Article 63: Human Resources Development

  1.         Without prejudice to any other provision of this Treaty relating to human resources development, the COTED shall, in collaboration with the COHSOD, adopt measures to develop the Community’s human resources which shall, inter alia, support its  thrust toward international competitiveness in the development, production and delivery of goods and services.
  1.         The measures referred to in paragraph 1 of this Article shall be designed to address the economic, social and cultural aspects of human resources development, and shall include the following:

(a) development  of  programmes  that  will  assist  Community  nationals  in engendering the attitudes and acquiring the competence to function effectively;

(b) development of the skills and attitudes required to foster a culture of entrepreneurship;

(c) establishing and strengthening educational and training institutions for formal and informal modes of delivery and alternative modes for distance education;

(d) development  of  industry-oriented  curricula  designed  to  improve  the competitiveness of regional industries; and

(e) promotion of multi-lingual skills at all levels for general education, with particular emphasis on the needs of the services sector.

  1.         The Community shall, in particular and on a continuing basis, adopt effective measures for the development of human resources to satisfy the requirements for cadres of skilled agricultural personnel at all levels in the Member States.
  1.         For the purposes of paragraph 3, provision shall be made to:

(a) monitor  and  evaluate,  on  an  on-going  basis,  the  demand  for,  and appropriateness of agricultural education and training;

(b)        establish training programmes in the agricultural sector;

(c) develop effective delivery of in-field training for farmers, foresters and fishers; and

(d) improve the facilities and strengthen the capabilities of regional training institutions and national administrations in support of agricultural development.

  1.         In performing the functions referred to in paragraph 4 of this Article, the Community shall collaborate with education and training institutions and relevant regional and international organisations in developing harmonised agricultural syllabuses, training materials and case studies in key areas of farming, fisheries and forestry utilising distance education technology where appropriate.