Empowering youths is a top priority for Brunei Darussalam. The launching of the Report of ASEAN Youth Development Index Phase Two does not only underscore Brunei Darussalam's commitment to parallel every aspect of youth development with ASEAN community building efforts, it is also a recognition that their voice and views truly matter in the socio-economic development of ASEAN region.
This was stated by Pengiran Mohammad Amirrizal bin Pengiran Haji Mahmud, Permanent Secretary for Administration, Finance and Estate at the Ministry of Culture Youth and Sports during the ASEAN Ministerial Meeting, AMMY, on Youth held via video conference. Pengiran Mohammad Amirrizal said the Report, exploring the fifth Domain of Awareness, Values, and Identity, has not only given an even more comprehensive picture of ASEAN youth, but for the first time, it has also provided a vital understanding of the intangible connection between Brunei's youth and ASEAN.
Youth is an important agenda of the population in any country and are in need of attention as they are both our current and future leaders and the catalyst for economic, social and cultural development. In order to facilitate effective youth development, there is a need for more evidence-based policies on youth development. The AMMY launched the First Phase of Youth Development Index (YDI) in 2017 covered four domains which are education, health and well-being, employment and opportunities and participation and engagement. The ASEAN Youth Development Index Phase II focusing on the Fifth Domain: Understanding How Young People See ASEAN: Awareness, Values and Identity. It is to determine what problems are important to youth and to determine their impressions about ASEAN.
Source: Radio Television Brunei