From the compiler

Ravi Kumar It is a pleasure, as usual, to welcome you to the REEDS NEWS.

Firstly, an update on the SKILLS2013: The Second International Conference on 'Life Skills & Livelihood Skills - Challenges for International Cooperation' being organized by REEDS in association with Directorate General of Employment & Training, Ministry of Labour & Employment, Government of India:

It is gratifying to note the ensuing conference is attracting interest among the relevant stakeholders and support is growing. There is a general appreciation on the concept as timely, comprehensive and ambitious.

As of now, we have 24 distinguished personalities on board of the International Advisory Committee representing 8 countries and 8 prominent organizations from 4 countries supporting the event. Conference website www.skills2013.org offers the status further.

Conference preparations pacing up with invites to papers, proposals for workshops addressing challenges for international cooperation and opportunities there in and suggestions on relevant demonstrations, best practices, case studies and the likes.

We look forward for your valuable inputs, support and goodwill for making the conference a successful, interesting and productive event.

Now on my international delving:

Last month when I visited Hong Kong, Macau and Bangkok, my inquest in skills reveals omnipresence of the coequal anecdote - finding good people with the right skills remains a challenge.


Skills mismatch is evident all-over. While it is perceived that lack of English and ICT skills are impediments at Thailand; the resemble at Macau is shortage of workers in Hospitality, Entertainment and Construction sector skills; and at Hong Kong the deterrent is skills gap in the areas of Home, Health and Care apart from ever growing construction and maritime sectors.

Some of the stakeholders are receptive to sourcing talent from overseas to address their skill needs while others are against global mobility but none of them was averse to international cooperation and coordination that can be a solution and opportunity to mitigate the problem of skills.

Hong Kong With Mr. Srinivasa Rao, Member of Conference Advisory Committee and Mr. Gaddam Dharmendra, Consul General of India at Hong Kong.

At Hong Kong, it was a pleasure meeting the Consul General of India to Hong Kong and Macau, Mr. Gaddam Dharmendra who was appreciative of REEDS efforts especially in the area of Skills Development.

Thank you for your continued support and have a wonderful festive season.

Warm regards

Ravi K Reddy
September 12, 2012

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