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July 10, 2017
Regional Leaders gather in Yangon to address pressing urbanization issues
Yangon, Myanmar, 10 July 2017 – Hitachi Asia Ltd. today announced the opening of the 14th Hitachi Young Leaders Initiative (HYLI), which will be held in Myanmar for the first time in Yangon from 10 – 13 July 2017 at Sule Shangri-La Hotel, Yangon. H.E U Phyo Min Thein, Chief Minister, Yangon Region Government, will grace the event as Guest-of-Honour.
Over the last 20 years, HYLI has inspired over 300 young and aspiring Asian leaders from Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam by providing networking and learning opportunities with prominent regional opinion leaders from the private, public and academic sectors. The initiative also promotes an unforgettable cross-cultural experience, further strengthening the ties among Asian countries. This year, 32 more students will join the HYLI alumni. They were selected from over 196 applications from invited 53 universities in the region. All student applicants were put through a rigorous selection process based on their academic results, participation in extra-curricular activities, leadership capabilities, fluency in the English language and knowledge of current regional issues.
The theme for the 14th HYLI is “Sustainable Urbanization through Collaborative Creation”, which will see interactive discussions that center on the value of smart cities in Southeast Asia, sustainable urban transportation as well as environmentally sustainable cities.
Providing significant insights to the HYLI delegates during the four-day event are high profile leaders from the region. They include:
Day 1 (Opening Ceremony):
Day 1 (Sub-theme: The Value of Smart Cities for Southeast Asia):
Day 2 (Opening Ceremony):
Day 2 (Sub-theme: Sustainable Urban Transportation):
Day 2 (Sub-theme: Environmentally Sustainable Cities)
Day 4 (Student Presentation Advisors)
Mr. Kojin Nakakita, Chairman of Hitachi Asia Ltd. said, “We are extremely privileged and heartened to be supported by so many prominent regional leaders for every edition of HYLI. The theme for this year discusses how to achieve sustainable urbanization through collaborative creation, and we are excited to work together with these like-minded leaders from the government, business and academia to jointly deliver solutions to answer society’s challenges.”
Apart from various forums and workshops designed to ensure rich networking and learning opportunities, the students will also visit Yangon City Development Committee at City Hall and UN Habitat Myanmar Office on the third day of the programme. These visits will provide students with the opportunity to experience first-hand the various types of city operation systems used in different parts of the country, to understand how transportation and urban development affect the lives of people in Yangon. Finally, students will share what they have learnt over the course of HYLI at the Student Presentation. Their recommendations will subsequently be published in a white paper, and shared with the business, government and academic sectors for their consideration.
The "Hitachi Young Leaders Initiative" (HYLI) is a community relations programme that aims to identify and nurture potential Asian leaders by bringing them together to discuss regional issues with influential government officials, prominent business leaders, academics and NGO representatives. Since its inauguration in Singapore in 1996, the HYLI has been successful in bringing the best and brightest students in Asia together. From 2015, Myanmar joined existing participating countries Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and Japan in the program. The initiative offers student participants a unique platform to broaden their outlook on regional and global issues while promoting Asian values and cross-cultural understanding. For more information, please visit https://www.hitachi.com.sg/about/hitachi/activities/hyli/
Hitachi Asia Ltd., a subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., is headquartered in Singapore. With offices across seven Asean countries - Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam - the company is focused on its Social Innovation Business to answer society's challenges. Hitachi Asia and its subsidiary companies offer a broad range of information & telecommunication systems, power systems, social infrastructure & industrial systems, electronic systems and equipment, construction machinery, high functional materials and components, automotive systems, home appliances and others. For more information on Hitachi Asia, please visit the company's website at https://www.hitachi.com.sg.