SINGAPORE, 5 July 2018 – The ASEAN Foundation with the support of ASEAN, the Philippines Government, the Singapore Government, Nation Youth Council of Singapore, KBZ Bank, Maybank Foundation, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, and Confirmis is organising the 4th ASEAN Foundation Model ASEAN Meeting (AFMAM) 2018 on 3 – 8 July 2018 at the National University of Singapore. The programme targets undergraduate students from universities across ASEAN to understand about and appreciate ASEAN’s diplomacy and decision-making process through interactive methods of role-playing and meeting simulation.
First introduced in 2015, the AFMAM aims to empower students with knowledge about how ASEAN as an inter-governmental system works as well as ASEAN’s latest affairs and challenges. In achieving this the 4th AFMAM 2018 employs not only carefully-crafted role-playing and meeting simulation methods, where students will assume the role of a senior official of an ASEAN meeting and simulate how an ASEAN senior official engages in various ASEAN high-level meetings, but also utilises a combination of expert-led coaching sessions and insightful talk shows to enrich delegates’ knowledge about ASEAN.
The 4th AFMAM 2018 welcomes the largest number of participants yet; As many as 159 delegates will take part in the 6-day programme and gain exposure to insights about ASEAN diplomacy under the theme of “Resilient and Innovative ASEAN”, which is derived from Singapore’s ASEAN Chairmanship 2018 tagline and the ASEAN leaders’ vision for both a stronger and a more dynamic ASEAN Community.
“It is our belief that the young generation holds the key to future development and continuity of the ASEAN Community,” said Elaine Tan, the Executive Director of ASEAN Foundation. “The 4th AFMAM 2018 plays an important part in empowering ASEAN youths with complete knowledge about ASEAN diplomacy as well as the necessary skill-sets to ensure that they are ready to pick-up the baton of leadership and fully prepared to run their part of the race.”
Since its inception 4 years ago, the AFMAM has been offering its delegates an authentic ASEAN experience through engaging and dynamic discussions. The current 159 delegates will be joining the other 240 AFMAM alumni who have felt the benefits of the skills and knowledge they had received from the previous three AFMAM programmes.
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About the ASEAN Foundation Three decades after ASEAN was established, ASEAN leaders recognised that: there remained inadequate shared prosperity, ASEAN awareness and contact among the people of ASEAN. It was of this concern that ASEAN leaders established ASEAN Foundation in Jakarta, Indonesia, at ASEAN’s 30th Anniversary Summit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on 15 December 1997. The ASEAN Foundation is an organisation from and for the people of ASEAN. The Foundation exists because of one vision: to build a cohesive and prosperous ASEAN Community. As an ASEAN body, the Foundation is tasked to support ASEAN mainly in promoting awareness, identity, interaction and development of the people of ASEAN.