Asia’s Young Liberals Adopt Strategic
Plan at Manila Workshop
|Members of the Young Liberals and Democrats
of Asia attentively listens to FNF Resident Representative
Dr. Ronald Menardus
A strategic plan and a program of activities for the next two
years are the tangible results of the first Strategic Planning
Workshop of the Young Liberal and Democrats of Asia (YLDA) held
in Manila from August 18-21, 2004. During the three-day-planning
session at the premises of the liberal Foundation, the young
liberal leaders from seven Asian countries
organization’s mission and vision statements, assessed the group’s
strengths and weaknesses and finally defined a list of strategic
goals that will guide YLDA’s activities in the coming years.
“I feel a sense of accomplishment, now that we have a strategy”,
said YLDA-Secretary General Rajendra Mulmi, who represents the
Youth Initiative of Nepal, at the end of the workshop.
The strategic workshop was followed by a special General Meeting,
where YLDA formally resolved to establish the organization’s permanent
secretariat in Manila. The workshop also decided on the
date and venue of the second General Meeting. This will be held
in Kathmandu, Nepal in the second week of October 2004.
Among the political highlights of the Manila-event was a visit
to the Philippine Senate, where the young Liberals were
welcomed by Senate President and Liberal Party of the Philippines
Chairman Frank Drilon.
The workshop was hosted by the Kabataang Liberal ng Pilipinas
(Kalipi), the Young Liberals of the Philippines, and sponsored
by the Friedrich-Naumann-Foundation.
“Asia’s young Liberals have always been an important
target group for the liberal Foundation”, said Dr. Ronald
Meinardus, who facilitated the event together with CALD Executive
Director John Coronel and has been involved in training programs
for the youth for many years. Dr. Meinardus lauded the workshop
participants for their creativity and discipline in formulating
the strategic plan. “Now that the group has a strategy, the challenge
is to implement it,” said the Foundation’s representative, and
added that his organization would continue to assist YLDA in promoting
More information on the Young Liberals and Democrats of Asia
(YLDA) is available at www.yldasia.org