Capacity Building Network (CBN)

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The Capacity Building Network (CBN) is a part of the APEC Human Resources Development Working Group.  CBN promotes human resource development by building organizational capacity in government/public, private and not-for-profit sectors in strengthening markets by means of:

  • The encouragement of management best practices in the APEC region, particularly in relation to the impact of globalization,
  • Improved enterprise and sectoral responsiveness and performance, particularly in terms of the adoption of high-performance oriented managerial practices,
  • The encouragement of sustainable systems and methods, in all aspects of economic activities, regardless of sector or size,
  • Forward-looking governance practices, including the take-up of appropriate corporate social responsibility,
  • Increased organizational efficiency, effectiveness and transparency in delivering services.

In July 2011, the CBN published the Strategic Approach to Sustainable Capacity Building: Meeting the Challenges of Regional Economic Integration in APEC.  The report summarizes the results of a project designed to assess past APEC capacity building and to develop a medium-term strategic framework to guide future projects.

CBN Projects



APEC Advanced Training for Vocational Instructors

This project was initially proposed by Korea in 1993; since then, 17 economies and 416 TVET instructors have participated. The purpose of this project is:

  • To upgrade knowledge, practical competence and pedagogical techniques to develop TVET systems in APEC member economies
  • To give exact concepts and plenty ideas of curriculum and material development for future teaching and learning
  • To contribute to the development of TVET programs in participating economies by acquiring up-to-date techniques

Several advancements were made in 2013, such as the creation of an IT course on android application development. Efforts in 2014 will be focused toward expanding the number of TVET instructors, teachers and trainers participating in the project, developing new IT courses related to graphic design as well as courses related to refrigeration and air-conditioning, and other objectives.

2014 Project Report

IPR Strategies for Emerging Enterprises - Capacity Building for Successful Entry to Global Supply Chain

The project is to address the challenges of emerging enterprises, both in developed and developing economies, in enhancing their preparedness of IPR protection by providing practical training, which will be designed to take advantage of the diversity of APEC members, both economic and technological development as well as cultural background.

Capacity Building for Investment Liberalization and Facilitation

This project aimed to provide materials to make key players in the public and business sectors better equipped in carrying out successful investment projects.

Capacity Building Program for Trade and Investment Insurance Practitioners

The objective of this workshop was to establish the framework for the major components of the Capacity Building Program for Trade and Investment Insurance Practitioners (CBP-TIIP).

Capacity Building for Recycling-Based Economy (RBE)

The multi-year project highlights RBE in the APEC Region and is sponsored by the Japanese Institute for International Studies and Training (IIST) with project overseer is Takato OJIMI.

Innovations in Entrepreneur Development in APEC Economies

This project aimed to strengthen entrepreneurship through sharing of best and innovative practices, case studies of successful entrepreneur development, and development of new and innovative training materials for entrepreneurs.

Corporate Social Responsibility in the APEC Region

This project addressed the issues of developing the capacity of management for effective corporate governance. The report includes a synthesis and summary of a symposium as well as reports from the participating APEC economies.

Corporate Social Responsibility in the Global Supply Chain

The aim of this project is to use the supply chain management concept in Corporate Social Responsibility implementation, cascading the effect of good management practices, involving multiple stakeholders, both large and small industries alike.

Capacity Building for the New International Architecture in Trade and Investment

This project aimed to develop a deeper understanding of emerging trends in the international trade regime and, consequently, the need for increased technical capacity for stakeholders preparing to engage with those trends.

Capacity Building of Mining Stakeholders in APEC Economies on Corporate Social Responsibility

This capacity-building project will assist in improving the social development capacity to help achieve responsible and sustainable mining for the mining industry in APEC economies. The project includes the development of CSR educational framework and teaching materials to increase awareness of best CSR practices of mining firms in APEC.

Seminar-Workshop to Develop a Framework on Mentoring/Coaching Out-of-School Youth on Entrepreneurship

The project is a three-day activity that intends to develop a Framework/Guide on Entrepreneurship Mentoring/Coaching for OSY. It is a combination of information sharing on MSME for OSY, entrepreneurship mentoring schemes; and workshop discussion to develop the Framework.

Strategic Approach to Sustainable Capacity Building - Meeting the Challenges of Regional Economic Integration in APEC

This project proposes to develop a strategic framework for sustainable capacity building programs in APEC to raise the institutional as well as human capacity of government, business, and civil society to meet the new challenges of APEC economic integration. It will also crystallize a long-term vision of capacity building, specifically targeting developing economies of the APEC region.

In addition to the above projects, the following Concept Note was proposed at the 36th Annual Human Resources Development Working Group Meeting in 2014