Project Title

APEC Public–Private Dialogue on Enhancing Capacities of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in Exporting Services 

Project Year

2016   

Project Number

SME 03 2016T 

Project Session

Session 1   

Project Type

Standard 

Project Status

Completed Project   
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Project No.

SME 03 2016T 

Project Title

APEC Public–Private Dialogue on Enhancing Capacities of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in Exporting Services 

Project Status

Completed Project 

Publication (if any)

 

Fund Account

TILF Special Account 

Sub-fund

None 

Project Year

2016 

Project Session

Session 1 

APEC Funding

99,999 

Co-funding Amount

27,246 

Total Project Value

127,245 

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

Indonesia; Japan; Malaysia; Philippines; Russia; Chinese Taipei 

Expected Start Date

01/01/2016 

Expected Completion Date

30/06/2017 

Project Proponent Name 1

Vu Lien Huong 

Job Title 1

Head of General Affairs Division, Multilateral Trade Policy Department 

Organization 1

Ministry of Industry and Trade 

Postal Address 1

54 Hai Ba Trung st, Ha Noi, Viet Nam 

Telephone 1

84-4 22205422 

Fax 1

Not Applicable 

Email 1

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

Vu Lien Huong 

Project Summary

In line with 2015 APEC Economic Leaders’ Declaration on enhancing the participation of MSMEs in global commerce to inclusive growth and will take action to facilitate such participation, this project is designed to hold an ”APEC Public – Private Dialogue on Enhancing Capacities of MSMEs in Exporting Services” in 2017 in Viet Nam. Objectives of this project: 

1) To provide a platform for open dialogue between the public and the private sectors on the current state-of-play as well as opportunities and challenges of APEC services MSMEs;

2) To discuss the ways to promote the capacities of exporting services of MSMEs through sound policies, technical assistances, skill development etc.; and

3) To provide an opportunity for networking among MSME experts from the public and the private sectors.

Relevance

Relevance - Region: Micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) are the engines of growth and innovation in the APEC region. MSMEs account for over 97 percent of all enterprises and employ over half of the workforce across APEC economies. MSMEs contribute significantly to economic growth, with MSMEs' share of GDP ranging from 20 percent to 50 percent in the majority of APEC economies. 

Many of SMEs are involved in international trade – either through their participation in overseas markets or by selling services to foreign firms within their domestic markets. Ensuring the continued strength of services MSMEs is critical to the APEC region as a whole. 

Despite the importance of services MSMEs, several governments and business associations in the APEC region have overlooked their contribution and have not adequately taken into account the needs of services MSMEs. 

Therefore, this project is designed to hold a dialogue where the public and the private sectors will have an opportunity to discuss the current state-of-play as well as opportunities and challenges of APEC services MSMEs. In addition, organizers expect that this project will also be an opportunity for participants to discuss the ways to promote the capacities of exporting services of MSMEs, especially in the context that last year APEC Economic Leaders and Ministers already endorsed 2 important documents relevant to the scope of this project, which are the Boracay Action Agenda to Globalize MSMEs and APEC Services Cooperation Framework.

Relevance - Rank: This project falls under Rank 1 as it is a cross-cutting topic which deals with services trade, including the implementation of the APEC Services Cooperation Framework. In addition, it is also related to implementation of the Boracay Action Agenda to Globalize MSMEs and the Iloilo Initiative.

Objectives

1) To provide a platform for open dialogue between the public and the private sectors on the current state-of-play as well as opportunities and challenges of APEC services MSMEs;

2) To discuss the ways to promote the capacities of exporting services of MSMEs through sound policies, technical assistances, skill development etc.; and 

3) To provide an opportunity for networking among MSME experts from the public and the private sectors.

Alignment

Alignment - APEC: In the 2015 APEC Economic Leaders’ Declaration, it is said “We recognize the significance of enabling the full participation of all sectors and segments of our society, especially...micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), to achieving inclusive growth. We underscore the importance of empowering them with the ability to contribute to and benefit from future growth.”  In addition, APEC Leaders also reiterated “the significance of the participation of MSMEs in global commerce to inclusive growth and will take action to facilitate such participation. We recognize that internationally-oriented MSMEs can make substantial contributions to poverty reduction through employment creation, productivity improvements, and economies of scale.”

This project will help to implement Leaders’ instructions as it will contribute to the long-term enhancement of capacities of MSMEs in exporting services by various means which are expected to be agreed at the Dialogue.

Alignment - Forum: This project is in line with the 2013-2016 SMEWG Strategic Plan as in the Plan, the first priority is “Building management capability, entrepreneurship and innovation” with a key indicator is “strengthen the capability of business development service providers”. Furthermore, the 3rd priority in the Strategic Plan is “Business environment, market access and internationalization” with an indicator of “build SME capabilities to market products and services internationally”.

TILF/ASF Justification

According to Bullet 8, page 28 of the Osaka Action Agenda, “SMEs are critical engine for growth and innovation in the Asia- Pacific region” and “APEC economies will cooperate to maintain and develop SME dynamism by improving the economic environment so that SMEs may fully exploit their creativity and mobility, by helping SMEs address priority fields – human resources, information access, technology and technology sharing, financing and market access”. Accordingly, by discussing the ways to promote the capacities of exporting services of MSMEs through sound policies, technical assistances, skill development etc, this project will contribute to MSME development and capacity enhancement.

Beneficiaries and Outputs

Outputs: One of the outputs will be a 2-day Dialogue to be held in Ha Noi city, Viet Nam in 2017. The Organizing Committee will invite speakers from the public and private sectors to exchange views on the current state-of-play as well as opportunities and challenges of APEC services MSMEs as well as to discuss the ways to promote the capacities of exporting services of MSMEs through sound policies, technical assistances, skill development etc. Furthermore, during the last session of the Dialogue, lessons and recommendations suggested by Dialogue attendants will be discussed.

Estimated indicators: Number of participants and diversification of participants.

A report will be produced after the Dialogue 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 Dialogue, including good practices (if any); briefings on discussions at the Dialogue; suggested recommendations made by Dialogue attendants and the project consultant.

Estimated indicators: (i) Progress of draft and final reports; (ii) Dissemination of draft and final reports to Dialogue participants and SMEWG.

The Organizers hope that the Dialogue will equip participants with increased knowledge and experience on promoting the capacities of exporting services of MSMEs through sound policies, technical assistances, skill development etc. This is one of the expected outputs for this project.

Estimated indicators: Score of satisfaction in the questionnaires responded from Dialogue participants and evaluation of participants’ understanding by conducting post-event survey after completion of the Dialogue.

The fourth output of this project is the collaboration among Dialogue attendants. A network will be built during and after this Dialogue among participants. In addition, since the final session of the Dialogue will focus on lessons learnt and recommendation for future activities, such identification of next steps will be one of critical outputs of this project. 

Estimated indicators: Number of participants are interested in this project through practical activities. 

Outcomes: Dialogue participants will gain an increased awareness and knowledge on promoting the capacities of exporting services of MSMEs through sound policies, technical assistances, skill development etc. Dialogue participants will be encouraged to propose recommendations on further work to assist MSMEs in enhancing MSMEs’ export capacities. They will have the opportunity to raise any useful policy suggestions in practice once returning to their home economies or organizations. 

Similar Dialogues may be held in the future in order to promote capacities of exporting services of MSMEs in individual APEC member economies.

Recommendations of this project may be submitted to APEC SMEMM in 2018 for considerations and instructions. APEC members, in accordance with their domestic circumstances, may pursue relevant trade and investment policy actions to apply recommendations from this project to their home economies with view to assist MSMEs in enhancing MSMEs’ export capacities. 

Beneficiaries: The direct beneficiaries of the project are MSMEs, as they are the one that produce and export services in this project. Public sector representatives can also benefit from understanding the situation, opportunities and challenges that services MSMEs are facing. Regarding MSME participation, the Organizers will encourage participants from SME associations or a typical MSME that is specialized in services since these participants will either be able to disseminate information from the Dialogue to similar events in their home economies or able to provide pragmatic experience during Q&A at the Dialogue. 

In the General Information note to be sent to SMEWG focal points, PO will kindly request SMEWG focal points to circulate information about this Dialogue to local stakeholders, including, among others, SME Ministries/ Departments/ agencies, MSME Associations, Women Entrepreneur Associations, provincial MSME Associations, Young Entrepreneur Associations etc in respective APEC member economies. SMEWG focal points will take responsibilities in selecting and nominating participants from economies to this Dialogue.

Dissemination

Electronic publication will be used to disseminate the Dialogue's documents widely.  APEC's official website will be the main one to upload the documents.  Other Vietnamese Ministries' websites (eg Ministry of Inudstry and Trade, SME Development Agency, Viet Nam's Chamber of Commerce and Industry) could also be used to disseminate the information with hyperlink to APEC Website.  Other means of dissemination such as press release and social media will also be used.

he project targets MSMEs, SMEs associations, MSME policy-makers, interested academic representatives, MSMEs local/ regional/ international organizations etc.

No intention to sell outputs arising from this project.

Gender

Gender issues are addressed by the project proponent. Women are involved in the development of this proposal, and one of the Project Overseers is a woman. 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 Dialogue, the evaluation form delivered at the end of the Dialogue will include information on gender to aggregate for project assessment. PO expected that at least 40% of Dialogue participants will be female. In addition, to ensure that the outcomes of the Dialogue are made widely available to women involved in MSMEs, the Organizers will consider inviting a speaker from PPWE who has expertise on the issue and having the outcomes of the project presented to PPWE with the intention of capitalizing on existing PPWE channels to disseminate information and create awareness amongst women-owned MSMEs.

To encourage women’s participation in the Dialogue, in the General Information note of the event, PO will call for SMEWG focal points to select and nominate female participants to attend the Dialogue. 

As women are well-presented in MSMEs and in the services sector particularly, PO will work closely with PPWE on women’ presentation and particular issues that women face possibly through a presentation on this topic. 

As the number of women-led and women-owned MSMEs participating in actual operational activities of services providing and export, as well as in relevant policy-making processes has been increasing, women will also benefit from this Dialogue. The Project’s outputs and all the Dialogue 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

August – December 2016

Draft the Dialogue agenda and circulate it to economies for comment. Economies are strongly encouraged to provide comments on the draft agenda to the Dialogue Organizers.

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

Invite and secure speakers for the Dialogue, from international organizations, research institutes and APEC economies.

Promotion and dissemination of information on the Dialogue.

June – August 2017

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 SMEWG representatives for nominating Dialogue participants).

Preparation work by the Organizing Committee (logistic and documentation)

October - November 2017

Implementation of the 2-day Dialogue

December 2017

Upon conclusion of the Dialogue, event organizers will work with co-sponsors, speakers and other participants to draft a report for the APEC SMEWG.

Report of this project will be circulated to SMEWG and other APEC for a (such as ABAC, CTI, GOS) for information. Viet Nam will work with economies to provide suitable language on this Dialogue in the SMEMM Statement; however, this will depend on consensus among APEC member economies.

Risks

The risks which may involve in implementing this project are as follows:

Risk

Description

Mitigation

Speakers

Selection of suitable and  prominent candidates with vast experience

Early consultations with international organizations, agencies, and APEC economies in identifying prominent speakers

Cancellation of speakers

Secure back-up speakers for the Dialogue and send immediate invitations when there is a cancellation of speaker(s)

Participants

To get quality and quantity from APEC economies

-  Consult with co-sponsoring economies to set general criteria for participants and highlight it in the General Information document sent to SMEWG representatives for nominating Dialogue participants.

Awareness

Dissemination and marketing of the event

To actively market and promote the event through SMEWG representatives

Logistics and facilities

Restricted selection based on capacity and budget

Early reservation and planning

Monitoring and Evaluation

The PO will work closely and regularly with co-sponsoring economies in determining the content of the Dialogue’s agenda, selection of speakers, moderators, experts and participants for the Dialogue. 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 (the Organizers expected that there will be 80 participants from 4-5 developed economies and 9-10 developing economies attending the Dialogue) as well as the speakers, moderators and experts to assess the effectiveness of the Dialogue 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 SMEWG for consideration.

The final report will be developed and submitted to SMEWG, as well as uploaded to APEC Publication Database. The gender issue will be seriously considered during the implementation of the project.

Linkages

Engagement: roject organizers will bring together: policy-makers/regulators of APEC economies, experts from international organizations such as OECD and PECC to enhance capacities of services SMEs. Project organizers will also circulate a draft agenda to SMEWG for comments and suggestions.  On completion of the Dialogue, a final report with recommendations will be circulated to relevant APEC sub-fora (SMEWG, ABAC) for reference.

Previous work: None, this is the first project focusing on enhancing export capacities of MSMEs.

APEC’s comparative advantage: APEC is the best source of funding for this project because APEC has been working hard towards a free and opener trade and services for all sectors, including SMEs.

Sustainability

After the Dialogue takes place, the Project Organizers will work with consultant, speakers and participants to develop recommendations for concrete, future steps that are selected based on the input provided by the Dialogue. These recommendations will be sent to SMEWG by a representative from Viet Nam. SMEWG will consider and if possible, endorse the recommendations as well as the follow-up activities developed from the Dialogue.

The Dialogue materials will be available for use by participants, economies, stakeholders and beneficiaries long after the project has been completed, through its availability as a handout document and online at no cost on the AIMP. In the short term, future actions on this area may lead to a development of good practices in promoting export capacities of MSMEs. References, presentations, and recommendations from this Dialogue may form a good baseline for such good practices. Dialogue speakers and participants are also valuable resources to get inputs or experts for future survey, questionnaires, field trips or other activities. It is also expected that the lessons and experiences from Dialogue will have positive impacts and enhance export capacities of MSMEs. To measure such impacts, questionnaires circulated to Dialogue participants will include a question on possible impact after the Dialogue. In addition, evaluation of participants’ understanding and impacts will be conducted by a post-event survey 2-3 months after completion of the Dialogue.

The outcomes and recommendations of this Dialogue may be used as the input for future projects/ studies in SMEWG.

Project Overseers

The Project Overseer will be:

Ms. Vu Lien Huong, Director, General Affairs Division, Multilateral Trade Policy Department, Ministry of Industry and Trade of Viet Nam

Tel: 84-4-22205422; Fax: 84-4-22202525; email: patbeo81@gmail.com

Cost Efficiency

Not Applicable.

Drawdown Timetable

Not Applicable.

Direct Labour

Not Applicable.

Waivers

Not Applicable.

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