IN DA NANG 2017

  • Welcome Message

    Distinguished delegates,

    On behalf of Organizing Committee, I would like to express my sincere thanks to your kind interests in Model ASEAN Summit in Da Nang 2017 (MAS 2017) and wishes of substantial health, luck and roaring success to all of you.

    “The Model ASEAN Summit in Da Nang 2017” is a simulation of how decision making processes take place in ASEAN framework and how each step of administrative structure operates during the ASEAN meetings. We choose “Labour mobility within ASEAN” as main theme of this model summit with expectation that the youths in Da Nang will have a better preparation about issues relating to free movement of workforce for comprehensive and intensive integration in Southeast Asia region.

    This meeting is held for the purpose of establishing auspicious conditions for students to discover and forge essential soft skills such as debate, negotiate, critical thinking; enhance the overall understanding about the ASEAN community and tighten the brotherhood amongst nations in the region. It is my strong belief that this is not only just an opportunity for the youths to be active citizens but also an infallible testimony which will make immense contribution to strengthening community.

    As such, I am proud to organize MAS 2017, where I hope we all can efficiently discuss these matters and come up with meaningful resolutions that would somehow sum up, some visions about how this status of ASEAN must be dealt with.

    I look forward to meeting you all at MAS in Da Nang 2017 this September!

    Yours faithfully,


    Head of Organizers

    About MAS

    A model summit is held by Department of International Studies, University of Foreign Language Studies – The University of Da Nang (UFLS – UD) for youths in Da Nang city to share their interests and understandings about ASEAN and their issues, especially problems of labour mobility within ASEAN

  • About UFLS & DIS

    UFLS is one of the 7 member universities and colleges of Da Nang University, founded by the Vietnamese Government. UFLS offers courses in training teachers of foreign languages; training and fostering English for office staffs. UFLS is also a center for doing research in languages and foreign cultures, serving socio-economic development of the Central and Highland region as well as the whole country. Besides, UFLS aims to expand international coo peration and cultural exchanges with international institutes and universities. UFLS has the mission of training, improving knowledge of human language and culture in order to serve national construction and development as well as international integration.

    Department of International Studies

    Department of International Studies (DIS), one of the eight departments of UFLS, is an educational entity that provides students with not only knowledge of international relations, but also political, economic, social, legal issues that extend beyond national boundaries. Interestingly, students of DIS can have a variety of chances to take part in curricular activities such as joining International Relations club, traditional camps, overseas student exchange programs and competitions in and outside Vietnam.


    Model ASEAN Summit in Da Nang 2017 (MAS 2017) is a conference where young talents of Da Nang walk into the shoes of diplomats, senior officials and head of governments of ASEAN member states to demonstrate their knowledge and aspirations in responding to hotly-debated issues relating closely to labour mobility within ASEAN. MAS 2017 invites best and brightest youths in Danang city to present their position paper with reference to 3 sub-topics in 3 committees representing 3 pillars of the ASEAN Community.

    Grand Theme: “Labour Mobility within ASEAN”

    By December 2015, the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) envisions the establishment of a single market and production base that allow a “free flow of skilled labour” to promote labour mobility in ASEAN. Labour mobility refers to “the ease with which labourers are able to move around within an economy and between different economies” (definition of “Investopedia”).

    In support of liberalizing and facilitating trade in services, Mutual Recognition Arrangements (MRAs) has been established with the aim of enhancing mobility of professionals/ skilled labour in ASEAN. Within the last ten years, MRAs were signed for eight professions, starting with engineers in 2005 and followed by nurses, architects, geospatial surveyors, accountants, medical and dental practitioners and tourism professionals.

    Apart from ASEAN MRA, another arrangement to facilitate the mobility of labour across ASEAN, called the ASEAN Movement of Natural Persons (MNP), was developed in 2012. The MNP is intended to promote the movement of persons in the region, including business visitors, intra-corporate transferees and contractual services suppliers.

    If labour mobility improves and less control is placed on where employees can move and what occupations they can apply for, millions of employees in ASEAN will be able to find better paying jobs and improve their living situations.

  • Sub-Topics

    Sub-topic #1: Geographical mobility and occupational mobility within ASEAN

    The ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), which is a regional economic mechanism of ASEAN, was established in late 2015. The AEC envisions ASEAN as a globally competitive single market and production base, with a free flow of goods, services, labour, investments and capital across the 10 member states. In the AEC, delegates address problems of labour mobility regarding economy and adopt resolutions.

    Labour mobility has two main types: geographical and occupational. Geographic mobility refers labourers move from one region or one country to another, within the boundaries of a nation or from one nation to another, while occupational labour mobility is movement of labourers from one job to another.

    Both geographical and occupational labour mobility make unemployment numbers decrease and productivity increase

    Sub-topic #2: Open borders and illegal human trafficking

    The ASEAN Political-Security Community (APSC) shall aim to ensure that countries in the region live at peace with one another and with the world in a just, democratic and harmonious environment (asean.org). Building the APSC does not aim at establishing a military alliance or bloc but to build a rule-based community with common values and norms and a cohesive, peaceful and resilient region with responsibility for maintaining security.

    Open borders policy brings to ASEAN not only opportunities but also challenges. It is undeniable that open borders advocates labour mobility that contributes to promoting integration among ASEAN countries. On the other hand, open borders can pose a threat to security and public safety. Therefore, we need to ensure that national borders are permeable to talents and trade, but impregnable to threats.

    According to International Labour Organization (ILO)’s statistic, 92% of the victims of human trafficking assisted by IOM (International Organization for Migration) in 2015 who were exploited in the ASEAN countries have been subjected to forced labour and other services. 7% of these victims were trafficked for the purpose of sexual exploitation. To tackle human trafficking in the region, the ASEAN Convention Against Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children (ACTIP), the first legally-binding regional instrument, has been established.

    Sub-topic #3: Brain drain and cultural preservation

    Brain drain is a term defined as the departure of educated or professional individuals from one country, economic sector or field for another usually for better pay or living conditions (Marriam Webster). Establishment of the ASEAN Community (AC) in late 2015 allows workers to move and look for jobs freely within 10 ASEAN member states. The freedom to move high-quality workforce along with the increasing number of overseas students who do not return to their home country raise the problem of cultural adaptability and assimilation.

    In ASEAN, over 80 percent of all migrants from Thailand and the Philippines find work outside of ASEAN. The figures are not much better for Vietnam and Indonesia. The consequence is severe shortages of skilled labour in many ASEAN countries. Current trends indicate that by 2025, more than half of all highly skilled employment in Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam could be filled by workers with insufficient qualifications (Bambang Susantono - Asian Development Bank’s vice president for Knowledge Management and Sustainable Development)

    Therefore, enhancing the capacity and expertise of human resources of each ASEAN member states to address the emerging problem of brain drain means preserving the culture and identity of each country and ensuring ASEAN's unification in diversity is urgency.




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  • 2. Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

    1. When and where will Model ASEAN Summit in Da Nang 2017 be held?

    A: Model ASEAN Summit 2017 will be held on 30th September – 1st October at University of Foreign Language Studies – The University of Da Nang

    2. Am I eligible to apply as a delegate?

    A: You are eligible to apply if you are:

    • from 17-23 years old
    • residing in Da Nang city
    • proficient in English (especially Speaking and Writing skills)
    • interested in ASEAN political, economic and socio-cultural issues
    • committed to be active and proactive during 2-day conference
    • willing to cooperate and open to ideas from other delegates and delegations 

    available to participate in the conference.

    3. How can I apply as a delegate?

    Q: If you meet the requirements to apply as a delegate, kindly fill in the online registration form at mas2017.strikingly.com/

    4. How is the selection process to be the selected delegate for joining MAS 2017?

    A: You need to fill out the online registration form via our website (mas2017.strikingly.com/). Then you will be informed whether you pass the application round (1st round) or not. For those who pass the 1st round will be announced for an interview (2nd round) which evaluates your ability to present and defend your ideas on a given topic. The finalists will be informed through emails a week before the official conference date.

    5. How much is the registration fee?

    A: There is no registration fee. It’s absolutely FREE

    6. What are the facilities that will be provided by the MAS Organizing Committee?

    A: MAS will provide tea breaks, lunches, conference materials during the conference days.

    7. I am available to attend only one day. Is that possible?

    A: No. It is not possible. You are required to attend all sessions and programs for two days of the conference

    8 How many delegates will be selected?

    We will select 56 delegates ranging from 17 to 23 years old.

    9. Do I have to prepare research paper to register for MAS 2017?

    A: The research paper is required only for those who are successfully selected as delegates. If you are selected, we will send you guidelines for the position paper via email.

    10. Whom can I contact in case I need further information?

    A: You can email at masindanang2017@gmail.com or contact us via phone number

    0236 369 9337 or 0932 629 523 (Ms. Hai Van)

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    0236 369 9337 or 0932 629 523 (Ms. Hai Van)