Not everyone has what it takes to be a member of the Presidential Cabinet. Members of the Presidential Cabinet are experts in their fields, they make judgment calls quickly, and they formulate arguments at a rapid pace. The matters discussed in the Presidential Cabinet progress with great speed––there is not always time to research or refine a bill or measure. Members of the Presidential Cabinet must be previously informed and successful at formulating questions quickly, in the few minutes that bill authors spend in front of them presenting a bill, for instance. The pace is fast, and members of the Cabinet must be prepared for it.
When the Presidential Cabinet meets in January 2017, it is imperative they outline a legislative agenda immediately. Specifically, the Presidential Cabinet should be prepared to propose different ideas for legislation that no other committee at the conference appears to be targeting. While the other committees’ briefings can help sharpen your understanding of the key issues at stake, look for what is missing and still very important for the Cabinet to discuss and ameliorate.
The work of the Presidential Cabinet will outline the future path of all crafted legislation this January. It is important the Presidential Cabinet is prepared to make the decision their President would support, and look at each piece of legislation proposed carefully and critically.
It is an honor and a privilege to serve at the pleasure of the President. You are expected to understand and respect the responsibility your role requires, and faithfully discharge your duty to the President in January.
Presidential Cabinet, HMC Asia 2016
Each delegate will submit two one-minute speeches, one on each briefing topic. These speeches should written from the perspective of the delegate’s assigned role — for example, a delegate assigned the role of the United States should present arguments that the United States would be in favor of. The pre-conference assignments are due on December 22nd and should be sent to your committee chairs by email (see above). Delegates should use this opportunity to research their role and become familiar with the topics at hand in order to prepare for the conference. Committee chairs will provide feedback on these assignments before the conference.