Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)
Dr. Kim (second from the right), Lead Shepherd, speaking to the members of the Human Resources Development Working Group at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting in Russia.
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.
China will host the next HRDWG meeting in January 2014 and Vietnam will host a meeting of labor and employment ministers in the fall of 2014.
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.
November 13-15, 2012: Human Resources Development Forum on the Socially Vulnerable Chiba, Japan
Case studies from APEC member economies on “Vocational Training for the Socially Vulnerable toward Income Generating Activities” were presented in Chiba, Japan in November. Vocational training experts discussed best practices in terms of approaches and programs designed to increase the labor force participation of the socially vulnerable, including youth, women, persons with disabilities, migrants, and minorities.
July 24-27, 2012: Advancing Inclusive Growth through Social Protection (Part II) Manila, Philippines
DOL in collaboration with the Philippines' Department of Social Welfare and Development co-hosted a follow-up meeting to last year's San Francisco seminar on the same subject. The Manila meeting focused on devising a set of best practices and recommendations for ensuring greater effectiveness and sustainability of social protection measures and systems.
March 20-21, 2012: APEC Symposium on Human Capital Policies for Green Growth and Employment Washington DC
The two-day Symposium convened experts from 16 APEC member economies and international organizations to discuss sustainable economic development policies. Assistant Secretary of Labor for Employment and Training Jane Oates outlined how newly implemented training programs are helping the American workforce compete internationally. "By developing strong partnerships with other federal agencies, employers, and education providers, we were able to provide training for clean energy jobs that not only makes our workforce more competitive now, but will continue to provide that competitive advantage in the future as our economic recovery accelerates," said Oates.
February 5-10, 2012: 34th meeting of the HRDWG Moscow, Russian Federation
Participants in the meeting included representatives of 19 Asia-Pacific economies. The LSPN held a special forum during the HRDWG on factors affecting employment elasticity, high quality jobs, labor productivity and participation. The forum included a presentation from the OECD and its Local Economic and Employment Development (LEED) program on policy implementation and cross-cutting approaches towards building more and better quality jobs. The subsequent discussion highlighted the role of local flexibility in policy delivery and the formation of collaborative networks.
September 12-13, 2011: Advancing Inclusive Growth through Social Protection San Francisco, CA
DOL hosted a seminar in San Francisco entitled "Advancing Inclusive Growth through Social Protection." Experts discussed programs designed to address the challenges faced by dislocated and unemployed workers, workers in the informal sector and other vulnerable workers.
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