When we think about future skills, we need to consider the uniqueness of the 10 countries within ASEAN – a bloc that is home to more than 600 million people.
Technology has been transforming lives for hundreds of years – from steam engines, automation and machines, to progressively becoming an intimate part of humankind through smart homes, smart cities, smart nations, and smart work.
All these have redefined our relationships, communication, and the way we work, play, perceive, construct, think, create and love.
Here’s our three key insights into what this digital revolution means for future skills.
1. Everyone can embrace digital as our new sixth sense: being digital is to augment and enhance our five natural senses and not replace what is human.
2. Digital will change the limitations of space and time: The use of technology closes geographical distances, compresses space, creates a new living digital dimension, and increases the efficiency of speed. We no longer really need to organize our work, life and society around time restrictions.
3. Digitization allows for benefits to be shared with the broader community: A self-centred, secular approach of individual survival will no longer be sustainable in this brave new world of technology. This civilization of human-machine interaction allows for increased consciousness of our humanness and care for the broader humanity.
Thriving in the digital economy
ASEAN – graced with a young, diverse and digitally savvy population – is uniquely placed to benefit from the digital transformation:
ASEAN’s youthful population drives consumption and provides human capital
Digital adoption strengthens ASEAN’s ability to maximise the use of technology in all aspects of life
ASEAN’s diversity in resources, expertise and culture promotes growth through innovation.
ASEAN’s ability to participate and thrive in the new era of digital economy and trade doesn’t just depend upon building future skills, but on developing the right skills right now. We’ve identified three clusters of skill sets:
Life skills and values:
To capitalize on digital assets in ASEAN, we need both hard and soft life skills. Hard skills mean being able to capture, translate and interpret data through data analytics and machine learning.
We must also be able to filter and judge the massive amount of data; give meaning, add value and derive insights from data analysis.
Life skills include: empathy, humility, attentiveness, open mindedness, patience, persistence, emotional intelligence, social and behavioural understanding. These drive the ability to be intuitive and discerning – to get to the essential truth and elevate insights where sense-making is required.
Additionally, leadership qualities of purpose, judgement, effective decision-making, personal responsibility, confidence, optimism, and the courage to take a stand are needed. Most importantly, we’ll need young people to develop an interest in a deeper appreciation of life where they can discover a sense of meaning and purpose and achieve their potential.
Cross-cultural skills and ASEAN identity
We cannot embark on this technological journey alone as an individual, or as a single country. The new technological revolution will require a common unity – a unity in diversity. While ASEAN celebrates diversity, we need to be united and anchored as one ASEAN identity to meet the challenges of an uncertain future.
Developing a common bond requires building cross cultural competency, and can start from the school curriculum by learning about history, food and the culture of countries around us. Being united in one common ASEAN identity can facilitate job creation – we can network in our own backyards, and co-create new technology ecosystems.
The service mind-set embedded in the ASEAN common identity can inspire and nurture our young people to give and think beyond themselves – to collectively participate in this digital revolution, promoting a more equitable distribution of wealth and quality of life and bringing peace to the region by ensuring access to technology for everyone.
Digital Revolution and Repression in Myanmar and Thailand
Activists have also proactively published social media content in multiple languages using the hashtags #WhatsHappeningInMyanmar and #WhatsHappeningInThailand to boost coverage of events on the ground.
Vietnam: Manufacturing to remain the key driver of growth
We expect robust exports, led by strong global demand for electronics, to continue to underpin solid economic growth over the remainder of this year with GDP forecast to rise close to 8%.
GDP growth was unchanged at 4.5% y/y in Q1. Manufacturing activity surged, while the recovery in service sector activity and construction continued albeit at a more subdued pace as some localised social distancing measures were reinstated.
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