With the aim of enhancing the global capacity of seafarers in the APEC region, the Republic of Korea would like to hold an international forum to explore and exchange knowledge and ideas on the future direction of building the global capacity of seafarers among APEC economies on October 27-28, 2017. With the close cooperation of co-sponsoring economies of the United States and Viet Nam, a wide range of experts from government, academia, and industry in APEC economies will be invited to actively participate in discussions on the following major issues:
1) Identify the key competencies of seafarers in terms of building global capacity in order to be a well-qualified workforce ready to join the world shipping industry;
2) Explore a new framework for improved training and an education system to enhance seafarers’ global capabilities;
3) Discuss the provision of systematic and continuous development opportunities for seafarers as part of a lifelong learning system; and
4) Suggest future actions and request a joint effort among APEC economies to achieve the proposed actions.