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Conference highlights technology’s impact on social change, global competitiveness

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By Merlina Hernando-Malipot

Representatives from the government, academe, and the private sectors underscored the need to move forward in making the Philippines a smart nation with a skilled and future-ready workforce.

Government Academe Industry Network (GAIN)

Government Academe Industry Network (GAIN)

The Government-Academe-Industry Network, (GAIN) Inc. held its national convention on Feb. 7 in Makati to in an effort to address how changes in society brought about by technology will impact the Philippines’ global competitiveness and human capital development.

The event was anchored on the theme, “The Future Workforce and Graduates for the SMART City Revolution: Towards Global Competitiveness and Human Capital Development.”

As the integration of technology becomes more prevalent in today’s business environment, GAIN has raised concerns on how artificial intelligence (AI) will impact labor and ultimately, the Philippines’ competitiveness in the global marketplace.

This year’s national convention focused on equipping the current and future Filipino workforce with the proper knowledge and skill sets needed as the global landscape continues to shift due to tech integration.

GAIN 2020 also “identified the challenges being faced by the country, mapped out growth opportunities, and aimed to change mindsets to take the necessary steps to fulfill collective goals.”

The convention also highlighted the framework developed by the ASEAN Smart Cities Network, a platform for cities across the region to collectively work together towards the goal of smart and sustainable urbanization using technology as an enabler to improve the quality of life.

GAIN is a non-profit organization spearheaded by industry leaders to identify and address workforce issues which can be resolved through the collaboration and synergy of the government, academe, and industry.

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