Project Title

APEC Capacity Building - Workshop on Provisions of Regional Trade Agreements (RTAs)/Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) in the Asia-Pacific Region Concerning Safeguards, including Transitional Safeguards 

Project Year

2013   

Project Number

CTI 12 2013A 

Project Session

Session 2   

Project Type

Standard 

Project Status

Completed Project   
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Project No.

CTI 12 2013A 

Project Title

APEC Capacity Building - Workshop on Provisions of Regional Trade Agreements (RTAs)/Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) in the Asia-Pacific Region Concerning Safeguards, including Transitional Safeguards 

Project Status

Completed Project 

Publication (if any)

 

Fund Account

APEC Support Fund 

Sub-fund

ASF: General Fund 

Project Year

2013 

Project Session

Session 2 

APEC Funding

127,373 

Co-funding Amount

Total Project Value

127,373 

Sponsoring Forum

Committee on Trade and Investment (CTI) 

Topics

Trade Facilitation 

Committee

Committee on Trade and Investment (CTI) 

Other Fora Involved

 

Other Non-APEC Stakeholders Involved

Not applicable.

Proposing Economy(ies)

Indonesia 

Co-Sponsoring Economies

Australia; Korea; Papua New Guinea; Peru; Philippines; Singapore; Viet Nam 

Expected Start Date

01/01/2013 

Expected Completion Date

31/07/2014 

Project Proponent Name 1

Bambang Purnomo 

Job Title 1

Deputy Director 

Organization 1

Directorate of APEC and Other International Organisations Cooperation, Ministry of Trade 

Postal Address 1

Level 6, 2nd Building, Jl M I Ridwan Rais No 5, Jakarta Pusat, 10110 Indonesia 

Telephone 1

62-21 3523459 

Fax 1

62-21 38538195 

Email 1

ctiindonesia@gmail.com 

Project Proponent Name 2

Not Applicable 

Job Title 2

Not Applicable 

Organization 2

Not Applicable 

Postal Address 2

Not Applicable 

Telephone 2

Not Applicable 

Fax 2

Not Applicable 

Email 2

Not Applicable 

Declaration

Bambang Purnomo 

Project Summary

A two (2) day Programme entitled “Workshop on Provisions of RTAs/FTAs concerning safeguards, including transitional safeguards, in The Asia-Pacific Region” will be held in Jakarta, Indonesia in July 2014.

The programme will bring together experts from economies representative, academics and WTO. The workshop is expected to be attended by government officials and negotiators of RTAs/FTAs from APEC economies. Amongst others, the workshop aims to:

-   Increased knowledge and capacity of negotiators and policy makers, with practical relevance, to participate in negotiations on provisions of RTAs/FTAs

-   Share best practices and experiences in preparing for RTAs/FTAs negotiations in the APEC region on provisions of RTAs/FTAs concerning safeguards, including transitional safeguards.

-   Provide inputs to negotiators and policy makers primarily from developing economies to formulate concerning safeguards, including transitional safeguards provision in their RTAs/FTAs that are currently in negotiation.

A detailed report on the outcome of workshop will be presented during the CTI meeting.

Relevance

RTAs/FTAs are aimed mainly at eliminating tariff barriers between the parties. Given the nature of eliminating trade barriers, many RTAs/FTAs tend to establish provisions concerning safeguards, including transitional safeguards, to temporarily protect certain domestic industries from the effect of eliminating tariffs and other trade barriers. Because the negotiators typically devise a variety of safeguard provisions for each RTAs/FTAs, there is a need to ensure that these safeguard provisions, including transitional safeguards, are consistent with WTO. Furthermore, there remains the possibility of the overlapping application of different types of safeguard measures. This variety and compatibility need to be analyzed and examined in a systemic manner.

In 2003, APEC Ministers noted the growing number of regional trade agreements and free trade agreements (RTAs/FTAs) being negotiated and concluded, to which many APEC members are parties. They believed that such agreements are instruments to achieve the Bogor goals and that they should be consistent with both APEC’s goals and principles and WTO rules and disciplines. Ministers instructed officials to engage in a constructive exchange of views on the RTAs and FTAs.  This view was further supported by APEC Leaders.

In 2007 APEC Leaders Declaration on Supporting regional economic Integration through RTAs/FTAs, APEC has consistently stressed the importance of high-quality and comprehensive RTAs/FTAs, achievement of trade and investment liberalization and facilitation and achievement of the Bogor Goals. Increasing the number of agreed sets of model measures would strengthen the ability of policy-makers to negotiate high-quality agreements. In addition, the effectiveness of the model measures can be enhanced through capacity-building activities aimed at making them better understood.

In order to strengthen APEC’s work on promoting high-quality, comprehensive RTAs/FTAs that open markets and promote economic integration while seeking to promote consistency among agreements and maximize their trade and economic benefits, Indonesia proposes APEC capacity building program on understanding provisions of RTAs/FTAs concerning safeguards, including transitional safeguards,. This program could contribute to APEC efforts to expand dialogue on examining ways to achieve greater consistency in key provisions of RTAs/FTAs in the region as mandated by Leaders.

Objectives

The APEC Capacity Building: “Workshop on Provisions of RTAs/FTAs concerning safeguards, including transitional safeguards, in The Asia-Pacific Region”aims at the following objectives:

-   Increased knowledge and capacity of negotiators and policymakers, with practical relevance, to participate in negotiations on provisions of RTAs/FTAs concerning safeguards, including transitional safeguards;

-   Share best practices and experiences in preparing for RTAs/FTAs negotiations in the APEC region;

In the longer term, the achievement of this workshop will increase the quality and consistency of RTAs/FTAs especially regarding the provisions of RTAs/FTAs in the APEC Region concerning safeguards, including transitional safeguards.

Alignment

At the 23rd APEC Ministers Meeting (AMM) in 2011, the APEC Ministers declared in the AMM statement that “Ministers welcomed the decision to approach capacity building activities with strategic foresight by undertaking multi-year projects, such as supporting APEC’s work to strengthen and deepen regional economic integration, and facilitating the realization of FTAAP”. The action plan framework on capacity building programs to implement the guidance given by the AMM statement in 2011 was endorsed with broad support from APEC member economies in CTI 2, 2012.

The proposed capacity building program will significantly contribute to the realization of the FTAAP by ensuring participants to be better equipped with relevant skills and expertise.

TILF/ASF Justification

There are at least 2 key reasons why the project is important. First, there is a need to ensure that these safeguard provisions, including transitional safeguards, are consistent with both APEC’s goals and principles and WTO rules and disciplines. Second, lacks of experts from developing economies in the RTA/FTA area in particular to negotiate and to arrange RTAs/FTAs provision on safeguards. The discussions and results of the project are expected to improve skill of negotiators/policymakers mainly from developing economies in these matters, thus it would be able to enhance quality of the RTA/FTA.

Beneficiaries and Outputs

The workshop is expected to be attended by several speakers, who are experts in trade remedies area and experienced negotiators/policymakers from international organization/academic/APEC economies representatives. The speakers is projected to deliver discussions regarding, but not limited to, the general safeguards, identification and comparison in existences of safeguards provisions in the RTA / FTA, fundamentals of the safeguards provisions that consistent with both APEC’s goals and principles and WTO rules and disciplines, private sector perspectives and implementation of the safeguard mechanism in the context of RTA/FTA. All the results of these discussions will be compiled and poured into a report format providing recommendations to the negotiators and policy makers (as direct beneficiaries) to consider as a guide (non-binding guidance) in negotiating and decision-making regarding the safeguards. Implementation of this workshop will also enrich REI CBNI led by Korea.

Dissemination

The results of and lessons derived from each activities will be presented to CTI and its relevant sub-fora. The materials and results of the workshop will be circulated to all participants and speaker by electronic mail. Besides, the Committee would ensure that the results of the workshop will be available to be accessed in APEC’s website.

Target audience of this workshop are officers/policymakers responsible for formulating trade policy/regulations and investigation into the application of safeguard measures, as well as negotiators who involve in negotiations on safeguard provisions. We considered inviting academic scholars, representatives from international organizations, private sector and APEC member economies to be speakers.

We have no intention to sell outputs that arise from this project.

Gender

During the planning stages for the discussion, the overseers will actively seek to achieve gender balance in the selection of experts and will encourage member economies to be mindful of the project’s objectives regarding gender equality.

Work Plan

January 2013

Development of concept note.

3-4 February 2013 (CTI-1 2013)

Originally the proposal is APEC Capacity Building: “Workshop on Trade Remedy Provision of RTAs/FTAs Negotiation in The Asia-Pacific Region”. Proposal was tabled at SOM-1 2013 under fora CTI. The proposal is supported and co-sponsored by Viet Nam, Korea, Philippines, Australia, Papua New Guinea, Singapore, and Peru. In general, there is widely support from APEC member economies to this proposal. In inter-sessional, US and Canada given inputs/comments to the proposal.

March 2013

Communication with US and Canada to discuss their comments to the proposal.

13-14 April 2013

(CTI-2 2013)

Re-submit the proposal that have revised according to the comments by economies at the CTI-2. The title of the project developed into APEC Capacity Building: “Workshop on Provisions of RTAs/FTAs in The Asia-Pacific Region Concerning Safeguards, including Transitional Safeguards”. CTI endorsed the proposal.

April-June 2013

Identified potential speakers and participants.

19 June 2013

The ranking and prioritization of Concept Notes for Session 2, 2013. The proposal accomplished top rank.

19 July 2013

The proposal was given in-principle approval by BMC.

20-31 July 2013

Developed full proposal and ask for QAFs to the APEC member economies.

November 2013

Develop draft agenda and make a list of potential speakers to be invited.

December 2013

Invite the speakers.

June/July 2014

Implementation of the project. Venue: Jakarta, Indonesia (TBC).

July-August 2014

Develop report and submitted to the APEC Secretariat. Submit all material of the project to the participants.

CTI1 2015

Submit report to the CTI-1 2015.

Risks

The risks which may involve in implementing this project are as follows:

1.   Speakers: Selection of suitable and prominent candidates with vast experience. It will be managed by doing early consultation with APEC economies (especially co-sponsored) and other institutions.

2.   Participants: Getting quantity and appropriate participants from APEC economies and private sector. It will be arranged by mix of participants, consisting of public officials including policymakers/negotiators and private sectors as well as academic scholars.

3.   Cost: It is possible that cost is over run from the budget. Need taking prudent management of funds and securing sponsorship.

Logistics and facilities: Restricted selection based on capacity and budget. Early reservation and coordination with the Hotel Management will be done.

Monitoring and Evaluation

A project committee will be established to determine the content of the agenda, selection of speakers, moderators, experts and participants and to prepare the materials for the events. Project committee will develop a term of reference (TOR) as guidance to monitor and frequently consultation.

A questionnaire will be prepared and distributed to all participants as well as the speakers, moderators and experts to evaluate the effectiveness of the project with respect to the relevance on the topics, presentations by speakers, ideas generated, overall impact and suggestions for further improvement for future projects.

The proponents will produce a report on the outcome of the workshop, together with a compilation of resource materials in the form of e-copies. The report and e-copies will be made available to workshop participants and the APEC Secretariat, as well as uploaded to APEC Publication Database Website. The draft report on the outcome of the workshop will be sent to APEC Secretariat for review before finalization.

Linkages

Engagement: Experts on trade remedy from international organizations such as WTO, OECD and from other institution including from private sector that are able to share best practices of international trade policy will be invited to take part as speakers or moderators. Selected participants from member economies are also expected to make a presentation on salient topics. In every stage to implement the project, we will keep close coordination and cooperation with other APEC relevant fora, such as MAG, IEG, etc.

Previous work: This project is under APEC REI Capacity Building Needs Initiatives (REI CBNI) Framework. The results of the project will contribute to the framework.

APEC’s comparative advantage: APEC is the best source of fund because this project is under APEC REI CBNI; and supporting APEC’s work to strengthen and deepen regional economic integration, and facilitating the realization of FTAAP.

Sustainability

Since our target audience of this workshop are officers/policymakers responsible for formulating trade policy/regulations and investigation into the application of safeguard measures, as well as negotiators who involve in negotiations on safeguard provisions, it would greatly contribute in improving their knowledge, skill and experienced by following this workshop by sharing experiences and best practices. Therefore, the project could narrow FTA capacity gaps among member economies particularly safeguards provisions and enhance trade policy capacity as objectives of the APEC REI CBNI.

After project completion, Korea, in the REI CBNI Action Plan Framework might also suggest next steps of the Project and/or the Framework to the CTI for comments and approval.

Project Overseers

Main Contact:
Mr Bambang Purnomo
Directorate of APEC and Other International Organization Cooperation, Ministry of Trade, Indonesia
Email: ctiindonesia@gmail.com

Alternate Contact:
Mr. Angga Handian Putra
Directorate of APEC and Other International Organization Cooperation, Ministry of Trade, Indonesia
Email: anggahandianputra@gmail.com

Cost Efficiency

Total budget of the project is USD 127,373. Since funding resource of this project is APEC support fund (ASF), it will be fully funded by APEC or there is no self funding by Indonesia.

The APEC funding will be used for covering the costs of the travel, honorarium, per diem of experts and travel eligible participants, short-term clerical and secretarial staff, consultant and consultant’s secretary, publication of report, photocopying, communications, hosting.

Advance payments are requested for experts (incl. consultant of the project) and active participants to receive their airfares and per diems as necessary. Reimbursement will be requested right after the completion of this project.

Drawdown Timetable

Not Applicable

Direct Labour

Consultant and secretary: will work with speakers and discussants in drafting, revising and finalizing agenda; conduct researches, collect, analyze and synthesize data; develop curriculum for the; take notes; develop and finalize the report of the workshop with recommendations; work as a coordinator in all substantive matters. Consultant and secretary start to work by November 2013 (about 120 hours), seek APEC Funding and instalment payment. Secretary will assist consultant to organize the workshop (120 hours), seek APEC funding.

Short-term staffs (clerks): will handle logistics arrangements for the organization of the workshop (about 50 hours), seek APEC Funding.

Waivers

Not Applicable

Are there any supporting document attached?

No 
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