Project Title

Public-Private Dialogue (PPD) on Existing and Emerging Issues related to E-Commerce and Digital Economy 

Project Year

2017   

Project Number

CTI 29 2017A 

Project Session

Session 2   

Project Type

Standard 

Project Status

Project in Implementation   
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Project No.

CTI 29 2017A 

Project Title

Public-Private Dialogue (PPD) on Existing and Emerging Issues related to E-Commerce and Digital Economy 

Project Status

Project in Implementation 

Publication (if any)

 

Fund Account

APEC Support Fund 

Sub-fund

ASF: General Fund 

Project Year

2017 

Project Session

Session 2 

APEC Funding

120,000 

Co-funding Amount

Total Project Value

120,000 

Sponsoring Forum

Electronic Commerce Steering Group (ECSG) 

Topics

Electronic Commerce 

Committee

Committee on Trade and Investment (CTI) 

Other Fora Involved

 

Other Non-APEC Stakeholders Involved

 

Proposing Economy(ies)

Peru 

Co-Sponsoring Economies

Australia; Japan; New Zealand; Chinese Taipei; United States 

Expected Start Date

01/02/2018 

Expected Completion Date

31/08/2018 

Project Proponent Name 1

Alexandra Carhuaricra 

Job Title 1

Services Negotiator 

Organization 1

Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism 

Postal Address 1

Calle Uno Oeste No. 50 Urb. orpac, San Isidro, Lima 27-15036, Peru 

Telephone 1

51-1 5136100 Extension 8040 

Fax 1

Not Applicable 

Email 1

acarhuaricra@mincetur.gob.pe 

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

Alexandra Carhuaricra 

Project Summary

Peru proposes to hold a one-day PPD on existing and emerging issues related to E-commerce and Digital Economy. The PPD main objective is to promote, deepen discussions and exchange views on three important issues: Online Consumer Protection, the Development and Dissemination of New Technologies (Cloud Computing and Big Data) and the Development of Electronic Transmitted Content in APEC Economies.

The PPD will bring together a wide range of views from public and private sector regarding the aforementioned topics. Furthermore, the PPD will contribute to a better understanding on the latest trends and emerging issues related to E-commerce and Digital Economy.

Additionally, the PPD will benefit APEC officials to increase their awareness and knowledge on experiences and challenges that Economies are facing regarding these elements. 

Finally, it is important to note that the PPD may contribute to the eventual realization of a future FTAAP as this will help participants to evaluate and have a greater understanding on these elements from different Economies’ perspectives.

Relevance

The development of E-commerce and Digital Economy provides new opportunities and benefits for developed and developing Economies allowing providers and users to create, deliver and access to new products, services and information efficiently. Therefore, more Economies are committed to take advantage of the technology benefits and promote policies to facilitate its development and trade by electronic means.

The Public Private Dialogue (PPD) on existing and emerging issues related to E-commerce and Digital Economy looks forward to deepen discussions on three important issues: Online Consumer Protection, the Development and Dissemination of New Technologies (Cloud Computing and Big Data) and the Development of Electronic Transmitted Content in APEC Economies.

The importance of discussing the aforementioned issues stems from the fact that recently concluded RTAs/FTAs include provisions related to them. Therefore, continued and active discussion on these new trade topics is important to increase awareness of policy makers to understand the ongoing business requirement of Electronic Commerce and Digital Economy. Thus, recent projects such as “E-commerce for Inclusion and Competitiveness”, “Enhance Micro, Capacity Building Needs Initiative (CBNI) Seminar on Electronic Commerce Chapter of the RTA/FTAs”, “Small and Medium Enterprises' (MSMEs) Capacity for Inclusive Development by Cross-Border E-Commerce Adoption”, have already open the discussion on important E-commerce and Digital Economy related topics.

For example, in relation to consumer protection, various RTAs/FTAs include provisions related to maintain transparent and effective measures to protect consumers from fraudulent and deceptive commercial activities when engaging in online commercial activities. Participants and speakers will be able to analyse cases such as for example when some sellers deceive buyers with not real photos of products or when buyers deceive sellers with a false credit account with no funds available for payment.

In the case of development and dissemination of new technologies such as cloud computing and big data, new RTAs/FTAs have to deal with requirements related to issues such as computing facilities localization and others that may delay this process. The Participants will be able to identify new RTAs FTAs related provisions and analyse their applicability in the private sector trade activities.

And, in relation to Electronic Transmitted Content, the presented cases should include enterprises trading for example, games, software, apps, among others. The Participants will be able to identify which kind of obstacles are faced by the private sector when trading by electronic means. 

Furthermore, these issues have very important implications for Micro, Small and Medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) seeking to enter the global digital economy, as this type of capacity building activities and discussions contribute to increase the knowledge of the relevant stakeholders and to provide a better understanding regarding the pros and cons for MSMEs looking forward to be part of the global digital economy.

This project corresponds to Rank 1 of the “Funding Criteria for All APEC-Funded Projects in 2017,” as it promotes the discussion on the following related topics:

-  Next Generation Trade and Investment Issues.

-  Services trade, including the implementation of the APEC Services Cooperation Framework and APEC Services Competitiveness Roadmap.

-  Information technology and digital economy, including e‐commerce, ICT infrastructure, and digital trade.

-  Regional Economic Integration initiatives, including the Beijing Roadmap for APEC's Contribution to the Realization of the FTAAP and Lima Declaration on FTAAP, RTAs/FTAs information sharing mechanism.

- Strengthening innovation capacities and competitiveness of MSMEs and MSMEs insertion in GVCs.

Objectives

1) To bring together a wide range of views from public and private sector regarding the aforementioned topics;

2) To identify concerns from the public and private sector in relation to these topics;

3) To start discussions and build capacity on these elements from different economies’ perspectives; and

4)  To share experiences and challenges that economies face emerging issues in relation to E-commerce and the Digital Economy.

Alignment

In the 2016 APEC Leaders’ Declaration, Leaders welcome APEC economies’ initiatives and leadership to explore new areas of potential economic growth in the area of digital trade and related issues. Moreover, in the 2016 AMM Joint Statement, Ministers took note of the next steps to advance our work on digital trade and look forward to continue exchanging views on this topic in 2017 by undertaking capacity building, developing case studies, and identifying practices to expand and promote digital trade in the region, and to ensure all member economies’ participation in digital trade, taking into consideration specific economic circumstances.

This proposal seeks to increase the understanding and knowledge of APEC economies regarding existing and emerging issues related to E-commerce and the Digital Economy. Furthermore, the PPD may contribute to the eventual realization of a future FTAAP as this will help participants to evaluate and better understand these elements from different economies’ perspectives.

The project helps to fulfil the Electronic Commerce Steering Group (ECSG) objectives as followed: 

·  Promote the development and use of electronic commerce by supporting the creation of legal, regulatory and policy environments in the APEC region that are predictable, transparent and consistent.

·  Cooperate, develop, and implement technologies and policies, which build trust and confidence in safe, secure and reliable communication, information and delivery systems, and which address issues including privacy, authentication and consumer protection.

TILF/ASF Justification

Currently, E-commerce and Digital Economy is becoming a matter of concern among APEC economies, as more Economies are focusing on take advantage of the technology benefits and develop policies to facilitate its development. 

The PPD will bring together a wide range of views from public and private sector regarding Online Consumer Protection, the Development and Dissemination of New Technologies (Cloud Computing and Big Data) and the Development of Electronic Transmitted Content in APEC Economies. These new trade topics have been recently included at RTAs/FTAs, especially on E-Commerce Chapters.

Regarding developing Economies, they will benefit from the PPD as they increase their knowledge and become more aware of the ongoing business environment for Electronic Commerce and the Digital Economy, which are issues that have important implications for Micro, Small and Medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) seeking to enter the global digital economy.

Beneficiaries and Outputs

Outputs: A one-day PPD where participants from public and private sector will be able to interact and sharing their experiences from their economies and sectors point of view. Additionally, the PPD will provide government officials and private sector representatives with a platform for the discussion. 

Documents and presentations from the workshop will be uploaded to the APEC Meeting Document Database and serve as source of information. Additionally, a final report containing the most important aspects, including relevant results and a summary of the PPD, will be submitted to ECSG and CTI. This relevant report will be developed on the basis of surveys and interviews at the end of the PPD.

Finally, in order to facilitate further dissemination of the PPD results, a press release will be coordinated with APEC Communications Unit. 

Outcomes: It is expected that the PDD can increase awareness of participants from public and private sector regarding emerging issues related to Electronic Commerce and the Digital Economy in the APEC region particularly in developing economies, such as Online Consumer Protection, the Development and Dissemination of New Technologies (Cloud Computing and Big Data) and the Development of Electronic Transmitted Content in APEC Economies.

Sharing experiences and views on policies to promote the development and future implementation of new projects or initiatives related to these topics is also an expected output.

The PPD will promote collaboration and networking between public and private sector representatives with the objective that they can continue discussing possible areas for future collaboration or cooperation within APEC, their economies or at a regional level. 

Beneficiaries: The direct project participants will be government officials and private sector representatives and stakeholders from APEC economies, APEC observers and ABAC, especially the ones involved and whose work is related to consumer protection policies and issues, the development and dissemination of new technologies, and the development of electronically transmitted content. In the case of private sector, technology industry companies   are expected to participate, as well as developers of software solutions and digital content. In this sense, the PPD will serve as a platform that will bring together Negotiators, Agencies Representatives, Specialists, among others. Furthermore, the PO will promote the participation of women as participants or speakers from the very beginning.

The users of the outputs will be the direct participants and the institutions, agencies or enterprises where they are members. On the basis of case studies, the PPD will build capacity of participants in relation to Online Consumer Protection, the Development and Dissemination of New Technologies (Cloud Computing and Big Data) and the Development of Electronic Transmitted Content in APEC Economies. These cases presented by the different experiences of the private sectors will enable participants to increase their knowledge in a more dynamic way. 

Finally, ECSG and other fora members will benefit from the discussions as they participate on the exchange of experiences and information about the challenges that economies might face on these issues.

Dissemination

Documents and presentations from the workshop will be uploaded to the APEC Meeting Document Database. Additionally, relevant results such as key points of discussion and recommendations, and a summary of the PPD will be also uploaded and published on the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism of Peru social networks (eg. Press Releases Website) and APEC Meeting Document Database, as well as circulated at CTI, ECSG and ABAC. Participating economies will be encourage to release these documents on their institution websites respectively. 

To the extent possible, a press release regarding the outcomes of the project will be coordinated with APEC media.

The target audience includes representatives from the public and private sector such as Government Officials, Policy Makers, Negotiators, Agencies Representatives, Experts and Specialists interested and involved with Issues related to E-commerce and Digital Economy.

Gender

E-commerce and Digital Economy is an important emergent work area for many developing economies because of their large amount local MSMEs and the increasing use of e-commerce as a tool that enables them to reach customers and business opportunities around the world at lower costs. Women have not been unfamiliar regarding e-commerce and Digital Economy, nowadays more women are involved with it as they are taking a more active role as consumers, suppliers or entrepreneurs. It is also a fact that women’s access to e-commerce has become an opportunity for economic growth and internationalization. The increase of women’s participation on economic activities rises their income and benefits their family and community. 

The PO will encourage a higher participation rate of women from public and private sector as participants and speakers. Furthermore, speakers will be encouraged to present case studies which involve women. To the extent possible, the PO will promote the participation of MSMES founded by women. 

The PPD objectives will benefit women as discussions and issues addressed will increase their awareness and knowledge on E-commerce and Digital Economy. Also, women will have opportunities for networking and work on new projects and initiatives.

Work Plan

The PPD will be implemented by the PO when notification is received. Member economies will be consulted for comments as stablished by the Secretariat. Co-sponsors of the project will be consulted during the process of approval (e.g. QAF) and for speaker recommendations, which will be evaluated for guest status by members if applicable. Once speakers are defined, they will be involve in the preparation of materials; additionally, relevant information, such as the agenda will be circulated in advance. 

Timeline of Actions: 

Activities

Outputs

Timeline

PPD organisation

Establishment of venue, development of the tentative agenda and evaluate suggestions for speakers.

–Mid-November 2017

Invitation to speakers and ECSG members (First Call))

Confirmation of speakers and participants nominations

December 2017

Development of the final agenda

Circulation with Co-sponsors

December 2017

Arrangements for Logistics Issues

Travel arrangements for participants and speakers, and submission of the PPD Administrative Circular

December - January 2018

Invitation to speakers and ECSG members (Second Call))

Confirmation of speakers and participants nominations

Early January 2018

Compilation of Material

Organize all materials submitted by the speakers and made available online

Early January 2018

Development of the final agenda

Approval of the final agenda

Mid-January 2018

Monitor ultimate logistics issues

Confirm appropriate flights purchase and accommodation reservation of participants and speakers. 

Check the venue.

Development of the PPD

PPD implementation

Late-January / Early-February

Margins of SOM I, 2018

Elaboration and circulation of a report among ECSG members for their assessment and inputs

Report approval and publication

Intersessionally before SOM III, 2018

Risks

Risk 1: Development of the agenda. 

Risk management: Due to the newness regarding E-commerce and Digital Economy issues, it will be necessary to work closely and in advance with co-sponsors and other interested economies to develop an agenda that can be approved by all. 

Risk 2: Participation of speakers and nominees

Risk management:
As the PPD is only one day and the demand for flights to PNG will increase during SOM I, it is necessary to start get in touch with possible speakers. In the case of funded participants, invitation letters will be circulated in advance so nominations can be submitted early. It will be also necessary to consider additional per-diem in case connecting flights requires that some participants should arrive earlier or depart later. 

Risk 4: Difficulties for networking between participants and speakers 

Risk Management: As the PPD will take place over the course of one day, it is necessary to create an environment of trust and mutual learning. This will be achieved with the collaboration of speakers, participants and the organizing committee.

Monitoring and Evaluation

To know whether the PPD achieved its objectives, surveys and interviews after the end of de event will be needed. 

In order to assess progress and impact of the PPD the following has been considered:

-  Conduct a survey at the end of the PPD where participants will compare their knowledge at the beginning to their knowledge at the end of the PPD.

-  The survey will also include a space where participants can express their opinion regarding the issues addressed by the PPD, recommendations for future activities or other areas of interest.

-  Some speakers and participants will be requested for and small interview so they can give their feedback on the event. A brief summary of the interviews will part of the report.

Main indicators and expected target numbers for measuring the success of the project are:

-  The number of participants from public sector (50%).

-  The number of participants from private sector (50%).

-  The number of APEC economies involved (21).

-  The number of female participants (50%).

-  The number of female speakers (50%).

-  Results of the survey.

A general overview of the feedback received from speakers and participants.

Linkages

This project builds on work undertaken to enhance the knowledge and experience of APEC Economies in three specific topics: consumer protection, development and dissemination of new technologies, and the development of electronically transmitted content in APEC Economies, which are important for the development of the Digital Economy. In that sense, it continues with the efforts made in previous projects or initiatives, like “Trade Policy Dialogues related to Digital Trade” and CBNI activities related to e-commerce such as E-commerce for Inclusion and Competitiveness, Enhance Micro, Capacity Building Needs Initiative (CBNI) Seminar on Electronic Commerce Chapter of the RTA/FTAs, Small and Medium Enterprises' (MSMEs) Capacity for Inclusive Development by Cross-Border E-Commerce Adoption, among others. The outcomes of the project can contribute to ongoing work to identify building blocks to facilitate digital trade as well as increase awareness of policy makers to understand the ongoing business requirement of Electronic Commerce and Digital Economy.

This project does not duplicate but complements previous PPD or seminars because it concentrates in the aforementioned topics which implies a deeper analysis on main concerns and challenges of Economies (public and private sectors) related to these topics. Our goal is to provide an opportunity for a constructive dialogue, allowing participants to exchange views. 

In that sense, this project will fully build on and avoid duplication with existing projects.

Sustainability

The PPD will continue to have impact as all the information (e.g. Case studies, presentations, relevant results, a summary of the PPD and other materials) will be uploaded to the APEC Meeting Document Database and the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism of Peru social networks. Furthermore, participants would be able to networking among them and with the speakers, the exchange of contact points may result on new projects or initiatives.

The possible next steps would be related to keep in touch with participants and APEC delegates in order to coordinate new activities or projects related to these issues. Longer discussions on this issues and others will continue to take place in APEC as they become more important in terms of commerce between the private and public sectors of the APEC region. Furthermore, with the proposed modernization of the ECSG, the PPD proposed topics will have to be addressed in more detail by APEC officials.

Expected outcomes will be measured through a survey where participants will compare their knowledge at the beginning to their knowledge at the end of the PPD. In the long term, the development of new projects regarding these issues, such as CBNI activities and de development of principles regarding ecommerce commitments will be also an indicator for measuring the impact of the PPD.

Project Overseers

Project Overseer:

Ms. Alexandra CARHUARICRA will manage the project, currently serves as official at the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism of Peru. She is member of the Peruvian Services Negotiation team and her work involves supporting the negotiation of the services chapters of free trade agreements where Peru is part. Formerly, she was member of the APEC General Coordination Team. 

Ms Alexandra CARHUARICRA - Services Negotiator
Vice Ministry of Foreign Trade - Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism of Peru
Calle Uno Oeste N°50, Córpac, San Isidro, Lima, PERU
Tel: + 511 5136100 Ext. 8040
Email: acarhuaricra@mincetur.gob.pe 

Project Executive:
Ms Daniela HUERTAS - Specialist of the APEC General Coordination
Vice Ministry of Foreign Trade - Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism of Peru
Email: dhuertas@mincetur.gob.pe

Cost Efficiency

Not Applicable.

Drawdown Timetable

Not Applicable.

Direct Labour

Not Applicable.

Waivers

Not Applicable.

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