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Development of Consolidated Strategy on the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) for ASEAN

Status : ongoing.

Driven by technological advances, the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) has brought about unprecedented, rapid, transformative, and irreversible changes to the way we produce, work, and interact. A new chapter in human development, the phenomenon merges physical, digital, and biological worlds in ways that create both huge opportunities and challenges, and requires a paradigm shift in policy responses, governance, and regulations. The magnitude of such shift was not as visible in 2015 when the ASEAN Economic Community Blueprint 2025 was finalised.

Notwithstanding highest political recognition given by the ASEAN Leaders on the importance of the 4IR in 2017, as well as the increase in number of 4IR-related initiatives across the three pillars of the ASEAN Community in recent years, there has yet an overarching, or umbrella, document that guides ASEAN’s work on the 4IR. Given the rapidly changing pace of technological development and the indispensability of these new technologies in our work, lives, and daily interactions, the need for a coherent narrative for ASEAN in addressing the 4IR is becoming more urgent, and is not something to be addressed only in the successor document of the ASEAN Community Vision 2025 or its corresponding blueprint. To this end, there is a shared understanding on the need for ASEAN to develop a coherent strategy that will clearly and holistically articulate ASEAN’s 4IR agenda and directions to both internal and external stakeholders to garner their support for effective implementation.

This project supports development of Development of Consolidated Strategy on the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) for ASEAN. The Consolidated Strategy will not only set out the context of 4IR globally and the region, provide strategic framework for ASEAN work on the 4IR, an overview of current ASEAN initiatives related to the 4IR, but also provide strategic directions for ASEAN’s 4IR work going forward, focusing on areas where a regional approach would generate the greatest value added. Concrete ways will be identified to translate the strategy into actions to provide practical recommendations that would take into consideration ASEAN mechanisms and processes

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