The futuristic concept of “Skills for the 21st Century”, the following key thematic areas and related sessions have been selected for the Conference:

Session 1: March 9, 2019, 2:00-4:00 pm

Global Context: Working Towards a Better and Higher Skilled Human Capital in the Developing Countries.

Session Context: The transformation from abundant cheap wages to productivity as the basis of competitive and comparative advantage in the developing nations can be achieved by skilling the work force. The session will discuss global context of changes in areas of ideology, technology, and business outlook affecting economy, employment and employability, and the reform needs in policy and institutional areas. Discussion will also take place on the emerging trends in the shifts in areas of competence, from technical to liberal arts and humanities, from specific to general, and the changing priorities of the human societies from rapid industrialization to environmental conservation, from aggressive consumerism to sustainable production and consumption, from rapid growth to responsible business, and so forth, and associated human capital development needs for these global shifts.

Outcome of the session:The expected outcome of this session will be to identify the prospects, challenges, investment needs, and way forward towards a better and higher skilled South Asia.

Potential ideas to be discussed:

  • Global shifts in skills and competency requirements
  • Global shifts in production paradigms and skills evolution
  • Shift in Investment and intervention requirements
  • Sustainable financing of skills
  • Policy and institutional reforms
  • Containing jobless growth and rising unemployment

Session Experts:  

Role Name Designation Organization
Chair Mr. A K Abdul Momen, MP Hon’ble Minister Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Moderator Mr. Syed Nasim Manzur Former President Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industries
Panelist Mr. Shiro Nakata Senior Education Economist World Bank
Panelist Mrs. Sarah Pierenkemper Economist German Economic Institute
Panelist Dr. Sami Ahmed Component Team Leader Access to Information (a2i)
Panelist Mr. Md. Faruqe Hossain Executive Chairman National Skills Development Association
Panelist Dr. Michael Fung Deputy Chief Executive FutureSkills
Panelist Mr. Kamran T Rahman President Bangladesh Employers’ Federation (BEF)
Panelist Mr. Abhishek Singh Vice-President ILFS-Education
Panelist Mr. Fook Yen Chong Social Sector Specialist Asian Development Bank
Panelist Mr. Susantha Suraweera NVTQF Expert
Panelist Ms. Nihad Kabir President Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industries
Panelist Prof. Dato Dr. Norazah Mohd Nordin Dean, School of Education Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia

 

Session 2: March 9, 2019, 2:00-4:00 pm

Technology, Innovation and Skills: Riding the Wave of Industry 4.0 and Beyond

Session Context: With the emergence of modern technologies and systems, such as artificial intelligence, block chains, robotics and telecommunications, many jobs will either be substituted or the way they are executed will change. This session will focus on the emerging technologies that are revolutionizing the future of work and the skills that will be important in preparing for the rapidly changing job market for now and the future. Additionally, there will be discussions on the continuing education, skills obsolescence, emergence of human and interpersonal skills priorities, innovative thinking, motivation, and leadership-oriented training. The socio-economic challenges of possibly looming unemployment due to increasing levels of automation and emergence of capital intensive new industrial sectors, in the global context of protectionist trade regimes, aging demography versus apathy towards migrant workforce, and shifting economic production bases, will be discussed in this session.

Expected Outcome: The expected outcome of this session will be to identify the technological shifts and changes and to understand the corresponding skills requirements. The session will also identify how to best approach the changing technology in terms of skills development for the future.

Possible ideas to be discussed:

  • Advancements of new ideologies affecting the nature and structure of business and skills
  • Industrialization vs environment and skills
  • aggressive consumerism vs sustainable production and skills
  • Industry 4.0 and emerging technology in the world of work
  • Skills in manufacturing
  • The role of IT in skills development
  • Sustainable skills development with technology

 

Session Experts:

Role Name Designation Organization
Chair Mr. Sohorab Hossain Senior Secretary, SHED Ministry of Education
Moderator Mr. Shafquat Haider Director Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industries (FBCCI)
Panelist Mr. Sunhwa Lee Principal Social Sector Specialist Asian Development Bank
Panelist Mr. Samuel Ang Director of Entrepreneurship Development center Temasek Polytechnic
Panelist Mr. Jalal Ahmed Project Director Skills for Employment Investment Program
Panelist Mr. Habibullah N. Karim Managing Director Technohaven
Panelist Mr. Osama Taseer President DCCI
Panelist Mr. Francis de Silva Tourism Expert Sri Lanka
Panelist Mr. S.M. Ebadur Rahman Senior Social Sector Officer Asian Development Bank
Panelist Dr. Sajjad Zohir Executive Director Economic Research Group
Panelist Dr. Arif Dowla Managing Director ACI Foods Limited
Panelist Dr. Iris Pfeiffer Managing Director Research Institute for VTN
Panelist Mr. Anthony Woon TVET expert Nanyang Polytechnic
Panelist Dr. Munaz Ahmed Noor Vice Chancellor Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Digital University
Panelist Mr. Christian Aedo Practice Manager World Bank
Panelist Mr. Mubin Khan Managing Director EATL

 

Session 3: March 10, 2019, 10:00 am-12:30 pm

Skills Development for the Informal Economy: Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid

Session Context:Informal workers constitute the major share of the workforce (often over 80%) in the developing world. Characterized generally by low wage, low productivity and irregular work, these workers have limited opportunities for upward job mobility and income progression. Discussion will be held on how skills development be leveraged to ensure more and better-quality jobs for the billions of workers at the bottom of the workforce. This session will explore the policy options and best practices that can be leveraged in skilling up the informal sector and providing opportunities for informal workers to be included in the mainstream global supply chain of goods and services. Inclusive, affordable, and outreaching skills training, recognition of prior learning, and continuing education for marginal workers and workers in the informal economy, will be focused in this session. Results of empirical studies on the potential of enhanced contribution from the informal economy as a result of skills development will be showcased.

Expected Outcome: The expected outcome of the session is to understand how the informal sector can be skilled up in utilizing the vast potential and magnitude of the sector and enable them to contribute more efficiently.

Possible ideas to be discussed: ;

  • Challenges for the informal sector
  • Methods for skilling up informal sector
  • Financing of informal sector skills development
  • Technology and the informal sector

Session Experts:  

Role Name Designation Organization
Chair Mr. Md. Alamgir Secretary TMED, Ministry of Education
Moderator Dr. Hossain Zillur Rahman Executive Chairman PPRC
Panelist Mr. Jawed Habib Indian Hairstylist Persona
Panelist Mr. Asif Ibrahim Vice-Chairman NewAge Group
Panelist Dr. Binayak Sen Research Director BIDS
Panelist Mr. A B M Azad Project Director STEP, TMED
Panelist Mr. A B M Khorshed Alam Former CEO Former NSDC
Panelist Mr. Md. Nazrul Islam Sarker Chief, Socio-Economic Infrastructure Division Planning Commission
Panelist Mr. Asif Saleh Senior Director BRAC
Panelist Ms. Prerana Langa Managing Director YES Foundation, India
Panelist Mr. Kishore Kumar Singh CTA B-SEP, ILO
Panelist Mr. Fahim Mashroor CEO BDJobs.com
Panelist Mr. Khairul Islam Consultant SEIP
Panelist Ms. Tashmina Rahman Research Analyst World Bank

 

Session 4: March 10, 2019, 10:00 am-12:30 pm

Migration and Skills: Jobs, Mobility and Skills

Session Context: International migration for economic opportunities is an ever-growing phenomenon that has important development implications for both sending and receiving countries. Migrant workers equipped with skills, training and information are more likely to experience better income gains and quality work experiences compared to low skilled and untrained migrant workers.

Expected Outcome: The expected outcome of the session is to identify the prospects and challenges of skills training for international migrants and the potential role of quality assurance and skills recognition for workforce mobility.

Possible ideas to be discussed:

  • Aligning domestic TVET system with the skills demand in the overseas labor markets
  • Challenges of employers in retaining trained employees
  • Bridging international and regional skills allocation
  • Labor market trends and migration
  • Migration vs outsourcing
  • Re-utilizing the skilled returning migrants

Session Experts:

Role Name Designation Organization
Chair Mr. Md. Nojibur Rahman Principal Secretary Prime Minister’s Office
Moderator Mr. Farooq Ahmed Secretary General Bangladesh Employers’ Federation
Panelist Professor C. R. Abrar Professor University of Dhaka; RMMRU
Panelist Mr. Shameem Ahmed Chowdhury Noman Secretary General Bangladesh Association of International Recruiting Agencies
Panelist Ms. Rahnuma S. Khan Migration Expert ILO
Panelist Ms. Sharon Dimanche Deputy Chief of Mission for Development IOM Bangladesh
Panelist Mr. Nurul Amin Proprietor Montage Training Institute
Panelist Dr. Nurul Islam Director-Training BMET
Panelist Dr. Engr. Md. Sakawat Ali Principal Bangladesh-Korea Technical Training Centre
Panelist Mr. A K M A Hamid President IDEB
Panelist Mr. Stephen Yee Assistant Executive Director Singapore National Employers’ Federation
Panelist Mr. Md. Golam Mortaza Senior Economics Officer ADB-BRM
Panelist Manas Bhattacharya Specialist Skills21-ILO

 

Session 5: March 10, 2019, 2:00-4:00 pm

Building Institutions and Leveraging Partnerships: Co-Create and Collaborate in Skills Development

Session Context: Collaboration and partnerships between national and international institutions are becoming an increasingly effective means to address challenges in the delivery of high quality skills training across the globe. This session will highlight the examples of best practices of successful institutional partnerships, e.g., public-private, national-international, corporate-academic, North-South in co-creation and collaboration on skills training initiatives. The session will look into creating a common platform for the skills development in Bangladesh.  Various successful financing mechanism for sustainable skills development from around the globe will be discussed. Issues on industry-academia gaps and successful models for resolving them will be showcased.

Expected Outcome: The expected outcome of the session will be to explore models of partnership and financing mechanisms for future engagement among the different skills development stakeholders in providing a common platform for the future skills developments.

Possible ideas to be discussed:

  • Institutional capacity building by partnership
  • Showcasing international best practices
  • Public private partnerships
  • Exchange programs
  • Sector-wide Approach

 

Session Experts:  

Role Name Designation Organization
Chair Mr. Monowar Ahmed Secretary Economics and Relations
Division (ERD)
Moderator Dr. Mokhlesur Rahman Senior Operations Officer World Bank
Panelist Mr. N M Zeaul Alam Secretary ICT Division
Panelist Mr. Md. Abdul Halim Secretary in Charge Ministry of Industries
Panelist Mr. Abdur Rouf Talukder Secretary Ministry of Finance
Panelist Mr. Md. Faruque Hossain Executive Chairman NSDA
Panelist Ms. Afroza Khan Secretary Ministry of Labour & Employment
Panelist Abul Kalam Azad Member (Secretary In-charge) Planning Commission
Panelist Dr Md. Jafar Uddin Secretary in Charge Ministry of Youth and Sports
Panelist Mr. Md. Mahbub Hossain Additional Secretary (Urban Development) Local Government Division
Panelist Dr. Munirus Saleheen Additional Secretary MEWOE
Panelist Mr. Daryl Lim Deputy CEO Cetglobal Pte Ltd.,
Panelist Mr. Sunhwa Lee Principal Social Sector Specialist ADB HQ
Panelist Mr. Tuomo Poutainien Country Director ILO
Panelist Mr. KM Abdus Salam Director General NGO Affairs Bureau
Panelist Mr. Enmin Zhai Vice-Principal Guangzhou ITTC
Panelist Mr. Masroor Reaz
Representative
IFC, WB Group
Panelist Mr. Salahuddin Kasam Khan Former Co-Chair, NSDC A K Khan & Co. Ltd
Panelist Mr. Mahbubul Alam President CCCI

 

Participants:
The Conference is looking aims to bring together around 400 participants from across the world including policymakers, researchers, practitioners, government officials, private sector leaders, technical and vocational education representatives, and development partners and non-governmental organizations, for knowledge dissemination on the latest research and innovations, and showcasing the best practices in skills development from around the world. About 50 experts and speakers from overseas and about 50 experts from the public, private, and development sector working in Bangladesh are expected to enrich the discussions. Representatives from all relevant ministries and agencies thereof involved in skills development activities in Bangladesh will join the sessions as well. Private sector trade bodies, academic and training institutions, and civil society organizations will express their views, requirements, and expectations in regards to human capital development. There will be a strong presence of print and electronic media to cover the discussions and outcomes of the Conference.

The conference will have Hon’ble Speaker, Dr. Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, MP, as the chief guest at the opening ceremony. Hon’ble ministers of various ministries are also expected to grace the occasion at various sessions.

Themes, and Chair, Moderator and Panelists

Session 1: Global Context – Towards a Better and Higher Skilled Human Capital in the Developing Countries
Role Name Designation Organization Country Talking Points
Chair
Moderator Option 1: Mr. Syed Nasim Manzur Former President MCCI Bangladesh
Option 2: Mr. Asif Ibrahim Former President DCCI Bangladesh
Panelists
1. Mr. Sungsup Ra South Asia Social Sector Director ADB HQ Philippines ADB’s upcoming regional and country programs on reforming education and TVET systems
2. Mr. Shiro Nakata Senior Education Economist World Bank Challenges of shifting focus from technical to analytical, from engineering to liberal arts, etc.
3. Mrs. Sarah Pierenkemper Economist German Economic Institute Germany German experience in handling skills market forecast
4. Mr. Yoo Jae Young Director Korean Employers’ Federation Republic of Korea Korean initiatives on coping with global shifts in competency requirements
5. Dr. Valdew Singh Director Nanyang Polytechnic Singapore How to design education & skills program to accommodate changing focus from specific specialization to social and interpersonal competence
6. Mr. Faruk Ahmed Executive Chairman NSDA Bangladesh NSDA’s future readiness to revamp management education and TVET in Bangladesh
7. Dr. Michael Fung Deputy CEO Skills Future ILO TBD
8. Mr. Salahuddin Kasam Khan Former Co-Chair, NSDC A K Khan & Co. Ltd. Bangladesh Showcasing PPP initiative for Chittagong Institute of Management
9. Mr. Mahbubul Alam President  CCCI Bangladesh Institutional support for private sector fund mobilization
10. Ms. Vandana Bhatnagar Chief Program Officer NSDC, India – Skills Finance India Experience sharing on NSDC models of skills financing in India
11. Mr. Abhishek Singh Vice-President ILFS-Education India Experience sharing on ILFS models of skills financing in India
12. Dr. Sami Ahmed Component Team Leader A2i Bangladesh TBD

 

 

 

 

Session 2:Technology, Innovation and Skills: Riding the Wave of Industry 4.0 and Beyond
Role Name Designation Organization Country Talking Points
Chair
Moderator Option 1: Mr. Shafquat Haider Director FBCCI Bangladesh
Option 2: Professor Dr. Mohammad Kaikobad Professor BUET Bangladesh
Panelists
1. Mr. Sunhwa Lee Principal Social Sector Specialist ADB HQ Philippines Education & Employment reform initiatives by ADB
2. Mr. Samuel Ang Director of Entrepreneurship Development center Temasek Polytechnic Singapore Entrepreneurship opportunities in the perspective of global changes in business ideologies
3. Mr. Jalal Ahmed Project Director SEIP Bangladesh Employment creation recommendations in rural non-farm sectors
4. Mr. Habibullah N. Karim Managing Director Technohaven Bangladesh IT skills requirements in the era of big data and social media analytics
5. Mr. Osama Taseer President DCCI Bangladesh Success story-DCCI Business Institute on supply chain management training courses
6. Mr. Francis de Silva Toursim Expert Sri Lanka Tourism skills requirements in Bangladesh market
7. Ms. Judy Emily Director Nanyang Polytechnic Singapore TBD
8. Dr. Lim See Yew Senior Director of Engineering ITE, Singapore Singapore Opportunities arising from Industry 4.0
9. Mr. Md. Mostafiz Uddin Denim Expert Ltd. Denim Expert Ltd. Bangladesh Fashion designing skills requirements
10. Professor Dr. Md. Zafar Iqbal Professor, CSE Shahjalal University Bangladesh Coping up with youth employment creation challenges in Bangladesh context in a globalized world
11. Dr. Arif Dowla Managing Director ACI Foods Limited Bangladesh Agro-food industry’s skills requirements in 21st century context
12. Dr. Iris Pfeiffer Managing Director Research Institute for VTN Germany Preparatory strategies for sustained employability in the context of Industry 4.0
13. Mr. Anthony Woon TVET expert Nanyang Polytechnic Singapore Singapore initiatives on aligning TVET systems with changing skills requirements
14. Dr. Munaz Noor Ahmed Vice Chancellor Bangabandhu Digital University Bangladesh TBD

 

 

 

 

Session 3: Skills Development for Informal Economy – Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid
Role Name Designation Organization Country Talking Points
Chair
Moderator Option 1: Dr. Hossain Zillur Rahman Executive Director PPRC Bangladesh
Option 2: Dr. Kazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad Chairman PKSF Bangladesh
Panelists
1. Mr. Jawed Habib Indian Hairstylist Persona India Skills training initiatives in life-style industry
2. Mr. Asif Ibrahim Vice-Chairman NewAge Group Bangladesh Initiatives in skilling the RMG workers
3. Dr. Binayak Sen Research Director BIDS Bangladesh Outreach challenges for skilling the informal sector
4. Mr. A B M Azad Project Director STEP, TMED Bangladesh Showcasing best practices – RPL initiatives under STEP
5. Mr. A B M Khorshed Alam Former CEO Former NSDC Bangladesh Experience sharing on skilling the informal sector
6. Mr. Shinsaku Nomura World Bank Dubai TBD
7. Mr. Asif Saleh Senior Director BRAC Bangladesh IT & ITES applications in capacity building of informal sector
8. Mr. Prerana Langa Managing Director YES Foundation India CSR fund utilization to finance skills development initiatives
9. Representative bKash Bangladesh Showcasing mobile money transfer and e-commerce applications
10. Mr. Kishore Kumar Singh CTA B-SEP, ILO Bangladesh
11. Mr. Fahim Mashroor CEO BDJobs.com Bangladesh Showcasing experience in job placement services targeted at informal sector
12. Ms. Chunyan  Wang Deputy Secretary General National E-com. VTES Committee China Experience sharing on e-commerce platforms in China benefitting informal sector employees
13. Mr. Khairul Islam Consultant SEIP Bangladesh TBD
14. Mr. Mirza Nurul Gani Swapan Chairman ISC-Informal Bangladesh TBD

 

 

Session 4: Migration and Skills – Jobs, Mobility, and Skills
Role Name Designation Organization Country Talking Points
Chair
Moderator Option 1: Mr. Selim Reza DG BMET Bangladesh
Option 2: Mr. Farooq Ahmed Secretary-General Bangladesh Employers’ Federation Bangladesh
Panelists
1. Professor C. R. Abrar Professor DU, RMMRU Bangladesh Skills development and remittance
2. Mr. Shameem Ahmed Chowdhury Noman Secretary General BAIRA Bangladesh Gaps in National Quality Framework
3. Ms. Rahnuma S. Khan Migration Expert ILO Bangladesh Need for labor market intelligence units in major overseas labor markets
4. Mr. Giorge Gigauri Country Chief IOM Bangladesh Bangladesh Better migration management and skills development
5. Mr. Nurul Amin Proprietor Montage Training Institute Bangladesh Non-recognition of private sector training certificates
6. Dr. Munirus Saleheen Additional Secretary MoEWOE Bangladesh Current and future initiatives on monitoring skills requirements in overseas markets
7. Engr. Md. Sakawat Ali Principal BKTTC Bangladesh TBD
8. Mr. Siddiqur Rahman President BGMEA Bangladesh Challenges in finding qualified local experts in RMG sector
9. Mr. Shafiul Islam (Mohiuddin) President FBCCI Bangladesh Skills-shortage in domestic market in managerial and technical positions and outflow of remittance by expatriate workers
10. Mr. A K M A Hamid President IDEB Bangladesh Challenges in retaining trained employees
11. Dr. Rozhan Idrus Professor of Open and Distance Learning & Technology Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia Malaysian experience of retention challenge for employers
12. Ms. Esther Bay Nanyang Polytechnic Singapore TBD
13. Mr. Stephen Yee Assistant Executive Director Singapore National Employers’ Federation Singapore TBD

 

 

Session 5: Building Institutions and Leveraging Partnerships – Co-Create and Collaborate in Skills Development
Role Name Designation Organization Country Talking Points
Chair
Moderator Dr. Mokhlesur Rahman Senior Operations Officer World Bank Bangladesh
Panelists
1. Mr. S. M. Ghulam Faooque Sr. Secretary Ministry of Local Government Bangladesh Partnership and collaboration prospects with Ministry of Local Government
2. Mr. Md. Sohorab Hossain Sr. Secretary Ministry of Education Bangladesh Partnership and collaboration prospects with Ministry of Education
3. Mr. Muhammad Abdullah Sr. Secretary Ministry of Y. & Sports Bangladesh Partnership and collaboration prospects with Ministry of Youth & Sports
4. Mr. N M Zeaul Alam Secretary ICT Division Bangladesh Partnership and collaboration prospects with Ministry of Planning
5. Mr. Md. Alamgir Secretary TMED Bangladesh Partnership and collaboration prospects with TMED
6. Mr. Abdur Rouf Talukder Secretary Ministry of Finance Bangladesh Partnership and collaboration prospects with Ministry of Finance
7. Ms. Afroza Khan Secretary Ministry of Labour & E. Bangladesh Partnership and collaboration prospects with Ministry of Labour & Employment
8. Mr. Md. Abdul Halim Secretary in Charge Ministry of Industries Bangladesh Partnership and collaboration prospects with Ministry of Industries
9. Mr. Md. Nasiruzzaman Secretary in Charge Ministry of Agriculture Bangladesh Partnership and collaboration prospects with Ministry of Agriculture
10. Ms. Rownaq Jahan Secretary in Charge MEWOE Bangladesh Partneship and collaboration prospects with Ministry of Expatriates Welfare & Overseas Employment
11. Mr. Daryl Lim Deputy CEO Cetglobal Pte Ltd., Singapore Institutional partnership and collaboration with Bangladeshi counterpart
12. Mr. Fook Yen Chong Social Sector Specialist ADB HQ Philippines Possible partnership with private sector institutions and ADB in Bangladesh
13. Ms. Weiqun Tang Principal Guangzhou ITTC China Potential partnership in Bangladesh
14. Mr. Yangjing Yang President Yunnan Traffic China Potential partnership in Bangladesh
15. Mr. Masroor Reaz IFC, WB Group Bangladesh Potential partnership in Bangladesh
16. Mr. Manas Bhattacharya Specialist Skills21 Bangladesh
17. Mr. Susantha Suraweera TVET Quality Framework  Expert Sri Lanka Hospitality skills requirements in a fast changing world -eco-tourism, boutique or theme tourism

 

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