In this region, in 2021, the IECD guaranteed the continuity of its activities despite strict, prolonged restrictions by the authorities in order to deal with the impact of the health crisis. During the 10-month lockdown in Vietnam the beneficiaries were able to continue with their training thanks to classes and support provided remotely by the staff.
In Thailand the HCTC hospitality school has stood out with its ability to adapt the offer at the training restaurant to local demand and to take quick measures under the ‘Objective: Employment’ scheme to help young graduates to get a job.
Following the coup d’état in Myanmar in February 2021 the IECD has changed its role in the country, switching from direct operator to a provider of technical assistance for a local partner in order to continue with our training and professional integration initiatives in catering and bakery/pastry-making. The IECD started its first initiative in the Philippines, providing technical assistance to Passerelles Numériques who train young people in digital trades. Lastly, the ASSET-H&C network provided support to 13 partner schools, many of whom were able to relaunch their activities thanks to local technical and financial support.