8th ADB International Skills Forum: Future of Skills and Jobs in the Age of Digital Disruptions
Two critical challenges in education and skills development are (i) poor learning despite improved access at all levels of education and (ii) serious skills mismatches despite growing investments in education and training. How can governments address these challenges and how can ADB support the governments? These challenges require innovative solutions in close partnerships among governments, development partners, private sector and civil society organizations. In Asia and the Pacific Region, these challenges are further exacerbated by the demographic changes and technological disruptions.
Developments in artificial intelligence and robotics are seen as major threats to jobs that require routine tasks. There are also growing concerns about rising inequalities and how technology is contributing to greater concentration of wealth among fewer businesses and individuals. On the positive side, technology provides unprecedented opportunities to enhance human capacity and productivity to produce more and better products and services at much lower costs. In an age of disruption and uncertainty, how can education and skills development prepare individuals, companies and countries to become competitive, responsive and relevant?
The 8th ADB International Skills Forum provides an excellent opportunity to policy makers, practitioners, experts and partners from ADB member countries and other regions to exchange and share innovative practices and solutions to address the twin challenges of improving learning for all and reducing skills mismatches.