JAKARTA, Feb 13, 2019, ANTARA News. Jakarta-based ASEAN Secretariat calls for nominations for the prestigious regional award ASEAN Prize 2019 acknowledging an individual`s or organization`s inspiring and outstanding achievements in fostering the ASEAN identity, promoting ASEAN spirit, and championing ASEAN way, reported the ANTARA.
“Nominees should have exceptional merit in contributing to the following designated focus areas: collaboration between ASEAN Member States; collaboration between ASEAN and the world; people-to-people engagement among ASEAN Member States; economic integration and promotion of standards between ASEAN Member States; or excellent contribution to ASEAN Community Building,” the secretariat noted in a statement here, Tuesday.
A Judging Committee, comprising eminent high-level members, including incumbent and former ASEAN Secretaries-General, will select a recipient, who will be awarded the ASEAN Prize Trophy and a cash prize of US$20 thousand. This year`s prize will be presented during the 34th ASEAN Summit in June in Bangkok, Thailand.
In 2018, the inaugural ASEAN Prize was awarded to Ms Erlinda Uy Koe, a dedicated community leader from the Philippines, to honor her exemplary contributions to the cause of an inclusive ASEAN community.
Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Hsien Loong and Secretary-General of ASEAN Dato Lim Jock Hoi presented the trophy and prize money to Koe at the opening ceremony of the 33rd ASEAN Summit in Singapore in November 2018.
Temasek Foundation Connects of Singapore, the Ayala Corporation of the Philippines, and Yayasan Hasanah of Malaysia were sponsors for the inaugural ASEAN Prize.
The nominations for ASEAN Prize 2019 opened on February 11, 2019. The deadline for submission of nominations to the National Focal Point is March 11, 2019, at 5 p.m. Jakarta time.
The nominee must be an ASEAN citizen or an ASEAN-based organization. The nominee must produce verifiable documents highlighting the achievements and impact in the ASEAN for the period from January 2018 to January 2019. The nominee should also share future plans in continuing the work after winning the prize.