A total of 37 delegates from 17 APEC member economies including Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Chile, China, Indonesia, Japan, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Russian Federation, Chinese Taipei, Thailand, the United States and Vietnam as well as representatives from international organizations such as UNESCO, APRU and WISE participated in a two-day workshop to determine the vision, objectives, targets and indicators as well as instruments and tools for achieving regional educational goals.

“This workshop provided a platform for APEC economies to forge and reinforce bilateral and multilateral co-operation in education and training, and many new initiatives, projects and programmes would come out,” said Mr. Pham Chi Cuong of the Vietnamese Ministry of Education and Training. Kanittha Hanirattisai from the Thai Ministry of Education, who believes that APEC economies should work together on the Action Plan of APEC Education Strategy to achieve the goal of a strong and cohesive education community, added that “the Action Plan will unify APEC member economies in a common drive to build a dynamic and prosperous Asia-Pacific community.”

Guest participants from other international organizations shared progress of related regional and global initiatives, and expressed support for the Action Plan of APEC Education Strategy.

After a two-day large group drafting session, participants reached agreement on the content and format of the Action Plan of APEC Education Strategy. The Workshop produced a draft that elaborated on vision and objectives, targets and indicators, instruments and tools, and projects and initiatives to drive forth a vision which focuses on competencies, innovation and employability. The draft will be finalized and submitted for endorsement in fall of 2017.