Summit Aims to Bridge the Digital Divide

The inaugural Digital Transformation Cambodia 2022 summit takes place on October 28 in Phnom Penh and aims to bridge the digital divide ASEAN faces in an increasingly digitally-dominated world
A mobile Internet user in Phnom Penh. Kiripost/Siv Channa
A mobile Internet user in Phnom Penh. Kiripost/Siv Channa

The Digital Transformation Cambodia 2022 summit's overarching theme of 'Accelerating Digital Readiness' aims to bridge the digital divide by sparking discussions on how the government, education providers, and private organizations can collaborate to boost digital skills and combat isolation in today's digital society.

As part of the Digital Skills Bridging for Inclusive Digital Transformation Program, EduCLaaS Global and Confexhub Group will co-host the inaugural Digital Transformation Cambodia 2022 conference in Phnom Penh on October 28 at Oakwood Premier.

The summit will bridge the missing connection between education and the workplace by fostering tripartite partnerships across public, private, and non-profit sectors, for pre- and post-secondary education, and lifelong applied learning.

“The conference will provide borderless digital workforce incubation as well as support for inclusive digital transformation to achieve income and gender equality. It will close the digital skills gap by assisting youths in entering in-demand digital careers, transforming under-employed adults into high-growth digital professions, and preparing the SME workforce for digital transformation,” a statement said.

The summit will be hosted by Cambodia's Ministry of Education, Youth, and Sport and supported by the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications. It aims to establish cooperation and coordination between relevant ASEAN sectoral bodies, ministries, TVET and higher education institutions (academia), international employers, industry players, and philanthropic organizations for human resource development in order to collectively recontextualize education as a global common good.

The summit's key takeaways include the impact of digital skill talent shortages on the implementation of national agendas, such as digital transformation, smart cities, sustainable development, and climate change.

It will also explore the transformation of education and training systems in producing digitally future-ready workforces, and give a review and recommendation of policies, strategies, initiatives, and innovative financing models to cultivate a culture of lifelong learning in support of the national digital transformation.

ASEAN is set for a digital transformation. Emerging technologies, such as 5G, Cloud Computing, Big Data, Artificial Intelligence and the Internet of Things, are altering the digital economy rapidly.

ASEAN will take full advantage of the digital age with a comprehensive digital agenda and a strategy that leverages the power of technology and people. The ASEAN region may contribute $1 trillion to its GDP during the next decade.

The workforce in ASEAN countries must be equipped with the necessary skills. ASEAN must build a comprehensive talent development and training strategy, with reskilling and retraining focusing on enabling employees to use technology successfully in order to prepare them for a world of constant upheaval. ASEAN will be propelled to the forefront of global competition as a world-class digital powerhouse.