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Monday, 3 April 2017

UNIMAS Students Prepare their Model ASEAN Meeting 2017

Kuching (31/03) – 2017 marks the arrival of the Model ASEAN Meeting (MAM) on the island of Borneo. A spin-off from the ASEAN Foundation Model ASEAN Meeting (AFMAM), the Borneo Model ASEAN Meeting (BMAM) 2017 remains faithful to delivering the educative and fun way to learn ASEAN's mechanism and processes.

A partnership between Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS) and the ASEAN Foundation (AF), the inaugural Borneo Model ASEAN Meeting (BMAM) will take place on 5 – 7 April 2017 in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia, and will see participants role-play as ASEAN senior officials, ministers, and leaders in various simulated ASEAN meetings.

The BMAM Coaching Day was held on 29 March 2017 at the Faculty of Economics and Business (FEB) of UNIMAS with the purpose of preparing the identified participants for the immersive BMAM, taking place a week later at the same venue. The half-day event was divided into six separate sessions, covering the role of the ASEAN Secretariat and how it has changed since the ASEAN Charter, the various organs of the ASEAN system and how they work with each other, the Model ASEAN Meeting and the processes, protocols and procedures during the meetings, preparing position papers, as well as a mini simulation of the programme to help visualise the activity.

Timothy Ethan Teng, an alumnus of the first AFMAM in 2015, joined the BMAM organising committee in delivering some of the briefings. He has acted as the Secretary-General of ASEAN during the AFMAM 2015 organised in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Timothy also conducted a sharing session for the audience to get an individualised understanding of his experience at the AFMAM 2015.

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