The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated digital transformation. Stringent social distancing measures are changing lifestyles and work arrangements. Businesses and governments have to rely even more on technologies to provide information, goods, and services to meet shifting demands from the public.
Human resources development places high on the national priorities of all ASEAN Member States; and it continues to be a vital aspiration of the ASEAN Community. The ASEAN Charter includes in its main purposes: the development of human resources, promotion of sustainable development, and enhancement of regional resilience.
ASEAN, led by Singapore, has an upcoming initiative to support ASEAN Member States to prepare for the future of work in a “new COVID-normal” by leveraging a skilled workforce, embracing technology, and providing safe and decent work for all, supported by harmonious industrial relations.
In 2003, ASEAN Leaders adopted the Declaration of ASEAN Concord II (also known as the Bali Concord II), which established an ASEAN Community consisting of three pillars.
Twenty aspiring journalists from 10 ASEAN Member States returned to their home countries armed with newfound knowledge and skills in social journalism, thanks to a training workshop held in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam on 16-19 September 2019.
How can ASEAN Member States expand their creative economies? This was the central question that 30 participants mulled over at the regional workshop on creative economy held in Bali, Indonesia, on 4-5 September 2019.
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