On 18 February 2019, twelve Lao university students departed Wattay International Airport for Japan to participate in the Japan-ASEAN Student Conference, or a programme conducted under the framework of JENESYS 2018, which is supported by the Japanese Government.
They will stay in Japan from 19 to 26 February 2019.
The Japan-ASEAN Student Conference is composed of students from ASEAN Member States (AMS), Timor-Leste, and Japan.
The conference aims at promoting mutual trust and understanding among young people as well as at building a basis for future friendship and cooperation among the countries.
The students were selected from outstanding candidates by a selection committee comprising representatives of the Ministry of Education and Sports and the Embassy of Japan in the Lao PDR.
They together with students from other countries will be divided into six groups (Agriculture, Energy, Community Designing, Health, Gender, and Elderly Employment) to discuss the group theme at workshops.
They are expected to deal with social activities positively, and to consider how they can contribute to the societies in AMS, Timor-Leste, and Japan.
As the achievement of this programme, the participants will draw up The Declaration for the Action, and submit it to ASEAN Secretariat in Indonesia (Jakarta) and MOFA of Japan.
JENESYS is a people-to-people exchange programme between Japan and the Asia-Pacific region, which began in 2007.
The Japanese government will invite about 120 young Lao people to visit Japan during this fiscal year.
Source: Lao News Agency