The CPSC Director General, Dr. Mohammad Naim Yaakub, recently attended the "International Forum on Skills Development in Asia-Pacific: Planting Seeds One at a Time" organized by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in partnership with the Hong Kong Institute of Education (HKIEd) held at the ADB auditorium in Manila, Philippines from December 10-11, 2014. This is the fourth international forum of the same kind hosted by ADB, with the first one held in 2011.
The event featured the results of the ADB policy research study on "Education and Skills for Inclusive Growth and Green Jobs" where leading experts on sustainable development shared their experiences and researches in tackling the trends on the creation of green jobs and green skills. It also tackled the regional policy research study on the responsiveness of skills development in some large Asian economies such as India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Vietnam.
The forum cited the importance of skills development policies in sustaining the robust economic growth of Asian economies while also taking into consideration environmental preservation. It also outlined the roles of education and training in ensuring that targets on sustainability in all aspects of the society and economy are met.
Several issues, such as the innovative approaches in skills development for the green economies, the futuristic perspectives and approaches in developing the green economy and the trends in the industrial sector that will have implications for education and talent development, were tackled in the forum.
Notable experts in the field of TVET participated in the forum including Dr. Rupert McLean (HKIEd, Team Leader of the project on Education and Skills for Inclusive Growth and Greening Economies, Green Growth, Green Jobs and Green Skills in Asia), Dr. Margarita Pavlova (TVET Specialist on Green Jobs, HKIEd) and Dr. Shyamal Majumdar (Head of Office, UNESCO-UNEVOC and Former CPSC Director General). They are scheduled to visit the CPSC Headquarters for an Inter-Organizational Meeting on December 11 to discuss potential cooperation opportunities along with the representatives from the Center of Development for Empowerment of Teachers and Education Personnel (CDETEP) Indonesia.