawing 180 delegates from 17 APEC economies.
Established in 1989, APEC comprises Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, China, Hongkong-China, Indonesia, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Peru, the Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Chinese Taipei, Thailand, the US, and Viet Nam.
APEC represents 39 per cent of the world’s population, 57 per cent of the world’s GDP and 47 per cent of total trade. – VNS