Successful kick-off of Vietnam’s preparation for ASEAN chairmanship 2020
Ha Long, 14 October 2019 – More than 70 delegates from private and the public sectors of all ASEAN Member States gathered in a regional workshop to discuss recommendations for drafting an ASEAN Declaration on Human Resources Development for a fast-changing world.
As part of its preparations for the 2020 ASEAN chairmanship the Ministry of Labour – Invalids and Social Affairs (MoLISA) of Viet Nam has launched the development of an ASEAN Declaration on Human Resources Development. The regional workshop “Human resources development for a fast-changing world” was jointly organised by MoLISA, the ASEAN Secretariat (ASEC) and the German Government’s TVET Cooperation Programme for the ASEAN region (RECOTVET).
High level representatives of the ASEAN Senior Labour Officials Meeting (SLOM) and Senior Officials Meeting on Education (SOM-ED), the ASEAN BAC’s ASEAN Future Workforce Council as well as representatives of relevant regional and international organisations attended the workshop.
In his opening remarks, Dr Le Van Thanh, Vice Minister of MoLISA, highlighted the relevance of adequately trained human resources as a bottleneck for sustainable development and the resilience of ASEAN economies in a time of economic transformation and technological progress. He stressed the need to tackle the human resources challenge in a spirit of cooperation among ASEAN member countries and stakeholders.
In her key note address Dr Elisabetta Gentile, economist of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), analysed the likely consequences for labour markets of the introduction of new technologies often labelled “the 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR)”. While automation induces a major shift in demand away from manual and routine jobs the growth in cognitive non-routine jobs and positive welfare effects give reasons to be optimistic about the prospects of the region. Labour mobility and skills mobility, including digital skills mobility can complement education and life-long learning as means to address the region’s skills shortages.
Representatives from Mercedes-Benz Thailand, GO-JEK Indonesia, FPT Software Viet Nam, Navigos Search and ASEAN Business Advisory Council shared their concerns and priorities related to human resources in a Business and Industry Panel. They gave lively impression of the urgency involved in restructuring to make use of advantages of the new technologies and to respond faster to changes in national, regional and global markets. Companies employ various strategies to deal with limited access to the right skills, e.g. gaming education, dual training, co-operative training, etc. Private sector representatives were united in their assessment that there is a lot to gain from closer public private cooperation to promote favourable framework conditions and tackle education and training need in a fast-changing world.
Dr Konstantinos Pouliakas, expert from European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (Cedefop), shared policy initiatives and cooperation programmes of the European Union in preparation the impacts of digitalisation and the future of work. He introduced sophisticated approached to skills forecasting and emphasized that an adequate response to the skills challenge implies not only the effective development of the transversal and technical skils in high demand by the markets. It also implies and effective governance and collaboration of the different actors involved.
The participants worked intensively in groups to identify key challenges and share lessons learned, initiatives and good practices from the countries and region relating to HRD. Ms Mega Irena, Head of Labour and Civil Service Division, ASEAN Social and Cultural Community Department, the ASEC, summarised the discussion results in 10 salient points.
In her closing remarks, Mrs Ha Thi Minh Duc, Deputy Director-General of Department of International Cooperation, MoLISA, highlighted the dynamic and fruitful collaboration of all participants in the workshop. The 10 major points will be the basis for Viet Nam and ASEAN member countries to continuously develop the Declaration of Human Resource Development for a fast-changing world with the expectation that the Declaration will be endorsed by ASEAN Leaders at the 36th ASEAN Summit.
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