Project Title

APEC Workshop on SMEs' Integration into Global Value Chains in Logistics 

Project Year

2017   

Project Number

CTI 11 2017T 

Project Session

Session 1   

Project Type

Standard 

Project Status

Project in Implementation   
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Project No.

CTI 11 2017T 

Project Title

APEC Workshop on SMEs' Integration into Global Value Chains in Logistics 

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

99,084 

Co-funding Amount

25,000 

Total Project Value

124,084 

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

Indonesia; Korea; Mexico 

Expected Start Date

01/06/2017 

Expected Completion Date

31/12/2018 

Project Proponent Name 1

Pham Quynh Mai 

Job Title 1

Deputy Director General, Multilateral Trade Policy Department 

Organization 1

Ministry of Industry and Trade (MOIT) 

Postal Address 1

54 Hai Ba Trung Street, Hoan Kiem District, Ha Noi, 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

In response to the APEC 2016 AMM Statement that stresses “We support the initiative on SMEs’ Integration into Global Value Chains in Services Industries. We welcome the sectors established so far, namely software, tourism, fashion design and logistics, and encourage economies to voluntarily lead a sector and participate in the initiative”, “The APEC Workshop on SMEs’ Integration into Global Value Chains in Logistics”  is expected to take place with the aims of: (i) Empowering policy makers and regional businesses with better understanding of GVCs in logistics; (ii) Making recommendations on strategies  and policies to facilitate SMEs’ integration into logistics GVCs;  and (iii)Enhancing SMEs’ participation in logistics GVCs.

This project falls under rank 1 since (i) it will contribute to SME development and (ii) it is one integral part of the APEC Strategic Blueprint for Promoting Global Value Chains for Development and Cooperation.

Relevance

Aware of the importance of Global Value Chains (GVCs), APEC Leaders have endorsed the APEC Strategic Blueprint for Promoting Global Value Chain Development and Cooperation since 2014. While GVCs are recognized “as a dominant feature of the global economy and offer new prospects for growth, competitiveness and job creation for APEC economies at all levels of development”, services might be highlighted as a driver of the GVCs since they play crucial roles in increasing competition, supporting manufacturing, and making economic sense.

Following the Blueprint in 2014; member economies’ multi-year successful efforts on Promoting SMEs’ Integration into GVCs in Major Industries; and APEC Ministers’ instruction to further work and develop initiatives in promoting SMEs’ integration in GVCs, Korea and Peru have proposed and led an initiative which aims to complement economies’ efforts by directly focusing on GVCs in various services industries. In that sense, Viet Nam would take the role as a Sector Lead in logistics, an area that is strongly believed to contribute significantly to facilitating international trade and investment as well as increasing enterprises’ competitiveness. With a focus on logistics, the project will help gain a deeper understanding of GVCs in logistics and come up with more practical solutions to promote SMEs’ integration into GVCs logistics through positive trade and investment outcomes.

This project falls under rank 1, as (i) it will contribute to SME development and (ii) it is one integral part of the APEC Strategic Blueprint for Promoting Global Value Chains for Development and Cooperation (Assist SMEs to benefit from GVCs).

Objectives

The APEC Workshop on SMEs’ Integration into Global Value Chains in Logistics aims at the following objectives:

1) Empower policy makers and regional businesses with better understanding of GVCs in logistics;

2)  Make recommendations on strategies  and policies to facilitate SMEs’ integration into logistics GVCs; and

3) Enhance SMEs’ participation in logistics GVCs.

Alignment

First, this project is in line with the instructions of APEC Economic Leaders of 2014, where Leaders “endorsed the Terms of Reference of Promoting SME’s Integration into the global value chains, and welcomed the launch of the related activities.” They also instructed officials to make efforts in advancing this work. 

Second, the project is expected to directly contribute to the APEC Strategic Blueprint for Promoting Global Value Chains for Development and Cooperation, which was endorsed by APEC Economic Leaders in 2014. 

The project also conforms to the instructions of APEC Ministers. At the APEC Ministerial Meeting of 2016, APEC Ministers stressed that “We also support the initiative on SMEs’ Integration into Global Value Chains in Services Industries. We welcome the sectors established so far, namely software, tourism, fashion design and logistics, and encourage economies to voluntarily lead a sector and participate in the initiative”. 

The project contributes to the Boracay Action Agenda and the Services Cooperation Framework by enhancing GVC participation of all businesses especially SMEs. Moreover, this project can constitute as a contribution to the implementation of the Manufacturing related Services Action Plan (MSAP). 

The project responds to the CTI’s priorities since it contributes to Regional Economic Integration (REI) agenda by promoting SMEs’ integration into GVCs in services in general, logistics in particular as part of the MSMEs internationalization; and to the trade facilitation & connectivity agenda.

TILF/ASF Justification

The project seeks funding from TILF. 

The APEC Workshop on SMEs’ Integration into Global Value Chains in Logistics will contribute to facilitate and liberalize trade and investment in services which has been outlined in the Part 1, Section C of the Osaka Action Agenda (3.Services). Bear in mind logistics is one of services that is increasingly important owing to promoting GVCs development, and SMEs’ in GVCs in logistics would contribute much GVCs, hence further trade and investment liberalization and facilitation, the project would directly support the Osaka Action Agenda.

Beneficiaries and Outputs

Outputs: Under this project, a 1 day “APEC Workshop on SMEs’ Integration into Global Value Chains in Logistics” will be held to provide the platform for the participants to share, discuss on how to promote SMEs’ integration into global value chains in logistics from the perspectives of policy making and implementation as well as from SMEs themselves. Recommendations will be made for both the public and private sectors’ reference as well as to APEC for consideration of further discussion and action. 

Following the completion of Workshop, 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: It is expected that following the Workshop, the members will learn from experiences and best practices from APEC member economies as well as outside APEC in how to create favorable conditions for SMEs to develop in logistics service area in the economy as well be shared from the private sectors experiences to develop. 

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 Workshop’s completion. The criteria might include, but not limited to: governments officials, who are directly or indirectly involved in the process of trade- and investment-related policy making in services/logistics, which might include, but not limited to officials from Ministries of Industry and Trade, Planning and Investment, Transportation, Import – Export, etc.,; SMEs involve in logistics GVCs; local and international experts in logistics; and other types of business sector who are directly or indirectly engaged in the logistics GVCs including but not limited to those in consultation, related industrial zones and clusters, etc., ; as well as interested academic representatives such as research institutions, universities, etc.

Dissemination

The workshop’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 Workshop's participants.  Electronic publication will also be used to disseminate the Workshop's documents widely.

A press release on the Workshop will be published on Viet Nam’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. 

Any publication or media release under the project should comply with APEC nomenclature and relevant APEC guidelines (Publications, Logo and IP). 

The target audience includes those who are interested in, involved directly or indirectly in logistics 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 Workshop, the evaluation form delivered at the end of the Workshop 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 Workshop. 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 logistics. 

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 Workshop 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 Workshop. 

In the agenda, the PO would incorporate how to address the inclusion of female-headed SMEs in GVCs as a way to promote further integration of women in the GVCs in logistics.

Work Plan

Timeline

Key activities and deliverable outputs

March 2017

Develop the concept note and submit to the Committee

May – June 2017

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

July - August

Plan to organize the workshop, 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 Workshop.

On the sideline of

SOM3/ in August 2017)

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

4th quarter of 2017

Completion Report. Based on the recommendations of the Workshop Report and Completion Report, follow up with next steps.

Risks

One of the risks is to ensure a selection of good speakers in order to make the most of the Workshop. The speakers should be those who have senior experiences in logistics 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 Workshop.

Another concern is to choose the right participants to the Workshop. To make sure that right participants are nominated and funded by APEC to attend the Workshop, 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 Workshop. To ensure the results, invitations will be sent through different fora in APEC including CTI, ABAC,  etc. For the host economy, the Workshop is free open to all interested in the topic. 

The PO would also further consider the date of the Workshop to ensure that the project does not meet risks due to time restraints.

Monitoring and Evaluation

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

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

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

-  The second indicator can be whether the Workshop 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 60% – 40%.

-  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 Workshop 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 Workshop. 

- The fifth one is communication indicator in order to know how widely the Workshop’s materials will be disseminated to interested groups in APEC: it is planned that presentations and documents of the Workshop 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 Workshop 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 be the group which oversees this Project and will be responsible for disseminating information about the Workshop to APEC member economies. The outcomes of the Workshop will be submitted to CTI for consideration and further action. 

SMEWG will also be consulted closely during the development and implementation of this project, especially in developing the agenda for the Workshop to make sure that the agenda will cover and meet the Workshop’s objectives and expectations. 

Also, based on the outcomes of Public – Private Workshop (PPD) on services held earlier, this project will be built upon the PPD’s outcomes as well as a follow –up to contribute to promote SMEs’ participation in logistics services. 

The outcome of this Workshop will be reported and compiled as a part of the APEC project on Promoting MSMEs participation in the GVCs in services as long term efforts of APEC to promote progress in services in general, the APEC Services Competitiveness Roadmap (ASCR) in particular. So as to incorporates lessons learnt from the other projects on GVCs, particularly the suite of projects that were endorsed by CTI in 2015 and 2016, a session would be designed to give participants inputs of those projects’ outcomes for further consideration and discussion as well as incorporate next steps in this project. 

Besides, the Organizer will consult with ABAC to develop an in-depth agenda. The Organizer will also seek support from APEC PSU and other international organizations such as OECD, WEF, ICTSD, ITC, etc., for further researches in logistics GVCs and SMEs, inviting right speakers, experts and participants to contribute most to the Workshop. Their involvement will help cross fora collaboration more efficiently, avoid duplication as well as promote work effectively through close consultation, exchanges and cooperation.

Sustainability

Following the Workshop, participants are expected to have better ideas of how to promote SMEs’ integration into GVCs in logistics. 

To make sure that the Workshop 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. 

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. 

In early 2017, the Government of Viet Nam has ratified the Action Plan to enhance competitiveness and development in logistics in Viet Nam until 2025. This project is in line with our Action Plan to promote SMEs’ participation in GVCs in logistics, therefore, it would complement the implementation of the Action Plan in the areas of promoting SMEs’ integration in logistics and in return, considered as inputs for next steps. 

The PO would encourage the participants to report their follow up activities in their economy following the project as a reference for upcoming activities performed by APEC in the sector of logistics in particular, services in general.

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 1-day Workshop.

Consultant: will work with speakers and discussants in drafting, revising and finalizing agenda; conduct researches, collect, analyze and synthesize data; develop curriculum for the Workshop; take notes; develop and finalize the report of the Workshop 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 Workshop (450 hours total – 3 or 4 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 Workshop because of reimbursement. 

2nd participants

The PO will do the most efforts to ensure that every eligible travel economy will send 1 APEC funded participant to the Workshop. In some certain cases that the economy cannot nominate one, the PO would like to offer the 2nd participant opportunities for another one based on first come first serve.

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