SEAMEO Participates in the Finalization of HRD Plan for the Greater Mekong Subregion

Sunday, 22 August 2021 |

Representatives from various government agencies of the GMS countries including Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, and the Peoples Republic of China reviewed the plan and shared their insights and perspectives on the GMS HRD strategic thrusts on education, health and labor and migration sectors. The review also built on the achievements in the implementation of previous action plans. Representatives from development partners and institutions including SEAMEO, AUN, UNESCO, ILO, UNDP, and International Organization for Migration took part in the discussions and provided input in the various sectors.

The meeting included sharing of information on recent analytical work and good practices related to HRD and knowledge management. This was provided by the participating GMS countries, development partners and ADB. For SEAMEO, Dr Sauwakon Ratanawijitrasin, Centre Director, SEAMEO RIHED presented the initial findings of the ongoing policy action research on Harmonizing Academic Credit Transfer in the GMS which is currently being implemented by SEAMEO RIHED with support from ADB.

Dr Witaya Jeradechakul, Director, SEAMEO Secretariat presented a statement during the closing programme to indicate the areas of possible collaboration on the implementation of the 2013-2017 Strategic Framework and Action Plan for HRD in GMS, particularly in capacity building, higher education and research, technical and vocational education, and health. Dr Pratap Singhasivanon, Secretary General/Coordinator, SEAMEO TROPMED Network also provided input in the discussions on health sector.

The representatives from the GMS countries endorsed the GMS HRD Strategic Framework and Action Plan 2013-2017 for further approval of the senior officials of the GMS countries.

The cooperation in the Greater Mekong Subregion started in 1992 through the GMS Economic Cooperation Programme to promote economic and social development. HRD is one of the nine areas of cooperation. A working group on HRD was formed in 1995, and since then conducted various discussions and initiated activities to promote HRD in the GMS.

Participants to the 11th Meeting of Working Group on Human Resource Development for the Greater Mekong Subregion in a group photo.


The SEAMEO delegation includes
the SEAMEO Secretariat, SEAMEO RIHED and