Many of our delegates brought up questions about the country and the opportunities available for them post-graduation. Like many students, they feared about not getting a job, or not getting the opportunity they need to further their research, or not finding the right facilities or sponsors for their particular interest. However, most speakers assured us that there are many opportunities available, but also that we should always take our own initiative and not rely on the government. Students were urged to seek out private sponsors to finance their researches, to take active roles in campaigning their causes and voicing out their concerns to the local government, and also to get involved as entrepreneurs in the burgeoning creative economy. For more information on the content of the panels and the speakers' talks, you can refer to our twitter feed, where we live tweeted most of the discussions.
Although it's a bit of a disappointment that we only brushed upon the main theme, which was the upcoming AFTA (ASEAN Free Trade Area), we gained many encouragements and advice, as well as insights on our country's strengths and weaknesses as a developing country. We're happy to have had the chance to discuss the many problems Indonesia faces with the people who've been on the frontier of the nation, as well as with the students who will take over those roles in the coming decades. We hope that, as students, we learn from the mistakes and achievements of the past generation, so that we can improve our capacity as the future leaders of the country. As Prof. Boediono cautioned, "without direction and leadership, we won't be a developing nation, but a drifting nation without direction."
On the last day, we held the PPI Dunia Congress where we affirmed the results of the previously held regional PPI symposiums, as well as chose the new presiding council members for PPI Dunia. We'd like to extend our heartfelt congratulations to the new Coordinator of PPI Dunia, Steven Guntur from Russia, and the new Coordinator for the America-Europe Regional PPI, Dewa Frendika from France; as well as the new Coordinators of the regions Asia-Oceania and Africa-Middle East, Gregorius Rio Harvianto and Imam Khairul Annas, respectively. While recognizing the work and effort of the previous councils, we hope that the new Coordinators and their secretaries can work together to direct PPI Dunia to even better causes.
All in all, we learned a lot. We're grateful to have had the chance to participate in these discussions and arguments, and we hope that from this experience, we learn to be better, as people and as leaders of our respective organizations. We thank the organizers from PPI Singapore and PPI Dunia, as well as the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Singapore, for their stellar work in making this symposium a success!
We hope to see everyone again next year. Salam Perhimpunan!