Project Title

The 3rd Capacity Building Workshop on Strategic Framework on Measurement of APEC TiVA under GVCs and its Action Plan 

Project Year

2017   

Project Number

CTI 09 2017A 

Project Session

Session 1   

Project Type

Standard 

Project Status

Project in Implementation   
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Project No.

CTI 09 2017A 

Project Title

The 3rd Capacity Building Workshop on Strategic Framework on Measurement of APEC TiVA under GVCs and its Action Plan 

Project Status

Project in Implementation 

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

2017 

Project Session

Session 1 

APEC Funding

100,000 

Co-funding Amount

197,210 

Total Project Value

297,210 

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)

China 

Co-Sponsoring Economies

Australia; Malaysia; Papua New Guinea; Peru; Philippines; United States 

Expected Start Date

01/07/2017 

Expected Completion Date

31/12/2017 

Project Proponent Name 1

Peng Jin 

Job Title 1

Division Director 

Organization 1

Ministry of Commerce 

Postal Address 1

No 2, Dong Changán Street, Beijing, China 100731 

Telephone 1

86-10 65198498 

Fax 1

Not Applicable 

Email 1

pengjing@mofcom.gov.cn 

Project Proponent Name 2

Wang Chunyang 

Job Title 2

Attache 

Organization 2

Ministry of Commerce 

Postal Address 2

No 2, Dong Changán Street, Beijing, China 100731 

Telephone 2

86-10 65197765 

Fax 2

Not Applicable 

Email 2

wangchunyang@mofcom.gov.cn 

Declaration

Wang Chunyang 

Project Summary

The Strategic Framework on Measurement of APEC Trade in Value-Added (TiVA)under  Global Value Chains (GVCs) and its Action Plan endorsed by the APEC economic leaders and ministers in 2014 includes capacity building workshops that are essential for the success of the initiative. China and the United States as well as other APEC participating economies plan to implement this commitment again and organize the 3rd capacity building workshop focused on building capacity to measure TiVA across APEC economies in 2017.The main objectives of the workshop are to provide capacity building training for members of the technical group regarding:

1) Check and validate APEC economies’ Supply and Use Tables/ Input-Output Tables (SUTs/IOTs) or extended SUTs/IOTs and other reported statistics ; adjust SUTs/IOTs as needed to bring them into alignment with balanced goods and services trade statistics.

2) Explore to update submitted SUTs/IOTs as needed to fit within a unified APEC TiVA framework based on available annual micro and macro statistics.

3) Explore to integrate APEC economies’ SUTs/IOTs as well as to construct APECSUT/APECIOT by major economic sectors and APECSUT/APECIOT by major economic sectors with firm heterogeneity.

4) Explore to compute the APEC TiVA Database and draft related participating Economy Note.

5) Explore the consistency between the APEC TiVA Database and the OECD-WTO TiVA Database and make necessary adjustment to integrate the two databases with the OECD-WTO.

Relevance

Recognizing the importance of Global Value Chains (GVCs) to the APEC member economies in terms of achieving three development goals - sustainable economic development, promoting good governance, and building human capital, in 2013, APEC Leaders agreed to promote GVCs development and cooperation among the APEC region on the basis of work on connectivity

Having better measurement of trade in value added (TiVA) is critical, as it enables more accurate GVC analysis, measurement of the performance of APEC economies engaging in GVCs, and assessment of the potential benefits and challenges from new policies. Therefore, in 2014, APEC economic leaders and ministers endorsed the APEC Strategic Blueprint for Promoting Global Value Chains Development and Cooperation and the Strategic Framework on Measurement of APEC TiVA under GVCs (the Strategic Framework) and its Action Plan, and instructed an APEC Technical Group of Measurement on TiVA under GVCs (the technical group) to complete the construction of the APEC TiVA Database by 2018. The Work Plan and the Term of Reference on the Operational Mechanism of the technical group (ToR) that specify the objectives, tasks, and deliverables during the course of the APEC TiVA Database Initiative were endorsed by ministers responsible for trade and ministers in 2015. And 2017-2018 Work Plan for the technical group approved by the 4th meeting of the technical group in Bangkok, Thailand in October, 2016 and agreed by APEC Committee on Trade and Investment (CTI) in November, 2016. APEC ministers welcomed the 2017-2018 Work Plan for the technical group and APEC economic leaders and ministers commended the solid progress towards the completion of the APEC TiVA Database by 2018 in Lima, Peru in November, 2016. 

One major challenge is that the domestic statistics of the APEC member economies for measuring GVC activities are limited and the quality is uneven. For example, domestic input-output tables (IOTs) that describe inter-industry relationships within an economy are an important starting point to measure GVCs; however, eight economies (Chile, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Russia, Thailand, and Viet Nam) don’t produce IOTs regularly. In addition, Brunei, China, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, and Peru need to improve the quality of their domestic account statistics or value-added data.  Finally, only Japan and the U.S. have complete bilateral data for all sectors on FDI and services trade. Consequently, capacity building is necessary to achieve the ultimate goals of the Initiative of Measurement of APEC TiVA under GVC. The 3rd Capacity Building Workshop will consist of two phases. Phase I program will be three and half days’ sessions offered by experts from experienced economies and international organizations. Phase II program of interactive sessions where economies with technical difficulties can spend time with experts to finish compiling their own SUTs, estimating and submitting the whole data required by the second round data submission. The phase II program offers an in-depth, face-to-face collaboration between CTTF/IO experts and economies with technical difficulties to construct their own SUTs. These interactive sessions will foster strong commitment to jointly construct APEC SUTs before the deadline. 

The capacity building program also serves as a platform to identify and share best practices. Consequently, the capacity building is necessary to achieve the goals of the APEC TiVA Database Initiative. 

Activities outlined in the APEC Strategic Blueprint for Promoting Global Value Chains Development and Cooperation: The project will satisfy the capacity building workshop requirement of the Capacity Building Program. The Capacity Building Program is required under the Strategic Framework and its Action Plan. China and the United States are the co-leading economies of this project. China sponsored the 1st capacity-building workshop in 2015 and the United States sponsored the 2nd capacity building workshop in 2016, China is expected to organize the 3rd capacity building workshop in the summer of 2017 in Nanning, City, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China and after the 3rd capacity building workshop, the 5th meeting of the technical group will be held in same place.

Objectives

The key objectives of the 3rd capacity building workshop are to provide technical training to members of the technical group from participating APEC member economies on the best practice regarding:

1) the methods and skills to check and validate APEC economies’ SUTs/IOTs or extended SUTs/IOTs and other reported statistics; adjust SUTs/IOTs as needed to bring them into alignment with balanced goods and services trade statistics.

2) the methods and skills to update submitted SUTs/IOTs as needed to fit within a unified APEC TiVA framework based on available annual micro and macro statistics.

3) the methods and skills to integrate APEC economies’ SUTs/IOTs and as well as construct APECSUT/APECIOT by major economic sector and APECSUT/APECIOT by major economic sectors with firm heterogeneity.

4) the methods and skills to compute the APEC TiVA Database and draft related participating Economy Note.

5) the methods and skills to realize the consistency between the APEC TiVA Database and the OECD-WTO TiVA Database and make necessary adjustment to integrate the two databases with the OECD-WTO.

Alignment

In 2013, APEC Leaders agreed to promote GVC development and cooperation among the APEC region. According the Strategic Framework and its Action Plan endorsed by the 22nd AELM in 2014, the ToR and the Work Plan both for the technical group endorsed by APEC MRT and AMM in 2015. In May of 2016, the Code of Conduct of the Working Website of APEC Technical Group of Measurement on TiVA under GVCs and the Classification of Measurement on APEC TiVA were endorsed by APEC MRT in Arequipa, Peru and in November of 2016, the 2017-2018 Work Plan for the APEC Technical Group of Measurement on TiVA under GVCs was welcomed by APEC AMM in Lima, Peru.

Followed above APEC guidelines, Co-technical leaders of the Core Technical Task Force (CTTF), one from China and one from the United States, have been nominated followed the 2017-2018 Work Plan for the technical group. And members of CTTF will be drawn from the Core Expert Working Team (CEWT) and the Technical Working Teams of participating APEC member economies (MTWT) on the voluntarily basis.

These documents instruct the technical group to lead and guide the participating economies to achieve this objective of building the APEC TiVA database by 2018. As a part of this effort, the technical group has laid out the work plan for different stages of technical work, frequently solicit and identify technical assistance and training needs from participating economies, and is developing the structure to meet such needs (e.g. workshops). This capacity building workshop is a part of ongoing effort by the technical group.

This project also satisfies the requirements of the FUNDING CRITERIA FOR ALL APEC‐FUNDED PROJECTS IN 2017(the Funding Criteria). The activities outlined in theGVCs Blueprint were listed under the Rank 1: Projects that demonstrate a direct link to promoting regional economic integration via free and open trade and investment in the Funding Criteria.

TILF/ASF Justification

The Action Plan on the Strategic Framework on Measurement of APEC TiVA under GVCs lays out the objectives and deliverables of the APEC TiVA initiative through 2018. However, many APEC economies lack sound statistical infrastructure and capacity in collecting and generating quality data needed for achieving the goals of the APEC TiVA Database Initiative. As a crucial component of this project, the Capacity Building Program provides targeted, action-oriented technical training workshops to participating APEC economies to address issues concerning data collection, compilation, reconciliation, and confidentiality. It also serves as a platform to share best practice and provide technical assistance. In particular, for developing economies such as Malaysia, Viet Nam and Thailand that are missing domestic input-output tables (IOTs) for certain years; for some of Asian economies such as Indonesia, Japan, Vietnam and Thailand that need to convert the IOTs into the SUTs, as well as developing economies such as PNG and Peru that need to improve their domestic account statistics or value-added data, this capacity building is necessary to achieve the goals of the APEC TiVA Database Initiative by improving their processes and methodologies, and building their knowledge and technical expertise.

Beneficiaries and Outputs

Outputs: The outputs include a ten-day workshop, a hand-on training, a summary report, and the dissemination of knowledge of the best practices.

From Aug 7-19, 2017, China will host a ten-day workshop in Nanning. Phase I program will be three and half days’ sessions offered by experts from experienced economies and international organizations. A half day 5th APEC TiVA Technical Group meeting on the afternoon of August 10. The rest days are Phase II program of interactive sessions where economies with technical difficulties can spend time with experts to finish compiling their own SUTs, estimating and submitting the whole data required by the second-round data submission. The workshop will collaborate with other international organizations such as the ADB, OECD, WTO, and others. The results and recommendations of the workshop will be included in a summary report to encourage participants to promote these best practices in their respective economies.

The workshop is designed to:

·  evaluate APEC SUTs complication progress and identify technical issues based on the presentation by participating economies and CTTF members;

·  provide capacity-building training to help member economies understand the frame and method to harmonize and benchmark economies’ SUTs; prepare and process trade statistics; constructing APEC SUTs; apply TIVA indicator to policy and academic settings;

·  provide face-to-face, in-depth collaboration between CTTF/IO experts and economies with technical difficulties to construct their own SUTs and foster strong commitment to jointly construct APEC SUTs before the deadline; and

·  present and share best practices on above technical issues.

This event represents an opportunity for APEC economies to gain a complete understanding of compilation progress and methods used to construct APEC SUTs and provide capacity training to economies cannot finish compiling their own SUTs, estimating and submitting the whole data required by the second-round data submission to ensure final deliveries on time. 

Outcomes: The capacity building workshop is designed to provide information and skills building to enable APEC economies to overcome technical challenges that prevent them from completing the 2017 and 2018 APEC TiVA deliverables. These deliverables are:

1) Check and validate APEC economies’ SUTs/IOTs or extended SUTs/IOTs and other reported statistics; adjust SUTs/IOTs as needed to bring them into alignment with balanced goods and services trade statistics.

2) Explore to update submitted SUTs/IOTs as needed to fit within a unified APEC TiVA framework based on available annual micro and macro statistics.

3) Explore to integrate APEC economies’ SUTs/IOTs as well as to construct APECSUT/APECIOT by major economic sectors and APECSUT/APECIOT by major economic sectors with firm heterogeneity.

4) Explore to compute the APEC TiVA Database and draft related participating Economy Note.

5) Explore the consistency between the APEC TiVA Database and the OECD-WTO TiVA Database and make necessary adjustment to integrate the two databases with the OECD-WTO. 

The project will have the following impacts on the process of data preparation, SUT/IOT construction, data dissemination, and TiVA calculation and analysis:

1) The workshop will train participants in the best practice of reconciling data asymmetries across APEC economics in preparation for construction regional SUTs/IOTs.

2) The workshop will teach each APEC economy, according to the international standard approach, how to harmonize SUT with NA account and updates SUT to benchmark year; estimate use tables at basic price; and compile import use matrix and connecting APEC use tables at basic price with global trade discrepancy. 

Beneficiaries: This capacity building workshop would invite experts from developed APEC economies, international organizations such as the Asia Development Bank, OECD, and WTO, academic institutions to provide targeted and in-depth technical training to the participants. 

The participants of the capacity building workshop will be nominated by the participating APEC economies, preferably two members from the Technical Working Team in each developed APEC member economy, and four members from developing APEC member economies. Economies with difficulties constructing their own SUTs and submitting the required data by the second round data submission are strongly encouraged to consider one NA account and one trade data experts with years’ working experience. Nominated participants could include: technical officials from statistical agencies/statistical institute, international economics and trade ministries, officials responsible for Balance of Payment (BOP) in central banks or experts from relevant academics or organizations who can get access to official data. However, they must work on technical position in the field that is directly relevant to this APEC TiVA database - understanding the data of their own economies, having the capacity of data processing during phase II with CTTF until finish estimating and submitting the whole data required by the second round data submission. Economies that can construct their own SUTs and submit the data required by the second round data submission are strongly encouraged to consider representatives from members of the Technical Working Team, where applicable. Those currently work in the field are welcomed, which could be domestic account (e.g. SUTs, IOTs), international trade and economic policies, or global value chain analysis. And they shall possess some basic knowledge or technical expertise in the above fields.

Through this capacity building workshop, these participants will be able to expand their knowledge in compiling SUTs and IOTs, calculating TiVA indicators, and applying tools to conduct relevant analysis. They will serve as the key technical experts in their own economies, transfer the knowledge to their colleagues, and enhance the quality of their products as well as their statistical capacities. 

Major members of the CTTF and experts from international organizations and academic institutions as well as the Coordination Working Team, Chair of CTI and Program Director / APEC Secretariat, and leader of Friends of the Chair (FoTC) on GVCs will be invited to attend the workshops either as experts or as participants.

Dissemination

In December 2017, the workshop organizers will store and disseminate the workshop agenda, official conference meeting minutes, data, technical documents, training material, and technical group report via the Technical Group working website maintained by China on behalf of the technical group. The technical group will submit the report electronically to the CTI. And PO will also share the summary report/best practices document to APEC Publication Database for wider reach. 

Storing all of the data, example SUTs, training materials, methodology documents, conference report, etc. online will allow all economies to submit, have equal access to materials and, at low cost, be able to share this material with their relevant home economy parties for producing SUTs, IOTs, and TiVA statistics. The target audience are the participants of the workshop, themselves, and the staff in their home economies that are pertinent to the APEC TiVA project. The website allows for both of these audiences to have equal and unfettered access to the resources necessary to complete the 2017 deliverables. 

We have no intention to sell outputs arising from this project.

Gender

The project will ensure a conducive environment that is created during the project planning and implementation stages to enable the effective representation of the views of both men and women. In particularly, the views and involvement of key women who are subject matter experts will be sought in the research, data collection and generation conducted to develop the APEC TiVA Database. Sex disaggregated data will be used where available/possible to inform the project. 

The project overseer will make the utmost effort to implement the project in a manner sensitive to gender considerations at all steps, and to ensure that it benefits both men and women. The organizing team will include a number of women members, and women will be encouraged to be involved in the preparatory stage and actual activity. Invitations will take due consideration of gender concerns by encouraging the suggestion and nomination of female speakers and participants. The workshop organizers will ensure that invitations sent to Technical Group on Measurement of APEC TiVA under GVC as well as the Committee on Trade and Investment (CTI) will take due consideration of gender concerns by encouraging the nomination of female speakers and participants. In addition, the project proponents will ensure that the evaluation forms to be distributed at the end of the workshop will include information on gender for disaggregating of data for project assessment and will help in evaluation of specific responses of women and men.

Work Plan

Feb.-April 2017: APEC TiVA work plans for 2017 submitted by APEC economies at the end of 2016 will be reviewed and requests for capacity building will be collated along major themes and subject areas. Based on the capacity building requests and additional information that was included in the work plans about potential challenges for completing 2017 deliverables, the project team will draft capacity building workshop agenda and design the syllabus around priority gap areas. The beneficiaries of this activity are all of the APEC economies that attend the August capacity building workshop. 

May - June 2017: The project team will undertake the APEC-wide second round data submission and evaluate the whole data through the APEC TiVA Core Technical Task Force (CTTF) to identify training priorities and the technical assistance needs in construction of APEC TiVA database and measurement of TiVA in GVCs across APEC member economies. The second round data submission and the corresponding reviewing report will collect more detail information from each economy to know the main technical obstacles for all APEC economies in constructing the APEC TiVA database so as to make sure the main topics and to determine the extent to which topics the workshop should focus on. The Workshop Agenda will be drafted based on the main obstacles for each economy identified by the data reviewing report. The project team will ensure that they reference the agendas from last year’s APEC TiVA capacity building workshop, OECD’s and  the ADB’s regional workshops to ensure that our agenda would complement and enhance the topics that have been covered. 

June - July 2017:  The project team will partner with the relevant international organizations to identify and invite workshop expert speakers and nominate participants and work to finalize the agenda. The team will ensure that relevant decision making experts and economy representatives are engaged in the workshop. In inviting economy nominations for participants, the team will issue clear guidelines to for selecting participants based on background knowledge, experience, and technical skills to ensure that attending staff are effective at receiving training at the workshop and transferring this training back to their home teams. 

August 2017: The capacity building workshop will be held on August 7-18, 2017 in Nanning, China. The workshop will include two phases’ technical training for participating economies and a half day technical group meeting on the afternoon of August 10. Phase I training program will be four days’ sessions offered by experts from experienced economies and international organizations to introduce the front-edge thoughts of regional TiVA. 

The rest days are Phase II program of interactive sessions where economies with technical difficulties can spend time with experts to finish compiling their own SUTs, estimating and submitting the whole data required by the second round data submission. This phase offers an in-depth, face-to-face collaboration between CTTF/IO experts and economies with technical difficulties to construct their own SUTs. The workshop will provide training to the members of the technical group from participating APEC member economies on the: How to transfer Use table from Purchase price to Basic price and the estimation of Trade and transport margin matrix. Estimate the adjustment of resident purchase abroad and nonresident purchase domestically. Estimate import use table and separate use table at basic price into domestic and import use table. Estimate CIF margin and adjust import statistics from CIF to FOB price. Reconcile merchandise, service trade and international CIF margin supply and demand at economy/product level. Estimate Symmetric index to reconcile trade statistics from reporters and partners and estimate bilateral trade share matrix among APEC and major partners. Applications of economic analysis based on SUTs, IOTs, and TiVA indicators; and Policy-relevant GVC analysis. 

On the afternoon of the 10th, the technical group will hold its 5th meeting to summarize the results of the workshop, discuss progress of completing the 2017 deliverables, and agree on steps to be taken by the next technical group meeting in 2018. The technical group will also write a report summarizing the outcomes of the workshop, the findings of capacity building sessions regarding best practices and the status of each economy’s progress, the remaining challenges to completing upcoming deliverables, and the action items for the next six months. The technical group will submit the report to the CTI and circulate it among the participating APEC economies via a technical group working website maintained by China. 

September - October 2017: In the fall of 2017, based on second round data submission and the outcome of the capacity building, the CTTF will deliver two sets of SUTs (2005 and 2010) at basic and purchaser’s prices for APEC economies, benchmarked by NA statistics where data are available; and two sets of the balanced bilateral trade shares matrix and cif-fob margin matrix (2005 and 2012) by the APEC product classification and end use for APEC economies where data is available and rest of the world. 

November/December 2017: In November and December 2017, the workshop organizers will store and disseminate the official workshop meeting notes and technical report via the website maintained by China on behalf of the APEC TiVA Technical Group. The technical group will submit the report electronically directly to the CTI.

Risks

The following are some potential risks that would need to be appropriately managed and mitigated:

1)  Standards/quality of outputs: The quality of the stock-taking study can be managed by ensuring that the consultant has clear terms of reference for the study and that expectation on quality and standards are communicated prior to the commencement of the work.

2) Interest in initiative or workshop: This will be managed by engaging CTI members (and other related fora) continuously throughout the different stages of the project.

3) Appropriate participants/experts/quality speakers – This will be managed by contacting speakers early and also actively engaging multilateral organizations (OECD/ADB/WTO) in seeking nominations from member economies for targeted officials and experts with the skills and experience to implement the recommendations put forth in the study.

4) Adoption of recommendations by member economies: The results and recommendations of the workshop will be included in a technical working phase to work with CTTF to estimate and submit the data required by the second round data submission in their respective economies. For the economies with difficulties constructing their own SUTs and submitting the required data by the second round data submission, the ideal nominations are the officers directly relevant to this APEC TiVA database - understanding the data of their own economies, having the ability and can really do data processing work, so the qualifications of all nominations will be controlled strictly by technical group.

Monitoring and Evaluation

Before the workshop, a report to evaluate the second-round data submission will be circulated to all the economies for self-assessment to identify their own training priorities and technical assistance needs. 

At the end of workshop, the project overseers will also design and distribute an evaluation questionnaire to all the participants. The questionnaire will contain both qualitative and quantitative sections. The qualitative section provides participants an opportunity to send feedback on the workshop agenda, including suggestions for areas of follow-up. The project overseers will review these evaluations and finalize the feedback prior to finalizing the workshop summary report and deliverables. For the quantitative section, expected number of participants, the number of participating developing economies, and the number of developing economies which submit SUTs, IOTs, NA account and trade statistics at two benchmark years before AELM will be recorded to measure the project impacts. For gender impacts, the percentage of women speakers and participants will be measured.

Linkages

Analysis of GVCs and the measurement of Trade in Value Added (TiVA) would better reveal economic performance of economies engaging in GVCs, and the potential benefits and challenges from new policies. Therefore, the analysis of GVCs and the measurement of TiVA can reveal potentially important aspects of policy and identify strategic implications for decision makers in the public and private sectors of APEC economies. These efforts could contribute significantly to the promotion of trade and investment facilitation, help mitigate systematic risk, extend Asia-Pacific regional production networks, advance supply chain connectivity, and enhance APEC’s leadership role in manufacturing and sustaining APEC economic growth. Obtaining GVC data relevant to policy is critical for the APEC economies to better understand effective policy environments for faster, more inclusive economic growth. APEC as the largest inter-governmental and members-driven cooperation in the Asia-Pacific, has great advantage and experience in providing capacity building for members on collecting data and guaranteeing outcomes’ objectiveness, integrity and transparency, which is also one of APEC’s core missions. Since APEC Leaders instructed officials to complete the construction of the TiVA database by 2018, it is essential that enough financial resources and capacity building from APEC are in place for this collective action. Also, the project will use the FTAAP-GVCs Sub-fund, which was established exactly for advancing FTAAP and GVCs pillars. 

This project is cross-fora collaboration, addressing an issue that requires cross-ministerial, interdisciplinary attention. Currently there is a cavity in domestic statistics of the APEC member economies for measuring GVC activities and where data does exist, the quality remains uneven across the region. At the November 2015 workshop in Shanghai (funded by China) and the October 2016 workshop in Bangkok (funded by APEC and the U.S.), China and the United States completed their sample supply use tables (SUTs) and extended SUTs, and presented their preliminary results as well as the methodologies. In the meantime, some APEC economies only introduced what kind of SUTs/IOTs, trade statistics and NA account data they had and how did they design the surveys to get the above data. But those economies didn’t submit any required basic data to APEC technical group. Until 2017, some APEC economies have submitted the two benchmark SUTs/IOTs in the first and second round data submission. But, the submitted data was not enough to build TiVA database and many other APEC economies still need to compile two benchmark SUTs/ IOTs, and provide NA account and trade statistics, if feasible, provide extended SUTs/IOTs. The project will build upon the outcomes of previous work including the previous two workshops in 2015 and 2016, APEC-wide first and second round data submission as well as the evaluation made by the Core Technical Task Force (CTTF). The project team will also coordinate closely with experts from international organizations including WTO, OECD, UN and ADB to align with pre-existing TiVA related databases.

Sustainability

To the extent possible, the PO will endeavor to engage the same participants in all follow up activities.  As noted earlier, based on the outcomes of the workshop in August as well as the recommendations placed in the follow-on report, the Technical Group will assess the need for the 4th capacity building workshop by the end of 2017, which will be led by the United States. 

In 2018, the following actions are intended to be undertaken:
Complete the construction of the APEC TiVA Database and related Economy Notes as well as the integration with the OECD-WTO TiVA Database. 

All these work will mainly be leaded by APEC TiVA Core Technical Task Force (CTTF), any gaps in implementation, support needed for beneficiaries to carry forward results and lessons from the project, policy analysisand future actions will be developed as part of this broader initiative. The engagement of the private sector and multilateral organizations, such as ADB, WCO, and OECD, will also assist in leveraging the benefits of this project to ensure sustainability.

Project Overseers

Ms. Jing Peng is Director of Policy Research Department at the Ministry of Commerce of P.R. China. Ms. Peng joined the MOFCOM in 2005, and has been working in the fields of foreign direct investment, foreign trade, regional economic integration, and Global Value Chains (GVCs) and Trade-in-Value Added. Ms. Peng has contributed in the GVCs-related initiatives in APEC, OECD and G20 etc. on China side. Ms. Peng holds a Ph.D. and a Master degree in Economics from Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and Xi’an Jiaotong University.

WANG Chunyang, Attaché of Department of International Trade and Economic Affairs, MOFCOM, is currently responsible for trade cooperation in regional mechanisms including Asia-Pacific Cooperation (APEC), Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM), and China-ASEAN Free Trade Agreement (FTA). Mr. Wang achieved Bachelor of English from Beijing Foreign Studies University.

Cost Efficiency

Not Applicable.

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Not Applicable.

Direct Labour

This project includes a large number of activities, such as liaison, administrative and logistical arrangement, meeting minutes and completion report tasks for the training program. Therefore, comparatively a high amount of labour needs to be assigned to these activities.

Waivers

Not Applicable.

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