Project Title

E-commerce for Inclusion and Competitiveness 

Project Year

2015   

Project Number

CTI 10 2015A 

Project Session

Session 1   

Project Type

Standard 

Project Status

Completed Project   
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Project No.

CTI 10 2015A 

Project Title

E-commerce for Inclusion and Competitiveness 

Project Status

Completed Project 

Publication (if any)

 

Fund Account

APEC Support Fund 

Sub-fund

ASF: APEC Second Trade Facilitation Action Plan (TFAP II) 

Project Year

2015 

Project Session

Session 1 

APEC Funding

117,020 

Co-funding Amount

Total Project Value

117,020 

Sponsoring Forum

Electronic Commerce Steering Group (ECSG) 

Topics

Electronic Commerce 

Committee

Committee on Trade and Investment (CTI) 

Other Fora Involved

 

Other Non-APEC Stakeholders Involved

 

Proposing Economy(ies)

Peru 

Co-Sponsoring Economies

Canada; Chile; Japan; Papua New Guinea; Philippines; Russia; United States; Viet Nam 

Expected Start Date

01/07/2015 

Expected Completion Date

30/11/2016 

Project Proponent Name 1

Lucia Diaz 

Job Title 1

Services Negotiator 

Organization 1

Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism 

Postal Address 1

Uno Oeste N 050 Street. Urb. Córpac - San Isidro, Lima, Peru 

Telephone 1

51-1 5136100 

Fax 1

Not Applicable 

Email 1

ldiaz@mincetur.gob.pe 

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

Lucia Diaz 

Project Summary

E-commerce is an important tool for SMEs, as it enhances their participation in global markets, reduces costs of marketing and communications and allows the development of innovative ways to expand their business. E-commerce is also used as a tool for enhancing financial and social inclusion.

This project seeks to exchange information on public policies developed in APEC region, where e-commerce has been used to enhance business competitiveness and financial and social inclusion.

This will allow APEC Economies to learn about successful experiences and challenges during the implementation of these policies, thus providing a platform for further collaboration.

The project consists of a two-days’ workshop to facilitate the exchange policies implementation experiences which promote e-commerce as a tool for inclusion and competitiveness. After the workshop, a report will be submitted to the ECSG and CTI, which will include conclusions and recommendations.

Relevance

Currently, e-commerce is recognized as one of the key drivers of development, as it promotes economic growth, increases productivity and it has an impact on the business sector.

In the last years, Economies have developed public policies that promote the use of e-commerce to increase competitiveness and to improve the quality of life of their population. In that sense, this project seeks to be a platform for private and public sector to exchange information about successful experiences and best practices in the use of e-commerce to increase competitiveness and financial and social inclusion.

Economies have been working on policies that enhance SMEs participation in international markets as e-commerce reduces costs of logistics and communications and allows the development of innovative ways to expand their businesses. Thus, e-commerce contributes to increase business competitiveness and efficiency in SMEs.

E-commerce is also used in public policies aiming to promote financial and social inclusion. Enhancing access to the financial system contributes to reduce the inequality gap within Economies. For instance, mobile money is an effective way for conducting payments and providing access to the financial system in areas where access to banks or ATMs is very complicated. Moreover, the development of electronic payments has allowed the increase of e-commerce users.

Other important topic or outcome related to the use of e-commerce is social inclusion. For example, public and private initiatives for online education, such as Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCS) or telemedicine would be important issues to take into account

It will be very useful important for APEC members to acquire specific knowledge from Economies that have already implemented policies regarding these initiatives, such as the problems faced during the development as well as the benefits from implementation. Therefore, this project will be a platform to share experiences about these issues.

This workshop will ensure long-term benefits for APEC Economies and create new areas for further collaboration as some of the policies could be replicated according to the specific context.

This Project falls under Rank 1: “Building an open economy in the Asia-Pacific featuring innovative development, interconnected growth, and shared interests”; “SME development”; “Cross border E-Commerce Innovation and Development”, “Internet Economy, including the implementation of APEC Initiative of Cooperation to Promote Internet Economy”.

Objectives

The key objectives of the project are:

a) To become a sharing-experience platform of public policies in which e-commerce has been used to enhance business competitiveness in the APEC region.

b) To give an opportunity to discuss policies in which e-commerce is used as a driver for financial and social inclusion. For instance, mobile banking, electronic payments in case of financial inclusion and the education or the medical sector in case of social inclusion.

c) To become an information-sharing platform for successful experiences from the private sector in the use of electronic commerce to enhance business competitiveness and inclusion.

d) To draft a report with conclusions and recommendation from the workshop.

Alignment

This proposal aims to strengthen information sharing between APEC Economies and reaffirm the importance of multi-stakeholder cooperation across the Asia-Pacific. APEC continues to be committed in promoting Internet economy since the establishment of the APEC Electronic Commerce Steering Group (ECSG) in 1999, aiming to promote the development and use of e-commerce.

In this context, in the AELM Declaration of 2014, Leaders commit to “35. (...) recognize the role of the Internet Economy in promoting innovative development and empowering economic participation. We (...) instruct Ministers and officials to discuss the Internet Economy further, put forward proposals for actions promote member Economies’ cooperation on developing the Internet Economy and facilitate technological and policy exchanges among member Economies, taking into account the need to bridge the digital divide”

Also, this project is aligned with the Osaka agenda, specifically to the “Economic and Technical Cooperation in Specific Areas” Section. Particularly, the area related to Small and Medium Enterprises stays as follows: “APEC Economies will cooperate to maintain and develop SME dynamism by improving the economic environment so that SMEs may fully exploit their creativity and mobility, by helping SMEs address priority fields – human resources, information access, technology and technology sharing, financing and market access – and by improving SME policies

This project meets the following objectives of the ECSG work-plan for 2015-2016:

- Identify and work towards eliminating barriers to trade and explore areas in which technology can help facilitate trade.

- Identify opportunities of technology to enhance trade practices and economic-related data.

Also this project will promote the development of further initiatives related to these topics.

TILF/ASF Justification

Currently, Internet economy is a crucial topic among APEC members, as more Economies have been developing policies to promote innovation, inclusion and productivity growth.

The project seeks to grant an opportunity for Economies to share its experiences about public policies in order to promote inclusion and competitiveness using e-commerce. In that sense, this workshop has the aim to discuss these issues which are particularly importance for developing Economies.

Developing Economies will be benefit from this project as it will increase their knowledge about initiatives and policies that are being developing to promote the use of e-commerce. Moreover, many of the initiatives that will be discussed at the workshop, such as mobile banking an online education have an impact on the increase of inclusion and competitiveness in developing Economies.

The project team will engage with participants to ensure the workshop’s program meets their needs and expectations.

Beneficiaries and Outputs

Outcomes: A two-day workshop where participants will be able to exchange experiences on the implementation of public policies and private initiatives to promote e-commerce as a tool for inclusion and competitiveness. The workshop will provide government officials and private sector with a platform for the discussion about these issues.

A report will be submitted to the ECSG and CTI, which will include conclusions, recommendations and best practices presented in the workshop.

Outcomes: The project will strengthen the development of electronic commerce in the APEC region, particularly in developing economies. Sharing experiences on policies to promote inclusion and competitiveness may be used as an input or inspiration to develop and implement new strategies related to these topics.

Participants will gain knowledge on how to develop successful public policies related to the use of e-commerce to promote financial and social inclusion and business competitiveness. After the workshop, policymakers may be able to establish new policies and strategies related to these topics or to improve their current policies. Government officials will be able to networking for future collaboration and establish contact with similar initiatives within APEC.

Furthermore, there will be a report which will include conclusions, recommendations and best practices presented during the workshop. Additionally, the project can significantly benefit participants from the government and private sector by allowing new areas or topics for research and development.

In that sense, this project will promote collaboration and make more sounding the environment for e-commerce activities in the APEC region.

Beneficiaries: The most direct beneficiary of this project will be APEC government officials since this workshop will help them to have better understanding on innovative cases of policies related to the use of e-commerce to promote financial and social inclusion and business competitiveness. Also, the exchange of experiences will provide participants with information about the challenges that Economies might face when developing policies and initiatives which use e-commerce as a tool to promote inclusion and competitiveness.

In that sense, it will be very valuable for the project, the attendance of government officials such as:

- Experts in charge of the topics related to information and communications technologies (ICT) with experience in the development of policies using e-commerce

-   Experts on regulation of financial services through e-commerce. For instance, regulation of mobile banking, electronic payment services, among others.

Furthermore, SMEs will benefit of this project as government officials will learn about best practices and other policies that have been implemented to promote competitiveness in SMEs through e-commerce. The knowledge gained during the workshop will enable policymakers to develop new strategies to improve the competitiveness of APEC SMEs and to strengthen the collaboration between them.

Dissemination

The target audience includes government entities and policymakers in charge of policies related to e-commerce in the APEC Economies, including Ministries of Commerce, Ministries of Technology, SME´s Promotion Agencies, among others.

All documents and presentations from the workshop will be available at the AIMP.

Relevant results and presentations of the workshop will be published in the websites of the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism of Peru and of APEC. For the convenience of participants, member Economies will also be asked to release the information in their websites.

The project results also will be disseminated through the available APEC networks and Peru channels such as social media.

Gender

It is recognized that women invest in their communities and families. Therefore investing in the empowerment and connectivity of women promotes the economic development of both men and women. Furthermore, e-commerce have undoubtedly empowered women socially and economically in a number of Economies as it provides women with improved access to healthcare, education and job training.

The gender asymmetry in the adoption and use of the Internet has been steadily declining as more women sign on to use of the Internet. However, it is proved that the asymmetry is greater in developing Economies

E-commerce is an important tool for increasing social inclusion, as it grants opportunities to all population with no discrimination between genders. In that sense, this project will seek to promote the exchange of experiences of public policies to promote inclusion and competitiveness using e-commerce. The implementation of public policies that will be analyzed in the workshop will have a positive impact on women.

The project team will work in advance to obtain women speakers from APEC Economies and private sector which have developed policies regarding to the topics of the workshop. Furthermore, the PO will encourage speakers to share information about the impact in women empowerment of the policies implemented.

Work Plan

The project will convene government officials and private sector, which have experience on public policies or private initiatives that enhance business competitiveness and financial and social inclusion, to exchange their experiences with participants.

The workshop will be scheduled for two days at the margins of SOM III, 2016, in Lima, Peru.

The first day, speakers of volunteer Economies and private sector will share their experience and analyze best practices for promoting e-commerce as tool for business competitiveness.

The second day, policymakers and private sector will share their experience and analyze best practices for promoting e-commerce as a tool for inclusion.

The participant list, including contact details and projects shared by each Economy will be circulated to participants to monitoring results.

A report will be submitted to the ECSG and CTI, which will include conclusions, recommendations and  best practices presented in the workshop. This report will be sent to the APEC Secretariat for its publication in the APEC webpage. Likewise, Peru will disseminate the outcomes of this workshop through the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism website and other relevant public entities.

Timeline of Actions:

Timeline of Actions

Activities

Outputs

Timing

Establishment of Organizing

Committee.

Establishment of Committee

First week of March 2016

Workshop organisation: venues,

tentative agenda and request to

Economies suggest keynote speakers

and corporations

Preliminary Agenda is defined

Last week of April 2016

Invitation to speakers

Confirmation of Keynote

 speakers

Last week of June 2016

Invitation to ECSG members to

 participate

Confirmation of APEC

ECSG members nominated per Economy

Last week of June 2016

Review of the agenda by the Advisory Committee and, once approved, it will

 be circulated among Economies

 for their inputs.

Approval of tentative

agenda

Last week of June 2016

Administrative Circular will be sent to

 all participants with all details of the Conference.

Participants receive the

Administrative Circular

First week of July 2016

Workshop will be announced on

the APEC webpage and confirmation

of the event.

Registration of Participants

July 2016

Workshop is developed in Lima-Peru

The workshop was

successfully hosted

At SOM III margins

A report with conclusions and and recommendations of the

workshop will be disseminating

among APEC members for its

 assessment and inputs

Approved Report

September 2016

 The report will be sent to the

APEC Secretariat

Publication

November 2016


Possible Topics to include in the workshop:

- Initiatives to promote financial inclusion: e.g. electronic payment services and mobile banking

APEC policymakers and participants from the private sector will share their policies to promote financial inclusion using e-commerce

- Initiatives to promote social inclusion: e.g. online education and telemedicine

APEC policymakers and participants from the private sector will share their policies to promote social inclusion using e-commerce

-  Initiatives to promote business competitiveness in SMEs

APEC policymakers and participants from the private sector will share their policies to promote business competitiveness in SMEs using e-commerce. For example, intellectual property rights and data location requirements.

Open round of questions: challenges and benefits of the implementation of policies that use e-commerce to foster inclusion and competitiveness.

Risks

Risk 1: Difficulties to draft the workshop agenda.

Risk management: Work closely and in advance with co-sponsors and other interested Economies to develop a draft of the workshop agenda that could be circulated for review and inputs.

Risk 2: Difficulties to ensure participation of keynote speakers.

Risk management: A letter of invitation will be circulated in advance. Also, early identification of potential speakers should ensure quality presentations for this event.

Risk 3: Lack of attendance due to the distance between Lima and some APEC Economies.

Risk management: this workshop will be held on the SOM III margins in 2016 to facilitate APEC member Economies´ attendance.

Risk 4: Difficulties to conclude the report with conclusions and recommendations of the workshop

Risk Management:  After the workshop, a reasonable time will be granted for clarification about different issues related to the workshop.  After that, the report including conclusions and recommendations of the workshop will be circulated for approval

Risk 5: Difficulties to distribute the report between APEC Economies.

Risk Management: The project team will seek the collaboration of other APEC Economies for the distributions of the results of the workshop through different channels.

Risk 6: Difficulties to enhance the collaboration between participant Economies

Risk Management: During the workshop, there will be a specific time to networking

Monitoring and Evaluation

The project team will take into account the comments and suggestions from representatives of ECSG. The preliminary agenda of the workshop will be circulated in advance to receive comments and suggestions from Economies. After the workshop, a survey will be distributed to participants from the government and private sector to know their opinions and comments about the event.

The main indicators of the successful implementation of the project are:

For government officials (public sector):

-  The number of government officials attending the workshop.

-  The number of comments or inputs received from government officials during the development of the agenda of the workshop. The active participation of government officials before the workshop will be an indicator of the engagement in this project.

-  Number of projects or instruments to promote public policies that use e-commerce to enhance business competitiveness and financial and social inclusion that will be developed in the region after the workshop.  In order to obtain this information, a post event survey will be sent in the middle time for feedback about new strategies or policies related to these topics among participating Economies.

For external organizations (private sector):

-  The number of participants attending the workshop.

- Feedback received after the workshop with respect to the topics involved and future areas of research and development.

Linkages

The 1998 Blueprint for Action on E-Commerce was designed to consolidate and reinforce various APEC initiatives related to e-commerce. In the ECSG have been developed projects that are focus on enhance trade facilitation.

It is recognized that the use of Internet-based platforms and data flow technologies allows SMEs to participate in regional markets without having to establish physical operations in different economies. In that sense, moving data efficiently and securely across the region has become an essential feature of business practices for SMEs. For this reason, many of the projects developed in the ECSG are closely related to Data Privacy and supply chain connectivity.

In this context, this project connects the efforts made by the group to promote the use of e-commerce in the region as well as provides an overview of the importance of policies to enhance inclusion and competitiveness within APEC.Sharing knowledge and experiences will definitely facilitate the development of these kinds of policies in APEC Economies.

Furthermore, this project will continue with the efforts to promote the use of e-commerce in APEC Economies. Nowadays, it is totally recognized the importance and impact of e-commerce in the economy. Therefore, some Economies have started to develop initiatives related to it.

For all the reasons mentioned above, we consider that APEC is the best source to fund this project.

Sustainability

The experiences shared and cases presented in the workshop as well as contacts established by participants will be very valuable to generate collaborative projects and design new events.

The workshop will serve as a platform to foster the importance of e-commerce throughout the Asia Pacific region. After the workshop, we will make a report including conclusion, recommendations and best practices

Furthermore, the experiences shared and contacts established by participants could generate new collaborative projects. In that sense, after the workshop, we will make a directory of participants and send this information to each delegate from APEC Economies. The project team will maintain contact with APEC delegates to coordinate new activities or projects related to these issues.

Project Overseers

Ms. Lucia Diaz currently serves as trade official at the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism of Peru.

She is a member of the Peruvian negotiating team in the area of trade in services.  Her work involves supporting the negotiation of the services component of free trade agreements.

She is a bachelor in Economics and International Business from Esan University. Prior to joining the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism, she worked on research projects at Esan University, on formulation and evaluation of entrepreneurship´s projects in the State of Santa Catarina-Brasil. She also participates in the development of education projects at IIIG Consulting and Investment.

Cost Efficiency

Not Applicable.

Drawdown Timetable

Not Applicable.

Direct Labour

The Project team seeks APEC funding to support 5 speakers for the two-day workshop.

Short-term clerical fees: to handle all logistics and most of administrative arrangements for the organization of the Workshop (6 persons).

Waivers

An advance payment (travel expenses for participants and speakers) will be necessary to ensure participation in the project.

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