Along with the dynamic development and interaction between member countries, ASEAN remains the central organization who takes control to maintain peace, solidarity, and unity in Southeast Asia. The rapid development on regional economic cooperation under ASEAN Free Trade Area (AFTA) demonstrates high commitment of ASEAN member countries to become the largest market, while the political tension of border disputes illustrates that this region serves as the strategic point of geopolitics in Asia-Pacific. On the other hand, the consciousness of shared culture, geography, and history at the community level has bound the peoples together. Convincing the need to strengthen these existing bonds of regional solidarity, the importance of ASEAN as regional organization becomes central to create more cohesive and unite regional community
Following the commitment to strengthen its community, the rapid development of information, communication, and technology (ICT) has supported the community integration between ASEAN member countries. It bridges the people of ASEAN member states. By 2025, a digital revolution could transform daily life in ASEAN, making physical cash increasingly obsolete and cities smarter, safer places to live. With a large and youthful population increasingly equipped with smart phones, ASEAN has an opportunity to pioneer the development of new digital services, especially advanced mobile financial services and e-commerce. These sectors are likely to give rise to digital champions that will lead the way for the broader economy. This proves that ASEAN is beneficial to support the ‘Industrial Revolution 4.0’—new phenomenon of digital revolution in which digital playing central role for regional integration. In this sense, ASEAN young future leaders should consider their special attention to the task of connecting community in ASEAN
Against this backdrop, ASEAN Studies Center (ASC), Faculty of Social and Political Sciences (FISIPOL), Universitas Gadjah Mada, invites the best and enthusiastic ASEAN young future leaders to joint series of public lectures, working groups, excursion, and share their experience on the issue covering Digital Diplomacy, Digital Activism and Digital Citizenship to foster the community through The 2nd ASEAN Youth Initiative Empowerment Program: Digitalizing ASEAN: Fostering Community through Digital Connectivity.
We assure the importance of this event for the enhancement of youth capacity and capability to obtain the benefit of digital era in fostering the community. Eventually, youth as the prospective future leaders require platform to fully contribute in searching the best solution for the current and upcoming problem of ASEAN, particularly on the issue of digital and ICT.