The US allocates IDR 73.7 billion to strengthen youth capacity in Southeast Asia

The State Department and the US Congress collaborated to provide five million US dollars to build a new YSEALI academy in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Editorial (Thomas) – The United States government has allocated five million dollars (about R $ 77.7 billion) to strengthen cooperation between communities (person to person), as well as increasing the capacity of young people in Southeast Asia.

The statement was transmitted by the Assistant Secretary of State to the East Asian and Pacific Office, David R Stilwell, on Friday night.

“The State Department and the US Congress collaborated to provide five million US dollars to build a new YSEALI academy in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam,” said Stilwell in comments during a virtual discussion panel organized by YSEALI and broadcast to live via YSEALI’s official Facebook page.

YSEALI or Southeast Asian youth leaders’ initiatives is a human resources training program, especially for young people from the 10 member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and East Timor. The training program was launched in 2013 by the US government, when it was led by President Barack Obama.

The YSEALI Academy and the Fulbright University campus, which was established by the United States Government in Vietnam, aim to facilitate the transfer of technology and knowledge from United States experts and professionals to young people in Southeast Asia.

“We plan to start this program (YSEALI in Vietnam, red) in 2021,” said Stilwell.

He explained that young people selected later could expand their professional network at YSEALI Academy and Fulbright University, the first non-profit campus in Vietnam funded by the United States government.

“The training that will be provided is in the areas of technology for public policy,” explained Stilwell in a panel discussion entitled The future of ASEAN: the youth factor.

During the same event, the Vietnamese Ambassador to the United States, Ha Kim Ngoc, welcomed the construction of colleges and universities in Ho Chi Minh City. He said that the construction of the two educational facilities was a form of strategic cooperation between the United States and ASEAN, especially Vietnam.

“During his tenure as president of ASEAN for the 2020 period, Vietnam will strengthen cooperation with the United States in several fields, including education and overcoming COVID-19,” said Ngoc.

He is also optimistic that the relationship between the US and ASEAN will continue to strengthen in the future and that hope can be realized through the active role of young people in Southeast Asia.

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Reporter: Genta Tenri Mawangi
Publisher: Azis Kurmala