The 34th APEC Human Resources Development Working Group Meeting and The 13th Capacity Building Network Meeting (Moscow)
As the representative organization of Japan, IIST has been participating in the Human Resources Development Working Group (HRD-WG) and the Capacity Building Network (CBN) of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) ever since APEC's founding. In 2012, with Russia as the host economy of APEC leaders' meeting, the 34th HRD-WG Meeting and the 13th CBN Meeting were held in Moscow. The participating economies engaged in discussions with the aim of contributing to APEC in the field of managerial human resources development.
-APEC Education Pre-Ministerial Research Symposium
-HRD-WG Special Session: HRD-PPP Thematic Dialogue
-34th HRD-WG and 13th CBN Meeting; tour of Moscow
-13th CBN Meeting
-34th HRD-WG Meeting
*For details, please refer to the overall schedule (in English). IIST participated from the Thematic Dialogue on February 7.
In the Thematic Dialogue on February 7, in order to study the role of public-private partnerships (PPPs) in HRD-WG activities, Russia, the host economy, gave presentations on the utilization of and expectations for PPPs in the fields of vocational training, social security, and job creation. In light of this presentation, in the HRD-WG Meeting it was proposed that more stakeholders should be involved and that cooperative relations with other APEC fora should be strengthened so that PPPs become a new platform for HRD-WG activities. In particular, in order to promote the participation of business sector personnel in the HRD-WG, it was hoped that the CBN, which has close relations with business circles, will play an important role. It was agreed that through these activities the HRD-WG will address the priority issues of APEC under Russia's leadership in 2012, including trade and investment liberalization and regional economic integration, and thus will contribute to achieving the overall goals of APEC.
Eleven economies participated in the 13th CBN Meeting (Australia, Brunei Darussalam, the People's Republic of China, Indonesia, Japan, the Republic of Korea, the Republic of the Philippines, the Russian Federation, Chinese Taipei, Thailand, and Viet Nam). Among the project reports delivered by the participating economies, Japan gave an outline of the "Strengthening Human Resource Management System of SMEs for Facilitating Successful Trade and Investment in APEC" project, which started its activities in December 2011.
On the initiative of Japan, which serves as the CBN coordinator, the participants discussed the role of the CBN and future direction and confirmed that CBN activities would contribute to trade and investment liberalization and regional economic integration. In addition, on the basis of hearings current issues from each economy, the members decided important themes to be tackled over the next year, such as the promotion of innovation required in global competition, improvement of business practices, and SMEs' participation in global supply chains. They also agreed that each economy would suggest new CBN projects along the lines of these important themes.
Human Resource Development Dept.