Project Title

APEC Public-Private Dialogue on Furthering Supply Chain Connectivity Framework Action Plan (SCFAP) 

Project Year

2016   

Project Number

CTI 22 2016T 

Project Session

Session 2   

Project Type

Standard 

Project Status

Completed Project   
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Project No.

CTI 22 2016T 

Project Title

APEC Public-Private Dialogue on Furthering Supply Chain Connectivity Framework Action Plan (SCFAP) 

Project Status

Completed Project 

Publication (if any)

 

Fund Account

TILF Special Account 

Sub-fund

None 

Project Year

2016 

Project Session

Session 2 

APEC Funding

100,000 

Co-funding Amount

25,000 

Total Project Value

125,000 

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; Japan; Mexico; Singapore; United States 

Expected Start Date

01/12/2016 

Expected Completion Date

31/12/2017 

Project Proponent Name 1

Pham Quynh Mai 

Job Title 1

Deputy Director General, Multilateral Trade Policy Department 

Organization 1

Ministry of Industry and Trade 

Postal Address 1

54 Hai Ba Trung street, Hanoi, Viet Nam  

Telephone 1

84-4 22205522 

Fax 1

Not Applicable 

Email 1

Maipq@moit.gov.vn 

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

According to the PSU’s report upon the completion of the APEC Supply Chain Connectivity Framework Action Plan (SCFAP) 2010 - 2015, the APEC member economies have gained progress in implementing the SCFAP.  However, the achievements for individual chokepoint are not equal and much more gains can still be made.  In that light, the APEC Public – Private Dialogue on Furthering  SCFAP directly addresses the  APEC Leaders and Ministers’ commitments to develop the second stage of the SCFAP.  It aims at:

i) Examining the efficiency of the SCFAP based on the PSU’s report and member economies’ sharing of experiences;

ii) Reviewing the progress in addressing barriers under the eight chokepoints, identifying existing gap and possible future direction;

iii) Sharing progress in the implementation of trade facilitation;

iv) Identifying capacity building activities for the member economies; and

v) Exploring and discussing the implementation of SCFAP II.

The project is proposed to be held on the sideline of the SOM 1 to be held in Viet Nam in 2017.

The project falls in rank 1 under the APEC Funding Criteria 2016.

Relevance

The APEC Supply Chain Connectivity Framework Action Plan (SCFAP) was launched by APEC in 2010 in the context of the financial crisis 2007 – 2008 that brought regional economic integration (REI) on high agenda. The SCFAP has outlined the eight chokepoints that need addressing to promote the regional supply chain connectivity in views of implementing the APEC Leaders’ commitments to gain the objective of 10% improvement in supply chain performance in term of reduction in time, cost and uncertainty by 2015. 

According to the Final Assessment on the SCFAP 2010 – 2015, there have been much progress in handling with the individual chokepoints, however, further gains can still be made since there are still room for improvements as well as some chokepoints are still not in expected progress in some aspects. 

At the Ministers Responsible for Trade Meeting in Arequipa, APEC Trade Ministers instructed officials to develop a second stage of the SCFAP which will be endorsed by Leaders at AELM.  The suggested framework for the phase two of the Supply -Chain Connectivity Framework Action Plan (SCFAP) 2017-2020 if approved will further APEC’s efforts to promote regional supply chain connectivity. 

The APEC Public – Private Dialogue on Furthering Supply Chain Connectivity Framework Action Plan (SCFAP) aims at creating an open platform for the APEC member economies to exchange and discuss inputs, approaches and recommendations for the second stage of SCFAP as instructed by APEC Leaders and Ministers. 

The project is apparently beneficial to all APEC member economies from both perspectives of the public and private sectors. Their contributions and recommendations at the Dialogue will be taken into account and reflected in the upcoming APEC activities and plans. 

Under the APEC Funding Criteria for projects in 2016, it falls under rank 1 since it directly addresses supply chain connectivity.

Objectives

The APEC Public – Private Dialogue on Furthering Supply Chain Connectivity Framework Action Plan (SCFAP) aims at the following:

i) Identifying new streamlined chokepoints as well as the points which we have notified as lagging in process (chokepoints 2, 7, 8);

ii) Sharing progress in the implementation of trade facilitation in relevant APEC committees/working groups (CTI, SCSC, SCCP, TPTWG) for better cross-fora collaboration in trade facilitation;

iii) Exploring and discussing the implementation approaches of SCFAP II to promote the APEC supply chain connectivity, including: better understanding the continuing challenges and problems in each chokepoint; creating concrete action plans for each chokepoint; identifying the ideal indicators of measurement for each chokepoint; setting targets for each chokepoint; and

iv) Identifying capacity building activities needed for the member economies.

Alignment

The APEC Leaders in 2014 stated in the Annex D: “APEC Connectivity Blueprint 2015 – 2025” clearly stated that “We will further strengthen the initiatives under the APEC Supply-Chain Connectivity Framework Action Plan (SCFAP) by systematically improving supply chain performance through implementing a capacity building plan to assist economies in overcoming specific obstacles within the eight chokepoints of the SCFAP”. 

In the 2016 Meeting of APEC Ministers Responsible for Trade Statement, the Ministers further instructed “We welcome the progress of the final assessment of the Supply Chain Connectivity Framework Action Plan (SCFAP). The SCFAP and its two predecessors, the APEC Trade Facilitation Action Plans (TFAP I and TFAP II), were ambitious initiatives which attest to APEC’s leadership in the trade facilitation” and “APEC has made considerable progress through the initiative but further gains can still be made. Therefore, we instruct officials to develop a second stage of SCFAP to continue enhancing supply chain connectivity and efficiency in the APEC region”. This project is expected to implement the Leaders and Ministers’ instructions on identifying the next steps for SCFAP. 

The project directly addresses the SCFAP since it will provide the platform for the member economies to discuss whether to continue to implement the eight chokepoints of SCFAP and/or next steps of SCFAP based on the PSU’s report.

TILF/ASF Justification

The project seeks funding from TILF. 

The SCFAP in general and the potentially approved SCFAP II are apparently in line with the Osaka Action Agenda since its covered areas include transportation, customs, standard and conformity, so on as stated in Osaka Action Agenda (Part 1, Section C). This Dialogue, therefore, with the objectives of facilitating the implementation of the SCFAP II, will contribute to APEC trade and investment liberalization and facilitation.

Beneficiaries and Outputs

Outputs: Under this project, a 2 day “APEC Public – Private Dialogue on Furthering Supply Chain Connectivity Framework Action Plan (SCFAP)” will be held to provide the platform for the participants to share, discuss implementation approaches and related issues to the SCFAP phase 2017 – 2020. The Dialogue’s Agenda will be designed to make sure it addresses the concerns of APEC’s member economies/participants; and experienced experts from the public, private sectors and academia will be selected and invited to present, aiming to bring about various perspectives to benefits to the participants. 

During the Dialogue, all the speakers and participants will have the chance to discuss and present their views on what and how APEC should do to lead SCFAP and meet its targeted objectives. These recommendations will be compiled and attached to the Dialogue’s report for APEC’s consideration for further action. 

Following the completion of the Dialogue, a report will be made and circulated to all the speakers and participants as well as delivered to CTI and other APEC relevant committees, working groups for further discussion, follow-up.

Outcomes: Thanks to the Dialogue, the member economies’ relevant representatives can raise their concerns, needs and approaches to implement the SCFAP II (2017 – 2020) to make sure APEC reach the final targets by 2020 as stated.   Their concerns and recommendations will then be submitted to CTI for discussion and served as inputs for its possible work plan. 

In the medium and long term, it is expected to bring about positive changes (if needed and necessary, in appropriate situations) to the policy, regulation promulgation and implementation, business practices of APEC member economies. This change is expected to take place gradually rather than immediately. 

Beneficiaries: The selection criteria will be set to make sure that right participants will attend and benefit most as well as be able to bring about significant changes after the Dialogue’s completion. The criteria might include, but not limited to:

-  Governments’ officials who are directly involved in the policy making and implementation processes including those from Customs, standardization, transportation, e commerce, standardization, etc;

-  Representatives from private sector (ABAC), business associations from APEC member economies;

-  Representatives from academia (PECC, PSU) and international organizations (OECD, Worldbank, ADB).

Dissemination

The Dialogue’s report will be published on the Ministry of Industry and Trade, Viet Nam’s and APEC’s website for reference and for widespread usage and saving cost.

Hard copies will be provided to all the Dialogue's participants.  Electronic publication will also be used to disseminate the Dialogue's documents widely.

A press release on the Dialogue will be published on Vietnam’s media mass (Viet Nam News, Viet Nam News Agency, Industry and Trade Newspapers, etc.,). It will also be sent to SMEs associations, research centers, etc. to attract the attention to the event to encourage people to visit the documents online. 

The target audience includes those who are interested in, involved directly or indirectly as under the SCFAP II  from APEC member economies. 

There is no intention to sell outputs arising from this project.

Gender

Gender issue is seriously taken into account by the project proponent. Women are involved in the development of this proposal and both men and women will get equal opportunity to participate in the project implementation including in the process of preparatory stage, consultation and direct labours, etc. In addition, to address gender concern and make sure that men and women are engaged efficiently in the Dialogue, the evaluation form delivered at the end of the Dialogue will include information on gender to aggregate for project assessment. 

The Organizers will try best to invite the female speakers with enriched experiences and expertise to share at the Dialogue. They might include but not limited to female senior officials and/or researchers and/or experts both the public and  private sectors that are involved in as under the SCFAP II. 

The female participants will benefit from both female and male speakers since they have the opportunities to learn the experiences from the best experts in the field. .The organizers will make sure that women are most encouraged and created favorable conditions to take part in and contribute to the Dialogue by disseminating information and invitation to as many women as possible. For example, invitations will be sent through APEC PPWE (Policy Partnership on Women and the Economy), female business associations of Viet Nam and APEC member economies if available to invite and draw their attention to the Dialogue.

Work Plan

Timeline

Key activities and deliverable outputs

June 2016

Develop the concept note and submit to the Committee

Sept – Oct. 2016

Develop the full project proposal. Seek QAFs from the member economies.

Oct 2016 – Feb 2017

Plan to organize the Dialogue, including employing direct labor, developing the agenda, invite speakers, circulate invitations, work with the APEC Secretariat to assist speakers and participants to register and attend the Dialogue.

On the sideline of SOM1/ CTI1 (estimated in Feb 2017)

Organize the Dialogue. Report the outcomes of the Dialogue to APEC and make recommendations for the next steps.

Risks

One of the risks is to ensure a selection of good speakers in order to make the most of the Dialogue. The speakers should be those who have senior experiences in SCFAP’s related areas/issues including authority officials to; representatives from the private sector; academia representatives; international organizations. The Organizers will work closely with co-sponsoring economies to nominate and invite the most suitable speakers for the Dialogue.

Another concern is to choose the right participants to the Dialogue. To make sure that right participants are nominated and funded by APEC to attend the Dialogue, the Organizers will consult with co-sponsoring economies to set general criteria for participants. Participants should be government officials who are directly or indirectly involved in the policy making, management or implementation; academic or economic experts who have good background and experiences in the field. Business sectors are encouraged to attend the Dialogue. To ensure the results, invitations will be sent through different fora in APEC including CTI, ABAC, SCCP, TPTWG, SCSC, ECSG, etc. For the host economy, the Dialogue is free open to all interested in the topic.

Monitoring and Evaluation

All speakers and participants will be requested to provide feedback on the efficiency and outcomes of the Dialogue whether the objectives are met, whether the information sharing is able to bring about changes after its completion and how. 

The speakers and participants will be requested to provide feedback by filling in the evaluation form, delivered at the end of the Dialogue. 

The following information will be collected to measure/assess progress and impact: 

-  The first indicator to be used is to assess whether the Dialogue meets its set objectives. This can be assessed comparing what participants gain from the Dialogue (using evaluation form) and whether the Dialogue is able to produce practical recommendations to be submitted to relevant APEC committees/WGs/fora.

-  The second indicator can be whether the Dialogue has accommodated right participants and there have been representatives of both public and private sectors. It is expected that the balance between the public and private sectors ranges from 50% - 50% or at least 40% – 60%.

-  The third indicator can be the quality of speakers; this can be assessed by compiling comments of participants in the evaluation forms. 

-  The forth indicator relates to gender issue: How many female participants can attend and learn knowledge/experiences at the Dialogue and how many female speakers can come and share their expertise and experiences. It is expected to accommodate from 30% to 40% of female participants to attend the Dialogue. 

- The fifth one is communication indicator in order to know how widely the Dialogue’s materials will be disseminated to interested groups in APEC: it is planned that presentations and documents of the Dialogue will be made available via the APEC Meeting Document Database. The Project’s Report will be presented to SMEWG for consideration. The PO will check with APEC Secretariat to make sure that the materials of the Dialogue will be uploaded to the APEC AIMP; the PO will also be responsible for sending the report to APEC’s relevant working groups.

Linkages

CTI will oversees this Project and be responsible for disseminating information about the Dialogue among APEC member economies. The outcomes of the Dialogue will be submitted to CTI for consideration and further action. 

TPTWG, SCCP, ECSG and SCSC will be consulted during the implementation of the projects (for example, TPTWG, SCCP, ECSG, and SCSC can give advice on the agenda, inviting potential speakers and participants; attending the Dialogue). The outcomes of the Dialogue will also be sent to TPTWG, SCSC and SCCP for collaboration. 

ABAC will also be informed of the Dialogue and invitation will also be sent out to ABAC contact points in APEC members.

Sustainability

Following the Dialogue, participants are expected to have better ideas of how to proceed the SCFAP II. 

To make sure that the Dialogue meets its objectives, the organizer will seek approval from CTI for the recommendations in particular and the report in general.  Based on the recommendations from member economies, the organizer will consider proposing new activities/initiatives to follow up the outcome of the project. 

Besides, since this project is directly supportive of the Phase II of the SCFAP which is pending for the APEC Leaders’ endorsements at the AELM 24, it will significantly contribute to the efficient implementation of the SCFAP II. 

The Organizer also considers proposing the next steps of the project based on the participants’ recommendations. The networking will be used to review the implementation of recommendations.

Project Overseers

Ms. Pham Quynh Mai
Viet Nam SOM to APEC
Deputy Director General
Multilateral Trade Policy Department
Ministry of Industry and Trade
Viet Nam

Tel: (84-4) 2220 5522
Email: MAIPQ@MOIT.GOV.VN

Cost Efficiency

Not Applicable.

Drawdown Timetable

Not Applicable.

Direct Labour

The Project Overseer seeks APEC funding to support 8 speakers in total for the 2-day Dialogue.

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; take notes; develop and finalize the report of the Dialogue with recommendations; work as a coordinator in all substantive matters (245 hours total), seek APEC Funding.

Short-term staffs (clerks): will handle logistics arrangements for the organization of the Dialogue (495 hours total – 2 or 3 staffs), seek APEC Funding.

Waivers

Waiver

Justification

Waiver for advance payment

Travel airfare, per diem for speakers, active participants – to encourage participation in the project as many speakers and participants are not able to attend the Dialogue because of reimbursement. 

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 very important for this project since many Vietnamese are experts in the field, however, not many of them are English fluent.  The Organizer will prioritize to invite Vietnamese speakers with good command of English but cannot guarantee. The waiver is just for speakers who are not fluent in English speaking.

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