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Preparing for the future of work: National policy responses in ASEAN +6

Spurred by technological advancements, demographic shifts and environmental and climate disruptions, fastpaced transformations are affecting how, where and when people work, impacting our labour markets and shaping the future of work. Preparing for the future of work: National policy responses in ASEAN +6 provides an overview of how countries in the Asia-Pacific region are reacting to such changes with new or adapted strategies and policies.

Based on a regional mapping of national planning and policy documents in ten ASEAN countries and their six main trading partners taken in response to three “megatrends” of the future of work (technological change,demographic shifts and climate change), the report identifies the patterns in national policy-making and points to potential gaps in what would be needed to drive a “human-centred agenda for the future of work”.

Shortcomings are noted in countries that struggle to strengthen the institutions needed to deliver economic security, equal opportunity and social justice in the year to come. Yet the analysis found good practices as well. The report highlights examples of innovative policy actions in the countries that strive to promote decent work for persons of all ages while also seizing the opportunities of technological progress and promoting environmental sustainability.