Project Title

APEC Training Course on Common Principles to Shipping Policy 

Project Year

2015   

Project Number

TPT 02 2015T 

Project Session

Session 1   

Project Type

Standard 

Project Status

Completed Project   
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Project No.

TPT 02 2015T 

Project Title

APEC Training Course on Common Principles to Shipping Policy 

Project Status

Completed Project 

Publication (if any)

 

Fund Account

TILF Special Account 

Sub-fund

None 

Project Year

2015 

Project Session

Session 1 

APEC Funding

82,429 

Co-funding Amount

20,608 

Total Project Value

103,037 

Sponsoring Forum

Transportation Working Group (TPTWG) 

Topics

Transportation 

Committee

SOM Steering Committee on Economic and Technical Cooperation (SCE) 

Other Fora Involved

 

Other Non-APEC Stakeholders Involved

 

Proposing Economy(ies)

Japan; Thailand 

Co-Sponsoring Economies

Canada; Indonesia; Philippines; Viet Nam 

Expected Start Date

01/07/2015 

Expected Completion Date

30/12/2015 

Project Proponent Name 1

Jiravich Klomperee 

Job Title 1

Director of Research and Organization Development Division, Policy and Planning Department    

Organization 1

Port Authority of Thailand (PAT) 

Postal Address 1

444 Tarua Road, Klongtoey, Bangkok, 10110 Thailand 

Telephone 1

66-2 2695236 

Fax 1

Not Applicable 

Email 1

jiravich_k@port.co.th 

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

Jiravich Klomperee 

Project Summary

This project seeks to fund a short-term Training Course on APEC Common Principles to Shipping Policy. The training course will be held in Thailand in December 2015.

This third APEC training course covers aspects of APEC Common Principles to Shipping Policy that were not included in the 1st and 2nd courses. It will support capacity building by providing staff in APEC maritime authorities (e.g., maritime policy makers) with practical exposure to real and complex policy issues related to international shipping and maritime policies. The third training course will address policy item 8 on Port Management highlighting challenges related to port commercialization and privatization, encouraging competition and development of ports and most appropriate source(s) of port investment funding. Maritime Experts Group (MEG) will consider measureable outcomes and the effectiveness of the content of this course and consider adjustments before proceeding with future courses.

Relevance

Trends of globalization involves in emergence of new pattern of governance, which is including maritime transportation sector. Port has been significance for growth and development of economies. Privatization of ports around the world has been considered more seriously. Regarding privatization is broadly as a new concept in port operations and service develop has emerged along with liberalization, commercialization and introduction of competition to the sector. The challenges of ports arise from various level of privatization which provides the state to reformulate its function and commercial activities to meet the cost minimization and maximum of service quality also integrate logistics and supply chain system.

The governments have been implementing privatization policies toward the effective and productive operation of ports to dealing with maritime transportation needs. Also mobilize the private resource to invest in modern and capacity which has led interest of the private sector involvement in maritime sector (Public-Private Partnerships: PPP). Consequently, selecting the PPP option that fits best to their objectives and goals accordingly are concerned. However, each economies has PPP opportunities for port development, but each PPP structure and funding mechanism is unique, by the time some are lack of knowledge or experience.The purpose of this project is to better understand, sharing experiences and raising aware on port commercialization, port privatization, and port investment funding as well as put into action the Leaders’ commitment to realize the Bogor Goals through maritime connectivity and regulatory coherence. Also central element of APEC’s agenda and the 2010 Leaders’ Declaration says that capacity building needs to evolve as priorities shift to meet new challenges on Strengthening Economic and Technical Cooperation and Leaders welcome ongoing efforts to develop a more strategic, goal-oriented and multi-year approach toward capacity building.

This project falls under Rank 1, the projects that specifically and significantly contribute to promoting regional economic integration, Bullet 15 (Standards, conformity assessment, technical regulations and regulatory cooperation). This project is highlighted on Port Management related to port commercialization and privatization and port investment funding, which will support capacity building by providing staff in APEC maritime authorities with practical exposure to real and complex policy issues related to international shipping and maritime policies.

Objectives

This project will build APEC economies’ capacity in the area of policy development and contribute to the implementation of “APEC Common Principles to Shipping Policy” in order to enhance the liberalization in maritime sector that was presented by TPT-WG. Moreover, the project ensures workshop participants will be able to enhance understanding of port commercialization, privatization and port investment funding in the Asia Pacific region by providing an opportunity for exchange of experiences and learning among stakeholders.

a) Awareness raising, exchange of experiences to support the port commercialization, privatization and port investment funding including Public-Private Partnerships

b) Information and exchange on key elements of policies, strategies and regulations

c) Information and exchange about port investment funding to enhance capacity building under port development in the Asia Pacific region

d) Establish port and shipping industry partnership in order to increase accessibility of data and enhance regional cooperation

Alignment

The key purposes are to provide technical cooperation and assistance, to build capacity through the sharing of knowledge and information on maritime facilitation policy and to promote an efficient ports development in APEC member economies and growth of shipping which are the lifeblood of economy. These objectives are the same as all of the general principles of the Osaka Action Agenda, in particular the Comparability, Non-discrimination, Comprehensiveness and Cooperation to achieve the Bogor Goals.

a) Comparability: APEC Member Economies endeavor to have comparable trade and investment liberalization as well as facilitation, taking into account the general levels achieved by each APEC economy.

b) Non-discrimination: Reductions in trading barriers achieved through APEC are available to all APEC Member Economies and non-APEC economies.

c) Comprehensiveness: Addressing all impediments to achieve the long-term goal of free and open trade.

d) Cooperation: Economic and technical cooperation contributing to liberalization and facilitation is actively pursued.

Furthermore undertaken measures in the context of the APEC Action Agenda are consistent with the principles of the World Trade Organization (WTO)

TILF/ASF Justification

The project will promote further trade in the region through specific efforts of capacity building in order to promote liberalization of trade in maritime sector. The effort will accelerate investment liberalization and facilitation.

More precisely, “APEC  Common  principles  to  Shipping  Policy” which is  a  cornerstone  of this  cooperation  project,  is  developed  by  TPT-WG  due  to  “Osaka  Action  Agenda”  Part  One,  Section  C,  3  Services,  Transportation on Maritime transport which is as follows:

“Develop by 2005 an efficient, safe and competitive operating environment for maritime transport, including ports, in the region through improved transparency of maritime and port policies”

“Osaka Action Agenda” Part One, Section C 11. Implementation of WTO Obligations Objective says that APEC economies will ensure full and effective implementation of Uruguay Round outcomes within the agreed time frame in a manner fully consistent with the letter and the spirit of the WTO Agreement, WTO GATS on maritime services is another cornerstone of this training project.

Furthermore, “Osaka Action Agenda” Part Two, Economic and Technical Cooperation, the whole part including transportation, encourages APEC economies to pursue economic and technical cooperation in order to attain sustainable growth equitable development.

Beneficiaries and Outputs

Outputs: The workshop will be organized in order to sharing knowledge, exchange information and experiences on port commercialization, privatization and port investment funding will focus on alternative financing mechanism among APEC economies. Participants will be comprehend on those issues, improvement technic and knowledge. The APEC best practices workshop will be finding the effective solutions. ot only that knowledge but also there will be use an evaluation form to assess the training course. The lecture notes and training materials for the training course will be provided in both hard copy and electronically via APEC website.

Outcomes: The project is intended to provide information and facilitate discussion on challenges, opportunities and sharing best practice in order to develop regional to build its capacity and support current and future transportation infrastructure needs, port development and funding mechanism. It is expected to acquire substantial knowledge for support maritime labour, port authorities, port operator and shipping companies in APEC economies, especially the executive for making the appropriate decision and policy as well as officer to understand that will guide the government in prioritizing the most suitable port commercialization, privatization and port investment funding mechanism based on its objectives and goals.

- Towards the port investment funding, financing mechanism and its implementation

- Capacities to undertake activities working group discussed possible important elements for future strategy in each economies and regional

- Regional exchange of views and experiences among Asia Pacific stakeholders will be strengthened

- Awareness raising among stakeholders in relation to port development projects in the Asia Pacific region to enhanced and national perspectives for integration

Beneficiaries: The authorities that are in charge of the development and/or enforcement of maritime policies, laws, rules and regulations, port authorities and operators, will directly benefit from the training course. The participants which will be from government and private sectors in relevant maritime industry of developed and developing economies for instance maritime labour, shipping companies, port authorities, port operators and shippers in APEC economies.

The approximate number of participants involved in this training course will be 45-50 persons from travel-eligible economies, non-eligible economies specially Japan and Canada and the host economy.

The PO will design an Application Form that will fully reflect the minimum qualification of the participants which is relevant to the mentioned training above.

Presentation materials from the Training Course will be disseminated to all participants for future reference. Participants will obtain skills, knowledge and information from other economies through discussion and presentations based on each port project development and investment.

Through a series of training course, trained economies will have studied model maritime policy/law and through the domestic adoption of such model policy/law will lead to sound growth of APEC maritime industries.

Dissemination

Lecture notes and training materials for the Training Course will be provided in both hard copy and electronically.

Electric files will be made available in conjunction with uploading the materials to the APEC website.

The target audience will include:

a) TPT-WG members;
b) Stakeholders on maritime activities;
c) Experts on maritime policy;
d) Government officials in charge of maritime policy and port authorities; and
e) Other relevant APEC fora members.

The project’s outcomes will be made available for free on the APEC website. The outcome of the training course will be disseminated in the regional conferences, meeting such as ASEAN Maritime Transport Working Group Meeting (MTWG) and ASEAN Ports Association Meeting (APA) as well as international cooperation between Thailand. The benefits and useful of this training course will also support Thailand implement and achieve its privatization policy such as conducting the subsidiary unit of port in the near future. Moreover, we can share the outcomes with the government of Thailand and some universities in the economy.

All documents will comply with the APEC publications, copyrights and APEC Logo guidelines.

Gender

The training course will be open to both men and women. Invitations will be circulated to all APEC member economies, with the expectations that, in principles, the ratio of male and female participants shall be 50 to 50. The involvement of women in this project is expected at all stages from planning, managing, and organizing through to implementation and participation. As equal opportunity will be provided to all APEC members, speakers/lecturers/experts may also be women from member economies and this is encouraged. To ensure female representation, the PO may seek particular female experts as speakers/lecturers. The training course is expected to contribute to the enhancement of the social status of women.

The objective of the project will benefit women since gaining experience in maritime policy will improve their capacity to better understand and be involved in policy making to promote the delivery of sound and stable maritime policy. This would further promote the already growing number of women entrepreneurs. The project’s result will be published and disseminated to all without gender bias.

Work Plan

The main stages of the project implementation are:

1) A Project Steering Committee will be formed for the project implementation. (July 2015)

2) Coordination of the training program (August-September 2015)

The project overseers, in cooperation with the Co-sponsors will conduct a needs assessment to match the training course and the needs of participants. There are two levels of the training needs assessment as follows;

a) Organizational assessment to survey the organization management such as the pattern of privatization in port, port investment policies, existing projects and development plans of their port and what the port expects to happen/be.

b) Individual assessment to survey responsibilities, skills and work experience of the participants. And it provides the attitude surveys.

The participant will be requested to complete a needs assessment. After the PO will design the training, content, materials and program to be line with the needs of participants. Moreover the PO will design the Application form that will reflect the minimum qualification of the participants.

3) Submit the training document to be endorsed by MEG (October 2015)

The project overseers will circulate the resulted of the needs assessment, program, materials and all documents to MEG to get approval. All progresses will be reported to the MEG to have suggestions being improved.

4) A three-day training course about Port Management highlighting challenges related to port commercialization and privatization, encouraging competition and development of ports and most appropriate source(s) of port investment funding will be held tentatively in December 2015 in Bangkok sponsored by Thailand.

The training course under policy item 8 (Port Management) will share information and discuss on international frameworks and practices on port commercialization and privatization and port investment funding through learning. It will present the trends of globalization involves the new pattern of governance, which is including maritime transportation sector, model of port commercialization and privatization encouraging private sector involvement in ports based on non-discrimination in the allocation of development rights, or in the awarding of contracts for the provision of port services. And best practice on port investment funding from among APEC economies.

A tentative timetable is shown below. The specific topics of the sessions will be developed by Thailand. The sessions will be used to ensure full participation in discussions by all participants thereby maximizing the result of the training course. It is very effective and useful, through workshop sessions, to share knowledge and experiences among participants, and discuss the most appropriate sources of their port and the way to solve common issues they have in each economy.

The following topics are presented to illustrate the issue that sessions might discuss.

I)  Port commercialization and privatization,

a) Present of Globalization’s Trends in the new pattern of governance

b) Best practice of Port commercialization and privatization

c)  Workshop on Port commercialization and privatization

 II) Port investment funding

a) Present of Port investment funding

b) Best practice of Port investment funding

c) Workshop on Port investment funding

 This course is divided into two sessions, which is training and workshop for each topic. It will be provided information and facilitated discussion on the existing maritime legislations and port policies, including port commercialization, privatization and port investment funding as well as contribute to capacity building of knowledge and information on maritime legislations and port policies. The evaluation form will be done after the training course. 

Date

Content

1st day

Plenary Session

Opening Guidance

Theme 1:   Port commercialization and privatization

                                       (Keynote speech on Theme 1)

                                       (Presentations from Active Participants)

Workshop 1

Theme 1: Port commercialization and privatization

2nd day

Theme 2:   Port investment funding

                           (Keynote speech on Theme 2)

                           (Presentations from Active Participants)

Workshop 2

Theme 2: Port investment funding

3rd day

Plenary Session

Report from Group

Risks

There are risks in securing an adequate number of appropriate participants from the government especially developed economies due to the travel expenses paid by their own accounts. The number of women might not follow in the expected number. The best practise and outcome of the training course might not be appropriately implemented or applied with their respective economies. The secretariat of the training course will make contact with possible participants at the earliest possible time. The earlier program setting and its circulation should be made to address those risks.

Monitoring and Evaluation

Project organizers will request the participants to fill-out an evaluation form to assess the training course. The indicators of the training course will be economies attending, speakers engaged, participants’ satisfaction with the training course (satisfaction of speaker, facilities, context and knowledge learned to demonstrate successful results of the training course) by filling the scale that most accurately reflects their opinion in the evaluation form. Feedback from participants will be compiled and reported to the MEG and relevant groups. The outcome of the training course will be discussed at the following MEG meeting. In addition, relevant materials such as document for presentation and summary will be uploaded to the web-site after the event.

Linkages

TPT-WG has recognised the necessity of this type of capacity building program and its importance for the liberalization and facilitation of trade and investment through structural reforms. Committee of Trade and Investment of APEC will be asked for cooperation on implementing the project. The speakers of the training program will be invited from member economies and other organization. This project was carefully reviewed by the MEG with respect to measureable outcomes and the effectiveness of course content.

This project follows on the “Review of the Status of Implementing APEC Common Principles to Shipping Policy” which has been discussed in the TPT-WG since 2005. The principles also cover the project on Liner Shipping Policy conducted between 2006 and 2008 as well as a workshop on the proposed Guidelines related to Liner Shipping held in October 2010. The training course will utilize previous reports and there will be no duplications of other projects. 

The workshop’s presentations and subsequent discussions will acquire substantial knowledge on port administration and operation as well as formulation of port policy, specifically on Port Commercialisation and Privatisation and Port investment Funding. A general update on current trends together with specialisation and technical knowledge on port development and relationship between competitive conditions on economic aspects of port services, land-based services and maritime policy and law in order to enhance the liberalizations in maritime sector.

Sustainability

The participants who attend the training course will be expected to share the common views presented by the speakers and deepen their knowledge through the discussions with other participants on the current shipping and port policies adopted by member economies. The participants will be expected to utilize the new knowledge in order to shape the shipping and port policies of their respective economies. Also the participants will be requested to report the development polices, plans and project related to commercialization, privatization and the investment funding of their respective economies to MEG in the economy report session at the following meeting.

These outcomes will be taken into consideration in the design of the course content before proceeding with future maritime policy training course. Regarding the APEC Training Course on Common Principle to Shipping Policy is a 5 year project. which designed to cover the different aspects of APEC Common Principle to Shipping Policy and will be hosted by the Co-sponsored namely Japan, Philippines, Thailand, Viet Nam and Indonesia.

The 1st APEC Training Course on Common Principle to Shipping Policy (policy item 1 : Activity of Shipping) was conducted by Japan and the 2nd course  (policy item 6: Access to Port Facilities and policy item 7: Land-based Ancillary Services) was conducted by Philippines. The 3rd course will be organized by Thailand in policy item 8 : Port Management. For other policies in the Principles will be continually hosted by other Co-sponsor (the 4th course : Viet Nam and the 5th course : Indonesia). The source of funded for the 4th and 5th course will be considered by the host (self funding or APEC fund).

Project Overseers

Thailand by the Port Authority of Thailand will responsible for this project. Project Overseers is Mr. Jiravich Klomperee, Director of Research and Organization Development Division, Policy and Planning Department, Port Authority of Thailand (PAT). He graduated a bachelor degree in Economics from Chiang Mai University, Thailand and a master degree in port management from WMU, Sweden. He worked for the PAT more than 22 years.

Cost Efficiency

Not Applicable.

Drawdown Timetable

Not Applicable.

Direct Labour

Overseer will take responsibility of preparing the training course including recruitment of speakers.

Waivers

We request waivers for APEC funded travellers to receive advanced payment for air fares and per diems so that they do not need to cover these expenses out their own budget before traveling. 

These travellers will include government participants from APEC economies, and expert speakers as well as coordinators from government officials from APEC economies and other organization, who should not be expected to cover their travels in advance of participating in an APEC activity.

Booking and payment of travel expense in advance, particularly airfare, may also help to lower overall travel costs.

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