Project Title

Supporting Micro, Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (MSMEs) Trade Facilitation through Standardization Activities 

Project Year

2015   

Project Number

CTI 13 2015A 

Project Session

Session 2   

Project Type

Standard 

Project Status

Project in Implementation   
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Project No.

CTI 13 2015A 

Project Title

Supporting Micro, Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (MSMEs) Trade Facilitation through Standardization Activities 

Project Status

Project in Implementation 

Publication (if any)

 

Fund Account

APEC Support Fund 

Sub-fund

ASF: General Fund 

Project Year

2015 

Project Session

Session 2 

APEC Funding

99,147 

Co-funding Amount

16,900 

Total Project Value

116,047 

Sponsoring Forum

Sub-Committee on Standards and Conformance (SCSC) 

Topics

Conformance; Standards 

Committee

Committee on Trade and Investment (CTI) 

Other Fora Involved

 

Other Non-APEC Stakeholders Involved

 

Proposing Economy(ies)

Peru 

Co-Sponsoring Economies

Australia; Chile; Indonesia; Japan; Mexico; Philippines; Singapore 

Expected Start Date

01/12/2015 

Expected Completion Date

30/11/2016 

Project Proponent Name 1

Rosario Uria 

Job Title 1

Directorate of Standardisation Direction 

Organization 1

National Institute for Quality (INACAL) 

Postal Address 1

Las Camelias 815, San Isidro, Lima, Peru 

Telephone 1

51-1 6408820 

Fax 1

Not Applicable 

Email 1

ruria@inacal.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

Rosario Uria 

Project Summary

MSMEs are important part of APEC economies and have been an APEC’s objective to integrate them in regional and global markets. The promotion of the use of standards and conformance among MSMEs will support them to access new markets and to be part of Global Value Chains. This project aims: 1) To conduct a survey on initiatives that National Standards Bodies (NSBs) apply to help MSMEs to better understand the benefits of standards, conformance and metrology  , 2) To exchange information about best initiatives and discuss the survey results and 3) To make a publication with best initiatives that NSB could apply to increase their MSMEs competitiveness and integrate them in international trade.

During delivering of the project cross-fora collaboration with SMEWG will guarantee to produce crosscutting outcomes. The project will start at December 2015 and the workshop is planned to be held during SCSC 2 in 2016 in Peru.

Relevance

The study conducted by Policy Support Unit in May 2014 entitled “Integrating SMEs into Global Value Chains: Policy Principles and Best Practices” recommended the economies to help SMEs to comply with standards and certificates for increasing competitiveness. In the same line, in 2013, a paper issued by the same APEC Policy Support Unit (PSU) – SMEs’ Participation in Global Production Chains – identified the most important challenges for SMEs to become competitive players along the chain (APEC Policy Support Unit 2013a). One of these challenges is related to complying with standards. Currently, in May 2015 in the Meeting of APEC Ministers Responsible for Trade, was recognized that micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) are an important force in economic activity, growth, job creation, community resilience and innovation. Ministers engage to complement APEC’s initiatives on promoting SMEs’ participation in Global Value Chains with an agenda that will support micro and small enterprises as direct exporters. 

There are several initiatives developed by the National Standards Bodies (NSB) within the region, regarding to increase awareness of MSMEs in the use of standards, its implementation and conformity assessment, but this information has not been well-shared among member economies. This project aims to exchange information among NSBs on standardization activities implemented with MSMEs and will serve as a basis to apply them by each NSB. APEC recommendations will be developed to establish best initiatives that NSB could apply in order to help MSMEs to be more competitive and to help them to integrate into regional and global markets. This will benefit particularly MSMEs in developing economies because NSBs in these economies do not have enough resources to invest in this kind of studies and will improve their capacity building to attend their MSMEs. 

From 2006 to 2010 SCSC developed and implemented a Work plan for improving SMEs’ access to standards and conformance information, this project will continue with this effort. 

This proposal directly links to: Rank 1 Standards, conformity assessment, technical regulations, regulatory cooperation, and regulatory coherence, including good regulatory practices, because it will strengthen National Standards Bodies’ capacity building. It is also directly linked to Rank 1 SME Development, including access to regional and global markets since SMEs will be direct beneficiaries of this project.

Objectives

The primary goal of this project is to learn the Best Initiatives that NSB among the region could apply in order to help MSMEs to be more competitive and to help them to better integrate into regional and global markets. The objectives of this project are the following: 

1) To conduct a survey on the initiatives that NSBs apply to help MSMEs better understand the benefits of standards & conformance, and encourage adoption of standards and services by accredited conformity assessment providers and initiatives to get MSMEs more involved in the development of standards, conformity assessment and metrology businesses.

2) To exchange information about best initiatives in a 2-day workshop and deeper discuss the survey results. The workshop will be held at the margins of SOM 3 in 2016.

3) To prepare a publication with APEC recommendations on best initiatives that NSB could apply to help MSMEs better understand the benefits of standards & conformance, and encourage adoption of standards and services by accredited conformity assessment providers and initiatives to get MSMEs more involved in the development of standards, conformity assessment and metrology businesses. Successful case studies on implementation on standards could be included.

Alignment

This project directly responds to APEC Key priorities: 

One of the agenda priorities in this year is “Fostering SMEs’ participation in the Regional and Global Economy” and one of the actions identified to fulfil this priority is promoting the use of standards and conformance by the SMEs. In 2013, APEC Leaders’ declaration agreed to take further steps toward empowering, engaging and opening opportunities for our stakeholders to fully participate in our economic growth by empowering our SMEs to expand to international markets and participate in global supply chains. Closer relations of MSMEs with NSB will promote the implementation of standards, which is an important tool for accessing international markets and as was mentioned above standards and SME development are considered in Rank 1 in the funding criteria for APEC projects in 2015. Therefore, this project is fully compliance with and echoes the Leaders’ Declaration.

In this year, Philippines have proposed several actions to enhance collaboration between SMEWG and SCSC. In this sense, SCSC has recently endorsed the “Proposal for Developing Synergy between SCSC and SMEWG” and the “SCSC Work Plan in Support of SMEWG-SCSC Collaboration”. As this project has a direct relationship with NSB and MSMEs, is fully aligned with these initiatives and will contribute to achieve the goals established by SCSC. On the other hand, SCSC Collective Action Plan 2015 establishes as an objective “Technical Infrastructure Development”. This project will contribute in the action “SCSC to undertake technical infrastructure projects”.

TILF/ASF Justification

APEC economies have been developed different strategies to approach MSMEs to NSB in the use of standards, conformity assessment and metrology, but these initiatives has not been well shared and structured which make difficult that other NSB could reply it. NSB from developing economies has limited budget to make research and study about how include MSMEs in standardization activities and its implementation which implies conformity assessment and metrology. This proposal intends to reduce this gap, through including needs from developing economies in the  outputs, which would contribute to assure developing economies interest and therefore their participation in the project implementation.

In this sense, a survey will be distributed among APEC economies, which includes developing economies and we expect to receive replies from developing economies’ perspective and experience. With the survey results, workshop outputs and with economies’ experience and collaboration will be developed an APEC Publication with the best experiences, incentive programs and activities collected from economies. If there is an initiative from developing economies that could be replied in other economy, this will be considered as a best initiative in the workshop and the publication as well. Also, will be included appropriate recommendations on how to implement this strategies in order to NSB from developing economies could reply any initiative in their own economy in a more effective way. This will save effort and avoid errors in replying the initiatives proposed. A closer relationship among NSB and MSME will contribute to give them appropriate tools such as standards, conformity assessment and metrology, which will support their access to international markets.

Besides, developing economies will be beneficiated with the experiences exchanged in the workshop and with the best initiatives collected in the publication because as this initiatives will be explained in a didactical way, this could be replied in any other APEC economy. 

With this best initiatives National Standards Bodies could develop programs to engage MSMEs, which help to better understand the importance of adoption of standards and use the services by accredited conformity assessment providers, as well as, more involved in the development of standards, conformity assessment and metrology businesses. 

Also, it will secure developing economies’ participation in the workshop. To achieve this, the agenda will be prepared focusing mainly on developing economies’ needs and workshop dissemination will be held with SCSC Program Director support encouraging economies participation. SMEWG will be included, as well, in the project implementation in order to guarantee cross-cutting outcomes. It is expected that this APEC working group will disseminate the publication among MSMEs in APEC economies, so they could be aware about the importance of getting closer to their NSB in their respective economies.

Beneficiaries and Outputs

Outputs: The key outputs of the project include: 

1) Survey: It is planned to make a survey among NSB in APEC economies to raise information about current status and also past experiences on the initiatives that NSBs apply to help MSMEs better understand the benefits of standards & conformance, and encourage adoption of standards and services by accredited conformity assessment providers and initiatives to get MSMEs more involved in the development of standards, conformity assessment and metrology businesses. If it is required to fulfil the information the survey could be extended to accreditation bodies, metrology institutes, among others. The survey will be distribute through SCSC representatives and it will be concise and user friendly in order to get as much replies as possible from NSBs in coordination with accreditation bodies, metrology institutes, conformity assessment bodies and relevant stakeholders. From the survey replies it is expected to get at least 3 models initiatives which will be used as reference.

2) Workshop: It will be a 2-day workshop held at margins of SOM 3 in Peru. The first day will be for exchanging information among APEC economies about the initiatives, strategies and experiences of members about involving MSMEs in standardization, conformity assessment and metrology. Economies with a successful experiences will be invited to share their experiences as speakers, this will be identified in the survey. The first day will be opened for local participants following APEC registration procedures. The second day will be for discussing survey results and drafting recommendations about the best initiatives on how to implement this strategies. With the information exchanged, workshop recommendations for getting approach NSB and MSMEs should be deeper discussed in the second day. Local participants will be selected by the Project Overseer in this day in order to facilitate discussion. SMEWG will be invited to attend the workshop.

3) Publication: A hard and electronic publication will be made with APEC recommendations to establish best initiatives that NSB could apply to help MSMEs. Successful case studies on implementation on standards could be included as practical examples. To achieve this will be work closely with economies who have broad experience in this subject, which will be identified in the survey and workshop outputs, to include their experiences in a didactic and practical way. The draft publication will be circulated to SMEWG for consideration and inputs. It is important to make a hard publication, because it is an easier and friendly way to read for users: NSB staff, MSME representatives, Conformity Assessment Bodies staff, among others. Also, electronic publication will be available from APEC website. Both publications will be followed APEC guidelines.

4) Final report: This will be summarized all the activities carry out in the project, also it will include recommendations for getting approach NSB and MSMEs. Also draft final report will be circulated to SMEWG for consideration and inputs, via SCSC Program Director. 

Outcomes: The expected outcomes of the project will be:

1) Survey report will provide a full picture of the situation among APEC economies. This, will be an important input for designing the workshop sessions and for developing the content publication. Also, in the survey will be collected economies recommendation regarding initiatives and future steps that SCSC could take into account for approaching MSMEs to NSB.

2) Workshop: It is expected to get guidelines for at least 3 model initiatives detailing how to implement them by any economy, including developing economies, who has not those initiatives implemented yet.

3) Participants in the workshop will be able and encouraged to implement successfully best initiatives to involve MSMEs in standardization, conformity assessment and metrology activities within their own economy by following the initiatives shared in the workshop. A survey will be delivered for measuring the satisfactory level and to get feedback from participants.

4) The publication will be served as a reference material from any APEC economy which require to implement suggested initiatives to help MSMEs to better understand the benefits of standards & conformance, and encourage adoption of standards and services by accredited conformity assessment providers and initiatives to get MSMEs more involved in the development of standards, conformity assessment and metrology businesses, including guidelines on how to implement this strategies.. This will be a tool for making easier the implementation, so economies should be succeed, avoiding work duplication and reducing error. In this sense, it is expected that NSB from APEC economies could implement any of the initiatives recommended. Also, it is expected that the publication will be useful for NSB from developing economies because this will avoid them to expend time and money doing a research or create activities by their own resources which is limited. In this sense, the publication will help to MSMEs better understand standards & conformance, and will promote standards implementation in their processes, products and services.

5) Due to the participation in the workshop and the dissemination of the publication, APEC MSMEs will become aware of the importance of standards implementation, conformity assessment and metrology which will allow to enter international markets. This will be achieved with the appropriate involvement of SMEWG during the project implementation.

6) Final report will include SCSC recommendations on next steps and future actions. The recommendations will be focused on initiatives to engage NSB to work closer with MSMEs which will result in MSMEs more awareness of the importance of standards implementation, conformity assessment and metrology for their globalization in new markets.

7) To strengthen the bond within SCSC and SMEWG in order to cooperate reciprocally in the successful project achievements, which will benefit NSB, accreditation bodies, metrology institutes, MSMEs, among others. This project will contribute in the SCSC initiatives “Proposal for Developing Synergy between SCSC and SMEWG” and the “SCSC Work Plan in Support of SMEWG-SCSC Collaboration”.

Beneficiaries: The participants of the workshop will directly benefit from gaining knowledge, contacts and a better understanding of the importance of standards, conformity assessment and metrology as a tool to increase competitiveness in MSMEs. They are expected to disseminate those outcomes in each economy so that trade facilitation will be promoted among APEC economies. The main beneficiaries of this project would be: 

1) National Standards Body (NSB), specifically the area related to stakeholder engagement (including MSMEs):

Because they will have the opportunity to exchange experiences and learn from the best initiatives in other economies related to engage MSMEs in standardization, conformity assessment and metrology activities. Specifically, NSB from developing economies because they will obtain practical cases and strategies which will strength their capacity building on attending their MSMEs. As was mentioned before NSB from developing economies have limited budget to make research and studies on this topic, so it will save them time and effort.

b) MSMEs owner or quality assessment responsible: They will be direct beneficiaries, because making approach NSB with MSMEs, will increase MSME awareness of standards, conformity assessment and metrology which are important tools to access international markets and will contribute to achieve their globalization.

c) Accreditation bodies (responsible to product certification bodies’ accreditation), metrology institutes (responsible for industrial metrology) and product certification bodies: They will benefit from this project because promoting MSMEs to implement standards implies conformity assessment and metrology, so this project will contribute to strength their capacity building as well.

d) Industries (supply chain responsible of MSMEs providers), academia, government organizations related to trade facilitation, standards users and MSMEs program developers: They will be beneficiaries of the project due to it is aimed to share case studies on standards implementation for improving MSMEs competitiveness, which this organizations deal with.

e) SCSC and SMEWG: Because this project will strengthen bond within them. Also, as was mentioned before this project will contribute in the SCSC initiatives “Proposal for Developing Synergy between SCSC and SMEWG” and the “SCSC Work Plan in Support of SMEWG-SCSC Collaboration”.

f) APEC Specialist Regional Bodies (SRB): During project implementation APEC SRB (PASC, PAC, APLAC, APMP and APLMF) will be requested assistance, opinions and participation. The output of this project would be also beneficial for them.

Dissemination

The information about key components and outputs of the project will be announced in the APEC and SCSC websites. Also, through SCSC Program Director the outputs will be forwarded to SMEWG. During the SCSC meetings will be reported the progress of the project to SCSC representatives. 

Presentations materials will be distributed to each participant in the workshop in hard copies. Soft copies of the presentation materials will be posted in the APEC Meeting Documents Database and in INACAL’s website (www.inacal.gob.pe) in order to be available to workshop participants and to other relevant institutes, bodies and stakeholders that are unable to attend the meeting. The project outputs will also be disseminated through APEC fora networks and INACAL’s website. 

A hard and electronic publication will be made with the initiatives that NSB could apply to help MSMEs better understand the benefits of standards & conformance, and encourage adoption of standards and services by accredited conformity assessment providers and initiatives to get MSMEs more involved in the development of standards, conformity assessment and metrology businesses, including guidelines on how to implement this initiatives. The publication will be coordinated with SCSC and with SMEWG through SCSC Program Director in order to cover all target audience. It is important to make a hard publication, because it is an easier and friendly way to read for users: NSB staff, MSME representatives, Conformity Assessment Bodies staff, among others. Besides, it is a way to engage users to take a look and read the document. There are several users that do not download the document from the website for various reasons such as: they do not know if the information is for their interest, they are afraid to download virus, among others. Having a hard copy is more likely that the users can take a look to the publication and recommend to their partners the link to download the electronic publication. 

Electronic publication will be available from APEC website. It is planned to issue 300 hard copies which will be delivered to APEC economies in the APEC meetings and to other relevant stakeholders by post mail. Electronic publication will be disseminated via APEC website and through SCSC Program Director to SMEWG delegates. Also, electronic publication will be available at INACAL website and will be disseminate to relevant stakeholders. 

Relevant publications generated in this project will all be in compliance with the APEC publication guideline. There will be no intention in selling outputs arising from this project, and the outputs of the project will comply with APEC publications, APEC logo, websites and copyright guidelines as it is an APEC project.

Gender

Women will be highly involved in the designing and implementation of this Project since the Project Overseer is a woman and one of the support staff of the Project Overseer is also woman. The proposing economy will make sure that women are actively involved in the project activities, so that the needs and benefits of women are considered in the outcomes of this project. To achieve this, the project overseer will seek for women experts to participate as speakers in the workshop and will be encouraged women participation in the survey and in the workshop in order to get feedback from women perspective. Also, we will invite to the workshop local women-headed MSMEs who are interested to improve their competitiveness through standardization activities. To achieve this, the workshop would take into consideration areas of engagement that will interest them.

There are several women who have important positions in NSB, accreditation bodies, conformity assessment bodies, metrology institutes who will benefit for the outputs of this project. Also, there are women as SCSC delegates who will be able to actively participate and access to the project outputs for replicating it within their own economy. Besides, there are many women in APEC economies who has their MSMEs or work in one, so when replicating any of the best initiatives in anyone of the APEC economies women in MSMEs will be benefited. In this project, two surveys will be delivered so we could measure women involvement in the project implementation. 

The proposing economies as well as cosponsoring economies will also make every endeavor to distribute project outputs to women working in NSB, accreditation bodies, conformity assessment bodies, metrology institutes, MSMEs female employees, among others by selecting specifically women who works in these organizations and will be interested to learn from this project outputs. Besides, the Project Overseer will ensure the implementation of this project, will be conducted in a manner that takes special consideration of gender issues into account to ensure that it benefits both men and women and does not disadvantage women.

Work Plan

Key Activities

Time

Output

Explanatory Notes

Carry out a cross-fora-on line investigation / Establish implementation plans and fields to survey

December 2015 –

January 2016

- Contract

- Base line

- It is planned to hire a consultor to support the PO in the implementation of the project.

- Cross-fora on line investigation will be carried out with cosponsors support and will determine a Baseline for the Project

Develop questionnaires to NSBs

January 2016

Survey designed

- It is expected to have finalized the design of the survey with the cosponsors support.

- Consultor will support PO in the design of the survey

Making a progress report in SCSC 1 / Distribution of questionnaires by the assistance of SCSC Program Director to SCSC delegates who could send it to  standardization bodies, accreditation bodies, among others

February 2016

- Progress report

- Survey distributed

- PO will make a progress report in SCSC 1 – 2016 which will be held in Peru.

- It is expected to have one survey by economy but, if there is needed, more than one institution per economy could answer the survey

Collection and analysis of survey

March – May 2016

Survey report

Data collected will be analyzed and will be submitted a progress report. The consultor will support PO in this activity

Organizing a workshop. Selection of speakers based on survey results from APEC economies /

Invite participants to the workshop

May – July 2016

Draft agenda

Invitation letter

- For the successful of this activity besides SCSC, SMEWG will be involved through SCSC PD. Also cosponsor’ support will be a key success factor

- Close coordination with SCSC PD for dissemination of the workshop to guarantee a high level participation in the workshop

- Consultor will be involved in this activity

2-day workshop in Peru for sharing best initiatives and standardization activities on MSMEs, deeper discuss the survey results and proposing recommendations with Best Initiatives that NSB should apply in order to help MSMEs. / Making a progress report in SCSC 2

SCSC 2 (August 2016)

- Workshop (presentation materials, list of participants)

- Progress report

- Workshop: 1st day will be an open session for sharing the best experiences among APEC economies, 2nd day will be for deeper discuss survey results, analyzed data and outcomes of the workshop

- PO will make a progress report in SCSC 2 – 2016 which will be held in Peru.

Collect additional information (from NSB, MSMEs association, among others) that could be required for the publication

September 2016

Papers and research materials from economies

High level of involvement from APEC economies will be a key success factor

Make a publication with APEC recommendations on supporting MSMEs through standardization activities (hard copy and e-file) and socialization with economies for getting feedback

October 2016

Publication

- Consultor will be involved in this activity to support PO.

- Contributions from SCSC, SMEWG and cosponsors will be required.

Final report of the project to the secretariat

November 2016

Final report

Consultor will be support PO in this activity

Risks

The possible risks that the project would face are:

1) Low interest in participation or in using results: Economies could not be interested in participating in the workshop or in applying proposed recommendations collected in the publication. To avoid these situation Project Overseer will coordinate the agenda and publication closely with SCSC members in order that the agenda and the publication will consider needs from APEC economies. Cosponsors support will be required to give feedback to the project deliverables and to advice Project Overseer in which economy should be involved more in the project. Also, through SCSC Program Director it will be requested feedback from SMEWG and promote their participation in the project. Funding will be available for eligible economies so this will guarantee participation from this economies.

2) Low survey results: Few economies answer the survey. To avoid this situation we will make the survey in a friendly way and giving delegates enough time to answer the survey. Even so, if there is not much answers received, the Project Overseer will report this situation to the SCSC Program Director and it will be requested that circulate again the survey link to SCSC delegates. If this action doesn’t work, Project Overseer will contact directly in a separate email to SCSC delegates, who is missing answer the survey, in order to ask for their support in replying the survey.

3) Delays or untimely preparation: Work plan has been established to monitor the progress of the project, in order to avoid delays or untimely preparation in the project. In each activity will be established a deadline and the Project Overseer will monitor by comply the target date. Also, the Project Overseer will work closely with member economies to ensure timely issuance and collection of agenda, workshop materials and inputs for the publication. Member economies’ feedback will be requested to identify experts for replying the survey, to confirm speakers and members’ participation in order to avoid delays in the activities.

4) Duplication of work of other APEC and non-APEC fora: APEC previous work on this topic has been clearly identified, so this will be a start point for this project. Also, ongoing consultation in the project activities with SCSC and SMEWG (through SCSC Program director) will help to avoid work duplication done by APEC or any other stakeholder related to standards and conformity assessments.

Monitoring and Evaluation

Following APEC Project Guidelines we will coordinate with SCSC Program Director to make sure that all tasks and duties will accomplish timely. Also, we will coordinate closely with our co-sponsors in order to receive their feedback and ensure that the outcomes of this project have been achieved successfully. 

We will make sure to receive replies to the survey from at least 12 economies so the outcomes will reflect region and MSMEs needs and the publication will be useful for all the economies. Also, a gender question will be included in the survey in order to know women involvement in standards, conformity assessment, metrology or MSMEs. 

We will make sure to involve in the workshop speakers from at least 6 different economies so the workshop will be interested from many SCSC and SMEWG delegates.

We will expect to receive workshop participants from at least 12 different economies. This will be especially important for the second day of the workshop, so we will have different points of view for the survey results which will make sure to have a rich discussion. 

We will make a survey at the end of the workshop to measure participants’ satisfaction with the organization and with the development of agenda. Gender question will be included in order to measure men and women participation in the workshop. 

In the first day of the workshop we will expect to have at least 70 participants including APEC economies and also local participation. In the second day we will expect to have participation from at least 12 economies. 

We will encourage women participation and feedback in all project activities, as many women work on MSMEs in APEC region and also are an important staff in National Standards Body.

Linkages

Engagement: It is planned to carry out a cross-fora-on line investigation in order to include in the project deliverables topics that would be interested from as much APEC economies as possible. Also, the Project Overseer will have a close coordination with the cosponsor economies so they will be engaged in the project. Besides, the Project Overseer will request support from SCSC Program Director with the follow up to the other economies, so it has been assured relevant participation from SCSC, and to be the link with SMEWG related to the project activities. For the successful outcomes of this project we will involve SMEWG during the implementation. The SMEWG participation will be a key success factor. As, it is expected to have a close coordination with APEC economies, they will be requested to provide external APEC stakeholder which they recommend to be considered for the dissemination of the project deliverables. 

Previous work: As previous work we can mention that SCSC developed a study on Export Technical Assistance Models which objective was improving APEC Small and Medium Enterprise’s (SMEs) access to information on technical barriers to trade (TBTs) with the identification of best practices, being a good start point because this project will update this information related to Standardization and Conformity assessment. On the other hand, from 2006 to 2010 SCSC developed and implemented a Work plan for improving SMEs’ access to standards and conformance information. This project will build on these initiatives and the activities proposed will not duplicate efforts made before by SCSC.

APEC’s comparative advantage: This project follows SCSC recent initiatives that proposed several actions to enhance collaboration between SMEWG and SCSC. This project aims to contribute to these initiatives. As was explained before APEC has concerned about the SMEs participation in the international trade which has been reflected in different documents issued by Policy Support Unit. Also, in May 2015, APEC Ministers Responsible for Trade endorsed Boracay Action Agenda (BAA) to Globalize MSMEs which implies stronger cross-fora collaboration within APEC to tap expertise and resources in the region towards a common goal of enhancing MSMEs competitiveness. This project is important to APEC because standards and conformance are a facilitative tool to reinforce the goals of the BAA. In this sense, APEC is the best sources of funds for this project because this will contribute to achieve BAA goals and economies are interested and sensitive about MSMEs globalization.

Sustainability

One of the project outputs is a publication with APEC recommendations which will be served as a reference material from any APEC economy which require to implement suggested initiatives that NSB could apply to help MSMEs better understand the benefits of standards & conformance, and encourage adoption of standards and services by accredited conformity assessment providers and initiatives to get MSMEs more involved in the development of standards, conformity assessment and metrology businesses. This will be a tool for making easier the implementation, so economies should be succeed, avoiding work duplication and reducing error. In this sense, it is expected that NSB from APEC economies could implement any of the strategies recommended. Besides, the publication will be useful for NSB from developing economies because this will avoid them to expend time and money doing a research or create activities by their own resources which is limited. The publication will directly contribute to the project sustainability. 

It is expected that the project proposed recommendations will be endorsed by SCSC so it could be taking into account in future SCSC activities. Also, this project will be a contribution to SCSC Work Plan in Support of SMEWG-SCSC Collaboration, in this sense this project could be followed by another activity in the fulfil of this plan. SMEWG will have access to project outputs and it is expected to be approached MSMEs to NSB in order to get appropriate tools for increasing their competitiveness. 

The publication, report and presentation materials will be available on the APEC document database website so beneficiaries and stakeholders will have access to the project deliverables. 

On the other hand, in order to further disseminate the project outputs and lessons learned, the Project Overseer will work with co-sponsors, all interested APEC economies and stakeholders, to explore the possibility of using other information distribution networks to disseminate the project deliverables. This will be a way to engage stakeholders, and it is expected to increase the use and replication of the best initiatives proposed as a deliverable of this project in any other standards developer. Also, Project Overseer will disseminate the information of the project in different standardization forum and workshops related to MSMEs. 

This project could be an input for a phase II which could develop a pilot in the implementation of this best initiatives proposed.

Project Overseers

The Project Overseer will be Mrs. Rosario URÍA, she is the Director of Standardization Directorate in the National Institute of Quality – INACAL. Director is the highest level position in the Peruvian Standards Body. She has been working in the Peruvian Standards Body since 2005 and have occupied different important positions in the Peruvian Standards Body such as Standardization Coordinator and Technical Secretary of Standardization and non-tariff barriers Surveillance Commission in INDECOPI (past Peruvian Standards Body). As part of her duties, she was involved in SCSC activities since 2008 and she was the Project Overseer of the 7th Conference on Standards and Conformance, which was held in Peru in 2008. 

Related to MSMEs she lead in Peru three Projects related to include MSMEs in Standardization and Conformity Assessment activities with outstanding results. Also, she has done efforts to include MSMEs in standards development process and disseminating the MSMEs relevance to the Peruvian Standards in different international standardization workshops and forums.

Cost Efficiency

Not Applicable.

Drawdown Timetable

Not Applicable.

Direct Labour

Consultant will be hired by tender under APEC terms and procedures. The total hours will be 200 hour and the duties will be: 

- Carry out a cross-fora on line investigation

- Design the surveys

- Analyze surveys results

- Support PO in the different reports

- Support PO in organizing the workshop

- Make a publication with APEC recommendations on supporting MSMEs through standardization activities

Waivers

Not Applicable.

Are there any supporting document attached?

No 
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