Collaboration in the education sector will encompass instructional delivery initiatives, such as student exchanges and introduction of joint degree programs, and non-instructional initiatives such as faculty exchanges, research collaborations, mutual recognition of skills and qualifications, development of higher education and technical and vocational education and training institutions networks, and institutional twinning arrangements. CAREC will also help develop an integrated regional labor market information system focusing on skills needs, and regional job search and placement services.
Public health threats such as infectious disease outbreaks can quickly cross borders and become a cross-border concern. They can only be eﬀectively addressed through regional health cooperation. CAREC countries need to work together to manage health risks, and also to collaborate on health systems strengthening and the health of migrants, mobile populations and border communities. The CAREC Health Strategy 2030 supports health cooperation. It has a particular focus on enhancing health security through regional cooperation. This strategy will beneﬁt the population of every CAREC country, including migrants and the vulnerable population groups. The strategy covers four strategic pillars, namely 1) Leadership and Human Resource Capacity; 2) Technical Preparedness (Laboratories and Surveillance), 3) Access to Supplies and Surge Capacity, 4) Vulnerable Population Groups and Border Health. A CAREC Working Group on Health was established in March 2022 and is leading the implementation of the CAREC Health Strategy 2030 with support from development partners.