Applying Knowledge and Experience from
IATSS Forum & Paying Forward to Community

Participant's Voices


  • Country : Laos
  • Forum : 58th batch (2017 Autumn forum)
My name is Leeko VANH, I am from Laos. I am working at Tourism Sector (Luang Namtha Provincial Information, Culture and Tourism Department). After I saw the website announcement for IATSS Forum Program which let me interest all program supporting. Then I decide to apply for this Program why the project offers many activities for knowledge exchanging with other ASEAN member representatives, which is beneficial and useful to the human resources and socio-economic development especially the leadership training. In fact, it is true that socio-economic development worldwide confronts many risks related to low qualitative and quantitative human resources in terms of modern technological development and industrial growth. In addition, we know the world is developed continuously to enhance the human livelihood by the limited nature resources, quickly population enlargement, economic competition; the globalization has changed the society to the new borderless world that related to the development of technology, communication, national and regional cooperation. For my view, IATSS Forum Program is a good opportunity for me to build effective leadership and learn the different methodologies of issue settlement techniques of group study in ASEAN region and Japan under the motto “Thinking and Learning Together”. And the country is advanced with world class standard for modern technology aiming to extend such new experiences from Japan to other ASEAN countries that could lead to improve our jobs and accomplish the goal to be the good leader in the future; on the other hand, Laos is the ASEAN member that has one vision, one identity and one community with other ASEAN countries, so what potential and capacity that we have to exchange with other countries which is very necessary to have the professional leader to administer and develop country. As the reason, this opportunity very important for me about abroad training to strengthen my weakness for undertake the new experience to contribute my country to be civilization and prosperity. At last, I really hope to be in Japan soon to meet everyone from ASEAN and Japanese lecturers to do research and discover the useful information together during in program. Although we have the limited time to live together but we can get in touch and have a good friendship to each other on forever.
How to utilize the knowledge and experience gained during the forum in one community or country?
I am Leeko, From Laos (Luang Namtha Province, the North province of Laos). I am really fortunately to participate IATSS Forum training in Japan as my first time for abroad training. For the time in 55days of 58 th Batch is important to me to change a lot of things that I can optimize the experience to my job as well as tourism development. Therefore, whatever challenges I got in Japan is seem the great lesson to me for learning everything new from different ASEAN Participants which this experience could be changed my life to the better way. My hometown is in Luang Namtha province that we have insufficient professional staffs whose can contribute the society and community in the right place and the right time. On the other hand, we also have less opportunity for abroad training or other external program by exampling likes IATSS Forum Program which provided various activities include seminar, study tour, group study, culture exchanging, and other enjoyable activities. For all of those structures from IATSS Forum are very good lesson and experience that I cannot expect before; the best lesson that I got from the training consist of communication, network creation, group working, facilitation, and culture exchanges. In addition, my English is improved a lot that I can use in my job as tourism sector. Moreover, I learn how to be toughness, brave, love, scarified, and respected to each other people. For all experiences gained from IATSS Forum, I am hope to implement as much as possible to my hometown as in Luang Namtha province especially tourism of advertisement, development and management processes to be improved as we can attract many tourists to visit in my province. For achieve the goal, I think we need more quality human resources and strong cooperation from related sectors to solve the current challenges for utilizing the potentials what we have now to be optimization. Finally, I would like to conclude the memory in IATSS Forum Program is a good chance for me and the young professionals in ASEAN countries to do research and discover the useful knowledge to support my job. I am confident, I would certainly place a high value to it and hopefully accumulate a number of new experiences to develop my hometown and the country for more civilization and prosperity.