Tech threatening 6.6 million jobs in Southeast Asia

Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc seen during a panel discussion at the World Economic Forum in Hanoi today. He says technology could spell doom for the 'Asian factory model' of growth, which has driven his country in recent years. – EPA pic, September 12, 2018.

AUTOMATION will soon make millions of low-skilled jobs – from cashiers and machine operators to waiters and drivers – redundant across Southeast Asia, said experts today, warning the region to upskill fast or face huge employment problems.

The topic took centre stage at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Hanoi, where warnings abounded that countries, including Vietnam, Indonesia and Thailand, where manufacturing has driven gross domestic product and employed millions, would be among the worst affected.

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