WEF ASEAN 2018: Solutions to challenges in future of jobs in ASEAN
Updated : Friday, September 14, 2018 9:41 AM (GMT+0700)

Participantsat a session of the World Economic Forum on ASEAN (WEF ASEAN) expected greatchanges in the future of jobs in ASEAN but are confident that many developmentopportunities are within the reach of regional countries. 

Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam addresses the session - Photo: VNA

Addressing the discussion onthe future of jobs in ASEAN on September 13, Haoliang Xu, UN DevelopmentProgramme Director for Asia-Pacific said that ASEAN is a region with largepopulation with high ratio of young people, thus member countries should workharder in equipping citizens with skills and knowledge to adapt to the futureof employment.

He asserted that governmentsand enterprises should adapt to new requirements in managing retirement age,and ensure social security to prevent shocks for labourers.

Labourers themselves shouldchange the mindset about employment opportunities besides pursuing lifelonglearning and sharpening their skills, he said, adding that each country shouldalso design policies to support enterprises in order to better tap potential injob generation, while creating a common vision of cooperation for the future ofthe ASEAN.

Vietnamese Deputy PrimeMinister Vu Duc Dam said Vietnamese in general and young people in particularare optimistic about the future of the fourth Industrial Revolution(4IR). 

Seen from the angle of apolicy maker, he said the 4IR brings along many new technologies, which createnew employment opportunities while old jobs will be lost, particularly inlabour-intensive sectors that account for a major part in Vietnam’s economysuch as textile-garment, leather-shoes, construction, or simple work inelectronic plants. 

Vietnam is facing manychallenges in human resources training in order to make labourers adapt to newjobs or meet requirements of modern technologies, especially when 38 percent ofthe Vietnamese work force work in agriculture, he said.  

The question here is to seeksolutions for labourers not only to acquire new skills but also create jobs forthemselves, he said, adding that farmers can improve their capacity, applyadvanced technology and access customers in the region and the world to selltheir products and services.

The deputy PM alsounderscored that life-long learning should be promoted as a way to cope withchallenges in job opportunities. 

Vietnam is undertakingprojects to create public database to help everyone enhance their knowledgethrough popular communications means such as smart phone and TV, meeting demandof the new era, he said, adding that the country is also reforming its generaleducation system and vocational training. 

Deputy PM Dam said thatASEAN members should work towards recognizing each other’s degrees, whilesharing education materials and experience.

Ian Lee, Director forAsia-Pacific of Singapore’s Adecco Group, said that parents should change theirmindset in children education, focusing more on science and technology and softskills, thus preparing them for the unpredictable changes in jobs in thefuture.

Vivian Lau, President of JAAsia-Pacific (Hong Kong-China), said that governments of countries should playa stronger role in defining preeminent jobs in the future, thus encouraging andorienting vocational training in the context of the switch to digital market.


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