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Employment and Skills Strategies in Southeast Asia (ESSSA)

The Employment and Skills Strategies in Southeast Asia (ESSSA) initiative is managed by the OECD Programme on Local Economic and Employment Development in collaboration with the ILO and ASEAN and with the support of the European Commission.

The objectives of this initiative are to:

  • Guide policy makers in the design of policies which tackle complex cross-cutting labour market issues.
  • Build the capacity of practitioners in implementing effective local employment and skills development strategies.
  • Assist in the development of governance mechanisms conducive to policy integration and partnership at the local level.

The collaboration and exchange of knowledge uses the following mechanisms:

  • Networking: The initiative networks stakeholders involved in local employment and skills development throughout the region.
  • Expert meetings: Expert meetings are held on specific themes at the request of interested countries, gathering policymakers, practitioners and researchers.
  • Research: ESSSA carries out a research programme responding to the needs of policymakers and practitioners in the region. Findings feed discussion at expert meetings and are disseminated through the network.
  • Capacity building: Capacity building sessions are organised on specific themes at the request of countries and organisations.


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ESSSA reports

    2011 - 2012


August 2012


Skills Development Pathways in Asia

Skills and educational development for inclusive and sustainable growth are becoming significant drivers in OECD countries. Asian countries are not lagging behind on the challenge; on the contrary, they are taking diverse pathways in skills training and education to achieve the end.


This report focuses on current efforts in 15 countries in the Asian region: Australia, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, China, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Viet Nam. Together, these countries represent one of the most dynamic regions in the world, with steady growth, even during the recent financial crisis.


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    2010 - 2011

Jobs-rich Growth in Asia

April 2011


Job-rich Growth in Asia: Strategies for local employment, skills development and social protection

Jobs-rich Growth in Asia discusses some of the most pressing issues that countries in Southeast Asia are facing in regard to boosting local employment and skills development while advancing social protection strategies in emerging, fast-growing labour markets. A joint OECD/ILO initiative, this book analyses local approaches in Asia to modernise labour markets and skills strategies and shows how local recovery is taking place through a combination of policy measures on employment creation, skills development and social protection. Read more

ESSSA First report

November 2009


ESSSA first report: Setting the scene

This report identifies and discusses employment and skills strategies in Southeast Asia. The aim of the exercise is to identify a number of characteristics and trends of employment and skills development in the region which can be explored and addressed further by the ESSSA initiative.

The report is divided into five sections. Section two, following the introduction, discusses the economic and labour market context. Section three discusses key issues for employment and skills development. Section four discusses policy responses and initiatives; and section five briefly suggests key issues of employment and skills development in Southeast Asia for further discussion and analysis.


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