New Zealand was a founding member of APEC which promotes trade and economic growth in the Asia-Pacific region. APEC is of considerable economic and political significance to New Zealand.
Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) is a regional economic forum established in 1989.
Ministers representing various other portfolios, senior officials and members of various APEC forums meet throughout the year to launch new initiatives, track the progress of existing programmes and implement directives from the leaders.
The Human Resources Development Working Group
A key focus for our interest in APEC is the Human Resources Development Working Group (HRDWG).
Established in 1990, HRDWG focuses on
- building regional human capacity
- implementing initiatives on education, labour and capacity building.
The group conducts its projects through 3 networks. We are interested in 1 of these: the Labour and Social Protection Network.
The Labour and Social Protection Network (LSPN) Group
The Labour and Social Protection Network Group is a forum for sharing best practice on labour issues with other APEC economies.
It fosters human capacity building, social integration, and strong and flexible labour markets by developing useful labour market information and policy, improved workplace conditions and practices, and strong social safety nets.