Skills for Inclusive and Sustainable Growth in Developing Asia-Pacific: An International Consultative Forum

Event | 12 - 13 December 2011 ADB Headquarters, Manila, Philippines


This forum was the first event of a regional study which pursues new approaches for skills development in Asia-Pacific.


The Forum:

  • Facilitated identification and analysis of gaps and challenges in the skills sector: gaps between demand and supply, structural gaps and lags; gaps in access for the disadvantaged; gaps in skills for knowledge intensive high technology sectors; greening economies; and informal sectors.
  • Considered key obstacles to move the workforce up the value chain, to increase productivity and ensure quality employment.
  • Discussed country examples of aligning skills with the needs of industry and the services sector.
  • Explored the role of the private sector in strengthening the link between training and employment.


Forum participants discussed policy options for strengthening skills development to serve the needs of inclusive growth, productivity gains, knowledge industries and greening economies. Continuous dialogue is anticipated.


Participation was by invitation only.

A group of 45-50 professionals who are leading experts in the area of skills, training and workforce development.

Resource speakers

Chairpersons, Speakers and Discussants

  • Paul Brennan, Association of Canadian Community Colleges
  • Jane Brett, ADB
  • Dilip Chenoy, National Skills Development Corporation, India
  • Huang Chunlin, Zhejang Technology Institute of Economics, PRC
  • Grace Colet, Pte Ltd, Philippines
  • Edgar Cua, ADB
  • Maria Susan Dela Rama, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, Philippines
  • Richard Desjardins, OECD
  • Anne Doolette, Australian Qualifications Framework Council
  • John Fien, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University, Australia
  • Ronald Gaspar, Toyota Motor Philippines Foundation
  • Stephen Groff, ADB
  • Sam Ho, Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications
  • Ayumi Konishi, ADB
  • Namchul Lee, Korea Research Institute for Vocational Education and Training
  • Bindu Lohani, ADB
  • James Yonghwee Lim, Management Development Institute of Singapore
  • Christopher MacCormac, ADB
  • Rupert Maclean, Hong Kong Institute of Education
  • Rajat Nag, ADB
  • Nguyen Thi Hoang Nguyen, General Department of Vocational Training, Viet Nam
  • Brajesh Panth, ADB
  • T.A.  Piyasiri, Tertiary and Vocational Education Commission, Sri Lanka
  • Marcus Powell, Centre for Employment Initiatives, UK
  • Sungsup Ra, ADB
  • Sultan Hafeez Rahman, ADB
  • Rommel Roque, Asia Pacific and Middle East, Manpower Group
  • Manish Sabherwal, Teamlease Services Pvt. Ltd., India
  • Akiko Sakamoto, ILO
  • Nina Sardjunani, BAPPENAS, Indonesia
  • Jouko Sarvi, ADB
  • Kunio Senga, ADB
  • Robin Shreeve, Skills Australia
  • Sally Sinclair, National Employment Services Association, Australia
  • Harry Stolte, UNEVOC, Germany
  • Thomas Vinod, ADB
  • Wang Xiaojun, China Association of Workers’ Education and Vocational Training
  • Xianbin Yao, ADB
  • Juzhong Zhuang, ADB


  • Shanti Jagannathan, ADB
  • Rupert Maclean, Hong Kong Institute of Education


  • David Ablett, ADB
  • Munir Abro, ADB
  • Jazira Asanova, ADB
  • Kenneth Barrientos, Sri Lanka
  • Yolanda Buyco, Philippines
  • Shamit Chakravarti, ADB
  • Miri Choi, Republic of Korea
  • William Douglas, Hong Kong, China
  • Wendy Duncan, ADB
  • Bart Edes, ADB
  • Maricar Estrabo. Philippines
  • Lim Yong Hwee, Singapore
  • Ayako Inagaki, ADB
  • Xiao Jin, ADB
  • Krishan Kannangara, Sri Lanka
  • Kerry Kennedy, Hong Kong, China
  • Chansoo Kim,  Republic of Korea
  • Ayumi Konishi, ADB
  • Wolfgang Kubitzki, ADB
  • Miyeong Lee, Republic of Korea
  • Ikuko Matsumoto, ADB
  • Rudy Sabas, Canada
  • Mark Sayers, Australia
  • Kaye Schofield, Australia
  • Sofia Shakil, ADB
  • Sona Shrestha, ADB
  • Gi Soon Song, ADB
  • Eisuke Tajima, ADB
  • Rudi Van Dael, ADB
  • Wang Wenjin, ADB