Cambodia needs technocratic leaders to stay relevant in Industry 4.0

In Cambodia, there is an increasing demand for high-skilled laborers as the country aspires to transition to an upper middle or high-income country in the next few decades. To realize this vision, Cambodia needs more technocratic leaders who can play a critical role in supporting an effective system of government to drive economic and productivity growth and to move the country forward in the context of Industry 4.0.

Although technocratic governance has been criticized as anti-democratic, technocratic leaders can “bring a reputational advantage both in terms of knowledge and a sense of putting national interests above party political interests,” argued Kevin Featherstone, a professor at the London School of Economics.

A technocracy is a society or government that is run or shaped by scientific or technological experts. In its purest form, it is a system of governance that relies on expert knowledge as a basis for addressing critical issues affecting society.

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