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Wednesday, January 22 2020 - 09:57
Grab Advances 'Tech For Good' Agenda at WEF; Contributes to New Industry Guidelines
DAVOS, Switzerland, Jan. 22, 2020 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

Grab, Southeast Asia's leading super app, today convened global leaders on the 
sidelines of the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland, to 
discuss the roles and expectations of technology companies in using "technology 
for good" to drive society forward. Grab also contributed to the development of 
two sets of industry guidelines that outlined best practices around the nascent 
industry of the platform economy and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies. 

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The Grab-hosted event, "Unlocking Technology for Good", was attended by 
influential figures across the public and private sectors. His Excellency Luhut 
Pandjaitan, Indonesia's Coordinating Minister for Maritime and Investment 
Affairs, opened the event (full transcript here by 
calling for closer collaboration between governments and the private sector to 
"utilize technology for the advancement of the economic and social improvements 
for our citizens". He advised that "the best way for governments and tech 
industry leaders like Grab to work together is to use tech for good, and commit 
to a common goal of building for future generations - developing quality human 
capital and solving long-term problems like air pollution by developing an 
Electric Vehicle ecosystem." 

Grab's Group CEO and Co-founder, Anthony Tan also hosted a panel discussion 
with His Excellency Airlangga Hartarto, Coordinating Minister for Economic 
Affairs, Republic of Indonesia; Sanjay Poonen, Chief Operating Officer, VMWare; 
Michael Froman, Chairman of Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth and 
Vice-Chairman and President of Strategic Growth; and Peggy Johnson, Executive 
Vice President of Business Development, Microsoft.

His Excellency Airlangga Hartarto, Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs, 
Republic of Indonesia said, "First, we want to create policies that facilitate 
the growth of the innovation and tech-based economy, including digital platform 
businesses like Grab. Technology will play a key role for the implementation of 
Industry 4.0, and open up access to financial services for all - to make 
financial inclusion a reality." 

Minister Airlangga added, "Second, we want our regulations to be 
investment-friendly, while continuing to uphold the principles of good 
governance, particularly on the issue of data protection."

Grab contributes to guidelines for the responsible use of new technologies

Through the World Economic Forum platform, Grab signed onto "The Charter of 
Principles for Good Platform Work (", which furthers its 
advocacy for responsible digital platform practices that benefit workers. 
Supported by global platform companies, the Charter aims to provide a guide for 
all stakeholders, including governments, platform companies and workers 
themselves, to collaborate on initiatives that enhance the wellbeing of 
platform workers, based on key principles for good platform work. Good 
practices by platform companies, for example, Grab's Break the Silence 
initiative to expand inclusion by supporting the deaf and others with ability 
impairments to use its platform for income opportunities, and efforts to bridge 
ASEAN's digital skills gap with digital literacy and upskilling training 
opportunities for its driver-partners, were also highlighted as examples for 
others in the industry to consider and emulate. 

Grab also helped to shape the second edition Model AI Government Framework 
( released by the Info-communications Media Development 
Authority of Singapore, and contributed a use case example to help 
organisations implement the Model Framework. As an "AI-everywhere" 
organisation, Grab uses AI across its platform to solve problems in Southeast 
Asia, such as stamping out fraudulent transactions and allocating rides and 
food orders more efficiently. By sharing the collective learnings of Grab's 
over 300 strong AI and data science workforce, Grab hopes to inspire creative 
problem-solving using AI, and encourage responsible deployment of AI.

"Applying new technologies can have a profound impact on the lives and 
livelihoods of people. Over 20 percent of our driver-partners did not work 
prior to joining the Grab platform. By helping more people earn incomes, Grab 
contributed nearly US$6 billion to the Southeast Asia economy in the past 
year," said Anthony Tan, Group CEO & Co-founder, Grab. 

"Yet the widening digital divide in developing markets and debates over the 
ethical use of tech reflects that tech companies can do more to step up as 
responsible industry players. Grab believes in taking a proactive approach to 
self-regulate in the interest of improving our partners' livelihoods. We are 
proactively committing to a set of key principles for good platform work and AI 
deployment, and hope it can serve as a useful basis for governments and other 
industry players to begin collaborating on solutions," added Anthony.

The above initiatives are an extension of the company's "Grab for Good" 
programme, where it commits to bringing digital literacy and inclusion to 3 
million Southeast Asians by 2025, helping an additional 5 million traditional 
businesses and small merchants digitise their workflows, and training 20,000 
students through tech talent initiatives in partnership with educational 
institutions, non-profit organisations and leading technology companies.

About Grab

Grab is the leading everyday super app in Southeast Asia, providing everyday 
services that matter most to consumers. Today, the Grab app has been downloaded 
onto over 166 million mobile devices, giving users access to over 9 million 
drivers, merchants and agents. Grab offers the widest range of on-demand 
transport services in the region, in addition to food, package delivery, 
digital payments and financial services, across 339 cities in eight Southeast 
Asian countries. For more information, see: 

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