GMS Working Group on Human Resource Development (WGHRD)

The Working Group on Human Resource Development (WGHRD) seeks to promote human resource development cooperation in the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS).

Established in 1995, the WGHRD has been addressing subregional issues in education and skills development; labor and migration; health; and social development. The Strategic Framework and Action Plan for HRD in the GMS 2009-2012 was formally endorsed at the 15th GMS Ministerial Conference in June 2009.

At the 10th GMS WHRD workshop held on 18-19 May, representatives from the six GMS countries assessed the implementation of the SFAP for Human Resource Development in the GMS (2009-2012) and identified emerging HRD challenges and priorities for inclusion in the GMS Strategic Framework 2012-2022.

The goal of the HRD strategy is to foster sustainable regional human resource development to contribute to increased subregional competitiveness, connectivity and community. The objectives are to support HRD initiatives that directly facilitate the process of subregional cooperation and integration, and address cross-border HRD issues directly linked to GMS integration.

Structure

The overarching WHGRD consists of five representatives from each country - a WGHRD focal point plus a focal point for each of the 4 subsectors (education; health; labor and migration; and social development).

Separate subsector working groups have been formed under the overarching WGHRD for each of the 4 subsectors. The subsector focal points on the overarching WGHRD are also the members of the subsector working groups. Furthermore, Country subsector focal points convene country meetings of ministries and agencies to facilitate country level discussion on specific action.

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