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ADB hosted the 6th annual International Skills Development Forum. This follows five previous annual forums held from 2011 until 2015, which have helped build a dialogue platform on skills development in the Asia and Pacific region.


The objective was to stimulate transformative practices in skills development, inspire skills experts and ADB's developing member countries’ counterparts, and promote collaboration with major stakeholders to incorporate new approaches to design and implement innovative projects and programs in skills development.

Expected outputs

The forum highlighted transformational examples of teaching and learning; blended and e-learning; innovative education organizations; science, technology and innovation (STI) in higher education; the world of work and employer engagement; and partnerships. The forum included a select number of international keynote speakers, highlighted how the private sector is contributing to skills development and demonstrated cross sector collaboration (e.g. clean energy, disaster management). Incorporating feedback from 2015, the forum provided more opportunities for wider participation, discussions and interactions.


Attendance at the forum was by invitation only, prioritizing policy makers and lead practitioners from developing Asia. 

More than 300 professionals, who are leading experts and policy makers in the area of skills, training and workforce development, participated.

Resource speakers

Please see the program.

Convenor: Brajesh Panth, Technical Advisor (Education), ADB

Presentation materials

See presentation materials from this event on ADB Knowledge Events.

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