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Monday, 5 August 2019

5th ASEAN Youth Video Contest 2019: Powering the Region’s Bright Future

Powering ASEAN’s Renewable Energy through ASEAN Youth Video Contest

Jakarta, 19 July 2019 – The ASEAN Foundation, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), through the ASEAN-USAID PROSPECT project, the ASEAN-German Energy Programme (AGEP), a cooperation jointly implemented by ASEAN Centre for Energy (ACE) and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), and the ASEAN Secretariat, launched the 5th ASEAN Youth Video Contest on January 18th, 2019. Similar to the previous years, the 5th ASEAN Youth Video Contest was endorsed by the ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting on Youth (SOMY) and designed to generate a better understanding of the ASEAN Community, particularly among the region’s younger demographic. The theme of this year’s Contest: “Renewable Energy: Powering ASEAN’s Bright Future,” aims to showcase the efforts of ASEAN and its people on enhancing the use of Renewable Energy and to promote the value of Renewable Energy for the region.

The Video Contest provides a platform for youth to creatively speak their voice using the power of digital tools such as video and social media. This powerful pairing, especially in this digital era, will effectively increase awareness of different issues, such as renewable energy in ASEAN, including the region’s big renewable energy potential (i.e. solar, wind, hydro, biomass, ocean wave and geothermal) and accelerate development in these sectors.

The Video Contest received 122 submissions of one-minute videos from all 10 ASEAN Member States. The Contest’s committee selected one (1) finalist from each member states and invited 10 finalists to the 4-day Video Production Training on 20 – 23 May 2019, in Hanoi, Vietnam. The finalists honed their video-making skills guided by a professional video and content producer. The Video Production Training, hosted by Vietnam Journalist Training Centre (VJTC), was a success. “I enjoyed this training a lot. I have gained more knowledge about video shooting, and especially how to write stories in different perspectives”, said Mr Sokuntheara Ly from Cambodia. “I’ve learned many things from the workshop. I’m blessed for being surrounded by such talented and wonderful people. #AYVC2019 is one of the best experiences in my life. I couldn’t ask for more”, said Ms Jutamas Yaba from Thailand.

The 10 finalists further developed their one-minute videos into their final two-minute videos. On 3 July 2019, the Video Contest’s committee published the 10 final videos at the YouTube channels of the ASEAN Secretariat, ASEAN Foundation, and ASEAN Centre for Energy. This video campaign determined the most popular video through a People’s Choice Award.

Ultimately, the Awarding Ceremony of the 5th ASEAN Youth Video Contest was held on 19 July 2019 in Vientiane, Lao PDR, at the Gala Dinner of the Eleventh ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Youth. The Deputy Secretary-General of Lao Youth Union as the Chair of SOMY, H.E. Somkiao Kingsada, Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN for the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community, H.E. Kung Phoak, and the representative of the U.S. Mission to ASEAN, Mr Brian Ferinden presented the awards to the top 3 winners of the Contest, namely Mr Elia Pramana from Indonesia, the representative of Ms. Deanna See from Singapore and Mr Anouluck Davong from Lao PDR as the 1st, 2nd and 3rd winners respectively.

Information of the 5th ASEAN Youth Video Contest can be found through the official social media channel for the contest (, ASEAN Secretariat’s social media channel (, ASEAN Foundation’s social media channel and website (, and ASEAN Centre for Energy’s social media channel (


About ASEAN Foundation

The ASEAN Foundation was established on 15 December 1997 in Kuala Lumpur during the Association’s 30th Anniversary Commemorative Summit. The ultimate aim was to help bring about shared prosperity and a sustainable future to all ASEAN countries which comprises of Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Viet Nam.

About ASEAN-German Energy Programme (AGEP)

ASEAN-German Energy Programme (AGEP) is a joint cooperation implemented by ASEAN Centre for Energy (ACE) and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). AGEP aims to support the ASEAN Member States (AMS) in improving regional coordination for the promotion of renewable energy (RE) and energy efficiency (EE) towards sustainable energy for all AMS. In concept and implementation, AGEP refers to the ASEAN Plan of Action for Energy Cooperation (APAEC) that serves as a blueprint for better cooperation towards enhancing energy security, accessibility, affordability and sustainability under the framework of the ASEAN Economic Community for the designated period.

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The United States’ Indo-Pacific Strategy and its three overarching pillars – enhancing shared prosperity, good governance and civil society, and peace and security – guide USAID’s engagement with ASEAN. Under the ASEAN-U.S. Strategic Partnership agreement, the U.S. Government and ASEAN cooperate across mutually beneficial priority areas through the ASEAN-USAID Partnership for Regional Optimization within the Political-Security and Socio-Cultural Communities (PROSPECT) project. PROSPECT develops, designs, and implements comprehensive, multi-year initiatives that contribute to a stable, secure and prosperous Southeast Asia. PROSPECT continues the U.S. Government’s support to the 5th ASEAN Youth Video Contest in 2019, to have a more frequent youth engagement to ASEAN processes and strengthen a shared ASEAN identity by showcasing social consciousness among ASEAN youth.

For media information, please contact:

ASEAN Foundation

Mr. Anthoni Octaviano

Communication Manager | +62-21 3192 4828 (ext. 115)

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