Project Title

APEC Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue on Structural Reform in Logistic Services 

Project Year

2017   

Project Number

CTI 14 2017T 

Project Session

Session 2   

Project Type

Standard 

Project Status

Project in Implementation   
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Project No.

CTI 14 2017T 

Project Title

APEC Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue on Structural Reform in Logistic Services 

Project Status

Project in Implementation 

Publication (if any)

 

Fund Account

TILF Special Account 

Sub-fund

None 

Project Year

2017 

Project Session

Session 2 

APEC Funding

100,000 

Co-funding Amount

30,585 

Total Project Value

130,585 

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

China; Malaysia; New Zealand; Peru; Chinese Taipei 

Expected Start Date

01/12/2017 

Expected Completion Date

30/06/2018 

Project Proponent Name 1

Pham Quynh Mai 

Job Title 1

Deputy Director General, Multilateral Trade Policy Department 

Organization 1

Ministry of Industry and Trave 

Postal Address 1

54 Hai Ba Trung St, Ha Noi, Viet Nam 

Telephone 1

84-4 22205522 

Fax 1

Not Applicable 

Email 1

maipq@moit.gov.vn; patbeo81@gmail.com 

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

The project “APEC Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue on Structural Reform in Logistic Services” is designed to provide  effective dialogue among services-related and structural reform-related regulators, policy-makers and business community in logistic services. The Dialogue will focus on following activities: (i) discussions on ways to address the barriers in trade and investment in logistic services; (ii) discussions on ways to encourage regulatory coherence to enable businesses in the logistic services sector.

The two-day Dialogue will be held in Ho Chi Minh city, Viet Nam in the 1st quarter of 2018. The project aims to:

-  Exchange information on structural reforms in logistic services among regulators, policy makers, business, associations, academia etc;

-  Discuss on ways to address the barriers in trade and investment in logistic services, to encourage regulatory coherence to enable businesses in the logistic services sector etc.; and

-  Provide an opportunity for networking among regional experts with regards to structural reforms and services.

Relevance

Relevance - APEC: The services sector is a major contributor to productivity growth in the APEC region and its growing role in generating growth in total output and export revenues. In 2015, APEC Structural Reform Ministers recognized “the challenges to unleashing the potential of the services sector to contribute further to growth and employment generation: The first challenge is to address services and investment restrictions which limit market access, discriminate against foreign suppliers, and impose regulations that are more burdensome and trade-restrictive than necessary to achieve policy objectives.  The second is for economies to prioritize services in their development agenda. The third involves balancing competing objectives without prejudice to the right to regulate. The fourth is to reduce unnecessary regulatory heterogeneity which could raise the cost for service providers. Finally, the fifth is mitigating regulatory externalities, or accounting for the effects of regulation in one economy on the consumers of the service in another economy.” Accordingly, they agreed “that APEC, through the Economic Committee and other APEC bodies, should encourage economies to continue undertaking unilateral reforms in their services sectors.”

By promoting discussion among various stakeholders in APEC on structural reform and logistic services, this 2-day project will help to enhance the awareness and importance of services in RAASR, particularly for economies to consider prioritizing services in their development agenda. The Dialogue will focus on following activities:

i) discussions on ways to address the barriers in trade and investment in logistic services; and

ii) discussions on ways to encourage regulatory coherence to enable businesses in the logistic services sector. In addition, the Dialogue will include a greater focus on logistic services (identifying the state-of-play of logistic services’ performance in Viet Nam and other APEC economies; identifying and recommending ways to remove obstacles; targeting regulatory issues etc.)

Relevance – Rank:
Rank 1, as this project will contribute to meeting APEC’s Bogor Goals for free and open trade and investment in Asia – Pacific (Osaka Action Agenda) with a particular focus on the logistic service sector through dialogues and cooperation. Especially, the project relates to (i) Services trade, including the implementation of the APEC Services Cooperation Framework and APEC Services Competitiveness Roadmap, and (ii) Trade Facilitation, since the logistic sector play a key role in the improvement of supply chain connectivity, and that promoting its structural reform and addressing related trade and investment issues will be relevant. This proposal will also help address Chokepoints 3 & 4  (Unreliable logistics services and high logistical costs & Limited regulatory cooperation and best practices) of the 2nd Phase of the Supply Chain Connectivity Framework Action Plan (SCFAPII). (iii) In addition, it should be noted that it serves as facilitation of business considering the proportion of SMEs in this sector.

Objectives

The projects aims at following objectives:

-  Exchange information on structural reforms in logistic services among regulators, policy makers, business, associations, academia etc.;

-  Discuss on ways to address the barriers in trade and investment in logistic services, to encourage regulatory coherence to enable businesses in the logistic services sector etc; and

-  Provide an opportunity for networking among regional experts with regards to structural reforms and services.

Alignment

Alignment - APEC: In November 2016, APEC Economic Leaders endorsed the APEC Services Competitiveness Roadmap (2016-2025) committing APEC to a concerted set of actions and mutually agreed targets to be achieved by 2025. In such Roadmap, APEC Leaders endorsed a number of APEC-wide actions, comprising of “implementation of the Renewed APEC Agenda on Structural Reform, including progressing the 2016 APEC Economic Policy Report on Structural Reform and Services”.

In 2015, APEC Structural Reform Ministers agreed that “APEC, through the Economic Committee and other APEC bodies, should encourage economies to continue undertaking unilateral reforms in their services sectors” and welcomed “the integration of services reform into RAASR”. APEC Committees and sub-fora were also instructed to conduct public-private dialogues and dialogues with sectoral regulators, policy makers, and business in this sense.

In 2016, APEC also endorsed the SCFAPII, whose goal is ““To reduce trade costs across supply chains and to improve supply chain reliability in supporting the competitiveness of business in the Asia Pacific region”.

Alignment – Forum: This project is aligned with CTI current work regarding the implementation of APEC Services Competitiveness Roadmap (2016-2025) by progressing APEC work on structural reform in logistic services.

TILF/ASF Justification

Page 5, Part 1 of the Osaka Action Agenda highlighted that “Each APEC economy will make efforts to provide the participation of concerned parties in regulations and regulatory processes, the fair and transparent application of regulations, and the prompt consideration of applications” and “support APEC capacity building efforts to supply services”. As such, this project will contribute to meeting APEC’s Bogor Goals for free and open trade and investment in Asia – Pacific (Osaka Action Agenda) with a particular focus on the logistic service sector through dialogues and cooperation.

Beneficiaries and Outputs

Outputs:

Output

Description

Dialogue

A 2-day Dialogue held in Ho Chi Minh city, Viet Nam in the second quarter of 2018

Dialogue’s report

A summary report with outcomes and recommendations from the Dialogue will be presented to CTI. Such report will be composed of the following, but not limited to, sections: introduction of the project; briefings of the presentations made at the Dialogue, including best practices (if any); briefings on discussions at the Dialogue; suggested recommendations made by Dialogue attendants and the project consultant.

Recommendations

Participants at the Dialogue will provide recommendations for APEC on next steps through 2018 and beyond.

Outcomes: The Dialogue is an important activity for various stakeholders such as government officials, experts from ABAC, PSU, PECC, APEC study centers, academia, the private sector, business associations, among others, to brainstorm their views and share information on how APEC can address the barriers in trade and investment in logistic services, to encourage regulatory coherence to enable businesses in the logistic services sector.

The Dialogue also provides opportunities for the participants to create a network among APEC economies and experts, which has a potential to provide inputs to and facilitate future discussions.

Beneficiaries:  The intended beneficiaries of this project are:

1)
Member-economy logistic services-related and structural reform-related regulators, policy-makers – who will acquire a better understanding on barriers in trade and investment in logistic services,  the state-of-play of logistic services’ performance in Viet Nam and other APEC economies etc.

2) APEC logistic services-related business representatives (business associations, companies) – who will benefit from the ability to communicate their perspectives to officials and experts. Organizers will enhance outreach of this Dialogue to a number logistic services-related firms and associations, as well as interested stakeholders from APEC sub-fora such as SMEWG and GOS.

3) Representatives from regional and international organizations (WTO, OECD, PECC, ESCAP etc.), the academic sector, ABAC, and other interested stakeholders (attending the Dialogue as speakers/ moderators or participants) will benefit from information presented and exchanged at the Dialogue as well as an opportunity for communicating with Dialogue participants.

4)
Once coming back from this Dialogue, participants may disseminate information through materials and summary report from this event to other audiences in their economies. Such audience can be named as beneficiaries from this project.

Dissemination

Hard copies (presentations of the Dialogue) will be provided to all the Dialogue's participants.  Electronic publication (presentations of the Dialogue and project's summary report) will also be sent to Dialogue speakers and participants to disseminate the Dialogue's documents widely.  APEC's official website will be the main one to upload the documents (project's summary report).  Organisers will encourage participants to circulate documents domestically to ensure effectiveness in dissemination.  A summary report of the Dialogue will also be prepared and submitted to the Committee on Trade and Investment.

There are no intention to sell outputs arising from this project.

Gender

Women will be directly and actively involved in the project. Project proponents of this Dialogue are women. The Dialogue organizers will be careful to include women speakers and participants in the Dialogue.  The organizers will encourage women to be involved during the preparatory stage and actual activity. Invitations sent to CTI representatives will take due consideration of gender concerns by encouraging the suggestion and 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 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.

According to a paper conducted by the United Nations Inter-Agency Network on Women and Gender Equality[1], women tend to be more affected by the negative side‐ effects of trade liberalization and are facing bigger challenges than men when it comes to taking advantage of the opportunities trade offers. Therefore, better and more effective policies and strategies to promote free trade will, to some extent, provide more opportunities for women to reap the benefits from trade facilitation and liberalization. 

Organizers will try to invite 2 female speakers/moderators to the Dialogue and set the target of 40% of Dialogue participants will be female.


[1] http://www.un.org/womenwatch/feature/trade/gender_equality_and_trade_policy.pdf

Work Plan

June – December 2017: Submit concept note (then a full project proposal) to APEC for consideration and approval.

December 2017 – January 2018: Substantive and logistic preparation for the Dialogue (selecting contractors, preparing Dialogue agenda, selecting venue, preparing General Information note etc).

February – March 2018: Invite speakers and participants from relevant APEC Ministries/ agencies, academia and industry representatives.  (Speakers will send presentations 10 days prior to the Dialogue).

April 2018: Implementation of the 2-day Dialogue.

May 2018: Upon conclusion of the Dialogue, event organizers will work with co-sponsors, speakers and other participants to draft final report for CTI.

Risks

Risks associated with the Dialogue will be minimal. One of the risks is ensuring the selection of good speakers in order to make the most of the Dialogue. The Organizers will work with the co-sponsor economies and relevant international organizations and institutions 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 delay of nomination from APEC economies. Organizers will manage such risk by working with other economies to ensure relevant candidates are selected for participation and will follow the responses to invitation. Outreach to be conducted when needed to receive nominations from non-responding economies.

Finally, a risk could be outcomes of the Dialogue may not be as fruitful and productive as expected. To mitigate this risk, the consultant will work closely with PO and co-sponsor economies to design the draft agenda and selecting appropriate speakers.

Monitoring and Evaluation

The Dialogue’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 Dialogue. The project will adhere strictly to APEC project implementation procedures, including the timeline of actions. Organizers hope that 100 participants will attend the Dialogue.

Estimated indicators: Number of speakers/ participants, number of participating economies and diversification of speakers/ participants.

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 Dialogue 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 organizing committee will compile all comments and reflect them into the final report, which will be submitted to the APEC Committee on Trade and Investment for consideration.

Estimated indicators: Score of satisfaction on substance, speakers, logistic arrangements, impacts etc. in the questionnaires responded from participants.

The report and Dialogue documents will be made available to Dialogue participants and the APEC Secretariat. The draft report on the outcome of the Dialogue will be sent to APEC Secretariat for review before finalization.

Estimated indicators: (i) Progress of draft and final reports; (ii) Dissemination of draft and final reports to participants and CTI.

Linkages

Engagement: This project is a follow-up of the 2016 APEC Economic Policy Report on Structural Reform and Services. Through this proposed project, it shall engage with various stakeholders from the private sector, associations, academic sector etc. as well as international organizations (WTO, OECD, ERIA etc.). During implementation process, information will be disseminated to these fora to encourage their participation in the Dialogue. Organizers will work closely with APEC sub-fora (especially EC, SCSC), PECC, ABAC and other organizations to avoid duplications with previous activities.

Previous work:

- This project is a follow-up of the 2016 APEC Economic Policy Report on Structural Reform and Services. This Report, however, covered services in general and five case studies from 5 economies (retail services in China, air transport services in Indonesia, financial services in Japan, electricity retail services in New Zealand, testing and certification services in Chinese Taipei) while the proposed Dialogue will focus on a specific service sector (logistic). The structure and content of the Report are a good reference for speakers and participants attending the Dialogue, especially on understanding benefits and costs of services reforms, political economy of services reforms, international regulatory cooperation, policy recommendations etc.

- Australia hosted a symposium on ‘Good Policy and Regulatory Practices for Facilitating Trade and Investment in Transport and Logistics Services’ in Hong Kong, China on 5-16 July 2014. It provided opportunities to share experiences and helped build the capacities of participants in considering possible measures for their respective economies to promote open, accessible trade and investment flows and services provision in the region. It helped strengthen linkages and networking capacities between policy makers, regulators and academics in regional economies and across the region. - Australia ran a self-funded APEC project (via the HRDWG) on Transport and Logistics (T&L) occupational standards development. An initial technical workshop brought together government and industry representatives from Peru, Chile and Mexico. The purpose of the workshop was to introduce the APEC T&L occupational standards developed for five occupations during 2014-15 to verify that they reflect the skills needs of the T&L sector across the Pacific Alliance countries, and to develop occupational standards for the additional occupation of delivery driver. The participants also visited a number of T&L companies in Lima, gaining a better understanding of approaches to skilling the workforces in the T&L sector. They then conducted a series of in-economy consultations to review the new standards for the delivery driver occupation, and to obtain feedback on the suitability of the APEC T&L occupational standards for the five occupations for use by Pacific Alliance countries. The final validation workshop was scheduled to be held on 5-7 December 2016 in Santiago, Chile.

- The proposed project will not duplicate above activities since it will focus on (i) discussions on ways to address the barriers in trade and investment in logistic services; (ii) discussions on ways to encourage regulatory coherence to enable businesses in the logistic services sector. In addition, the Dialogue will include a greater focus on logistic services (identifying the state-of-play of logistic services’ performance in Viet Nam and other APEC economies; identifying and recommending ways to remove obstacles; targeting regulatory issues etc.) 

APEC’s Comparative Advantage: APEC is the best source of funding for this project because APEC has been working actively on services agenda. The results of the Dialogue will contribute to the overall APEC work.

Sustainability

Speakers and participants will be encouraged to present their experiences and recommendations on structural reforms in logistic service in the Dialogue.  APEC economies can take in recommendations and spread the experiences and lessons in a wider range. Experts can make use of results or outcomes of this project in expected future projects. Participants can create cooperative network or means of future exchange of ideas and discussions. Possible future actions to be reflected in the summary report will be discussed at CTI, in close consultations with other related APEC sub-fora.

This contact list of a network including Dialogue’s speakers and participants will be compiled and circulated at CTI. The summary report will suggest next steps based on the discussions of the Dialogue. Such report will be submitted to CTI.

Project Overseers

1.  Name: Ms Pham Quynh Mai

Organisation: Ministry of Industry and Trade, Viet Nam

Address: 54 Hai Ba Trung street, Ha Noi city, Viet Nam

Tel: +84-24-222-055-22

Fax: +84-24-222-025-25

E-mail: maipq@moit.gov.vn

Ms. Pham Quynh Mai got her Master Degree in the University of Sussex, the United Kingdom. She was the Vice Chair of the CTI in 2006. Since 2011, she has been the Acting Senior Official of Viet Nam for APEC in several APEC Senior Official Meetings.

2.   Name: Ms Vu Lien Huong

Organisation: Ministry of Industry and Trade, Viet Nam

Address: 54 Hai Ba Trung street, Ha Noi city, Viet Nam

Tel: +84-24-222-054-19

Fax: +84-24-222-025-25

E-mail: huongvl@moit.gov.vn and patbeo81@gmail.com

Ms Vu Lien Huong got her Master Degree in the University of Leeds, the United Kingdom. Since 2003, she has been actively engaged in APEC cooperation activities, including those under the Committee on Trade and Investment, SOM supervision, SCE and APEC Ministerial processes etc.

Cost Efficiency

Not Applicable.

Drawdown Timetable

Not Applicable.

Direct Labour

Consultant: will work with speakers and discussants in drafting, revising and finalizing agenda; conduct researches, collect, analyze and synthesize data; develop curriculum for the Dialogue (including mock negotiations); take notes; develop and finalize the report of the Dialogue with recommendations; work as a coordinator in all substantive matters (240 hours total), seek APEC Funding.

Secretaries: will assist consultant to organize the Dialogue (substance and paperwork) (400 hours total), self-fund.

Short-term staffs (clerks): will handle logistic arrangements for the organization of the Dialogue (600 hours total), self-fund.

Waivers

Waiver

Justification

Waiver for advance payment

Travel airfare, per diem for speakers, active participants – to encourage participation in the project.

Waiver to fund governmental officials from non-travel eligible member economies, non-APEC members and representatives of international organizations as speakers for airfare and per diem

Most of the time, even non-travel eligible member economies government officials are subject to budgetary constraints as such, withdrawal of commitment from the project is unavoidable. PO will seek for CTI’s approval in case of non-member participants/speakers attending the Dialogue.

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