BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN — The National Youth Day awards will make a return on August 7 to recognise outstanding youth leaders and projects.

The presentation of awards will include recipients for both 2020 and 2021 as last year’s ceremony was cancelled due to COVID-19.

His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah is expected to present awards in four categories at the International Convention Centre, including the Excellent Youth Award; Youth Service Award; Youth Leader Award and Outstanding Youth Project Award.

During a press briefing on Wednesday, Permanent Secretary of Culture, Youth and Sports Pg Mohammad Amirrizal Pg Hj Mahmud said this year’s Youth Day celebration focuses on digital technology, volunteerism, entrepreneurship and leadership.

Themed “Belia Siaga Masa Depan”, or “Future Ready Youth”, the event is meant to shine a spotlight on young people as a driving force for Brunei’s progress.

More than 20 youth-led companies and organisations will also take part in a Youth Day exhibition, which aims to highlight four key clusters: the digital economy; economic development; media and the creative industry; the National Youth Convention and ASEAN Youth Forum.

A mobile app that consolidates all volunteer programmes into one platform will also be launched at the National Youth Day exhibition.

Dubbed “Mengalinga”, the app was developed in collaboration with Baiduri Bank and will make it easier to the public to sign up to volunteer programmes.