Project Title

Seminar on Collective Strategic Study on Issues Related to the Realisation of the FTAAP 

Project Year

2015   

Project Number

CTI 02 2015A 

Project Session

Session 1   

Project Type

Standard 

Project Status

Completed Project   
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Project No.

CTI 02 2015A 

Project Title

Seminar on Collective Strategic Study on Issues Related to the Realisation of the FTAAP 

Project Status

Completed Project 

Publication (if any)

 

Fund Account

APEC Support Fund 

Sub-fund

ASF: General Fund 

Project Year

2015 

Project Session

Session 1 

APEC Funding

112,350 

Co-funding Amount

12,000 

Total Project Value

124,350 

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

 

Proposing Economy(ies)

China 

Co-Sponsoring Economies

Chile; Peru; Philippines; United States 

Expected Start Date

01/07/2015 

Expected Completion Date

31/12/2015 

Project Proponent Name 1

Yang Zhengwei 

Job Title 1

Director 

Organization 1

Ministry of Commerce 

Postal Address 1

No 2, Dong Changán Street, Beijing, China 100731 

Telephone 1

86-10 65197719 

Fax 1

Not Applicable 

Email 1

yangzhengwei@mofcom.gov.cn 

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

Yang Zhengwei 

Project Summary

This one-day Seminar is an important midterm activity for the Collective Strategic Study on Issues Related to the Realization of the FTAAP. It will bring together the task force of the study, government officials, and prominent REI experts from ABAC, PSU, PECC, APEC study centers, and academia, inter alia to discuss intellectual inputs and analysis for the Collective Strategic Study, which will lay a solid basis for the progress report to AMM and AELM 2015 and the timely completion of the Collective Strategic Study by AMM and AELM 2016.

The Seminar will be held in Cebu at the margin of SOM3 in late August in 2015. A summary report will be developed and uploaded along with meeting papers to guarantee its transparency and objectiveness, which will be submitted to CSOM for consideration.

Relevance

Economic integration efforts in the Asia-Pacific region have entered a critical stage, and are now facing both challenges and opportunities. The proliferation of regional RTAs/FTAs has created favorable liberalizing momentum that complements the multilateral trading system as embodied in the WTO.  However, it has also resulted in a “spaghetti bowl” effect, posing complex new challenges to regional economic integration and to businesses.

In this regard, in 2006, APEC economies agreed to examine the long-term prospect of a Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific (FTAAP). In 2010, APEC Leaders instructed APEC to take concrete steps toward realization of the FTAAP by developing and building on ongoing regional undertakings such as ASEAN+3, ASEAN+6, and the Trans-Pacific Partnership as possible pathways to FTAAP..

In 2014, APEC Leaders decided to “kick off and advance the process in a comprehensive and systematic manner towards the eventual realization of the FTAAP, and endorse the Beijing Roadmap for APEC’s Contribution to the Realization of the FTAAP”; “Through the implementation of this Roadmap, to accelerate efforts on realizing the FTAAP on the basis of the conclusion of the ongoing pathways, and affirm commitment to the eventual realization of the FTAAP as early as possible by building on ongoing regional undertakings”. APEC Leaders welcomed “the establishment of a Committee on Trade and Investment (CTI) Friends of the Chair Group on Strengthening Regional Economic Integration (REI) and Advancing FTAAP”, urged “the Friends of the Chair Group to continue its work”, agreed “to launch a collective strategic study on issues related to the realization of the FTAAP, and instructed officials “to undertake the study, consult stakeholders and report the result by the end of 2016.”

At SOM 1 2015, Senior Officials endorsed the Working Paper of the Study and the formation of a task force, which comprised of all 21 member economies, charged with drafting the Collective Strategic Study on Issues Related to the Realization of the FTAAP.

MRT 2015 endorsed the Terms of Reference of the Collective Strategic Study and acknowledged the importance of this study in providing useful analysis of the opportunities and challenges ahead. MRT instructed officials to report on the progress of the Collective Strategic Study by November 2015, with a view to completing the final report, along with any recommendations, by the APEC Ministerial Meeting (AMM) in 2016.

Objectives

1) To bring together the task force, government officials, prominent REI experts from ABAC, PSU, PECC, APEC study centers, and academia, inter alia, with a view to sharing information and experiences, especially on conducting the collective strategic study;

2) To exchange views on economic impact of the FTAAP, potential benefit and cost, opportunities and challenges as well as possible pathways to the FTAAP;

3) To brainstorm on possible elements to include in the Collective Strategic Study; and

4) To develop a summary report to enrich the Progress Report to be submitted to AMM and AELM 2015.

Alignment

In 2006, APEC economies agreed to examine the long-term prospect of a Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific (FTAAP). In 2010, APEC Leaders instructed APEC to take concrete steps toward realization of the FTAAP by developing and building on ongoing regional undertakings such as ASEAN+3, ASEAN+6, and the Trans-Pacific Partnership as possible pathways to FTAAP.. In this regard, APEC is expected to make an important and meaningful contribution as an incubator of the FTAAP. By providing leadership and intellectual input into the development process of regional economic integration, APEC could play a strong role in driving the FTAAP vision forward.

In 2014, APEC Leaders decided to kick off and advance the process in a comprehensive and systematic manner towards the eventual realization of the FTAAP, and endorsed the Beijing Roadmap for APEC’s Contribution to the Realization of the FTAAP, in which launching a collective strategic study on issues related to the realization of the FTAAP is one of the priorities. APEC Leaders instructed officials to undertake the study, consult stakeholders and report the result by the end of 2016.

MRT 2015 endorsed the Terms of Reference of the Collective Strategic Study and acknowledged the importance of this study in providing useful analysis of the opportunities and challenges ahead. MRT instructed officials to report on the progress of the Collective Strategic Study by November 2015, with a view to completing the final report, along with any recommendations, by the APEC Ministerial Meeting (AMM) in 2016.

This proposed Seminar will directly contribute to the above instructions and objectives and serve as concrete action to advance and complete the collective and strategic study prescribed by the Beijing Roadmap, which will be a critical step in realization of the FTAAP.

TILF/ASF Justification

The Seminar is an important midterm activity for the Collective Strategic Study on Issues Related to the Realization of the FTAAP. It is tailored to secure broad participation to share information, exchange views, and raise awareness on substantive issues related to the Study.

Experts from member economies and stakeholders will brainstorm in a broad sense, which will assist developing economies in identifying the needs of capacity building as well as the further actions to be taken with a view to bridging the gap through producing more customized projects for the developing economies for realization of the FTAAP.

Beneficiaries and Outputs

Outputs/Beneficiaries: The Seminar will be held during one day, on the margins of SOM 3 in Cebu City. The PO will work with co-sponsoring economies as well as experts from multiple fields to identify potential speakers and develop the agenda of the Seminar. The agenda will be circulated among member economies before its finalization.

All APEC economies are welcome to participate in the Seminar. The participants from travel eligible economies will be funded by APEC in accordance with the APEC Guidebook. Speakers with experiences in regional economic integration will be invited from both developed and developing economies, including task force members, senior government officials, chief negotiators/major stakeholders of regional RTAs/FTAs, the business community, academia, as well as representatives of international organizations such as ABAC, PECC and UNESCAP,etc. It is expected that the total number of participants will be over 80.

The direct beneficiaries of the Seminar will be participants from APEC member economies, especially members of REI FotC/Task Force to oversee/undertake the Collective Strategic Study on Issues Related to the Realization of the FTAAP. The potential beneficiaries from this project will be trade policy-makers and experts from APEC economies.  Participants will need to be at appropriate senior level to contribute well and make progress for their economies. The PO will well manage the invitation of speakers so as to ensure they are targeted to benefit all participants from APEC economies.

After the Seminar, a summary report will be agreed to by participating economies. This summary will enrich the Progress Report to be submitted to AELM 2015 and support the timely completion of the Collective Strategic Study by AELM 2016. The PO will circulate the draft summary report to all CTI members for their comments and inputs and work with other economies to explore further actions such as a possible Seminar 2 in 2016.

In a longer term, the project will contribute to the realization of the FTAAP which will bring about significant economic benefits for people across the region.

Outcomes: APEC Economies participating in the Seminar will be expected to acquire a broader perspective, knowledge and understanding regarding issues related to FTAAP through participation in the Seminar, including sharing of experience in the economies, inputs from institutions, and recommendations of the Seminar.

This is expected to contribute to the drafting process of the Study on Collective Strategic Study for the Realization of the FTAAP.

The Seminar also provides opportunities for the participants to create cooperative network among APEC ecocnomies and experts, which has a potential to provide inputs to and facilitate the drafting process of the above-mentioned Study.

Dissemination

The proceedings of the Seminar, including a summary report, presentations, on-stage discussion records, and all other related outcomes of the project will be made available via the APEC Publication Database. The proceedings will be presented to CTI, FotC/Task Force and relevant sub-fora. The summary report  will comply with the APEC publications, APEC logo and Copyrights guidelines. There is chance that the summary report may be released on some websites, social media or through presentations at speaking events, which will be based on consensus of all APEC economies.

Hard copies of the background documentation on the topic will be provided to the participants during the Seminar. The summary report of the Seminar will be published as hard copies and sent to the concerning officials and experts of APEC member economies, and other stakeholders, such as private sectors after its finalization. Publication will comply with the APEC publication guidelines.

Stakeholders such as trade officials, experts and business leaders are the focused target audience of this project. The interaction and communication among the stakeholders are an essential part of the benefits from this project.  The host of the project has no intention to make any profits from selling any outputs arising from this project.

Gender

The project overseer will make the utmost effort to implement the project in a manner sensitive to gender considerations at all steps, and to ensure that it benefits both men and women. The organizing team will include a number of women members, and women will be encouraged to be involved in the preparatory stage and actual activity. Invitations will take due consideration of gender concerns by encouraging the suggestion and nomination of female speakers and participants. The number of female speakers is targeted at above one third of the total number of speakers so that the perspective of women can be shared to the largest extent as possible. Care will also be taken to ensure that the discussion and all related administrative arrangements are executed in a manner that does not disadvantage women.

The outcomes of the project will be uploaded to ACS so that they are accessible to relevant stakeholders. In the long run, the facilitating effect of the project will in turn contribute to the realization of the FTAAP as well as the inclusive growth in the region, which will eventually benefit women and men indiscriminatingly at all levels.

Work Plan

The PO will work with co-sponsoring and interested economies in a consultative approach to identify potential speakers and contributors to the Seminar, develop the agenda, and organize the Seminar. In particular, the PO will circulate the agenda of the Seminar to CTI members for their comments and inputs as early as possible. A number of experts and researchers from universities, private sectors and government with expertise in the subject matter and experience in this area will be invited as speakers and participants. Invitations will be sent in a timely manner. The PO will also ask CTI members to recommend suitable experts and participants to attend the Seminar. The Seminar will be targeted to take place in Cebu in late August, 2015, on the sidelines of SOM 3. A draft report of Seminar outcomes will be finalized and submitted to CSOM 2015.

The detailed timeline of actions are as follows:

May-June, 2015
Prepare full proposal and consult with the APEC Secretariat and Member Economies.

Sign the contract and terms of reference with the consultant and short-term clerical.

Consult with Host economy to finalize the venue and timing of the Seminar;

Work with co-sponsors to put forward the draft agenda of the Seminar;

Work with co-sponsors to identify speakers.

July, 2015

Draft invitation letters for participants of the Seminar and circulate them along with the agenda to all APEC member economies;

Confirm speakers;

Submit a complete list of speakers, participants for the Seminar to APEC Secretariat;

Collect speakers’ presentations or main points.

August, 2015

Hold the Seminar at the margins of SOM3 2015 in Cebu;

Report preliminary outcomes of the Seminar to the REI/FTAAP FotC, CTI3 and SOM3.

September-November, 2015

Draft the summary report in August and circulate among member economies for comments by early September;

Finalize the summary report before CSOM;

Submit and report to CSOM 2015, on which a Progress Report will be developed by the Task Force;

Complete and deliver all outputs in hard copies and web-ready files;

Explore possible further actions such as Seminar 2 2016;

Review the actual expenses of the project and take corresponding actions

Risks

The risks with their management in the various phases are as follows:

1)  Duplication with the work of other APEC fora or the work outside APEC

Risk management: review similar researches in both local and international fora, particularly in other APEC fora; close consultation with experts in the field.

2)  Delay of commission to a consultant institute

Risk management: select the qualified institutes as early as possible so that they can begin preparations for the Seminar in a timely manner

3)  Delay in identifying expert speakers

Risk management: early engagement of experts and speakers with proven record of progress. The organizers will closely communicate with co-sponsors to ensure that speakers for the Seminar are identified in a timely manner and examine the progress on a weekly basis

4)  Delay of nomination from APEC economies

Risk management: work with other economies to ensure relevant candidates are selected for participation and will follow the responses to invitation. Outreach to be conducted when needed to receive nominations from non-responding economies.

5)  Differing opinions on the draft outcome report

Risk management: communicate attentively with member economies on the revision of the draft report and reach a consensus in a timely manner

Monitoring and Evaluation

The PO will regularly consult with co-sponsoring economies during the preparation of the Seminar agenda and in identifying the speakers;

The PO will send the draft summary report and proceedings to member economies and stakeholders for their comments;

The PO will formulate a consulting network covering all the experts attending the Seminar so as to consult with them with regard to the Collective Strategic Study as necessary in the future;

The PO will use a participant feedback survey to get the feedback from participants and speakers about the event, including whether a follow-up discussion is required, so as to better monitor and evaluate the project;

The indicators include number of participating economies, attendance of participants, interaction between speakers and participants, percentage of participants who felt the seminar useful, etc.  The seminar is targeted to have all the 21 APEC economies to participate with over 80 participants, and it will be satisfactory if above 80% of the participants feel the seminar useful.  PO will report the outcome of the project including the feedback survey at CTI. The PO will examine if a follow up event is necessary and how follow up events can be supported to address more targeted issues related to the Collective Strategic Study. This will be incorporated into the final summary report.

Linkages

Engagement: In 2006, APEC economies agreed to examine the long-term prospect of a Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific (FTAAP). In 2010, APEC Leaders instructed APEC to take concrete steps toward realization of the FTAAP by developing and building on ongoing regional undertakings such as ASEAN+3, ASEAN+6, and the Trans-Pacific Partnership as possible pathways to FTAAP. In this regard, APEC is expected to make an important and meaningful contribution as an incubator of the FTAAP. By providing leadership and intellectual input into the development process of regional economic integration, APEC could play a strong role in driving the FTAAP vision forward.

In 2014, APEC Leaders decided to kick off and advance the process in a comprehensive and systematic manner towards the eventual realization of the FTAAP, and endorsed the Beijing Roadmap for APEC’s Contribution to the Realization of the FTAAP, in which launching a collective strategic study on issues related to the realization of the FTAAP is one of the priorities. APEC Leaders instructed officials to undertake the study, consult stakeholders and report the result by the end of 2016.

MRT 2015 endorsed the Terms of Reference of the Collective Strategic Study and acknowledged the importance of this study in providing useful analysis of the opportunities and challenges ahead. MRT instructed officials to report on the progress of the Collective Strategic Study by November 2015, with a view to completing the final report, along with any recommendations, by the APEC Ministerial Meeting (AMM) in 2016.

This proposed Seminar will directly contribute to the above instructions and objectives and serve as concrete action to complete the collective and strategic study prescribed by the Beijing Roadmap, which will be a critical step in realization of the FTAAP.

Previous work: This project builds on a number of previous projects the proponent has lead or involved, including the capacity building programs and analytical study with regard to the FTAAP since 2006.

The reason why APEC is the most appropriate institution to fund the project lies in the facts that, i) This Seminar is designed to implement Leaders’ mandate regarding FTAAP and the Beijing Roadmap; ii) This Seminar directly serve for the priority REI work of APEC, especially the Collective Strategic Study on Issues Related to the Realization of the FTAAP; iii) The project is directly related to the inclusive growth of APEC members.

Sustainability

PO will arrange a separate session in the Seminar for participants sharing experiences in their home economies. Participants will be encouraged to present their experiences and recommendations in the Seminar, which will enhance their understanding and communication on the FTAAP.  APEC economies can take in recommendations and spread the experiences and lessons in a wider range, with a view to participating in a possible second Seminar in 2016. Experts can make use of results or outcomes of this project in expected future projects. Participants can create cooperative network or means of future exchange of ideas and discussions. Possible future actions to be reflected in the summary report will be discussed at CTI, in close consultations with other related APEC sub-fora.

Based on the accumulation of experience of previous research in terms of the FTAAP, in close coordination with other APEC members, the proponents and researchers will be encouraged to carry on further actions in the field.

The proponent will continue to seek APEC funding to support the related activities. As the APEC leaders have committed to the vision of contributing to the realization of the FTAAP, it is more imperative to carry out such Seminar in the field among members to press ahead the Collective Strategic Study on Issues Related to the FTAAP and the eventual realization of the FTAAP.

PO will establish a network of speakers and participants as consultant in APEC region after the Seminar and in long-term period. This contact list of the network will be compiled and circulated by PO at CTI. PO will draft the summary report including the next step based on the discussions of the Seminar. PO will finalize the summary report on the basis of comments provided by member economies which will be submitted to CSOM for consideration. PO will also seek inputs and suggestion in APEC on how to proceed the next step. In particular, the PO will actively consider the possibility of developing the follow-up proposal to CTI on the next step in this area based on the recommendation of participants from the Seminar.

Project Overseers

Main Point of contact:

The Project Overseer is Mr. Yang Zhengwei, Director, Department of International Trade and Economic Affairs, Ministry of Commerce, China

Add:   No. 2, Dong Chang’an Street, Dong Cheng District, Beijing 100731, China

Tel:   86-10-65197719   Fax:   86-10-65197980   E-mail:   yangzhengwei@mofcom.gov.cn

Cost Efficiency

The project hits the key prioritized areas on APEC leadership’s agenda: regional economic integration (REI) agenda, in particular, the issues related to the FTAAP as stipulated in Beijing Roadmap endorsed by Leaders in 2014.

To ensure the cost efficiency, the previous and ongoing relevant APEC projects outcomes, other international organizations’ research findings and published documents will be fully used in avoidance of the duplicating work cost. Consultations and interviews will also help maximize the value of the project fund. Moreover, the APEC rules and procedures will be followed strictly, and most direct and economical travel should be ensured to minimize the travel costs. Besides, qualified experts, presentations and discussions as well as the project report should also be ensured.

Justification for 8 APEC-funded speakers. The Seminar,originally tailored for 2 days, has been re-designed as a SOM3-sideline activity in order to better facilitate attendance of all member economies. Due to limited availability of venue and participants, the seminar is adjusted to 1 day. However, the sessions of the seminar will remain unchanged by fully utilizing the one-day timeframe and making each speech more targeted and time-saving. In accordance with the original sessions, 8 funded speakers will be essential to ensure the effectiveness of the seminar, and will maximize the impact and benefit to the participants and other possible stakeholders. As the seminar is a crucial activity in the process of the FTAAP Collective Strategic Study, a top priority in APEC 2015 acknowledged by all members, the largest involvement of experts will adequately reflect perspectives on different issues on realizing the FTAAP, and provide great momentum to advancing the Collective Strategic Study.

Drawdown Timetable

Not Applicable.

Direct Labour

This project includes a number of activities, such as on-site investigation, interviews, data collecting, analysis, logistical arrangement for the Seminar, etc., and therefore comparatively high amount of labour need to be assigned to these activities.

Waivers

The justification of the advance payment: Due to the constraint of the conference rooms available at SOM3, the host informs that the hotel may request the advance payment for the venue.

 The Seminar will last for 1 day. It is necessary to invite 8 speakers including 5 presenters of the research findings and international organization representatives.The project will provide per diem and airfare for 8 speakers. (See detail in the budget table).

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