Project Title

APEC Workshop on FTAAP Building Blocks: The Pacific Alliance Contribution to APEC Work in Services, MSMEs and Trade Facilitation 

Project Year

2016   

Project Number

CTI 21 2016A 

Project Session

Session 2   

Project Type

Standard 

Project Status

Completed Project   
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Project No.

CTI 21 2016A 

Project Title

APEC Workshop on FTAAP Building Blocks: The Pacific Alliance Contribution to APEC Work in Services, MSMEs and Trade Facilitation 

Project Status

Completed Project 

Publication (if any)

 

Fund Account

APEC Support Fund 

Sub-fund

ASF: Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific and Global Value Chains (FTAAP and GVCs) 

Project Year

2016 

Project Session

Session 2 

APEC Funding

148,216 

Co-funding Amount

25,000 

Total Project Value

173,216 

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)

Chile 

Co-Sponsoring Economies

Canada; Korea; Mexico; New Zealand; Peru 

Expected Start Date

01/11/2016 

Expected Completion Date

31/12/2017 

Project Proponent Name 1

Krasna Bobenrieth 

Job Title 1

Head of Department 

Organization 1

General Directorate for International Economic Affairs 

Postal Address 1

Teatinos 180, 11th Floor, Santiago, Chile 

Telephone 1

56-2 28275550 

Fax 1

Not Applicable 

Email 1

kbobenrieth@direcon.gob.cl 

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

Krasna Bobenrieth 

Project Summary

This project aims to increase APEC members’ understanding of the Pacific Alliance (PA), together with exchanging information in areas of common interest with APEC. This would be achieved through a workshop to be held during the first semester of 2017, on the margins of SOM2. Additionally, an e-booklet with the presentations and conclusions from the workshop, would be circulated digitally to the participants and made available through the APEC website. 

The PA was created with a view to enhancing ties within the Pacific region. Three of PA’s four founding members are also members of APEC and many APEC economies are currently observers of the PA.  The workshop would provide an overview of the PA´s characteristics, objectives, work agenda and achievements, while highlighting common workstreams and areas of interest with APEC. Further, the workshop would provide the opportunity to exchange information and generate regional peer learning on issues of interest to both APEC and the PA, including services, trade facilitation and MSMEs. Specifically, the project would showcase how these subjects have been addressed within the PA, incorporating new and modern issues. 

This project is designed in accordance with the Action Plan Framework for the 2nd Capacity Building Needs Initiative (CBNI), as well as the Beijing Roadmap for APEC’s Contribution to the Realization of the FTAAP.

Relevance

APEC Leaders have agreed to realize a Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific (FTAAP) “building on ongoing regional undertakings”, such as TPP, and RCEP. Furthermore, the Collective Strategic Study, which will be presented to Leaders at the end of 2016, discusses other regional undertakings that can contribute to FTAAP, including the Pacific Alliance (PA). In this context, it is crucial for trade officials from APEC economies to improve their understanding of these different regional undertakings, which may contribute to the realization of the FTAAP. 

The priorities and the work currently undertaken by the PA have many similarities with APEC´s agenda, particularly with respect to services, MSMEs and Trade Facilitation, all of major importance.  Much of APEC´s work has been directed towards developing the globalization of MSMEs, increasing the competitiveness of the services sector in the region, as well as improving supply chain connectivity performance. Bearing this in mind, this workshop would look for synergies in these areas to share information, generate regional peer-learning and analyze successful initiatives that can be used when developing future APEC work in these areas. Particularly, with respect to services, the Pacific Alliance has incorporated new and modern issues, especially in telecommunications and electronic commerce; in MSMEs, PA has achieved important accomplishments, including the creation of an entrepreneurs fund and network of business centers, while working on increasing their participation in global supply chains; and it has developed numerous initiative on trade facilitation, an area of special interest. 

Furthermore, the Beijing Roadmap for APEC's Contribution to the Realization of the FTAAP calls on APEC economies to “continue the capacity building activities in pursuit of the FTAAP under the Action Plan Framework of the 2nd Capacity Building Needs Initiative (CBNI)” and “encourage more economies to design and conduct capacity building programs for specific sectors as lead economies”. In this context, this workshop is intended to initiate the learning process on current and future regional undertakings, such as the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) or the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), as part of continuing APEC´s role as an incubator of a future FTAAP. 

The benefits of this project will be long lasting, providing useful and necessary information on a regional undertaking for the FTAPP, intellectual input into the development process of regional economic integration, as well as sharing information that can allow APEC to take advantage of this experience when developing future initiatives in these issues.

Objectives

General Objectives: 

·  Increasing the understanding of the PA among APEC economies, as an ongoing regional undertaking for the FTAAP, while further developing APEC´s role as an incubator for a future FTAAP. Additionally, providing intellectual input into the development process of regional economic integration;

·  Studying and analyzing possible contributions and convergences between the PA and APEC work, in the areas of services, MSMEs and trade facilitation, in order to share experiences already gathered when developing future initiatives in these areas. 

Specific Objectives:

·  Sharing experiences and policies between PA and APEC, in terms of trade facilitation, services and the development of more globalized MSMEs.

·  Presenting the benefits of the Additional Protocol to the Framework Agreement of the Pacific Alliance, that became valid on May 2016.

·  Understanding the Single Window (SW) mechanisms, aimed at simplifying and harmonizing actions for international trade. In this regard, the Pacific Alliance is advocated to the progressive implementation of SW interoperability.

·  Identifying most important opportunities from PA and APEC economies that have been successful in MSMEs trade facilitation.

·  Holding a public-private workshop, during the first semester of 2017.

·  Documenting good experiences in workshop proceedings.

·  Discussing and analyzing during 2017 the main conclusions of the two-day workshop through the revision of workshop proceeding drafts with participants from different PA and APEC economies.

·  Harnessing the opportunities for MSMEs to participate in the global economy.

Alignment

This project aligns with APEC’s efforts towards the eventual realization of the FTAAP, as mandated by Leaders. The draft Collective Strategic Study, which was presented to Ministers Responsible for Trade during their meeting of 2016, in Arequipa, Peru, highlights the role of regional undertakings as potential pathways towards the FTAAP. The proposed workshop will directly contribute to greater understanding of the PA, and serve as concrete action towards the realization of the FTAAP, as prescribed by the Beijing Roadmap. 

Today, MSMEs, trade facilitation and services sector development in the region are key cross-cutting issues within APEC, as stated in the Boracay Action Agenda to Globalize MSMEs, the APEC Services Cooperation Framework, both endorsed in 2015, as well as the Supply-Chain Connectivity Framework Action Plan (SCFAP), endorsed in 2009. Exploring working synergies between APEC and the PA in these areas would be useful towards the development of these initiatives, all of which have concrete mandates included in last MRT’s Declaration.

Additionally, the APEC 2015 Tasking Statement for 2016 requested CTI to continue to implement actions identified in the Beijing Roadmap for APEC’s Contribution to the Realization of the FTAAP and its Progress Report, while pursuing the conclusion of initiatives contained in the Pathways to FTAAP, as well as continuing the implementation of capacity building activities under the 2nd phase of the Capacity Building Needs Initiative (CBNI). These tasks are addressed with this proposal, by increasing the understanding of one regional undertaking for the FTAAP, and creating capacity building among APEC member delegates. On the other side, the same document tasks the CTI specific duties related to services (such as continuing the efforts to increase the transparency of services trade-related regulations, facilitating services trade and investment, and developing open services markets), MSMEs (pursuing actions that are practical and important for MSMEs’ participation in global trade, as contained in the Implementation Plan of the Boracay Action Agenda to Globalize MSMEs, for instance), and trade facilitation.

TILF/ASF Justification

This project intends to raise awareness about the changing business environment brought by economic integration. Surely, the facilitation and liberalization of trade and investment is accelerated by economic integration initiatives, generating new business opportunities for MSMEs in global marketplaces. Increasingly globalized links in value chains provide a chance for MSMEs to upscale their business models and to grow across borders, enhancing MSME competitiveness. Therefore, it is necessary to encourage MSMEs to consider shifting their business models from domestically focused to globally competitive. This is a challenging task for all the economies, but it is more challenging for developing economies, for different reasons that depends on the reality and circumstances of each of them. 

The project proposes the opportunity to develop a workshop where participants will exchange information and generate regional peer learning on issues of interest to both APEC and the PA, specially MSMEs, services and trade facilitation. In particular, the workshop will attempt to showcase how these subjects have been addressed within the PA, incorporating new and modern issues. 

Also, the project will contribute to explore new capacities that allow greater involvement of multiple stakeholders interested in services, trade facilitation and MSMEs issues, which respond to this new context of more globalized markets. The two-day workshop will contribute to share experiences and policies between PA and APEC, analyzing possible contributions and convergences between the PA and APEC efforts. It is also expected that the workshop will be a valuable opportunity to increase the understanding of the PA among APEC economies, as an ongoing regional undertaking for the FTAAP, while further developing APEC´s role as an incubator for a future FTAAP. 

Finally, this project will contribute to increase APEC members’ understanding of the Pacific Alliance (PA), together with exchanging information in areas of common interest with APEC, especially between PA and APEC developing economies, generating regional peer learning on issues of particular interest to emerging economies, such as services, trade facilitation and MSMEs. Specifically, the project would showcase how these subjects have been addressed within the PA, a block that is intensifying its rate of expansion by incorporating new and modern issues. In this way, it is sought to promote synergy between APEC and PA, with greater involvement of stakeholders, what represents a crucial opportunity for inclusion of diverse interests and particularities that affects developing economies. Also it will contribute to explore new capacities and mechanisms that allow greater involvement of multiple stakeholders interested in services, trade facilitation and MSMEs.

Beneficiaries and Outputs

Outputs: The main product of the project is a two-day workshop to be held during the first semester of 2017, at the margins of SOM2. The aim of this workshop is to promote the exchange of knowledge and experience between APEC and PA in the area of trade facilitation, services and the development of more globalized MSMEs, with new market perspectives in global value chains. The project also attempts to improve the understanding of the PA among APEC economies, providing an overview of the PA´s characteristics, objectives, work agenda and achievements. 

This workshop will be carefully planned during the following months, and then a set of workshop materials will be prepared for the participants. The Chilean staff intends to include speakers from APEC and PA economies, in order to have a balance in the discussions that will take place in the two-day workshop, including all the relevant points of views, from government officials, academics, and representatives of private sector and civil society, among others. 

For the success of this project, APEC economies’ representatives will be encouraged to participate in this activity and the Chilean staff will develop actions towards this end, such as contacting embassies and governmental authorities to obtain responses to participate in the workshop and increase networking. 

The Chilean staff will summarize the main recommendations and conclusions of the two-day workshop. Then, the staff will share drafts for comments and suggestions with participants from APEC economies during 2017. 

Lastly, it is estimated that the workshop will allow networking between speakers and participants to exchange views and experiences on MSMEs, services and trade facilitation processes. It will also promote better understanding of available working tools and initiatives within APEC and PA blocks. 

Outcomes: PA was created with a view to enhance ties within the Pacific region. Three of PA’s four founding members are also members of APEC.  Currently the majority of the economies from APEC are observers at PA. In this regard, the project seeks to provide an overview of the PA´s characteristics, objectives, work agenda and achievements. Bearing in mind that framework, the project would provide the opportunity to exchange information and generate regional peer learning on issues of interest to both APEC and the PA, including services, trade facilitation and MSMEs. 

Particularly, this project will contribute: 

-  To improve knowledge and awareness about the Pacific Alliance.

-  To facilitate group access to policies and practices through the peer learning process.

-  To promote export services, trade facilitation and MSMEs competitiveness and growth.

-  To improve capacities of public officials and stakeholders with specific knowledge and experience in services, trade facilitation and MSMEs.

-  To detect opportunities toward collaboration between APEC and PA blocks. 

Furthermore, it is expected that the two-day workshop increases awareness of the importance for MSMEs to increase their export capacity to compete in a global economy.  The workshop program will expose the reality of others businesses of similar size that have managed trade internationalization. It must be recognized that important progress has been made in the last five years, innovating and incorporating global trade practices among APEC and PA. 

There is an increasing tendency to take a regional approach to promote MSMEs internationalization practices within several economies, including some members of APEC. In this way, the main goals of this workshop are the understanding and promotion of regional initiatives to improve MSMEs internationalization and facilitate access to priority international markets. 

It should be mentioned in this respect the work undertaken by APEC on SME Market Access and Internationalization, providing an overview of the SME landscape in the APEC region, along with the barriers to market access, in order to better understand the factors that affect the achievement of the desired outcomes, which the SMEWG has identified as growth in exports by SMEs. In this connection, it is important to highlight the APEC SME Internationalization and Measurement, which examines different forms of SME internationalization, and discusses methods to measure the degree of internationalization of SMEs. 

Definitely, APEC and PA economies have to make progress toward the development of public policies that support reduction and mitigation barriers. Learning from each other in this regard, will help substantially to move more effectively and efficiently. 

On services and trade facilitation, it must be stressed that the Additional Protocol to the Pacific Alliance Framework Agreement boosts growth, development and competitiveness of the economies it comprises, by progressively promoting and facilitating and liberalizing services trade, as well as consolidating a platform for economic and trade integration with a projection towards the Asia-Pacific region. In short, PA has taken steps to establish conditions that will facilitate and promote trade in services. We consider that it is necessary to share these valuable initiatives and experiences with APEC economies and to benefit from them. 

Finally, this project will seek to generate continuous work between APEC and PA, exploring collaborative actions with APEC hosting economies in the following years. 

Beneficiaries: Primarily, the project will benefit public officials and regulators. Multi-stakeholders, including civil society, MSMEs, academe and other public or private stakeholders will benefit with a better knowledge of regional economic integration, trade facilitation and developing more globalized MSMEs. 

In that context, we estimate that the direct beneficiaries of the workshop will be participants from APEC economies, specially trade officials from the member economies, including those not able to attend the workshop, who will be able to draw on the booklet of the workshop that will be circulated digitally. This publication will contribute to the work of regulators, research and academia. 

Direct workshop beneficiaries: 

·  Governments Representatives and Trade Officials of APEC economies.

·  MSMEs enterprises focus on Asia - Pacific markets.

·  Entrepreneurship associations such as Entrepreneur Association of Latin-American – ASELA

·  CEAP (Business Council of the Alliance of the Pacific)

·  SOFOFA (The Federation of Chilean Industry), most importance is a private, non-profit trade association representing the views and interests of Chilean industry.

·  Unions.

·  NGOs to be agreed on.

·  Public and private Universities.

Policy makers involved in the development of services, trade facilitation and MSMEs will be able to learn experiences and access suitable tools and perspectives to face the challenges involved in the promotion and improvement of these areas. Thus, the project is mainly oriented to public officials with expertise in policy development and strategic planning of topics related to services promotion, trade facilitation and MSMEs internationalization. 

Multi-stakeholders, including civil society, MSMEs, universities, and any public or private stakeholders will benefit with a better knowledge of the available tools to improve their capacities and networking to participate actively in the development of meaningful and economically efficient public policies in these fields. It is expected to achieve the participation of stakeholders closely related to services promotion, trade facilitation and MSMEs internationalization. Examples of stakeholders with a suitable profile for the achievement of the objectives of this project: the Strategic Observatory for the Pacific Alliance (an academic initiative looking to link the government, the productive sector, and academia. This initiative is developed by four of the leading universities across PA members and is physically based in Chile. The Observatory emerges as a form of think-tank to inform and support the technical work within the working groups of the PA); the Observatory for Pacific Alliance SMEs (an initiative that seeks to provide entrepreneurs with relevant information on best practices, legal frameworks, and business opportunities, undertaking initiatives that aim to facilitate trade, internationalize companies, and promote the free movement of goods, services, persons, and capital); chambers of commerce; MSME associations; and export associations, among others. 

The project executors will ensure fruitful and active informational exchange among all participants, including cross-fora cooperation on the issues related to the successful implementation of the project.

Dissemination

This Project considers the following activities to disseminate its outcomes: 

The workshop proceedings and the possible establishment of a MSMEs network are key elements within a plan to disseminate the results and conclusions of the project.  It is intended to publish the workshop proceedings in digital format (e-booklet), through the APEC and PA website. Also, it is considered to achieve a greater level of dissemination of the results of this project through information share from supporting governments and NGOs u other organizations interested in the dissemination and development of this contents. Another way to disseminate the results shall be social media such as twitter, news releases in the websites or newspapers. 

Additionally, the workshop presentations will be disseminated through MSMEs´ APEC and PA organizations, either public or private. The workshop e-booklet will be available for all attendees. 

The directly targeted audiences are public officials; experts in the field of services, trade facilitation and MSMEs; civil society; MSMEs; unions; and any public or private stakeholders involved or with interest in these fields. 

It is expected that participants from APEC and PA economies, as well as other economies, could attend the workshop. For the staff it is fundamental to incorporate men and women as speakers and participants for the two-day workshop. The work team will explore options for remote participation in the workshop via streaming. 

A brief summary of the project’s outcomes, specially the e-booklet, will be presented during the first APEC meeting, following the workshop. 

It is not contemplate to sell outputs arising from this project. On the contrary, its core objective is to disseminate as much as possible the results, in order to attain interest, commentaries, or any kind of contribution from APEC economies for the development of a binding frame of practices in short term.

Gender

The project will follow the principles stated in the San Francisco Declaration endorsed by APEC Economic Leaders in 2011, which called for APEC members to take concrete actions to develop the full potential of women, actively integrate them into APEC economies, and maximize their contributions towards economic growth. The promotion of economic inclusion has become imperative in view of the low participation of women in the workforce. Thus, it is necessary to attract the interest of business to the importance of developing women entrepreneurship across the APEC economies, promoting women’s active participation in the economy and creating an enabling environment for women entrepreneurs. 

The project also will take into account the eight tasks the APEC Policy Partnership on Women and the Economy (PPWE) provides as a mechanism to integrate gender considerations into APEC activities. The PPWE also delivers policy advice on gender issues and supports gender equality where relevant to the APEC process. We hope to be able to share the results of the worshop with the PPWE, as a way to integrate women in the MSMEs internationalization process. 

In consequence, throughout the development of the project gender equality will be strongly promoted through the engagement of women in the different activities and as a special element to be considered in the development of the recommendations. The project will encourage women participation in attempt to respect gender equality regarding speakers and participants. Additionally, it is highlighted that the Project Overseer is a woman. 

It is intended to send an open invitation for women involved in academic institutions, MSMEs or social organizations with interest in matters linked to this project. 

In midterm, it is expected that this project will help to achieve a more active engagement of stakeholders involved in gender claims in the framework of services, MSMEs and trade facilitation.

Work Plan

January

Develop the agenda of a workshop with inputs of APEC economies and invite speakers from stakeholders.

March -April

Logistics and document preparation; invite CTI members to nominate participants representing their respective economy.

May

Hold the two-day workshop, on the margins of SOM2, in Vietnam.

July -September.

Develop a summary report/progress report after the seminar and submit it to CSOM for information, as well as a brochure including the presentations and main conclusions to be digitally circulated.


1) January 2017: Developing the agenda: Identify the workshop speakers and participants. As well as the preparation of the workshop in terms of programing, preparation of material and circulating the respective invitations, among others.
 

2) February 2017: Contacting the speakers for the workshop: Based on prior activities, speakers will be invited; as well as experts and authorities from relevant agencies on this issue. The importance of its role as speakers will be explained; as well as the possibility to support MSMEs, services and trade facilitation, improving the globalization of these businesses. 

3) February 2017: Program follow up: Design the workshop and prepare the workshop. The structure of the workshop will be developed considering the list of speakers obtained in the prior activity. Contributions of the co-sponsoring and participating economies will be taken into account. In parallel, the work team will develop the materials for the workshop.  These materials will include research papers written by the speakers and participants of the workshop. To reach this objective, a thorough read of the available literature will be necessary. 

4) March 2017: Contacting the participants: This month will be focused on detecting possible workshop participants. Invitations will be sending out to participants in the public-private workshop; not only to the eligible economies, but also other APEC economies. By achieving this objective, governmental authorities and embassies will be asked to support the dissemination of the importance of participating in this workshop. 

5) April 2017: Speakers and Participant’s confirmation:  As it was stated beforehand, one of the results of the activities conducted during the months of March and April will be preliminary lists of participants and speakers.  During March and April, the Chilean staff will contact them again to confirm their workshop participation. With their confirmation, the staff will help to arrange flights and hotels for them. 

6) May 2017: Holding the two-day workshop “APEC Workshop on FTAAP Building Blocks: The Pacific Alliance contribution to APEC work in Services, MSMEs and Trade Facilitation”: gathering experts in project topics, as well as government agencies involved in these issues and other public institutions. 

7) June 2017: Digital publication design: The digital publication will be designed, with the collaboration of the participating economies of the workshop. Developing a final report with the workshop outcomes; and the applicable recommendations. 

8) July - September 2017: Digital publication Diffusion: through the APEC and PA website as well as interested government agencies’ websites. The digital publication will be hosted in APEC website, in Chilean agencies websites such as the General Directorate for International Economic Affairs (Direcon), as well as interested government agencies’ websites. Moreover, Chile will suggest to the co-sponsors economies to take into account the diffusion of the digital publication in a website they consider appropriate.

Risks

This project may face difficulties to achieve a high level of quality of speakers that are able to engage and fully address the objectives established within the project. Efforts will be made to obtain high quality responses. To increase the probability of attaining high level speakers, the Chilean network will play an important role, as will the co-sponsoring economies that have trade contacts that will motivate the participation in this project. 

The major risk is to not obtain a comprehensive participation in the event as is intended. Nevertheless, we expect participants from co-sponsoring and other interested economies. To minimize this risk, all the actions will be supported by Chilean embassies and trade representatives in all APEC economies. This network will help identify and engage possible speakers and participants. In this sense, it is important for the success of this project to involve a wide audience, with sufficient representation for the varied positions around this topic. In this sense, the planning of this project will contemplate an early dissemination of its components, the topics and experts of the two-day workshop. The involvement of prominent actors of Viet Nam in the fields related to this project it will be an interesting element. 

Finally, the possible difficulties for the achievement of recommendations that actually will contribute to the policy change in this matter. This outcome will depend mainly of the success of the two-day workshop: quality of speakers; proper registration of the information shared on the sessions of the workshop; appropriate material support for each session, etc. All this measures will be coordinated with sufficient advance for the success of the occasion. 

Monitoring and Evaluation

A short term indicator will be the number of participants, funded as well as non-funded. The expected outcome in terms of participation of funded economies is at least 80% and in terms of non-funded is at least 40%. 

A second short term indicator will be the number of experts and/or government participating in the workshop. The expected outcome is to have at least 6 experts and/or government official experts on matters related to the project. 

In addition, an evaluation form will be prepared and distributed to all participants, 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 activities or topics. The comments will be compiled and reflected in the final report. 

These, together with the development of initiatives on MSMEs, services and trade facilitation that take advantage of the exchange of information generated in this workshop as well as the realization of future workshops on the Pacific Alliance, will provide indicators to assess the impact of the workshop. 

The project outcomes, in terms of impact, will be mainly reflected through the number of participants from different APEC economies, taking into consideration gender. In terms of its midterm impact, this can be measured by the number of downloads from the APEC web page of the workshops final report that will reflect the discussions undertaken during the workshop. In this respect, the indicator will be the number of participants/the number of downloads of the final report (acceptable range: from 90% to 100%).

Linkages

This project is designed in accordance with the Action Plan Framework for the 2nd Capacity Building Needs Initiative (CBNI), as well as the Beijing Roadmap for APEC’s Contribution to the Realization of the FTAAP. Furthermore, APEC Leaders have agreed to realize a Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific (FTAAP) “building on ongoing regional undertakings”, such as TPP, and RCEP. Furthermore, the Collective Strategic Study, which will be presented to Leaders at the end of 2016, discusses other regional undertakings that can contribute to FTAAP, including the Pacific Alliance (PA). In this context, it is crucial for trade officials from APEC economies to improve their understanding of these different regional undertakings.

·  This project will promote collaboration with the Pacific Alliance, which has had many projects related to research fields, like exportation services, entrepreneurs and innovation indicators, barriers to MSME exportation, and migration profile among the PA economies. 

·  The project will seek to generate continuous work among MSMEs entities from APEC and PA, exploring collaborative projects with APEC host economies in the following years. 

·  It is also planned to share the workshop’s main conclusions and discussions throughout workshops conducted after the completion of the project, benefiting public and private organizations. 

APEC is the best source of funds for this project because it represents the most suitable group of economies to analyze the MSMEs gaps with the larger enterprises, giving an overview of diverse experiences in the area of trade facilitation and promotion of services. Within APEC and PA economies, there are different examples of successful and unsuccessful policies that will allow the achievement of stronger conclusions from the workshop.  Also, this is a unique opportunity that allows the exchange of positive and negative experiences of APEC and PA economies on the topics that the project aims to cover, allowing the visualization of improve future public policies and initiatives.

Sustainability

One of the most important results of the project is the report on workshop presentations that will be disseminated through MSMEs´ APEC and PA organizations, either public or private. This report will provide content regarding the current situation in the topics which are addressed by the project, that is to say the similarities, differences, needs and good practices that may be identified in APEC and PA work. The report will also offer recommendations on how APEC economies should strengthen their capacities in the promotion of services, MSMEs and Trade Facilitation, facilitating trade and promoting economic integration in the region. These recommendations should be a guide for the entire region. 

It is contemplated to share the final recommendations with APEC economies for comments and suggestions in order to include all the observations. The latter will enable to present this recommendations for approval of the Committee on Trade and Investment (CTI) and finally, to circulate it as an APEC publication. Consequently, the results of the workshop will be disseminated to the APEC economies for comments and suggestions. This type of activity will help to consider views and maintain cooperation among the members. 

It is expected that such step in long term will promote the collaboration between APEC and PA economies, exploring collaborative projects with APEC host economies in the following years. In this sense, efforts should be made to integrate and coordinate the initiatives that emerge in relation to the study of APEC and PA common issues. For example, sharing a common technological platform on the projects that have been developed and will be developed in both blocks would be a great way to encourage incremental knowledge. Moreover, it will seek to explore to what extent study centers from APEC and PA members could also join this promising sharing of experiences. 

As mentioned before, the project outcomes, in terms of its midterm impact, can be measured by the number of downloads from the APEC web page of the workshops final report that will reflect the discussions undertaken during the workshop. Furthermore, depending on the results of this project, specifically on the contents gathered in the final recommendations guide, it is considered planning a second phase for the deepening of its goals through a two day-workshop with a final publication that will gathered the contents of all the process.

Project Overseers

Krasna Bobenrieth
Head of APEC Department
General Directorate of International Economic Affairs (DIRECON) - Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Government of Chile 

Chilean national. Lawyer from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Master of Laws in International and Comparative Law at Tulane University, New Orleans, USA.

For the last 15 years has worked in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Chile, Dirección General de Relaciones Económicas Internacionales (DIRECON), mainly as a negotiator and in the implementation of the Free Trade Agreements (FTA) and in the EU – Chile Association Agreements that Chile has subscribed; as well as a legal advisor in the corresponding implementation departments. Also worked as Head of the Department of Central, North America and Caribbean; as Chilean Representative to the Committee of Trade and Investment (CTI) of APEC; and as legal advisor to the Chilean representation for the World Trade Organization. 

Second Point of Contact:
Mr. Pablo Trigo
Legal Advisor, APEC Department
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Chile
Tel:  +56 2 28275348 
E-mail:  ptrigo@direcon.gob.cl

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