CTA President Opens Four-day Five Fifty Forum: Towards a Resilient Tibetan Community

President Dr Lobsang Sangay speaking at the inaugural ceremony of the Five-Fifty Forum: Towards a Resilient Tibetan Community. Photo/Tenzin Jigme/DIIR

Dharamsala: Over 200 Experts on leadership, resource mobilisation, health and education as well as CTA donors gathered at the Five Fifty Forum on Resilience that began Thursday to discuss the critical development and resiliency challenges and opportunities in the Tibetan community and explore innovative solutions.

Against the backdrop of Five-Fifty Political Forum and Five Fifty Youth Forum, the Five-Fifty Forum: Towards a Resilient Tibetan Community had a resounding start here with key remarks by President Dr Lobsang Sangay, Deputy Assistant Administrator for Asia, USAID, Kalon Karma Yeshi, Department of Finance and SARD Director and CTA Chief Resilience Officer Kaydor Aukatsang.

The Forum is being organised by Social and Resource Development (SARD), Department of Finance and is part of the Tibetan Self-Reliance and Resilience (TSRR) program funded by USAID.

The Five-Fifty Forum on Resilience is a follow-on to the political gathering convened in October 2017 and the youth gathering in August 2018. It focuses on the development and long-term resiliency objectives of the Five-Fifty Vision.

The themes of four-day deliberations are Sustaining Tibetan Culture; Economic Development of Tibetan Community; Strengthening Tibetan Education; and A Healthier Tibetan Community.

Theme 1 will address issues related to defining Tibetan culture, Tibetan language, Tibetan Buddhism, the role of museums and cultural institutions, and Tibetan arts.

Economic Development will focus on migration and youth-related issues, agriculture, financial services, entrepreneurship and role of Tibetans living overseas.

Theme 3 Education will address quality of education issues, school leadership, demographic challenges, Basic Education Policy and nurturing professionals.

Theme 4 will look at health challenges faced by the Tibetan community, financial stability of the Tibetan health system, capacity building, expansion and integration of Sowa Rigpa (Tibetan Medicine), and alternative service delivery modes and preventive care.

The Plenary sessions scheduled to begin tomorrow will feature a keynote address by President Dr Lobsang Sangay and  introductory remarks by Kalons of Central Tibetan Administration including Kalon Karma Gelek Yuthok, Department of Religion & Culture, Kalon Sonam Topgyal Khorlatsang, Department of Home, Kalon Karma Yeshi, Department of Finance, Kalon Dr Pema Yangchen, Department of Education and Kalon Choekyong Wangchuk, Department of Health.

Key forum plenaries will be streamed live on Tibet TV Facebook Page.

The Forum will conclude on 16 September.

Over 200 experts, advisors, practitioners, donors, community representatives and CTA leadership and senior staff at the inaugural ceremony of the Five-Fifty Forum: Towards a Resilient Tibetan Community. Photo/Tenzin Jigme/DIIR

Deputy Assistant Administrator for Asia, USAID delivering the Keynote Address on ‘USAID and Strengthening the Resilience of Tibetan Community in Exile’. Photo/Tenzin Jigme/DIIR

Kalon Karma Yeshi, Department of Finance, CTA speaking at the inaugural ceremony of the Five-Fifty Forum: Towards a Resilient Tibetan Community. Photo/Tenzin Jigme/DIIR

Kaydor Aukatsang, SARD Director and CTA Chief Resilience Officer presenting an overview of the Five-Fifty Forum: Towards a Resilient Tibetan Community. Photo/Tenzin Jigme/DIIR