Project Title

APEC Capacity Building Workshop on FTA Negotiation Skills on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) 

Project Year

2015   

Project Number

CTI 05 2015 

Project Session

Session 1   

Project Type

Standard 

Project Status

Completed Project   
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Project No.

CTI 05 2015 

Project Title

APEC Capacity Building Workshop on FTA Negotiation Skills on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) 

Project Status

Completed Project 

Publication (if any)

 

Fund Account

General Project Account 

Sub-fund

None 

Project Year

2015 

Project Session

Session 1 

APEC Funding

133,930 

Co-funding Amount

26,750 

Total Project Value

160,680 

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)

Viet Nam 

Co-Sponsoring Economies

China; Indonesia; Korea; Malaysia; New Zealand; Peru 

Expected Start Date

01/01/2015 

Expected Completion Date

31/12/2016 

Project Proponent Name 1

Pham Quynh Mai 

Job Title 1

Deputy Director General 

Organization 1

Ministry of Industry and Trade 

Postal Address 1

54 Hai Ba Trung Street, Ha Noi, Viet Nam  

Telephone 1

84-4 22205522 

Fax 1

Not Applicable 

Email 1

maipq@moit.gov.vn; patbeo81@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

Pham Quynh Mai 

Project Summary

This project is in line with instructions of APEC Economic Leaders of 2014, where Leaders agreed to continue the capacity building activities in pursuit of the FTAAP under the Action Plan Framework of the 2nd Capacity Building Needs Initiative (CBNI).

This project aims at:

-   Increased capacity of negotiators, policymakers, and regulators with practical relevance, to participate in technical barriers to trade (TBT) negotiations: Increased knowledge of references in TBT (academic references; feasibility studies and texts of FTAs);

-   Share best practices and experiences in preparing for negotiations;

-   Explore possible implications on TBT situation of economy(ies) if participating in the FTA/FTAAP;

-   Provide an opportunity of networking among TBT negotiators, policy-makers and regulators.

The Workshop is expected to be held in January 2016 in Viet Nam.

Relevance

In November 2014, APEC Economic Leaders agreed to continue the capacity building activities in pursuit of the FTAAP under the Action Plan Framework of the 2nd Capacity Building Needs Initiative (CBNI) (as appeared in Annex A of APEC Economic Leaders’ Declaration on The Beijing Roadmap for APEC’s Contribution to the Realization of the FTAAP). They encouraged economies “to design and conduct capacity building programs for specific sectors as lead economies.”

Accordingly, Korea as a leading economy of the CBNI initiative and other interested APEC member economies have made efforts in developing a detailed work plan to implement APEC Leaders’ instructions. As an active economy in joining the CBNI initiative, Viet Nam proposed to select the area of technical barriers to trade (TBT) as one of the sectors to be explored in the 2nd CBNI. The results of the CBNI survey conducted by Korea and APEC member economies’ inputs have highlighted the needs of building and enhancing preparation capacities in the field of TBT. In the mean time, APEC has not conducted any workshop specifically aimed at building and enhancing FTA negotiation skills for personnel in TBT. This proposal, therefore, would address the capacity needs of APEC economies by a capacity building workshop in TBT to equip negotiators with relevant information, references, and preparation skills to participate in TBT-related negotiations.

This will also be an opportunity of discussing possible problems arising from the application of TBT measures in practice and the steps that could be taken to identify and address these types of domestic regulatory or policy issues.

Objectives

a) Increased capacity of negotiators, policymakers, and regulators with practical relevance, to participate in technical barriers to trade (TBT) negotiations: Increased knowledge of references in TBT (academic references; feasibility studies and texts of FTAs);

b) Share best practices and experiences in preparing for negotiations;

c) Explore possible implications on TBT situation of economy(ies) if participating in the FTA/FTAAP;

d) Provide an opportunity of networking among TBT negotiators, policy-makers and regulators.

Alignment

First, this project is in line with instructions of APEC Economic Leaders of 2014, where Leaders agreed to continue the capacity building activities in pursuit of the FTAAP under the Action Plan Framework of the 2nd Capacity Building Needs Initiative (CBNI) (as appeared in Annex A of APEC Economic Leaders’ Declaration on “The Beijing Roadmap for APEC’s Contribution to the Realization of the FTAAP”). They encouraged economies “to design and conduct capacity building programs for specific sectors as lead economies.”

Second, this project also conforms to the instructions of APEC Ministers. At the APEC Ministerial Meeting of 2014, APEC Ministers welcomed the progress achieved under the Action Plan Framework on Capacity Building Needs Initiatives (CBNI) and endorsed the Action Plan Framework of the 2nd CBNI. They instructed Senior Officials to take steps to ensure the effective implementation of the 2nd CBNI.

Last but not least, the project shall directly contribute to the Beijing Roadmap for APEC’s Contribution to the Realization of the FTAAP.

TILF/ASF Justification

Not Applicable.

Beneficiaries and Outputs

Outputs: One of the outputs will be a 2-day Capacity Building Workshop held in Ho Chi Minh city, Viet Nam in the first quarter of 2016. The Organizing Committee will invite speakers who are TBT negotiators and from international organizations and institutes of APEC member economies to present their experiences and studies on current FTA-related negotiations on TBT. There will also be a session on lessons and recommendations suggested by Capacity Building Workshop attendants.

A report will be produced after the Capacity Building Workshop as one of the project’s outputs. This report will be composed of the following, but not limited to, sections: introduction of the project; briefings of the presentations made at the Capacity Building Workshop, including best practices (if any); briefings on discussions at the Capacity Building Workshop; suggested recommendations made by Capacity Building Workshop attendants and the project consultant.

Outcomes: Based on the Workshop’s presentations, discussions and recommendations, the Organizers hope that Workshop participants can enhance their capacities and knowledge on FTA-related TBT. Therefore, one expected outcome of the Workshop is the application of the Workshop knowledge by participants to their their future work and negotiations.

Another outcome may be the conduction of similar Workshops back in their home economies. In order to do this, participants are encouraged to use Workshop material as resources or reference when holding similar Workshops in the future. However, commencement of future Workshops will be based on economy’s decisions and resources.

Beneficiaries: The direct beneficiaries of the project are negotiators who directly involve in negotiations on TBT and officers in charge of formulating TBT law/regulations will be the target audience of this project. Academic scholars, representatives from international organizations, business associations, and corporations might be considered to participate as speakers.

Therefore, the possible enhanced knowledge of the Capacity Building Workshop participants is a take-away of the Capacity Building Workshop. Through this learning process, the Capacity Building Workshop’s participants may withdraw valuable lessons in their future negotiations.

TBT policy-makers will have a chance to learn and share the impacts of potential FTAs, both positive and negative. It is likely that TBT policy-makers will identify some domestic issues to be addressed (regulations/ policies) to prepare for participation in FTAs/FTAAP.

It is also expected that a network of attendants will be established following the Capacity Building Workshop, among negotiators and researchers etc. This network will be much helpful in future activities.

To ensure that the Capacity Building Workshop will benefit as many individuals as possible, the Capacity Building Workshop’s outcomes and materials will be uploaded to the APEC website and public to viewers to gain out-reaching impact.

Dissemination

Hard copies will be provided to all the Capacity Building Workshop's participants.  Electronic publication will also be used to disseminate the Capacity Building Workshop's documents widely.  APEC's official website will be the main one to upload the documents.  A detailed report of the Capacity Building Workshop will also be prepared and submitted to the Committee on Trade and Investment for information.

No intention to sell outputs arising from this project.

Gender

Women will be directly and actively involved in the project. Project proponents of this Capacity Building Workshop are women. The Capacity Building Workshop organizers will be careful to include women speakers and participants in the Capacity Building Workshop.  The organizers will encourage women to be involved during the preparatory stage and actual activity. Invitations sent to CTI representatives will take due consideration of gender concerns by encouraging the suggestion and nomination of female speakers and participants.

In addition, the project proponents will ensure that the evaluation forms to be distributed at the end of the Capacity Building Workshop will include information on gender for disaggregating of data for project assessment and will help in evaluation of specific responses of women and men.

As the number of women participating in TBT negotiations and policy-making has been increasing, women will also benefit from this Capacity Building Workshop. With previous experience in CBNI activities, PO expected that 50% of Workshop participants will be female. The Project’s outputs and all the Capacity Building Workshop materials will be uploaded to the APEC website, thanks to which women might access to the website for information and knowledge.

Work Plan

Timeline

Actions

May – June 2015

Submit concept note (then a full project proposal) to APEC for consideration and approval

June – July 2015

BMC approval

August – September 2015

Draft the Capacity Building Workshop agenda and circulate it to economies for comment.

Incorporate the comments and finalize the agenda to reflect all interests by stakeholders.

September – October 2015

Invite and secure speakers for the Capacity Building Workshop, from international organizations, research institutes, APEC economies and non-member economies Participation of non-member speakers will depend on approval of CTI.

Promotion and dissemination of information on the Capacity Building Workshop.

November – December 2015

Invite participants from relevant APEC Ministries/ agencies, academia and research institutes in APEC member economies.

Confirmation of the event details (a General Information document is circulated to CTI focal points for nominating Capacity Building Workshop participants).

Preparation work by the Organizing Committee (logistic and documentation)

January (or February) 2016

Implementation of the 2-day Capacity Building Workshop

March – April 2016

Upon conclusion of the Capacity Building Workshop, event organizers will work with co-sponsors, speakers and other participants to draft a report for the APEC Committee on Trade and Investment.

Risks

Risks associated with the Capacity Building Workshop will be minimal. One of the risks is ensuring the selection of good speakers in order to make the most of the Capacity Building Workshop. The Organizers will work with the co-sponsor economies to get recommendations of potential speakers. There may be last-minute speaker cancellations. That risk will be managed by identifying possible back-up speakers in advance of the event. 

Another risk is the difficulty in selecting right participants. To address this risk, the organizers will send out invitation to CTI representatives of APEC economies. CTI representatives will take responsibilities to inform domestic Ministries/Agencies to select right participants and nominate these participants to the Project Overseers. The criterion to select participants is that participants should either be negotiators who directly involve in FTA-related TBT or policy makers for TBT-related laws and regulations. The CTI representatives will be the focal point to nominate participants (including speakers) attending the Workshop.

The nominated participants will be required to send their CVs (or biographies) to the POs. Based on reviewing the CVs (or biographies) of the nominated participants, the POs will decide the participation of APEC delegates and inform their approval to the nominated participants.

Monitoring and Evaluation

The Capacity Building Workshop’s Organizers will work closely and regularly with co-sponsor economies in determining the content of the agenda, selection of speakers, moderators, experts and participants for the Capacity Building Workshop. The project will adhere strictly to APEC project implementation procedures, including the timeline of actions.

Estimated indicators: Number of speakers/ participants, number of participating economies and diversification of speakers/ participants.

An evaluation form will be prepared and distributed to all participants as well as the speakers, moderators and experts to assess the effectiveness of the Capacity Building Workshop with respect to the relevance on the topics, presentations by speakers, overall impact and suggestions for further improvement and/or activities for future projects. The organizing committee will compile all comments and reflect them into the final report, which will be submitted to the APEC Committee on Trade and Investment for consideration.

Estimated indicators: Score of satisfaction on substance, speakers, logistic arrangements, impacts etc. in the questionnaires responded from participants.

The report and Capacity Building Workshop documents will be made available to Capacity Building Workshop participants and the APEC Secretariat, as well as uploaded to APEC Publication Database. The draft report on the outcome of the Capacity Building Workshop will be sent to APEC Secretariat for review before finalization.

Estimated indicators: (i) Progress of draft and final reports; (ii) Dissemination of draft and final reports to participants and CTI.

Linkages

Engagement: Project organizers will bring together negotiators and policy-makers to gain and enhance knowledge and experience on TBT. Project organizers will circulate a draft agenda to CTI for comments and suggestions.  On completion of the Capacity Building Workshop, a Capacity Building Workshop report with recommendations will be circulated to relevant APEC sub-fora.  The CTI will involve economies in follow-up from the Capacity Building Workshop, including developing recommendations for built-on activities to deepen regional economic integration and realize the potential FTAAP. In addition, SCSC will be consulted in developing the Workshop’s agenda and selecting participants.

Previous work: This project is built directly on the APEC REI CBNI Framework. The results of the Capacity Building Workshop will contribute to the ultimate deliverables of this Framework.

APEC’s comparative advantage: APEC is the best source of funding for this project because APEC is implementing the APEC REI CBNI Framework, the goal of which is to prepare APEC economies to negotiate high-quality trade agreements including a Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific. The results of the Capacity Building Workshop will contribute to the ultimate deliverables of this Framework.

Sustainability

This project is one of the series of capacity-building activities supported under the CBNI approach, with view to building and enhancing capacities of developing economies in the APEC region, to enhance their FTA negotiation skills. The 2nd CBNI Action Plan Framework is consisted of a number of areas, whereas TBT is one of the main interests. Since a number of FTA, concluded or under negotiations in the APEC region, includes a Chapter/provisions on TBT, this proposal, for sure, will contribute to the ultimate outcomes of the CBNI.

After the Capacity Building Workshop takes place, the Project Organizers will work with consultant(s) and speakers to develop recommendations for concrete steps to further advance the REI CBNI Action Plan Framework with specialization on TBT that is selected based on the inputs provided by the Capacity Building Workshop.  These recommendations will be sent to the CTI. CTI and its sub-fora (for instance SCSC) will consider and if possible, endorse the recommendations as well as the follow-up activities developed from the Capacity Building Workshop.

On the other hand, Viet Nam and co-sponsor economies will work with Korea, the leading economy in the  REI CBNI Action Plan Framework to incorporate the Project’s outputs and recommendations into the Report of the REI CBNI Action Plan Framework. Further evaluation and comments on this Framework might be given upon consideration of the CTI and interested parties. Korea, Viet Nam and other economies in the 2nd REI CBNI Action Plan Framework might also suggest next steps of the Project and/or the Framework to the CTI for comments and approval.

The Project Organizers will try to monitor the results of the Workshop by circulating an after-event evaluation form, possibly 3 months after the commencement of the Workshop. This form will contain information about the utilization of the knowledge that the participants gain from the Workshop in their work as well as the benefits from the skills during negotiations (if there is any after the Workshop).

Project Overseers

Mrs Pham Quynh Mai
Ministry of Industry and Trade
Viet Nam
Email: maipq@moit.gov.vn

Ms Pham Quynh Mai got her Master Degree in the University of Sussex, the United Kingdom.  She was the Vice Chair of CTI in 2006.  Since 2011, she has been the Acting Senior Official of Viet Nam for APEC in several APEC Senior Official Meetings.

Ms Vu Lien Huong
Ministry of Industry and Trade
Viet Nam
Email: buongvl@moit.gov.vn and patbeo81@gmail.com

Ms Vu Lien Huong got her Master Degree in the University of Leeds, the United Kingdom.  Since 2003, she has been actively engaged in APEC cooperation activities, including those under the Committee on Trade and Investment, SOM supervision, SCE and APEC Ministerial processes, etc.

Cost Efficiency

Not Applicable.

Drawdown Timetable

Not Applicable.

Direct Labour

The Project Overseer seeks APEC funding to support 8 speakers in total for the 2-day Capacity Building Workshop.

Consultant: will work with speakers and discussants in drafting, revising and finalizing agenda; conduct researches, collect, analyze and synthesize data; develop curriculum for the Capacity Building Workshop (including mock negotiations); take notes; develop and finalize the report of the Capacity Building Workshop with recommendations; work as a coordinator in all substantive matters (240 hours total), seek APEC Funding.

Secretaries: will assist consultant to organize the Capacity Building Workshop (substance and paperwork) (350 hours total), self-fund.

Short-term staffs (clerks): will handle logistics arrangements for the organization of the Capacity Building Workshop (450 hours total), seek APEC Funding.

Waivers

Waiver

Justification

Waiver for advance payment

Travel airfare, per diem for speakers, active participants – to encourage participation in the project.

Waiver to fund governmental officials from non travel eligible member economies, non-APEC members and representatives of international organizations as speakers for airfare and per diem

Most of the time, even non-travel eligible member economies government officials are subject to budgetary constraints as such, withdrawal of commitment from the project is unavoidable.

Waiver is sought to invite 8 speakers for the Capacity Building Workshop

PO requests for funding of 8 speakers for both days. In order to make this project a success, the PO strongly believes that experts from public and academic sectors should be invited to share their studies’ outputs and experiences relating to FTA-related negotiations on TBT. Their inputs will still be required during the last session that will include discussions of the participating APEC economies on recommendations of the Capacity Building Workshop to the APEC Committee on Trade and Investment.

This request with justification will be sent to PD in charge during implementation process.

Justification for Photocopying: This cost will allow the organizers to print in color (graphs, table, graphics, pictures) of 30,000 pages of presentations and hand-outs for participants, including binding presentations and hand-outs. In previous CBNI activities, in addition to persentations, there was a simulation exercise. Photocopying (color printing of graphs and tables) shall include presentations of speakers as well as simulation exercise papers. Under request of speakers, to enhance effectiveness of simulation exercise, a lot of supporting papers to be circulated to Workshop participants (eg: negotiation skills and techniques, background papers for simulation etc). As most participants do not bring along their laptops, organizers have to print out all these documents.

Justification for Communication: The Workshop is often held in 5 star hotel in Viet Nam. Since most participants do not stay in the hotel, they cannot get access to wifi system of the hotel. The hotel normally charge 15 USD daily charge for a device. Given the fact that during the Workshop, participants need to access to the Internet to look for information, the organizers often purchase a package from service providers to equip participants with wifi Internet access. In some cases, communication costs are also used for sending express mails or faxes of invitation letters, contracts etc. to relevant persons/ organizations in the implementation process of the project.

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