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Asia-Pacific Development Journal

The Asia-Pacific Development Journal (APDJ) is published twice a year by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific. The primary objective of the APDJ is to provide a platform for the exchange of knowledge, experience, ideas, information and data on all aspects of economic and social development issues and concerns facing the region and aims to stimulate policy debate and assist policy formulation. The APDJ provides a scholarly means for bringing together research work by eminent social scientists and development practitioners from the region and beyond for use by a variety of stakeholders. The Journal aims to stimulate policy debate and assist policy formulation in the region.

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Human resource development and regional cooperation within BIMP-EAGA: Issues and future directions

BIMP-EAGA, which includes Brunei Darussalam, the provinces of Sulawesi and Kalimantan, Maluku and Irian Jaya in Indonesia, Sabah, Sarawak and Labuan in Malaysia and the islands of Mindanao and Palawan in the Philippines, was formed with the vision of accelerating economic cooperation for the greater prosperity of the member nations of the region. Since the human factor is critical for development it is pertinent to study and link it with the overall development policy framework. In this regard, it is essential that member nations examine possibilities of reducing the cost of producing highly and semi-skilled labour through measures including cooperation in joint human resources development programmes. The paper attempts to look at some of the issues underlying collaborative human resources development programmes within the BIMP-EAGA region, including the feasibility of a growth triangle structure for less developed regions.

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