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Mind the digital gap in Asia's post-COVID economy: Davos panelists

Singapore minister and others stress workforce upskilling for 'inclusive growth'

Migrants take shelter at a construction site in Ahmedabad, India, during the coronavirus crisis. Experts warn the pandemic could lead to greater inequality, as workers who cannot adapt to telework are left behind.   © Reuters

SINGAPORE -- Technology and telecommuting are transforming the way industries work in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. But governments must ensure the new era does not widen the economic divide between the digitally skilled and unskilled, prominent figures from Asia cautioned in this week's online Davos Agenda meetings.

"You've got to ensure that that doesn't lead to a greater inequality, between the knowledge professionals and others who can easily adapt to remote work, and the blue collar workers and others who really need to be at work," warned Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Singapore's senior minister and former deputy prime minister, in a panel discussion on Monday titled "Restoring Economic Growth."

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