The 42nd APEC Human Resources Development Working Group Meeting (Vietnam, Hanoi)
Vietnam is the host economy of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum in 2017. APEC’s theme for this year is “Creating New Dynamism, Fostering a Shared Future,” and the four targets are (1) promoting sustainable, innovative, and inclusive growth, (2) deepening regional economic integration, (3) strengthening the competitiveness and innovation of micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the digital age, and (4) enhancing food security and sustainable agriculture in response to climate changes. The previous 41st Human Resources Development Working Group (HRDWG) meeting was held in February 2017 in conjunction with the 1st Senior Officials’ Meeting (SOM1) held in Nha Trang. The 42nd HRDWG meeting was held in conjunction with SOM2 and a meeting of Ministers Responsible for Trade (MRT) in Hanoi. In addition to preparations for the High-Level Policy Dialogue on Human Resources Development (HLPDHRD) to be held on the following day, the HRDWG participants confirmed the terms of reference of the working group, the work plan for the current fiscal year, a strategic plan until 2020, and other matters.
-HRDWG - Plenary Meeting
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At a plenary session of the 42nd HRDWG meeting on May 14, the participants carried out preparatory works of the APEC Framework draft document, which was scheduled to be finalized after discussions in the High-Level Policy Dialogue on Human Resources Development in the Digital Age, to be held on the following day. This document cited the three priority areas of (1) the future of work in the digital age and labor market policy implications, (2) skills education and training, and (3) social protection. It also stated that the timeframe for implementation is from 2017 to 2025, with progress to be reviewed in 2022. In addition, Australia, Russia, the United States, and others introduced individual projects during the plenary session. Australia reported on the project “APEC Labor Mobility Framework” and expressed its desire to build a Regional Mobility Database. The APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) showed its support for Australia’s efforts, pointing out the importance of improving data to grasp the uneven distribution of the labor force in the region. In this connection, the Philippines mentioned the Japan-led Workshop on Enhancing Mutual Recognition and Regional Cooperation for Skills and Job Qualifications in the APEC Region, which it had attended the previous day, and suggested that the creation of a job mobility portal in the APEC region might be considered. Australia pointed out that at present a database on regional labor force mobility, which would be essential for this purpose, does not exist in the APEC region, so first of all it is important to gradually build such a database. In addition, the APEC Secretariat explained the APEC Services Competitiveness Roadmap (ASCR) Implementation Plan (2016?2025), the state of APEC project applications in the first half of 2017, and changes in the project screening system from the next fiscal year. Furthermore, the coordinator of the Education Network (EDNET) gave an outline of three related gatherings held this time, and a representative (the LSPN coordinator) from Papua New Guinea, APEC’s host country in the next fiscal year, shared information on a tentative schedule for next year.
Human Resource Development Dept.