The ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Science and Technology (AMMST) was established in 1980 upon the recognition of science and technology as a key factor in sustaining economic growth, enhancing community well-being and promoting integration in ASEAN. Delegates of AMMST will be tasked to analyse the various issues ASEAN faces in moving up the technological ladder.
1. The Question of the Transition toward Smart Cities
Amidst an ongoing digital revolution, countries around the world are increasingly seeking to move towards the development of smart cities, which support better living through the use of technology. AMMST plays a critical role in facilitating the adoption of relevant technologies. Yet, numerous obstacles – including a lack of well-developed ecosystem of professionals – hinder countries’ smart cities ambition. Hence, delegates will be empowered to design strategies to promote convenient and secure digital transactions, build digital identities, and develop advanced transport systems to help ASEAN transition towards being smart cities.
2. The Question of the Advancement of Biotechnology
Can Southeast Asia one day lead the world in biotechnology? New discoveries have already begun to create tremendous opportunities for the region by improving the quality of healthcare services, increasing agricultural output, and paving the way for a cleaner environment. However, many hurdles prevent the region from fulfilling its potential in this industry. These include the absence of clear policy direction, a paucity of relevant infrastructure and widening intra-regional disparities in the level of technological advancement. Delegates of the AMMST will be challenged to craft solutions to overcome these challenges such that the biotechnology industry in Southeast Asia are able to flourish.
Poh Shu Li
Shu Li is an independent individual who loves outdoor adventures and freedom. She is an avid Kpop fan who can get hyped easily despite her quiet personality. She looks forward to seeing everyone at DHAP 2019 and wishes all delegates well.
Heng Li Jun
Li Jun is a student with a huge, creative, weird and sometimes scary imagination. She loves drawing, story-writing, science and Marvel movies. She also enjoys critical thinking and brainstorming to come up with ideas for solutions to solve problems.
Yuting is a Year 5 student who with an inexplicable interest in philosophy, literature, mythology and many more things less talked about in her circle of friends. A big shy nerd at heart, she does not really talk a lot unless engaged in topics of her interests, in which she proceeds to ramble non-stop and flood one with chunks of information from who-knows-where. Too bad she was afraid to pursue her interests in humanities and is currently regretting her science stream subject combination. Yuting is (in a good way) cursed to spend most of her leisure time either dancing or analysing BTS’s music. She hopes to see delegates come to DHAP 2019 with a positive attitude which looks forward to fruitful debates and a precious learning experience!