Vietnamese contestants at the 11th ASC (Photo: VNA)

Kuala Lumpur (VNA) – Vietnam won 10 gold medals, five silver and four bronze medals, ranking third at the 11 th ASEAN Skills Competition (ASC) that wrapped up in Malaysia on September 28.

Malaysia ranked first with 24 gold, four silver and five bronze medals while Indonesia came second. Thailand and Singapore ranked fourth and fifth, respectively.

Speaking at the closing ceremony, Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi stressed the importance of skilled workforce for the development of countries in the region, adding that together with education, occupational skill is an essential element in attracting foreign investors and driving the growth of each country.

The five-day competition, starting from September 24-26 drew about 280 young skilled workers, from 9 ASEAN member countries (Brunei did not join this year event) competing in 22 occupational skills and two performance skills.

The biennial event provides an opportunity for the exchange of knowledge, expertise and experience among delegates from member countries. This “meeting of minds” is expected to synergise the individual efforts of member countries to enhance skills training and standards in the region.

Singapore will host the 12th ASC in 2018.-VNA