Asia Pacific Cooperative Youth Summit 4.0

27 - 30 July 2023 | Sabah, Malaysia

Message from Datuk Ewon Benedick, Minister of Entrepreneur Development and Cooperatives, Malaysia

Selamat Datang, welcome to Kota Kinabalu! As a local Sabahan, it is exciting to be welcoming most of you to the ‘Land Below the Wind’, Sabah for the fourth edition of the Asia Pacific Cooperative Youth Summit.

It is a beautiful and culturally diverse state with an active cooperative movement, especially in the rural tourism sector. We welcome youth from across the countries of the Asia-Pacific region to explore the vibrancy of Sabah cooperatives and get inspired by its community values.

This Summit will be one for us to share our thoughts and exchange ideas on how to chart our journey forward in furthering sustainable lifestyles, especially ones that put youth as central to the growth of cooperatives and this cultural exchange will help them in furthering the cooperative spirit in their countries. I hope that all participants will effectively engage with the sessions, extend the network and most importantly, enjoy the experience to gain as much as possible from this event in full excitement.

I’m asking just one favor; which is to ensure everyone takes advantage of everything that Sabah has to offer during your time in Malaysia. See you soon! 

    Glimpses from Past Youth Summits

    APCYS 4.0 in Sabah, Malaysia

    We are excited to see you in Sabah, Malaysia for the Asia Pacific Cooperative Youth Summit 4.0 (APCYC 4.0) being held from 27 to 30 July to discuss “Cooperation for Sustainable Lifestyles” and the role youth can play in furthering sustainable lifestyles for a greener planet.


    • Get Inspired by Youth-led Sustainable Practices and Ventures
    • Experience Hands-on Cooperative Activities
    • Pitch Innovative Cooperative Business Ideas through Coop Pitch
    • Enjoy the Spirit of Different Cultures and Youth Cooperativism

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      Explore Sabah with Us

      Sabah is an amazingly picturesque state located in the northern part of Borneo Island in East Malaysia.

      It is Culturally diverse with over 30 different ethnic groups.

      It offers an opportunity to learn about different cultures, traditions, and cuisines. Participants will get the opportunity cook local meals during the community immersion.

      It Offers scenic locations with beautiful and inspiring backdrops and opportunities to explore.

      There are homestays run by cooperatives. Participants will visit Koperasi Homestay Desa Cinta Kobuni to experience the local culture, customs, and traditions.

      The capital of Kota Kinabalu is a must-see place with its skyscrapers, restaurants, and museums

      It is well-equipped with modern infrastructure, conference venues, and hotels. Participants will be staying at Hotel Promenade in Kota Kinabalu, the capital city of Sabah.

      Participants will engage in tree plantation activity in the Kota Kinabalu wetlands.

      Sabah is well represented by cooperatives that are involved in retail, school, crafts, and other areas.

      Guests of Honor

      Datuk Ewon Benedick

      Minister of Entrepreneur Development and Cooperatives, Malaysia

      Datuk Seri Dr. Abdul Fattah Abdullah

      President of Malaysian National Cooperative Movement (ANGKASA) and Vice-President of ICA-AP

      Phoong Jin Zhe

      Minister of industrial development and entrepreneurship, Sabah

      Resource Persons

      Ana Aguirre


      Alireza Banaeifar

      Iran Chamber of Cooperatives

      Dulce Bustamante

      YES COOP

      Activities Planned for You from 27-30 July




      Grand Opening and Cultural Night

      • Participants’ arrival at the venue
      • APCYS 4.0 Opening Ceremony
      • Welcome Dinner and Cultural Event



      Orientation and Knowledge Sharing

      • Program walk-through
      • Introduction of Coop Pitch Finalists
      • Panel Discussions and Workshops
      • Informal Networking



      Climate Action and Community Immersion Activities

      • Go Green Campaign 5.0
            • Conservation Awareness Talk by Sabah Parks
            • Beach Cleaning Activity at Manukan Island
            • Tree Plantation at Kota Kinabalu Wetland
          • Lunch at Koperasi Homestay Desa Cinta Kobuni (KOBUNI)
          • Mansau Ansau’ Community Immersion Activities at KOBUNI
                • Making Linopot (Traditional Sabahan Dusun food)
                  • Making Sabah Handicraft
                  • Kadazan Dusun Traditional Costume, Sirih, Traditional Games (Sumpit)
                  • Making Kuih Sinirung Sirung (Traditional homemade food)



      Workshops and Coop Pitch Finale

      • Knowledge workshops
      • Live Pitches by Coop Pitch Finalists
      • Closing Ceremony
      • Participants’ Departure



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