To offset the declining benefits of manufacturing, governments must increase the productivity of the services sector. This will boost growth and offer employment opportunities.
Sameer is a Technology and Innovation Specialist at the ADB’s Southeast Asia Department based in Manila, Philippines. His work focusses on identifying, developing and administering ADB support to member countries in addressing the impact of 4th Industrial Revolution on the world of work and delivery and availability of social services. Before joining the Southeast Asia Department, he worked as an Economist with the Economic Research Department of the ADB where his research focused on technology and innovation in developing Asia. Previously, Sameer worked as an Employment Specialist at the International Labour Organization’s Regional Office in Bangkok. He holds a PhD in International Economics from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID) in Geneva and has a master’s degree in public policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
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India, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Thailand are paving the way for technology to make governance more effective.
Digital platforms and e-commerce can raise productivity, employment, and wages in the services sector.
By leveraging new technology, the Philippines can pave the way for sustainable and jobs-rich growth in business process outsourcing.