Greater demand for tertiary education
Growing elderly population
Pressures on resources and the environment
New infectious diseases and pandemics
Chronic conditions and diseases associated with age and lifestyle changes
Capacity-building has always been an important component of APEC. Free trade increases opportunity; and capacity-building enables people to access those opportunities. Today, capacity-building is critical.
In 2009, APEC Leaders directed member economies to ensure that new economic growth would be balanced, inclusive, sustainable and knowledge-based. This has given capacity-building activities strategic urgency.
An APEC Human Resources Ministerial Meeting is scheduled to take place 16 ? 17 September in Beijing, China and will build on the work and recommendations of the HRDWG to date. Discussions will focus on:
Maintaining and expanding employment and adopting employment-oriented macro-economic policies;
Improving social safety nets and reinforcing social protection and employment assistance for vulnerable groups; and
Enhancing human resources capacity building and preparing the workforce to revitalise economic growth.
Ministers are expected to endorse a multi-year strategic plan.