The goal of human resources development in APEC is to promote the well-being of all people and achieve sustainable and inclusive economic growth in the region.

The Human Resources Development Working Group (HRDWG), established in 1990, has played an important role in building the region’s human capacity and achieving this goal.

The HRDWG implements initiatives on education, labor and capacity building to develop human resources. It derives its mandate from APEC Leaders and Ministers as well as Labor and Education Ministers. The group’s mission is to share knowledge, experience, and skills to strengthen human resource development and promote sustainable economic growth.

The HRDWG conducts its projects through three networks:

  • Capacity Building Network (CBN)
  • Education Network (EDNET)
  • Labour and Social Protection Network (LSPN).

The following objectives guide the three HRDWG networks in achieving the HRDWG’s mission:

  • Develop 21st Century Knowledge and Skills For All
  • Integrate HRD into the Global Economy
  • Address the Social Dimensions of Globalization.

Recognizing that human resources development is a cross-cutting issue, the HRDWG has been coordinating with several APEC working groups including the Committee on Trade and Investment (CTI), the Economic Committee (EC), the Small and Medium Enterprises Working Group (SMEWG), the Emergency Preparedness Working Group (EPWG), and the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC).

Points of collaboration include building human capital for business sectors; implementing the APEC New Strategy for Structural Reform (ANSSR); conducting disaster reduction education; and conducting skills mapping research exercises in the APEC region.

The HRDWG also cooperates with other international organizations such as the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) in the areas of labor and social protection and foreign language education and training.

For more information, see the Human Resources Development Working Group web blog.

Last page update: 24 October 2016

Current Activities


HRDWG is currently headed by the Acting Deputy Lead Shepherd, Ms. Ksenia Elovskih (Russia) 

Main Progress of 2016 

    √ Endorsed the APEC Labour Mobility Framework and agreed to Australia submitting the draft framework to SOM3 for consideration and directions by Senior Officials. 
    √ Endorsed the APEC Framework for Youth Education, Employment and Entrepreneurship. 
    √ Agreed to discuss the documents for the 6thAEMM.
    √ Adopted the Joint Statement for the 6th AEMM
    √ Adopted the paragraphs for the Leader’ Declaration
    √ Adopted the APEC Education Strategy
    Ongoing Activities:
    √ Agreed to submit amendments to the HRDWG TOR intersessionally.
    √ Agreed to start working on the HRDWG Strategic Plan 2016-2020. A Draft Committee was establish for that.
    √ Agreed to revise the draft responses to the Independent Assessment recommendations (2014)

2016 HRDWG Meetings:

  1. 38th Human Resources Development Working Group; Arequipa, Peru, May 7-10 2016
  2. 39th Human Resources Development Working Group; Lima, Peru, August 20, 2016
  3. 40th Human Resources Development Working Group; Lima, Peru, October 4, 2016    

Joint Meeting:

√ HRDWG and PPSTI (Lima, Peru, 16 August 2016). It was chaired by Ms Ksenia Elovskih, HRDWG DLS and Mr. Linhao Chen, PPSTI Chair.

The Joint meeting was focused in 2 main subjects:
1) Cross-cutting issues and how to manage it and synergy Projects.
2) Advancing on Cross-Border education and Inter-University Collaboration. Under these subjects member economies made presentations on cross-cutting issues projects for synergy engagement.

Workshops during the HRDWG Meetings:

  1. Workshop on Youth Strategies: Arequipa, Peru, May 09 2016. The Workshop was chaired by Mr. Meng-Liang Tsai, CBN coordinator; Ms. Kuei-Yen Liao, deputy CBN coordinator; and Mr. Malcolm Greening, LSPN coordinator. Members from 15 economies attended the workshop. Representatives from ABAC, ILO, OECD and RMIT University were also present. The presentations were focus on holistic overview of youth strategies.
  2. Workshop on Integrating STEM Competencies in Education: Lima, Peru, August 18-19 2016.  The workshop was led by Peru and it was under the APEC Project “Identification of relevant experiences regarding mechanisms to integrate STEM in education and the promotion of STEM Learning Communities” (HRD 09 2016S) by Peru. The event raised awareness about the need to equip people with the required skills to innovate, solve complex problems and think creatively.
  3. Symposium on Human Resources Development - Towards a Sustainable, Inclusive and Productive Development (EC- HRDWG Joint Meeting): Lima, Peru 19 August 2016. The workshop highlighted the relationship between structural reform and human capital development, with emphasis in education and labour.
  4. Symposium on Strategies for Strengthening Employability Soft Skills - Facilitating Quality Growth through Upskilling: Lima, Peru, October 03, 2016.  It was led by Peru and highlighted the development of soft skills and its importance for economies. Also referred to cases studies and best practices on soft skills development for job competences and career planning, and for facilitating quality growth through upskilling.


The Sixth APEC Education Ministerial Meeting (6AEMM)  It was held on October, 5-6 2016 in Lima Peru. It was chaired by Peru and Co-chair by Russia.


    √ Ministers adopted the 6th APEC Education Ministerial Meeting Joint Statement: “An Inclusive and Quality Education” which it is focus in boosting productivity and people’s livelihoods across the region amid the evolution of the globalization economy. Also, describes collaborative actions to be taken onward by economies to enhance competencies, innovation and employability of the region’s work forces.
    √ Ministers endorsed the APEC Education Strategy: The AES envisages that APEC by 2030 will have a strong and cohesive education community characterised by inclusive and quality education that supports sustainable economic growth, social wellbeing and employability of men and women in APEC economies. To accomplish the vision, economies have agreed to work collaboratively to advance actions to realise the following three objectives: Competencies, Innovation and Employability.
    √ Ministers adopted, as a contribution to the Leaders’ Declaration 2 paragraphs which highlight the importance of continuing to work an inclusive and quality education and improving education in the Asia Pacific Region under the principles established in the APEC Education Strategy.  

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14 May 2017 42nd Human Resource Development Working Group (HRDWG) Meeting Ha Noi, Viet Nam
14 May 2017 High-Level Policy Dialogue on Human Resource Development in The Digital Age Ha Noi, Viet Nam
13 May 2017 Preparatory Meeting for the High-level Policy Dialogue on Human Resource Development in the Digital Age, Ha Noi Ha Noi, Viet Nam
13 May 2017 Workshop on Studies for Enhancing Mutual Recognition and Regional Cooperation for Skills and Job Qualifications in the APEC Region Ha Noi, Viet Nam
12 May 2017 Workshop on Enhancing Social Protection in APEC Ha Noi, Viet Nam
11 May 2017 Workshop on Labour Market Information in the Digital Age Ha Noi, Viet Nam
04 May 2017 [HRD 04 2016A] Project Data Analytics Raising Employment (DARE): An Employer Driven Approach to Prepare the Youth Workforce for a Data Driven Future (Advisory Group Meeting) , Singapore
06 Mar 2017 APEC Workshop on Improving Quality Employment Opportunities for Women Bangkok, Thailand
22 Feb 2017 Human Resource Development Working Group (HRDWG) Meeting Nha Trang, Viet Nam
21 Feb 2017 Human Resource Development Working Group - Capacity Building Network (HRDWG-CBN) Nha Trang, Viet Nam
21 Feb 2017 Human Resource Development Working Group - Education Network (HRDWG-EDNET) Nha Trang, Viet Nam
21 Feb 2017 Human Resource Development Working Group - Labor and Social Protection Network (HRDWG-LSPN) Nha Trang, Viet Nam
20 Feb 2017 Human Resource Development Working Group (HRDWG) Meeting Nha Trang, Viet Nam
19 Feb 2017 Human Resource Development Working Group (HRDWG) - Workshop on Education and Start- up for Women Athletes Nha Trang, Viet Nam
18 Feb 2017 HRDWG-led Cross-Fora Workshop on the Development of an APEC Labour Mobility Framework Nha Trang, Viet Nam