The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has been steadfast in its aim to improve the people’s quality of life, to achieve economic growth sustainability, and to strengthen economic relations among nations. With these objectives, the OECD’s Employment and Skills Strategies in Southeast Asia (ESSSA) initiative has been persistent in networking skills and labor agencies from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and OECD member states since 2008.

 

Built on the platform of OECD’s ESSSA initiative, the Southeast Asia Regional Policy Network (SEARPN) on Education and Skills consistently addresses pressing national issues and socio-economic concerns by promoting formation and implementation of economic, employment and skills policies.

 

The 3-day event will be featuring the 8th Annual Experts’ Meeting of the Initiative on ESSA, the 4th Regional Policy Forum on TVET from GIZ, and the Policy Forum on Employment and Skills Strategy.

 

Resource speakers from OECD, GIZ and DOLE will present topics and research studies on mapping of skilled workers and employers which are geared towards effective skills policies formulation and implementation. Approximately 235 participants from OECD and ASEAN member states, international organizations, key stakeholders from the TVET portfolio, national and local government, industry groups, and academia are expected to attend.

Population growth in the Southeast Asia region poses a major challenge in global economic growth and sustainability with the influx of workers in the labor market. But with effective governance mechanisms, the quality of education and skills training of personnel across nations will be further optimized.