Project Title

11th Conference on Good Regulatory Practices (GRP 11) 

Project Year

2018   

Project Number

EC 02 2018A 

Project Session

Session 1   

Project Type

Standard 

Project Status

Project in Implementation   
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Project No.

EC 02 2018A 

Project Title

11th Conference on Good Regulatory Practices (GRP 11) 

Project Status

Project in Implementation 

Publication (if any)

 

Fund Account

APEC Support Fund 

Sub-fund

ASF: Renewed APEC Agenda on Structural Reform (RAASR) 

Project Year

2018 

Project Session

Session 1 

APEC Funding

147,140 

Co-funding Amount

Total Project Value

147,140 

Sponsoring Forum

Economic Committee (EC) 

Topics

Structural Reform 

Committee

Economic Committee (EC) 

Other Fora Involved

 

Other Non-APEC Stakeholders Involved

 

Proposing Economy(ies)

Mexico; Papua New Guinea 

Co-Sponsoring Economies

Australia; Canada; Chile; Indonesia; New Zealand; Peru; Philippines; United States; Viet Nam 

Expected Start Date

01/07/2018 

Expected Completion Date

31/12/2018 

Project Proponent Name 1

Mario Emilio Gutierrez (new PO wef 13 September 2018) 

Job Title 1

Head of CONAMER 

Organization 1

CONAMER 

Postal Address 1

Not Applicable 

Telephone 1

Not Applicable 

Fax 1

Not Applicable 

Email 1

marioemilio.gutierrez@cofemer.gob.mx 

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

Mario Emilio Gutierrez 

Project Summary

For almost two decades APEC, through the Economic Committee (EC), the Committee on Trade and Investment (CTI) and the Sub Committee on Standards and Conformance (SCSC), has actively promoted good regulatory practices (GRP) to support trade, investment and inclusive growth. To continue this work the EC will host the 11th Conference on Good Regulatory Practices (GRP11), a two-day conference on the margins of EC2/SOM3 in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea (PNG), in August 2018.

GRP11 will focus on regulation in the digital economy, including exploring the role of digital technology in supporting GRP regulatory transparency and engagement, and exploring how economies can work together to ensure that regulatory frameworks account for a more digitalized world and the emergence of the digital economy. At GRP11 economies will discuss recent successes in International Regulatory Cooperation (IRC). The conference will focus on ways to implement GRP practices in the APEC economies and in particular the adoption of Regulatory Impact Analysis (RIA) as a means to promote the regulatory reform in the region. The conference will also include a discussion of the institutional design of the oversight bodies’ means of implementing regulatory reform across regulatory departments and agencies, and at all levels of government.

Relevance

Relevance – Region: The digital economy is transforming the way we interact and do business, providing many opportunities to conduct economic and social activities within and across borders in ways that are cheaper, faster and more efficient. Digital technology is also impacting regulations and regulatory practices, for example, by requiring that regulatory frameworks be reviewed to account for technological change and enabling improvements in the way regulations are developed and implemented. The elevation of the digital economy as a key focus of this GRP conference recognises the enormous impact of technological change on regulations and regulatory processes, and the importance of regulatory reform in ensuring that these changes are beneficial for the economy and society. The presentations and discussions in GRP11 will explore ways to adapt regulatory frameworks, processes and standards to meet the demands of the digital age, including avoiding potential adverse economic, societal and environmental impacts without inhibiting innovation. Specifically, GRP11 will provide the opportunity to share economy experiences and innovative thinking on harnessing the benefits of the digital economy while adopting regulatory measures needed to mitigate the associated risks. In addition, a better implementation of the GRP and IRC practices and well-designed oversight bodies will help APEC economies improve the quality of their regulatory frameworks and regulation-making processes to address new and disruptive technologies, supporting trade, investment and inclusive growth.

This project will continue cross-fora collaboration on digital issues, particularly between EC and SCSC, also this project will be contribute to the further discussions of the 2018 High Level Structural Reform Officials’ Meeting (HLSROM) in which will be cover the digital themes. 

Relevance – Eligibility: This project directly supports the three pillars of the Renewed APEC Action on Structural Reform (RAASR) as GRP improves the efficiency and transparency of an economy’s business environment and encourages greater participation in policy and regulatory development. Taking into consideration that some APEC economies have identified regulatory reform as a priority of their Individual Action Plans (IAPs), GRP11 is likely to have a positive impact on those economies and on the fulfillment of their IAPs by applying the knowledge and the results of discussions in this conference. Additionally, in the 2016 RAASR IAPs, more developing economies consider the regulatory reform as a work priority in comparison with other ones and this GRP will be essential to continue the efforts in this matter.

This proposed project is a follow-up action of the 2017 Leaders' Declaration, regarding the members commitment to work together to realize the potential of the internet and digital economy through appropriate regulatory and policy frameworks. Discussion of efforts to implement GRP practices will also contribute to efforts to monitor the progress made by the economies on implementing Structural Reforms as was mandated in the RAASR and verified through its mid-term reviews conducted by the Policy Support Unit (PSU). Implementation of GRP leads to a more transparent, coherent and efficient regulatory environment that is beneficial to all members of society, thus this conference will continue the efforts to disseminate the benefits of GRPs in policy making. 

Relevance – Capacity Building: This project will continue to support capacity building of APEC member economies to undertake GRP, complementing and building on recent APEC GRP conferences that have focused on approaches to regulatory impact assessment and a 2016 update to the 2011 baseline study of GRP in the APEC region. A focus on the dynamic and evolving digital economy will be relevant to economies at all stages of development.

The conference will explore how implementation of GRPs, including through digital tools, can lead to a more transparent and effective regulatory environment that is beneficial to all stakeholders and helps to facilitate trade in the region. APEC should continue efforts to disseminate information on the benefits of using GRP and IRC practices and mainstream GRPs in APEC economies. Well-designed oversight bodies and better regulatory practices can facilitate increased trade and investment and support job creation and sustained, innovative, and inclusive economic growth throughout the Asia Pacific region.

Objectives

1) To accelerate the adoption of GRP to improve the quality of regulation, thereby supporting trade, investment and inclusive, sustained, and innovative quality growth.

2) To raise awareness about the opportunities and challenges that the digital economy presents for regulatory frameworks and regulation-making processes, and promote the sharing of experiences and best practices, including the use of digital tools and adapting regulatory frameworks to the requirements of the digital economy.

3) Promote the efforts of monitoring GRP practices implementation, focusing on a fully RIA implementation in the APEC region through the use of digital platforms.

4) To promote a range of IRC options as a tool to reduce barriers to trade and investment and increase policy and regulatory effectiveness, including in areas impacted by new and disruptive technologies. To leverage IRC to advance/improve regulatory coherence in APEC economies.

5) To improve the institutional framework for oversight bodies in charge of implementing regulatory reform.

Alignment

Alignment - APEC:  This project responds directly to the APEC Economic Leaders’ priorities of ensuring that regulatory policies in the APEC region promote trade and investment, and promote the following policy objectives and APEC goals. The Osaka Action Agenda indicates the important role of GRP in achieving the Bogor Goals assuming the long-term goal of free and open trade and investment in the Asia-Pacific and calling on APEC economies to promote GRP. The 2011 Leaders’ Declaration called for APEC economies to “develop, use, or strengthen processes, mechanisms, or bodies, to enable a whole of government approach in the development of regulations, including coordination across…agencies.” It also included an Annex on ‘Strengthening Implementation of Good Regulatory Practices’. Also, the “2017 Leaders’ Declaration” highlights the commitment to work together to realize the potential of the internet and digital economy, including through appropriate regulatory and policy frameworks. 

Alignment – Forum: This project is closely aligned with the Economic Committee’s RAASR agenda, which promote actions to improve the transparency and competiveness of the business environment and support greater participation by all segments of society in policy and regulatory development. The digital economy aspect will align with the actions require to facilitate the development of digital economy as is included in the “2017 Leader’s Declaration” and reflected in the APEC 2018 Theme: Harnessing Inclusive Opportunities, Embracing the Digital Future.

TILF/ASF Justification

Not Applicable.

Beneficiaries and Outputs

Outputs: 

1)  Conference: The main focus of the project is to organize the GRP11, to be held in Port Moresby, PNG, in the margins of EC2 in August 2018. The conference will cover regulation in the digital age, including the role of digital technology in supporting GRP regulatory transparency and engagement, and exploring how economies can ensure their regulatory frameworks account for a more digitalized world and the emergence of the digital economy. As the mandated in the Economic Committee Report 2017, the EC is responsible for delivering the GRP11 in conjunction with EC and SCSC meetings at SOM3 2018.

2)  Conference Report: An electronic report that will be available to all economies in the APEC website and will be developed two months after the end of the Conference. It will be developed in consultation with the principal discussions at the GRP11 in order to serve as a basis for future discussion among APEC economies. It will contain the key findings and conclusions raised in GRP11 regarding regulation in the digital age. 

Outcomes: 

·  The major outcome of this project is an enhanced awareness of regulators on the various approaches need to adjust the GRP tools to the new activities resulting from the digital disruption and the benefits these could provide to different stakeholders.

·  Increasing the awareness of policy-makers will contribute to a greater uptake in the use of digital tools and continuous advances in regulatory frameworks. Understanding the complementarities between GRP and the digital economy will contribute to the improvement of regulatory mechanisms.

·  The main findings that derive from the report of the GRP 11 will provide new evidence of the progress in APEC economies towards adapting their regulatory frameworks to be effective in the digital age.

·  The inclusion of the digital economy as part of the discussion on GRPs in the APEC region, and that takes into account developments in other international fora. This discussion could contribute to domestic debates, enable economies to keep updated on developments in the application of regulation in the digital age, and encourage policymakers and regulators to adopt the knowledge acquired. The project will contribute to increase the commitment of high level officials to facilitate the efforts for adjusting GRPs to the new digital activities in their economies.

·  As the previous GRP Conference was held in 2017, this conference will also take into consideration the results from the GRP 10 organized by the SCSC, where it was concluded that that it was time to move from discussion to greater implementation of GRP. 

Beneficiaries: 

·    As the issue on GRP is far reaching, hence, must involve all levels of society, the target participants are the following from all member economies: (a) regulatory improvement officials, (b) experts in regulatory policy, (c) representatives of regulatory agencies, (d) policy makers, (e) representatives of oversight bodies, (f) public and private public organizations of APEC member economies; and (7) academia. The conference will seek to have a 30% ratio among female and male delegates, speakers and participants.

Relevant stakeholders that have interest in the implementation of GRP:

·    Regulators - participants from the government agencies must have a background on GRP and have capacity to effect institutionalization of GRP and digital economy elements in their respective organizations. Further, government representatives must be aware of the programs on GRP and digital economy in their respective economies to fully engage in the discussion.

·    Industry – enhancement in the regulations through the use of GRP elements will benefit the business industry including SMEs through the transparent process of developing regulations and policies.

·    All other organizations APEC members are working within the improvement of GRP implementation including multilateral organizations, Specialist Regional Bodies (SRBs) among others.

·    Academia – as the project is envisioned to gain more support from all sectors of the society, academia has a vital role in disseminating information on the value of GRP implementation.

·    The citizens will also benefit by obtaining a better understanding of the best approaches and frameworks necessary to regulate the new digital economy related activities facilitating the innovation processes.

Dissemination

The number, form and content of any publications: The results of the conference will be published electronically on the APEC website. The electronic publication will include conference agenda, presentations, profile of speakers and the summary report of the conference. This information will be accessible to the public following the end of the conference to ensure that only updated information are reflected therein. Before the publication of the Conference Report in the APEC website, this document will have a copy editor read and will be editable for comments.

The target audience: The target audience includes government agencies, business entities, academia, multilateral organizations and non-government organizations.

Dissemination plan: Member economies are expected to disseminate results of the conference with their respective agencies and business communities through their websites. All organizations, academia and other participants involved in the conference are also expected to share information on the conference and its outcomes. The participants will be requested to provide feedback on how they have disseminated the information in their respective economies whether these were circulated through email or published through the participants’ websites or bulletins. A follow-up communication on this regard will be circulated three months after the conference.

Gender

·   Project objectives and benefits have targeted both women and men.

·   On the onset of the preparation of the project, women have been involved. The project has been developed by women in the project proponent’s organization.

·  The project proponent will continue to consider involvement of women in the stages of the development of the project.

·  The project proponent will actively engage women participation in the conference as speakers and participants as done in the previous conferences.

· To ensure that there will be a significant number of women participation in the conference, economies will be requested to identify women participants. Women participants will comprise at least 30 percent of our speakers and participants.

·  The Conference Report will provide information on the participation of women in the conference as presenters and participants.

Work Plan

Time

Tasks

Deliverables

July -August 2018

· Development of agenda and program drafts taking into account the opinion from the EC and the SCSC members.

· Definition of conference schedule and expected date.

·  Identification of participants.

. Proposal of experts, speakers engaging the EC and the SCSC member’s opinion.

· Definition of conference unfolding and activities (with experts support).

· Development of invitation to experts, speakers, participants and non APEC economies and administrative circular

. Development of the project evaluation survey

·  Set final agenda and program.

· Experts, speakers and participants confirmation

·  Draft Agenda

· List of experts and participants

· Invitations to experts and participants

. Administrative circular

.Project evaluation survey

·  Final Agenda

August 2018

·  Two-day event organization where one and half-day will be allotted for the presentations and sharing of experiences. In the second day will be prepared the general conclusions of the conference in order to include them in the Report by the Chair of the Economic Committee on EC 2 2018.

· Two day event

.General conclusions report

September-October 2018

· Development of the conference report draft documenting the key discussion items and outcome decisions/recommendations and specific examples discussed in the GRP11 where APEC economies have made notable achievements in implementing the regulatory frameworks to the digital economy activities. This report will also contains the project evaluation survey about the satisfaction of the 11GRP participants about the session’s content and the speaker’s performance.

Conference report draft including the Project Evaluation Survey results

October-November 2018

·  Seek endorsement to the Conference Report draft by the Economic Committee members and by the EC Chair with the objective to generate an agreed document reflecting the region priorities.

Conference Report draft including the Project Evaluation Survey results

November 2018

·  Conference Report will be published in the APEC website (if possible also a news article).

·  Final version of the Conference Report

December 2018

·  The PO will prepare the Completion Report.

·  Follow-up communication requesting feedback on the dissemination activities done by participants at their respective economies.

Completion Report of the Project

Within 2 months from project end date

. Drafting, endorsement and submission of the Completion Report and all supporting documents to the Secretariat.

Completion Report and all supporting documents

6 to 12 months after project end date
Participation in the Long Term Evaluation of APEC Projects conducted by the Secretariat
Long term evaluation

Risks

The following are the possible risks and proposed activities to manage those ones: 

Risks

Risk Management

Concurrence on the agenda and list of speakers may not be achieved.

The project overseer will coordinate closely with Economic Committee members, APEC Secretariat personnel, other APEC committees or subcommittees such as the SCSC and relevant international organizations.

Participants that may be sent by the member economies do not have background on the GRP elements and their implementation (government representatives).

To ensure that this will be communicated to member economies, information on the criteria for selection will be attached.

Delay caused by visa application.

Adequate visa application time will be provided through early release of invitations.


Monitoring and Evaluation

Conference:

·  On the activities, indicators are the acceptance of the EC members and other relevant stakeholders of the conference agenda and list of speakers, and conference papers are timely prepared and collected.

·  On the output of the project, indicators will include the conduct of the conference as planned, and completion of reports and proceedings as scheduled.

· Stakeholder feedback will be gathered through a conference evaluation questionnaire which will cover assessment on objective, content, speakers’ effectiveness, knowledge achieved and logistical preparations.

·  On the information dissemination, participants will be requested to provide feedback on this regard.

· The profiles of the participants such as how many have GRP background will also be gathered.

· The project will seek to ensure that presenters/speakers and participants have a significant female representation which is targeted at least at thirty percent.

· The project will also be evaluated based on the economies’ participation in the evaluation survey.

For long term impact:

·  The major outcome of this project is an enhanced awareness of regulators on the various approaches need to adjust the GRP tools to the new activities resulting from the digital disruption and the benefits these could provide to different stakeholders.

·   Increasing the awareness of policy-makers will contribute to a greater uptake in the use of digital tools and continuous advances in regulatory frameworks. Understanding the complementarities between GRP and the digital economy will contribute to the improvement of regulatory mechanisms.

Linkages

Engagement: This project will continue cross-fora collaboration between the EC and SCSC on GRP. The Conference will be held-back-to-back with EC2 and SCSC2 and members of both fora will be invited to participate. Additionally, the project will build on the results from GRP10 by reinforcing the ideas or themes generated in terms of GRP implementation and its relation to regulation in the digital age. This ideas include the consideration of the results from the last GRP survey and the “2016 APEC Good Regulatory Practices Report” [1] in matter of the use of Internet tools for improve regulatory transparency in which the internet publication and consultations are used through the entire lifecycle of regulation through the use of centralized web portals for public consultations on proposed regulations. In addition to the new topics of GRP and digital economies that will be included in this project, it will be taken some discussions related to the importance of implementing the GRPs and the creation of the institutional mechanism required to achieve the regulatory reform, for instance, the importance of oversight bodies, the transparency and engagement in GRPs, the International Regulatory Cooperation (IRC) and the GRPs and inclusive growth.

This project will also be align with the recent priorities of other international recognized organizations such as the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and particularly the work made by the Regulatory Policy Committee, in which the topic of digital economy is included as part of its priorities for the period 2019-2020. Also, the inclusion of the IRC topic in this GRP11 will contribute to enrich the content of the recent initiatives in this matter, such as the project about the impact of regulatory divergence[2] ” which will be submitted by Mexico to APEC (and developed by the OECD) in the project session 2 2018.

Previous work: This project will build on the previous work in APEC, particularly of the EC and the CTI and its relevant sub-fora. This project will take into consideration the key observations and conclusions that emerged from the 10th GRP Conference, such as: 1) It’s time to move from discussion to greater implementation of GRP; 2) Although economies have successfully applied both centralized and decentralized models for regulatory management, both systems still require a high-level commitment to be successful; 3) Transparency and public consultation remain important for producing high-quality standards and regulations; 4) Effective RIA requires a high-level political commitment, as well as adequate training for technical staff.

APEC’s comparative advantage: Given the high priority accorded by the APEC Leadership to the work on GRP and the APEC continued commitment to strengthen GRP implementation in the region as exemplified by the regular holding of conferences for GRP.



[1] Results of 2016 APEC Good Regulatory Practices Report and Next Steps, Scott Jacobs, 19 August 2017, Ho Chi Mihn City,  Vietnam

[2] Approaches and methodologies to evaluate the impacts of and address unnecessary regulatory divergences in the development and revision of regulatory proposals”

Sustainability

In order to support the results and lessons achieved by APEC economies, programs will be promoted to assist participants in improving their understanding of the emerging digital tools, the mapping out of further efforts to aware the importance of the application of digital tools to improve transparency. The further surveys will be paramount to measure the grade of application in their economies.

Further projects and conferences are expected to measure the progress economies have made on the usage and adoption of digital economy. The knowledge learned will result in more effective implementation of approaches to regulation that will ensure that legitimate regulatory objectives are met while also encourage the innovation processes.

The recommendations and results of the project could be referred to strengthening of programs within economies in order to promote the use of digital tools and adoption of GRP frameworks according to their needs.

Periodic reviews of the results achieved in implementation could be discussed in succeeding conferences in order to promote and highlight the advantages of adopting GRP frameworks and standards that are effective in the digital age.

The following Conference in 2019 is expected to consider the results contained in the Conference Report of the 11th Conference on GRP and to build a follow-up document in the upcoming years.

Mexico as lead economy in the FotC on RR will be responsible to cooperate and share results of the GRP11 (recommendations and Conference Report) with EC, CTI and the SCSC and other relevant committees or groups for the information and effective further related projects/activities as well as coordinate with member economies to monitor and avoid the duplicate work in process of implementing their respective IAP. The conference will be able to provide the participants with a wider perspective on the accomplishment of the FotC on Regulatory Reform group in which its work plan actions involve this type of policy discussions.

Project Overseers

Mr. Marcos Santiago Avalos is General Coordinator of Regulatory Impact Assessment in COFEMER. Besides he was the Director of Economic Affairs of CEPAL, General Director of Evaluation and Planning of the Secretary of Public Safety, sub-director of Federal Competition Commission and counsellor of Cemex, Axtel, Baker & Mckenzie lawyers. He has been a professor in universities as Iberoamerican University, Anahuac, ITESM, UNAM, and ITAM. He holds a Ph.D. in Economy for the University of Essex, England.

Cost Efficiency

Not Applicable.

Drawdown Timetable

Not Applicable.

Direct Labour

Not Applicable.

Waivers

Not Applicable.

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