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

Event | 9 - 12 December 2013 ADB Headquarters, Manila, Philippines


ADB hosted the third annual International Skills Development Forum. This followed two previous forums held in 2011 and 2012, which have helped to build a dialogue platform on skills development in the Asia Pacific region. The 2013 ADB International Skills Development Forum focused primarily on the themes of youth and technology in the context of skills development.


The 2013 ADB International Skills Development Forum aimed to:

  • Focus on the issue of youth employment and the need to address education/skills and jobs mismatch through a call to action with concrete country level measures and initiatives for skills development and employment for youth.
  • Explore not only how policy makers and training institutions can support youth better for skills and employment, but also to engage on how youth can themselves contribute constructively to engaging with skills development and the world of work by collaborating with the government and the private sector.
  • Study the great potential to harness the power of technology to improve access to skills development for the youth.
  • Examine the role that technology can play in transforming the pedagogy of teaching and training in a way that productively engages youth and enhances employability and workplace performance.

Target participants

Participation was by invitation only.

A group of 40 youth representatives from various Asia-Pacific countries attended a youth day on 9 December 2013.

Around 100-120 professionals who are leading experts and policy makers in the area of skills, training and workforce development participated on 10-12 December 2013.

Resource speakers

Convenor: Shanti Jagannathan, Senior Education Specialist, ADB