The international youth conference was held to address the current scenario of social entrepreneurship as a catalyst for the young generation to make a positive change to society. Organized by the Institute for Youth Research Malaysia , the International Conference for Young Leaders is to set to become a new international direction and agenda of the Ministry of Youth and Sports.
More than 300 participants from 10 countries are attending the three-day event themed ‘Changing Communities through Social Entrepreneurship’. Also present were Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin and his deputy Datuk M Saravanan, as well as Works Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof.
Malaysia’s prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said that he wants more youths to venture into social entrepreneurship and help to bring about a lasting positive impact on society.
“I believe that given the opportunity, young people with the desire to change the world will use the social business model to have deep positive and lasting impacts on social and environmental issues.
Social entrepreneurship is a business model that focuses not just on profit but also emphasizes creating a positive impact and a more equitable society. Although the concept is still relatively new, it has gained awareness among the youths here.
“We need more outstanding young Malaysians who have the initiative, perseverance and a sense of idealism who are roles models to look up to, and to encourage more social entrepreneurs to come forward,” he said.