Project Title

APEC Public–Private Dialogue on Services 

Project Year

2016   

Project Number

CTI 03 2016A 

Project Session

Session 1   

Project Type

Standard 

Project Status

Completed Project   
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Project No.

CTI 03 2016A 

Project Title

APEC Public–Private Dialogue on Services 

Project Status

Completed Project 

Publication (if any)

http://publications.apec.org/publication-detail.php?pub_id=1844 

Fund Account

APEC Support Fund 

Sub-fund

ASF: General Fund 

Project Year

2016 

Project Session

Session 1 

APEC Funding

125,150 

Co-funding Amount

16,250 

Total Project Value

141,400 

Sponsoring Forum

Group on Services (GOS) 

Topics

Services Trade 

Committee

Committee on Trade and Investment (CTI) 

Other Fora Involved

 

Other Non-APEC Stakeholders Involved

 

Proposing Economy(ies)

Viet Nam 

Co-Sponsoring Economies

Australia; China; Indonesia; Japan; Philippines; Singapore 

Expected Start Date

01/01/2016 

Expected Completion Date

30/06/2017 

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 st, Ha Noi, Viet Nam 

Telephone 1

84-4 22205522 

Fax 1

Not Applicable 

Email 1

maipq@moit.gov.vn; 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

The project “APEC Public – Private Dialogue on Services” is designed to provide  effective dialogue among services-related regulators, policy-makers and business community to exchange views and discuss to find out cooperation orientation between public sector and private sector on services in APEC region. The one-day Dialogue will be held in Viet Nam in the 1st quarter of 2017, at the sideline of the 1st APEC Group on Services meeting. The project aims to:

- To enhance Dialogue participants’ knowledge on APEC’s current work related to services;

-  Exchange information on the situation and impediments faced by service providers in the APEC region (with a focus on  distribution, transport and logistics services);

- To suggest services-related recommendations to APEC’s Group on Services.

Relevance

Relevance - Region: It is commonly accepted that services dominate the economic landscape of most economies. APEC member economies are not exceptions. Increased trade in services brings tangible benefits – increased job creation, higher paying jobs, enhanced trade in goods, improved standards of living, new avenues for growth etc. Therefore, on 19th November 2015 in Manila, the Philippines, APEC Economic Leaders endorsed the APEC Services Cooperation Framework (ASCF), in order to advance the services agenda and set out their long-term vision for services in APEC. 

In the ASCF, it is clearly stated that APEC Economic Leaders agree “to develop a strategic and long-term APEC Services Competitiveness Roadmap in 2016 with the adoption of a concerted set of actions and mutually agreed targets to be achieved by 2025”. Therefore, this project is an opportunity for participants to be informed and to discuss the implementation of the Roadmap. 

In addition to above-mentioned efforts, in 2013, APEC held the 1st Public – Private Dialogue on Services (PPDs) in Surabaya, Indonesia and followed by three (3) PPDs held last year (2015) in the Philippines, which focused on (PPD2) Information Technology and Business Process Management (IT-BPM), Creative Industries, and Research and Development Services; (PPD3) Manufacturing, Agriculture and Environment-related Services; and (PPD4) Regional Conference of Services Coalitions. This year, the 5th PPD on Services was held on 13 May 2016 at the margins of SOM2 in Arequipa, Peru. 

In an effort to provide a platform for direct and effective dialogue among services-related regulators, policy-makers and business community, Viet Nam proposes to hold an APEC PPD on Services in order to exchange information on the situation and impediments faced by service providers in the APEC region.  This one-day Dialogue will focus on distribution, transport and logistics services. 

Relevance – Rank: This project falls into Rank 1 as it relates to “services trade, including the implementation of the APEC Services Cooperation Framework”.

Objectives

The projects aims at following objectives:

-  To enhance Dialogue participants’ knowledge on APEC’s current work related to services;

-  Exchange information on the situation and impediments faced by service providers in the APEC region (with a focus on distribution, transport and logistics services);

- To suggest services-related recommendations to APEC’s Group on Services.

Alignment

Alignment - APEC: In the Declaration of the APEC Economic Leaders in 2015, it is clearly stated that “to develop the services sector as an enabler of economic growth and inclusion”, APEC Economic Leaders “appreciate services-related initiatives”. 

Alignment – Forum: APEC’s Group on Services was established to address trade and investment liberalization and facilitation tasks in the area of services as mandated in the Osaka Action Agenda and instructed by APEC Leaders, Ministers, Senior Officials and the Committee on Trade and Investment. In the Osaka Action Agenda, policy dialogues and economic and technical cooperation are underpinned, among others.

TILF/ASF Justification

In APEC member economies, services play an increasingly important role in economic development. However, in some APEC developing economies (Thailand, China, Indonesia, Viet Nam etc), services play a modest part with less than 45% of GDP of the economy[1]. In the APEC Services Cooperation Framework that was endorsed by APEC Economic Leaders in 2015, Leaders reiterated to enhance competitiveness in services through human and institutional capacity building and increased participation of developing member economies. Through exchanging information on the situation and impediments faced by service providers in the APEC region, organizers hope that representatives from the public and private sector in APEC developing economies will learn experience and enhance capacities to develop trade in services (particularly distribution, transport and logistics services) back home.

Beneficiaries and Outputs

Outputs: One of the outputs will be a 1-day Dialogue held at the side-line of the 1st GOS meeting Viet Nam (venue is subject to the decision of Viet Nam on the venue for SOM 1) in the first quarter of 2017. The Organizing Committee will invite speakers who are experts in distribution, transport and logistics services (public and private sectors), and from international organizations and institutes of APEC member economies to present their experiences and studies on current state-of-play, opportunities and challenges regarding distribution, transport and logistics services in the world and in the APEC region.There will also be a session on lessons and recommendations suggested by Dialogue attendants.

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 best practices (if any); briefings on discussions at the Dialogue; suggested recommendations made by Dialogue attendants and the project consultant.

Outcomes: Based on the Dialogue’s presentations, discussions and recommendations, the Organizers hope that Dialogue participants can enhance their capacities and knowledge on services, particularly distribution, transport and logistics services. Therefore, one expected outcome of the Dialogue is the application of the Dialogue knowledge by participants to their future work, including policy-making process.

Another outcome of this Dialogue will directly link to the APEC Services Competitiveness Roadmap. This Roadmap is now under discussions of APEC committees and working groups. It is expected that this Roadmap will be finalized by APEC Economic Leaders’ Week in November 2016, so this Dialogue will be a good chance for economies to brainstorm future specific actions to implement the roadmap, including changes in services related policies.

After the Dialogue, recommendations and inputs may be put forward as inputs for implementing the APEC Services Competitiveness Roadmap individually and collectively.

Beneficiaries: The intended beneficiaries of this project are:

1) Member-economy trade officials – who will acquire a better understanding of current issues related with services industry, particularly officials working in distribution, transport and logistics services.

2) APEC service suppliers and consumers (especially in distribution, transport and logistics services) – who will benefit from the ability to communicate their perspectives to officials and experts. Organizers will enhance outreach of this Dialogue to a number of associations such as local and international retail and wholesale associations, logistic and transport associations (American Commodity Distribution Association, International Foodservice Distributors Association, Supply Chain and Logistics Association of Australia, Viet Nam Logistic Association etc.)

3) Representatives from regional and international organizations, the academic sector, ABAC, The Asia – Pacific Services Coalition, and other interested stakeholders (attending the Dialogue as speakers/ moderators or participants) will benefit from information presented and exchanged at the Dialogue as well as an opportunity for networking among Dialogue participants. Some speakers from previous Dialogues (PECC, International Trade Center, UNESCAP, The Asia – Pacific Services Coalition etc.) may be invited to this Dialogue to share views.

Dissemination

Hard copies will be provided to all the Dialogue's participants.  Electronic publication will also be used to disseminate the Dialogue's documents widely.  APEC's official website and APEC Collaboration System will be the main media to upload the documents.  A detailed report of the Dialogue will also be prepared and submitted to the Group on Services for information.

Organizers will encourage economies to hold similar Dialogue in their home economies. Organizers will also work with ABAC and Papua New Guinea to assure the continuity of this activity in the future.

No intention to sell outputs arising from this project.

Gender

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

Organizers will work with APEC PPWE and other stakeholders (PECC, International Trade Center, UNESCAP, the Asia – Pacific Services Coalition, World Bank etc.) to see the possibility of including in the Dialogue a particular presentation on women’s engagement in services and issues that women have been facing. 

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

With experience from previous APEC events held in Viet Nam, PO expected that 50% of Dialogue participants will be female. 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

Related outputs for that particular step (e.g. contract, agenda, participant list, Dialogue, report):

Timeline

Actions

May – June 2016

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

June – July 2016

BMC approval

August – September 2016

Draft the Dialogue agenda and circulate it to economies for comment

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

September – October 2016

Invite and secure speakers for the Dialogue, from international organizations, research institutes, APEC economies and non-member economies Participation of non-member speakers will depend on approval of GOS and CTI

Promotion and dissemination of information on the Dialogue

November – December 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 GOS focal points for nominating Dialogue participants)

Preparation work by the Organizing Committee (logistic and documentation)

At the side-line of the 1st GOS meeting in 2017

Implementation of the 1-day Dialogue

After the Dialogue, PO will present a short summary report at the 1st GOS meeting on the outcomes of the Dialogue and recommendations from the Dialogue participants

March – April 2017

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

Risks

 

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 GOS focal points for nominating Dialogue participants. Information will also be shared with relevant APEC committees/ sub-fora such as CTI, TPTWG as well as ABAC, PECC, APEC, the Asia – Pacific Services Coalition etc.
 

Awareness

Dissemination and marketing of the event

To actively market and promote the event through GOS focal points. Information will also be shared with relevant APEC committees/ sub-fora such as CTI, TPTWG as well as ABAC, PECC, the Asia – Pacific Services Coalition etc.

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 150 participants attending the Dialogue, 50 per cent of which will be women and all developing economies will attend this 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. Such form will also include information on participants’ satisfaction with the Dialogue. The organizing committee will compile all comments and reflect them into the final report, which will be submitted to the APEC GOS for consideration.

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

Linkages

Engagement: Through this proposed project, it shall engage with other APEC stakeholders from ABAC, CTI, GOS, TPTWG etc. There will also be involvement from non-APEC stakeholders such as the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (PECC), WTO, UNESCAP, OECD, ERIA, the Asia – Pacific Services Coalition etc. During implementation process, information will be disseminated to these fora to encourage their participation in the Dialogue.

Previous work: This project is a follow-up of the 1st APEC PPD on Services held in Clark, the Philippines in February 2015. Other three (3) PPDs were held last year (2015) in the Philippines, which focused on (PPD2) Information Technology and Business Process Management (IT-BPM), Creative Industries, and Research and Development Services; (PPD3) Manufacturing, Agriculture and Environment-related Services; and (PPD4) Regional Conference of Services Coalitions. In May 2016 in Arequipa (Peru), APEC also held the PPD on Services which brainstormed on the draft APEC Services Competitiveness Roadmap.

APEC’s Comparative Advantage: APEC is the best source of funding for this project because services is one of the top priorities in APEC agenda since the establishment of this forum. The services sector accounts for a dominant share of APEC member economies, providing high quality jobs and new avenues for growth. Efficient and competitive services sectors provide whole-of-economy benefits. APEC Economic Leaders “acknowledge that international trade in services facilitates the transfer of technology and management know-how, spurs innovation, boosts competition and productivity, raises the standard of domestic services suppliers, reduces costs, and widens the range of choice for consumers.”

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. GOS 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 a guidebook or reference toolkit on developing distribution, transport and logistics services in APEC member economies. References, presentations, and recommendations from this Dialogue may form a good baseline for such guidebook and/or toolkit. Dialogue speakers and participants are also valuable resources to get inputs or experts for future survey, questionnaires, field trips or other activities.

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

Project Overseers

Mrs Pham Quynh Mai got her Master 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 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

Consultant: will work with speakers and discussants in drafting, revising and finalizing agenda; conduct researches, collect, analyze and synthesize data; develop curriculum for the Dialogue (including mock negotiations); take notes; develop and finalize the report of the Dialogue with recommendations; work as a coordinator in all substantive matters (240 hours total), seek APEC Funding.

Secretaries: will assist consultant to organize the Dialogue (substance and paperwork) (350 hours total), self-fund.

Short-term staffs (clerks): will handle logistics arrangements for the organization of the Dialogue (450 hours total), seek APEC Funding.

Waivers

Not Applicable.

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