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From rice to robots: Is Vietnam's workforce ready for the future? Let us know what you think!

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As a member of the WTO since 2007 and located in the middle of fast-growing East Asia, Vietnam has earned a reputation as a smart place to invest. Its people are a major asset in attracting foreign investors: Vietnam can boast of its comparatively low wages and a large, young and hard-working labor force. Despite Vietnam’s success so far, it remains to be seen whether its workforce is ready for the next phase in the country’s development – to carry forward the transition from a largely agrarian to an industrialized economy.  Are Vietnam’s workers ready to move from low to high tech production? From rice to robots?

Từ lúa gạo đến rô bốt: Liệu Nhân lực Việt Nam đã sẵn sàng cho tương lai? Hãy chia sẻ ý kiến của bạn!

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Nằm ở trung tâm của khu vực Đông Á đang phát triển nhanh chóng và chính thức trở thành thành viên của Tổ chức Thương mại Thế giới (WTO) từ năm 2007, Việt Nam được biết đến như một điểm đến đầu tư khôn ngoan. Nguồn nhân lực chính là tài sản quý giá để thu hút các nhà đầu tư nước ngoài: Việt Nam có thể tự hào về lực lượng lao động trẻ, đông đảo, chăm chỉ với mức lương tương đối thấp. Tuy đã tương đối thành công cho đến nay, câu hỏi được đặt ra là liệu nguồn nhân lực của Việt Nam đã sẵn sàng cho giai đoạn phát triển tiếp theo của đất nước - chuyển đổi từ nền kinh kế nông nghiệp sang công nghiệp hóa - hay chưa. Người lao động Việt Nam đã sẵn sàng để chuyển từ sản xuất công nghệ thấp lên công nghệ cao chưa? Từ trồng lúa gạo sang chế tạo rô bốt chưa?

Recipe for economic growth in the Philippines: invest in infrastructure, education, and job creation

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The report says that a highly-educated, healthier and skilled workforce will enhance productivity.

Economic news coming from the Philippines is surprisingly positive, and this has not gone unnoticed in international circles, judging by the number of inquiries we—the World Bank economic team in Manila that I am now leading—are getting. Our GDP growth forecast for 2012 (included in the new Philippines Quarterly Update report) is a solid 4.6 percent, while the first quarter saw an even more respectable growth rate of 6.4 percent. Other good news: foreign direct investment doubled in the first quarter, exports were up by 18 percent, and two ratings agencies upgraded their outlook on the Philippines.

However, the economy faces two challenges going forward: it will need to defend itself against a global slowdown, and it will also need to create a more inclusive growth pattern—one that creates more and better jobs, because performance on job creation has not been part of the positive news coming from the Philippines for quite a while now.

Jobs and skills: more answers to your questions

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(Last week, I posted: “Wanted: Jobs and your questions about how to find them” on this blog. We received dozens of questions back through social media. Lars Sondergaard, a World Bank expert on education, answered some of them in a video and now he gets to a few more here. He throws out some questions of his own and would love to hear back from you. — Anne Elicaño)

Anonymous asked through the blog: I was wondering about job outlook for chemical and mechanical engineers in the future”

If you are just about to graduate as an engineer and worry whether you will be able to find a job, I have some good news: in most countries, too few students study engineering relative to the jobs available with the results that engineering graduates tend to have an easier time finding employment than their peers. A lot is written about this vibrant demand, check out this article in Forbes about the demand for engineers  (or the World Bank’s “Putting Higher Education to Work: Skills and Research for Growth”)

Answers to your questions on jobs and skills

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 Earlier this week I asked you to send us your questions about the link between jobs and skills --which should I acquire to make it in the current job environment? Thanks for all the replies --there were so many and so interesting that Lars Sondergaard, our expert, will address in a separate blog post next week the ones that couldn't make it into the video interview. Stay tuned!


Wanted: Jobs –and your questions about how to find them

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Lars Sondergaard will answer 5 of your questions in a video

Use social media to ask the World Bank about the type of skills and education that are needed in today’s global economy.

The global economic recession has made the search for a good, stable job even more significant.  In Asia, where I’m from, jobs have always been foremost in young people’s minds because of the harsh conditions brought about by social and economic inequality or, if you’re not from a developing country, the previous generations’ memory of it. We don’t have an equivalent to a “gap year” to take time out between the life stages of high school and university to travel.

What can make a person more employable? Policymakers say that having the right skills and good education largely have something to do with that. It’s not just about being able to go to school. In Thailand and some other countries, schools are linking with companies so that students can enhance the skills their future employers needs. A World Bank report, Putting Higher Education to Work: Skills and Research for Growth, also recommends investing more in research and scholarships, prioritizing underfunded but important subjects like engineering and sciences, and improving the management of public universities.

Have your say

Do you have a question about the effect of the recession on joblessness in your region? Or the type of skills most needed by the market?

We’re asking an expert on education, Lars Sondergaard, to take questions in a video interview that we’ll post at the end of this week. 

Here’s how to get involved:

Send your question using the comment function below to ask our expert. You can do it right now. You can also join the conversation on Twitter (send your questions to @worldbankasia) or on Facebook.

So what are you waiting for? Ask now and share with your friends!

Happy Women’s Day, Vietnam: what are we celebrating?

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This Thursday, March 8, people will be celebrating International Women’s Day all around the world. Vietnam is no exception—there will be numerous events arranged by the Government, donors, mass organizations, NGOs, colleagues, and husbands. But what are we celebrating—and how will we celebrate the event?

Last year I went to a celebration of women’s day here in Vietnam where the women’s male colleagues had written little poems about how beautiful and sexy the women looked and how the men appreciated their beauty and femininity. This was such a new and intriguing way of celebrating Women’s day to me.

Saya mau anak saya belajar di sekolah seperti ini

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Orangtua dan masyarakat akan semakin mendukung sekolah kalau memiliki informasi mengenai sumberdaya sekolah.

Juga tersedia di English

Bertahun-tahun yang lalu, saat saya masih di bangku sekolah, interaksi antara orangtua saya dengan sekolah terbatas hanya saat pembagian raport, juga beberapa kali saat saya sedang bermasalah. Itu saja. Meski anak saya baru berumur satu setengah tahun, saya sudah mulai mencari-cari sekolah yang cocok dan kalau bisa saya tidak mau ia belajar di sekolah seperti saya dulu.

Children enjoy learning, bringing better education in Timor-Leste

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With new learning materials, children are more interested to come to school as learning becomes more enjoyable.

I’ve always been passionate about the need to focus on education in order to achieve lasting development and this is especially true in Timor-Leste, a country with one of the youngest and fastest growing populations in the world. I visited a number of schools around the country to see the benefits of two of the World Bank’s projects in the education sector: the Fast Track Initiative Bridging Project 2009 and the Education Sector Support Project, co-funded by AusAID.