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The white paper is based on events and activities that transpired before and during the recent 13th Hitachi Young Leaders Initiative (HYLI) in Makati City, Philippines.
The 13th HYLI gathered 31 students from eight member countries in ASEAN who had interacted with experts and professionals from public and private sectors to discuss ASEAN perspectives on the social and environmental challenges of designing and implementing public transportation systems.
The objective is to find inclusive and sustainable solutions for public transportation in ASEAN countries.
During the four-day event, the students listened to an elite line-up of speakers who shared their thoughts and opinions about the issues that ASEAN is facing in transportation, and possible solutions to help alleviate them.
Community integration was also a part of the experience, with the students getting an opportunity to immerse themselves in urban communities in Taguig City, one of Metro Manila’s busiest districts.
The highlight of the event was the students’ presentations, showcasing all that they have learned from their speakers, mentors, and field experience.
Combining this new knowledge with research about their respective countries’ unique situations, the presentations touched on the sustainability of public transportation, while channeling options to make their solutions tailor-fit to the modern lifestyle of stakeholders.
“The white paper captures the voices of those affected by public transportation issues and wishes to make a difference. As such, we would like to share it with those who think the same,” said Ichiro Iino, chief executive for Asia Pacific, Hitachi, Ltd., and chairman of Hitachi Asia Ltd.