Busan, South Korea: Youth issues have been discussed at the 18th Senior Officials' Meeting (SOM) FEALAC (Forum for East Asia - Latin America Cooperation) that had been held in Busan, South Korea (30/8). Indonesia proposed the youth cooperation of FEALAC Youth Forum and FEALAC Youth Center as a follow-up to Indonesia - FEALAC Youth Conference in Bandung, 2015.
"FEALAC Youth Forum will be an online platform for FEALAC youths to interact and to conduct activities that can spur the creativity of the youth of both regions," said Dewi Gustina Tobing, Director of American and European Intra-Regional and Inter-Regional Cooperation (KSIA Amerop) Ministry of Foreign Affairs of RI, as Alternate FEALAC Senior Officials' Meeting (SOM) Leader of Indonesia.
In addition to the Youth Forum, a FEALAC Youth Center will also be hosted for the activities organized by the FEALAC Youth Forum, including disseminating and discussing plans for activities that attract youths' interest in East Asia and Latin America regions.
Other FEALAC member countries supported the Indonesian proposal. This is stated in the 18th FEALAC Senior Officials Meeting Report. In addition, Indonesia also proposed to FEALAC countries to establish "FEALAC Day" to be commemorated as part of improving FEALAC Awareness. The proposal will be discussed again at the 19th Meeting of FEALAC Senior Officials in 2018.
Indonesia also volunteered as the Chair of the FEALAC Working Group on Culture, Youth, Gender and Sports together with Ecuador for the period 2017-2019. Currently, Indonesia is the Chairman of the FEALAC Working Group on Trade, Investment, Tourism and MSMEs.
The 18th Senior Officials' Meeting (SOM) FEALAC was led by South Korea, East Asia Regional Coordinator for FEALAC, along with Guatemala, Latin America Regional Coordinator for FEALAC for the period 2015-2017.
FEALAC is the only organization linking East Asia and Latin America. FEALAC has been established since 1999 and currently consists of 36 countries; 16 countries in East Asia and 20 Latin American countries. The projects within the framework of FEALAC aim to strengthen the relationship between the two regions through economic, trade, investment, transportation and people-to-people cooperation. (Source: Directorate of KSIA Amerop/ Infomed/RSA)