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Workshop on Enhancing Mutual Recognition and Regional Cooperation for Skills and Job Qualifications in the APEC Region (Hanoi) [May 13, 2017]

Workshop on Enhancing Mutual Recognition and Regional Cooperation for Skills and Job Qualifications in the APEC Region (Hanoi)


As an effort to promote the mobility of people within the APEC region, this project aims to promote the mutual recognition of skills and job qualifications and understanding of the present state of related regional cooperation and thereby to contribute to the debate about mobility in the APEC region. In the first half of the project, a survey of literature and interviews were conducted regarding best practices in the region. Based on the results of these investigations, the workshop was held with the aim of sharing information with as many related persons and experts as possible and as an opportunity to absorb further input.

Main Schedule

Afternoon of Saturday, May 13, 2017, at the Vietnam National Convention Center (Hanoi)
*For details, see the whole schedule (in English) here.

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Speakers: 4 persons (Australia, Chinese Taipei, Vietnam, Japan)
Project researchers: 1 moderator, 2 others
Other participants: 30 persons (from the APEC Business Advisory Council [ABAC], Australia, Brunei Darussalam, People's Republic of China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Chinese Taipei, Vietnam, etc.)


As the results of efforts so far to promote mutual recognition within the APEC region, the project researchers noted that the establishment of qualification management agencies and qualification frameworks to fulfill the conditions of mutual recognition had led to (1) the qualitative improvement of workers and (2) the supply of indicators for the employment of local human resources by international companies. In addition, with regard to labor mobility in the region, the achievement of which still faces many hurdles, it was pointed out that the following issues need to be addressed in the future: (1) differences among economies in their definition of qualifications and methods; (2) differences in priority issues in the policies of each economy and implementation capabilities; and (3) little use of mutual recognition systems by workers themselves for working abroad. Furthermore, as solutions to these issues, the participants cited (1) the setting of achievable targets; (2) the participation of all related stakeholders; (3) the establishment of administrative organizations consisting of stakeholder representatives; (4) the thorough publication of best practices in trailblazing economies; (5) the strengthening of marketing and supply of incentives for mutually recognized qualifications; (6) recognition of differences in implementation methods among economies and gradual efforts to align them; and (7) first of all, the promotion of best practices in economies with similar characteristics. The results of the workshop will be reflected in the final report to be compiled by November and will be published and released in both an abridged version and full report version.

*The final project report can be obtained here from the APEC website (English only).

Scene of lecture by speaker

Scene of lecture by speaker

(Above) Scene of the venue(Below) Commemorative photo with seminar speakers

(Above) Scene of the venue
(Below) Commemorative photo with seminar speakers

Human Resource Development Dept.

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