The EU Centre in Singapore with the support of AirAsia and ASEAN Foundation announces the launch of the inaugural EU-ASEAN Policy Challenge. The Policy Challenge aims at encouraging youths in ASEAN to think of concrete policies that can move the Southeast Asian region towards greater regional cooperation in order to achieve the goals of building an ASEAN Community.
This competition will run from 8 August 2015 to 15 November 2015. Please click here for a copy of the competition flyer.
The policy challenge will focus on the issue of tourism. Tourism is a priority sector for the ASEAN Economic Community, and intra-ASEAN tourism is also seen as an important avenue for promoting people-to-people connectivity. Tourism is therefore seen as an important driver for socio-economic development, creating jobs and employment, generating investments and other spin-off benefits. However, tourism also has its challenges and can have negative impacts on environment, on the preservation of heritage sites if the tourism industry is not well planned and managed with the right degree and type of regulations that will ensure sustainable tourism.
HOW TO PARTICIPATE
The Policy Challenge is open to all ASEAN youths aged 17-30 who are interested and excited in learning how policies are made, and thinking through the whole process of policy-making, from defining the problem or challenge, offering policy solutions, weighing the pros and cons, to considering the implementability of the measures and mitigating potential problems or consequences of the measures.
The best team will win a cash prize of S$1,500, while the 1st and 2nd runners-up will receive cash awards of S$900 and S$600 respectively.
If you are interested in taking on this challenge, please gather your friends and school mates to form a team of three. Check out the information booklet for the competition below and learn about the exciting prizes on offer! Terms and conditions apply.