Project Title

11th Conference on Standards and Conformance 

Project Year

2015   

Project Number

CTI 20 2015T 

Project Session

Session 2   

Project Type

Standard 

Project Status

Completed Project   
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Project No.

CTI 20 2015T 

Project Title

11th Conference on Standards and Conformance 

Project Status

Completed Project 

Publication (if any)

http://publications.apec.org/publication-detail.php?pub_id=1831 

Fund Account

TILF Special Account 

Sub-fund

None 

Project Year

2015 

Project Session

Session 2 

APEC Funding

99,155 

Co-funding Amount

25,702 

Total Project Value

124,857 

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 

Expected Start Date

01/12/2015 

Expected Completion Date

30/11/2016 

Project Proponent Name 1

Soraya Lastra 

Job Title 1

Senior Specialist 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

slastra@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

Soraya Lastra 

Project Summary

The 11th Conference on Standards and Conformance will be held in Peru in 2016 at the margins of SCSC2. The main goal of this project is to share the importance of standards as innovation driver, including conformity assessment and metrology as means to facilitate trade among APEC economies. A 2-day workshop will be held aiming:

1) To establish a clear relationship between standards and innovation used in APEC economies, this will help to better understand standards innovation concept, especially for developing economies. 2) To share experiences on standards innovation, including conformity assessment and metrology 3) To increase knowledge on standards as innovation driver, including conformity assessment and metrology for trade facilitation. 4) To involve business community, including MSME, in order to improve their competitiveness related to innovation.

In order to cover all the perspectives about standards innovation, the Conference will include: NSB, CAB, National Metrology Institutes, Business Community, among others.

Relevance

APEC economies have recognized in the “APEC Accord on Innovative Development, Economic Reform and Growth” that the world economy is growing at a moderate pace. To achieve strong, sustainable, balanced and inclusive growth over the longer term, we need to boost demand and identify new sources of growth through innovative development and structural reform (see 2014/AELM/DEC/Anxc). Innovation is a base to build sustainable growth. Thus, standards are an innovation driver which contributes to trade facilitation among APEC economies. The Conference will be aimed to share experiences among member economies on how to address innovation  as driver for the development of standards and how it will ensure that the use of standards will promote innovation instead of  hindering it. 

It is important to address standards innovation taking into account stakeholders´ perspectives. In addition to Standards Bodies, the event will have speakers from the Business Community, including Micro and Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), which are important part in the implementation of standards and innovation processes. Also, Conformity Assessment Bodies’ participation (Certification Bodies, Calibration and Testing Laboratories) is also crucial to close the circuit as they are the third-party assessment on innovation products and processes. 

Due to innovation is a transversal topic, besides the Sub Committee on Standards and Conformance (SCSC), we will work with the following APEC forum through SCSC Program Director: Small and Medium Enterprises Working Group (SMEWG), APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC), APEC’s Policy Partnership on Science, Technology and Innovation (PPSTI) and APEC Human Resources Development Working Group (HRDWG) in order to have their feedback. 

This project contributes directly to APEC Trade and Investment Liberalization and Facilitation under the Osaka Action Agenda in the following areas: Alignment of domestic standards with international standards and promote cooperation for technical infrastructure development to facilitate broad participation in mutual recognition arrangements in both regulated and voluntary sectors. 

This proposal directly links to: Rank 1 Standards, conformity assessment, technical regulations, regulatory cooperation, and regulatory coherence, including good regulatory practices, because the 11th Conference on Standards and Conformance will be focused on standards innovation which will strengthen National Standards Bodies’ capacity building on developing standards. Also, it is directly linked to Rank 1 Trade Facilitation and Liberalization, since standards innovation promote trade facilitation among APEC economies.

Objectives

The main goal of this project is to share the importance of standards as innovation driver including conformity assessment and metrology as means to facilitate trade among APEC economies. The specific objectives of this project are the following: 

1) To establish a clear relationship between standards and innovation used in APEC economies, as this will help to better understand standards innovation concept, especially for developing economies.

2) To share experiences among member economies on standards innovation, including conformity assessment and metrology in a 2-day workshop held in the margins of SCSC 2 in Peru in 2016.

3) To increase knowledge on standards as innovation driver, including conformity assessment and metrology as a tool to support technological change and to promote trade facilitation among APEC economies.

4) To actively involve business community, including MSME, in order to increase awareness of the implementation of standards, which implies conformity assessment and metrology related to innovation.

Alignment

In 2014, APEC Leaders’ declaration recognized innovation as an important lever for economic growth and structural reform and commit to foster a pragmatic, efficient and vigorous partnership on science, technology and innovation. Leaders also endorsed APEC Accord on Innovative Development, Economic Reform and Growth. Since the 11th Conference is focused on standards innovation; this project will contribute directly to this effort. Besides, in 2014, Leaders welcome the Nanjing Declaration on Promoting SMEs Innovative Development. They committed to strengthen their support and provide an enabling environment for SMEs innovation activities. This project will involve MSMEs participation, as well as Business Community participation, in order to strengthen their capabilities through standardization and conformity assessment as an innovation driver. 

During the Meeting of APEC Ministers Responsible for Trade held in May 2015 in Boracay, Philippines, the Ministers expressed their commitment to build an open economy in the Asia Pacific region featuring innovative development, interconnected growth and shared interests. It was also recognized that micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) are an important force in economic activity, growth, job creation, community resilience and innovation. This project is also aligned with the Boracay Action Agenda on MSMEs where it encourages a strong cross-fora collaboration to address the barriers of a regional or global issues faced by MSMEs. Further, this also contributes to the SCSC Work plan on SCSC-SMEWG Collaboration where SCSC seeks to capacity building activities oriented to training businesses, especially MSMEs, to improve their knowledge, expertise and skills on standards and conformance matters. Therefore, this project is fully compliance with and echoes the Leaders’ Declaration. 

As was mentioned before the focus of this project is standards innovation and standards are directly link to Rank 1 Standards, conformity assessment, technical regulations, regulatory cooperation and regulatory coherence, including good regulatory practices. Also, due to standards innovation promote trade facilitation among APEC economies, this project is also linked to Rank 1 related to Trade Facilitation and Liberalization. Therefore, this project is complying Rank 1 in the funding criteria for APEC projects in 2015. 

The Conference on Standards and Conformance is a biannual workshop that responds to the SCSC Collective Action Plan, which establishes SCSC to support and actively participate in APEC/SCSC Conferences on Standards and Conformance. This action aims to achieve Osaka Action Agenda in relation to broad participation in promoting cooperation for technical infrastructure development. Therefore, this project is aligned with the SCSC Work Program on Standards and Conformance.

TILF/ASF Justification

The project contributes to APEC Trade and Investment Liberalization and Facilitation under the Osaka Action Agenda in the Standards and Conformance objective “promote cooperation for technical infrastructure development to facilitate broad participation in mutual recognition arrangements in both regulated and voluntary sectors”. As was mentioned before this project contributes to the SCSC Collective Action Plan, which establishes SCSC to support and actively participate in APEC/SCSC Conferences on Standards and Conformance. 

On the other hand, this project will contribute to the Osaka Action Agenda in the specific area Industrial Science and Technology in the activity “connect research and innovation in APEC economies through strengthening collaboration between government, industry (especially SMEs) and the research community; technology diffusion initiatives especially the transition of emerging technologies to new industries; and enhancing information flows on science and technology among member economies, including through ASTWeb”. Cross-fora collaboration will be sought via SCSC Program Director with the following APEC forum: SMEWG, ABAC, PPSTI and HRDWG. Also, government and industry (including MSMEs) from APEC economies will be encouraged to active participate in the conference.

This project will contribute APEC members by sharing experiences about how standards promote innovation. In the implementation of standards, conformity assessment and metrology activities (such as calibration) are required to close the circuit and to guarantee that the specifications are achieved successfully. As was mentioned before, Osaka Action Agenda identifies standards and conformance as a tool to facilitate free and open trade in the APEC region.

Beneficiaries and Outputs

Outputs: The key outputs of the project include:

1) Survey: It is planned to make a survey mainly National Standards Bodies (NSB) among other organizations in APEC economies to raise information about the relationship between standards and innovation used in APEC economies, as well as current status and also past experiences on standards as innovation driver, including conformity assessment and metrology as a tool to support technological change and to promote trade facilitation. If it is required to fulfil the information the survey could be extended to accreditation bodies, metrology institutes, among others. The survey will be distributed via SCSC PD to the following APEC forums: SCSC, SMEWG, ABAC, PPSTI and HRDWG. The survey 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. Survey report will describe the current status on the relationship between standards and innovation, including conformity assessment and metrology, applied in APEC economies.

2) Workshop: It will be a 2-day workshop held at margins of SOM 3 in 2016 in Peru. APEC economies will share their experience about standards innovation from their perspective and their experience in its implementation, which implies conformity assessment and metrology. Economies with a successful experiences will be invited to share their experiences as speakers. Also, International Organizations, such as International Organization for Standardization and APEC Specialist Regional Bodies will be invited to explain their perspective and vision about standardization and innovation, which includes conformity assessment and metrology. Also, active participation from the following APEC forum: SMEWG, ABAC, PPSTI and HRDWG will be sought due to this APEC forum are related to the topic of the 11th Conference and their participation is important to get cross-fora outcomes. Local participants related to standards innovation, including conformity assessment and metrology, will be invited to participate following APEC registration procedures.

3) Workshop materials: Presentations and papers from the workshop will be distributed in hard copy to participants. Also, they would be available in APEC Meeting Document Database website to the others SCSC delegates and another APEC forum delegates, such as PPSTI, SMEWG, ABAC and HRDWG, who will not be able to attend the workshop. Besides, they will be disseminated 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.

4) Final report: This will be summarized all the activities carry out in the project. It will include relationship between standards and innovation used in APEC economies, this will support developing economies to better understand standards innovation concept. The project will propose recommendations regarding initiatives that SCSC could take into account for promoting the use of standards innovation, including conformity assessment and metrology as instruments that support technological change, process improvement and facilitate trade among APEC economies. Draft final report will be circulated to PPSTI, SMEWG, ABAC and HRDWG 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 and will be an important input for designing the workshop sessions.

2) Participants in the workshop will be increased knowledge on standards innovations as a tool to support technological change, process improvement and promote trade facilitation among APEC economies. Also, participants will be able and encouraged to implement standards innovation within their own economy understanding the relationship with conformity assessment and metrology. Participants will be able to make appropriate contacts in the workshop for taking future actions in their own economy.

3) A workshop survey will be delivered for measuring the satisfactory level from the workshop and to get feedback from participants and speakers. Gender issues will be measured in the survey as well.

4) Workshop materials will be served as a reference material from any APEC economy and non APEC stakeholder as well, which require to implement or review any activity or best practice related to standards innovation, involving conformity assessment and metrology in order to implement them within their own economy or organization.

5) Due to the participation in the workshop and the dissemination of the workshop materials, APEC MSMEs will become aware of the importance of standards innovation, including 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) Post workshop survey: With this survey it is intended to know if the information shared in the workshop was clear enough in order to encourage its implementation. Also, we would like to know if the participants have the intention to disseminate or apply any initiative learnt in the workshop within their respective economy. Besides, in the survey will be look up for recommendations regarding initiatives that APEC could take into account for promoting the use of standards innovation.

7) Final report will include SCSC recommendations on next steps and future actions. The recommendations will be focused on initiatives that SCSC could take into account for promoting the use of standards innovation, including conformity assessment and metrology, as instruments that support technological change, process improvement and facilitate trade among APEC economies.

8) To strengthen the bond between SCSC and PPSTI, SMEWG, ABAC and HDRWG in order to cooperate reciprocally in the successful project achievements which will benefit National Standards Body, accreditation bodies, metrology institutes, MSMEs, among others.

9) National Standards Body will strength capacity building, due to they would be able to encourage standardization as innovation driver by implementing the practices shared in the workshop and workshop materials. This will be measured in the post workshop survey. Also, relationship between NSB and Government organizations related to innovation technology development will be strengthen as they will be aware of the importance to get support to these agencies. Since standards are a tool to facilitate trade the project outcomes will support technological change among APEC economies.

10) As a workshop result it is expected that industries (including MSMES) will be able and encourage to use standards, metrology and conformity assessment during the development of new products which will contribute in their innovation process.

11) Government organizations related to innovation technology development it is expected that they will be able to include standardization, conformity assessment and metrology in their innovation programs.

Beneficiaries: The participants of the workshop will directly benefit from gaining knowledge, contacts and a better understanding of the importance of standards innovation, including conformity assessment and metrology, as a tool to support technological change, products and process improvement. 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), National Standards Developer Coordinator or Executive: Because they will have the opportunity to exchange experiences and learn from the best experiences in other economies related to standards innovation. Specially, NSB from developing economies because they will gain a better understanding of standards innovation concept. NSB from developing economies have limited budget to make research and studies on this topic, so it will save them time and effort.

2) Industry (including MSMEs) owners or development product/innovation responsible: They will be direct beneficiaries, because increase awareness of the implementation of standards as an innovation driver will improve their products and processes.

3) Accreditation bodies (responsible to testing and product certification bodies’ accreditation), metrology institutes (responsible for scientific and industrial metrology) and conformity assessment bodies: They will benefit from this project because standards innovation has a close relationship with conformity assessment and metrology, so this project will contribute to strength their capacity building as well.

4) Academia, government organizations related to innovation technology development: They will gain knowledge in the standardization as a driver  and it is expected that they will be able to include standardization, conformity assessment and metrology in their innovation programs.

5) SCSC, PPSTI, SMEWG, ABAC and HRDWG: Due to innovation is a transversal topic it will be aimed to involve this APEC forum in the project implementation so this project will strengthen bond within them, especially with SCSC.

6) 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 / SCSC websites. Also, through SCSC Program Director the outputs will be forwarded to PPSTI, SMEWG, ABAC and HRDWG. 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. As was mentioned before, workshop materials will be served as a reference material from any APEC economy and non APEC stakeholder as well, which require to implement or review any activity or best practice related to standards innovation in order to implement them within their own economy or organization. 

Project report including surveys reports and generated documentary materials will be also upload to APEC / SCSC websites in order to disseminate the outputs to workshop participants and to other stakeholders. The project outputs will also be disseminated through APEC fora networks and INACAL’s website. 

Relevant documents 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 workshop in order to get feedback from women perspective. 

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, due to innovation is a transversal issue there are many women in APEC economies who work in industry, MSMEs, academia, government organizations related to trade facilitation and standards users so when replicating any of the best practices in anyone of the APEC economies women will be benefited. In this project, surveys will be delivered so we could measure women involvement in the project implementation, as well as, women participation in innovation issues. We will expect and promote the equivalent proportion of participation and involvement of men and women since both genders will be included and invited to participate in the workshop. Also, we will expect women to reply the surveys from APEC economies in order to get their feedback and perspective. 

The proposing economy 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, industry and MSMEs female employees, among others. 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 / To establish fields for the workshop

December 2015

Baseline

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

Develop questionnaires and Distribution of questionnaires by the assistance of SCSC Program Director to APEC forums related to this project

January 2016

Survey designed and distributed

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

Making a progress report in SCSC 1

February 2016

Progress report

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

Collection and analysis of survey

March – May 2016

Survey report

Data collected will be analyzed and will be submitted a progress report.

Organizing a workshop. Selection of speakers based on survey results from APEC economies / Invite participants to the workshop

May – June 2016

Draft agenda

Invitation letter

- For the successful of this activity besides SCSC, PPSTI, SMEWG, ABAC and HRDWG 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.

Workshop dissemination

June – July 2016

- Invitations circulated

- Speakers confirmed

- Final agenda

Workshop dissemination to SCSC, PPSTI, SMEWG, ABAC and HRDWG / Speakers confirmation / To finalize conference agenda / Preparation and collection of conference papers

11th Conference on Standards and Conformance / Making a Progress report in SCSC2

SCSC2 (August 2016)

- Workshop (presentation materials, list of participants)

- Progress report

- 2-day workshop will be held in Peru at SCSC 2 margins

- PO will make a progress report in SCSC 2 – 2016

Prepare a post workshop survey

September 2016

Survey designed

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

Post workshop survey

October 2016

Post workshop survey

To circulate post workshop survey among participants

Final report

November 2016

Final report

- To include feedback received from SCSC, PPSTI, SMEWG, ABAC and HRDWG.

- To deliver final report of the project to the secretariat

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 best practices and experiences shared in the workshop. To avoid these situation Project Overseer will coordinate the agenda closely with SCSC members in order that the agenda 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 PPSTI, SMEWG, ABAC and HRDWG and promote their participation in the project. Funding will be available for eligible economies so this will guarantee participation from this economies.

2) Low surveys results: Few economies answer the survey. To avoid this situation we will make the survey in a friendly way and giving workshop participants and speakers 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 are 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, speakers’ proposed and workshop materials. Member economies’ feedback will be requested 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, PPSTI, SMEWG, ABAC and HRDWG (through SCSC Program director) will help to avoid work duplication done by APEC or any other stakeholder related to standards and conformity assessment.

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 and with all interested economies in order to receive their feedback and ensure that the outcomes of this project will be achieved successfully.

We will make sure to involve in the workshop, speakers from at least 6 different economies and we will coordinate draft agenda via SCSC Program Director with SCSC, PPSTI, SMEWG, ABAC and HRDWG so the workshop will be interested from many delegates of this APEC forum. 

We will expect to receive workshop participants from at least 12 different economies. This will be important to fulfill the project’s objective related to increase knowledge on standards innovations, including conformity assessment and metrology as a tool to support technological change and to promote trade facilitation among APEC economies. 

In the workshop we will expect to have at least 70 participants including APEC economies and also local participation following APEC registration procedures. 

A questionnaire will be given to workshop’ participants and speakers in order to know the efficiency of the workshop, if the objectives were successfully achieved and the organization of the workshop. We will expect to receive replies from at least 60% from participants and speakers. Gender question will be included in order to measure men and women participation in the workshop and women participation in innovation issues. 

A post workshop survey will be circulated among workshop participants in order to know: if the workshop’ experiences where clear enough in order to promote their implementation, their commitment and intention to implement within their own economy any initiative learnt in the workshop and their intention to disseminate the project outputs to stakeholders within their own economy. Also, recommendations regarding initiatives and future actions that APEC could take into account for promoting the use of standards innovation, which includes conformity assessment and metrology, will be asked for. 

Regarding the results gathered in the post workshop survey, this project could be an input for a phase II which could follow-up future actions recommended in the post survey.

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

Linkages

Engagement: It is planned to carry out a cross-fora-on line investigation and initial survey 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 form SCSC, and to be the link with PPSTI, SMEWG, ABAC and HRDWG related to the project activities. For the successful outcomes of this project we will involve cited APEC forum during the development of the surveys, agenda development and will be invited to the workshop. The PPSTI, SMEWG ABAC and HRDWG participation will be a key success factor. This fora will be engaged including topics that they are interested to deep on related to standards innovation. This will be achieved through consultation among the project stages to this APEC working group via SCSC PD. 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 the 9th Conference on Standards and Conformance in the field of Innovations and related good practices organized by Russia focused on nanotechnology and innovative technologies. One of the recommendations of this Conference was consolidate best experience in development and transfer of green technologies and good practices towards innovation for the APEC growth strategy. As a follow-up, the focus of the 10th Conference on Standards and Conformance was green technologies and this project outputs aim to consolidate best experience and good practice on standards as an innovation driver. Therefore, this project will continue the promotion of innovation in the field of standardization and the activities proposed in this project will not duplicate efforts made before by SCSC. 

APEC’s Comparative Advantage: This project will promote cross-fora collaboration, since the focus on standards innovation will be approached from different perspectives. As was mentioned before, besides SCSC we will seek to work closely with the following APEC forums: PPSTI, SMEWG ABAC and HRDWG. Also, this project will contribute with the Small and Medium Enterprises Working Group (SMEWG) Strategic Plan 2013-2016 because this project will promote innovation as a Key Competitive Advantage for MSMEs. This project is important to APEC because the outputs will contribute to the actions identified in Standards and Conformance and Industrial Science and Technology under the Osaka Action Agenda (OAA). In this sense, APEC is the best sources of funds for this project because this will contribute to achieve APEC Trade and Investment Liberalization and Facilitation.

Sustainability

One of the project outputs is to generate workshop materials for the 11th Conference on Standards and Conformance such as speakers’ presentations and papers related to the conference agenda. It is expected that those materials will be served as a reference material from any APEC economy and non APEC stakeholder as well, which require to implement or review any activity or best practice shared in the workshop related to standards innovation in order to implement them within their own economy or organization. Also, those materials will be especially useful 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 workshop materials 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 Collective Action Plan, which establishes SCSC to support and actively participate in APEC/SCSC Conferences on Standards and Conformance. Also, PPSTI, SMEWG, ABAC and HRDWG will have access to project outputs and due to it is seek to have a close coordination with this APEC forums it is expected to strengthen bonds with SCSC. 

The report and presentation materials will be available on the APEC document database website so beneficiaries and stakeholders will have access to the project deliverables. Also it will be available in INACAL’s website. 

A post-workshop survey will be served to measure the progress on the outcomes and impacts of this project. So, this tool will be very helpful in order to know if the workshop materials were useful to the participants and if this information was clear enough to allow participants to disseminate and/or intend to implement any initiative learnt in the workshop within their own economy. 

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 practices and experiences shared in the workshop in any other organization which aims to implement standards innovation. Also, Project Overseer will disseminate the information of the project in different standardization forum and workshops related to innovation.

Project Overseers

The Project Overseer will be Mrs. Soraya LASTRA, she is Senior Standardization Specialist of Standardization Directorate in the National Institute of Quality – INACAL. She has been working in the Peruvian Standards Body since 2007 and have occupied different positions in the Peruvian Standards Body such as Senior Standardization Specialist and Technical Expert in the 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 technical support of the Project Overseer of the 7th Conference on Standards and Conformance, which was held in Peru in 2008. Related to innovation, in the Peruvian Standards Body she has been given support to the National Technical Committee on Research, Development and Innovation Management, which has 5 Peruvian Technical Standards approved.

Cost Efficiency

Not Applicable.

Drawdown Timetable

Not Applicable.

Direct Labour

Not Applicable.

Waivers

Not Applicable.

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