The Asia Pacific Accreditation and Certification Commision (APACC) convened technical and vocational education and training (TVET) professionals from different countries in the Asia Pacific Region to seek their expert opinions for the Midterm Review of APACC Strategic Plan 2020-2025. This activity is part of APACC’s strategy to assess its achievements and ascertain shortcomings, and deliberate on the strategic directions for the second half of the plan’s implementation. Representatives from TVET quality assurance agencies, former APACC Presidents, Steering Committee Members, National Coordinators for Accreditation, and Special Officers from Bangladesh, India, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Timor Leste actively participated and shared their invaluable inputs during the meeting which was held online via Zoom on February 1, 2023.

The APACC Team spearheaded the preparations for the administrative and academic requirements supervised by the APACC President and concurrent CPSC Director General, Prof. G.L.D. Wickramasinghe, along with the interventions and guidance of the Workshop Coordinator and APACC Chairperson, Dr. Kesavan Ulaganathen, and Workshop Co-coordinator and Resource Person, Dr. Romulita Alto. The team was further assisted by the Resource Person and Research, Publications and Information Division (RPID) Officer, Mr. Rae Emmanuel Echaveria; APACC Officer, Mrs. Adrienne Nonan; and APACC Assistant, Ms. Marise Catud.

A total of fourteen (14) experts from twelve (12) countries attended the review and the discussion was facilitated by the elected Meeting Chairperson, Pn. Noor Aidi Binti Nadzri from Malaysia. The APACC Team presented the draft revised version of the Strategic Plan that was prepared beforehand, to which the experts deliberated and provided their insights, feedback, and advice during the review. At the end of the meeting, recommendations on the objectives, strategies, and activities components of the Strategic Plan were endorsed by the Meeting Chairperson with a unanimous concurrence from the experts. This version of the Strategic Plan would be proposed to the APACC Board and CPSC Governing Board for endorsement for implementation.

The invaluable input of the experts during the Midterm Review is vital for APACC in its planning and strategizing for its future course as it continuously aims to provide international accreditation and certification services towards the quality management system of TVET institutions.