Project Title

Trade Policy Dialogue on the Trade Facilitation Agreement, Category B and C Commitments 

Project Year

2018   

Project Number

CTI 06 2018A 

Project Session

Session 1   

Project Type

Standard 

Project Status

Project in Implementation   
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Project No.

CTI 06 2018A 

Project Title

Trade Policy Dialogue on the Trade Facilitation Agreement, Category B and C Commitments 

Project Status

Project in Implementation 

Publication (if any)

 

Fund Account

APEC Support Fund 

Sub-fund

ASF: Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific and Global Value Chains (FTAAP and GVCs) 

Project Year

2018 

Project Session

Session 1 

APEC Funding

80,000 

Co-funding Amount

1,000 

Total Project Value

81,000 

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)

Papua New Guinea 

Co-Sponsoring Economies

Australia; China; Peru 

Expected Start Date

01/07/2018 

Expected Completion Date

30/11/2018 

Project Proponent Name 1

Richard Yakam 

Job Title 1

First Assistant Secretary - Trade 

Organization 1

Department of Trade Commerce and Industry 

Postal Address 1

P O Box 375, Waigani, Nacional Capital District, Papua New Guinea 

Telephone 1

675 3256099 

Fax 1

Not Applicable 

Email 1

richard.yakam@dci.gov.pg 

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

Richard Yakam 

Project Summary

The project proposal is a contribution towards APECs Efforts on Supporting the Multilateral Trading System in implementing the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA). PNG proposes to hold a Trade Policy Dialogue in 2018, to bring together the twenty-one (21) APEC economies domestic Trade Facilitation Committee representatives to share their experiences and challenges in implementing their Category B and C commitments.

Out of the 21 economies, only 20 have ratified their TFA Category A commitments and are working towards implementing their Category B and C commitments. The dialogue hopes to assist economies explore possible ways to fully implement their commitments. 

This dialogue will be undertaken in collaboration with SCCP because of Customs agencies being a major stakeholder in the implementation of the TFA work and also in contributing towards supporting the Cross Fora Collaboration Guidelines.

Relevance

Relevance – Region: APEC continues to pledge its support to the Multilateral Trading System through the implementation of the TFA. APEC is contributing towards the implementation of the TFA which will push the momentum for Trade Facilitation and reducing trade costs across for both developed and developing economies. The TFA implementation forces various structural reforms across a range of sectors to jump start economic growth in the most significant note, bringing trade costs lower than ever before. Trade costs continue to remain high especially for developing economies and therefore the full implementation of the TFA will reduce Global Trade costs eventually. Developing economies will experience the biggest reduction in costs. Gravity model estimates suggest that the trade gains from TFA could be larger with increased export between USD1.1 trillion and 3.6 trillion depending on the extent, of which the TFA is implemented. Developing economies have the most to gain as both exports and GDP growth will rise more than in developed economies. 

The TFA should create export diversification gains for developing economies and increase the opportunity for developing economies to participate in global value chains. There is evidence to show that with Trade Facilitation reform, micro, small and medium enterprises will export and also increase their share of export than larger firms. Developing economies will be able to attract more foreign direct investments while improving their revenue collection and reducing the incidence of corruption. 

The policy dialogue aims to bring together the representatives of the committees responsible for the implementation of the TFA to share best practices, ideas and challenges that economies experience in their quest to comply with the WTO commitments. The policy dialogue seeks to address the challenges that economies face in implementing the measures in Category B and C. On the Category B and C, nineteen (19) APEC member economies ratified their commitments in 2015 and 2016.

Relevance – Eligibility: This project will contribute towards building capacities of all APEC member economies, especially for developing economies to implement the TFA. Hence the project is completely in line with the eligibility criteria for the FTAAP and GVCs Sub Fund (1) (d) which is accelerating ‘behind the border ‘and enhancing regional connectivity ‘across the border’. 

Relevance – Capacity Building: This project will contribute towards building capacities in all APEC member economies, especially in developing economies since all WTO members are required to implement the TFA. Some economies may have progressed work ahead on implementing the Category B and C commitments whilst others are still working towards implementation. Therefore, this dialogue provides an opportunity for economies to share ideas of their experiences.

Objectives

The main objective of the policy dialogue is to bring together the 21 domestic Trade Facilitation representatives to discuss and share experiences and challenges in implementing the measures in Category B and C commitments. The dialogue will contribute towards participants learning some of the best practices which they can apply in their own efforts. Participants will have the opportunity to acquire new knowledge, ideas and skills, and seek opportunities to help economies efforts towards implementing the TFA on Category B and C commitments. The dialogue will also discuss and develop suggestions and recommendations to serve as a guidance for developing economies to overcome the challenges to implement the commitment.

Alignment

Alignment - APEC:  The policy dialogue will contribute directly towards APEC’s efforts on progressing APEC’s goals and objectives of free and open trade through the Bogor Goals. It will also contribute towards APEC’s efforts on Supporting the Multilateral Trading System through the implementation of the TFA on Category B and C commitments. This project supports the implementation of the Cross Fora Collaboration Guidelines in aligning discussions that are undertaken between two working groups or more. In this case, the SCCP will also participate in the policy dialogue. 

Alignment – Forum: The project is very much in line with the work of the CTI on progressing the Bogor Goals and FTAAP with the agenda of Supporting the Multilateral Trading System. It also cascades down to the work of other sub-fora of SCCP, IEG, SCSC, IPEC, etc. This project will be jointly undertaken by SCCP and CTI, in which bulk of the work under the TFA relates to customs procedure work.

TILF/ASF Justification

Not Applicable.

Beneficiaries and Outputs

Outputs: Under this project, the dialogue will create: 

1) The platform for participants to share and discuss experiences on how to fully implement Category B and C commitments in the various domestic systems;

2) Recommendations for both the public and private sectors for guidance;

3) The planning of future tailored capacity building activities of TFA commitments; and

4) A summary report of the dialogue (released as an APEC Publication) and circulate to all participants as well as to CTI and other relevant APEC committees and working groups for further discussion and follow-up. 

Outcomes: The specific outputs which are expected from the full day dialogue is to see: 

1)  An increase of at least 90% of knowledge and skills from officials;

2) Increase of interest and partnership among domestic trade facilitation committees through sharing of best practices of how to explore ways of implementing Category B and C commitments; and

3) Officials to encourage and improve their domestic agency’s policy and regulation for the efficient implementation of the TFA

Beneficiaries: A selection criteria will be set to make sure that the right participants especially in decision-making and implementation roles attend and benefit from the dialogue. The participants must be able to bring about significant changes in their respective domestic sectors. It should include government officials who are directly involved in the implementation of the TFA and those who are involved in the process of trade and investment-related policy making. The dialogue intends to include customs, the ministry of industry and trade, planning, investment, transportation, treasury officials involved in the supply chain of import and exports, local and international experts in trade and officials from the private sector who are directly or indirectly engaged in trade such as the chamber of commerce officials, business and manufacturing councils  who are essential in supporting the efficient implementation of the TFA for the international business community. Women in Business and as well as officials involved in MSMEs will also benefit from this dialogue. This project is beneficial to developing economies because it will uncover and simultaneously address the internal domestic issues particularly in the areas of conducting feasibility studies, addressing the different TFA mechanisms and whether they are fit for purpose in this era, how to seek assistance from international organizations, and what kind methods are suitable to the current business environment of the developing economies.

Dissemination

The dialogue’s report will be published on the PNG Customs website and as well as on the APEC website for reference and widespread usage and saving cost. Electronic publication will be used to disseminate the dialogue’s objectives widely. A press release of the dialogue is expected to be shown on the local television news, newspapers, radio, etc. The information will also be disseminated to institutions that promote and support Small to Medium Enterprises and also to research institutes that have the resources to inform people about the significance of implementing Category B and C measures. Any publication or media release under the project should comply with APEC nomenclature and relevant APEC guidelines (publications, logo and IP). The target audience generally includes those who are interested, directly and indirectly involved in trade facilitation from APEC member economies. There is no intention to sell outputs arising from this project.

Gender

Gender will be taken into account by the project proponent. Apart from the men, 65% of women will be encouraged to participate in the project implementation including in the process of preparatory stage, consultation and direct labors, etc. In addition, to address gender concerns and making sure women are engaged in the dialogue, the evaluation form that will be served at the end of the dialogue will include information on gender to aggregate for project assessment. Also, the dialogue seeks to invite 3 female experts from the total of 6 experts to speak on the topic.

Work Plan

Activity

Proposed Timeframe

Deliverables

Seeking endorsement of the concept

 note in CTI with APEC Economies

in CTI 3

CTI 3 - August 2017

endorsed by CTI

Seeking endorsement of the project proposal at CTI and approval by BMC

May – early June

2018

Seeking Speakers, Invitation to Economies, Preparation of Program and Agenda

June 2018

Attendance of domestic focal points

 of the TFA implementation

Dialogue to be convened within the margins of CTI3

August 2018 - CTI 3

Summary outcome of the Trade

Policy Dialogue

Reporting and discussion of outcomes at CTI3/SOM3

August 2018

Seek endorsement at CTI3

August – September 2018

Circulate draft of the report on the outcomes for

economies to comment

September 2018

Submission of the completed Summary Report with supporting documents to the APEC Secretariat

October 2018

Prepare and submit project Completion Report

to the APEC Secretariat 

Within 2 months of the end of the project

Participate in the APEC Longer-Term Evaluation

of the project.

2019

Risks

One of the risks is to ensure that qualified and experienced speakers are available to present at the dialogue. The project expects that the speakers must have a high-level of experience in trade facilitation related areas/issues. This includes officials in authority, representatives from the private sector, academics and officials from international organizations. The organizers will work closely with co-sponsoring economies to nominate and invite the most suitable speakers for the dialogue. To make sure that the right participants are nominated and funded by APEC to attend the dialogue, the organizers will consult with the co-sponsoring economies to set a general criterion 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 of international trade. Officials from the business sector are encouraged to attend the dialogue. To ensure that there is equal representation of stakeholders, invitations will be sent through the relevant working groups in APEC including CTI, ABAC, etc. For the host economy, the dialogue is open to all interested officials interested in the topic.

Monitoring and Evaluation

All speakers and participants will be requested to provide feedback through an evaluation form on the efficiency and outcomes of the dialogue and whether the objectives of the dialogue are met. I will know whether the project achieved its objectives by: 

- Receiving response from participants’ that more than 90% of participants stated an increase in knowledge from the dialogue;

-  The topics presented by the speakers was highly recommended by the participants;

-   The speakers’ presentations were well articulated;

-   The right tools/visual aids, etc. were used; 

-   The quality of the presentations targeted the right audience;

-  In relation to gender, the dialogue will ensure that there is more than 65% of female participants attending the dialogue; and

-  Finally, in order to know how widely the materials from the dialogue will be disseminated to interested groups in APEC, it is planned that the power point presentations and documents 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 dialogue are uploaded to the APEC AIMP. The PO will also be responsible for sending the report to APEC’s relevant working groups.

The 6 speakers who will be selected will come from both international, regional and domestic institutions that are involved in the work of TFA’s. Non-members will go through the normal APEC Non-Member Participation process.

Linkages

This Policy Dialogue cuts across a number of sub-groups that also participate in the domestic implementation of the TFA. These groups especially include the SCCP, and also IEG, SCSC, IPEG, EC, FMP etc. The dialogue will invite representatives from these groups to also participate as these domestic agencies are also required to undertake reforms for the successful implementation of the TFA. More importantly, officials involved in SCCP must participate in this dialogue and support the Cross Fora Collaboration efforts.

Sustainability

Following the dialogue, participants are expected to have a clear understanding of how to implement their Category B and C commitments. In this regard, a timeline will be developed and follow-up activities will be considered, including the planning and implementation of tailored capacity building activities on the implementation of TFA commitments on the basis of findings through the project. To make the dialogue meet its objectives, the PO will seek approval from CTI members during CTI3 for the recommendations and the report. The PO also considers proposing the next steps of the project in 2019 based on the participants’ recommendations. In early 2018, the Government of Papua New Guinea ratified its TFA Category A commitments and is currently in the process of notifying the WTO. Therefore, this project is in line with Papua New Guinea’s plan to learn the next steps of how to implement its Category B and C measures. 

Based on the timeline, 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 especially among the customs agencies in general.

Project Overseers

Mr. Richard Yakam

First Assistant Secretary - Trade

Department of Trade, Commerce and Industry

Add: PO Box 375, WAIGANI, National Capital District

Tel: +675 3256099

Email: Richard.Yakam@dci.gov.pg


Cost Efficiency

Not Applicable.

Drawdown Timetable

Not Applicable.

Direct Labour

Not Applicable.

Waivers

Not Applicable.

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No 
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