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Empowering Cambodia’s Growth through Upskilling, Reskilling, and Digitalisation

by Surya Narayan
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In today’s rapidly evolving global economy, the importance of upskilling, reskilling, and digitalisation cannot be overstated. For Cambodia, these transformative measures play a critical role in driving sustainable growth, enhancing competitiveness, and paving the way for a prosperous future. By capitalizing on the immense potential offered by these initiatives, Cambodia is set to position itself as a thriving player on the global stage.

Upskilling for a Resilient Workforce

With a young and vibrant population, Cambodia holds incredible potential to harness the power of upskilling. By equipping workers with advanced skills and knowledge, the country can develop a highly skilled workforce capable of meeting the demands of the modern job market. According to the World Bank, the youth literacy rate in Cambodia increased from 79.5% in 2002 to 97.6% in 2019, showcasing the country’s commitment to education and preparing its workforce for the challenges of the digital age.

Reskilling to Adapt to Technological Disruption

To stay ahead in an era of disruptive technologies, reskilling is crucial for both individuals and companies. Cambodia has recognized this necessity and has initiated numerous programs aimed at facilitating reskilling across various sectors. 

Cambodia’s Skills Gap Accelerator, launched in 2021 with public-private collaboration, aims to address skill gaps, enhance economic well-being, and foster sustainable, inclusive growth. It involves leadership from government and private sectors, and part of a global network sharing knowledge on skills development and economic recovery.

Digitalisation – Unlocking New Horizons

Digitalisation has the power to revolutionize Cambodia’s economy, driving innovation, productivity, and efficiency. The country has embraced digital transformation, recognizing it as a catalyst for national development. 

The “Digital Cambodia 2025” initiative, spearheaded by the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications, aims to establish a digital economy by enhancing internet connectivity, promoting e-commerce, and advancing digital skills across the population. This visionary approach is poised to unlock new horizons and bolster Cambodia’s economic growth.

Key Players and Collaborations

In this transformational journey, collaboration between governments, private sector entities, and international organizations is vital. The Cambodian government, under the leadership of Prime Minister Hun Manet, has shown unwavering commitment to fostering growth through upskilling, reskilling, and digitalisation initiatives. Key players such as the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), European Union, and World Bank have been actively engaging with Cambodia to support the country’s aspirations for economic progress.

The positive impact of upskilling, reskilling, and digitalisation on Cambodia’s growth trajectory cannot be ignored. With rising literacy rates, extensive reskilling programs, and visionary digitalisation initiatives, Cambodia is primed to become a major player in the global economic landscape.

 As the country harnesses the potential of its young workforce, it will unlock new opportunities, diversify its economy, and ensure sustainable growth for years to come. By embracing these transformative measures, Cambodia is poised to carve out a bright and prosperous future for its citizens, cementing its position as a dynamic player in the global arena.

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