The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) was established in 1989 to promote economic cooperation and integration in the Asia-Pacific region. The Department of Labor's (DOL) Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB) heads the U.S. Government delegation to APEC's Human Resources Development Working Group (HRDWG), which addresses labor, employment, education and management issues. The Labor and Social Protection Network (LSPN), a component of the HRDWG, addresses key labor and employment issues, including labor markets, labor market information, social protection, sustainable employment and training and technical cooperation.

Chile will host the 42nd meeting of the Human Resources Development Working Group in 2019.

August 17-18, 2016: APEC "Healthy Women, Healthy Economies" Implementation Workshop: From Vision to Action - Lima, Peru 

The US-APEC Technical Assistance to Advance Regional Integration (US-ATAARI) team coordinated with the U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the U.S. Department of State to implement the "APEC 'Healthy Women, Healthy Economies' Implementation Workshop: From Vision to Action" in Lima, Peru on August 17-18, 2016. The two-day training attended by 43 public and private sector representatives from thirteen APEC member economies, aimed to encourage economies, businesses, and organizations to implement elements of the policy toolkit:

  • Demonstrating the economic and business cases for implementing the policy toolkit, quantifying how HWHE actions would positively impact the economy and the workforce as a whole;
  • Providing case studies of implementation in both governments and the private sector, offering participants the chance to apply tested practices that promise the best results in their respective economies, businesses, and organizations; and
  • Enhancing particpants' capactiy to track and measure progress in these policies and programs, so that they can realize the full impact of these reforms. 

February 17-21, 2014: Human Resources Development Working Group – Ningbo, China

The Lead Shepherd and Director-General of the Department of International Cooperation of China's Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security, Mr. Hao Bin, welcomed delegates from 16 member economies. The meeting focused largely on preparations for the upcoming 6th Human Resources Development (Labor) Ministerial Meeting. Discussions within the Labor and Social Protection Network centered on skills mismatch and investment; demographic challenges; strategies concerning the informal sector; underemployment of youth and women; pension reform; partnering the business sector; and support for migrant workers.

June 22-June 26, 2013: Human Resources Development Working Group — Medan, Indonesia

Indonesia hosted participants from 17 APEC member economies at the recent Human Resources Development Working Group (HRDWG) meeting. During the HRDWG Labor and Social Protection Network (LSPN) meeting, economies provided updates on labor and social protection developments. Common themes included the extension of social protection to the informal sector, skills mismatch between skills required by employers and those available in the labor market, and long-term unemployment. The OECD's Local Employment and Economic Development Program presented its most recent work on local skills mapping and employment creation. U.S. Department of Labor delegates presented the outcomes and recommendations of the "Advancing Inclusive Growth through Social Protection" project.


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