Project Title

Policy Dialogue on Sharing of Best Practices in Building Institutional Capacities to Promote Internationalisation of MSMEs and Developing Competitiveness of MSMEs to go Global 

Project Year

2017   

Project Number

SME 09 2017A 

Project Session

Session 1   

Project Type

Standard 

Project Status

Project in Implementation   
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Project No.

SME 09 2017A 

Project Title

Policy Dialogue on Sharing of Best Practices in Building Institutional Capacities to Promote Internationalisation of MSMEs and Developing Competitiveness of MSMEs to go Global 

Project Status

Project in Implementation 

Publication (if any)

 

Fund Account

APEC Support Fund 

Sub-fund

ASF: Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) 

Project Year

2017 

Project Session

Session 1 

APEC Funding

80,000 

Co-funding Amount

29,119 

Total Project Value

109,119 

Sponsoring Forum

Small and Medium Enterprises Working Group (SMEWG) 

Topics

Small and Medium Enterprises 

Committee

SOM Steering Committee on Economic and Technical Cooperation (SCE) 

Other Fora Involved

 

Other Non-APEC Stakeholders Involved

 

Proposing Economy(ies)

Papua New Guinea 

Co-Sponsoring Economies

Australia; Malaysia; Philippines; Chinese Taipei; United States 

Expected Start Date

01/06/2017 

Expected Completion Date

31/05/2018 

Project Proponent Name 1

Barry Sausia 

Job Title 1

Coordinator - APEC Project Unit 

Organization 1

Small and Medium Enterprise Corporation 

Postal Address 1

PO Box 286, Waigani NCD, Papua New Guinea 

Telephone 1

675-3235816 

Fax 1

Not Applicable 

Email 1

bsausia@smecorp.gov.pg 

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

Barry Sausia 

Project Summary

One of the most crucial challenges facing MSMEs in APEC economies is how to create new business and investment opportunities in regional and global markets. Recent studies reveal that MSMEs in the APEC region account for only 30% of Exports, which is quite low considering the fact that MSMEs account for 90% of businesses and employ up to 60% of the workforce. The project aims to invite expert international speakers and participants from APEC economies to partake in an interactive workshop where participants, particularly from developing economies can learn from the experiences/best practices from other APEC economies and acquire knowledge and skills which will allow them to formulate specific policies to support MSMEs in their home economies tap into regional markets. This project draws on the  direction established by the Boracay Action Agenda to Globalize MSMEs, the APEC Iloilo Initiative: Growing Global MSMEs for Inclusive Development, and the SMEWG Strategic Plan 2017-2020. A two day workshop will be organized on the margins of SOM 2 during PNG APEC year 2018.

Relevance

Recent studies reveal that MSMEs in the APEC region account for only 30% of Exports, which is quite low considering the fact that MSMEs account for 90% of businesses and employ up to 60% of the workforce. Knowing how to create new business and investment opportunities in regional and global markets is one of the crucial challenges facing MSME’s in APEC economies. This project draws on the  direction established by the Boracay Action Agenda to Globalize MSMEs, the APEC Iloilo Initiative: Growing Global MSMEs for Inclusive Development, and the SMEWG Strategic Plan 2017-2020.The project specifically aims to identify key internal and external issues which act as trade barriers, and restrict internationalization of SMEs while offering sound policy advice based on best practices used by other economies in the region, developing economies can then choose to utilize/adopt these measures and come up with their own policies to facilitate MSME access to international markets and spur cross border trade in the region. This project is of significance to developing economies in the APEC region that needs to bring their MSMEs to the required level to actively and meaningfully participate in the regional economic integration process.

This project falls under rank 1: MSME Modernization and implementation of the Boracay Action Agenda to Globalize MSMEs and the Iloilo Initiative: Growing Global MSMEs for Inclusive Development.

It also falls under Rank 2: specifically, in the areas of inclusive growth for MSMES: Issues related to reducing economic disparities among APEC economies and to help member’s economies participate in the regional trade and investment liberalization opportunities.

Objectives

The projects main intention is to bring together SME and trade facilitation Policy makers and other relevant stakeholders together to:

1) Foster dialogue and knowledge sharing amongst APEC member economies on existing barriers to MSMEs access to regional and global markets;

2) Identify best practices of MSME internationalisation in the APEC region, and offer sound policy recommendations to facilitate MSMEs involvement in international trade; and

3) Build capacity of participants through interactive learning from peers and experts on how they can develop specific policy frameworks and strategies to improve access to international/regional markets for MSMES in their respective economies.

Alignment

The project is aligned with the Boracay Action Agenda to Globalize MSMEs, the Iloilo Initiative, and the SMEWG Strategic Plan 2017-2020. It is also aligned to the 2016 SMEMM Statement and 2016 APEC Leaders Declaration. The project will provide a platform on which economies can share knowledge and learn from each other and allow developing economies to develop effective strategies and policies to increase MSMEs competiveness and reduce trade barriers in the region. The projects objectives are also encompassed in PNGs APEC 2018 Host year priorities of Connectivity and Inclusive Development.

Alignment - Forum: The project is aligned with the SME working groups Strategic Plan 2017-2020, specifically priority number 4: Market access for SMEs. Which aims to?

1) Promote integration of SMEs into global value chains;

2) Strengthen SMEs’ export capabilities and capacity for Internationalization; and

3) Enhance collaboration between SMEs, micro and large enterprises for the purpose of market access.

TILF/ASF Justification

The project aims to invite expert international speakers and participants from APEC economies to partake in a capacity building workshop, which provides a platform where participants, particularly from developing economies can learn from the experiences/best practices from other APEC economies. Identifying of key internal and external barriers to SME internationalization is imperative to finding a way forward for improving the policy, institutional and regulatory environments which facilitate international trade and promote regional integration. Policy recommendation and best practices put forward during the workshop can be used as learning tools for economies to utilize and adopt when formulating their own policies to encourage MSMEs to seek out new markets and expand both within the region and globally.

Beneficiaries and Outputs

Outputs: The two day workshop will cover a wide range of topics relevant to MSMEs Internationalisation and aims to deliver three main outputs:

·  Present Workshop Report to Participants with compilation of all information shared during two day workshop (either through flash drive or upload to cloud based service, or make information available to APEC for hosting on website) 

·  Present a Study Report on SME Internationalisation best practices which was Commissioned by APEC in 2011 to participants as additional resource/guide; and 

·  Detailed Project Completion report to APEC

Outcomes: The Participating APEC economies will apply workshop knowledge to formulate specific policy frameworks and strategies to improve access to international/regional markets for MSME’s in their respective economies.

Beneficiaries: The proposed criteria of participants will mainly be from MSME promotion and trade facilitation institutions such as Ministry of Trade, Commerce and Industry, SME Development Agencies, Customs, Standards and Quarantine Agencies. Additionally the PO will liaise with Program Director to ensure other relevant stakeholders from respective economies are invited to participate.

Dissemination

The three major outputs and dissemination plans are listed as follows:

· Present Participants with compilation of all information shared during two day workshop (either through flash drive or upload to cloud based service, make information available to APEC for hosting on website); 

·  Present a Study Report which was Commissioned by APEC in 2011 to participants as additional resource/guide (Already hosted on APEC Website); and 

·  Detailed Project Completion report to APEC (presented to APEC and Circulated to all SMEWG members).

Gender

Women Participation at this workshop is crucial and during the planning stages it is envisaged that we have at least 50% participation by women. PO will liaise with Program Director to ensure that when invites are sent for two participants from respective economies to attend at least one must be female.

Work Plan

The policy dialogue will be held in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea on the Margins of SOM 2, in May 2018.

WORKPLAN

Time

Activity

June 2017 – Early July 2017

Establish in-house Secretariat to Handle Workshop Logistics

Mid July 2017 -  Early August 2017

Design of Tentative Agenda and Selection of Venue. Confirmation of self funding and possible pre booking of venue

Mid August 2017 – Early Sept 2017

Liaise with PD to arrange International speakers/experts. Liaise with local development partners such as IFC/ World bank to secure local experts

 Mid Sept 2017

Circulation of draft Agenda to PD and SMEWG colleagues for comments/endorsement

Oct – Dec 2017

Inviting of participant economies

Confirmation of Speakers

Finalizing of Workshop Agenda/Program

Jan – Feb 2018

 Release of Official Admin Circular

March 2018

Final Confirmation of Participants and Speakers

April  2018     

Buffer Month to handle any last minute changes  to plans and programs , participant cancelations, funding issues and other matters that arise

May 2018

1. Hosting of Workshop

2. Presenting of APEC 2011 Study Report

June 2018

Write up of  Workshop Report together with APEC Project Completion Reports and Acquittals

July 2018

Presenting Workshop Report and APEC Project Completion Report to APEC Secretariat, Participants and SMEWG

Risks

Four major risks we have identified include:

·   Availability of accommodation and conference facility

This risk will be mitigated through pre booking of venue and accommodation facilities

·  Availability of funding

This risk will be mitigated through early funding submission (August 2017) to PNG APEC 2018 Authority and Department of Treasury to secure self funding portion of the workshop

·  Availability of Speakers

Liaising with PD and other locally based development partners such as IFC/World bank, UN and Diplomatic posts in PNG to secure the most qualified speakers and book them early for the event

·   Lack of Participation

Sending out of initiations for nominations 2-3 months in advance to each economies   SMEWG focal persons via Program Director.

Monitoring and Evaluation

The proposed indicators to be used up to, during and after the workshop include:

·  Pre workshop participant surveys on initial knowledge of subject matter and expected outcomes of workshop being held;

·  Post Workshop evaluation by participants on the seminar and its relevance and if there is need to do more work in this area; and

.  Pre and post Workshop survey of number of participants and gender representation at the workshop.

Linkages

PO will seek assistance from PD and SMEWG counterparts during second SMEWG meeting in 2017 to seek collaboration with other economies to avoid duplication of efforts. The PO realizes that many of the issues in MSME internationalization are cross cutting and will utilize PD to assist in recommending expert speakers from other APEC Foras such as ABAC and CTI or alternatively use PDs recommendation of relevant PSU studies and research papers which can be used in the workshop as guide’s/resource tools for the participants.

Sustainability

Participants will be provided with a detailed APEC Commissioned report on best practices recommendation which they can utilize as a guide/resource for formulating effective SME internationalization policies in their respective economies. In addition the outcomes of this workshop can be utilized to seek collaboration with other economies like Peru who are championing the compendium on Methodologies for SME Internationalization to add value and contribute to achieving priority number 4 in the SMEWG plan 2017-2020.

Project Overseers

The project will be managed by Mr. Barry Sausia APEC Desk Coordinator of the SME Corporation, with direct oversight from Managing Director of the SME Corporation Mr. Steven Chester Maken.

Cost Efficiency

Not Applicable.

Drawdown Timetable

Not Applicable.

Direct Labour

Not Applicable.

Waivers

Not Applicable.

Are there any supporting document attached?

No 
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Topics

Committee

Other Fora Involved

Other Non-APEC Stakeholders Involved

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Expected Start Date

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Project Proponent Name 1

Job Title 1

Organization 1

Postal Address 1

Telephone 1

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Declaration

Project Summary

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Alignment

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Beneficiaries and Outputs

Dissemination

Gender

Work Plan

Risks

Monitoring and Evaluation

Linkages

Sustainability

Project Overseers

Cost Efficiency

Drawdown Timetable

Direct Labour

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