Born in a small village in the north of Viet Nam, Hoang Trong Giac or “Jack” completed a degree in Vietnamese culture and history, while simultaneously learning English, Chinese, and Spanish in college. Jack started his career as an adventure tour guide in Da Lat, taking visitors hiking, trekking, and mountain biking. He eventually moved to Ho Chi Minh City where he started his own tour business, Viet Nam Tour Guide (https://vietnamtourguide.com/en), after a short stint as an office worker. His tour business is among the thousands that shut down and took a financial hit because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Bogi Dewanto has been working as a taxi driver for 20 years. Before the pandemic, his job provided him with comfortable wages and a flexible working arrangement. He is considered a “partner,” not an employee, of the taxi company. Bogi earns on a profit- sharing basis, and gets an additional bonus if he reaches a certain target income.
Micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) form the backbone of ASEAN’s economies and provide jobs for millions of people. Dato’ Suriani Binti Dato’ Ahmad explains why it is crucial to help MSMEs become more competitive and resilient.
Tourism has been one of the hardest- hit sectors by the prolonged COVID-19 pandemic. Secretary Romulo-Puyat talks to The ASEAN about the pandemic’s impact on the Philippines’ tourism industry, on jobs and businesses, and how the country is working towards recovery.
Minister Ida Fauziyah talks to The ASEAN about Indonesia’s strategies for formalising work arrangements in Indonesia, the opportunities and threats presented by digitalisation on the country’s informal sector, and efforts to address gaps in measuring and analysing informal employment. She also discussed the ongoing work of the ASEAN Labour Ministers Meeting to promote decent work and extend social protection to informal workers in the region.
Identity is not inscribed in stone and fixed for all eternity. It is an ongoing process of being and becoming, never truly reaching a standstill.
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