Project Title

Trade and Human Resource Development: Capacity Building for Inclusive Trade 

Project Year

2018   

Project Number

HRD 02 2018T 

Project Session

Session 1   

Project Type

Standard 

Project Status

Project in Implementation   
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Project No.

HRD 02 2018T 

Project Title

Trade and Human Resource Development: Capacity Building for Inclusive Trade 

Project Status

Project in Implementation 

Publication (if any)

 

Fund Account

TILF Special Account 

Sub-fund

None 

Project Year

2018 

Project Session

Session 1 

APEC Funding

124,945 

Co-funding Amount

Total Project Value

124,945 

Sponsoring Forum

Human Resource Development Working Group (HRDWG) 

Topics

Human Resources Development 

Committee

SOM Steering Committee on Economic and Technical Cooperation (SCE) 

Other Fora Involved

 

Other Non-APEC Stakeholders Involved

 

Proposing Economy(ies)

Japan 

Co-Sponsoring Economies

Australia; Canada; Korea; New Zealand; Chinese Taipei; Thailand; Viet Nam 

Expected Start Date

01/08/2018 

Expected Completion Date

30/11/2019 

Project Proponent Name 1

Takayuki Matsumoto 

Job Title 1

APEC Office 

Organization 1

Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry 

Postal Address 1

1-3-1 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8901, Japan 

Telephone 1

81-3 35011407 

Fax 1

Not Applicable 

Email 1

matsumoto-takayuki1@meti.go.jp 

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

Takayuki Matsumoto 

Project Summary

Objectives: In recent years, APEC has paid attention to enhancing “inclusiveness”. To ensure inclusive trade, this project aims to facilitate understanding how a wider range of individuals and business can participate in the trading system and to enhance quality of policy making focusing on human resource development (HRD) through the following activities.

Activities: 

·  To conduct bibliographic studies to identify a subset of topics on which to focus future work on HRD for inclusive trade (To grasp the whole picture of related policies across APEC economies and beyond by collecting and assessing related policies).

·  To explore and to share good policies / practices. (e.g.: trade adjustment policies, FTA utilization promotion policies for industrial societies, including MSMEs, strategy and practice of workforce transition, and skill training that will be responding to ever changing market needs associated with globalization and technological changes).

·  To conduct a symposium on related issues that enhance inclusive trade focusing on HRD.

.  To compile in a comprehensive report including policy recommendations

Relevance

Relevance – Region: Ever since its foundation, APEC has implemented a wide variety of initiatives and projects to contribute to promoting free trade and regional integration for economic growth in the Asia-Pacific. In many recent APEC agendas and high-level statements, the importance of enhancing inclusiveness is often highlighted. For instance, in 2017, Leaders endorsed the APEC Action Agenda on Advancing Economic, Financial and Social Inclusion. The recent publication titled “2017 APEC Regional Trends Analysis” discussed globalization and the need for complementary policies to ensure inclusiveness and sustainability. Following these key statements and publications, the main theme of APEC2018 this year is “Harnessing Inclusive Opportunities, Embracing the Digital Future”.

In order to assure region-wide sustainable growth while promoting free trade, regardless of the development stage of economies, it is crucial to deepen understanding of the importance of inclusive trade and how a wider range of individuals and businesses can participate in the trading system.

From this perspective, this project aims to enhance the quality of policy-making for inclusive trade, focusing on human resource development (HRD) through bibliographic studies, sharing good policies / practices, and organizing a symposium to form a policy recommendation. 

Relevance – Eligibility: As this project aims to ensure inclusive trade and facilitate understanding on how a wider range of individuals and business can participate in the trading system, it will contribute to the objectives of the TILF fund that originated from the Economic Leaders’ Meeting (AELM) of 1994. Hence it will also contribute to the “Liberalization and Facilitation” (Part 1) and “Human Resources Development” (Part 2, Section B) objectives of the Osaka Action Agenda (OAA). To be more precise, this project links to the two of the eight priorities set out in the HRD action program:

ii) “Analysis of the regional labour market to allow sound forecasting of trends and needs I human resourses development” and

vii) “Prepareing organizations and in dividuals to remain productive in the face of rapid economic and technological changes in member economies”.

At the level of 21 HRD programs which comes under the eight prioriries, this project will fall under the sixth program (f) as it explained to support strong and flexible labor markets through policy research, collaboration and employment policies including labor market adjustment measures to assist workers affected by globalization and the development of professional and technical personnel.

This project will also relevant with regards to the 2017 APEC Leaders declaration, as it enphasized to work together to make trade more inclusive. It is also agreed on an APEC Action Agenda on Advancing Economic, Financial and Social Inclusion in the APEC Region as well as an APEC Framework on HRD in the Digital Age, both of which call for policies to support workers displaced by structural changes which may be caused by liberalized free trade. 

Relevance – Capacity Building: The HRDWG plays an important role in building the capacity of region’s human resources. It implements initiatives on education, labour and capacity building in aid of its mission to share knowledge, experience and skills to strengthen human resource development across the region in order to promote sustainable economic growth.

This project aims to enhance quality of policy-making for inclusive trade, focusing on human resource development (HRD) through bibliographic studies, sharing good policies / practices, and organizing a symposium to form a policy recommendation.  

In order to ensure inclusive trade, economies may need to pay more attention not only to seeking the benefits of free trade but also to recognizing its adverse effects, and both provide adjustment measures to certain impacted groups or sectors and revitalize the economies’ human resources with the public consensus on the concept of inclusive growth. The project will seek active participation from the developing economies in light of the inclusive trade and growth and it is targeted over 60% of participants from the developing economies.   

The objective of the project is relevant to:

1)  APEC’s goal for “capacity building” to improve the economic and social well-being of the people and to help member economies to participate more fully in the regional economies as well as in the trade investment liberalization and facilitation process, and

2) the APEC operational principles for “capacity building”, such as “Internal and regional replicability”, “Inclusiveness”, “Collaborative” and “Aligned”.  

Hence the aim of this project is relevant to the fora’s capacity building perspective as it aims to share evidence and best practices of inclusive trade. Therefore, it can both raise the skill set of the workforce and upgrade the capacity of human resources involved in policy-making. Thus, the project’s outcomes will contribute to the fora’s goals as well as APEC goals more broadly: it will contribute to the capacity building for sustainable growth and equitable development.

Objectives

This project aims to deliver policy recommendations to contribute to enhancing inclusive trade with a focus on expanding capacity building for human resources adversely impact by the advent of liberalized free trade. The project’s primary objectives are:

1)  To ensure inclusive trade by facilitating understandings of how a wider range of individuals and business can participate in the trading system; 

2)  To enhance the quality of policy-making focusing on human resources development (HRD) by sharing good policies / practices of capacity building for inclusive trade and exchanging policy dialogue among the economies, and; 

3)  To develop policy recommendations.

Alignment

Alignment - APEC:  The 2017 APEC Leaders’ Declaration, recognizing new opportunities and emerging challenges presented by globalization and digital transformation, committed “to advance economic, financial and social inclusion, with a vision to build an inclusive, accessible, sustainable, healthy and resilient APEC community by 2030, consistent with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” and endorsed the APEC Action Agenda on Advancing Economic, Financial and Social Inclusion. This project intends to contribute to this commitment. 

Alignment – Forum: APEC Framework on HRD in the Digital Age (2017-2025)” stipulated “Priority Areas and Actions” under section 1) Future work in the digital age, labour market policy implications, 2) Skill education, training and, 3) Social protection. Each priority action in the sections below correspond well with the aim of this project:

1-(i) Examine labour market challenges for vulnerable groups and policy measures that support their adaptability to structural change

2-(ii) Identify approaches to government-wide policies that support labour market adaptability, employment, lifelong learning and workforce participation; and share views on the need for and implications of the adaptation of skill education and training systems

3-(ii) Explore options that support the development of adequate social protection policies in the changing world of work, to ensure that social protection coverage for workers reflects diverse forms of employment

4   Examine the impact of structural adjustment on HRD and take into consideration the recommendations of the 2017 APEC Economic Policy Report

“HRD Ministerial Action Plan 2015-2018” called for “an ongoing focus on the impacts on employment due to economic integration, restructuring, industrial transformation, trade fluctuations and inequality, including harnessing the new job opportunities emerging from new sectors, professions and technology”.

TILF/ASF Justification

Not Applicable.

Beneficiaries and Outputs

Outputs:

1) Discussion paper: In the initial stage of the project, a short discussion paper will be developed, as the first milestone deliverable. The paper will be drafted following the bibliographic studies on evidences and policy measures implemented for the capacity building of labours in the region. It will argue on a range of workable policies (as well as collaboration, technical cooperation, if any) for the capacity building of labours in respective economies. That also include enterprise-based training, employment policies and governments trade adjustment measures that assist the affected workers in the wake of globalization and liberalized trade. Additional verification research, including televised interviews, may be conducted if more supplemental data and evidences are required. The target bibliographies shall be selected in consultation with PO from recent prominent reports and papers published by international organizations and ademic institutions. The minimum requirements of eight (8) or more reports/papers shall be studies including following four (4) designated reports; 

1)“APEC Regional Trends Analysis” published by Policies Support Unit, APEC (in 2017 and 2018), 

2)“APEC’s New Challenge: Inclusive Growth through Smarter Globalization and Technological Progress” published by APEC Business Advisory Council and University of Southern California (in 2017), 3)“Making Trade an Engine of Growth for All: The Case for Trade and for Policies to Facilitate Adjustment” published by WTO, IMF and World Bank (in 2017), 4)“Making Trade Work for All” published by OECD (in 2017). 

The other reports and papers shall be explorer that illustrate the current issues and challenges of the world and regional trade activities and shall extract some valuable practices and policies to identify a subset of topics on which to focus future work on workforces’ capacity building. It will be targeted to elaborate more than three (3) economy cases as the best practices and policies. This would help adapting to the changing market needs and the impact of new technologies thus it will contribute and enhance the social safety net, productivity, employability and all of which will contribute for enhancing inclusive trade. 

2) Symposium: Following the initial studies, a symposium will be organized in Santiago, Chile, at the margins of SOM1 scheduled in early 2019. Up to 5 speakers and 9 active participants will be invited from member economies, international organizations or regional academic institutions to share and discuss on their views. The symposium would be the one of the contributing components to the final report that consist the policy recommendations. The evidences, best practices and policies to be identified in the initial studies will be elaborated and shared as the baseline to kick off the discussions.

The primary purpose of the symposium is to review the discussion paper and contribute any relevant inputs from participating economies. The elaborated policies and capacity building of labours in any preceding economies will be discussed. It may include introduction of applicable training, employment policies and governments trade adjustment measures for assisting the trade affected workers in the wake of liberalized trade and globalization. This would help economies to respond to the changing needs of labour market associated with globalized free trade.

The symposium will contribute to accumulate the feedback and the additional inputs from the participating economies and institutions into the series of the studies. The symposium report will be compiled soon after the event and followed by the draft final report and delivered to the co-sponsor economies and fora for their review and comments. 

3) Final Report: As the last milestone of the project, a final report will be compiled and become accessible to all economies through the APEC publication website. It includes policy recommendations that enable economies to enhance free trade by incorporating the identified subset of topics on which to focus future work of HRD. All other developed symposium resources such as the discussion paper, agenda, presentation materials,  speakers’ information and the summary are all combined in the final report. 

Outcomes: This project aims to enhance quality of policy-making for inclusive trade focusing on human resource development (HRD) through bibliographic studies, sharing good policies / practices, and organizing a symposium in order to ensure inclusive trade by maximizing the benefits of free trade and minimizing the negative impacts of it. 

One of the outcomes of this project is the better understanding of policy-making of adjustment to free trade, in order to ensure that trade becomes an engine of economic growth and inclusive development. The other outcome would be identifying a subset of topics on which to focus future work of HRD. Hence it could enhance the ability for policy makers in APEC economies to design the trade policies to gain more public understanding and support towards the trade liberalization for inclusive development. 

The policy recommendations which will be summarized in the final report would be the key component of the deliverables and include a set of policy options and good practices. These will help member economies to ensure that current trade systems are able to adjust into more inclusive manner and become an engine of economic growth not only to the limited economies but also of the entire region.

Another important outcome would be to facilitate a common understanding of the term “inclusive trade” and HRD. Specifically, how best to understand the relationship between inclusive trade and HRD. This would enable economies to discuss HRD implications based on a common view of changing market needs and dynamics of free trade, as well as the identified capacity building needs elaborated in the project. These outputs would be instrumental in making trade policies among member economies.

Beneficiaries: The primary target beneficiaries will be trade policy-makers in APEC economies. In addition to that, since the opportunity for promoting public understanding is the key to have support within respective economies for going toward more trade labialization, we intend to invite not only the government officials, but also include the private sectors and academia.

The participants of the symposium will primarily be policy-makers in APEC economies, including members of HRDWG, CTI, and EC. Other participants include representatives from the private sector and academia who have specialties in or are responsible for trade facilitation and enforcement. The speakers would be invited from the precedent economies on trade adjustment policies, identified in the preliminary studies. The World Trade Organization (WTO), as well as other international organizations, APEC members and representative from the private sector and academia would be invited as speakers and participants. Thus, direct beneficiaries and stakeholders of this project include: (1) policy-makers in government offices; (2) private sector representatives (especially MSMEs’ participants); (3) international and intergovernmental agencies that provide technical assistance.

In addition, indirect beneficiaries will include the business community, consumers, service suppliers, and carriers. All member economies will be invited to attend the symposium and some participants from APEC travel eligible economies will be funded in terms of airfare and accommodations. The Project Overseer (PO) will encourage the speakers and experts in trade facilitation, vocational education, and labour security fields, as well as training institutions for skill upgrading of the workforce, to present and share their experiences to all participants so that all symposium themes can be discussed by the panels and benefit all participants.

Dissemination

The Discussion Paper and the Symposium Report that including speaker’s presentations and related materials will be made available to members of fora as well as public in electronic format. Hence the outputs can be distributed to their relevant public officials and agencies in each respective economies and institutions. The materials will be sent to the APEC Secretariat for distribution through the APEC document database. The Final Report will be published in electronic format on the APEC Publications website. 

All the project milestone documents will be made available to the public free of charge on the APEC website. It is expected that the member of HRDWG and other relevant fora will share the final report and the described policy recommendations within their governments and be referenced by each economy. It is also encouraged to share the recommendation with their business community through their regular bulletins and website in order to serve as reference for the review of policies toward more inclusive-oriented frameworks. 

The target audience of dissemination would be primarily policy-makers in APEC economies, including members of HRDWG, CTI, and EC, especially those who were unable to join the symposium though are keen to learn from global best practices. Other stakeholders are also included, such as the private sector, especially in the MSMEs, international and intergovernmental agencies providing technical assistance, and academia.

Gender

If we can attract enough women into the project, we will be able to gather more women’s experiences and prospects. As we aware that women are often engaged in vulnerable job segment against the globalized free trade.  So that the project outcomes could contribute to regain more women’s participation in the workforce and enhance the access to the markets for labor. 

When calling for nominating participants and speaker candidates to the member economies in for a. Firstly, the project will only seek for women candidates with a target of exceeding more than 30% of the attendees that participants and speakers combined. Following the preferential period for women and after some reasonable days or weeks goes by, then the second call will be made for gender free so that PO can assure to accommodate more women are expected to attend and be engaged in the scheduled symposium. 

Though this could not perfectly can assure us to have enough woman if the even if in the process of assembling participants. 

The project contractor will also ensure that the evaluation forms be distributed at the end of the symposium. It will include information on gender for disaggregating of data for project assessment and will assist in the evaluation of specific responses of women and men. The first surveys will also include data that indicate the benefits for women and their empowerment through participation in trade. Women will be encouraged to actively participate in the planning, management, allocation of resources, and implementation of the project.

Work Plan

Workplan:

Time

Tasks

Deliverables

Late July 2018

PO receive the formal approval from BMC


August

to mid-September 2018

Request for Proposal (RFP) for contractor bidding

(The estimated duration :7-8 weeks))

- The contractor will be selected via the APEC bidding process. PO drafts RFP [5 days]

-  PD and PE review draft RFP [5 day]s

-  PO makes required changes to RFP  [3 days]

-  PD gives final approval of RFP and PO sends out invitation to at least three (3) suitable Contractors to respond to the RFP  [1 day]

-  Period of tender [15 business days] and Tender closes and PO receives proposals and contracts compliance check of each proposal  [2 days]

-  PO Evaluates all compliant Proposals received and sends the completed Procurement Process Summary and Endorsement form, signed and scaned PO Evaluation of Proposals form [5 days]

-  APEC Secretaliat endorses recommendation [5 days] and communicate with winning bidder for preparation and signeinig the conract [14 to 20 days]

Late September 2018

APEC Secretariat signs contract with the winning bidder

(The estimated duration : one week)

PO commence the work with the contractor.

A.    October-December 2018

The assigned Contractor conducts bibliographic studies and televise interview to search for policy measures and relevant evidences implemented for enhancing the inclusive trade and capacity building needs (The estimated duration :8 weeks)

-   The contractor carries out the preliminary bibliographic study to explore a subset of topics on which to focus future works on HRD for inclusive trade

-  The bibliographic studies shoud be done more than 8 prominent reports or academic papers including the below listed 3 reports:

- “APEC Regional Trends Analysis (Globalization: The Good, the Bad, and the Role of Policy)” – by the APEC-PSU,

-  “APEC’s New Challenge: Inclusive Growth through Smarter Globalization and Technological Progress” – by ABAC, and

-  “Making Trade an Engine of Growth for All –The Case for Trade and for Policies to Facilitate Adjustment–“, OECD “Making Trade Work for All”)

-  The other reports or papers will be explored by the Contractor and the consulted with PO for the determination.

-  Identify and shang good policies / practices across APEC economies and beyond and to develop a short Discussion Paper which will serve as a baseline for discussion at the symposium. The discussion paper elaborates and identifies.

November

2018

-

January

2019

Preparation of the symposium to be held on the sideline of SOM1, in Chile

-  PO makes request for speakers & participants, preparation of hosting venue, etc.

- The PO will send out the invitations and request the members of HRDWG, CTI, EC and other fora and agencies to dispatch representatives who can directly contribute to the issue and/or trade policy-makers to join this symposium as an APEC priorities-related event.

January 2019

Submission of the Discussion Paper (1st milestone deliverable) and draft agenda of Symposium

PO and contractor continue consulting with APEC member economies and other stakeholders on the symposium agenda, topics, and candidate nominations for speakers and participants.

Discussion Paper

 (1st milestone)

February-March 2019

Hold one-day Symposium (on the sideline of SOM1 at Santiago, Chile (TBD))

-  Discuss enhancing inclusive trade with a focus on HRD (e.g.: Trade adjustment policies, FTA utilization promotion policies for companies, strategy and practice of workforce transition, or skill training that will be responding to ever changing market needs with globalization and technological changes.)

- The symposium is scheduled to take place on the margins of the APEC SOM1 2019 in order to make access and attendance easier, especially for the SOM participating members. Thus, we can expect more non-funded participants to join the symposium. By taking this opportunity, the PO will send invitations and request the members of HRDWG, CTI, EC and other interested fora and agencies to dispatch representatives who can directly contribute to the issue and/or trade policy-makers to join this symposium as an APEC priorities- related event.

By End of March 2019

Contractor submit Symposium Report (2nd milestone deliverable)

Symposium Report

(2nd milestone)

By End of

March 2019

PO submit Monitoring Report

Monitoring Report (by PO)

April 2019

PO Share the Symposium Report with stakeholders and members of APEC for comments.

By End of

June 2019

Contractor review and integrate the 1st & 2nd milestones and develop policy recommendations and seeks feedback from fora

July 2019

Contractor submit Final Report that include revised policy recommendations (3rd milestone deliverable)

Final Report

(3rd milestone)

August 2019

PO deliver a presentation of project outcomes at the HRDWG working group (SOM3 margin)

October 2019

PO submit Completion Report

Completion Report (by PO)

November 2019

PO report to Concluding Senior Officials' Meeting (CSOM) /AMM  <*TBD>

April 2020 & December 2020

(6 to 12 months after project end date) – PO participate in the Long Term Evaluation of APEC Projects conducted by the Secretariat

Long Term Evaluation (by PO)

Risks

Although the project-related risks are low, there are some risk factors which should be considered.

PO intends to mitigate the risks associated with this project: 

Lack of available participants attending: One possible risk is securing the schedule of proper speakers for the designated date of the symposium. The PO will work closely with the administrating contractor and co-sponsors to invite potential speakers as well as the active participants who will be funded by APEC. To avoid last-minute cancellations of speakers and active participants, some options of possible alternate candidates will be prepared before the symposium in order to mitigate this risk. 

Limited time available: Another possible risks are the due to the limited time available. 1) quality of the initial studies and consequently the Discussion Paper; PO carefully neeed to manage the time controlle to sequre the schedule as planed especially at the bidding stage,; 2) lack of participants. The PO will consult with co-sponsors to make sure to nominate adequate participants from member economies not limited to the HRDWG or other fora of APEC. Should the candidate be a non-member of APEC, the NMP authorization process will be timely arranged prior to initiating the necessary travel arrangement so that PO will supervise the administration in a timely and punctual manner in cooperation with the Secretariat. 

Possible schedule conflict: When projects or symposia are set up to be held on the margins of SOM, sometimes they turn out to conflict with the schedules of other major workshops or meetings to be held at the same time. This is rather difficult to manage as the whole schedule is sometimes changed and only finalized a week prior to the events. The PO will pay close attention to the SOM planning, gather all relevant information in coordination with Secretariat, and set out the best timing for the symposium.

Monitoring and Evaluation

In light of the aiming inclusive trade and growth, the project will target to invite over 60% of symposium participants are attending from developing economies. In addition, in view of gender prospects, the project target the women candidates will exceed more than 30% of the attendees that participants and speakers combined. 

The direct impact of this project can be measured by the number of people who attend the symposium, the inputs obtained from co-sponsoring economies, and reaching over one thousand download from the APEC publication website within a year time flame. The medium and long-term impact will be examined by observing the future considerations for inclusive trade, especially for women, among the APEC economies. 

The preliminary agenda of the symposium will be circulated in advance to receive comments and suggestions from APEC economies. The other quantitative indicators measuring the success of the project are: 

- The bibliographic studies shoud be done more than 8 prominent reports or academic papers.

- The number of APEC economies engaged in the project and the symposium. (At least 10)

- The number of participants who will attend the symposium. (At least 30)

At the end of the symposium, a survey will be distributed to the participants in order to obtain feedback. These results will be important to measure the overall success of the event and to elaborate on the discussion paper toward drafting the final report, as well as to assess possible future events on similar issues.

The results of the survey and the symposium will be analyzed in order to compile the final report and share the outcomes of the project to members of fora, as well as other stakeholders and organizations of interest, such as the OECD.

Linkages

The project will seek possible collaboration with relevant APEC fora, including the Committee on Trade and Investment (CTI) and the Economic Committee (EC). The project will also explore inputs from academia, international organizations, and relevant departments of respective economies who may have applicable policies, experiences, and lessons in implementing trade adjustment assistance for enhancing free trade.

The symposium will involve networked efforts of APEC members, including: government agencies and ministries of trade and industry, labour, and science and technology; the private sector, including trade facilitation associations and trade and industry chambers; and international organizations and fora such as ABAC, WTO, and OECD.  The outcomes of the research including policy recommendations will be shared with CTI and EC.

The diversity of participants can lead to an open and lively symposium to share wider global experiences toward realizing inclusive trade. POs will consider inviting speakers and participants not only from HRDWG but also CTI, EC, and other relevant fora.

APEC is the best source of funding because trade facilitation reaching to trade liberalization is a major goal of APEC. Thus, it provides participants from APEC economies and various organizations an ideal opportunity to attend and present global experiences and broad recommendations so that the results of the symposium will be beneficial and might contribute to realizing the trade facilitation goals of APEC.

Sustainability

The symposium will be attended by mostly public officials who works around skill developments in HRD, social protection, and trade policy issues in every economies, so that these officials can deepen understanding of the way to enhance free trade in a sustainable manner. 

The outputs will also be shared in the APEC high level meetings so that it will be paid attention as appropriate to the importance of the issue for economic growth of every APEC economies. The elaborated policy recommendations will be echoed in every opportunities thus applied to domestic HRD and trade policies in each economy. 

Furthermore, following the symposium of this project: 

The participants from the governments might be able to consider, compare, analyze and recommend to the policy makers how to improve the regulations to guide and encourage funding to preferably invest in the high quality infrastructure. 

The project may also consider proposing a follow-up project based on the participants’ recommendations and feedback. 

In this respect, it is highly recommended that APEC participants play a key role in disseminating the policy recommendations, so they can lead engagement in their respective economies toward better public understanding of the economy’s relationship with inclusive growth and integration into free trade regimes.

Project Overseers

Mr. Takayuki Matsumoto and Mr. Shuichi Harima will manage the project. 

Mr. Takayuki Matsumoto is an Assistant Director of the APEC Office, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI). He will serve as a Project Overseer, succeeding the predecessor who developed the concept note of this proposal. He will supervise the overall progress of the project and ensure the successful implementation of the project. Mr. Matsumoto will take the responsible role in the HRDWG (CBN) and PPWE alongside with other involvements in the portfolio of APEC Japan team from 2018. Although He is new to the APEC, his expertise and networks will assure the effective management of the project as it requires a great deal of coordination and communication among relevant stakeholders. 

Mr. Shuichi Harima, HRD Director at the Institute for International Studies and Training (IIST) is a member of HRDWG (CBN) since 2015 in cooperation with METI. He will lead the implementation and management of the project by assisting the PO. With his extensive project management experiences engaging in the government committed bilateral international technical cooperation projects in many economies in Asia, Africa and Middle East for over a decade. He will be co-managing the project and contribute toward smooth implementation of this project.

Cost Efficiency

Not Applicable.

Drawdown Timetable

Not Applicable.

Direct Labour

A contractor who wins the APEC tender will serve a major role in this project.

The main duties of the contractor include: bibliographic studies, preparation of discussion papers, coordination of agenda development in consultation with speakers, participants taking role of MC/moderator and delivering the finding of the conducted studies as speakers in the symposium. The contractor also assists PO in the administrative management such as  registration, distributing and collecting surveys and other material, supervison over set-up and operation of symposium related equipments, and takeing minutes of symposium. More details will be defined in the RFP document prior to the tender.

The apploximate number of hours need to be allocated for the initial bibliographic studies would be 150 hrs that is to compile the discussion paper for the Symposium. Another 150 hrs, and 100 hrs would be needed for the milestone 2 and 3 respectively. The estimate number of hours is just a refrerence assumed by the PO in order for estimating the optimum allocation of the fund based on the past similar project examples. It is not to limit the actual number of hours the bid wining contractor could allocate in order to produce the quality and satisfactory milestones.

Waivers

Not Applicable.

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