Jakarta, 28 February 2018 – The ASEAN Secretariat together with the Government of Switzerland convened the ASEAN-Switzerland Consultation Workshop on Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) at the Gran Mahakam Hotel, Jakarta on 27-28 February 2018.

The workshop kicked off with a panel on the current state of play and key issues on TVET in ASEAN and Southeast Asia, including various existing regional initiatives with partners and international organisations. It also identified areas of mutual interest and possible synergies on TVET. The workshop is in line with a sub-goal of the ASEAN Work Plan on Education 2016-2020, that is to support the development of the TVET sector as well as lifelong learning in the region.

“TVET is unique in its needs and the success or otherwise of our TVET development work in ASEAN will be reflective of our community building goal. The TVET project in ASEAN is not one that is singular in purpose or in its reach – it is the responsibility of the entire ASEAN Community and will define our success as one,” said Vongthep Arthakaivalvatee, Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN for ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community.

The two-day workshop brought together representatives from education, labor and private sectors from all ASEAN Member States, relevant divisions of ASEAN Secretariat as well as representatives from the Swiss Embassy in Indonesia and Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation. Participants identified gaps and specific issues on TVET that require intervention by ASEAN. They also shared existing initiatives and good practices that might serve as a model for replication, especially in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Viet Nam (CLMV).

Switzerland expressed its interest to further identify possible areas of cooperation in TVET, such as private sector involvement, quality assurance and reputation of TVET.

“It is in our long tradition that TVET is perceived as a means for poverty alleviation, integration and is meant for economic development. What is unique about Switzerland TVET system is that the private sector plays such a crucial role. I sincerely hope that this workshop will be the first step for a closer collaboration with ASEAN, and be able to generate common ideas for join actions in the field of TVET.” Tim Enderlin, Director of Cooperation for Laos and the Mekong Region (Cambodia, Lao PDR, Viet Nam).

Switzerland became Sectoral Dialogue Partner of ASEAN in July 2016. Under the ASEAN-Switzerland Sectoral Dialogue Partnership, ASEAN and Switzerland are committed to promoting cooperation in areas of human resource development, employment and vocational education and training through consultations, including sharing and exchanging on best practices and experiences as well as providing particular technical support to CLMV countries.

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