At the opening ceremony, ASEAN labor and education ministers launched the Road-map of ASEAN Declaration on Human Resources Development for the Changing World of Work, along with the ASEAN Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Council.

Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam speaking at the event

Human resources development is one of Vietnam’s priorities and the high-level conference viewed it as a highlight in its ASEAN Chairmanship Year 2020. It was also the first conference seeing the participation of ASEAN labor and education ministers.

Addressing the event, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam said the world has witnessed major changes such as digital transformation, the Fourth Industrial Revolution, non-traditional security issues, and the ravaging COVID-19 pandemic.

Human resource development in the revolution has been discussed at various global and regional forums, he noted.

The Deputy PM underlined that new mechanisms are needed to help all laborers grab opportunities and come to know their responsibilities to acquire new knowledge and skills, stressing that human resources development is among the three key priorities of the ASEAN Community stated in the ASEAN Charter.

Efforts in the field must be further promoted to ensure the successful implementation of the ASEAN Declaration on Human Resources Development for the Changing World of Work, he reiterated.

At the event

In his remarks, ASEAN Secretary-General Dato Lim Jock Hoi affirmed that to raise the regional educational quality, attention must be paid to both general education and vocational training, along with fostering digital skills to maximize workers’ capacity in the current technological era.

Source: VNA