14th Hitachi Young Leaders Initiative
July 10-13, 2017
The 14th Hitachi Young Leaders Initiative (HYLI)*1 was held in Yangon, Myanmar for four days from July 10 to 13. Under the theme of "Sustainable Urbanization through Collaborative Creation," 32 university students from eight countries got together to participated in the event.
To start off the 14th HYLI, President and CEO Toshiaki Higashihara gave an opening speech to encourage the young leaders to make the most of the opportunity. During the forum held on the first and second days, 16 experts including H.E. U Phyo Min Thein, Chief Minister of Yangon Region Government, and U Aik Htun, Chairman of the Shwe Taung Group, made an insightful presentation and had panel discussions. The enthusiastic students asked many questions as to who to bear the costs of building a smart city and how to share the benefits of urbanization with the economically vulnerable group in the population. Besides the forum, the students also had an opportunity to deepened their understanding of Yangon's current state of urbanization, future development plans and issues to tackle toward creation of a smart city through a Q&A session with those closely engaged in urban challenges at the Yangon City Development Committee as well as the UN Habitat Myanmar Office on the third day.
After having a lively discussion everyday during the 14th HYLI, the students presented their proposal on how Yangon City should be developed into a sustainable city.
*1 Hitachi has been running the Hitachi Young Leaders Initiative to nurture future leaders of university students in Indonesia, Japan, the Philippines, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.
|Business Sites and Group Companies||Hitachi, Ltd. and Hitachi Asia Ltd.|
|Participants||32 participating students and about 300 audience|