APEC Priority: Human resources development

09:12 | 15/06/2017 Ten Years An APEC

(VEN) - The APEC High-Level Policy Dialogue on Human Resources Development in the Digital Age officially opened in Hanoi on May 15 within the framework of the Second Senior Officials’ Meeting (SOM2). At the dialogue, representatives from APEC member economies adopted a framework on human resources development in the digital age.

apec priority human resources development
Employees should be assisted to take advantage of opportunities in the digital age

New human resources requirements

According to Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam, in the 21st century, the world has seen the explosion of the internet, automation, digitization, knowledge-based development, artificial intelligence, and information technology (IT) breakthroughs. However, IT poses new requirements in terms of human resources development, and it is necessary to create conditions to meet these demands, Dam said.

A representative from the Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs said technology application and digitization offer opportunities to improve labor productivity and economic output. Besides, digitalization will facilitate the birth and development of new business models, new markets and employment opportunities. However, digitization poses many new challenges due to increased specialization in production.

To address these challenges, the APEC economies’ representatives at the dialogue recommended a special focus on skills, education and training to ensure that labor market participants are able to take advantage of new opportunities.

Approving priorities

Although they are facing challenges in meeting the digital economy’s different human resource needs, APEC economies have been showing stronger determination to ensure sustainable and comprehensive growth.

At the dialogue, representatives from APEC member economies adopted a framework on human resources development in the digital age. This framework comprises of appropriate policy orientations and measures to support economies in preparing to get workers ready to take opportunities and confront challenges related to digitalization of the labor market.

At the same time, the framework complements existing APEC initiatives such as the APEC Education Strategy for Education Reform and contributes to global efforts like the International Labor Organization (ILO)’s Future of Work initiative and the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

According to Deputy Minister of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs, Doan Mau Diep, prioritized areas of the framework include employment prospects in the digital age, implications for labor market policies; education, vocational training, and social welfare.

The framework on human resources development in the digital age is expected to be implemented from 2017-2025 and reviewed by APEC ministers in charge of human resource development by 2022.

Representatives of the 21 APEC member economies approved the joint declaration of the 2017 APEC High-Level Policy

Dialogue on Human Resources Development in the Digital Age. Priority areas and actions of this declaration will be mainly

implemented through the Human Resources Development Working Group.

Bao Thoa