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Human Resources Development

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) was established in 1990 and conducts work programs on developing human resources, focusing on issues ranging from education, capacity building to labor and social protection. In addition, the HRDWG has responsibilities to help build cultural awareness and promote gender equality as well as be responsible for including disability issues in its workplan. The mission of HRDWG is “Sharing knowledge, experience, and skills to strengthen human resource development and promote sustainable and inclusive economic growth.” The working group is guided by these three objectives:

  • Develop 21st century knowledge and skills for all
  • Integrate human resources development into the global economy
  • Address the social dimension of globalization

To accomplish these objectives, the HRDWG conducts its work program both through the working group directly and through its three networks:

  • The Capacity Building Network (CBN), which focuses on skills development, human resource management and vocational training through crosscutting collaboration to facilitate 21st century talents, enhance employability and provide quality employment.
  • The Education Network (EDNET), which focuses on fostering strong and vibrant learning systems across APEC member economies, promoting quality and equitable education to enable people of all ages to meet the challenges of rapid change in today’s world through enhancing competencies, accelerating innovation and increasing employability. For more details, please refer to the EDNET webpage available here.
  • The Labour and Social Protection Network (LSPN), which focuses on fostering strong and flexible labor markets and strengthening social protection, including social safety nets, through evidence-based interventions, collaboration, technical co-operation and the provision of labor market and social protection information and analysis to address sustainable human resource development across APEC member economies. 

In order to support the APEC 2022 theme, “Open. Connect. Balance.”, Thailand proposed the following as HRDWG’s theme for 2022: “Shaping Smart Citizens with Digitalization and Eco-friendly Awareness.”

Last page update: February 2022


Professor Dong Sun Park
HRDWG Lead Shepherd
Email: [email protected], [email protected]
Benjamin TAN (Mr)
Program Director

Current Activities

Key achievements and areas of focus:

  • Implementing the APEC Education Strategy, endorsed by the 6th APEC Education Ministerial Meeting in 2016, which sets the framework for guiding future projects and collaborative initiatives for the benefit of the region, based on the following three pillars:
    • Enhancing and aligning competencies to the needs of individuals, societies and economies
    • Accelerating innovation
    • Increasing employability.
  • The development and implementation of the APEC Framework on Human Resources Development in the Digital Age which was endorsed at the High-Level Policy Dialogue on Human Resources Development in the Digital Age held in May 2017 in Viet Nam. The Framework provides a platform for strengthening human resources development in the region, increasing worker preparedness for the digital age, and ensuring that labor market policies match the changing needs of the region’s labor market.
  • The implementation of the APEC Economic Policy Report for 2017 (AEPR) on Structural Reform and Human Capital Development , which was released by APEC in November 2017—the first time an AEPR has focused specifically on human capital development. This report contains a number of specific policy recommendations that HRDWG is currently working to implement in collaboration with the Economic Committee.
  • Advancing the APEC Services Competitiveness Roadmap (ASCR) Implementation Plan 2016–2025  to facilitate the mobility of skilled labor and professionals, and to ensure the quality of skills and competencies that meet the supply chain demands of the region.

HRDWG’s project work

In support of these core areas of focus, the HRDWG’s three networks have a number of active APEC projects currently underway related to labor mobility, qualifications recognition, digital literacy, global competencies and youth employment, the details of which are accessible  here.


The HRDWG’s lead shepherd serves as the working group’s chair and each network has one coordinator. The Lead Shepherd and Network Coordinators will have as their Co-Chair a representative from the HRDWG host economy who will serve in the co-chair capacity for one year.

The current HRDWG Lead Shepherd (2021-2022) is Professor Dong Sun Park (Korea). Contact: [email protected] and [email protected] (copy his assistant Mr. Sangwon Lee: [email protected]).

The Co-Chair for APEC HRDWG 2022 is Dr. Suphat Champatong. Contact: coordinating officer Ms. Patsri Siriprapa [email protected]

The current Network Coordinators are:

  • Capacity Building Network:
    Urdaneta Rosanna (The Philippines, CBN Coordinator for 2021-2022); contact [email protected]
    Mr. Jullapong Thaveesri (Thailand, CBN Co-Chair for 2022); contact [email protected] and two coordinating officers: Ms. Nattaya Suekkasem  [email protected] and Mr. Chalee Kansiri  [email protected]    
  • Education Network:
    Dr. Wang Yan
     (China, EDNET Coordinator for 2021-2022); contact [email protected]
    Ms. Duriya Amatavivat (Thailand, EDNET Co-chair for 2022); contact [email protected]  
  • Labour and Social Protection Network:
    Jessica Russell (New Zealand, LSPN Coordinator for 2021-2022): contact [email protected]
  • Mr. Sarmart Pattamasukhon (Thailand, LSPN Co-Chair for 2022): contact coordinating officer, Ms Manapat Younghatte, [email protected]   


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