YSEALI Regional Exchange Workshop

United States Department of State
U.S. Embassy in Hanoi
Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO):
YSEALI Economic Engagement in ASEAN Regional Workshop
August 1 - 4, 2017
Application Deadline: February 28, 2017

The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi announces an open competition for a cooperative agreement to develop and implement a six-day workshop (inclusive of arrival and departure days) in Hanoi on Economic Engagement in ASEAN for the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI), pending the availability of funds.

The YSEALI Economic Engagement in ASEAN will bring together 80 YSEALI members from across ASEAN countries who have economic or business backgrounds and leadership potential. The workshop will enable participants to study about the newly established ASEAN Economic
Community, the trade relations among ASEAN countries and with the U.S. through presentations, case studies and simulation that follow the model of the ASEAN Summit. Also included are leadership and other soft skills training, for example: on advocacy, negotiation, personal branding, which are core soft skills YSEALI members need to become successful economic and business leaders. Additionally, participants will have a chance to join cultural activities, company visits and other site visits that reflect ASEAN culture immersion and U.S.- ASEAN business relations.

- Basic understanding and future of the ASEAN Economic Community
- The trade relations among ASEAN countries and with the U.S.
- Economic problems in ASEAN countries related to environmental and social issues
- Role of youth and what they can do to help solve the problems
- How economists and business people can influence policy
- Corporate social responsibility
- Soft skills training
- Cultural bonding/networking activities

The workshop will challenge and inspire the 80 participants to learn about and promote economic relations among ASEAN countries and with the United States, working together to develop possible solutions to economic problems in light of environmental and social issues.

80 registered YSEALI members who have economic, trade or business backgrounds, or are active or aspiring entrepreneurs. The Recipient will carry out the recruitment of the YSEALI members as described below. Participants will have strong leadership potential and are aged between 18-25 from the ten member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN): Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. Participants should also show interest in becoming socially active in effecting change in their home communities and will be asked to outline a national or regional policy that the business community would like to shape or influence and draft a strategic plan for how to effectively lobby for that change. U.S. embassies will advertise the opportunity to registered YSEALI members. Selection of final participants will be made by the Recipient in consultation with the U.S. embassies in each of the 10 ASEAN member countries.

The proposed time for the workshop is the first week of August 2017; arrival in Hanoi, Vietnam on July 31, workshop August 1 – 4; departure on August 5.

U.S. Embassy in Hanoi welcomes applications from U.S.-based and foreign non-profit organizations / nongovernment organizations (NGO); and U.S. and foreign private, public, or state institutions of higher education. For-profit are not eligible to apply. Successful applicants will demonstrate strong linkages with a Vietnam-based partner organization.

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