Embassy Calls On Young Scholars To Help Build A More Sustainable World

DCM Robespierre Bolivar delivering the keynote speech at the opening of the 62nd IATSS Forum in Suzuka City, Mie Prefecture


Philippine Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission, Mr. Robespierre Bolivar, challenged young scholars from Southeast Asia and India to help “create a more livable, more sustainable, and more inclusive global community”, in remarks he delivered at the opening ceremonies of the 62ndInternational Association of Traffic and Safety Sciences (IATSS) held on 21 September 2019 in Suzuka City, Mie Prefecture.

Mr. Bolivar was requested to deliver remarks on behalf of the Embassies of Southeast Asia and India during the opening ceremonies. Representatives from seven Embassies attended the event, which marked the official start of the 52-day program for 23 young scholars from the 10 countries of Southeast Asia, India and Japan.

Over the next two months, the scholars will go through classroom and field training sessions on topics such as green technology and sustainable development, cross-cultural communication, leadership and international cooperation.

Two Filipino experts from the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) are among the scholars joining the program. They were chosen through a competitive selection process.

The 62ndIATSS Forum’s theme is “Fostering Young Leaders in Asia”. 2018 statistics for ASEAN show that over half of Southeast Asia’s population are within the ages of 20-54.

IATSS has been facilitating collaborative learning and research endeavors between Southeast Asia and Japan for the last 34 years.