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VCB-N Chairperson Speaks at the Fourth Mekong-US Partnership Track 1.5 Policy Dialogue in Phnom Penh, Cambodia
On 21-22 July 2022, the Fourth Mekong-US Partnership Track 1.5 Policy Dialogue was held at the Himawari Hotel in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, organized by the Stimsons Center and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature with support from The Cambodian Institute for Cooperation and Peace (CICP) under a grant from the US Department of State. Nominated as a panelist for the Digitalization and the 4th Industrial Revolution session, VCB-N Chairperson Md. Rubaiyath Sarwar delivered his take on the impact of the 4th Industrial Revolution on the labor force in South and South East Asia. In this closed-door dialogue, he talked about how labor-intensive and tech-intensive transitions will adapt to the 4th IR. He also explained the type of skilling demands and policy interventions that will be required for the labor force in the context of the 4th IR.
The Partnership Track 1.5 Policy Dialogues are a series of seven in-depth workshops from 2021 – 2023 to explore solutions to key policy and sustainability challenges and to encourage equitable, sustainable, and inclusive growth in the Lower Mekong Region. The Fourth Mekong-US Partnership Track 1.5 Policy Dialogue served as a deep dive exploration of needs and gaps in the Mekong region related to human resources and capacity building. Individual sessions focused on specific challenges and actionable opportunities related to education, labor, digitalization, and healthcare issues. Approximately 60 participants joined the dialogue from key Mekong government agencies, non-government organizations, and development partners actively addressing this space.
Our Chairperson’s presentation contributed to an impactful discussion and production of the conference’s key output of policy recommendations for the U.S. government and other stakeholders working on these issues in the Mekong region.
Read more about Rubaiyath’s speech here.
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