The 43rd APEC Human Resources Development Working Group Meeting and The Capacity Building Network Meeting (Papua New Guinea, Port Moresby)
Papua New Guinea is the host economy of meetings of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum in 2018. The 1st Senior Officials’ Meeting (SOM1) and related meetings were held in the capital of Port Moresby from the end of February to the beginning of March. Of the related meetings, IIST took part in the 43rd Human Resources Development Working Group (HRDWG) meeting and, under the HRDWG, the Capacity Building Network (CBN) meeting held from February 27 to March 2.
-Plenary opening session of the HRDWG
-Plenary closing session of the HRDWG
-Joint meeting of the HRDWG and the Economic Committee (EC)
*For details, please see the full schedule (English).
APEC's theme for 2018 is “Harnessing Inclusive Opportunities, Embracing the Digital Future,” and the main issues are (1) improving connectivity and deepening regional economic integration, (2) promoting sustainable and inclusive growth, and (3) strengthening inclusive growth through structural reform. Under these targets, since human resources development in the digital age is a cross-sectional issue, a joint meeting was held for the first time with the Economic Committee (EC). The participants in this joint meeting confirmed the importance of considering the balance between structural reform and worker protection and different stages of development through appropriate policy approaches; promoting dialogue and considering vulnerable groups; promoting the improvement and supply of education and training befitting the digital age; promoting the international standardization of education; promoting the vitalization of regional labor markets and social security; and adopting an approach to issues that takes account of demographic changes, technological innovation, and the advance of globalization. In addition, discussions focused on the date for the 7th Human Resources Development Ministers' Meeting (HRDMM7) and preparations for next year's APEC meetings in Chile.
The CBN meeting was attended by 14 economies (Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, People's Republic of China, Japan, Republic of Korea, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Singapore, Chinese Taipei, Thailand, the United States, and Vietnam) and chaired by Chinese Taipei, which is serving as the network coordinator. The agenda included plan reviews, individual project progress reports, and future plans. Japan delivered a final report on implementation of the “Enhancing Mutual Recognition and Regional Cooperation for Skills and Job Qualifications in the APEC Region” project, which was completed at the end of 2017. Japan also gave an outline of a new project for which it is scheduled to submit an application in the current fiscal year and called for co-sponsors and cooperation.
Human Resource Development Dept.