The inaugural Hwa Chong Asian Young Leaders Summit 2006
The 21st century is often regarded as the Asian century. Already, the Asian economies produce almost 40% of global GDP and the figure is set to rise with the emerging economies of China, India and Malaysia; while Japan is of course the world's second largest economy after the US. To reap the huge benefits of economic co-operation, Singapore has intensified its efforts to build strong ties with these Asian giants.
In 2006, HCI organised the inaugural Hwa Chong Asian Young Leaders Summit (HC-AYLS) from 17-28 July 2006. The Summit took the form of a forum for promising Asian student leaders who have clearly demonstrated a commitment to serving society. The project was initiated by inviting the most outstanding young leaders from China, India, Japan, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia and Singapore.
Hwa Chong Asia-Pacific Young Leaders Summit 2007
In its second year, the Hwa Chong Asia-Pacific Young Leaders Summit (HC-APYLS) provided a newly-expanded and high-profile platform for student leaders from even more countries from the Asia-Pacific to network with each other and to further develop their social and political awareness.
The activities planned were wide-ranging and catered to both foreign and local participants. They included: