ASEAN seals roadmap for future-ready human resources
16 September 2020 – Today, ASEAN Member States’ labour and education ministers launched the Roadmap of ASEAN Declaration on Human Resources Development for the Changing World of Work at a high-level conference held by Viet Nam as ASEAN Chair 2020.
The launching was witnessed by over 100 local participants in Ha Noi and also virtually by representatives of relevant ASEAN sectoral bodies, Embassies, ASEAN Dialogue Partners, academia, private sector, employers’ association, trade union, UN Agencies, international organisations and other stakeholders.
The Roadmap translates the Declaration, which was adopted by the 36th ASEAN Summit in June 2020 (see full declaration here), into concrete strategies and actions. It is expected to guide ASEAN sectoral bodies on labour, education, and relevant stakeholders in their cooperation and coordination for the next decade to build resilient, adaptable and future-ready human resources.
In his remarks, ASEAN Secretary-General Dato Lim Jock Hoi said, “the adoption and launching of the Roadmap today is quite timely as its identified outcomes and strategies provide guidance on how ASEAN can shape the direction of human resource policies that will prepare our workforce to be resilient and future ready.”
The Roadmap also aims to respond to the changing world of work due to technological advances, demographic transition and greening economies that offer both opportunities and challenges to the economies, industries and employment in the region.
The impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on education and employment were also addressed through actions to promote IT infrastructure, innovation and the use of technology in teaching and learning approaches.
The ASEAN Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Council was also simultaneously launched today. The Council is a multi-sectoral body for coordination, research and development on innovation and monitoring of regional programmes that support TVET advancement in the region.
Comprised of 39 member officials, the Council is chaired by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority of the Philippines for the period 2020-2022.
Its members include representatives of ASEAN Future Workforce Council, ASEAN Confederation of Employers, ASEAN Trade Union Council, and Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) Secretariat. Earlier on, ASEAN Member States’ AMS’ economic, labour and education ministers adopted its Terms of References which was noted by the 36th ASEAN Summit.