Project Title

Enhancing Resilience of Global Value Chains to Natural Disasters 

Project Year

2015   

Project Number

CTI 19 2015T 

Project Session

Session 2   

Project Type

Standard 

Project Status

Completed Project   
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Project No.

CTI 19 2015T 

Project Title

Enhancing Resilience of Global Value Chains to Natural Disasters 

Project Status

Completed Project 

Publication (if any)

 

Fund Account

TILF Special Account 

Sub-fund

None 

Project Year

2015 

Project Session

Session 2 

APEC Funding

170,114 

Co-funding Amount

Total Project Value

170,114 

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)

Japan 

Co-Sponsoring Economies

Australia; Canada; Chile; Mexico; Peru; Philippines; Russia; Chinese Taipei; Thailand; Viet Nam 

Expected Start Date

01/09/2015 

Expected Completion Date

31/12/2016 

Project Proponent Name 1

Nobuo Kiriyama 

Job Title 1

Director 

Organization 1

Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry 

Postal Address 1

Kasumigaseki 1-3-1, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8901 Japan 

Telephone 1

81-3 35011407 

Fax 1

Not Applicable 

Email 1

iino-katsuya@meti.go.jp 

Project Proponent Name 2

Katsuya Iino 

Job Title 2

Assistant Director 

Organization 2

Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry 

Postal Address 2

Kasumigaseki 1-3-1, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8901 Japan 

Telephone 2

81-3 35011407 

Fax 2

Not Applicable 

Email 2

iino-katsuya@meti.go.jp 

Declaration

Nobuo Kiriyama and Katsuya Iino 

Project Summary

In response to APEC Leaders and ministers’ instructions in 2014 on the implementation of the APEC Strategic Blueprint for Promoting Global Value Chain Development and Cooperation, Japan proposes to hold “APEC capacity building seminar on enhancing resilience of global value chains (GVC) to natural disasters”.

The seminar is scheduled to take place in the 1st quarter of 2016 in Japan.

Main objectives of the seminar are as follows:

1)  to exchange lessons and best practices to enhance resilience of GVCs with a view to sharing common policy and business strategy directions among APEC economies, making use of the “Guidebook” to be developed by the end of this year, and

2) to provide an opportunity for networking among policy makers, academics and practitioners in related fields.

Relevance

The Asia-Pacific region has been constantly affected by natural disasters (such as floods, earthquakes, volcano eruptions, etc.) much more than other parts of the world. Those natural disasters in this region have caused major  disruptions in global value chains (GVCs) and hampered business activities well beyond the region. Some of recent examples are GVC disruptions caused by the Great East Japan Earthquake in March 2011 and Thai flood later in the same year, among many others.

With such recognition, the 2015 MRT statement calls for undertaking more collaborative efforts to enhance value chain resiliency under APEC framework. As a concrete step to respond to this call, Japan would like to propose “APEC Capacity Building Seminar on enhancing resilience of supply chains/value chains” to share best practices to mitigate or prevent damages to GVCs from natural disasters among APEC member economies, drawn on recent experiences in the region.

At that seminar, experts from the governments and public sectors, business community and academia will be invited to make presentations to introduce their experiences on enhancing resilience of GVCs to natural disasters.

This proposed seminar is a part of the initiatives foreseen in the Work Plan of Workstream 8 of GVC Blueprint, “Enhance resiliency of GVCs”, and  will also be a contribution to a priority area of APEC 2015, “Building Sustainable and Resilient Communities”. This project is directly linked to Rank 1 Funding Criteria for 2015, “Activities outlined in Global Value Chains (GVCs) Blueprint” This project is also linked to Rank 1 Funding Criteria, “Building sustainable and resilient communities” and “Emergency preparedness and disaster management, including activities relating to the efficient movement of capital, goods, services and people“.

Objectives

Key objectives of the APEC Capacity Building Seminar on enhancing resilience of supply chains/value chains include following points:

1) to exchange lessons and best practices to enhance GVC resilience in APEC regions, involving various sectors, with a view to sharing common directions among APEC economies, making use of  “the Guidebook to enhance understanding on resilience of GSC/GVCs” (“Guidebook”), to be developed by the end of this year; and

2) to provide an opportunity for networking among policy-makers, academia and practitioners, who are involved in the issue of GVC resilience.

Alignment

First, this project is in line with APEC Leaders and ministers’ instructions in 2014 on the implementation of the APEC Strategic Blueprint for Promoting Global Value Chain Development and Cooperation. At APEC AMM statement in 2014, “APEC Ministers also welcomed the completion of the APEC Policy Support Unit (PSU) study on Comprehensive Analysis on Enhancing Resiliency of Cross-Border Value Chains, and instruct officials to make a collaborative effort to enhance cross-border value chain resilience, including business continuity in the region”.

Second, this project also conforms to the following principles of the Osaka Action Agenda (OAA):

- Strengthening economic legal infrastructure: APEC economies will enhance well-functioning economy within the global marketplace in the Asia-Pacific region by strengthening economic legal infrastructure in order to minimize the risk of future economic crises and building business and investor confidence.

Third, the project is expected to contribute to trade and investment liberalization and facilitation and regional economic integration and to fostering cooperation by enhancing resilience of GVCs in the APEC region.

Finally, this project will complement and reinforce the ongoing work of the TPTWG and EPWG on global supply chain resilience.

TILF/ASF Justification

The proposed  seminar will provide the participants from APEC economies with better understanding on the benefits of enhancing resilience of GVCs and best practices in the Asia Pacific region, thereby fostering the capacity of the APEC economies to make GVCs more resilient.

More resilient GVCs against the potential threat of disruption by natural disasters will facilitate international flows of goods, services, money, data etc., and will finally contribute to the achievement Osaka Action Agenda. [Part 1, Section C, 4, COLLECTIVE ACTION 4. j. (i)-(iii)].

Beneficiaries and Outputs

Outputs: This project will create two key outputs. First, a three-day capacity building seminar will be held to exchange lessons and best practices to enhance resilience of GVCs. This seminar will be composed of presentations by experts of diverse background and discussions among participants as well as site visits.

Second, this project will create a summary report/compendium which compiles best practices presented by the speakers at the seminar and other major outcomes. The summary report/compendium will be reported to the CTI and will be made publically available to complement the “Guidebook”. 

Outcomes: Major expected outcomes of this project will be:

1) Improved capacity of APEC economies to enhance resilience of GVCs, which will in turn facilitate trade and investment in the region and promote MSMEs’ participation in GVCs, through exchange of lessons and best practices as well as site visits for the participants to the seminar. Publication of the summary report/compendium will further contribute to this purpose.

2) Formation of a network of experts and policy makers in APEC region for those who attend the seminar.

Beneficiaries: 

1) Governments officials who participate in the seminar will directly benefit from the project. The major target of the seminar will be mainly those responsible for investment promotion, promotion of MSMEs, disaster risk reduction, and trade and investment policies from APEC economies (policy makers, program managers). Such participants should be selected by representatives of CTI in close coordination with representatives of EPWG, SMEWG, TPTWG, PPWE and relevant CTI subfora as necessary in each economy. These participants will also be given opportunities to share their experiences with other participants. 

2) Academia in the field of business administration (management of business risks regarding GVCs) or economics (economic impact of disruption of GVCs), business representatives who have experiences in managing risks of natural disasters on GVCs, and other  practitioners with the expertise in enhancing resilience of GVCs, who will have opportunities to share their perspectives with officials around APEC region. 

3) Other interested officials and any other stakeholders who do not participate in the seminar will benefit from reading the summary report/compendium. This will further benefit the economies at large by fostering the capacity to make GVCs more resilient.

Dissemination

The presentation materials will be shared with the participants of the seminar as well as APEC member economies through APEC Meeting Document Database. The summary report will be made publically available electronically at APEC publication page.

Target readers of that compendium are:

1) Governments’ officials from APEC economies (policy makers, program managers) responsible for relevant policy areas.

(2) Business representatives and private sectors.

3) Academics and representatives from international organizations with an interest in GVC resilience.

There is no intention of selling the outputs arising from this project.

Gender

Gender issue is seriously taken into account in this project. A gender balance will be carefully considered in the implementing process of this project. PO will strive for a gender balance for expert speakers, and encourage each economy to consider gender balance in selecting the participants.

 This project will never discriminate persons who relate to the implementation process of this project by gender.

Work Plan

1) July to October 2015: Submit a concept note, then a full project proposal, to ask APEC for its consideration and its approval. 

2) October to December 2015: Start selecting venues and speakers 

3) January 2016:

a) Finally decide seminar venues and site visits, and continue to select speakers.

b) Start logistic preparations

c) Distribute first draft agenda and circular of the seminar to CTI, EPWG and other relevant fora members.

4) February 2016:

a) Finish the speaker selection process and ask every speaker for their preparation of presentations.

b) Make final coordination for logistic issues.

c) Explain the possible agenda and speakers at CTI1. 

5) Mid-March 2016: Hold a seminar

6) April 2016: Submit a draft summary report/compendium to the APEC Secretariat.

Risks

One of the risks concerns  the selection of good speakers to make the seminar more informative and attractive. The Project Overseers intend to work with the co-sponsoring economies to invite experienced speakers.

Another risk might be the last-minute speaker cancellation. That risk will be managed by identifying possible back-up speakers in advance of the event.

Yet other risk associated with these could be poor participation in the seminar. The Project Overseers will update the state of preparation for the seminar to allow for sufficient time for APEC member economies to prepare for participation in the seminar.

There is also a possible risk of budget’s over-run in the implementation of the seminar. This risk might be mitigated or eliminated by a prudent management of project’s budget and a close collaboration between the Project Overseers and the APEC Secretariat.

Monitoring and Evaluation

In order to measure progress, project outcomes and impacts/ successes, various indicators may be used in the form of after-event evaluation form. In particular:

a) number of total and female participants

b) whether the seminar meets its set objectives

c) efficiency in utilizing the project budget and time according to the plan

d) how widely the seminar’s materials will be disseminated to interested groups in APEC.

The seminar’s summary report will be presented to CTI and be share with relevant WGs such as EPWG and TPTWG.

Linkages

To disseminate the outcome of the project and seek cross fora collaboration, the seminar’s summary report will be presented to CTI and further be shared with relevant WGs such as EPWG and TPTWG as well as PPWE as appropriate. The summary report will be made publically available to reach out to diverse stakeholders within and outside of APEC. Involvement of relevant international organizations such as ERIA and ADBI will be sought.

The seminar will directly build on the “Guidebook” to be finalized by the end of this year.

APEC’s comparative advantage lies in the fact that APEC region is most affected by natural disasters and at the same time very developed in terms of GVCs, thus potential benefit of this project is comparatively high in APEC. This seminar is also expected to contribute to another workstream under GVC Blueprint, “assist SMEs to benefit from GVCs”.

Sustainability

After the seminar, the Project Overseers will work with speakers to develop summary report/compendium. After finishing this, PO will publicize the summary report/compendium, by uploading it on the APEC publication website. The compendium is expected to serve as a useful information source for future projects in governments or APEC as well as for relevant studies in academia. In particular, its outputs and outcomes will be a further input for future projects under the Workstream 8 of GVC Blueprint.

Project Overseers

The Project Overseers will be:

Nobuo KIRIYAMA (Mr.) is the Director of the APEC Office of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI). Mr. KIRIYAMA is one of Japan CTI representatives and is in the position of being in charge of the all APEC issues of the METI. Mr. KIRIYAMA has long and abundant experiences for dealing with international trade affairs, including APEC issues.

Katsuya IINO (Mr.) is the Assistant Director of the APEC Office of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI).  Mr. IINO handles CTI issues and has long experiences in international trade.

Cost Efficiency

Not Applicable.

Drawdown Timetable

Not Applicable.

Direct Labour

Not Applicable.

Waivers

A waiver for advanced payments are requested for the airfare and per diems of speakers and participants from travel eligible economy, and the other type of fees upon the request.

A waiver for local transportation rental fee (for a bus in 3 days) related to the field trips is requested based on the project guidebook 9-56. On this project, we prepare for the field trip to Sendai, where is the epicentre of Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011. To visit companies which successfully recovered from severe damages from the Earthquake, is one of most appropriate methods to understand how important the global value chain resilience is.

A waiver for office equipment rental fee  related to the seminar is requested based on the project guidebook 9-56. Those equipment are not used to support daily office operation of the POs’ or contractors’ organization and are utilized only for seminar speakers’ and participants’ work during a seminar period.

One time comprehensive bidding and a comprehensive contract with an outsourcing company (a conference management company) is requested for the payment of items in “Direct labor column” and “Other item column”.

A waiver for the number of speaker in one day is requested based on the guidebook. In case that the agenda amendment or other incident may cause the situation where the PO will invite more than 6 speakers.

Are there any supporting document attached?

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