04/12/2016 01:42 GMT+7 Email Print Like 0

Impressions of SSEAYP 2016

After a long trip at sea, the Ship for the Southeast Asian Youth Program (SSEAYP) named Nippon Maru which carried 328 young representatives from ten ASEAN countries and Japan on boardarrived in Ho Chi Minh City for a four-day visit.
The trip not only aimed to promote friendship and mutual understanding among ASEAN and Japanese youths but also providedan opportunityfor the youth to discover and introduceto the potential as well as the beauty of six countries, including Vietnam during the 40 day-long voyage.

This year’s SSEAYP attracted the participation of 328 young delegates, including 29 from Vietnam. The ship left Tokyo, Japan on November 4 and docked in Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Singapore and Indonesia before returning to Japan. In Vietnam, the members of SSEAYP 2016 had four days to visit popular tourist destinations in modern and dynamic Ho Chi Minh City and joined in a home-stay program at the host families around the city.
 


The Ship for Southeast Asian and Japanese Youth Program 2016 (SSEAYP 2016) at Cat Lai Port, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: An Hieu/VNA


 Members of the Vietnamese delegation attend SSEAYP 2016. Photo: An Hieu/VNA

The Japanese  delegationperforms the traditional rite of SSEAYP at the welcoming ceremony. Photo: An Hieu/VNA


Malaysian delegation arrives in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: An Hieu/VNA



Youngsters in Ho Chi Minh City welcome members of SSEAYP 2016 visiting Vietnam. Photo: An Hieu/VNA


The Lao delegation taking part in SSEAYP 2016. Photo: An Hieu/VNA


The welcoming ceremony for SSEAYP 2016 at Cat Lai Port, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: An Hieu/VNA

 
During their four-day stay in Ho Chi Minh City, the participating youths  paid a courtesy visit to municipal leaders, visited historical relic sites, participated in a series of activities and a cultural exchange event, during which each country’s cultures were highlighted through performances.The guests discussed with local youths eight major topics, including young entrepreneurs, trans-cultural exchanges, the environment and mitigation of natural disasters, food and nutrition, health care and HIV-AIDS prevention, ASEAN-Japan cooperation, education, and information and communication.

They also had a chance to live with local families to better understand Vietnamese lifestyles and culture. Nguyen Long Hai, Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union (HCMCYU) Central Committee said that Vietnam highly appreciated the significance of the program in fostering peace, solidarity, and cooperation among nations in the future. Vietnam wishes the Governments of ASEAN members and Japan would continue paying attention to youth exchange activities, in order to tighten the countries’ relations.

On October 13, National Assembly Vice Chairman Uong Chu Luu hosted a Vietnamese youth delegation from the 43rd Ship for Southeast Asian and Japanese Youth Program (SSEAYP). The leader hailed the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Unionand the National Committee for Vietnamese Youth for partnering with the Japanese government and the ASEAN members states to implement the program over the past 20 years.
 

 A member of SSEAYP takes a selfie with youngsters in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: An Hieu/VNA


 Youngsters in Ho Chi Minh City present traditional bandanas to members of SSEAYP. Photo: An Hieu/VNA

Members of the Vietnamese delegation attend a cultural exchange program of SSEAYP 2016. Photo: An Hieu/VNA



Members of the Cambodian delegation attend the cultural exchange program of SSEAYP 2016. Photo: An Hieu/VNA


Close hugs show the  friendship among the nations’ youth. Photo: An Hieu/VNA



Ho Chi Minh City’s people welcome youngsters from 
SSEAYP 2016. Photo: An Hieu/VNA


Leaving Ho Chi Minh City, members of SSEAYP 2016 continue their trip. Photo: An Hieu/VNA



Bidding farewell. Photo: An Hieu/VNA



Many youngsters and people in Ho Chi Minh City bid farewell members of SSEAYP 2016 at Cat Lai Port. Photo: An Hieu/VNA



 Smiles and tears bidding farewell. Photo: An Hieu/VNA


SSEAYP 2016 continues its trip to tighten friendship. Photo: An Hieu/VNA 
He asked each member of the delegation to fulfill their mission as an ambassador of friendship, adding that the program affords Vietnamese youth a chance to exchangeinformation with friends in the region and popularise images of Vietnam and its people.

The program is a good chance for Vietnamese young people to learn, exchange information with others in the region and promote the image of a beautiful country and people who love peace, making them better understand and love Vietnam.
 



Launched in 1974, based on a statement issued in the same year by Japan and Southeast Asian countries, the program aims to promote friendship and mutual understanding among the participating nations, broaden their perspectives in the world and strengthen their spirit of international cooperation.Vietnam joined the program in 1995. So far the ship has visited the country 14 times.

 
By VNA/VNP