ADB Study on Industry 4.0 in Southeast Asia: Webinar by ADB and SkillsFuture Singapore


ADB Study on Industry 4.0 in Southeast Asia: Webinar by ADB and SkillsFuture Singapore

21 May 2021

Online, 1:30-3:00 p.m., Manila time


This webinar presented and discussed detailed insights from the ADB study Reaping the Benefits of Industry 4.0 Through Skills Development in High-Growth Industries in Southeast Asia, based on surveys of employers and training institutions in four countries – Cambodia, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Viet Nam. The study recommends the renewal of skills development strategies with a life cycle approach to skills development. Leading experts shared insights and views on practical actions that ADB’s developing member countries can take to reap the benefits of 4IR for their industries and to improve job prospects.



To propose action points that ADB DMCs, can use to harness the potential of 4IR to increase productivity, facilitate skills development, and incentivize industry. The recommendations from the study point to the need to implement decisive changes in renewing skills development strategies that acquire a full life cycle approach to skills development.


Target participants

Government officials, policymakers, university and training institutions representatives, education experts and workers, and education and training stakeholders​


Resource speakers

Welcome and Introduction to Study
Shanti Jagannathan (Moderator)

Opening Remarks
Ramesh Subramaniam, Director General, Southeast Asia Department, ADB

Presentation of Study Results
Fraser Thompson Team Leader, AlphaBeta
Genevieve Lim, AlphaBeta

Singapore’s Responses to 4IR, COVID-19, and Future of Work
Michael Fung, Deputy CEO, SkillsFuture, Singapore

Investing in Skills for 4IR
Samuel Ang, General Manager, Singapore Polytechnic International, Singapore

Insights from the Reskilling Revolution for Competitiveness and Inclusive Growth
Till Leopold, Head of Frontier Solutions for the Platform for the New Economy and Society, World Economic Forum, Geneva

Discussions and Q&A Moderated by
Shanti Jagannathan, Principal Education Specialist, ADB
Sameer Khatiwada, Social Sector Specialist (ICT), ADB

Implications for ADB’s Support to 4IR in ASEAN Countries in Social Sectors
Ayako Inagaki, Director, Southeast Asia Social Sectors Division, ADB

Closing Remarks
Brajesh Panth Chief, Education Sector Group, ADB

Program and Learning Materials: 
Date Session / Activity Presentation Material Speaker(s)
21 May 2021 Presentation of Study Results Reaping the benefits of Industry 4.0 through skills development in high-growth industries in Southeast Asia: Insights from Cambodia, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Viet Nam
In this presentation, speakers from AlphaBeta shares how Industry 4.0, or the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), has the potential to deliver a range...
Fraser Thompson, Genevieve Lim
21 May 2021 Insights from the Reskilling Revolution Insights from the Reskilling Revolution
This presentation gives an overview about the 'new' future of work and the job landscapes and markets of tomorrow.
Till Alexander Leopold


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