The goal of human resources development in APEC is to promote the well-being of all people and achieve sustainable and inclusive economic growth in the region.
The Human Resources Development Working Group (HRDWG), established in 1990, has played an important role in building the region’s human capacity and achieving this goal.
The HRDWG implements initiatives on education, labor and capacity building to develop human resources. It derives its mandate from APEC Leaders and Ministers as well as Labor and Education Ministers. The group’s mission is to share knowledge, experience, and skills to strengthen human resource development and promote sustainable economic growth.
The HRDWG conducts its projects through three networks:
- Capacity Building Network (CBN)
- Education Network (EDNET)
- Labour and Social Protection Network (LSPN).
The following objectives guide the three HRDWG networks in achieving the HRDWG’s mission:
- Develop 21st Century Knowledge and Skills For All
- Integrate HRD into the Global Economy
- Address the Social Dimensions of Globalization.
Recognizing that human resources development is a cross-cutting issue, the HRDWG has been coordinating with several APEC working groups including the Committee on Trade and Investment (CTI), the Economic Committee (EC), the Small and Medium Enterprises Working Group (SMEWG), the Emergency Preparedness Working Group (EPWG), and the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC).
Points of collaboration include building human capital for business sectors; implementing the APEC New Strategy for Structural Reform (ANSSR); conducting disaster reduction education; and conducting skills mapping research exercises in the APEC region.
The HRDWG also cooperates with other international organizations such as the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) in the areas of labor and social protection and foreign language education and training.
For more information, see the Human Resources Development Working Group web blog.
Last page update: 24 October 2016