Digital Skilling

Organizers: Asian Development Bank, Amazon Web Services, Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia
Date and time
31 October 2023
03:00 pm - 04:30 pm GMT+8

The explosive growth and spread of digital technologies have increased demand for people with digital skills and competencies.

A 2022 report from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) said that over the last 5 years, 75% of employers in four countries in Asia and the Pacific have reported a rise in demand for new hires with digital skills. The report also found that most employers in Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, and the Philippines now consider digital skills, such as proficiency with collaboration tools or basic internet skills for commerce, as essential workplace skills. 

This webinar explored the importance of digital skilling for organizations and workers in the Asia–Pacific, and the types of digital skills that would allow workers to increase their economic value, and organizations to innovate. The panel will also discuss the various digital skilling initiatives available and the role private and public sector investment can play in upskilling workers.  

The webinar is part of the Digital Policy Webinar series organized by ADB, the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA), and Amazon Web Services (AWS). This webinar series brings together policymakers, regulators, think tanks, academia, industry, and other key stakeholders to explore how emerging technologies and forward-thinking, pro-innovation digital policies can accelerate the digital transformation journey of nations. It will focus on enhancing collective understanding about digital technologies, the benefits, and the policy best practices for digital transformation.


  • Shang Gao, APAC Regional Director, Global Education-Skills to Jobs, AWS
  • Talitha Amalia, Director of Operations, Solve Education!
  • Giulia Marsan, Strategy and Partnership Director, ERIA
  • Kyong Jin Shim, Singapore Management University
  • Jeremy Fox, Chief Executive Officer, Asia–Pacific, Generation