Project Title

9th Conference on Good Regulatory Practices 

Project Year

2016   

Project Number

EC 01 2016 

Project Session

Session 1   

Project Type

Standard 

Project Status

Completed Project   
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Project No.

EC 01 2016 

Project Title

9th Conference on Good Regulatory Practices 

Project Status

Completed Project 

Publication (if any)

 

Fund Account

General Project Account 

Sub-fund

None 

Project Year

2016 

Project Session

Session 1 

APEC Funding

158,947 

Co-funding Amount

9,260 

Total Project Value

168,207 

Sponsoring Forum

Economic Committee (EC) 

Topics

Structural Reform 

Committee

Economic Committee (EC) 

Other Fora Involved

 

Other Non-APEC Stakeholders Involved

 

Proposing Economy(ies)

Mexico 

Co-Sponsoring Economies

Hong Kong, China; New Zealand; Peru; Philippines; United States 

Expected Start Date

01/06/2016 

Expected Completion Date

30/11/2016 

Project Proponent Name 1

Dr Marcos Avalos Bracho (new PO wef 5 October 2016) 

Job Title 1

Not Applicable 

Organization 1

Federal Commission for Regulatory Improvement 

Postal Address 1

Blvd. Adolfo Lopez Mateos Num. 3025 Piso 8, Col. San Jeronimo Aculco, CP 10400 Mexico, DF 

Telephone 1

52-55 56299682 

Fax 1

Not Applicable 

Email 1

marcos.avalos@cofemer.gob.mx 

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

Dr Marcos Avalos Bracho 

Project Summary

The project will be implemented through a two (2) day conference during the EC meeting in the margins of Senior Officials Meetings (SOM3) at Lima, Peru. It will foster Good Regulatory Practices (GRP) that are being implemented by APEC Member Economies and share experiences on the following topics: 1) building high level support for reform; 2) international regulatory cooperation; 3) stakeholder engagement; 4) benchmarking on GRP; 5) simplification strategies; and 6) GRP and inclusive growth.

This will reinforce the specific activities that economies are taking to implement actions identified by APEC Leaders in the 2015 APEC Structural Reform Ministerial Meeting Statement (SRMM) which raised the need of a “much stronger focus on promoting economic growth through structural reform” and instructed the EC to consider holding a 2016 APEC GRP Conference on the theme of building high level support for reform.

Relevance

This proposed project is a follow-up action of the aforementioned SRMM Statement which instructed the EC to execute the following activities: (1) encourage economies to increase their efforts to promote international regulatory cooperation, (2) consider holding a 2016 APEC GRP conference on the theme of building high level support for reform (which includes international regulatory cooperation), and (3) consider ways to facilitate stakeholder participation in public consultation processes throughout the APEC region, that are open to both domestic and foreign stakeholders.

This proposed project is the output of the instructions above. The deliverable of this project is a conference which will discuss challenges of generating high level support for regulatory reform, international regulatory cooperation, and the progress economies have made on the usage and adoption of GRPs, according to: (1) 2013 Baseline Study of Good Regulatory Practices, (2) APEC Economic Policy Report 2014, and (3) the final report of the 8th Conference on Good Regulatory Practice.

It has been demonstrated that implementation of GRP leads to a more transparent, coherent and efficient regulatory environment that is beneficial to all stakeholders and helps to facilitate trade in the region. Thus, APEC must continue disseminating information on the benefits of using GRP in policy making and achieving high level support for regulatory reform, especially when, nowadays, non-tariff barriers to trade and restrictions to investment became the forefront of market access issues and that regulatory requirements may actually impede gains from trade liberalization and inclusive growth. Therefore, it becomes a priority to implement GRP that directly contribute to trade, investment, job creation, and sustained economic growth.

This project falls under Rank 1 of the 2016 APEC Funding Criteria on “Standards, conformity assessment, technical regulations, regulatory cooperation, and regulatory coherence, including good regulatory practices.

Objectives

1) To build high level support for regulatory reform in order to guarantee commitment to reforms in the medium term, expanding the usage of GRP and to foster internal coordination among APEC Economies.

2) To use International Regulatory Cooperation (IRC) as a tool to promote harmonization and reduce barriers to trade, investment and economic growth.

3) To develop recommendations on GRP to assist APEC Economies in the application of domestic regulatory reform efforts in the medium term.

Alignment

1)  Priorities: build high level support for regulatory reform and 1romote IRC.

2) Goals: develop recommendations on GRP to assist APEC Economies on the application of domestic regulatory reform efforts.

3) Strategies:  sharing practical experiences and knowledge about undertaking regulatory cooperation in different ways and support the theme of building high level support for regulatory reform.

4) Workplans: An action plan to ensure capacity building on the area of the GRP will be sustained.

5) Statements: Structural Reform Ministerial Meeting Statement 2015

TILF/ASF Justification

The proposed 9th Conference on GRP directly responds to APEC Leaders aspiration of building high level support for regulatory reform, to ensure free and open trade through reduction of trade barriers posed by differing regulatory requirements and improve regulatory convergence, cooperation and best practices in APEC Member Economies.

Beneficiaries and Outputs

Outputs: 

1) Survey results: A survey questionnaire will be circulated prior to the Conference to map out the following:

a) High level support: In order to assure a successful application of GRPs among APEC member economies, the survey will measure the commitment of high level officials to supporting efforts to implement GRP in their economies.

2) Conference: With the aim of enhancing awareness of regulators and relevant stakeholders of the various initiatives being undertaken by the different economies and the benefits of GRP, the Conference will be held in Lima, Peru during the margins of SOM 3 in 2016, focusing on building high level support for regulatory reform, which includes the topic of IRC.

3) Report: An electronic report, available for all the economies, will be developed at the end of the Conference. It will contain the agenda, materials, presentations and curriculum vitae of speakers. These materials will be e-mailed to participants and will be made available in the APEC website.

4) Recommendations: As previously done in eight GRP conferences, recommendations for future work will be prepared as part of the report guided by the discussions and results of the Conference.

5) Action plan: To ensure the work on capacity building on the area of the GRP will be sustained, an action plan will be prepared and endorsed by the Conference. All member economies are expected to contribute in its development to ensure that their experiences and needs are incorporated.

Outcomes: The main outcome of this project is an enhanced awareness of the challenges on building high level support for regulatory reform and how economies have addressed them, the various tools used in implementing GRPs, and the benefits these could provide to different stakeholders such as policy makers and industry players in the medium term.

The project will: (1) provide information on GRPs and how high level support for regulatory reform might be created in APEC Member Economies, which will serve as an input to the action plan to be developed during the Conference, (2) show high level officials the importance of implementing GRP in their economies, (3) provide recommendations in the medium and long term on GRPs to the APEC Member Economies and (4) create an action plan to assist APEC Member Economies in the effective implementation of GRP based on their specific needs and actual status.

Beneficiaries: As the issue on GRP is far reaching, hence, must involve all levels of society, the target participants are the following for all member economies:

Beneficiaries

Direct

Description

Outputs

Conference speakers

- Qualifications: experts on GRP

-  Level of expertise: high

- Level of responsibility: high

- Gender: men and women

- Economies: APEC Members and non-member economies

-  Government departments: APEC Members

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APEC fora involvement: EC

- International organisms: OECD and World Bank

The speakers will contribute to the project and use its outputs in an immediate way divulging their knowledge in GRP

Conference participants

- Qualifications: Knowledge on GRP

- Level of expertise: low or medium

- Level of responsibility: medium

- Gender: men and women

- Economies: APEC Members and non APEC Members

- Government departments: APEC Members and non APEC Members

- APEC fora involvement: EC

The conference participants will experience the project and use its outputs in an immediate way by learning GRP

Industry stakeholders from APEC, non APEC Economies including Small Medium Enterprises (SME) and Academy

- Qualifications: None - High

- Level of expertise: None

- Level of responsibility: High

- Gender: men and women

The industry stakeholders will experience the project and use its outputs in an immediate way by giving the sector perspective on GRP and regulatory obstacles

Regulatory agencies and regulators

- Qualifications: high level of knowledge on GRP

- Level of expertise: High

- Level of responsibility: medium

- Gender: men and women

- Economies: APEC Members and non APEC Members

- Government departments: APEC Members and non APEC Members

- APEC fora involvement: EC

The regulatory agencies and regulators will experience the project and use its outputs in an immediate way by divulging their experience in GRP assessment

APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC)

- Qualifications: Knowledge on GRP

- Level of expertise: medium

- Level of responsibility: low

- Gender: men and women

- Economies: APEC Members

- APEC fora involvement: ABAC

The ABAC will experience the project and use its outputs in an immediate way by sharing its experience in GRP

APEC Specialist Regional Bodies (SRB)

- Qualifications: Knowledge on GRP

- Level of expertise: medium

- Level of responsibility: low

- Gender: men and women

- Economies: APEC Members

- APEC fora involvement: SRB

The SRB will experience the project and use its outputs in an immediate way by sharing its experience in GRP

APEC Member economies

- Qualifications: Knowledge on GRP

- Level of expertise: low or medium

- Level of responsibility: High

- Gender: men and women

- Economies: APEC Members

- Government departments: APEC Members

The APEC Members will experience the project and use its outputs in an immediate way by learning GRP

Indirect

Description

Outputs

Multilateral organizations

- Qualifications: None - High

- Level of expertise: None

- Level of responsibility: High

- Gender: men and women

The actors will benefit only after the project is over by survey results, reports and other conference material

Public and private public organizations of APEC member economies

General public

Academia

The APEC member economies are expected to encourage their regulators and business stakeholders particularly SMEs, and women to attend as participants and speakers at the Conference.

We are considering a male/female ratio of 50% for both direct and indirect beneficiaries.

Relevant stakeholders that have interest in the implementation of GRP:

·  Regulators - participants from the government agencies must have a background on GRP and have capacity to support the institutionalization of GRP elements in their respective organizations. Further, government representatives must be aware of the programs on GRP in their respective economies to fully engage in the discussion.

·  Industry – improving regulations and minimizing unnecessary burdens through the use of GRPs will benefit the business community, including SMEs.

·  All other organizations APEC members are working within the improvement of GRP implementation including multilateral organizations, Specialist Regional Bodies (SRB) among others.

·  Academia – as the project is envisioned to gain more support from all sectors of the society, academia has a vital role in disseminating information on the value of GRP implementation.

The main outcome of this project is an enhanced awareness of officials on the challenges of and approaches to building high level support for regulatory reform, the various tools used in implementing GRPs (including international regulatory cooperation), and the benefits these could provide to different stakeholders such as policy makers and industry players.

Dissemination

During the development of conference, press releases and news articles are expected. Also, participants are encouraged to make use of social networks such as: Twitter or Facebook, to disseminate experiences, results and outcomes of the project.

The results of the conference will be published electronically on the APEC website. The electronic publication will include: conference agenda, presentations, curriculum vitae of speakers and summary report of the conference. This information will be accessible to the public following the end of the conference to ensure that only updated information are reflected therein.

The target audience includes government agencies, business entities, academia, multilateral organizations and non-government organizations of APEC member and non-member economies.

Government agencies: regulatory authorities, regulatory oversight bodies and competition authorities.

Business entities: SMEs and stakeholders of priority sectors such as: energy, transport, finance, tourism, health, environment, social, commerce and infrastructure, and firms associations.

Academia: regulatory policy and governance researchers.

Multilateral organizations: World Trade Organization, World Energy Council, World Health Organization, United Nations, International Monetary Fund, others.

Non-government organizations: any non-profit, voluntary citizens group which is organized on a local, national or international level.

There is no intention to sell the outputs delivered by this project. Member economies are expected to disseminate results of the Conference with their respective agencies and business communities through their websites. All organizations, academia and other participants involved in the Conference are also expected to share its outcomes. A follow-up communication on this regard will be circulated a month after the Conference.

Gender

·  Project objectives and benefits have targeted both women and men.

·  On the onset of the preparation of the project, women have been involved. The survey of the project was designed including women.

·  The project will continue to consider involvement of women in the stages of the development of the project: planning, management, allocation of resources and implementation of the Conference.

·  The project will actively consider women as speakers and participants in the Conference. The project will seek to include at least one woman as speaker in each session of the Conference.

·  The final report will provide information on the participation of women in the Conference as speakers and participants.

·   The project is committed to promote women’s economic empowerment through: 1) participation of women in the workforce (speakers, staff, others) valued as contributors, professionals, and leaders in the private, not-for-profit, and public sectors, 2) involvement of women in the development (participants) of GRP skills, both educationally and technically, and 3) creating the same opportunities for women to benefit from and participate in the development and implementation of the Conference.

·  Finally, during the conference sessions on gender impact assessments for regulatory policy and gender effects of SME policies will be considered.

Work Plan

Project planning May – Nov 2016

Actions

Outputs

Timeline

Development of agenda and program drafts

Agenda

Program drafts

May 2016

Definition of conference schedule and expected date

Expected date

May 2016

Proposal of experts, speakers and participants

List of speakers

List of participants

List of experts

May 2016

Definition of conference unfolding and activities (with experts support)

List of activities, workshops, other

May – June 2016

Survey design on GRP implementation and high level support for reform

Survey draft

May 2016

Invitation to experts, speakers, participants and non APEC economies

Letters of invitation

June 2016

Survey delivery to economies

Survey

June 2016

Set final agenda and program

Final agenda

Final program

June 2016

Experts, speakers and participants confirmation

Answers to invitation letters

July 2016

9th Conference on GRP

Conference presentations

August 2016

Create Conference Report and Action Plan

Report and action plan

August 2016

Survey results

Survey results report

September 2016

Submit conference results to economies

Conference results report

October 2016

Submit completion report and action plan to Secretariat

Final report and action plan

November 2016

Conference – August 2016 (margins of SOM 3): A two-day event where one and half-days will be allotted for the presentations and sharing of experiences. The half-day of the second day will be a time for the preparation of recommendations to be presented at the EC 2.

Expected outputs/Deliverables: A conference report documenting the key discussion topics, recommendations and specific examples of where APEC economies have made notable achievements in achieving high level support for implementing GRPs since the completion of the 2013 Baseline Study; an action plan of capacity building activities on GRP, which will be implemented by each APEC economy, and the the output of the conference will be assessed throughout a questionnaire that will be distributed at the end of the event to gather feedback.

Endorsement of the results such as recommendations and action plan (SOM 3 2016): Seek endorsements from the Economic Committee at EC2.

Publication of Results of the Conference (October 2016): Follow-up communication requesting feedback on the dissemination activities done by participants at their respective economies.

Results and action plan will be published in the APEC website (if possible also a news article).

Project completion report (November 2016): The PO will prepare the Completion Report after two months of the completion of the Conference.

Risks

The following are the possible risks and proposed activities to manage said risks:

Risks

Risks management

Concurrence on the agenda and list of speakers may not be achieved

The project overseer will coordinate closely with Economic Committee members, SRBs and relevant organizations

Participants that may be sent by the member economies do not have background on the GRP elements and their implementation (government representatives)

To ensure that this will be communicated to member economies, information on the criteria for selection will be attached

Delay caused by visa application

Adequate visa application time will be provided thru early release of invitations

Recommendations on GRP may not be implemented

A survey will be conducted among those who participated in the initial survey, a year after the conference to monitor their adoption/implementation. An action plan based on the strengths and competencies of member economies will be developed and will be further enhanced in future GRP conferences.

Monitoring and Evaluation

Conference

·  On the activities, indicators are the acceptance of the EC members and other relevant stakeholders of the conference agenda and list of speakers, the survey, and conference papers are timely prepared and collected.

·  On the output of the project, indicators will include the conduct of the conference as planned, and completion of reports and proceedings as scheduled.

·  Stakeholder feedback will be gathered through a conference evaluation questionnaire which will cover assessment on objectives, content, speaker effectiveness, knowledge achieved and logistical preparations.

·  Participants will be requested to provide feedback on the information that is disseminated.

·  The profiles of the participants such as how many have GRP background will also be gathered.

·  The project will seek to ensure that presenters/speakers and participants have a significant female representation which is targeted at least at fifty percent.

·  The project will also be evaluated based on the economies’ participation in the survey and workshop.

·  The survey will be circulated to all APEC Member economies in order to build benchmark on GRP. We are expecting to count with 90% of the APEC Member economies answers to avoid statistical bias. Finally, we hope to count with all APEC Member economies participation on the construction of the action plan.

For long term impact

· A survey will be conducted among those who participated in the initial survey, a year after the conference to monitor their adoption/implementation of the optional tools as well as the capacity building programs.

An action plan based on the strengths and competencies of member economies will be developed and will be further enhanced in future GRP conferences.

Linkages

Engagement: The GRP Conference promotes cross fora collaboration with the EC as the alternate convenor of the GRP conferences, together with the SCSC, as well as CTI and relevant sub-fora including SMEWG as this project aims to further capacitate regulators and industry particularly SME.

Previous work: This project will build on the previous work in APEC, particularly of the EC and the CTI and its relevant sub-fora. The 9th GRP Conference will take forward key outcomes from the 8th GRP Conference held in the Philippines. The most relevant outcomes that emerged from the past conference included the following: 1) To provide a basis of comparison for effective GRP and capacity building practices, as well as evaluate whether the experiences of another member-economy can be implemented in another member-economy, 2) To emphasize the importance of transparency in the engagement between regulators and stakeholders in the reduction of risks in doing business, and to encourage more participation from stakeholders, 3) To ensure that with the recognition that a member-economy’s efforts towards GRP and capacity building activities may not be on the level of “best practices” at the present, avail of the opportunity for technical assistance in order to provide a basis of comparison for effective GRP and capacity building practices, but also to evaluate whether the experiences of another member-economy can be implemented in another member-economy, 4) To institutionalize, at least incrementally, the awareness that regulatory reform becomes necessary for the improvement of government functions performed and services rendered to the public, and 5) To ensure that the minimum requirement of capacity building activities, whether institutionalized or not, is recognized as a necessary activity for trade regulations.

APEC’s comparative advantage: Given the high priority accorded by the APEC Leadership to the work on GRP and APEC’s continued commitment to strengthen GRP implementation in the region as exemplified by the regular holding of conferences for GRP.

Sustainability

To follow the direction from APEC Leaders in 2015 to promote structural reform for being critical to improve economic efficiency and increase productivity (through an enhanced regulatory environment), the surveys will be paramount to measure the grade of GRPs application, along with the commitment of high level officials for facilitating the efforts to implement GRPs in their economies.

The recommendations and action plan that will be developed by the project could be referred to also in the updating of the baseline studies and the continued strengthening of capacity building programs for GRP.

Further projects and conferences are expected to measure the progress economies have made on the usage and adoption of GRP, according to: (1) 2013 Baseline Study of Good Regulatory Practices, (2) APEC Economic Policy Reports, and (3) the final report of the 9th Conference on GRP.

The proposing APEC economy of the 10th Conference on GRP is expected to consider the results contained in the final report of the 9th Conference on GRP and to build a follow-up document of the action plan in the upcoming years.

In addition to the above, the results will be shared with the WTO TBT Committee, through the SCSC, for their information. It is important to address an action plan based on the strengths and competencies of member economies will be developed and will be further enhanced in future GRP conferences. This will allow to measure progress on the outcomes and impacts of the project.

Project Overseers

Project Overseer

Description

Name

Mr. Julio Hajime Toy Ovando

Title

Chief advisor

Organization

Federal Comission of Regulatory Improvement (Mexico)

Email

julio.toy@cofemer.gob.mx

Other main points

Description

Name

Mr. Julian Rodrigo Suarez Juarez

Title

Economic advisor

Organization

Federal Comission of Regulatory Improvement (Mexico)

Email

rodrigo.suarez@cofemer.gob.mx

Cost Efficiency

Not Applicable.

Drawdown Timetable

Not Applicable.

Direct Labour

Not Applicable.

Waivers

Not Applicable.

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