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  • 2017 ASEAN+3 HRD Forum to be held with participation of global HRD experts from World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, Oxford University, KAIST, Ohio State University, Microsoft, etc.
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  • Nov. 6, 2017

    The 2017 ASEAN+3 HRD Forum, hosted by the Ministry of Employment and Labor (Minister Kim Young-joo) and co-organized by the Human Resources Development Service of Korea (Acting President Park Soon-hwan) and the World Bank, will be held on November 7th at Courtyard by Marriott Seoul Times Square.

    The forum, attended by global experts, will discuss the fourth industrial revolution and the future of work in the ASEAN+3 (Korea, China and Japan) region.

    Many HRD experts from international organizations and ASEAN+3 member countries, including Darren Dorkin, Acting Special Representative of the World Bank Group Korea Office, Noorul Ainur, Secretary General of Malaysia's Ministry of Higher Education, and Carl Benedikt Frey, a professor at Oxford University, will participate in the forum. 

    Things related to 'work' are expected to change a lot with the arrival of the fourth industrial revolution, which refers to a new industrial era based on information and communications technologies. So now it is important to identify and develop the skills the future workforce will need.

    In light of this, the Korean government has chosen "Enhancing Job Creation and Skills to Prepare for the Fourth Industrial Revolution" as the theme of the forum  in order to come up with ways for developing countries, including the ASEAN member states, to foster a skilled workforce and create decent jobs through companies' capacity building to prepare for the fourth industrial revolution. Presentations and discussions will be held under that theme during the two-day forum.

    The forum is the fifth of its kind since 2013. On its first day, Jang Shin-chul, Vice Head of the Job Planning Office at the Presidential Job Committee, will give a keynote speech in which he will talk about the current government's jobs policy, which is pursued under 'J-nomics', the Moon Jae-in government's job-led economic growth strategy, and its implications for the ASEAN region.

    After that, Harry Patrinos, a manager of the World Bank, and Carl Benedikt Frey, a professor at Oxford University, will give presentations under the theme, "Challenges for the Global Workforce in the Era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution".

    Mr. Patrinos will deliver a presentation on the changes automation will bring to jobs and Korea's and Vietnam's attempts to cope with such changes, and Professor Frey will highlight the human abilities that computers cannot replace, such as creativity and social intelligence, and the importance of education responding to the future of work.

    On the second day of the forum, Tom Vander Ark, a co-founder of 'Getting Smart', a global education startup, will give a presentation under the theme, "The Future of Work", which will be followed by panel discussions on 'Skills Needed for Employment for the Future", "Human Resources Development Policy for the Future' in ASEAN member countries and so on.

    Kim Dae-hwan, the Director-General of MOEL's International Cooperation Bureau, said, "The biggest driving force behind Korea's transformation from an aid recipient to an aid donor in half a century is human resources development through vocational training. I hope that the results of constructive discussions about ways to foster a skilled workforce and create decent jobs will be sufficiently reflected when the ASEAN+3 member countries establish their HRD policies."

    Park Soon-hwan, the Acting President of HRD Korea, said, "I hope that this forum will be an opportunity to have various discussions about ways of cooperation between government and private sector in preparing for the changes the fourth industrial revolution will bring to jobs and developing the skills the future workforce will need. HRD Korea will do its utmost to realize HRD policies that can respond to the fourth industrial revolution, in cooperation with government officials and private-sector people of the ASEAN+3 member states."

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