Digital literacy crucial for Cambodia’s workforce

The kingdom needs to upgrade its workforce skills, maximise youth dividend and accelerate digital transformation, said the UNDP.
By: | November 17, 2021

This is so that the kingdom can develop a competitive edge as one of the most dynamic regions in the world, said UNDP resident representative to Cambodia Alissar Chaker.

In addition, she said Cambodia needs to diversify its economy in the direction of green and low-carbon production as it moves forward to realising the country’s 2030 and 2050 visions of becoming a high-middle income and graduating to a high-income country.

“Cambodia’s Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) sector and young workforce offer so much opportunity to realise these ambitions”, said Chaker at the Global Entrepreneurship Week Cambodia 2021.

She added that digital transformation is a must for competitiveness in global and regional trade systems and is a prerequisite for stimulating the national economy by facilitating cost-efficiencies in production, marketing and logistics, creating employment, empowering individuals, and spurring innovation and technology transfer.

Adopting digital technologies will help MSMEs realise productivity improvements, expand market access, and build a foundation for further digital integration into their business models.

Therefore, a skilled workforce and digital literacy are crucial for the success of MSMEs’ digital adoption and integration in the digital economy, she said.

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Concurring, Young Entrepreneurs Association of Cambodia president Seang Sopagna said, “We have to start thinking about digital and other technical skills and in order to transform our society to be digital socialisation, the government, the people, especially the youth need to have digital skills”, according to Khmer Times.