Project Title

APEC Capacity Building Workshop on FTA Negotiation Skills on Environment (Phase 2) 

Project Year

2015   

Project Number

CTI 14 2015 

Project Session

Session 2   

Project Type

Standard 

Project Status

Completed Project   
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Project No.

CTI 14 2015 

Project Title

APEC Capacity Building Workshop on FTA Negotiation Skills on Environment (Phase 2) 

Project Status

Completed Project 

Publication (if any)

 

Fund Account

General Project Account 

Sub-fund

None 

Project Year

2015 

Project Session

Session 2 

APEC Funding

134,126 

Co-funding Amount

18,750 

Total Project Value

152,876 

Sponsoring Forum

Committee on Trade and Investment (CTI) 

Topics

Trade Facilitation 

Committee

Committee on Trade and Investment (CTI) 

Other Fora Involved

 

Other Non-APEC Stakeholders Involved

 

Proposing Economy(ies)

Viet Nam 

Co-Sponsoring Economies

Canada; Indonesia; Korea; Malaysia; New Zealand; Peru; Thailand 

Expected Start Date

01/01/2016 

Expected Completion Date

31/12/2016 

Project Proponent Name 1

Pham Quynh Mai 

Job Title 1

Deputy Director General 

Organization 1

Ministry of Industry and Trade 

Postal Address 1

54 Hai Ba Trung Dtreet, Ha Noi, Viet Nam  

Telephone 1

84-4 22205522 

Fax 1

Not Applicable 

Email 1

maipq@moit.gov.vn and patbeo81@gmail.com  

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

Pham Quynh Mai 

Project Summary

This project is in line with instructions of APEC Economic Leaders of 2014, where Leaders agreed to continue the capacity building activities in pursuit of the eventual realization of the FTAAP under the Action Plan Framework of the 2nd Capacity Building Needs Initiative (CBNI).

This project aims at:

1) Increased capacity of negotiators, policymakers, and regulators with practical relevance, to participate in FTA negotiations on environment;

2) Share best practices and experiences in preparing for negotiations; and

3) Provide an opportunity of networking among environment negotiators, policy-makers and regulators.

The Workshop is expected to be held in 2016 in Viet Nam.

Relevance

Relevance - APEC: In November 2014, APEC Economic Leaders agreed to continue the capacity building activities in pursuit of the eventual realization of the FTAAP under the Action Plan Framework of the 2nd Capacity Building Needs Initiative (CBNI) (as appeared in Annex A of APEC Economic Leaders’ Declaration on The Beijing Roadmap for APEC’s Contribution to the Realization of the FTAAP). They encouraged economies “to design and conduct capacity building programs for specific sectors as lead economies.”.

Accordingly, Korea as a leading economy of the CBNI initiative and other interested APEC member economies have made efforts in developing a detailed work plan to implement APEC Leaders’ instructions. As an active economy in joining the CBNI initiative, Viet Nam proposed to select the area of environment as one of the sectors to be explored in the 2nd CBNI. The results of the CBNI survey conducted by Korea and APEC member economies’ inputs have highlighted the needs of building and enhancing preparation capacities in the field of environment.

In the 1st CBNI, Viet Nam held a Training Course on FTA-related Negotiation Skills on Environment (CTI 10-2012T) which provided basic negotiation skills, techniques and knowledge for negotiators, policy-makers and regulators. This proposal is a continuity of the previous project, with in-depth capacity building in environment to equip negotiators with relevant information, references, and preparation skills to participate in environment-related negotiations. This Workshop may include, among others, sessions on environmental goods and services, biodiversity and trade, climate change and trade, energy efficiency and trade, case studies and experiences exchange on typical dispute settlement cases, case studies and experiences exchange on the environmental impact assessment on trade agreements.

This will also be an opportunity of discussing possible problems arising from the application of environment measures in practice and the steps that could be taken to identify and address these types of domestic regulatory or policy issues.

Relevance – Rank:
This project falls under rank 1, as it is one of the activities outlined in the Beijing Roadmap for APEC's Contribution to the Realization of the Free Trade Area of the Asia Pacific (FTAAP).

Objectives

1) Increased capacity of negotiators, policymakers, and regulators, with practical relevance, to participate in environment negotiations;

2)  Share best practices and experiences in preparing for negotiations; and

3) Provide an opportunity of networking among environment negotiators, policy-makers, and regulators.

Alignment

First, this project is in line with instructions of APEC Economic Leaders of 2014, where Leaders agreed to continue the capacity building activities in pursuit of the eventual realization of the FTAAP under the Action Plan Framework of the 2nd Capacity Building Needs Initiative (CBNI) (as appeared in Annex A of APEC Economic Leaders’ Declaration on “The Beijing Roadmap for APEC’s Contribution to the Realization of the FTAAP”). They encouraged economies “to design and conduct capacity building programs for specific sectors as lead economies.”

Second, this project also conforms to the instructions of APEC Ministers. At the APEC Ministerial Meeting of 2014, APEC Ministers welcomed the progress achieved under the Action Plan Framework on Capacity Building Needs Initiatives (CBNI) and endorsed the Action Plan Framework of the 2nd CBNI. They instructed Senior Officials to take steps to ensure the effective implementation of the 2nd CBNI.

Last but not least, the project shall directly contribute to the Beijing Roadmap for APEC’s Contribution to the Realization of the FTAAP.

TILF/ASF Justification

Not Applicable.

Beneficiaries and Outputs

Outputs: One of the outputs will be a 2-day Capacity Building Workshop to be held in Da Nang city, Viet Nam (tentative venue) in the second quarter of 2016. The Organizing Committee will invite speakers who are environment negotiators and from international organizations and institutes of APEC member economies to present their experiences and studies on current FTA-related negotiations on environment. There will also be a session on lessons and recommendations suggested by Capacity Building Workshop attendants.

A report will be produced after the Capacity Building Workshop as one of the project’s outputs. This report will be composed of the following, but not limited to, sections: introduction of the project; briefings of the presentations made at the Capacity Building Workshop, including best practices (if any); briefings on discussions at the Capacity Building Workshop; suggested recommendations made by Capacity Building Workshop attendants and the project consultant.

Outcomes: Based on the Workshop’s presentations, discussions and recommendations, the Organizers hope that Workshop participants can enhance their capacities and knowledge on FTA-related environment. In the 1st CBNI, Viet Nam held a Training Course on FTA-related Negotiation Skills on Environment (CTI 10-2012T) which provided basic negotiation skills, techniques and knowledge for negotiators, policy-makers and regulators. This proposal is a continuity of the previous project, with in-depth capacity building in environment to equip negotiators with relevant information, references, and preparation skills to participate in environment-related negotiations. This Workshop may include, among others, sessions on environmental goods and services, biodiversity and trade, climate change and trade, energy efficiency and trade. Therefore, one expected outcome of the Workshop is the application of the Workshop intensive knowledge by participants to their future work and negotiations.

Another outcome may be the conduction of similar Workshops back in their home economies. In order to do this, participants are encouraged to use Workshop material as resources or reference when holding similar Workshops in the future. However, commencement of future Workshops will be based on economy’s decisions and resources.

Last but not least, the project is expected to contribute to future high-quality FTAs and convergence of the content of environment chapters which may pave way to the realization of broader FTAs including FTAAP through a better common understanding and negotiation skills on environments among negotiators.

Beneficiaries: The direct beneficiaries of the project are negotiators who directly are involved in negotiations on environment. Therefore, the possible enhanced knowledge of the Capacity Building Workshop participants is a take-away of the Capacity Building Workshop. Through this learning process, the Capacity Building Workshop’s participants may withdraw valuable lessons in their future negotiations.

Mid-level environment policy-makers and regulators will have a chance to learn and share the impacts of potential FTAs, both positive and negative. It is likely that environment policy-makers will identify some domestic issues to be addressed (regulations/ policies) to prepare for participation in FTAs/FTAAP. It is ideal if participants from the 1st Workshop (which was held in October 2012 in Viet Nam) can attend this 2nd CB Workshop as a continuity and convenience since they absorbed basic knowledge about FTA-related environmental negotiations. However, there may be some obstacles for them to attend the 2nd Workshop such as change of jobs, conflicts of schedules. The Organizers will encourage travel eligible economies to send participants from the 1st Workshop and will incorporate this in the General Information note to be sent to CTI focal points.

It is also expected that a network of attendants will be established following the Capacity Building Workshop, among negotiators and researchers etc. This network will be much helpful in future activities.

To ensure that the Capacity Building Workshop will benefit as many individuals as possible, the Capacity Building Workshop’s outcomes and materials will be uploaded to the APEC website and public to viewers to gain out-reaching impact.

Dissemination

Hard copies (presentation materials, simulation exercises, reference materials, negotiation technique materials, etc) will be provided to all the Capacity Building Workshop's participants.  Electronic publication will also be used to disseminate the Capacity Building Workshop's documents widely.  APEC's official website will be the main one to upload the documents.  A detailed report of the Capacity Building Workshop will also be prepared and submitted to the Committee on Trade and Investment for information.

At the end of the Workshop, participants will be sent a link where they can access to all Workshop materials. They are encouraged to upload these materials on their local websites or to share these documents when they get back to their home economies.

No intention to sell outputs arising from this project.

Gender

Women will be directly and actively involved in the project. Project proponents of this Capacity Building Workshop are women. The Capacity Building Workshop organizers will be careful to include women speakers and participants in the Capacity Building Workshop.  The organizers will encourage women to be involved during the preparatory stage and actual activity. Invitations sent to CTI representatives will take due consideration of gender concerns by encouraging the suggestion and nomination of female speakers and participants. 

In addition, the project proponents will ensure that the evaluation forms to be distributed at the end of the Capacity Building Workshop will include information on gender for disaggregating of data for project assessment and will help in evaluation of specific responses of women and men. 

As the number of women participating in environment negotiations and policy-making has been increasing, women will also benefit from this Capacity Building Workshop. With previous experience in CBNI activities, PO expected that 50% of Workshop participants will be female. The Project’s outputs and all the Capacity Building Workshop materials will be uploaded to the APEC website, thanks to which women might access to the website for information and knowledge.

Work Plan

Timeline

Actions

June – November 2015

Submit concept note (then a full project proposal) to APEC for consideration and approval

BMC approval.

December 2015 – January 2016

Draft the Capacity Building Workshop agenda and circulate it to economies for comment.

Incorporate the comments and finalize the agenda to reflect all interests by stakeholders.

January - February 2016

Invite and secure speakers for the Capacity Building Workshop, from international organizations (notably OECD), research institutes, APEC economies and non-member economies Participation of non-member speakers will depend on approval of CTI.

Promotion and dissemination of information on the Capacity Building Workshop.

March 2016

Invite participants from relevant APEC Ministries/ agencies, academia and research institutes in APEC member economies.

Confirmation of the event details (a General Information document is circulated to CTI focal points for nominating Capacity Building Workshop participants).

Preparation work by the Organizing Committee (logistic and documentation)

April 2016

Implementation of the 2-day Capacity Building Workshop

May (June) 2016

Upon conclusion of the Capacity Building Workshop, event organizers will work with co-sponsors, speakers and other participants to draft a report for the APEC Committee on Trade and Investment.

Risks

Risks associated with the Capacity Building Workshop will be minimal. One of the risks is ensuring the selection of good speakers in order to make the most of the Capacity Building Workshop. The Organizers will work with the co-sponsor economies and take reference from OECD to get recommendations of potential speakers. There may be last-minute speaker cancellations. That risk will be managed by identifying possible back-up speakers in advance of the event.

Another risk is the difficulty in selecting right participants. To address this risk, the organizers will send out invitation to CTI representatives of APEC economies. CTI representatives will take responsibilities to inform domestic Ministries/Agencies to select right participants and nominate these participants to the Project Overseers. The criterion to select participants is that participants should either be negotiators who directly involve in FTA-related environment or policy makers for environment-related laws and regulations. The CTI representatives will be the focal point to nominate participants (including speakers) attending the Workshop.

The nominated participants will be required to send their CVs (or biographies) to the POs. Based on reviewing the CVs (or biographies) of the nominated participants, the POs will decide the participation of APEC delegates and inform their approval to the nominated participants.

Monitoring and Evaluation

The Capacity Building Workshop’s Organizers will work closely and regularly with co-sponsor economies in determining the content of the agenda, selection of speakers, moderators, experts and participants for the Capacity Building Workshop. The project will adhere strictly to APEC project implementation procedures, including the timeline of actions.

An evaluation form will be prepared and distributed to all participants as well as the speakers, moderators and experts to assess the effectiveness of the Capacity Building Workshop with respect to the relevance on the topics, presentations by speakers, overall impact and suggestions for further improvement and/or activities for future projects. The organizing committee will compile all comments and reflect them into the final report, which will be submitted to the APEC Committee on Trade and Investment for consideration.

The report and Capacity Building Workshop documents will be made available to Capacity Building Workshop participants and the APEC Secretariat, as well as uploaded to APEC Publication Database. The draft report on the outcome of the Capacity Building Workshop will be sent to APEC Secretariat for review before finalization.

PO expects that there will be about 80 participants, from at least 12 economies, attending the Workshop with 50% are women.

Linkages

Engagement: Project organizers will bring together negotiators and policy-makers to gain and enhance knowledge and experience on environment. Project organizers will circulate a draft agenda to CTI for comments and suggestions.  On completion of the Capacity Building Workshop, a Workshop report with recommendations will be circulated to relevant APEC sub-fora.  The CTI will involve economies in follow-up from the Capacity Building Workshop, including developing recommendations for built-on activities to deepen regional economic integration and eventually realize the potential FTAAP.

Previous Work: This project is built directly on the APEC REI CBNI Framework and the previous Training Course on FTA-related Negotiation Skills on Environment (CTI 10-2012T) which provided basic negotiation skills, techniques and knowledge for negotiators, policy-makers and regulators. The Organizers will provide participants with soft copies of materials (presentation materials, summary report) from the 1st Workshop prior to the 2nd Workshop so participants will be informed on what happened at the 1st Workshop.

This proposal is a continuity of the previous project, with in-depth capacity building in environment to equip negotiators with relevant information, references, and preparation skills to participate in environment-related negotiations. This Workshop may include, among others, sessions on environmental goods and services, biodiversity and trade, climate change and trade, energy efficiency and trade.

In addition, this project may refer to the Regional Workshop on Regional Trade Agreements and the Environment, which was co-organized by the OECD’s Trade and Environment Directorates and in cooperation with Viet Nam’s Ministry of Industry and Trade on 17 and 18 September 2014 in Ha Noi, Viet Nam.

The results of this Capacity Building Workshop will contribute to the ultimate deliverables of this Framework.

APEC’s Comparative Advantage: APEC is the best source of funding for this project because APEC is implementing the APEC REI CBNI Framework, the goal of which is to prepare APEC economies to negotiate high-quality trade agreements including a Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific. The results of the Capacity Building Workshop will contribute to the ultimate deliverables of this Framework.

Sustainability

This project is one of the series of capacity-building activities supported under the CBNI approach, with view to building and enhancing capacities of developing economies in the APEC region, to enhance their FTA negotiation skills. The 2nd CBNI Action Plan Framework is consisted of a number of areas, whereas further capacity building Workshop in the area of environment is of great importance. Since a number of FTA, concluded or under negotiations in the APEC region, includes a Chapter/provisions on environment, this proposal, for sure, will contribute to the ultimate outcomes of the CBNI. 

After the Capacity Building Workshop takes place, the Project Organizers will work with consultant(s) and speakers to develop recommendations for concrete steps to further advance the REI CBNI Action Plan Framework with specialization on environment that is selected based on the inputs provided by the Capacity Building Workshop.  These recommendations will be sent to the CTI. CTI and its sub-fora (for instance SCSC) will consider and if possible, endorse the recommendations as well as the follow-up activities developed from the Capacity Building Workshop.

On the other hand, Viet Nam and co-sponsor economies will work with Korea, the leading economy in the REI CBNI Action Plan Framework to incorporate the Project’s outputs and recommendations into the Report of the REI CBNI Action Plan Framework. Further evaluation and comments on this Framework might be given upon consideration of the CTI and interested parties. Korea, Viet Nam and other economies in the 2nd REI CBNI Action Plan Framework might also suggest next steps of the Project and/or the Framework to the CTI for comments and approval.

Project Overseers

Mrs Pham Quynh Mai
Ministry of Industry and Trade
Viet Nam
Tel: 84-4 22205522
Fax: 84-4 22202525
Email: maipq@moit.gov.vn

Ms. Pham Quynh Mai got her Master Degree in the University of Sussex, the United Kingdom. She was the Vice Chair of the CTI in 2006. Since 2011, she has been the Acting Senior Official of Viet Nam for APEC in several APEC Senior Official Meetings.

Ms Vu Lien Huong
Ministry of Industry and Trade
Viet Nam
Tel: 84-4 22205419
Fax: 84-4 22202525
Email: huongvl@moit.gov.vn and patbeo81@gmail.com

Ms Vu Lien Huong got her Master Degree in the University of Leeds, the United Kingdom. Since 2003, she has been actively engaged in APEC cooperation activities, including those under the Committee on Trade and Investment, SOM supervision, SCE and APEC Ministerial processes etc.

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 Capacity Building 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 Capacity Building Workshop (including mock negotiations); take notes; develop and finalize the report of the Capacity Building Workshop with recommendations; work as a coordinator in all substantive matters (240 hours total), seek APEC funding.

Secretaries: will assist consultant to organize the Capacity Building Workshop (substance and paperwork) (350 hours total), seek APEC funding (160 hours) and self-fund (190 hours).

Short-term staffs (clerks): will handle logistics arrangements for the organization of the Capacity Building Workshop (450 hours total), seek APEC funding.

Waivers

Waiver

Justification

Waiver for advance payment

Travel airfare, per diem for speakers, active participants – to encourage participation in the project.

Waiver to fund governmental officials from non-travel eligible member economies, non-APEC members and representatives of international organizations as speakers for airfare and per diem

Most of the time, even non-travel eligible member economies government officials are subject to budgetary constraints as such, withdrawal of commitment from the project is unavoidable.

Waiver is sought to invite 8 speakers for the Capacity Building Workshop

PO requests for funding of 8 speakers 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 FTA-related negotiations on ENVIRONMENT. Their inputs will still be required during the last session that will include discussions of the participating APEC economies on recommendations of the Capacity Building Workshop to the APEC Committee on Trade and Investment.

This request with justification will be sent to PD in charge during implementation process.

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