To nurture future leaders of Asia, the Kamenori Foundation brings together youth from various countries in Asia to participant in the Kamenori Earth Youth Summit (KEYS).
The goal of this summit is to promote mutual understanding among Asian countries and foster global perspectives and partnerships by exploring issues surrounding Asia together.
The first day of the Kamenori Earth Youth Summit (KEYS) 2017 began at United College of the Chinese University of Hong Kong on August 15th. This is the second time KEYS has been held in Hong Kong with the last time in 2011. The theme of this year's conference is Current Issue and Prospects for Tomorrow's Asia: Towards “One Asia”. This year, 32 university students from 7 countries/regions in Asia (China, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam) were invited to attend the conference.
Day 1: August 15th, Tuesday
The participants arrived at Hong Kong International Airport from the various destinations in Asia. After all the participants arrived on the campus of United College, they enjoyed their first dinner together, followed by fun ice-breaking games including their self-introduction to each other.
Day 2: August 16th, Wednesday
After the orientation, the participants had Dim Sum
for lunch. In the afternoon, the opening ceremony was held. The keynote address by Professor Sir James A. Mirrlees, Nobel Laureate in Economic Sciences was given with the title of “Poverty and Inequality in East Asia”. After the keynote address, Professor Sir James A. Mirrlees, Professor Takanori Kitamura and Doctor Amitendu Palit who would give keynote address and lecture in coming day joined to the round table session moderated by Professor Bryan Mercurio, Professor of Law at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. They present their views on the topic of East Asian Development: Challenges and Opportunities
in the round table session. Responding to the addresses and round table discussion with warm enthusiasm, the student participants asked many stimulating questions in the Q&A session. During the dinner, the participants performed songs and dances representing their countries.
Day 3: August 17th, Thursday
The participants, gathering by their own research groups, had a consultation with the advisory professors on their respective topics. After the group session, Dr. Dr. Amitendu Palit, Senior Research Fellow in the Institute of South Asian Studies at the National University of Singapore, gave us a lecture with the title of Trade and the Indo Pacific
. In the afternoon, the second keynote address by Professor Takanori Kitamura, former Japanese Ambassador to Greece and former Consul-General of Japan in Hong Kong, was given with the title of Exploring Regionalism in East Asia
. In the evening, students separated into these five topic-groups, and started their group research.