Project Title

FTAAP Capacity Building Workshop on FTA Negotiation Skills on Competition under the 2nd REI CBNI 

Project Year

2017   

Project Number

CTI 02 2017T 

Project Session

Session 1   

Project Type

Standard 

Project Status

Project in Implementation   
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Project No.

CTI 02 2017T 

Project Title

FTAAP Capacity Building Workshop on FTA Negotiation Skills on Competition under the 2nd REI CBNI 

Project Status

Project in Implementation 

Publication (if any)

 

Fund Account

TILF Special Account 

Sub-fund

None 

Project Year

2017 

Project Session

Session 1 

APEC Funding

105,148 

Co-funding Amount

23,311 

Total Project Value

128,459 

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)

Japan 

Co-Sponsoring Economies

Korea; Peru; Chinese Taipei; Viet Nam 

Expected Start Date

01/06/2017 

Expected Completion Date

30/11/2017 

Project Proponent Name 1

Shigehisa Iwamoto 

Job Title 1

Official, APEC Division 

Organization 1

Ministry of Foreign Affairs 

Postal Address 1

2-2-1 Kasumigaseki, Chioyda-ku, Tokyo, Japan 

Telephone 1

81-3 55018000 

Fax 1

Not Applicable 

Email 1

shigehisa.iwamoto@mofa.go.jp; apec.japan@mofa.go.jp 

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

Shigehisa Iwamoto 

Project Summary

This project is one of the activities under the Action Plan Framework for Regional Economic Integration (REI) Capacity Building Needs Initiative (CBNI) initiated by Korea since 2010. Japan plans to hold a one day Capacity Building Workshop in Viet Nam in 2017 (expected at the margin of SOM3).

This project aims at:

1) In-depth capacity building for negotiators and policymakers, representatives of the CTI and the EC, with practical relevance, to participate in negotiations on competition area: discussion at the international organizations; historical developments of the texts in competition chapter under FTAs; overview of textual proposals of general principles, non-discrimination, procedural fairness, cooperation and transparency etc.

2) Share best practices and experiences in preparing for negotiations; and 

3) Explore possible implications on trade and situation of economy(ies) if participating in the FTA/FTAAP.

Relevance

In the 2016 AMM JOINT STATEMENT, it is said that “we welcome APEC’s progress in implementing the Regional Economic Integration (REI) Capacity Building Needs Initiative (CBNI)” and “We welcome the capacity building workshops that took place this year and encourage economies to propose further capacity building actions under CBNI. “CBNI will continue to serve as a solid stepping stone for the realization of the FTAAP.

Accordingly, Korea as a leading economy of the CBNI initiative and other interested APEC member economies have made efforts in developing a detailed work plan to implement APEC Leaders’ instructions. As an active economy in joining the CBNI initiative, Japan would like to propose the area of competition as one of the sectors to be explored in the 2nd CBNI. The results of the CBNI survey conducted by Korea and APEC member economies’ inputs have highlighted the needs of building and enhancing preparation capacities in this field.

From 2011, under the leadership of Korea, Economies conducted the series of Capacity Building Workshop/Seminar with the variety of themes, such as FTA Utilization, ROO, Environment, SPS, FTA Implementation, E-commerce, Labour, Dispute Settlement, Government Procurement, Safeguard, Service&Investment, IPR, Non-tariff measures, Rules of Origin & Trade Facilitation, TBT, International Investment Agreement. This Workshop will be the first one on competition, and may include; the areas of General principles, Non-Discrimination, Procedural Fairness, Transparency, Cooperation etc.

This workshop will also be an opportunity of discussing possible problems arising from competition in practice and the steps that could be taken to identify and address these types of domestic regulatory or policy issues.

Objectives

1) In-depth capacity building for negotiators and policymakers representatives of the CTI and the EC, with practical relevance, to participate in negotiations on competition area. To this end, in this workshop we will share the discussion at the international organizations including OECD; historical developments of the texts in competition chapter under RTAs/FTAs. Furthermore we will overview the textual proposals in existing RTAs/FTAs, including but not limited to; General principles, Non-Discrimination, Procedural Fairness, Transparency, Cooperation etc;

2) Share best practices and experiences in preparing for negotiations; and 

3) Explore possible implications in negotiations on competition and situation of economy(ies) if participating in the FTA/FTAAP.

Alignment

This project is designed to put into action APEC Ministers’ instructions to build capacity to strengthen and deepen the regional economic integration, and to facilitate the realization of the Free Trade Agreement of the Asia - Pacific (APEC 2011 Ministerial Meeting statement), which is also a rank #1 priority of APEC of “promoting regional economic integration via free and open trade and investment.”

In their 2013 Declaration, APEC Leaders insisted that “APEC has an important role to play in coordinating information sharing, transparency, and capacity building...” and “agreed to ...increase the capacity of APEC economies to engage in substantive negotiations.” Furthermore, APEC Ministers “encouraged officials to advance the Regional Economic Integration Capacity-Building Needs Initiative Action Plan Framework as a key delivery mechanism for the technical assistance needed to one day make the FTAAP a reality.”

APEC Economic Leaders agreed to continue the capacity building activities in pursuit of the eventual realization of the FTAAP under the Action Plan Framework of the 2nd Capacity Building Needs Initiative (CBNI) (as appeared in Annex A of APEC Economic Leaders’ Declaration on The Beijing Roadmap for APEC’s Contribution to the Realization of the FTAAP in November 2014). They encouraged economies “to design and conduct capacity building programs for specific sectors as lead economies.”

TILF/ASF Justification

OSAKA Action Agenda Part one, Section C focused on “Competition Policy” as the one of the specific areas that APEC economies will take action. This project contributes following “COLLECTIVE ACTIONS”; “e. encourage cooperation among the competition authorities of APEC economies with regard to information exchange, notification and consultation”; “f. contribute to the use of trade and competition laws, policies and measures that promote free and open trade, investment and competition”; “h. undertake capacity building programs to assist economies in implementing the “APEC Principles to Enhance Competition and Regulatory Reform”.

Furthermore, this project will serve to ensure some of “General Principles” of OSAKA Action Agenda, such as Non-Discrimination and Transparency.

Beneficiaries and Outputs

Outputs: The project will be implemented through a one day capacity building workshop to be held in Ho Chi Minh City.  Presentations and outcomes from the workshop will be compiled into a report, allowing lessons learnt to be disseminated via electronic means more broadly within APEC economies.

Outcomes: The participants will have greater understandings on the negotiations skills in competition after attending the workshop. As a result, based on the deeper knowledge and experiences on this area, the policy makers and trade negotiators of the region will have much more informed decisions related to competition.  Moreover, trade negotiators and researchers who have not attended the workshop may have benefits from the workshop by reading the presentation materials disseminated. 

Beneficiaries: The direct beneficiaries of the project are CTI representatives, EC representatives, and negotiators who directly involve in negotiations on competition. Therefore, the possible enhanced knowledge of the Capacity Building Workshop participants is a take-away of the Capacity Building Workshop. An expert versed in completion policy and chapter on competition in FTAs/EPAs will be invited to this workshop as a speaker from OECD. Through this learning process, the Capacity Building Workshop’s participants may withdraw valuable lessons in their future negotiations. Policy-makers on competition area will have a chance to learn and share the impacts of potential FTAs, both positive and negative. It is likely that policy-makers on competition area will identify some domestic issues to be addressed (regulations/ policies), including unnecessary barriers to trade, to prepare for participation in FTAs/FTAAP.

To ensure that the Capacity Building Workshop will benefit as many individuals as possible, the Capacity Building Workshop’s outcomes and materials will be uploaded to the APEC website and public to viewers to gain out-reaching impact.

Dissemination

Electronic publication will be used to disseminate the final report including a workshop proceedings and presentations widely. APEC’s official website will be the main one to upload the documents. A detailed report of the Seminar will also be prepared and submitted to the Committee on Trade and Investment for information. The target audience will be trade policy officials from APEC economies working on FTAs, including researchers and analysts, negotiators, coordinators and legal advisers. No intention to sell outputs arising from this project.

Gender

As recently presented by the United Nations, while mainstreaming gender perspectives in trade policy is a recent endeavor, economies have acquired more experience in mainstreaming other issues in trade policy. 

According to United Nations Inter-Agency Network on Women and Gender Equality(IWANGE), an analysis of the potential effects of trade policy on gender equality could be carried out in parallel with, or prior to the negotiation of a trade agreement to inform policy-makers of anticipated gender-related impacts. 

The Capacity Building Workshop organizers will be careful to include women speakers and participants in the Capacity Building Workshop considering the relation between the potential effects of trade policy and gender equality. Invitations sent to CTI representatives will take due consideration of gender concerns by encouraging the suggestion and nomination of female speakers and participants. Similar with the past CBNI workshops, we expect more than majority of participants will be women. We are quite sure that the project will greatly benefit female trade negotiators and policy makers and those female officials will have better chances of representing the delegation in the future FTA negotiations through the accumulated learning and experiences.

In addition, the project organizers will ensure that the evaluation forms to be distributed at the end of the dialogue 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

May - June 2017: BMC approval.

June – July 2017: Invite speakers from relevant APEC Ministries/ agencies, academia and international organizations. Substantive and logistic preparation for the Workshop.

July 2017: Circulate the draft agenda and General Information. Invite participants from relevant APEC Ministries/ agencies, academia and international organizations as well as other related fora such as CPLG and EC.

At the margin of SOM3, 2017: Implementation of the one day Workshop.

By the Leaders’ meeting, 2017: Japan will work with co-sponsors, speakers and other participants to evaluate t the outcomes. The outcomes will be reported for the Committee on Trade and Investment (CTI).

Risks

Risks associated with the Capacity Building Workshop will be minimal. One of the risks is ensuring the selection of good speakers in order to make the most of the Capacity Building Workshop. The Organizers will work with the co-sponsor economies to get recommendations of potential speakers. There may be last-minute speaker cancellations. That risk will be managed by identifying possible back-up speakers in advance of the event.

Another risk is the difficulty in selecting right participants. To address this risk, the organizers will send out invitation to CTI representatives of APEC economies. CTI representatives will take responsibilities to inform domestic Ministries/Agencies to select right participants and nominate these participants to the Project Overseers. The criterion to select participants should be either negotiators who directly involve in FTA-related competition issues or policy makers for competition issues -related laws and regulations. The CTI representatives will be the focal point to nominate participants (including speakers) attending the Workshop. To assure the Workshop will attract targeted participants, invitation will also be sent to EC and CPLG respectively.

The nominated participants will be required to send their CVs (or biographies) to the POs. Based on reviewing the CVs (or biographies) of the nominated participants, the POs will decide the participation of APEC delegates and inform their approval to the nominated participants.

Monitoring and Evaluation

The Capacity Building Workshop’s Organizers will work closely and regularly with co-sponsor economies in determining the content of the agenda, selection of speakers, moderators, experts and participants for the Capacity Building Workshop. The project will adhere strictly to APEC project implementation procedures, including the timeline of actions.

Estimated indicators(Target values shows in parentheses): Number of speakers(4)/ participants(30), number of participating economies(11) and diversification of speakers/ participants such as percentage of women as whole(30%). 

An evaluation form will be prepared and distributed to all participants as well as the speakers, moderators and experts to assess the effectiveness of the Capacity Building Workshop with respect to the relevance on the topics, presentations by speakers, overall impact and suggestions for further improvement and/or activities for future projects. The organizer will compile all comments/suggestions and reflect them into the final report, which will be submitted to the CTI for consideration.

Estimated indicators(Target values shows in parentheses): Score of satisfaction on substance, speakers, logistic arrangements, impacts etc. in the evaluation form responded from participants(more than 4 points for each related item). 

The report and Capacity Building Workshop documents will be made available to Capacity Building Workshop participants and the APEC Secretariat, as well as uploaded to APEC Publication Database. The final outcome documents will be shared with CTI and other related fora to seek endorsement.

Estimated indicators(Target values shows in parentheses): (i) Progress of draft and final reports; (ii) The number of fora which will be endorsed the final outcome documents(3; CTI, EC and CPLG).

Linkages

Project organizers will bring together negotiators and policy-makers to gain and enhance knowledge and experience on competition area. Lead economy will circulate a draft agenda to CTI for comments and suggestions.  On completion of the Capacity Building Workshop, a Capacity Building Workshop outcome will be circulated to relevant APEC sub-fora. The CTI will involve economies in follow-up from the Capacity Building Workshop, including developing recommendations for built-on activities to deepen REI and realize the potential FTAAP. 

This project is built directly on the APEC REI CBNI Framework. The results of the Capacity Building Workshop will contribute to the ultimate deliverables of this Framework. APEC is the best source of funding for this project because APEC is implementing the APEC REI CBNI Framework, the goal of which is to prepare APEC economies to negotiate high-quality trade agreements including a Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific. 

The draft agenda of the workshop and the final report after the workshop was conducted would be circulated among CTI, EC and CPLG members to seek comments based on a plurality of special viewpoints.

Sustainability

Workshop presentations and outcomes will be compiled, in a bid to distribute the workshop materials more broadly within their economies. The outcomes will also be uploaded in the APEC website. Beneficiaries of this project including policy makers and negotiators can read the outcomes anytime. Evaluation questionnaires will invite workshop participants to provide feedback, including on possible future activities that could be developed under the framework of the REI CBNI Action Plan Framework. 

Based on the gained outcomes through this workshop, we will pursue the possibility of holding a workshop and conducting survey with the same theme but developed topics, if necessary.

Project Overseers

The project overseer is Mr. Shigehisa IWAMOTO, APEC Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan.

He engaged APEC works more than one year and a half especially BMC, IEG, MAG.

Cost Efficiency

Not Applicable.

Drawdown Timetable

Not Applicable.

Direct Labour

Not Applicable.

Waivers

Not Applicable.

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No 
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