The ASEAN Digital Skills Vision 2020 is one of the World Economic Forum’s flagship programme launched in April 2018. It garnered the full involvement of ASEAN ministers of digital economy, ICT and trade as well as the heads of regional and global businesses as the initiative aims to contribute to the development of a vibrant regional digital economy.
As part of the initiative, five task forces were set up, each focusing on a key aspect of ASEAN’s digital future. The ASEAN Digital Skills Taskforce focus on developing the human capital pool in ASEAN to ensure that citizens have the skills needed to thrive as digital disruption creates both risks and opportunities for workers. The task force is dedicated to upgrading the skills of all types of workers in the digital ecosystem.
In line with the objective to train and hire ASEAN digital workers for the new digital age economy, ICDL Asia pledges to certify 50,000 citizens with relevant ICT and digital skills through the extensive ICDL programmes in 2020. This will be achieved through the strong network of ICDL Accredited Test Centres across ASEAN and ICDL Asia working closely with its partners, including government organisations, universities, colleges and enterprises.
For the past 2 years, ICDL Asia have certified close to 100,000 candidates within ASEAN for candidates in Singapore, Cambodia, Malaysia, Myanmar, The Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. Over the last 22 years, more than 50 million ICDL tests were taken in over 20,000 Accredited Test Centres (ATCs) globally.
About ICDL Asia
ICDL Asia is the Asia subsidiary of ICDL Foundation, a Not-For-Profit Global Social Enterprise dedicated to raising digital competence standards in the workforce, education and society. Our certification programmes, delivered through an active network in more than 100 countries, enable individuals and organisations to assess, build and certify their competence in the use of computers and digital tools to the globally recognized ICDL standard.
As a non-profit social enterprise, ICDL Foundation benefits from the unique support of experts from national computer societies and partners worldwide to develop vendor-independent standards which define the skills and knowledge required to use digital technology effectively. We work with education and training partners, local and regional authorities, national governments, international development organisations as well as public and private sector employers in all sectors, in the delivery of our programmes.