Human Resources Development


  • Sir Alister McIntyre


Human Resources Development is both an end and a means of economic and social development. This essay concentrates on the latter, dealing with education and training. It steps back from the data to identify broad trends, patterns, and issues that are in need of greater policy and public attention.

There is widespread recognition in the public and private sectors that more intensive and urgent efforts to upgrade education and training, both in quantitative and qualitative terms, are a central factor in increasing international competitiveness and realizing the development potential of countries in the region.

Significant improvements in education and skills attainments are critical to modernizing traditional sectors such as agriculture, and to developing new lines of production in agriculture, manufacturing, and in the increasingly important services sector. These improvements should be associated with an enlargement of the knowledge base by accelerated and broadly based activities in the field of research and development (R&D).