New Zealand proposes running a half-day workshop in the margins of the third Senior Officials Meeting (SOM3) of APEC in Ho Chi Minh, in August 2017. The workshop will provide an opportunity to focus on the APEC-OECD Integrated Checklist on Regulatory Reform and discuss options for future APEC-OECD collaboration on good regulatory practice (GRP). Options for future collaboration could then be presented for consideration and possible action by the Economic Committee. APEC’s Baseline Study on GRP and subsequent updates have assisted members in the application of the Checklist in the region over the past several years.
The APEC-OECD Integrated Checklist on Regulatory Reform was an important initiative when it was launched in 2005. The Checklist is a voluntary tool that APEC economies can use to evaluate their respective regulatory reform efforts.
The OECD has developed its thinking on regulatory reform and GRP since 2005, and has made significant progress on its work on international regulatory cooperation (IRC). The Economic Committee has held its own workshops on IRC. There is potential for APEC to draw on the OECD’s work and the work of the Economic Committee and SCSC to build upon the Integrated Checklist and APEC’s approach to GRP. This could include developing joint products to complement the Checklist. Future collaboration between APEC and the OECD in this area would help further develop thinking about GRP, with benefits for both organisations and their members.
The workshop would involve:
· An OECD presentation applying the Checklist to the regulatory policies of APEC economies that have been subject to recent OECD country reviews;
· An update on developments in regulatory reform and GRP since the Checklist was developed; and
. A discussion of options for possible future APEC/OECD collaboration on GRP.