I am honored to welcome you all to the ASEAN Social Business Conference 2023, a platform dedicated to addressing the 3Zero’s that are crucial to our region's sustainable future: Poverty, Unemployment, and Carbon Emission. As the conference chair, I am excited to share with you the highlights of this event and the transformative activities we have planned.
First and foremost, our focus on poverty eradication is paramount. We believe in the power of social entrepreneurship to uplift marginalized communities, and that is why we have organized a dedicated workshop for the B40 group. This workshop aims to equip participants with the knowledge, skills, and resources necessary to embark on their entrepreneurial journeys. By nurturing their entrepreneurial spirit, we aim to create sustainable pathways out of poverty and foster inclusive economic growth. In addition to our efforts in poverty alleviation, we recognize the urgent need to combat unemployment. We have designed a range of activities specifically aimed at addressing this issue. By connecting job seekers with potential employers and fostering entrepreneurship, we aim to reduce unemployment rates and create a vibrant job market within our region. Lastly, our commitment to addressing carbon emissions reflects our dedication to environmental sustainability. Climate change is one of the greatest challenges we face, and we firmly believe that social businesses can play a pivotal role in reducing carbon emissions.
I am delighted by the collective expertise and diverse perspectives that each of you brings to this conference. Through engaging discussions, interactive workshops, and networking opportunities, I am confident that we can generate innovative solutions to tackle poverty, unemployment, and carbon emissions in our region. I extend my deepest gratitude to all the participants, speakers, and sponsors for your invaluable support. Together, let us harness the power of social business to achieve the three zeros and shape a more prosperous and sustainable ASEAN.
I look forward to meeting and collaborating with each of you during this conference.
Umie Kalsom Kassim
Conference Chair, ASEAN Social Business Conference