Project Title

SOM Dialogue on Regional Trade Agreements (RTAs)/Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) 

Project Year

2016   

Project Number

CTI 18 2016 

Project Session

Session 2   

Project Type

Standard 

Project Status

Completed Project   
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Project No.

CTI 18 2016 

Project Title

SOM Dialogue on Regional Trade Agreements (RTAs)/Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) 

Project Status

Completed Project 

Publication (if any)

 

Fund Account

General Project Account 

Sub-fund

None 

Project Year

2016 

Project Session

Session 2 

APEC Funding

126,150 

Co-funding Amount

18,750 

Total Project Value

144,900 

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

Australia; Chile; Indonesia; Japan; New Zealand; Peru; Chinese Taipei; Thailand; China 

Expected Start Date

01/09/2016 

Expected Completion Date

30/11/2017 

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 street, 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

Promoting regional economic integration is a key priority of APEC. The SOM policy dialogue implements APEC Ministers’ instructions in 2014 to enhance transparency among regional RTAs/FTAs and to share and assess information on WTO-plus elements of RTAs/FTAs in order to strengthen and deepen regional economic integration and facilitate the realization of the FTAAP (APEC 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2014, 2015, 2016).

In this trend, Viet Nam proposes to hold a SOM Dialogue on RTAs/FTAs at the margin of the 3rd SOM meeting in Viet Nam in 2017. We note recent developments on RTAs/FTAs in the region and the progress of the possible pathways to the FTAAP, including efforts by TPP signatories to complete their domestic processes and efforts by RCEP parties to accelerate towards the completion of the negotiations.

A number of other RTAs/FTAs with the participation of APEC member economies will also be launched or concluded. This evolution will attract much attention of various stakeholders in the regional and all over the world.

Objectives of the Dialogue: To share outcomes and experiences regarding RTAs/FTAs negotiations/ ratifications (TPP, RCEP and others) in the region; To discuss possible options and approaches for enhancing regional economic integration through high-quality RTAs/FTAs; To report on how economies are meeting their obligations under the WTO Transparency Mechanism for RTAs.

Together with the Trade Policy Dialogue on WTO-plus elements of RTAs/FTAs, this Dialogue is one of important pillars under the APEC Information Sharing Mechanism on RTAs/FTAs in the Beijing Roadmap.

Relevance

Relevance - APEC: In 2014, APEC Economic Leaders endorsed “the establishment of an APEC Information Sharing Mechanism on RTAs/FTAs” to increase transparency of existing and recently concluded RTAs/FTAs. Leaders highlighted that this activity will support cooperation on the realization of the FTAAP, and encourage economies to organize supporting policy dialogues and other information sharing activities under this mechanism. An APEC Information Sharing Mechanism on RTAs/FTAs is an important pillar under the Beijing Roadmap for APEC’s Contribution to the Realization of the FTAAP.

To implement Leaders’ instructions, the Philippines held the SOM Dialogue on RTAs/FTAs at the margin of the 3rd SOM meeting in Cebu, the Philippines in 2015 and Peru proposed to organize the SOM Dialogue on RTAs/FTAs at the margin of the 3rd SOM meeting in Lima, Peru in 2016. These activities has been helping in raising awareness on RTAs/FTAs as well as laying foundation for the FTAAP through the focus on RTAs/FTAs currently being implemented and negotiated in the region.

In this trend, Viet Nam proposes to hold a SOM Dialogue on RTAs/FTAs at the margin of the 3rd SOM meeting in Viet Nam in 2017.

We note recent developments on RTAs/FTAs in the region and the progress of the possible pathways to the FTAAP, including efforts by TPP signatories to complete their domestic processes and efforts by RCEP parties to accelerate towards the completion of the negotiations.

A number of other RTAs/FTAs with the participation of APEC member economies will also be launched or concluded. This evolution will attract much attention of various stakeholders in the regional and all over the world. Therefore, the one-day Dialogue in 2017 will be a valuable platform to discuss outcomes of RTAs/FTAs in the region (with lessons learnt, possible impacts etc.) as well as to discuss possible options and approaches for enhancing regional economic integration through high-quality RTAs/FTAs.

Relevance – Rank: This project demonstrates a direct link to promoting regional economic integration via free and open trade and investment. In particular, this project relates to regional economic integration initiatives (Beijing Roadmap for APEC’s Contribution to the Realization of the FTAAP).

Objectives

·  To share outcomes and experiences regarding RTAs/FTAs negotiations/ ratifications (TPP, RCEP and others) in the region;

·  To discuss possible options and approaches for enhancing regional economic integration through high-quality RTAs/FTAs; and

·  To report on how economies are meeting their obligations under the WTO Transparency Mechanism for RTAs.

Alignment

Promoting regional economic integration is a key priority of APEC. The SOM policy dialogue implements APEC Ministers’ instructions in 2014 to enhance transparency among regional RTAs/FTAs and to share and assess information on WTO-plus elements of RTAs/FTAs in order to strengthen and deepen regional economic integration and facilitate the realization of the FTAAP (APEC 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2014, 2015, 2016).

The project falls under the work plan of the Committee on Trade and Investment (CTI) Friends of the Chair Group on Strengthening Regional Economic Integration (REI) and Advancing FTAAP which coordinates and advances APEC work in, among others, enhancing transparency among regional RTAs/FTAs.  A SOM dialogue on RTAs/FTAs is one of the activities under the APEC Information Sharing Mechanism on RTAs/FTAs.

TILF/ASF Justification

Not Applicable.

Beneficiaries and Outputs

Outputs:  

Output

Description

1-day Dialogue

A 1-day Dialogue held in Viet Nam at the sideline of SOM 3 in August of 2017

Dialogue’s report

A summary report with outcomes and recommendations from the Dialogue will be presented to CTI inter-sessionally, after CTI 3 in 2017. Such report will be composed of the following, but not limited to, sections: introduction of the project; briefings of the presentations made at the Dialogue,; briefings on discussions at the Dialogue; suggested recommendations made by Dialogue attendants and the project consultant.

Recommendations

Participants at the Dialogue will provide recommendations for APEC on possible next steps beyond 2017.

Outcomes: Based on the presentations, discussions and recommendations, the dialogue aims to enhance the participants’ capacity and knowledge of RTAs/FTAs, including experiences for negotiating high-quality, comprehensive agreements. Therefore, it is expected that the knowledge harnessed during the dialogue will be used by participants in their future work and negotiations.

Beneficiaries: The SOM Dialogue will involve about 150 representatives from all APEC member economies. Participants will be comprised of APEC Senior Officials, trade policymakers and RTA/FTA negotiators, academics, business representatives and representatives from international organizations.

The main beneficiaries in government agencies will be the decision or policy makers, and negotiators involved in the RTAs/FTAs negotiations. Having more information on how RTAs/FTAs in the Asia-Pacific are taking shape, government officials and technical personnel will be more equipped to recommend more appropriate strategies or policies relevant to the negotiations and implementation of high quality RTAs/FTAs.

The academic sector is also expected to take benefits, particularly researchers and professors who specialize in international trade. The dialogue will aid them by providing new ideas for studies that are more relevant and responsive to the academic research needs of government policymakers and negotiators.

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 will be the main one to upload the documents.  Organisers will encourage participants to circulate documents domestically to assure effectiveness in dissemination.  A detailed report of the Dialogue will also be prepared and submitted to the Committee on Trade and Investment.

No intention to sell outputs 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 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 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. 

According to a paper conducted by the United Nations Inter-Agency Network on Women and Gender Equality[1], women tend to be more affected by the negative side‐ effects of trade liberalization and are facing bigger challenges than men when it comes to taking advantage of the opportunities trade offers. Therefore, better and more effective policies and strategies to promote free trade will, to some extent, provide more opportunities for women to reap the benefits from trade facilitation and liberalization.


[1] http://www.un.org/womenwatch/feature/trade/gender_equality_and_trade_policy.pdf

Work Plan

Work plan:

Timeline

Actions

May – October 2016

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

October - November 2016

BMC approval

April – May 2017

Draft the Dialogue agenda and circulate it to economies for comment.

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

May – June 2017

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 CTI.

Promotion and dissemination of information on the Dialogue.

June – July 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 CTI focal points for nominating Dialogue participants).

Preparation work by the Organizing Committee (logistic and documentation)

August 2017

Implementation of the 1-day Dialogue;

Present key outcomes/ recommendations from the Dialogue to CTI inter-sessionally after CTI 3;

September 2017

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

Risks

Risks associated with the Dialogue will be minimal. One of the risks is ensuring the selection of good speakers in order to make the most of the Dialogue. The Organizers will work with the co-sponsor economies and relevant international organizations and institutions 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 delay of nomination from APEC economies. Organizers will manage such risk by working with other economies to ensure relevant candidates are selected for participation and will follow the responses to invitation. Outreach to be conducted when needed to receive nominations from non-responding economies.

Monitoring and Evaluation

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

Proposed activity

Potential indicators

Dialogue

(To announce draft report and discuss recommendations from the report and next steps)

Means: Dialogue, evaluation form, participant statistics (number, gender, economies, level), stakeholder feedback (comments or grades on how well the project met its objectives), number of recommendations adopted, of documents distributed etc.

In the project completion report, there will be data on gender to aggregate for project assessment.

Organizers expected that all APEC economies will attend the Dialogue and at least 10 recommendations will be proposed after the Dialogue.

Linkages

Engagement: Representatives from international organizations, the academe and business sector will be invited as resource speakers of the SOM dialogue.  Viet Nam will work closely with Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (PECC), Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) and APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) for the substantive aspect of the dialogue.

Previous work: In 2014, China conducted a “Dialogue on Information Sharing on RTAs/FTAs in Asia-Pacific Region” as a kick-off event of the APEC Information Sharing Mechanism on RTAs/FTAs which took note of recent developments in regional RTAs/FTAs. The Philippines held the SOM Dialogue on RTAs/FTAs at the margin of the 3rd SOM meeting in Cebu, the Philippines in 2015 and Peru proposed to organize the SOM Dialogue on RTAs/FTAs at the margin of the 3rd SOM meeting in Lima, Peru in 2016.

We note recent developments on RTAs/FTAs in the region and the progress of the possible pathways to the FTAAP, including efforts by TPP signatories to complete their domestic processes and efforts by RCEP parties to accelerate towards the completion of the negotiations.

A number of other RTAs/FTAs with the participation of APEC member economies will also be launched or concluded. This evolution will attract much attention of various stakeholders in the regional and all over the world. Therefore, the one-day Dialogue in 2017 will not duplicate but be a valuable platform to discuss outcomes of RTAs/FTAs in the region (with lessons learnt, possible impacts etc.) as well as to discuss possible options and approaches for enhancing regional economic integration through high-quality RTAs/FTAs.

APEC’s comparative advantage: APEC is the best source of funding for this project because APEC has been working actively on RTAs/FTAs. The results of the Dialogue will contribute to the overall APEC work.

Sustainability

The SOM Dialogue on RTAs/FTAs will serve as an important reference on the possible options and approaches for enhancing regional economic integration through high-quality RTAs/FTAs. It will serve as a platform for participants to practice the knowledge they learned in their future work and negotiations as assessing and taking into account recommendations discussed in the SOM Dialogue towards improving RTAs/FTAs utilization and learn about high-quality and comprehensive agreement for the region.

The SOM Dialogue on RTAs/FTAs is the fourth of its kind, the first three were held in Qingdao (China), Cebu (Philippines) and Lima (Peru) in 2014, 2015 and 2016, respectively. These dialogues are being conducted in response to the APEC Information Sharing Mechanism on RTAs/FTAs which was endorsed by Ministers also in May 2014. The outcomes of the Dialogue will be fed back to the economies. The draft agenda includes topics that are interlinked with other Beijing Roadmap pillars (CBNI and Collective Strategic Study on FTAAP). It is expected that the SOM Dialogue on RTAs/FTAs will provide synergies with these other pillars. Succeeding APEC hosts will be encouraged to host similar dialogues as well to ensure the continuity of the information sharing. Many of next APEC hosts are co-sponsors of the project and are encourage to actively participate in the Dialogue.

Project Overseers

Ms Pham Quynh Mai
Ministry of Industry and Trade
Viet Nam
Tel: 84-4 22205522

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

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

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.

Simultaneous interpretation

Vietnamese speakers and local participants are invited to the Dialogue, many of them are not English speaking and not good at English.

The Project Overseer seeks APEC funding to cover the fees of simultaneous interpretation for the Dialogue. Simultaneous interpretation is extremely important for this project for following reasons:

a)   Vietnamese speakers who potentially present at the Dialogue are not good in English and will present in Vietnamese, but they are knowledgeable and experienced in RTA/FTA;

b)   The Project Overseer would like to invite a number of Vietnamese participants. These participants, however, are not English-fluent.

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