First companies recognized in new skills development category of the prestigious ASEAN Business Award

   Posted on 03.11.2019 by RECOTVET, ASEAN-BAC


Bangkok, November 2, 2019 — Outstanding businesses that have shown significant progress in contributing to ASEAN’s economic growth and prosperity were recognized once again for their achievements at the ASEAN Business Award 2019 gala night, which took place at the sidelines of the 35th ASEAN Summit on November 2, 2019 at IMPACT Exhibition Center in Bangkok, Thailand. The prestigious annual ASEAN Business Award included for the first time a Skills Development Award to recognize enterprises that have demonstrated leadership in the development of a skilled workforce for a competitive and dynamic ASEAN economic community. The timely addition of the award highlights rising concerns for quality human capital as a catalyst for business growth in times of technological disruption.

The very first ASEAN-wide winners of the Skills Development Award are Dicoding Indonesia in the SME tier and Sea Lion Co.  Ltd. (Myanmar) in the large corporate tier. Both companies have contributed significantly to human capital development in a way that benefits not only their company but the societies they operate in.

Dicoding ASEAN Business Awards

Narenda Wicaksono, CEO of Dicoding Indonesia and Mr. Predee Daochai, Chairman of the Thai Bankers' Association. Photo credit: ABIS/ABA organizing committee.

Dicoding Indonesia is a tech startup that has successfully built up and is nurturing the programmer and developer ecosystem in Indonesia. Dicoding is utilizing a creative and innovative business approach to achieve its mission of building an IT industry in Indonesia with the best developer talent in the market. In just over 4 years, Dicoding has established a network of 180,000 developers from 470 cities across Indonesia, and over 100,000 students and learners have studied in its online academy, including many disadvantaged groups. Through the use of hackathons and competitions, Dicoding creates a fun and challenging learning environment for students and young people to hone their future skills. "We believe that learning skills not only opens opportunities, but also empowers individuals. Coding, in particular, is an essential skill to thrive in the digital era," affirms Narenda Wicaksono, CEO of Dicoding Indonesia, "It is our hope that through Dicoding Academy, we can increase coding literacy in Indonesia and accelerate regional competitiveness in the global digital economy."

Sea Lion Co.  Ltd. (Myanmar) ASEAN Business Awards

Dr. Win Zaw Aung, Group CEO of Sea Lion and Mr. Predee Daochai, Chairman of the Thai Bankers' Association. Photo credit: ABIS/ABA organizing committee.

“Sea Lion is humbled and honored to receive the ASEAN Business Awards 2019 in the skills development category for our contribution to skills development in Myanmar through the development of the School of Industrial Training and Education (SITE) in collaboration with the Ministry of Education. One of the top challenges of foreign and local investors in Myanmar is the lack and shortage of skilled labor. As a responsible business, Sea Lion believes that it is a noble cause to make contributions out of our resources for skills development in the advanced and value-added manufacturing industry that will promote investment, foster economic development, increase the employment rate, and lift up the living standard of the citizens,"  expressed Dr. Win Zaw Aung, Group CEO of Sea Lion

Sea Lion has made major investments to contribute to human capital development in healthcare and technical education and training in Myanmar. In 2018, Sea Lion mobilized a network of business partners that jointly invested 1.2 million USD in the establishment of SITE. The school has already garnered much appreciation among the industry and young students. Sea Lion remains heavily involved in the running of the school to ensure its long-term sustainability and guarantee a high quality of training. The company also contributed training centers at Yangon General Hospital and Mandalay General Hospital for the skills development of healthcare professionals.

In addition to the ASEAN-wide winners, Acuatico Beach Resort & Hotel Inc. from the Philippines and Shalom International Movers Pte. Ltd. from Singapore were recognized as country winners in the SME tier. Tsuneishi Technical Service from the Philippines and PTG Energy from Thailand were recognized as country winners in the large tier. All winners were selected out of a total of 22 submission by a jury of 10 judges representing the 10 ASEAN member states. The selection followed an intensive evaluation process conducted by regional and international experts in skills development. The evaluation process was led by the German government’s Regional Cooperation Programme in TVET in ASEAN (RECOTVET), which also initiated the Skills Development Award together with the ASEAN Business Advisory Council.

ASEAN Business Award SME Tier Winners

From the left: Shalom International Movers Pte. Ltd. (Singapore),  Dicoding Indonesia, Mr. Predee Daochai, and Acuatico Beach Resort & Hotel Inc. (Philippines). Photo credit: ABIS/ABA organizing committee.

ASEAN Business Awards Large Tier Winners

From the left: Tsuneishi Technical Service (Philippines), Sea Lion Co. Ltd. (Myanmar), Mr. Predee Daochai, and PTG Energy (Thailand). Photo credit: ABIS/ABA organizing committee.

The activities of the winners and finalists of the Skills Development Award will be featured by RECOTVET on in the coming weeks, in order to inspire similar contributions to skills development by other companies in the region.


About the ASEAN Business Award and the Skills Development Award:

The ASEAN Business Awards (ABA) was first launched by the ASEAN Business Advisory Council (ASEAN-BAC) in 2007 to mark ASEAN's 40th anniversary. The ABA has been running for over 10 years, recognising more than 100 outstanding ASEAN businesses that have shown significant progress in establishing and reinforcing their positions in various sectors and contributing to ASEAN’s economic growth and prosperity. In addition, the Awards also bring to the spotlight promising ASEAN small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with the potential to become global economic players. ABA also serves as a platform to promote regional integration.

The Skills Development Award was included in the ABA for the first time in 2019 by the Thai presidency of ASEAN-BAC. It underlines its flagship pillar “human capital development” under the overall theme of “Empowering ASEAN 4.0”. The Skills Development Award draws attention to the need to strengthen professional technical and vocational skills and to reskill and upskill ASEAN’s workforce in order to counter the expected impacts of the fourth industrial revolution.

This Skills Development Award is supported by the German government's Regional Cooperation Programme for TVET in ASEAN (RECOTVET). RECOTVET is implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für lnternationale Zusammenarbeit (GlZ) GmbH on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) since 2014. It aims at strengthening the human resources, institutional capacities and know-how for harmonised and labour market-oriented TVET systems in the ASEAN region.


About GIZ:

The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is a global service provider in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development. GIZ has over 50 years of experience in a wide variety of areas, including economic development and employment, energy and the environment, and peace and security. As a public-benefit federal enterprise, GIZ supports the German Government – in particular the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) – and public and private sector clients in over 120 countries in achieving their objectives in international cooperation. With this aim, GIZ works together with its partners to develop effective solutions that offer people better prospects and sustainably improve their living conditions. (More information

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