Project Title

APEC Symposium on Policy and System for Promoting Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) Modernization toward Industry 4.0 

Project Year

2016   

Project Number

PPSTI 04 2016A 

Project Session

Session 2   

Project Type

Standard 

Project Status

Completed Project   
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Project No.

PPSTI 04 2016A 

Project Title

APEC Symposium on Policy and System for Promoting Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) Modernization toward Industry 4.0 

Project Status

Completed Project 

Publication (if any)

 

Fund Account

APEC Support Fund 

Sub-fund

ASF: Innovative Development, Economic Reform and Growth (IERG) 

Project Year

2016 

Project Session

Session 2 

APEC Funding

85,518 

Co-funding Amount

39,064 

Total Project Value

124,582 

Sponsoring Forum

APEC Policy Partnership on Science, Technology and Innovation (PPSTI) 

Topics

Science and Technology 

Committee

SOM Steering Committee on Economic and Technical Cooperation (SCE) 

Other Fora Involved

Small and Medium Enterprises Working Group (SMEWG) 

Other Non-APEC Stakeholders Involved

 

Proposing Economy(ies)

China 

Co-Sponsoring Economies

Chinese Taipei; Viet Nam 

Expected Start Date

01/12/2016 

Expected Completion Date

31/12/2017 

Project Proponent Name 1

Professor Donghui Wen 

Job Title 1

Not Applicable 

Organization 1

Special Equipment Manufacturing and Advanced Processing Technology International Joint Research Center, Zhejiang University of Technology 

Postal Address 1

No. 18, Chaowang Road, Xiacheng District, Hangzhou City, Zhejiang Province, 310014, China 

Telephone 1

0571 88320994 and 0571 88320977 

Fax 1

Not Applicable 

Email 1

wendh@zjut.edu.cn 

Project Proponent Name 2

Professor Renyong Chi 

Job Title 2

Executive Dean 

Organization 2

Collaborative Innovation Center of MSMEs' Transformation and Upgrading 

Postal Address 2

Not Applicable 

Telephone 2

Not Applicable 

Fax 2

Not Applicable 

Email 2

Not Applicable 

Declaration

Professor Donghui Wen and Professor Renyong Chi 

Project Summary

MSMEs is the key engine for APEC economic growth, while the on-going industry 4.0 causes tougher competition and new challenges for MSMEs. This project seeks to review and recommend the policy and system on promoting MSMEs modernization, boosting the competitiveness and productivity by science, technology and innovation (STI). Help MSMEs integrate into global market, provide higher quality product and service so that contribute for innovative and quality growth of APEC economies.

Planned activities (Hangzhou, China, September 2017, 3 days) including:

- STI Policies on promoting MSMEs modernization.

- STI application and upgrading on promoting MSMEs modernization.

- Business climate index of MSMEs driving MSMEs sustainable development.

Participants from academia, private sector and government in APEC region will widely review, openly discuss and deeply investigate the present challenge, opportunity and solution for MSMEs development. It offers a good platform and chance for APEC economies to co-face the present challenge, share experience and suggestion, establish cooperation and co-change the economic structure by promoting MSMEs modernization.

Relevance

Micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) is the key engine for APEC economic sustainable growth and prosperity, as accounting for over 97% of all enterprises and employing over half of the workforce across APEC economies. However, quite few MSMEs open export business and the profit is comparatively low as lack of competitiveness of product and service. Nowadays, MSMEs is facing more challenges and tougher competition because of uncertainties of global economy and the on-going industrial revolution named as industry 4.0. How to make proper policy and system to promoting the development and application of science, technology and innovation (STI) in MSMEs to boost competitiveness is a common question for APEC members. In the 23rd APEC Economic Leaders’ Declaration (Philippines, 2015), the leaders adopted the Boracay Action Agenda to Globalize MSMEs, welcomed the APEC Iloilo Initiative: Growing Global MSMEs for Inclusive Development, and supported the creation of the APEC MSMEs Marketplace to provide opportunities for businesses and strengthen collaboration with public and private sectors to support MSMEs development. This project tries to offer a chance and platform for APEC members to review and communicate the policy and system on promoting MSMEs development, including the experience and recommendation on STI policy and system, business climate index of MSMEs, STI development and application driving MSMEs modernization, especially intelligent manufacture. This project will strengthen bilateral & multilateral cooperation and promote STI research and development, transformation and application in MSMEs. All the achievement and output of this project will be open to all APEC economies and non-APEC economies in website. We believe this report must be helpful for the audience from academia, private sector, government and international organization, who make contribution to MSMEs modernization.

This project is mainly relevant to Rank 1 Projects that demonstrate a direct link to promoting regional economic integration via free and open trade and investment, especially MSMEs modernization and insertion in Global Value Chains (GVCs) for green growth and green jobs. It will propel the implementation of the Boracay Action Agenda to Globalize MSMEs and the APEC Iloilo Initiative: Growing Global MSMEs for Inclusive Development.

On the basis of information and machine integration, intelligent manufacture is the core of industry 4.0, which can speed up transformation, increase production efficiency, reduce energy cost and resource consumption, and realize green process. So this proposal also directly contributes to energy efficiency and innovation development, including harnessing new technologies for the future (Rank 2). In addition, over 100 participants from at least 10 APEC economies and others (such as Germany) will participate in this event to review, discuss and seek the STI policy and system for MSMEs modernization, produce higher quality products to join in global market and promote regional economic integration. Therefore, this project also fall under the connectivity blueprint including enhancing physical, institutional and people-to-people connectivity (Rank 1).

Objectives

This project will be conducted with the following objectives in mind:

1) Develop recommendation of STI policy to encourage STI resource transfer to MSMEs, help MSMEs develop STI in short time and in low cost, quickly and effectively applied in MSMEs operation and production.

2) Strength STI cooperation among APEC members and the participants, to figure out the recommendation of STI cooperation system among university/institute to industry, and industry to industry.

3) Share the experience of establishing the business climate index of regional MSMEs, and use the index to fully understand the situation of MSMEs and to adjust the production process and investment for MSMEs.

This project tries to help MSMEs participate into the present industrial revolution, accelerate the access to regional and global markets, contribute to sustainable and quality growth in APEC region.

Alignment

This project responds to APEC's priorities in “Fostering Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises’ Participation in Regional and Global Markets” (APEC Leaders’ 2015 Declarations), support the Peru's priorities for 2016 in 'Toward the Modernization of MSMEs and the 2017 Viet Nam's APEC priorities of 'Enhancing MSME's competitiveness and Innovation in the globalized world'. It also complements the on-going work on opportunities that the internet and digital economy offers to achieve innovative, sustainable, inclusive and secure growth, especially for MSMEs to participate in GVCs. The aim of this project is also line with PPSTI’s mission to support effective STI policy recommendations in APEC through collaboration between government, academia, private sector and other APEC fora (Small and Medium Enterprises Working Group, SMEWG). As shown in the 2016 APEC SME Ministerial Statement, many SMEs still face reducing the technological gaps, and the modernization of SMEs will increase the innovation capacities of SMEs.

This project is one of the efforts to carry out the APEC Iloilo Initiative: Growing Global MSMEs for Inclusive Development and the Boracay Action Agenda to Globalize MSMEs. The leaders instruct ministers to implement actions laid out in the Agenda and report progress by 2020.

This project supports Policy Partnership on Science, Technology and Innovation (PPSTI) to achieve innovative economic growth through PPSTI’s efforts by 2025. Meanwhile, SMEWG is also relevance with this project . It  supports science and technology cooperation and STI policy upgrading through the communication and discussion among academia, government, private sector and other APEC fora. The STI policy will be set to encourage transfer STI resource to MSMEs, assist MSMEs develop STI in low cost and in short time, so MSMEs quickly improve competitiveness to change economic structure and achieve sustainable and inclusive growth.

TILF/ASF Justification

For APEC economies especially the developing economies, MSMEs is a key engine of quality growth and prosperity. The leaders and ministers reaffirm the importance of MSMEs in the economic activities and their roles as sources of innovation and employment. While as shown in the relevance, the on-going science and technology revolution named as industry 4.0 and the weak global economic growth cause new and serious challenges for MSMEs sustainable development.

Under this condition, we insist on promoting the research and development, application and upgrading of STI in MSMEs to enhance MSMEs modernization, to help MSMEs increase product and service quality and competitiveness, integrate MSMEs into GVCs, finally change the economic structure. This project will pay enough attention on the condition and requirement of APEC developing economies, fully discussing the adaptability of experience and action. The applicants from APEC developing economies will fully consider and ensured to participate this event, including the arrangement of APEC funding support airfare. Over 60% of APEC funding support airfare is for the participant and speakers from developing economies.

In addition, the work for promoting the research and development, application and upgrading of STI in MSMEs includes several key aspects as the STI policy which encourage STI resource transfer to MSMEs, help MSMEs develop STI in short time and in low cost, STI cooperation system with universities or institutes which help MSMEs quickly solve the real problem during production process, and business climate index which guide MSMEs adjust manufacture and investment plan.

So this project is surely helpful for APEC developing economies to promote their MSMEs achieve modernization and internationalization.

Beneficiaries and Outputs

Outputs: The central output of the project is the APEC symposium on MSMEs Modernization toward Industry 4.0, to be held in Hangzhou, September (three days), 2017. Lectures from prominent researchers, managers and engineers from industry or private sectors and policy-makers and senior officials from government will participate in this event. The number of attendees will be over 100. The dialogues will be open and free, they will review and share the experience especially their innovative actions, discuss the recommendation, seek the potential collaboration in STI research and development, application. The proceedings, lecture materials, and any policy discussions or recommendations will be circulated to APEC and beyond.

The symposium will consist of four main sessions: (i) dialogue and discussion on STI policy on promoting MSMEs modernization, (ii) experience and communication on STI research and development, transformation and application in MSMEs, (iii) Research and utilization of business climate index of regional MSMEs.

Meanwhile, the website will be open for collecting suggestions and share the achievement of this project. So more people who are interest or professional at MSMEs modernization can participate in this event without present in the symposium field.

Generally, the recommendation on STI policy and system promoting MSMEs modernization will be developed; the cooperation among the participant will be enhanced and widened, aim to sign Memorandum of Understanding; business climate index of regional MSMEs also will be published in English. All the output will open to all the participants (over 100). 

Outcomes: Develop recommendation of STI policy to encourage STI resource transfer to MSMEs, help MSMEs develop STI in short time and in low cost, quickly and effectively applied in MSMEs operation and production.

This project will bring over 100 participants at the symposium from academia, private sector, government and international organization. The policy maker will introduce the experience and the effect of STI policy on MSMEs development, the managers and engineers of MSMEs will call for what policy they need to improve competitiveness of their product or service, the researchers will show innovative suggestion for reducing the gap of policy supply and industry requirement. The participants also will freely discuss the challenges and opportunities for MSMEs facing industry 4.0, including the significant influence on human society.  After the open dialogue, STI policy recommendations will be formed.

Strength STI cooperation among APEC members and the participants, to figure out the recommendation of STI cooperation system among university/institute to industry, and industry to industry.

The researchers and lectures will introduce the advanced technology in intelligent manufacture and information science, which can significantly improve the efficiency and quality of production. The managers and engineers will introduce the experience of conducting STI cooperation between MSMEs and STI pool (university and institute), and give the examples of STI cooperation increasing production efficiency. After the communication, seeking the cooperation among the participants and imply the suggestion for STI research and development, transformation and application system. If possible, we will draft a blue book on policy and system on promoting MSMEs modernization.

Share the experience of establishing the business climate index of regional MSMEs, introduce the utilization of the index to fully understand the situation of MSMEs and to guide MSMEs adjustment and adaption.

Think tank report is quite necessary for policy maker to conduct proper policy with proper content and proper time, also useful for producer to adjust manufacture process and investment plan. The researcher from think tank and institute will share their experience of establish the business climate index of regional MSMEs, explain how to understand the information of business climate index, and how to make adjustment according to the business climate index, so that promote MSMEs development, help MSMEs be adapt for market change and meet the market requirement.

We will do the monitoring and evaluation of this project through checking the key performance indicators or a survey of questionnaire .

Beneficiaries: The project will engage senior officials related to MSMEs development, excellent researchers in intelligent manufacture and business climate index investigation, senior experts and enterprisers with high-level technical or management background and the representatives from international organization. The agencies or organizations would be APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC), World Association of Industrial and Technological Research Organization (WAITRO), The International Academy for Production Engineering (CIRP), Korea Society of Manufacturing Technology Engineers (KSMTE) and Chinese Mechanical Engineering Society (CMES) and so on. Over 100 in total will participate in this symposium in Hangzhou, from at least 10 APEC economies and other no-APEC economies (Germany). The project seeks to balance speakers and participants from developing economies and women. Symposium will allow sufficient and open discussion on approaches to overcome bottlenecks that hinder international cooperation, competitiveness improvement and business expansion of MSMEs toward industry 4.0. Ultimately, the project will promote the development and application of STI in MSME, enhance the MSMEs modernization, leading to the creation of green jobs and quality growth in APEC.

All persons involved in MSMEs modernization from the APEC members are welcome to attend this event, or freely get information from website. In addition, the website is also open to non-APEC stakeholders. We welcome suggestions and feedback from APEC members and non-APEC area. We also will try couple methods transfer the output of this symposium to as many beneficiaries as possible including release news and output on website, invite the participants to expand and transfer the output after the symposium  by their network.

This proposal is not only related to PPSTI. Actually, it is also closely linked to Small and medium enterprises working group (SMEWG), Telecommunications and Information Working Group (TELWG), and other fora and international organization (ABAC). This project needs and promotes the cross-fora collaboration to ensure promote MSMEs modernization, so that contribute to sustainable and quality growth. It will contribute to the supply chain connectivity for both developed and developing APEC economies through technology development and high quality product trade. This will lead to the inclusive growth across the Asia-Pacific region. In general, the project aims to push MSMEs modernization and join in the GVCs for change economic structure in APEC, to promote regional economic integration and quality growth.

Dissemination

We hope to have more cooperation with as many of the 21 APEC economies as possible, the output of this project will be shared among these member economies, at least 10 economies representatives attend this symposium. The direct outputs of the project (publication, survey results, symposium proceedings, presentation materials, policy and system recommendations, etc.) will be distributed to participants, PPSTI, and other relevant fora (SMEWG) during the project and made permanently available to the public on online website (our website and APEC website). So as many stakeholders as possible can approach to get the output of this symposium. We also hope keep connection among the participants after the symposium, not only the communication during this event. The output also would be disseminated to non-participants through the academic and industry networks developed in the project by the organizers and participants.

The target audience of the project are the public and professional persons involved MSMEs administration, operation and STI research in APEC region. The materials will be written in accessible language (English) for a range of end users in addition to specialists. Local media and news both of newspaper and TV (city or province) will be contacted to express the significant results.

In a broader context, outputs of the project will be mentioned into and future initiatives. The abstract report of Business Climate Index for China SMEs by Collaborative Innovation Center of MSMEs' Transformation and Upgrading would be annually established and free open to public.

Gender

Gender discrepancy is a notable issue in the conventional manufacture industry. This project is definitely aimed to promoting advanced technology especially intelligent manufacture and innovative information technology replaced conventional manufacture with low efficiency and hard physical labour, so it will produce more suitable and mental jobs for female. The organizer will make a clear instructions on gender issues when inviting speakers and participants, ensure a reasonable ratio of female participants and engagement (at least 25%). Furthermore, three of the seven members of the Organizing Committee for the project are women (means at least 40%) and will assure that the program design and agenda are gender equitable. Important positions such as invited speakers (also more than 40%) and active participants will surely include female.

The project is expected to engage and develop the skills of both women and men equally. Participants from both genders will be given the opportunity to share their experiences, idea and suggestion during the conference sessions. The session facilitators will take care to solicit audience feedback from both female and male participants so that an even range of perspectives is shared.  Even, it is available to discuss the relation of female employment and the innovation in MSMEs in this symposium.

The pre-symposium survey and event feedback survey will both collect gendered statistics.

Work Plan

Based on our experience on organizing international conference and symposium, and the research and service of MSMEs moderation and production reform, we set the following work plan. Meanwhile, we will learn from the previous APEC projects by search their report and evenly invite the previous project overseers to give suggestion on our symposium and act as consultant.

Initiation (December, 2016 - February, 2017): The Project host and co-sponsoring economies representative will communicate and discuss the establishment of project office and the committee of symposium composed of experts and representatives in the field of MSMEs management, intelligent manufacture and transformation of STI to industrial applications to MSMEs modernization. The Committee will act as an advisory body on the content and design of the symposium and sessions. The committee discuss and fix the symposium framework including identification of topics, draft of symposium agenda.

Actions: committee of symposium, symposium framework 

Initial planning (March - April): The project office will share the detail tasks according the committee guide, including the division of duties such as coordinating with participants, venue preparations, assembly of abstract book, printing of streamers, providing for refreshments and meals, etc. The committee communicate and propose potential speakers, and session chairman. The project officer will draft and sign letters of intent.

Actions: potential speaker and session chairman list,  invitation letter 

Program development (May - July): The project office and host will discuss shared tasks, including the arrangements for the venue, accommodations and local transportation. The host will estimate costs and make the necessary reservations. An announcement of symposium objectives and proceedings will be released by website and invitations will be issued. Key speakers will be chosen and fixed from potential list and invited. APEC funding process will be continued.

Actions: logistic arrangements, reservations, first announcement

Communication with participants (June - July): The project office will set up an online form for participant registration and submission of abstracts and presentations. Participant registration and upload of abstracts will commence. Official letters of invitation will be issued in order to secure a Chinese visa. The deadline of participant application will be 31st, July 2017.

Actions: online form, abstracts, visa invitation letters 

Monitoring and tracking of progress (June - August): Registration of participants will be monitored and symposium sessions will be organized. All information regarding accommodation, transportation, reception, the program draft, etc. will be communicated to participants in a second announcement. Project Overseer (PO) justifications for non-APEC participants will be sent for APEC Secretariat approval. The proponent will work closely with the PPSTI Program Executive on airfare approvals. A monitoring report detailing the progress of activities will be prepared and submitted to APEC by August 1st.

Actions: second announcement, monitoring report, PO justifications (if needed), accepted participant list 

Survey (June - August): A pre-symposium survey will be developed with the input of relevant experts on MSMEs management and development. Questions will inquire about key challenges, concerns, and opportunities for change toward industry 4.0. Respondents will include members from the potential speaker list, relevant APEC fora (PPSTI, SMEWG , etc.),relevant international organizations (such as ABAC), private sector representatives, organizers of other APEC initiatives, and relevant members of the APEC Business Advisory Council. Results will be collected in August and distributed during the symposium. These results will be included in final proceedings.

Actions: pre-symposium survey 

Conduct symposium (September): A press release or handbook will be issued by the organizers. Final preparations for venues, sessions, program, etc. will be made. The symposium will occur over three days, in September 2017 in Hangzhou, China. Results will be shared with the in the follow APEC PPSTI Meeting if possible.

Actions: press release, symposium, output of project 

Follow-up activities ( October): The project overseers and project office will send reimbursement announcements and thank you notes to participants.

Actions: communications to participants, reimbursements 

Evaluation (November): Proceedings, symposium modules, presentations, and other materials will be edited and uploaded to the website and distributed. An internal evaluation will be conducted based on assessments and APEC survey forms completed by participants. A completion report will be sent to APEC before February 1st, 2018.

Actions: proceedings, presentation files, symposium feedback survey results, completion report 

APEC Symposium on Policy and System for Promoting MSMEs Modernization toward Industry 4.0 Outline:

First day:

Moring, Opening Ceremony and Keynote Speeches 

Afternoon, Session I. STI Policies on promoting MSMEs modernization.

The policy maker will introduce the experience and the effect of STI policy on MSMEs development, the managers and engineers of MSMEs will call for what policy they need to improve science and technology competitiveness of their product or service, the researcher will show innovative suggestion for reducing the policy supply and industry requirement. After the open dialogue, STI policy recommendations will be formed. 

Second day:

Session II. Scientific and technological application and upgrading on promoting MSMEs modernization.

The researchers will introduce the advanced technology including intelligent manufacture and information science, improving the efficiency and quality of production. The speaker from private sectors and institutes will introduce the experience of conducting STI cooperation between MSMEs and STI sources, and give the real examples of STI cooperation promoting on production efficiency. After the communication, seeking the cooperation among the participants and imply the STI cooperation and application system. 

Session III. Establishing business climate index of MSMEs driving MSMEs development.

Think tank report is quite necessary and helpful for policy maker to conduct proper policy with proper content and proper time, useful for producer to adjust manufacture and investment. The researcher from think tank and institute will share the experience of establish the business climate index of regional MSMEs, explain how to understand the information of business climate index report, and how to make adjustment according the business climate index, so that promote MSMEs development, help MSMEs be adapt for market change and meet the market requirement. 

Third day:

Morning, Session IV.

Final Discussions and Closing ceremony

Short  Eco & Tech- visit  of E-commerce center and characteristic industrial clustering town.

The short Tech-visit is charged by the organizer and the project participants decide by themselves whether join.

Yangtze River Delta Economic Region is largest economic region in China. Hangzhou, the venue of this event, plan to rapid develop e-commerce help more MSMEs do business with lager market. Alibaba group, the biggest retail trading online platform, located in Hangzhou. In the G20 leaders' Communique Hangzhou Summit, it strengthen digital trade and take note of its initiative on an Electronic World Trade Platform (eWTP) to encourage firms of all sizes, in particular women-led firm and SMEs to take full advantage of GVCs. Hangzhou also is the MSMEs Innovation Demonstrate City co-identified by Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, and Ministry of Science and Technology, etc., and Hangzhou has 10 Sci-Tech parks for assembling MSMEs and other scales. Characteristic industrial clustering town is a innovative style to develop a special industrial chain, which produces more new opportunities for MSMEs and join in GVCs. So it is very good trial and successful experience for promoting MSMEs modernization.

Risks

The potential risks to the project are fairly minimal and all are can be managed by the organization.

Delays: College of Mechanical Engineering hosted 16th International Manufacturing Conference in China in 2015, there are over 750 attendees, 226 oral presentation and 48 session meeting room (Prof. Donghui Wen is the general organizer as he was deputy dean of College of Mechanical Engineering, Zhejiang University). and Collaborative Innovation Center of MSMEs' Transformation and Upgrading continuously organized 15 times of West Lake International Conference on Small and Medium Business since 1999 (Prof. Renyong Chi is the executive dean). With over these abundant experience on hosting international conferences, any logistic or event risks are low probability and low impact. Careful planning and close collaboration ensure minimize this risk.

Low interest in participation or in using results: The idea and content of the project was developed based on the expressed interest of the host economy, as well as other APEC economies. The pre-survey before symposium will ensure that a broader range of interests and concerns are represented. The project assumes that the participants are eager to learn, receptive to new ideas and willing to apply and share new concepts in their workplace and experience. The topics discussed are centered around the major concerns of MSMEs modernization, innovative and sustainable growth, which belong to the priorities in APEC Peru 2016 and APEC Viet Nam 2017.

Duplication of work: Consultation and active engagement with other APEC fora will help minimize this risk. The project completely focus on the STI policy, STI cooperation, STI research and development, transformation and application related to MSMEs modernization. It will keep connection with SMEWG, while it's not duplicate with the work by SMEWG and others. There are on-going discussions with other initiatives to ensure that the event will build on past efforts and contribute to future work rather than duplicate.

Unsuitable selection of speakers: One of the risks is to ensure a selection of good speakers in order to make the most importance of the symposium. The speakers should be, but not limited to, authority officials to represent government department involved in MSMEs modernization and development (including economic and information branch, also labour office and education or training office), intelligent manufacture specialists and experts, representative from quick developing MSMEs and others from relevant organizations, which aim to reflecting points of views from various perspectives. In organizing the activity, the organizers assumes that the invited speakers are knowledgeable and cogent communicators, the symposium chair and session chairman are effective in structuring discussions and eliciting participation. A lot of the success of the workshops will depend on the abilities of the speakers and the openness of the participants. The organizers will work closely with the co-sponsoring economies Chinese Taipei and Viet Nam, solicit the input of experts to nominate and invite the most suitable speakers for this symposium.

The difficulties in translating recommendations to APEC economies: The participants will openly and closely communicated their experience, idea based on their situation. So the recommendation of STI policy and system seek adaptive issues for APEC economies, and give some specific case including situation/background, policy content and impact, so the beneficiaries can get useful information and guideline from recommendation, implement proper action based on their own situation.

The difficulty in tracking the results of project impact in the medium and long term: the organizers will make effort to attract and develop fruitful and effective output, including recommendation of STI policy and system, strengthen the cooperation and communication among the APEC economies and participants, draft a publication of Business Climate Index Report of regional SMEs. All of the output will be directly disseminated to all the participants during symposium, and open to the public by website, which will generate the visual impact in the short and medium term. In addition, the organizers will continuously do the effort and investigate the policy and system on promoting MSMEs modernization and development, we will annual publish business climate index report of regional MSMEs. containing the latest survey data and information in long term.

Monitoring and Evaluation

The progress of the event planning and delivery will be compared to the work plan to ensure that the project is being implemented in a timely manner. The co-sponsoring economies Chinese Taipei and Viet Nam will also be involved in the monitoring of the project, giving accountability to the proper delivery of the symposium and any outputs. In accordance with APEC regulations, the Principal Overseers will keep the Program Director and Program Executive regularly informed of the progress in implementing the project, at no more than two month intervals. A monitoring report will be submitted to Secretariat on August 1, 2017.

A significant result of this project will be cross-regional, multilateral cooperation to the STI level of MSMEs and production efficiency and quality. We are proposing this project because we hope to attract all available regional innovation resource in this platform to exchange and enrich, co-face and co-solve the new challenges for MSMEs toward industry 4.0. All speakers and participants will be invited to provide feedback on the outcomes and outputs of the symposium whether the objectives are met, whether the information sharing is able to bring about changes after its completion and how. This feedback will be collected using an event evaluation form, delivered at the end of the symposium. This evaluation form will include questions on: i) whether the symposium meets its set objectives through an assessment of satisfaction and comprehension; ii) if they believe the event produced useful or significant outcomes iii) if the event included a representative selection of participants, participants ratio of female and the percentage from developing economies; iv) quality of the speakers and presentations; v) background and demographic statistics, including gender, to assess adequate representation from women and developing economies. It will also include the APEC Project Evaluation Survey, found in Appendix I of the Guidebook on APEC Projects.

The dissemination of the outputs, including symposium proceedings, will be delivered as described in the project proposal.

Linkages

Within APEC, the project team will collaborate with the PPSTI, SMEWG and others. All persons involved with MSMEs modernization from the APEC members can apply to attend this event, or freely get information from our website. In addition, the website is also open to non-APEC stakeholders. We welcome suggestions and feedback. MSMEs growth would be pushed by promoting policy, science, technology and innovation, advanced technological application and upgrading. This proposal is not only related to PPSTI, actually also closely linked to Small and medium enterprises working group (), Telecommunications and Information Working Group (TELWG) and others. This project needs and promotes the cross-fora collaboration to ensure MSMEs sustainable and quality growth. It will contribute to the supply chain connectivity for both developed and developing economies through technology development and high quality product trade. This will lead to the inclusive growth across the Asia-Pacific region. The whole project aims to push MSMEs modernization for change economic structure in APEC, to promote regional economic integration and quality growth.

APEC is in the ideal institution to support the project. The project will focus on the STI capacity building and STI application in MSMEs for supporting sustainable growth, rural employment, and economic development – precisely the areas in which APEC furthers economic and technical cooperation. APEC Leaders recognized in China 2014 (Promoting SME’s Integration into GVCs), The Philippines 2015 (Fostering Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises’ Participation in Regional and Global Markets). Additionally, APEC focuses on high-level policy dialogue, which is also the primary output of the project.

Sustainability

As the global economic growth is still weaker than desirable, and downside risks remain. More and more economies including APEC members start to rely on science, technology and innovation to reform and change the economic structure. Self-developing and international cooperation are the two feet for STI development. So this project insist on cross-regional cooperation at STI issues to promoting MSMEs modernization in APEC economies. This project will not be limited to a one-off technical exchange or policy introduction but try to long-term benefits to APEC member economies in STI capacity building for MSMEs, through:

a) A web portal will be established at the organization website (and APEC website if possible) to share presentations, recommendation of policy and system, and follow-up information.

b) Zhejiang University of Technology as the organizer will along with the participants in this project continue do STI support for MSMEs, do the transformation of STI from University to industry.

c)  Every year, Collaborative Innovation Center of MSMEs' Transformation and Upgrading will continue organize West Lake International Conference on Small & Medium Business, welcome the attendees from APEC economies based on the understanding and potential cooperation by this project.

d) Every year, Collaborative Innovation Center of MSMEs' Transformation and Upgrading will continue publish Business Climate Index Report for China SMEs (or other region if possible) and Report on China SMEs Development. The general result will be open in website for free distribution.

e)  There are practical channels in the future to support travels of invited speakers and participants from APEC developing economies. They include: subsequent APEC funds (if possible), Zhejiang University visiting scholarship funds and others.

f) Other bilateral or multilateral capacity building activities, such as joint research, advanced technology training, seminars will also be organized to continuously improve MSMEs production efficiency and quality.

Project Overseers

Prof. Donghui Wen and Prof. Renyong Chi are the Project Overseers.

Prof. Donghui Wen is the deputy director of Academy of Science and Technology, Zhejiang University of Technology. He completed his doctor degree in advanced manufacturing technology study from Dalian University of Technology in 2002. He gets professor position in 2010 for his distinguish achievement in intelligent manufacture. Based on the college of mechanical engineering, International Research Center of Special Purpose Equipment and Advanced Manufacturing Technology (IRC-E&M) is identified by the Ministry of Science and Technology in 2013, Prof. Donghui Wen is nominate as the deputy chair of IRC-E&M.

Prof. Renyong Chi is chair professor and executive dean of China Institute for Small and Medium Business and Collaborative Innovation Center of MSMEs' Transformation and Upgrading. He is the Executive chair, West Lake International Conference on Small & Medium Business, since 1999. He is steeling committee of Asian Society of  Innovation & Policy since 2012, and executive member of The Chinese Association of Science of Science and S&T Policy Research since 2008. He is the first author of Business Climate Index Report for China SMEs and Report on China SMEs Development, both are annually published since 2011. He also ever introduced their climate index research in APEC related meeting.

Prof. Donghui Wen and Prof. Renyong Chi would co-charge the project ensuring meets its set objectives.

Cost Efficiency

Not Applicable.

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Not Applicable.

Direct Labour

Translator’s tasks to undertake: Translation of two Chinese speakers' presentation, and it would be simultaneous interpretation.

Short-term clerical’s tasks to undertake:

1) Arranging doctoral students for assisting the main seminar and relative session.

2) Arranging doctoral students for pre-survey APEC Symposium. 

All the payment of labour cost will follow the requirement of Labour and Personnel in Guidebook on APEC Project (Edition 11).

Waivers

The payment of short Tech-visit is self-fund by the organizer (less 750 USD totally) and the project participants decide by themselves whether join.

Short Eco & Tech-visit is a visual method to make symposium participants fully understand the positive effect of policy and system on MSMEs modernization, promoting the specific area innovative growth. So we think it is helpful and valuable for this project. In addition, our planned symposium is located in the Eco & Tech-visit area (Hangzhou Future Sci-Tech Innovation Park), so it is convenient to visit.

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