IMF launches Asian youth video contest with India meet

Washington, Dec 30 (IANS) The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has launched a contest seeking videos from young videographers of all abilities capturing through their own lenses the realities, challenges, and interesting stories of the Asia-Pacific region.

The 2016 Advancing Asia: Investing for the Future Youth Video Contest is being held in conjunction with the Advancing Asia conference set to take place in New Delhi on March 11-13.

Co-sponsored by the government of India and the IMF, the conference will take stock of the Asia-Pacific region’s economic performance and the policy challenges that will have a great bearing on social and economic progress.

Key issues to be addressed at the conference will include: growth models; income inequality, demographic change, and gender; infrastructure investment; climate change; managing capital flows; and financial inclusion.

Participants will include government ministers and central bank governors, business executives, academics, and civil society leaders. Keynote speakers will include Prime Minister Narendra Modi and IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde.

Open to ages 18-30, the video contest will accept submissions from December 29, 2015 to January 26, 2016. The public voting through social media will begin when the videos are submitted and will end on February 3.

The top 10 finalists from this round will be evaluated by a panel of judges. The selection will be based on originality, technical excellence and artistic merit, the announcement said.

Two winners will be announced on February 15, 2016 on the website. Winners will receive a three-day trip to New Delhi to attend the conference.

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