Project Title

APEC Seminar on Promoting SME’s Integration into Environmental Goods and Services (EGS) Global and Regional Markets 

Project Year

2015   

Project Number

SME 08 2015T 

Project Session

Session 2   

Project Type

Standard 

Project Status

Project in Implementation   
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Project No.

SME 08 2015T 

Project Title

APEC Seminar on Promoting SME’s Integration into Environmental Goods and Services (EGS) Global and Regional Markets 

Project Status

Project in Implementation 

Publication (if any)

 

Fund Account

TILF Special Account 

Sub-fund

None 

Project Year

2015 

Project Session

Session 2 

APEC Funding

99,875 

Co-funding Amount

26,546 

Total Project Value

126,421 

Sponsoring Forum

Small and Medium Enterprises Working Group (SMEWG) 

Topics

Small and Medium Enterprises 

Committee

SOM Steering Committee on Economic and Technical Cooperation (SCE) 

Other Fora Involved

 

Other Non-APEC Stakeholders Involved

 

Proposing Economy(ies)

Viet Nam 

Co-Sponsoring Economies

Japan; Malaysia; Mexico; Papua New Guinea; Peru; Russia; Chinese Taipei 

Expected Start Date

01/12/2015 

Expected Completion Date

31/12/2016 

Project Proponent Name 1

Pham Quynh Mai 

Job Title 1

Deputy Director General 

Organization 1

Multilateral Trade Policy Department, Ministry of Industry and Trade 

Postal Address 1

54 Hai Ba Trung Street, Hoan Kiem Dist., Hanoi, Viet Nam 

Telephone 1

84-4 22205522 

Fax 1

Not Applicable 

Email 1

MaiPQ@moit.gov.vn 

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

 

Project Summary

APEC has made commitments to reduce tariff for 54 environmental goods (EG) to 5% or less by the end of 2015. It is expected that the access to EG market will be promoted in the coming time for all businesses. Since SMEs account for more than 97% of all enterprises in APEC, SMEs will gain benefits if they can get access to EG market. 

The “APEC Workshopon Promoting SME’s Integration into Environmental Goods and Services (EGS) Global and Regional Markets” is proposed to be held in 2016 in Viet Nam.  The project will help APEC member economies promote EGS sector, especially in facilitating SMEs’ participation in the EGS markets through identifying SMEs’ obstacles in their access to the EGS regional and global markets; exchange good practices and experiences in supporting SMEs’ integration into the EGS markets; and discussing measures to develop EGS markets for SMEs. 

The project falls under Rank 1 of the APEC Funding Criteria.

Relevance

Since the world witness dramatic global population growth, and ruthless exploitation of natural resources for existence and economic development, environmental sustainability is increasingly considered a big concern and a pressing need than ever. Since its awareness rises, the demand for environmental goods and services (EGS) is increasingly rapid and evident.  According to the Environmental Business International (EBI), the global market for EGS was estimated to have reached US$ 866 billion in 2011 and is expected to rise to US$ 1.9 trillion by 2020. No doubt, trade in EGS has increased significantly in the last time, contributing to achieving the green economy, poverty reduction, job creation, and so on.

APEC has made great efforts in pursuing green and sustainable development. APEC especially has made “a breakthrough” when committed to reducing  tariff for 54 environmental goods to  maximum 5% or less by end of 2015. Therefore, since 2016, SMEs in the APEC region will be exposed to great opportunities in integrating in the EG markets. However, so far, there have been no supportive programs to assist SMEs in the region to integrate into the EG markets in place; and SMEs with limited capacity in terms of human resources, capital, technology, access to information, etc., without proper support from governments, might find themselves in difficulties in benefiting in reality from the EG markets domestically, regionally and globally. The project will focus on how APEC member economies can help SMEs benefit from openning market access for environmental goods through facilitating SMEs’ access to information related to tax implication, import, export, incentives, standards regulations, etc Besides addressing the issue of environmental goods, the Workshop will provide an opportunity for policy makers and SMEs representatives to discuss the benefits of facilitating SMEs’ access to  environmental services sectors in APEC and how an APEC Environmental Services Action Plan (ESAP), which is being discussed in APEC, can be best developed and implemented. Overally, the Workshop will also promote SME’s participation into the EGS regional and global markets through sharing experiences and best practices in providing and designing building capacity programs for both governments’ officials and SMEs.

APEC’s practical support to SME’s integration into the EGS markets will definitely bring about benefits not only to SMEs themselves, which account for 97% of all enterprises, contributing from 20% to 50% of GDP in the majority of APEC economies, but also contribute to the APEC  green growth objective. 

The project falls under Rank 1 of the APEC Funding Criteria as it directly addresses the concerns of SMEs Development through promoting SME’s access to regional and global markets of Environmental Goods and Services.

Objectives

The “APEC Workshop on Promoting SME’s Integration into the Environmental Goods and Services (EGS) Regional and Global Markets” aims at the following objectives: 

1) Provide the overview of EGS markets in the APEC region with a focus on identifing SMEs’ obstacles in access to the EGS regional and global markets; 

2) Exchange good practices and experiences in supporting SMEs’ integration into the EGS markets, including but not limited to faciliating SMEs’ access to capacity buidling, incentive programs, information to EGS markets (regulations on import – export in the region, standards, taxes. etc.,); 

3) Provide a platform for APEC policy makers, regulators, officials and interested stakeholders to discuss measures to develop EGS markets for SMEs.

Alignment

In the 2014 Statement, the APEC Leaders “reaffirm our commitment to reduce applied tariffs to five percent or less by the end of 2015 on the list of environmental goods that we endorsed in 2012 in Vladivostok” and “We welcome the work on capacity building on Environmental Goods (EGs) commitment implementation”. 

Most recently, in the 2015 MRT Statement, APEC Trade Minister reiterated “We welcome progress in developing an action plan on liberalization, facilitation, and cooperation on environmental services which will contribute to sustainable and green growth and look forward to an outcome by November 2015. We recall the Leaders’ commitment of 2011 to increase utilization and dissemination of environmental goods and services (EGS), reduce barriers to trade and investments in EGS and enhance the capabilities of economies to develop their EGS sectors.” In line with that, the Environmental Services Action Plan is also  in place. 

Besides, the project is also aligned with the APEC 2015’s priority on “fostering SMEs’ participation in regional and global markets” and the newly-endorsed “Boracay Action Agenda to Globalise MSMEs”. 

This project aims to bring about greater opportunities for SMEs in the APEC region to integrate into the EGS markets through sharing experiences of governments, business associations, etc., in facilitating SMEs in EGS sector as well as raising the concerns of the SMEs in EGS themselves, which in turn “enhance the capabilities of economies to develop their EGS sectors”. 

The SMEWG Strategic Workplan for the period 2013 – 2016 missions themselves to “Strengthening the participation and access to global markets for SMEs and MEs”. They also prioritize the need for  enhancing SMEs and MEs capacity to internationalize and assist SMEs and MEs identify foreign business opportunities through a number of activities such as: increasing information on market access and opportunities, delivering strategies to facilitate SME’s participation in international business, implementing measures/programs to identify and address trade barriers facing to SMEs and MEs, etc.

The project will definitely and directly contribute to the SMEW to facilitate SMEs’ integration into the regional and global markets, especially in EGS markets.

TILF/ASF Justification

This project seeks fund from the TILF. By the commitments to reduce the tariff rate of maximum 5% to a 54 EG list, the project focus on facilitating businesses, especially SMEs in the APEC region to enjoy the benefits of tariff reduction. In addition, the project will also take the spotlight on how to promote SMEs’ integration into environmental services, that is being discussed in APEC, in turn, is aligned with the Osaka Action Agenda to promote services in the APEC region. 

Besides, the project offers the opportunities for discussion, recommendations on how the APEC governments can develop capacity building programs for SMEs’s integration into EGS regional and global markets, which is in accordance with the Osaka Action Agenda, Part 2 – Economic and Technical Cooperation with a focus on SMEs.

Beneficiaries and Outputs

Outputs: Under this project, a 2 day “APEC Workshop on Promoting SME’s Integration into the Environmental Goods and Services (EGS) Regional and Global Markets” will be held to provide the platform for the participants to share, discuss related issues in SMEs’ participation in the EGS regional and global markets, including how to improve their competitiveness in the markets. The Workshop’s Agenda will be designed to make sure that it addresses the concern of both the public sector on the experiences to manage and promulgate regulations, policies in time and in high quality to assist and support SMEs’ integration into the markets, and the concern of the private sector in taking advantages of all the available resources to integrate deeply and favourably in the markets. 

During the Workshop, all the speakers and participants will have the chance to discuss and present their views on what and how APEC should do to promote SMEs’ integration into the regional and global markets in general and the EGS market in particular.  These recommendations will be compiled and attached to the WorkshopWorkshop’s report for APEC’s consideration for further action. 

Following the completion of the Workshop, a report will be made and circulated to all the speakers and participants as well as delivered to SMEWG and other APEC relevant committees, working groups for further discussion, follow-up. 

Outcomes: After the Workshop, the participants who are governments’ officials, businesses, academia involved in the EGS market might have the chance to exchange what they have learnt from the Workshop with their colleagues, bosses. The good experiences, best practices of promoting the private sector/SMEs involved in the EGS market, hence, are also able to be more widespread among competent and/or authorized people in the field among APEC’s member economies. 

In the medium and long term, it is expected to bring about some positive changes (if needed and necessary, in appropriate situations) to the policy, regulation promulgation and implementation, business practices. This change is expected to take place gradually rather than immediately. 

It is expected that the participants will discuss and make recommendations on further steps/activities for APEC as a whole and for their own governments to implement following the Workshop to support SMEs’ integration into the EGS markets. Their recommendations will be shared and discussed among the participants based on their own economies’ characteristics and development, therefore, might be feasible for the changes to take place. 

Beneficiaries: The selection criteria will be set to make sure that right participants will attend and benefit most as well as be able to bring about significant changes after the Workshop’s completion. The criteria might include, but not limited to:

1) Governments’ officials from trade, finance, environment Ministries/agencies who are directly involved in the policy making and implementation processes;

2) SMEs, especially SMEs in EGS sector, business associations, institutions who are directly or indirectly involved in EGS sector;

3) The Organizer will encourage participation from both the public and private sectors from APEC member economies;

4) Representatives of international organizations and from academia will be invited to share knowledge and recommendations, e.g. ADB, ADBI, ICTSD, UN (Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean);

5) Both men and women are given the equal chance to join in the Workshop; 

By participating in the Workshop, they will have the opportunity to listen to and exchange with speakers who are governments’ officials, experts or representatives from SMEs in EGS to learn the failure/success lessons and consider applying in their own economy’s, business’ circumstances if appropriate. 

The participants also can raise the voice on their concerns, recommendations that might be taken into account at a proper stage.

Dissemination

The Workshop’s report will be published on the Ministry of Industry and Trade, Viet Nam’s and APEC’s website for reference and for widespread usage and saving cost. 

Hard copies will be provided to all the Workshop’s participants. Electronic publication will also be used to disseminate the Workshop’s documents widely.  APEC’s official website will be the main one to upload the documents. Other Vietnamese Ministries’ websites could also be used to disseminate the information with hyperlink to APEC website.

A press release on the Workshop will be published on Vietnam’s media mass (Viet Nam News, Viet Nam News Agency, etc.,). It will also be sent to SMEs associations, research centers, etc. to attract the attention to the event to encourage people to visit the documents online. 

The target audience includes those who are interested in, involved directly or indirectly in EGS (including but not limited to governments’ officials, businessmen, researchers, experts, ect.,) from APEC member economies and outside. 

There is no intention to sell outputs arising from this project. 

Gender

Gender issue is seriously taken into account by the project proponent. Women are involved in the development of this proposal and both men and women will get equal opportunity to participate in the project implementation including in the process of preparatory stage, consultation and direct labours, etc. In addition, to address gender concern and make sure that men and women are engaged efficiently in the Workshop, the evaluation form delivered at the end of the WorkshopWorkshop will include information on gender to aggregate for project assessment. 

Women participants are also encouraged to actively participate in the Workshop when most efficient. Invitations will be sent through PPWE (Policy Partnership on Women and the Economy) to invite and draw their attention to the Workshop.  

Female leaders will be prioritized to be invited as speakers to the Workshop. 

Regarding the overall impact of the Project, the project objectives will benefit women significantly as the proportion of women involved in SMEs remain quite high (they can be bosses or employees in SMEs in EGS sector). The Workshop will also provide opportunities for the participants to explore the needs of women especially women in SMEs in EGS markets. Their voices will be taken into account.

Work Plan

Time

Work

June 2015

Develop Concept Note.

Submit the Concept Note, seeking APEC funding. 

September 2015

Develop Full Proposal. Circulate and kindly invite APEC member economies (SMEWG) to provide the QAF. Incorporate and revise the Project Proposal as advised by the QAF. 

Sep – Oct 2015

Submit to Secretariat. Incorporate comments, revise the Project Proposal as advised by the Secretariat. 

2nd quarter 2016

-  Organize the Workshop: 

Develop the Agenda (The consultant will develop the Agenda; circulate the agenda for comment);

- Invite Speakers, participants. The Organizer will consult with cosponsoring economies to set the selection criteria to invite speakers and participants. Support with preparatory steps related to APEC’s requirements;

- Prepare the logistics for the hosting (meeting venue, employ staffs, proceed other necessary arrangements, ...)

-  Organize the Workshop;

-  Report the Workshop’s outcome to APEC and make recommendations for next steps; Circulate to all the speakers and participants before delivering to the SMEWG and other relevant working groups and sub fora. 

Risks

One of the risks is to ensure a selection of good speakers in order to make the most of the Workshop. The speakers should be, but not limited to, authority officials to represent government; representatives from the private sector in SMEs in EGS sector to raise voice of business sector; academics, experts in SMEs and/or EGS sector from other relevant organizations, which aim to reflecting points of views from various perspectives. The Organizers will work closely with co-sponsoring economies to nominate and invite the most suitable speakers for the WorkshopWorkshop.

Another concern is to choose the right participants to the Workshop. To make sure that right participants are nominated to attend the Workshop, the Organizers will also consult with co-sponsoring economies to set general criteria for participants. Participants should be government officials who are directly or indirectly involved in the policy making, management or implementation; academists or economic experts who have good background and experiences in SMEs and/or EGS. Business sectors in general, SMEs in EGS in particular are encouraged to attend the Workshop. To ensure the results, invitations will be sent through different fora in APEC including CTI, SCE  and ABAC. For the host economy, the Workshop is free open to business sector including business associations; apart from officials from government and local authorities. 

Another risk is that it questions whether it is possible and feasible to implement the Workshop’s recommendations. To make sure that there has been a follow up, the PO will take the responsibility by submitting the report with recommendation to SMEWG to seek further discussion and approval as well as further instructions for implementation.

Monitoring and Evaluation

All speakers and participants will be requested to provide feedback on the efficiency and outcomes of the Workshop whether the objectives are met, whether the information sharing is able to bring about changes after its completion and how. 

The speakers and participants will be requested to provide feedback by filling in the evaluation form, delivered at the end of the Workshop. 

The following information will be collected to measure/assess progress and impact: 

1) The first indicator to be used is to assess whether the Workshop meets its set objectives. This can be assessed comparing what participants gain from the Workshop (using evaluation form) and whether the Workshop is able to produce practical recommendations to be submitted to relevant APEC committees/WGs/fora.

2) The second indicator can be whether the Workshop has accommodated right participants and whether there has been both representatives from the public and private sectors.  

3) The third indicator can be the quality of speakers; this can be assessed by compiling comments of participants in the evaluation forms. 

4) The forth indicator relates to gender issue: How many female participants can attend and learn knowledge/experiences at the Workshop and how many female speakers can come and share their expertise and experiences. . It is expected to accommodate at least from 30 – 40% of female participants and speakers to attend the Workshop (also take into account the efficiency of the project).

5) The fifth one is communication indicator in order to know how widely the Workshop’s materials will be disseminated to interested groups in APEC: it is planned that presentations and documents of the Workshop will be made available via the APEC Meeting Document Database. The Project’s Report will be presented to CTI, SCE and ABAC for consideration. 

6) The sixth indicator will assess the possibility of recommendation implementation.

Linkages

SMEWG will be the group which oversees this Project and will be responsible for disseminating information about the Workshop to APEC member economies. The outcomes of the Workshop will be submitted to SMEWG for consideration and further action. 

CTI and SCE will be consulted during the implementation of the projects (for example, they can give advice on inviting potential speakers and participants; attending the Workshop). The outcomes of the WorkshopWorkshop will be submitted to CTI and SCE for further follow-up activities if necessary. 

ABAC will also be informed of the Workshop and invitation will also be sent out to ABAC contact points in APEC members. 

Other international organizations such as ADB, WB, OECD, ICTSD, UN will also be invited as guest speakers and/or participants to the Workshop to raise their experiences in facilitating SMEs in EGS regional and global markets. 

So far, this is the first project that addresses issues related to SMEs in EGS sector. It is expected to identify as well as address the concerns of SMEs in EGS sector. 

APEC remains the best platform to raise the issue of promoting SMEs’ integration into the EGS regional and global markets as SMEs account for about 97% of enterprises in the APEC region. Moreover, it appears that APEC have pioneered and gained concrete achivements when committed to reduce tariff for 54 environmental goods (EG) to 5% or less by the end of 2015, which is really a breakthrough in the field. 

Sustainability

Following the Workshop, participants are expected to have a deep understanding of current status, challenges and potentials of SMEs in EGS in the region. It also provides the opportunity for the participants to share, discuss experiences in promoting the private sector/SMEs in EGS market. In particular, the participants from the public sector might be able to consider, compare, analyze and recommend to the policy makers how to improve the regulations to promote SMEs’s integration into the EGS regional and global markets. For those from the private sector, it is a good opportunity to raise their voice in the issues, in turn, to be reflected accordingly in the policies, regulations. 

To make sure that the Workshop meets its objectives, the organizer will seek approval from SMEWG for the recommendations in particular and the report in general.  SMEWG should be the one to promote and champion the recommendations by the Workshop’s participants if it is agreed that the recommendations are feasible and conducive to the APEC member economies. In that sense, the recommendations will be able to be applicable to the individual member economy, in return. 

Based on the recommendations from member economies, the organizer will consider proposing new activities/initiatives to follow up the outcome of the project. 

The Organizer also considers proposing the phase 2 of the project based on the participants’ recommendations. The networking will be used to review the implementation of recommendations.

Project Overseers

Ms. Pham Quynh Mai
Viet Nam SOM to APEC
Deputy Director General
Multilateral Trade Policy Department
Ministry of Industry and Trade
Viet Nam

Add: 54 Hai Ba Trung Street, Hoan Kiem District, Ha Noi, Viet Nam

Tel: (84-4) 2220 5522
Email: MAIPQ@MOIT.GOV.VN

Cost Efficiency

Not Applicable.

Drawdown Timetable

Not Applicable.

Direct Labour

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

Consultant: will work with speakers and discussants in drafting, revising and finalizing agenda; conduct researches, collect, analyze and synthesize data; develop curriculum for the Workshopr; take notes; develop and finalize the report of the Workshop with recommendations; work as a coordinator in all substantive matters (245 hours total), seek APEC Funding. 

Short-term staffs (clerks): will handle logistics arrangements for the organization of the Workshop (580 hours total – 3 staffs), seek APEC Funding.

Waivers

Waiver

Justification

Waiver for advance payment

Travel airfare, per diem for speakers, active participants – to encourage participation in the project as many speakers and participants are not able to attend the Workshop because of reimbursement. 

Simultaneous interpretation

Vietnamese speakers and local participants are invited to the Dialogue, many of them are not English speaking and not good at English.

The Project Overseer seeks APEC funding to cover the fees of simultaneous interpretation for the Dialogue. Simultaneous interpretation is very important for this project as

Many Vietnamese are experts in SMEs/EGS, , however, not many of them are English fluent.  The Organizer will prioritize to invite Vietnamese speakers with good command of English but can not guarantee. The waiver is just for speakers who are not fluent in English speaking.

Waiver is seeked to invite 8 speaker to the Workshop

PO requests for funding of 8 speakers (2) for both days. In order to make this project a success, the PO strongly believes that experts from public and academic sectors should be invited to share their studies’ outputs and experiences relating to rural infrastructure investment and food security. Their inputs will still be required during the last session that will include discussions of the participating APEC economies on recommendations of the Workshop to the PPFS. However, the PO is also fully aware that the request to fund additional experts may be approved by the Program Director in charge during event implementation. The PO will provide strong justication for case by case. 

Waiver is seeked to invite 2nd and 3rd participants in case that some economies nominate no delegates.

In order to make this project a success and most efficient, both in term of the outcome and cost, the PO strongly believe that in case some member economies nominate no one as eligible for, the 2nd or 3rd participants from eligible economies should be granted the chance to participate in. This guarantees that 11 APEC funded participants will contribute significantly to the Workshop’s objectives and outcomes while the budget is still in the range. The 2nd and 3rd participants will be on the basis of “first come, first serve”.

We also note the following while calling for the 2nd and 3rd participants:

(i) if no response from the sending economies by the given deadline, open the available  slot to all travel-eligible economies on a first-come, first-served basis, and not just to those who had expressed interest in sending more;

(ii) funding of the additional third participant should not be based on the availability of the funds alone but preferably on the merit of the project and on the contribution the additional participant will bring to the seminar;

(iii) not more than 22 participants to be funded by APEC and within the approved travel budget; and

(iv) approval to fund more than two from the same travel-eligible economy is given as an exception and not automatically taken to be applied for other APEC-funded projects. 

Notes:

1)  The 11 selected participants are from 11 economies, including Viet Nam. Each member economy will nominate 1 participant eligible for APEC travel funding.

2) This will be decided by the Program Director based on our justification.

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