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The 28th APEC Human Resources Development Working Group Meeting and The 7th Capacity Building Network Meeting (Ho Chi Minh City) [May 22-26, 2006]

The 28th APEC Human Resources Development Working Group Meeting and The 7th Capacity Building Network Meeting (Ho Chi Minh City)


Representing Japan, IIST has been participating in the HRDWG meetings and the CBN general meetings, which are held annually to discuss common capacity building issues in the APEC region and promote joint projects. This year, the meetings were held to examine the agenda for the Human Resource Ministers’ Meeting, to be held within the same year and to discuss the work program for 2007, in addition to checking the progress of on-going projects and examining new projects.

The 28th APEC Human Resources Development Working Group (HRDWG) meeting
Dates: May 22,23,26, 2006日
Place: Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam
Organized by, Supported by: Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) and the Vietnamese government
Participants: Representatives from 19 APEC members
Australia; Brunei Darussalam; Canada; Chile; Hong Kong, China; Indonesia; Japan; Republic of Korea; Malaysia; Mexico; New Zealand; Papua New Guinea; the Philippines; Singapore; Chinese Taipei; Thailand; the United States; and Vietnam

The 7th of the Capacity Building Network (CBN) general meeting
Seventeen APEC members dispatched representatives to the meeting held on May 24 and 25, 2006.


At the 28th HRDWG meeting, representatives from APEC member economies made presentations on “HRD and Innovation,” a theme set for the CBN as a common, interdisciplinary theme for all its members, from various viewpoints. Their presentations implied the diversity of APEC.
For the year 2006, Viet Nam proposed a theme of “Towards a Dynamic Community for Sustainable Development and Prosperity” and participants agreed to incorporate this theme in the project plan.

At the CBN general meeting, reports were made on the projects now underway and the projects that had been completed. Representing Japan, IIST reported on the following projects.

[Evaluation Reports]
「Capacity Building for Recycling-Based Economy (RBE) in APEC」 「Enhanced Risk Management System in the APEC Region」
[Progress Reports]
「Capacity Building for the New International Architecture in Trade and Investment」
Symposiums and workshops had been organized to develop human resources who can deal with new economic frameworks, including WTO rules and free trade agreements (FTA), and to further improve their quality.

New Corporate Procurement Strategy on Trade in Goods and Services in APEC Region?Supply Chain Options with CSR Perspective
Implementation plans for the project was discussed, including development of cases on corporate social responsibilities throughout the supply chain including small & medium size businesses.

[Project Proposed]
Japan and Malaysia made the following proposals, which were both strongly supported and approved by participants. IIST will be responsible for the implementation of the Japanese project.

Capacity Building for Investment Liberalization and Facilitationv
The project will gather good practice cases for facilitating foreign investment to be used at training seminars, targeting government policy makers and business sector people.

Open Distance Education (ODE) for Greater Equity and Access among Poor and Rural Communities
Malaysia proposed this project to enhance capacity of the people in the remote areas to eliminate disparities, which will be implemented through open distance education

IIST received high evaluation of its contribution to the APEC HRD initiatives, with projects implemented successfully. For the new project proposed by the Institute, 11 members expressed their support and are expected to actively participate in the project.

Human Resources Development Working Group (HRDWG) meeting

Human Resources Development Working Group (HRDWG) meeting

Capacity Building Network (CBN) meeting

Capacity Building Network (CBN) meeting

Group photo at the HRDWG meeting

Group photo at the HRDWG meeting

Human Resource Development Dept.

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