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    Thailand Live Sunday 21 Oct 2018

    Reskilling Key In Disruptive Era By Asina Pornwasin, Jintana Panyaarvudh THE NATION WEEKEND Alain Dehaze, chief executive of Adecco Group Strategy lets companies extract more value from workers, but education system needs to adapt, says Adecco boss Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1063984-reskilling-key-in-disruptive-era/
  2. Reskilling Key In Disruptive Era By Asina Pornwasin, Jintana Panyaarvudh THE NATION WEEKEND Alain Dehaze, chief executive of Adecco Group Strategy lets companies extract more value from workers, but education system needs to adapt, says Adecco boss As we continue to undergo digital disruption, the reality of what we will see today and tomorrow is that a lot of new jobs will be created and a lot of current jobs will be transformed. The challenge will be in the synchronisation of job destruction and job creation. And that underlines the importance of reskilling and upskilling, which allows people to get that new kind of job or to acquire the skills needed to continue in their current job as it is transformed, says Alain Dehaze, chief executive of Adecco Group. By 2030, according to a recent McKinsey Global Institute report, “Jobs Lost, Jobs Gained: Workforce Transitions in a Time of Automation”, as many as 375 million workers – or roughly 14 per cent of the global workforce – may need to switch occupational categories as digitisation, automation and advances in artificial intelligence disrupt the world of work. These 375 million people will have to be reskilled and upskilled by 2030, says Dehaze He says the report finds that many kinds of jobs will be disrupted, including jobs eliminated through technology being used in highly repetitive processes. On the other hand, technology will create a lot of new jobs, as entire industries emerge and companies are formed. And that offers many opportunities. Artificial intelligence (AI) will have a major impact on everybody’s life, as it either replaces some work now done by people or amplifies the work done by people. “AI is like electricity – when electricity was invented its first application was light. People can create ways to apply electricity,” Dehaze says. “From just that one invention, you can see all the new products that have been developed. With AI, it is exactly the same. We are at the beginning of AI. We started with chatbots, and as this continues the applications grow, creating more and more new products. So AI is like a kind of electricity.” He says companies need to anticipate their futures, so that on the one hand they can reskill their people to ensure the company’s production remains efficient and on the leading edge. On the other hand, the companies must innovate. “It is important to survive and to embrace the future to create new products, new services. Because if you do not do it, others will do it for you. So if you want to stay competitive, you need to innovate,” said Dehaze. There are two aspects to this, he says. One is to reskill and upskill people, because to find a data scientist, for example, is not easy. For many companies, it is easier to retrain or reskill their internal people to a level of basic competency. Employees who have been taught new data science skills, for example, will do a great job because they know the company and the sector. New or upgraded skills are needed in many key areas of work, especially those developing digital capabilities, the use of data and the science of data, to amplify people’s work or to work in different ways. Workers need to acquire knowledge about how to leverage data. “It does not mean you have to become a data scientist or a data engineer, but you need to understand how you can apply AI in the work you do today – this is very important,” says Dehaze. The second challenge of innovation is to upgrade the education system itself to provide the required workforce skills. The system must be able to develop these capabilities in the workforce of today and tomorrow and meet the needs of business. “It is the big challenge,” says Dehaze. “Because the world is moving very fast, we do not know what the new jobs will be. Six people out of 10 in the ecosystem will do a job that does not exist today. That means that it is difficult for a high school or university to know which capabilities they have to teach. That is why life-long learning is very important.” The way that education and work has functioned in the past is almost finished. In the past, people learned for 15 to 20 years, and then worked for 40 to 45 years. Now, people study three years, work for three years or work in parallel [with learning], because people lose 30 per cent of their competency every four years. People need to permanently adapt themselves.” In the past, the education system provided knowledge. Today people can acquire knowledge via the Internet. Schools and universities have to become places where people learn how to learn, learn to apply their knowledge, says Dehaze. “Ideally, the curriculum of education should be strongly influenced by the businesses or by [society’s] needs. Absolutely, I recommend this and we can help design the curriculum,” he says. Moreover, the education system needs to understand the new generations, the millennials and Gen Z, who are purpose-driven. They all want to have an impact in the world, especially a social impact and want to improve the world. A company must have a strong purpose if they wish to attract skilled employees from these generations, he says. They also want flexibility, a better balance between private life and professional life. It is important to recognise these needs so that the company can fulfil them. These generations also want to learn, says Dehaze. The company needs to fit their needs by giving these people a project with new challenges. It is the responsibility of the company to attract and retain younger generations to join its workforce. Freelancing trend grows Another global working trend is towards freelancing. Today in the US, 30 per cent of the labour force is freelancing and this will grow to 50 per cent by 2025. Also, 47 per cent of the new graduates entering the labour market are freelancing. This trend is spreading, including within Thailand, where about 4 million people are freelancers. “A lot of people in the younger generations want to be freelance, to have flexibility between their private and professional lives. They want much more project driven [work], and they want more freedom,” says Dehaze. “They are also interested in seeking out work, discovering ways to work on their own independently. On the other side, the companies that want to hire these freelancers, need to discover how to find them.” This led Adecco to create a digital platform, YOS, which allows companies to outline the work they need done and for freelancers to come to the platform and match their supply with the labour market’s demands. “We co-created, with Microsoft, to develop YOS – your own boss – your one-stop shopping, the digital platform for freelancers,” says Dehaze. The platform is able to develop new services and products in the huge freelance market, which is three-times larger than the traditional staffing market. “Adecco every year does a lot to help millions of unemployed people to get a job. We know what kinds of needs the companies have, and know what kinds of skills the candidates have or do not have. If they have skills we place them in companies, but if they do not have the skills we can train them in a lot of competencies and make them employable. It is important and it is how we can get millions of people to find a job, to get the income they need, to get the future, to be able to live on their own,” says Dehaze. He says Adecco always does three things – adding more digital aspects into its processes such as chatbots at work; co-creating digital trends for existing activities by, for example creating a digital platform called Adia; and investing in innovation by, for example, acquiring a company doing fully automated ways of permanent recruitment. “We have launched Adia in four countries, but not yet in Thailand.” says Dehaze. Adia is aimed at revolutionising the industry by matching talent supply and demand more effectively and managing that talent more efficiently. “Targeting candidates and clients across multiple industry segments such as hospitality, events, logistics and many more, Adia makes it possible for employers to find temporary staff for short-term assignments and provides a brand new experience to both clients and candidates,” he says. The platform’s algorithm matches jobs to workers based on skills, level of experience, and proximity to the place of work as well as the job seeker’s real-time availability. The user can hire new staff, plan shifts, issue contracts and approve timesheets from this platform, all in real-time. Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/Startup_and_IT/30356857 -- © Copyright The Nation 2018-10-21
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    Thailand Live Sunday 21 Oct 2018

    Line invests in Fastwork in bet on growth in the online freelancing market By THE NATION WEEKEND LINE Ventures, the venture investment arm of Line Corporation, has announced an investment in the US$4.8 million (Bt156 million) Series A round of financing by online freelancing platform Fastwork. Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1063983-line-invests-in-fastwork-in-bet-on-growth-in-the-online-freelancing-market/
  4. Line invests in Fastwork in bet on growth in the online freelancing market By THE NATION WEEKEND LINE Ventures, the venture investment arm of Line Corporation, has announced an investment in the US$4.8 million (Bt156 million) Series A round of financing by online freelancing platform Fastwork. Other investors for the round include lead investor Gobi Partners, Vickers Venture Partners and Partech Partners. Ariya Banomyong, managing director of Line Thailand says that Fastwork will join the Line Scale-up Programme, which will provide the start-up a free access to Line users through the official account and Line API. “I am excited about this first investment of Line Ventures in Thailand,” said Ariya. “We are here to support the Thai start-up ecosystem. Previously, we launched the Line Scale-up programme for Thai start-ups to gain access to Line API. Going forward, working with Line Ventures, you will see more investments from Line from seed to Series A, and upward.” Founded in 2015 by a group of engineers and entrepreneurs from New York, Fastwork is one of the largest professional freelancing platforms in Southeast Asia, as judged by the number of users and projects completed. The company’s revenues have grown 1,100 per cent since December 2017, and it currently employs more than 50 people in Indonesia and Thailand. “We’re thrilled to partner with Line, and excited to widen our ambitions as we launch new products, enter new markets, and build an end-to-end experience for the 80 million businesses in Southeast Asia,” said Vasa S Iamsuri, Fastwork’s founder and CEO. The company recently launched “Fastwork Pro” and “Fastwork Enterprise”, both premium services where the top 1 per cent of their best performing freelancers and agencies are selected to offer high quality services and work on large-scale projects to users who are in the growth stage of their businesses. The platform, in addition to providing a secure payment system, uses a proprietary algorithm called Fastwork Score to screen and rank freelancers on both their quantitative and qualitative data, significantly reducing time for users to find the right match. In Young Chung, director of Line Ventures, said that e-commerce is at the cusp of rapid long-term growth in the region, underpinned by social commerce platforms. As social commerce creates significant outsourcing demands for SMEs, leading freelancing platforms like Fastwork will enjoy robust growth by providing end-to-end outsourcing solutions for SMEs, he said. Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/Startup_and_IT/30356856 -- © Copyright The Nation 2018-10-21
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    Thailand Live Sunday 21 Oct 2018

    PM calls for review of cybersecurity bill Thammarat Thadaphrom BANGKOK, 20th October 2018 (NNT) – Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha has called for a thorough review of the draft cybersecurity act which was recently vetted by the Council of State. Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1063981-pm-calls-for-review-of-cybersecurity-bill/
  6. PM calls for review of cybersecurity bill Thammarat Thadaphrom BANGKOK, 20th October 2018 (NNT) – Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha has called for a thorough review of the draft cybersecurity act which was recently vetted by the Council of State. Government Spokesperson Lt Gen Sansern Kaewkamnerd said today the prime minister hasn’t yet seen the latest draft, but has asked related agencies to make sure the bill complies with ethical codes, impartiality, the rule of law, and today’s circumstances. Most importantly, he said the law must provide checks and balances because the power under this law should never be concentrated in the hands of individuals and organizations. Lt Gen Sansern said the draft cybersecurity act will have to pass three sittings of the National Legislative Assembly (NLA), meaning it can still be amended to fit the context of Thailand. He added that governmental agencies have been instructed to study laws and regulations of other nations and always heed public suggestions and concerns when drafting a law. -- nnt 2018-10-21
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    Thailand Live Sunday 21 Oct 2018

    Leaders of Thai armed forces declare stance on politics Thammarat Thadaphrom BANGKOK, 20th October 2018 (NNT) – Leaders of armed forces of Thailand have reiterated their commitment to maintaining peace and order in the nation, ahead of next year’s election. Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1063980-leaders-of-thai-armed-forces-declare-stance-on-politics/
  8. Leaders of Thai armed forces declare stance on politics Thammarat Thadaphrom BANGKOK, 20th October 2018 (NNT) – Leaders of armed forces of Thailand have reiterated their commitment to maintaining peace and order in the nation, ahead of next year’s election. At a joint press conference on Friday, following the first meeting between the military top-brass since the start of the new fiscal year, Chief of Defense Forces, Gen Pornpipat Benyasri said the Thai armed forces are fully equipped to maintain law and order so as to allow Thailand to conduct national elections peacefully. Easing public concerns about the remarks of Army Chief Gen Apirat Kongsompong earlier this week, Gen Pornpipat said the military would not intervene unless the country faced violence while asking the public not to worry about something that hasn’t happened. He pointed out that the country has made good progress over the past four years and the military is tasked with making sure that such progress continues. Gen Pornpipat was joined by leaders of the three armed forces of Thailand namely Army Chief Gen Apirat Kongsompong, Navy Chief Admiral Luechai Ruddit, and Chief of the Thai Air Force ACM Chaiyapruk Didyasarin as well as National Police Chief Pol Gen Chakthip Chaijinda. -- nnt 2018-10-21
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    Thailand Live Sunday 21 Oct 2018

    Department of Lands terminates the use of photocopies Vipaporn Pooritanasarn BANGKOK, 20th October 2018 (NNT) - The Department of Lands has announced the termination of the use of photocopies of national identification cards and house registration books. Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1063978-department-of-lands-terminates-the-use-of-photocopies/
  10. Department of Lands terminates the use of photocopies Vipaporn Pooritanasarn BANGKOK, 20th October 2018 (NNT) - The Department of Lands has announced the termination of the use of photocopies of national identification cards and house registration books. Mr. Prayoon Rattanasenee, Director General of the Department of Lands, recently announced that the department has announced the termination of the use of copies of national identification cards and house registration books, or copies of letters of juristic person certification in using services at land offices all over the nation. The termination is to afford convenience and remove the burden on members of the public when using the services. An order has been issued that all officers in land offices across the nation must strictly conform to the announcement. In case it is necessary to use other documents issued by the government in investigations and examinations in registering rights and juristic acts and other immovable property transactions, the officer must notify the government agency issuing the official document to deliver the information or copy of the document unless the individual intends to bring the document himself. In case it is necessary to transcribe house registration books and national identification cards or other official documents, in consideration of the benefit of the operation of the Department of Lands, the officer must create the transcript personally without asking for any transcription fees. In case of authorizing another person to act on one’s behalf, a signed copy of the authorized person’s national identification card must be used. The change is part of the direction of national reformation to accommodate the changes in keeping with the Thailand 4.0 policy. -- nnt 2018-10-21
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    Thailand Live Sunday 21 Oct 2018

    AMLO on Prawit’s false sound clip Vipaporn Pooritanasarn BANGKOK, 20th October 2018 (NNT) - An announcement has been made by Acting Secretary-General of the Anti-Money Laundering Office regarding the complaint about the misappropriation of the identity of Deputy Prime Minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwan to blackmail a car rental businessman in Hua Hin. Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1063977-amlo-on-prawit’s-false-sound-clip/
  12. AMLO on Prawit’s false sound clip Vipaporn Pooritanasarn BANGKOK, 20th October 2018 (NNT) - An announcement has been made by Acting Secretary-General of the Anti-Money Laundering Office regarding the complaint about the misappropriation of the identity of Deputy Prime Minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwan to blackmail a car rental businessman in Hua Hin. Pol Maj Gen Preecha Charoensahayanon, the acting secretary-general of the Anti-Money Laundering Office (AMLO), recently announced that after an examination of the sound clip that was the main evidence, the voice has been identified as that of an AMLO government official of the operational level in the section of Affairs Division 1, not a director. The examination revealed that the officer was actually guilty, so it was ordered that he be removed from his position and an investigation committee for major offences has been appointed. It is believed that this occurrence does not affect the morale of AMLO officers in respect to their performance. Meanwhile, Mr Peerapat Ingpongpan, the Director of Legal Affairs Division 1, AMLO, noted that he had seen the official document in question and admitted that it looks like his signature but he insisted that it is not, and that he is not connected to the offence. He also notes that AMLO has operational standards. There are no loopholes allowing corruption. Pol Maj Gen Surachet Hakpan, as the Assistant Spokesman for the Deputy Prime Minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwan, has expressed the belief that it is good that such occurrences are reported because then an examination is conducted to ensure transparency, but if the offence is false, justice must also be rendered to the victim of the misappropriation. -- nnt 2018-10-21
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    Thailand Live Sunday 21 Oct 2018

    Contest fires up young pioneers of IoT By The Nation weekend Microsoft and SiriVentures over the past week kicked off “Smart Living with Micro:bit”, Thailand’s first youth competition to develop a new generation of Internet of Things (IoT) pioneers. Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1063976-contest-fires-up-young-pioneers-of-iot/
  14. Contest fires up young pioneers of IoT By The Nation weekend Microsoft and SiriVentures over the past week kicked off “Smart Living with Micro:bit”, Thailand’s first youth competition to develop a new generation of Internet of Things (IoT) pioneers. It is the country’s first competition in which both general and vocational students (Pratomsuksa 4 to Mathayomsuksa 6) are challenged to come up with creative ideas to facilitate and enhance daily life, and to develop these ideas into tangible projects using BBC’s micro:bit code. The competition reflects Microsoft’s mission to nurture young talent through technology-driven skills training that focuses on computational thinking and coding, said Microsoft Thailand’s managing director. Dhanawat Suthumpun says it is crucial for Thailand to develop strong human capital and promote digital literacy to support the Thailand 4.0 strategy. He says coding is the backbone of digital workforce development as it enhances systems thinking and problem-solving skills, thus developing people’s ability to understand the issues they face and overcome them. “At Microsoft Thailand, we want future generations to create technologies rather than make use of the technologies,” said Dhanawat. The initiative aims to support Thai youth by opening the door to limitless learning opportunities through STEM education and careers. That would, in the long run, help them achieve their goals and overcome digital limitations in the digital economy. The competition is held in partnership with SiriVentures, a capital venture between Thai real estate developer Sansiri and Siam Commercial Bank focusing on full-scale research and development to innovate new property technologies. The partnership’s objective is to give children opportunities to learn digital skills with advanced technologies and to encourage creativity. Jirapat Janjerdsak, chief technology officer, SiriVentures, said that the mission is bringing technology to develop the well-being of Thai people. It hopes that the Smart Living competition will spark genuine interest and show Thai youth the significant role digital skills play when it comes to enhancing personal well-being, family life and communities. The winning team of Smart Living with Micro:bit will receive a Bt30,000 prize, while two runner-up teams will get Bt15,000 each. The competition is open for students from Pratomsuksa 4 to Mathayomsuksa 6 or vocational institutions until October 30. In November, 10 teams will be selected for the semi-final round, and each team will receive a sensor valued at Bt5,000 from SiriVentures to further develop their projects. The 10 selected teams will present their projects from the sensor kit on “Mini Demo Day”, including consultations with specialists, to be ready for final round competition. By December, 10 teams will present their projects as part of the “Coding Thailand Tournament” competition held by the CodingThailand community with support from Digital Economy Promotion Agency (DEPA). The partnership was officially announced at Digital Thailand Big Bang 2018, an international digital technology event held by the DEPA. Previous pilot projects developed by children using coding on micro:bit devices include a statistic collector enabled by a light sensor which can be used for school activities such as library attendance records and student council elections. The project was developed by a group of students from Ban Khlong Sawang Arom School in Nakhon Pathom. Another pilot project highlight – an automatic toothpaste dispenser powered by a distance sensor – aims to facilitate people’s daily lives. It was developed by a group of students from Debsirin Nonthaburi School. Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/Startup_and_IT/30356855 -- © Copyright The Nation 2018-10-21
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    Thailand Live Sunday 21 Oct 2018

    Omise gains funding for fintech ambitions By The Nation weekend Omise Holdings, a Southeast Asian financial technology (fintech) service provider, has announced it has received an undisclosed amount of funding. Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1063973-omise-gains-funding-for-fintech-ambitions/
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