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Young leaders share perspectives at Asian Summit

Written by: Staff

New Delhi, Nov 24: It was another in the series of recent summits to seek commonalities among people in Asia by bringing renowned personalities from various Asian nations on one platform.

Emerging young leaders in various disciplines from several Asian countries held interactions and shared perspectives on a wide range of issues at the first Annual Asia Young Leaders summit at Seoul in South Korea earlier this week.

Representing India at the Summit, which had nearly 200 specially chosen emerging leaders around the age of 40 from various countries and fields ranging from business, politics, media, arts and culture to academia share perspectives on a wide range of issues, were 18 dynamic leaders from different walks of life, including young MP Sachin Pilot, media magnate Niret Alva, actress Vani Tripathi, Sadanand Dhume, to name a few.

In fact, India's 18-member delegation at the summit, held from November 17 to 19, was the biggest amongst 23 nations participating in the event.

Talking to UNI here on his return from Seoul, Mr Alva, co-founder Miditech, the company that has been a leading content provider for Indian television since its inception in 1992 having produced a number of successful TV shows like Indian Idol and Fame Gurukul, said,''the summit was an excellent opportunity for sharing perspectives in our respective fields of disciplines as well as discuss common problems in day-to-day governance in our countries.'' He said it was the first time that people from diverse walks of life interacted with each other on a common platform.

The aim of the summit was to examine the role of value-based leadership and its role in developing innovative solutions and shared approaches to address global challenges and the region's most pressing issues.

''The summit sought to build the network of the Asia-Pacific Community's young leaders dedicated to public service and responsible leadership,'' Mr Alva said.

Mr Alva said the summit was an opportunity to discover the brilliant individual achievements by young leaders from various parts of Asia.

''For example, Indian MP Sachin pilot was a big hit at the Summit. The young MP's deliberations at the summit evoked a good response from the delegates from various Asian countries, who hailed him as one of the sharp, young and dynamic leaders of the young generation,'' Mr Alva said.

The summit also brought Indians on a common platform with young leaders from Pakistan and Bangladesh.

''It was another instance of the increasing number of commonalities between people of India and Pakistan and delegates from the neighbouring countries bonded with each other as long-lost friends. Infact, it is an indicator that notwithstanding differences at the political level, there are no differences between peoples of the two countries,''Mr Alva said.

The summit was organised by the Asia society as part of its efforts to strengthen relationships and promote understanding among the people, leaders and institutions of Asia and the United States.

The Society seeks to enhance dialogue, encourage creative expression and generate new ideas across the fields of policy, business, education, arts and culture.


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