The first Cambodia 4.0 forum on “Youth 4.0” was held in Phnom Penh on September 19, aimed at encouraging young Cambodians to embrace digital training in all forms.

Minister of Civil Service Hun Many, in his capacity as chairman of the board of the non-profit Cambodia 4.0 Centre, urged the Kingdom’s youth to seize opportunities to learn the skills needed to build a digital society and economy, ensuring long-term growth for the nation.

Many noted the essential role of technology in the Fourth Industrial Revolution, or Industry 4.0, explaining that it aligns with the government’s goals of fostering a digital society and economy with long-term growth.

He highlighted how the promotion of diversification across all sectors – with a focus on digital technology – seeks to enhance competitiveness and guarantee the sustainability of national development, in line with the government’s 2030 and 2050 visions, where citizens take precedence.

He encouraged young people to learn from their environment, classrooms and from successful individuals.

“Knowledge serves as the foundation of success in every field. The absence of knowledge is inconceivable, and not knowing how to apply it is equally implausible. The acquisition of knowledge is essential for all aspects of life,” he said.

He also called on all stakeholders to work together to support the government in building a digital socio-economy.

Tan Monivann, vice-president of the Cambodia Chamber of Commerce (CCC), who also addressed the forum, said that in the current context, young people should be learning digital skills.

“Right now, digital tools and technology outpace human capabilities in speed, underscoring the importance of mastering digital skills to drive current and future economic growth,” he said.

“As such, I urge young individuals to prioritise acquiring proficiency in English, as it is a crucial step in eliminating digital illiteracy. Additionally, it is essential for young people to possess the skills to effectively harness digital technology and share its benefits with a broader audience,” he added.