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Indonesia makes historical win at Asia-Pacific public speaking competition

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Thu, June 15, 2017  /  07:05 am
Indonesia makes historical win at Asia-Pacific public speaking competition

Junior Chamber International (JCI) Indonesia branch member Wini Rizkiningayo wins the global organization's Asia-Pacific regional competition on public speaking, marking the country's historical first win in the JCI's 102-year history. (Shutterstock/File)

An Indonesian member of the global non-profit organization Junior Chamber International (JCI) placed first at an Asia-Pacific public speaking competition held by the organization in Mongolia recently, marking Indonesia’s first win at the regional level. 

As reported by Antara news agency, JIC Indonesia president Jandi Mukianto said in a statement on Tuesday that national candidate Wini Rizkiningayu had made the award-winning speech.

"Wini's success has made history for the people of Indonesia, because for 102 years of JCI, only in the year of 2017 have we managed to fly the [Indonesian] flag in the highest place among 21 member countries in Asia Pacific," Jandi said.

The United States-based NGO for entrepreneurs aged between 18 and 40 has members from over 120 countries, as it also holds a consultative status with the Council of Europe, the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations and UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

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Wini, who won at the Asia Pacific public speaking competition, delivered speeches on the courage of the youth to dream and the struggle to realize them, as well as on gender equality.

"My final speech on gender equality discussed the path tread by women around the world to keep up with life, and how to ease their steps to contribute toward economic growth," Wini said. 

JCI Indonesia 2017's national vice president, M. Hadi Nainggolan, said Indonesia would represent the Asia-Pacific region at the global level, with the competition set to take place in October in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. 

The upcoming event will see a face-off between four candidates representing each region, which also includes Africa-Middle East, Europe and America.

Through its global network, Hadi underlined the benefits of JCI, giving Indonesian members the opportunity for strategic cooperation, as well as promoting economic growth in their home country. 

"This is the era of mutual collaboration if we want to grow, young Indonesian entrepreneurs who want to go international cannot walk alone," he explained. (liz/kes)