Project Title

APEC Workshop on Enhancing Regulatory Infrastructure for E-Commerce 

Project Year

2017   

Project Number

CTI 23 2017A 

Project Session

Session 2   

Project Type

Standard 

Project Status

Project in Implementation   
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Project No.

CTI 23 2017A 

Project Title

APEC Workshop on Enhancing Regulatory Infrastructure for E-Commerce 

Project Status

Project in Implementation 

Publication (if any)

 

Fund Account

APEC Support Fund 

Sub-fund

ASF: Connectivity 

Project Year

2017 

Project Session

Session 2 

APEC Funding

135,000 

Co-funding Amount

20,390 

Total Project Value

155,390 

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

Australia; Japan; Korea; Peru; Chinese Taipei 

Expected Start Date

01/11/2017 

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

Bear in mind APEC’s priorities of deepening regional economic integration (REI) and facilitation of cross border E-commerce remains as one of key pillar to REI, the 5th chokepoint in the 2nd Phase of Supply-Chain Connectivity Framework Action Plan (SCFAP II)as well as an important attributor to the APEC institutional connectivity, Viet Nam would like to propose a Study on facilitating e-commerce and a 2-day workshop entitled “APEC Workshop on Enhancing regulatory Infrastructure for E – commerce. The project aims to (i) identifying challenges, difficulties faced by the member economies in creating a favorable regulatory infrastructure e-commerce for business as well as e-commerce updating trends and issues arisen affecting the regional connectivity  and supply chain connectivity; (ii) sharing experiences, best practices from the APEC member economies especially from those economies that have developed e-commerce and listen to voices of the private sectors to improve regulatory infrastructure; and (iii) making recommendations to APEC for further consideration and action if appropriately.

The project falls into Rank 1 under the APEC 2017 Funding Criteria (Information technology and digital economy, including e‐commerce, ICT infrastructure, and digital trade).

Relevance

In 2015, the APEC Leaders endorsed the APEC Connectivity Blueprints 2015 – 2025 with views of “strengthening physical, institutional, and people-to-people connectivity by taking agreed actions and meeting agreed targets by 2025, with the objective of achieving a seamless and comprehensively connected and integrated Asia Pacific.” It is agreed that e-commerce, an important tool to facilitate trade and investment facilitation and liberalization would significantly contribute to enhance institutional connectivity in the APEC region. Additionally, under the APEC Connectivity Blueprints, the APEC Leaders affirm the commitments to systematically improving supply chain performance through implementing a capacity building plan to assist economies in overcoming specific obstacles within the SCFAP II and promotion of e-commerce regulatory infrastructure is one of the 5 chokepoints in the SCFAP II that need further addressing. It also aims to implement initiatives that focus on regulatory cooperation through the sharing of best practices on regulatory issues.

In reality, solid regulatory infrastructure for e-commerce will contribute as an important driver for regional connectivity in general, supply chain connectivity in particular and business growth. However, it is a fact that a number of developing economies still lack or face challenges in developing comprehensive regulatory infrastructure to serve well for the business as well as for the purpose of governments’ management.

Given the contribution of e-commerce to economic growth and business development, priorities as outlined by REI pillar and SCFAP II, the status quo of e-commerce development in a number of APEC developing economies, this project is designed to support those economies especially the developing ones with less developed e-commerce regulatory infrastructure to share experiences, best practices in developing regulatory infrastructure for e-commerce with views of enhancing their own.

The project falls into Rank 1 under the APEC 2017 Funding Criteria (Information technology and digital economy, including e‐commerce, ICT infrastructure, and digital trade).

Objectives

The project will include a study on a e-commerce status quo in the region as well as study its impacts to the regional supply chain connectivity and institutional connectivity for consideration of further implementation or next steps if appropriately.

The “APEC Workshop on Enhancing Regulatory Infrastructure for E – commerce” aims to:

(i)  Identifying challenges, difficulties faced by the member economies in creating a favorable regulatory infrastructure e-commerce for business as well as updating e-commerce trends and issues arisen affecting the regional supply chain connectivity and institutional connectivity;

(ii)  Sharing experiences, best practices from the APEC member economies especially from those economies that have developed e-commerce regulatory regimes and listen to voices of the private sectors to improve regulatory infrastructure;

(iii)  Providing inputs for the implementation of the Phase II of  the SCFAP II; and

(iv)  Making recommendations to APEC for further consideration and action if appropriately.

Alignment

Under the APEC’s priorities of deepening REI, promotion of cross border e-commerce is highlighted as an important attributor thanks to their increasing contributions as well as development.

In efforts to promote the regional supply chain connectivity in general, the implementation of SCFAP II in particular, APEC Leaders also imply in their 2016 Statement that e-commerce will contribute to the regional supply chain connectivity and welcome the member economies’ implementation of the SCFAP II including the chokepoint 5 in regulatory infrastructure improvement in e-commerce.

In relation to the APEC institutional connectivity, APEC make commitments in addressing issues of trade facilitation, structural and regulatory reforms application of secure and trusted ICT and e-commerce development. In this line, the project is designed to address institutional connectivity through focus on improving the regulatory infrastructure in e-commerce; and supply chain connectivity since it will contributes to improve the regulatory infrastructure in e-commerce through sharing experiences and practices.

Under the CTI’s work on deepening REI, promotion of cross border e-commerce as well as implementation of the APEC Blueprints 2015 and the SCFAP II are given high priority. Since improvement in regulatory infrastructure for e-commerce attributes as one of the 5 important pillars of the SCFAP II as well as parts of the APEC Blueprints, this project directly contributes to the CTI’s mandate.

TILF/ASF Justification

The project seeks APEC Support Fund (ASF) (ASF Connectivity sub fund).

The project directly provides capacity building for the APEC member economies, especially the developing ones. It is widely recognized e-commerce is increasingly playing important roles to the economic growth and development. It is more meaningful for developing economies since e-commerce is strongly believed to be one of the ways to help them narrow the gaps with developed ones. However, many developing economies find it hard how to take advantages of e-commerce for the purpose of economic development and business opportunities, hence, they are still in the middle of establishing a regulatory infrastructure for e-commerce to serve for the growth and development. This project aims at sharing experiences and best practices in enhancing regulatory infrastructure for e-commerce, which is definitely beneficial to developing economies in the region since governments’ officials, experts, enterprises from the APEC developing economies will have the opportunity to exchange, share views and  experiences as well as learn lessons from this project.

Based on the selection criteria, speakers and participants from the developing economies will be invited to present and attend the Workshop. These people might be able to train or exchange experiences with other people in their organizations after the workshop.

To make sure that the project supports capacity building needs of APEC developing economies, the organizers will also consider inviting experienced speakers/ experts from the developing economies to present the challenges, share experiences in the field.

Beneficiaries and Outputs

Outputs: Under this project, a study on e-commerce in the region with a focus on regulatory infrastructure will be conducted, which will serve as a reference for the APEC member economies to study and learn experiences from success and failure lessons. The PO will work closely with the consultant and the Viet Nam’s focal point in ECSG to consider and decide how many and which economies’ should be touched on the study to ensure its objectives delivered as well as reflect the status quo as a reference for further action in the coming time. 

Under this project, a 2 day “APEC Workshop on Enhancing Regulatory Infrastructure for E-commerce” will be held to provide the platform for capacity building which will facilitate sharing experiences and best practices in developing and enhancing regulatory infrastructure for e-commerce. The workshop’s Agenda will be designed to make sure it addresses the concerns of APEC’s member economies/participants. The PO will work with the consultant to make a brief survey before the workshop to explore the concerns of APEC’s member economies and participants.

Based on this brief survey, the areas of regulatory framework that the study will cover will also be consulted to make sure it address members’ concerns.   Experienced experts from the public, private sectors and academia will be selected and invited to be present, aiming to bring about the most benefits to the participants.

The above mentioned study will also be presented at the Workshop to make sure it is widespread delivered, as well as serve as a reference for further sharing and discussion at the workshop. 

During the Workshop, all the speakers and participants will have the chance to discuss and present their views on what and how APEC should do to support its member economies in enhancing regulatory infrastructure for e-commerce. These recommendations will be compiled and attached to the Workshop’s report for APEC’s consideration for further action.

Following the completion of the 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 and follow-up. It is also expected that the recommendations related to the implementation of SCFAP II chokepoint 5 will be delivered as inputs and references to CTI, SCCP, A2C2,... for further review and consideration.

The post workshop evaluation will be also incorporated as one of outputs of the project to help review the efficiency of the projects as well as references and recommendations for upcoming projects/activities if possible. 

Last but not least, it also contributes to one pillar of the APEC Cross Border E-commerce Facilitation Framework that aims to “promoting transparent and predictable legal and regulatory approaches and measures that are business friendly and coherent to facilitate cross-border e-commerce in the region”. Hence, its outputs will also be delivered to the ECSG for further consideration and action. 

Outcomes: After the Workshop, participants who are governments’ officials, enterprises in the industry, researchers, experts involved in some aspects (policy making, implementation, doing business, research, etc., namely a few but not limited to those representatives from agencies/departments/Ministries related to Planning and Investment; Intellectual Property Rights; Economic and Structural reform; Trade and E-commerce; Customs; economic institutions; business people, etc.,) will  be expected to exchange what they have learnt from the Workshop with their colleagues and teams as a good reference in their work and upcoming projects. The good experiences, best practices, hence, are able to be more widespread among competent and/or authorized people in the field in APEC’s member economies.

Another outcome of this project is that it remains as a contribution to the objectives of the SCFAP II Monitoring Framework’s chokepoint 5 and to provides inputs to implement the chokepoint 5 of the SCFAP II Monitoring Framework as well.

This Project will provide inputs to CTI, policy makers, researchers, experts among APEC member economies. .This final report will incorporate inputs including research/study about the status quo of e-commerce regulatory infrastructure in the region; issues and problems, challenges and approaches to address challenges, etc., hence, help APEC think about their roles as a champion to promote e-commerce for economic growth and development in the region.

Beneficiaries: The project targets governments’ officials, who are directly or indirectly involved in policy making and implementation in the area of e-commerce; and enterprises that work or involved in e-commerce sector. These might include those from agencies/departments/ministries related to Planning and Investment; Trade and E-commercce; Intellectual Property Rights; Customs; Transportation; academic and business people.

Dissemination

The Workshop’s report will be published on the Ministry of Industry and Trade of 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 PPD's documents widely.  APEC's official website will be the main one to upload the documents.  Other Vietnamese Ministries' websites (eg Ministry of Industry and Trade) could also be used to disseminate the information with hyperlink to APEC website. 

A press release on the Workshop’s outcomes will be published on Vietnam’s media mass (Viet Nam News, Viet Nam News Agency, etc.,). It will also be sent to business associations, research centers, etc. to attract the attention to the event to encourage people to visit the documents online.

The target audience includes those who are interested in, involved directly or indirectly in e-commerce including governments’ officials, representatives from business and business associations. 

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. 

Female participation as speakers or delegates to the workshop will be encouraged based on the highest efficiency of the project, therefore, the percentage of female speakers and participants will be decided at a later stage. However, 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.

Women-owned entrepreneurs will be prioritized to be invited as speakers to the Workshop. Among other criteria such as expertise, experiences, contributions, female leaders from enterprises, SMEs associations will be considered to join and be funded to attend the workshop. 

The project aims to target 30 – 40% of female participation.

Work Plan

Timeline

Tasks

Deliverables

2nd quarter of 2017

Develop the Concept

Note; seek co-sponsorship from the member economies. 

Concept Note approve.

About to draft the Project Proposal

By Dec 2017

Develop the full project proposal

Seek approval for the Project proposal

Jan – Feb 2018

Develop the plan. Recruit the consultant and researcher to conduct the case study.

Completion of the recruitment.

Feb – Mar 2018

Make a brief survey on the interests of economies/comments on the draft agenda

Completion of the survey and agenda.

Mar – May 2018

·   Plan to organize the   Workshop. Include invitation to speakers and participants.

·   Organize the Workshop.  

Organize the workshop.

Before Aug 2018

·   Finalize and submit the report

Final report.

After submission of the report

·   Report to CTI and seek endorsement as well as insutructions if yes. Propose the next steps if yes.

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, but not limited to, government representatives; representatives from enterprises to raise voice of business sector; academics, experts from other relevant organizations, which aim at reflecting points of views from various perspectives. 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 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 and implementation; academic or e-commerce experts who have good background and experiences in the field. To this end, invitations will be sent through different fora in APEC including CTI, ECSG, and ABAC. For the host economy, the Workshop is open to business sector, including business associations; apart from officials from the government and local authorities.

Another risk is low penetration of the result study and report in main stakeholders. To mitigate this, as said, a brief survey will be conducted to make sure that the study and the workshop will cover issues of the members/stakeholders’ great concerns.

Monitoring and Evaluation

An evaluation form will be prepared and distributed to all participants and speakers to assess the effectiveness of the workshop. The evaluation will cover the substance and relevance of the Workshop, the presentations by speakers, overall impact and recommendations for improvements and/or future activities. 

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

The speakers and participants will be requested to provide feedback by filling in the evaluation form, delivered at the end of the workshop. 

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 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 CTI 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. The evaluation will check the participants whether they know this source of information so that the PO can know how efficient and potential these channels as a source of information dissemination.

Linkages

In October 2017, Viet Nam organized the APEC Workshop on Promoting Market Access for women led MSMEs through e-commerce (under the umbrellar of SMEWG) and received a lot of interest from the public and private sectors. From this project, it raises a question on how regulation can further promote e commerce. Based on this projects and some earlier projects on the same subject, the PO will work with the consultant to make sure this project will add values to contribute to APEC’s cooperation in e commerce in general, in supply chain connectivity as well. 

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. 

ECSG 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 as well as ECSG’s mandate. In addition, the PO would seek contribution and consultation from the ABAC and SCCP for further collaboration in improving this project implementation.

APEC is the very right platform to promote e-commerce, taking into consideration APEC’s priorities and work in recent years.

Sustainability

Following the Workshop, participants are expected to have a deep understanding of e- commerce in general, e-commerce regulatory infrastructure in the region in particular, which will serve as a valuable reference for the member economies to enhance their e-commerce regulatory infrastructure to increase their competitiveness for sustainable growth and development.

To make sure that the workshop meets its objectives, the organizer will report to and 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 project will directly contribute to the implementation of the SCFAP II Mornitoring Framework, with focus on the chokepoin 5, for the period 2017 – 2020 through providing inputs, promoting sharing and undertanding, bridging the gaps among APEC member economies, etc. In this sense, it contributes to the sustainability of the project. 

The Organizer also considers proposing the phase 2 of the project based on the participants’ recommendations. The networking will be used to review the implementation of recommendations.

Project Overseers

Ms Pham Quynh Mai
Deputy Director General
Multilateral Trade Policy Department
Ministry of Industry and Trade
Viet Nam

Tel: (84-24) 2220 55 22
Email:MaiPQ@moit.gov.vn

Ms Pham Quynh Mai is Viet Nam’s Senior Official to APEC in many years and she has more than 20 years experiences in APEC cooperation and multilateral and international economic integration. The Ministry of Industry and Trade where she works is also in charged of e –commerce governmental management, hence is the very right person/department to lead this project.

Cost Efficiency

Not Applicable.

Drawdown Timetable

Not Applicable.

Direct Labour

The Project Overseer seeks APEC funding to support 8 speakers in total for the 2-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(248 hours total), seek APEC Funding.

Researcher: The researcher will conduct a case study to serve as a reference inputs for the project and will be presented at the workshop. Seek separating the contracts between consultant and researchers since their scope of work and duration are different though they will work closely with each other for the final objectives.

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. 

Simultaneous interpretation

Vietnamese speakers and local participants are invited to the Workshop, many of them are not English speaking and not good at English.

The Project Overseer seeks APEC funding to cover the fees of simultaneous interpretation for the Workshop. Simultaneous interpretation is very important for this project since many Vietnamese are experts in the field, however, not many of them are English fluent.  The Organizer will prioritize to invite Vietnamese speakers with good command of English but cannot guarantee. The waiver is just for speakers who are not fluent in English speaking.

Waiver is sought to invite 8 speaker to the Workshop

PO requests for funding of 8 speakers (2) for both days. In order to make this project a success, the PO strongly believes that experts from public and academic sectors should be invited to share their studies’ outputs and experiences. Their inputs will still be required during the last session that will include discussions of the participating APEC economies on recommendations of the Workshop to the EWG.

The number of speakers if reaches 8 will be discussed and decided by the PD based on case by case.  The PO will provide justifications for the PD’s decision. 

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