The Associations of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has opened a training program for detached governmental officials from Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Viet Nam (CLMV). The program, based on a Japan ’s initiative, aims to help the officials learn regional cooperation experience according to the overall plan to build ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) and ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC). Speaking at a meeting with eight CLMV officials participating in the program, ASEAN Secretary General Le Luong Minh said that the learners will be able to take part in cooperative programs and fields of AEC and ASCC. They will do practical exercises based on the current working demand of the ASEAN Secretariat (ASEC) and collaborate with the ASEC officials to improve their knowledge on regional issues. During the course, they will learn how to establish a CLMV specialist network, attaching to each other’s through common experience and enthusiasm to reach ASEAN targets. After the one-year program, the officials are expected to have their capacity, ability and confidence improved in managing AEC- and ASCC-related issues in their own countries. The course will also deepen knowledge and understanding about the strategic partnership between ASEAN and its partners, particularly Japan. Japanese Ambassador to ASEAN Kimihiro Ishikane said that the program will help CLMV narrow the development gap with ASEAN+6, contributing to the common efforts to build the ASEAN Community by 2015.
Many people daydream about traveling the world, but all of them have the same excuse – lack of money. Tomislav, after traveling the world for years with almost no money, shows how it is possible for everyone to do the same, if they really want to.
Tomislav Perko, 29, is a travel writer from Croatia. After a career of a stockbroker, broke because of the financial crisis, he hits the road and turns it into his home. He uses alternative ways of traveling – hitchhiking, couchsurfing, working/volunteering, and manages to wander around the world with just a little bit of money in his pocket, meeting the most amazing people on the way.
Five years later, he publishes a book “1000 Days of Spring” and goes around giving lectures about what it means to live on the road.