8th International Skills Forum: Future of Skills and Jobs in the Age of Digital Disruptions

27 August 2019 to 29 August 2019

In this age of disruption and automation, how do we remain responsive and relevant in the world of work?

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 wider economic gap. On the positive side, technology provides opportunities to enhance human capacity and productivity.

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.

With the theme Future of Skills and Jobs in the Age of Digital Disruptions, the 8th International Skills Forum will highlight transformational practices in education and training using technology, eLearning, and innovative partnerships; implications of and response to Industry 4.0 on skills and jobs; and examples of innovations in education and training through the “Innovation Marketplace”. The Forum will be held on 27-29 August 2019 at the ADB Headquarters, Manila, Philippines.

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