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More than 600 people attended the two-day forum. They included business people, government officials, academics and university students. The distinguished guest of honour and keynote speaker for the first-day forum was Mr. Piyaburt Cholvijarn, Vice Minister of Education, Thailand. The second-day forum's keynote speaker was Mr. Ong Keng Yong, Secretary-General of ASEAN. They both kindly accepted to make keynote speeches on the theme for the 6th HYLI "Charting a New Course for Asia" to show their support for the purpose of this program.
The forum sessions also covered panel discussions on the following three sub themes:
Identifying Asia's Engines for Economic Growth
Managing Asia's Rapid Urbanization for Social Progress
Balancing Asia's Growth and Environmental Sustainability
The young leaders actively exchanged views with Asia's distinguished leaders. At the Question & Answer sessions, lively discussions were held between the speakers, young leaders and even the audience. The invited speakers and their speeches are as follows:
Mr. Piyabut Chonwijarn
Prime Minister Thansin Shinawatra's appointed
Representative and Vice Minister of Education
Mr. Ong Keng Yong
Mr. Kosit Panpiemras
Executive Chairman, Bangkok Bank
Mr. Peter D. Garrucho, Jr.
President, First Generation Holdings Corporation,
Lopez Group of Companies
Ms. Erna Witoelar
Special Ambassador, Millennium Development Goals for Asia Pacific, United Nations
Yang Berbahagia Dato' Mustapa Mohamed
Executive Director, National Economic Action Council,
Economic Planning Unit, Prime Minister's Department
Mr. Paiboon Wattanasiritham
Chair, Community Organizations Development Institute
Dr. Katsuhiko Kokubu, Ph.D.
Graduate School of Business Administration, Kobe University, Japan
Dr. Ibrahim Hasan
Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Asia Pacific Resources International Holdings Ltd. (APRIL)
Ms. Angelina P. Galang, Ph.D.
Executive Director/Founder, Environmental Studies Institute, Miriam College