ACCA Industry Statement on the Future of Work: Future-proof technology policies are key to Asia Pacific harnessing the future of work, Business News

Cloud technologies are radically transforming the nature of work.
Policy-driven change management for digital transformation will
help Asia Pacific adapt and lead the global digital economy of

SINGAPORE – Media OutReach
– 12 February 2018 – Future-proof technology policies are key to
the Asia Pacific region harnessing the future of work, says the
Asia Cloud Computing Association (ACCA). Releasing an Industry
Statement on the Future of Work, the ACCA recognises that rapidly
evolving technologies pose unique challenges to governments, and
urges policymakers, regulators, and academics to ramp up the
dialogue and preparation for the global digital economy of

“Cloud computing has been driving tremendous change over the last
eight years,” says Bernie Trudel, Chair of the ACCA. “From the
Internet of Things to artificial intelligence, it has fuelled
today’s advancements in automation, interconnectivity, and
interoperability — effectively re-defining work in the digital

But harnessing its full potential requires a number of cultural,
technological, and policy changes. This is especially true for Asia
Pacific economies, where new business models and opportunities
hinge on governments’ ability to arm workers and organisations with
the necessary digital skills, tools, and frameworks.

“The ACCA is helping governments around the region obtain the
information they need to take an informed approach to
transformative technologies,” says Barbara Navarro, ACCA Exco
Member. “This includes showing how cloud services can have a
positive impact on businesses and the economy as a whole.”

“ACCA members recognise there is an increasing interest in
future-proofing technology policies for the workplace,” adds Eric
Hui, Vice-Chair of the ACCA. “This has led them to draw up five key
recommendations for governments to not only gain a holistic
understanding of new technologies’ impact on the future of work,
but also adopt innovative policies to effectively seize new
business models and opportunities.”

“There is no better time to begin this conversation on the Future
of Work,” concludes Lim May-Ann, Executive Director for the ACCA.
“As new technologies push the ICT industry forward, governments,
the private sector, and citizens must work closely to ensure
continued and sustainable growth for Asia Pacific. As such, we
welcome comments and engagements to help us build this next stage
of our region’s future together.”

OF WORK 2018

Take a balanced and measured approach to technological change
: We must look beyond emotional responses when examining the impact
of new technologies. From self-service technologies and mobile
applications to applied robotics and artificial intelligence,
technological innovations are transforming a wide range of sectors
in Asia, making workers panic at the thought of being made
obsolete. It is important to demystify their impact and help
workers prepare for their new roles in the global digital economy.
Encourage the evolution of cultural perspectives on work
: We must accept that work practices are evolving in tandem with
new technologies. From flexible working arrangements to teleworking
schemes, workers the world over expect their professional schedules
and responsibilities to adapt to their lifestyles needs. For a true
future-ready workforce to emerge in Asia, it is essential that
perspectives and attitudes evolve in this regard, or the region
risks losing an invaluable pool of talent to more progressive
Redefine what it means to work
: We must understand the way new technologies are redefining the
very notions of “work”, “effort”, and “productivity”. Automation is
now able to replace a number of routine tasks, freeing workers for
more complex missions and increasing the search for professional
growth. In Asia as elsewhere, a truly sophisticated work
environment is able to use digital technologies to streamline
operations, simplify processes, boost productivity, while ensuring
tasks remain engaging, fulfilling, and rewarding.
Mitigate and address disparity and inequity
: We must recognise the fact that differences in economic
prosperity are likely to be reflected in the impact of new
technologies. The transition to the digital economy will not be the
same across emerging and mature Asian markets, and neither will the
impact it will have on businesses and industries. Far from an
unsurmountable obstacle, this reality is the opportunity for
economies to clearly define and exploit the competitive advantages
that define their specific working age population.
Support re-skilling and continued education
: We must be aware that the current wave of digital transformation
is but a step in a wider scale of constant transformation. It is
indeed urgent to prepare the workforce with the tools to survive,
compete, and excel in the new digital environment. But it is just
as important to do so in a way that anticipates transitional shifts
even further into the future. A truly sustainable workforce is one
that is able to consistently and continuously upgrade its knowledge
and skills as needed.

About the Asia Cloud Computing Association


ACCA is the apex industry association representing the stakeholders
of the cloud computing ecosystem in Asia-Pacific. The ACCA’s
mission is to accelerate adoption of cloud computing in Asia by
helping to create a trusted and compelling market environment and a
safe and consistent regulatory environment for cloud computing
products and services. The association works to ensure that the
interests of the cloud computing community are effectively
represented in the public policy debate. Drawing on
subject-matter expertise from our member companies, expert
working groups, and special interest groups are
convened where best practice recommendations and other
thought leadership is designed
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