Forg­ing global links

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Look Local -

CRAW­LEY res­i­dent Sa­muel Kitchen will be head­ing to Hong Kong as part of the In­ter­na­tional Youth Ex­change Pro­gram.

Mr Kitchen, an Eco­nom­ics Hon­ours stu­dent at UWA, be­came aware of the pro­gram through his vol­un­teer work at Bloom.

“Bloom is a youth-led not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion that en­cour­ages young peo­ple to run their own start-ups,” he said.

“We are based at St Cather­ine’s Col­lege and have just en­tered into a part­ner­ship with UWA.”

The 24-year-old aims to build links with the busi­ness com­mu­nity in the im­por­tant global com­mer­cial hub.

“I hope to deepen my un­der­stand­ing of Hong Kong cul­ture to make some great con­nec­tions. WA al­ready has a great re­la­tion­ship with Hong Kong (and) I hope to build on that and spread the word in Hong Kong about WA,” he said.

“Un­der­stand­ing the cul­ture will be im­por­tant for any­one in the fu­ture in WA’s econ­omy.”

Mr Kitchen is among seven del­e­gates, aged be­tween 18 and 24, who will be go­ing to Hong Kong in Fe­bru­ary, in­clud­ing fel­low Craw­ley res­i­dent Raphael Parvin.

The ex­change pro­gram is an ini­tia­tive of the State Gov­ern­ment and the Home Af­fairs Bureau of the Hong Kong Spe­cial Ad­min­is­tra­tive Re­gion Gov­ern­ment.

Sa­muel Kitchen, at front, with other In­ter­na­tional Youth Ex­change par­tic­i­pants.

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