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Asia Pacific Parliamentary Forum
5th Annual Meeting January 7-10, 1997
Vancouver, Canada

Resolution submitted by the Philippine delegation
Human resource development

The Fifth Annual Meeting of the Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum,

Aware that skilled and well-trained human resources are a very important factor for the enhancement of life and for socio-economic development;

Recognizing that ILO working standards should take into consideration socio-economic realities of individual countries;

Concerned that the recent trends in globalization and in the formation of regional blocs makes it doubly important for the Asia Pacific countries to invest heavily in human resources so that it can cope with the pressure of international competitiveness in foreign and domestic markets;

Emphasizing the need for continuously improving and upgrading functional literacy, training and skill formation for the rapid restructuring of industrial production and technology which is currently taking place not only in the Asia Pacific region but all over the world;

Resolves to:

Encourage governments of APPF countries to formulate the necessary strategies to strengthen human resources development in cooperation with the appropriate international agencies, taking into account the varying individual capabilities of the developing countries, and the need to guarantee non-discriminatory practices against migrant workers;

Call on the governments of APPF countries to develop highly skilled, productive, disciplined and adaptable work force, which can respond to changing demands imposed by the development of new technologies and market requirements and at the same time be able to remain competitive;

Call on the developed countries of the Asia-Pacific region to undertake mutually beneficial programs with the developing countries to enhance the quality of education of the young to enable them to respond effectively to the challenges of development of the region;

Urge APPF member Parliaments to pass measures to improve the quality of life of the work force through enhanced labour standards, better social security measures and adequate occupational health and safety measures.

Adopted unanimously on January 9, 1997, in Vancouver.