Project Title

APEC Cross-Domain Innovation Ecosystem Initiative: Facilitate the Inclusive Growth of SMEs through the Digital Platform Across the APEC Region 

Project Year

2020   

Project Number

SME 04 2020A 

Project Session

Session 1   

Project Type

Standard 

Project Status

Project in Implementation   
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Project No.

SME 04 2020A 

Project Title

APEC Cross-Domain Innovation Ecosystem Initiative: Facilitate the Inclusive Growth of SMEs through the Digital Platform Across the APEC Region 

Project Status

Project in Implementation 

Publication (if any)

 

Fund Account

APEC Support Fund 

Sub-fund

ASF: Digital Innovation 

Project Year

2020 

Project Session

Session 1 

APEC Funding

123,645 

Co-funding Amount

240,000 

Total Project Value

363,645 

Sponsoring Forum

Small and Medium Enterprises Working Group (SMEWG) 

Topics

Small and Medium Enterprises 

Committee

SOM Steering Committee on Economic and Technical Cooperation (SCE) 

Other Fora Involved

 

Other Non-APEC Stakeholders Involved

 

Proposing Economy(ies)

Chinese Taipei; Philippines 

Co-Sponsoring Economies

Chile; Japan; Korea; Malaysia; Mexico; Papua New Guinea; Peru; Russia; Singapore; Thailand; United States 

Expected Start Date

01/12/2020 

Expected Completion Date

31/12/2021 

Project Proponent Name 1

Chen Yi-Chun 

Job Title 1

Section Chief, Policy Planning Division 

Organization 1

Small and Medium Enterprise Administration, Ministry of Economic Affairs 

Postal Address 1

Not Applicable 

Telephone 1

(886-2) 23662251 

Fax 1

Not Applicable 

Email 1

ycc@moea.gov.tw 

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

Chen Yi-Chun 

Project Summary

According to the Digital Economy Report 2019 by UNCTAD, the rapid spread of digital technologies has changed economic activities, and also has widen the digital divide. In dynamic international trade, SMEs need to jointly create sustainable business environment through digitalization and innovation. Moreover, it is also to note that the outbreak of COVID-19 has greatly enhanced the crucialness of digital economy. This project thus echoes the 2019 SME Ministerial Statement to promote digitalization for enhancing SMEs’ competitiveness. It also demonstrates the importance of “SMEWG Strategic Plan 2017-2020” in encompassing digital economy and inclusive business ecosystems.

Through experience sharing and best practice showcasing, this project aims to promote digitalization to be a vital driving force of cross-domain innovation and strengthen SMEs in the GVCs to gain more competitiveness.

One forum will be held virtually and onsite simultaneously by Chinese Taipei and the Philippines with over 300 expected participants. SMEs, start-ups, policy makers, and women entrepreneurs will be beneficiaries. For dissemination, “APEC Cross-Domain Innovation Ecosystem Guidebook- A new Growth Path for SMEs through Digital Platform” will be published.

Relevance

Relevance – Region: Digitalisation and the rise of the platform economy have rapidly changed the way in which firms do business (WTO, 2018: OECD 2019).  Moreover, the rapid spread of digital technologies has also widened the digital divide (UNCTAD, 2019).  In dynamic international trade, SMEs' development thus comes to a turning point where digitalisation and innovation coordinate to create sustainable business environment.  Also, referring to an IDC report, the digital economy will be mainstream with at least 50% of GDP resulting from digital products and services in the Asia-Pacific Region.  These all prove the importance of cross-domain digital innovation for for SMEs.

Based on the achievements of the 2016-2019 APEC Online-to-Offline (O2O) serial initiatives, the 2019 APEC Local Innovation Ecosystem Initiative, and the efforts which Chinese Taipei has made to foster cross-sector collaboration and innovation, this project plans to promote the adoptions of digital technologies  in the contexts of cross-domain innovation ecosystem of SMEs by means of the online platform across the APEC region. It also aims to facilitate linkages of multiple clusters and business ecosystems, as well as to foster relevant innovations of business models, products, and services.

To further explain the main theme of this project is to promote digitalisation to become a vital driving force of innovation and key success factor, which includes providing digital solutions to end-users, establishing digital business models, introducing digital systems and platforms, and so on.  It is then to integrate the sector members of the vertical and horizontal value chains, and establish a cross-domain ecosystem with capacity of leveraging competitiveness and entering into the GVCs.  Moreover, it is to note that as the main theme of this ecosystem is to promote linkages of diverse industries from different economies which surpasses the idea of border lines.  The project thus uses the term of "cross-domain" to retain its characteristics of "cross-sector" and "cross-border".

Referring to the above illustrations of this project, we also believe that the implementation of the project will bring positive inputs in relation to remedying economic challenges derived from the outbreak of COVID-19. For instance, as the UNCTAD recently indicated, digital platforms are thriving as consumers look for entertainment, shopping opportunities and new ways of connecting during this crisis time.

To explore, in order to deal with all challenges derived from the COVID-19 pandemic in the New Normal era, this project will develop capabilities which effectively respond to the trend that the consuming, producing and economic activities have evolved from globalization toward regionalization (further interacting with geopolitics).

Through the introduction of digital technologies, SMEs are to be connected and proceed with value activities such as synchronized planning, digital development, smart production, and cross-border logistics. It is later then with the vision to establish a business ecosystem with the Digital Core[1], with the potential Digital Core to strengthen sectoral resilience, stimulate new business models, and conduct new modes of regional cooperation, and to more efficiently answer to the customer and/or market needs.

To sum up, this project will benefit the APEC region in the following perspectives: 1) promoting SME capacity building on subjects related to cross-domain ecosystem and relevant applications of digital tools; 2)  accumulating knowledge on the aforementioned ecosystem with the vision of stimulating innovations on products, services and business models; 3) with the new innovations, further and better integrating SMEs into global value chains to assist the rebound of APEC economy in the post-pandemic era.

Relevance – Eligibility and Fund Priorities: This project is to conform eligibilities and fund priorities of the Digital Innovation Sub-fund.

Firstly, through hosting of the project events and publications of project study to facilitate knowledge exchange, accumulation and more innovations, the project will certainly support the capacity building needs for the member economies, as its main goal is to strengthen SMEs’ abilities in terms of digital applications in the contexts of cross-domain innovation ecosystem.

Besides, in line with the Internet and Digital Economy Roadmap, the project echoes the key areas of “enhancing inclusiveness of Internet and Digital Economy” and “Facilitation of E-commerce and Advancing Cooperation on Digital Trade”. As for the Cross-Border E-Commerce Facilitation Framework, the project responds to the objectives of encouraging and facilitating greater participation of business in global commerce, and enhancing cooperation between public and private sectors.

Relevance – Capacity Building: 

1. APEC’s goal for capacity building: the project will proliferate the knowledge regarding how digital technologies to be applied to the development of the cross-domain innovation ecosystem of SMEs with the vision to drive better performances and business opportunities. Therefore, it echoes the goal to attain sustainable growth and equitable development in the APEC region. Also, it may lead to positive impacts in relation to reduce economic disparities, improve the economic and social well-being of the people, and deepen the community spirit of the region.

2. APEC’s objectives for capacity building: The project is to facilitate expertise exchanges regarding how digital technologies can be applied in the cross-domain innovation ecosystem of SMEs, and generate innovative business models, products, and services. It conforms APEC goals of capacity building for member economies, and higher participation of regional economy which echoes for trade and investment facilitation, as well as its relevant process.

3.  APEC’s operation principles for capacity building: Following the statements of this project, the project will at least conform the items of long-term (capacity building), needs/opportunities driven, international and reginal replicability, innovation, inclusiveness, enabling, results-based, and so on.

4. APEC’s call to respond to challenges derived from COVID-19 pandemic: The project is expected to promote new product, service and business models under the new normal in the post-pandemic world by enhancing the linkages  through application or even innovations of digital instruments, which is believed to create business opportunities essential to the rebound of APEC economy in the post COVID-19 era.



[1] The term of “Digital Core” means to take digitalization as the key driving force of innovation and success factor of the identified cross-domain innovation ecosystem, to perform activities such as synchronized planning. Therefore, the Ecosystem is with the “Digital Core” to more efficiently answer to the customer and/or market needs.

Objectives

1. To strengthen SMEs’ digital capability to interconnect industrial clusters and business ecosystems and enhance SMEs participation in the trend of digital economy.

2. To generate the digital know-how that can drive potential innovative activities needed in the operation of cross-domain innovation ecosystems.

Alignment

Alignment - APEC:  This project is highly aligned with the 2020 APEC theme “Optimising Human Potential towards a Future of Shared Prosperity”, as it aims to stimulate SME’s digital potentials in the contexts of cross-domain innovation ecosystem. Moreover, the project also echoes the priorities of fostering inclusive economic participation through digital economy and technology, and improving the narrative of trade and investment.

Then, in addition to answering to the calls of inclusive growth and innovation-driven business environment which are stated in the statements of the 2017 and 2019 SME Ministerial Meeting as well as the declarations of 2016 and 2017 APEC Economic Leaders’ Meetings, the project conforms the Bogor Goals and post 2020 version regarding trade and investment facilitation as well as inclusive growth of the APEC region.

Alignment – Forum: The major goal of this project is to connect SMEs from different sectors and foster their collaboration to generate innovative business models, products and services through the applications, or even innovations of digital technologies. Therefore, it is highly aligned with the priority areas of SMEWG Strategic Plan 2017-2020, such as Priority Area 1 “Entrepreneurship, innovation, and the internet and digital economy”, as well as Priority Area 3 “Inclusive business ecosystems that support SME growth” and Priority Area 4 “Market Access for SMEs”.

TILF/ASF Justification

Not Applicable.

Beneficiaries and Outputs

Outputs: This project is designed to promote digitalization to be the key driving force of innovation, and success factor for the function/development of this identified cross-domain innovation ecosystem. The aforementioned “innovation” may include activities related synchronized planning, smart production, and cross-border logistics, which can all be viewed as targeted fields for SMEs’ future development. Via this ecosystem, resources could be more efficiently identified and allocated to serve the needs to end-users. That means SMEs could better respond to the rapidly changing business environment during this post-pandemic era.

1.     APEC Cross-Domain Innovation Ecosystem Forum: Explore the Paradigm and Discover the New Growth Path for SMEs

a) The 2-day event is to be hosted by Chinese Taipei and the Philippines (the co-proposing economy), June-August 2021.

b) The event is to be held virtually and onsite simultaneously, which includes keynote speeches, panel discussion, best-practice sharing, and so on.

c) A tentative list of discussion topics may include: 1) exploring digital applications to drive co-innovation of SMEs; 2) SME capacity building in relation to cross-domain innovation; 3) Digitalize township SMEs to co-innovate; 4) practice cross-domain innovation in developing economies: constraints and opportunities; 5) best-practice sharing.

d) Engage SMEs, start-ups, and stakeholders from the APEC region to share innovative thoughts and best practices on digital economy so as to inclusively enhance their digital potentials toward cross-domain innovation ecosystem. Speakers and experts, who are recommended by SMEWG, are to offer insights into the showcases, presentations or exhibits by SMEs participating this event.

e) In collaboration with the public and the private sectors, this forum also expects to engage SMEs, start-ups, and stakeholders from the APEC region to share how to take part in a cross-domain innovation ecosystem via the digital platforms.

f) The selection criteria of speakers/experts may include: 1) representatives from an association which has been deeply involved in a cross-domain ecosystem via the formation of a digital platform; 2) representatives from the academia who are with broad knowledge on the cross-domain innovation ecosystem and related digital applications; 3) representatives from the public sector who has sound experiences to work with private sector on topics related to cross-domain innovation ecosystem, and facilitate digital applications, to assist the formation or function of the cross-domain innovation ecosystem. 4) representatives from an association which has been involved in a cross-domain ecosystem with stakeholders from developing economies.

g) Conduct a post-event survey at the forum to receive feedback from participants.

h) Gather at least 300 participants.

2. APEC Cross-Domain Innovation Ecosystem Guidebook – A New Growth Path for SMEs through Digital Platform

a) It is planned to share at least 10 best practices of the digital implementation in cross-domain innovation ecosystem with solid theoretical elaboration in 20 pages. The references of best-practices is to be collected from research of the project team, consultations with the expert network and recommendation from member economies.

b) The aforementioned theoretical elaboration may be consulted with, but not limited to, studies in relation to the cross-domain innovation ecosystem, such as the Brooking’s research on digital economy and innovation ecosystem. Other international organizations’ research (such as UNCTAD or OECD) on the possible impacts of digitalization to the post-pandemic economy may also be referred to.

c) The publication is then to grasp implications for SMEs and start-ups so as to generate cross-domain innovation-driven digital capabilities. The aforementioned “implications” of this guidebook may be observed from future SME developing strategy of the APEC economies. We believe trends to tackle end-users’ needs and to proceed with business activities, such as synchronized planning, smart production, and cross-border logistics of SMEs could serve as good basis to collect reviews of implications for this book.

d) The publication is also to provide recommendations for policymakers. We believe many of these comments can help form specific actions from the policy-making perspective. That will serve as the basis for future strategy or policy-making to support developments of the cross-domain innovation ecosystem.

e) The publication will be drafted by the project team with proof-reading by native English-speaking editors.

Outcomes: 

1.  From understanding, self-identifying to co-innovating, the knowledge of how a cross-domain innovation ecosystem works will be increased

At this forum, keynote speeches, SMEs’ showcases and entrepreneurs’ interaction will collaborate to complete the whole picture of the operation of a cross-domain innovation ecosystem.

The level of understanding of the roles of keystones, niche players, supporters and facilitators, which are the members of an ecosystem, will be increased. SMES, start-ups, government, research institutes and cross-fora that attend the forum will be able to identify their roles aforementioned and clarify the relationships with other roles in an ecosystem. In turn, SMEs or start-ups could adjust their business models to co-innovation and co-creation that promise new business possibilities.

2.  The awareness of the deployment of digital technology as a driven force to form a cross-domain innovation ecosystem will be consolidated

Due to profound interaction at the forum, the potentials of digital usage will be better explored by SMEs, MSMEs and start-ups. The existing participants of an innovation ecosystem will be encouraged to move forward to cross their domains. On the other hand, those who still stay outside of any business ecosystem and strive for business continuance and growth by themselves may be more willing to step into the trend of co-innovation and co-creation, especially after going through the COVID-19 outbreak.

3. The interconnection between industrial clusters and business ecosystems will be enhanced

This event provides a platform for attendants representing different industrial clusters, business ecosystems and APEC economies to network. Opportunities for cross-domain innovation, cross-border collaboration or cross-ecosystem collaboration can be sought. This result of this forum will highly correspond to “the APEC Connectivity Blueprint For 2015-2025” (in the APEC Leaders’ 2013 Declaration) that is expected to improve the quality of growth and contribute to the Asia-Pacific’s economic prosperity and resilience.

4. The digital capabilities that suit the needs for forming a cross-domain innovation ecosystem will be learned

Participating SMEs and start-ups to some extent have digitalized their business operations or provide goods and services with digital technologies. The event will help enterprises and entrepreneurs know what digital capabilities they already have can be further implemented to facilitate their participation in cross-domain innovation ecosystems, or know what digital know-how they are short of to join an ecosystem.

5.  The Public-Private Partnership will be facilitated

Efficient and effective Public-Private Partnership (PPP) can empower stakeholders from the public and the private sectors as well as NGOs. From the private sector’s perspective, opportunities to network with practitioners/startups from other APEC economies will be gained. From the public sector’s one, innovation-driven policy measures will be generated with the aim to improve public services, such as integrating and providing accessible digital and innovative resources.

Beneficiaries: 

1.   Start-ups and SMEs are the primary beneficiaries, as we believe the formation and function of this ecosystem could facilitate co-innovation of SMEs for new business models, products, and services.

The target participant criteria will abide by the principles of the APEC Project Guidebook (ed.14). The selection may include the following considerations: 1) involvement of cross-domain innovation in an ecosystem; 2) achievements of cross-domain innovation; 3) experiences regarding knowledge dissemination.

2.  COVID-19 hit SMEs are the secondary target group which have suffered difficulties in continuing their commercial activities, because of the supply chains and the decrease of demands. Some were even forced to shut down temporally or permanently. We expect the experiences shared and knowledge collected from the project could sparkle enterprises innovative ideas for improvement or even transformation for their operation, and to look for new business opportunities in the post-pandemic era.  

3. Women entrepreneurs are highly valued in the project because of their contributions to the economy are indispensable. However, according to the “APEC in Charts 2019” published by the APEC Policy Support Unit, the labour force participation among women remains almost 20 percentage points lower than that of men; also, women are still more likely than men to be in vulnerable employment. It is believed that digital economy provides relatively equitable opportunities for women to contribute. To this end, this project helps women entrepreneurs obtain equal opportunities to acquire state-of-the-art cross-domain innovation knowledge and further empowerment in the government-industry-university-institute-citizen collaborations.

4. Policy makers will gain recommendations derived from cross-industrial and academic collaborations to make policies and build strategies that are friendlier and inclusive enough to help establish and operate cross-domain innovation ecosystems. Also, the public sector’s capacities can be supplemented by the PPP in terms of implanting innovation power from the private sector to improve public service and operational efficiency so as to better meet the growing demand for nurturing SMEs’ digital transformation. Besides, this project will enable policy makers of APEC economies to have better understanding of how to help SMEs’ digital economy participation move from cross-sector to cross-domain in the hope that SMEs could integrate into global value chains.

5. Firms coming from mature ecosystems and providing digital transformation solutions are beneficiaries who may benefit from attracting more SMEs undergoing digitalization as their potential customers or partners.

Dissemination

APEC Cross-Domain Innovation Ecosystem Guidebook: A New Growth Path for SMEs through Digital Platforms

This guidebook will be the concluding output of this project and be submitted as an APEC publication The content is designed to include: 1) best practices of practicing digital resolutions, especially implemented in cross-domain innovation ecosystems, 2) implications for SMEs and start-ups, and (3) recommendations for policy makers.

The preliminary structure of the guidebook is: Chapter 1. Introduction and Tends Review, Chapter 2. Model Analysis, Chapter 3. Best Practice Analysis, Chapter 4. Findings and Chapter 5. Conclusion. The “APEC Cross-Domain Innovation Ecosystem Guidebook”, targeting all the forum participants, SMEs, start-ups, entrepreneur readers from APEC or non-APEC economies, will be published in digital version. In addition to being distributed in SMEWG and other APEC related fora and meetings, this publication is planned to be distributed and promoted through the APEC SCMC website and the APEC SME Monitor Facebook fan page.

The project team will also pay attention to the privacy issue, referring to the Privacy provisions of the Project Guidebook.

Gender

Generally speaking, for the gender perspective, the project will comply with the principle of APEC Gender Inclusion Guidelines (GIG) and answers to the call of women economic empowerment. It is also to note that, considering the digital essence of this project, it then echoes the pillar of “innovation and technology” regarding the five pillars of women’s economic empowerment in Appendix G of the PAEC Project Guidebook. It may also link to the pillar of “skills, capacity building, and health” for the project effectiveness of knowledge advancing. 

Then, as for the steps which the project will take to ensure the balanced gender participation in project activities, the project team has firstly defined 30 % as the target ratio for the women participation of project activities. In addition, the team will also dedicate to inviting female speakers and experts to engage in the event as many as possible, with 30% as the target ratio. For instance, the team will promote the project event through networks of women entrepreneurs or organizations which encourage women engagements in the SME arena.

There will also be a post-event evaluation form to be distributed at the end of the event in order to collect sex-disaggregated data from all speakers and participants. For the future project design and implementation, gender related data is to be collected, analyzed, and presented in the Completion Report in the last phase of this project.

Furthermore, referring to question on how the project outcomes and objective benefit women, it is to emphasize again that the main theme of this project is to facilitate SME capacity-building in terms of cross-domain innovation ecosystem through the application of digital instruments/ platforms. Therefore, strongly echoing the topic of capacity building, the project team believes this project will certainly improve women entrepreneurs to obtain more in-depth knowledge in terms of the aforementioned ecosystem and its relevance with the digital economy. The application of digital instruments and platforms could also further strengthen women’s engagement in the APEC economic activities, particularly during the post-pandemic era.

Work Plan

Time

Tasks

Deliverables

December 2020 – March 2021

Draft event agenda

Build connection for cross-fora collaboration and PPP support

References collections for the self-funded research

Forum I ‘s agenda

Literature reviews and best-practices searching (results to be used for the drafting of the “APEC Cross-Domain Innovation Ecosystem Guidebook – A New Growth Path for SMEs through Digital Platforms”)

March – May 2021

Draft plans to include APEC economies to join APEC Cross-Domain Innovation Ecosystem Forum

Consult with the APEC Secretariat for guest invitation list

Considerations to shift the physical event to virtual

Possible speaker and participant list for Forum I

Forum-related logistics arrangement

Decision on the format of the event

1 April 2021

Submit APEC Project Monitoring Report

APEC Project Monitoring Report

April – June 2021

Send out the General Information Circular for the forum

General Information Circular with drafted agenda for the forum

June – August 2021

Co-host APEC Cross-Domain Innovation Ecosystem Forum with the Philippines

Conduct a post-event survey for outcome evaluation

APEC Cross-Domain Innovation Ecosystem Forum: Enhance the SMEs Co-Innovation Through Digital Platforms

August – October 2021

Analyze post-event survey

Analyze the best practices at the forum

Research on cross-domain innovation ecosystem related reports and consult experts of own networks

Draft and edit the “APEC Cross-Domain Innovation Ecosystem Guidebook – A New Growth Path for SMEs through Digital Platforms”

APEC Cross-Domain Innovation Ecosystem Guidebook – A New Growth Path for SMEs through Digital Platforms

1 November 2021

Submission of the “APEC Cross-Domain Innovation Ecosystem Guidebook – A New Growth Path for SMEs through Digital Platforms”

APEC Cross-Domain Innovation Ecosystem Guidebook – A New Growth Path for SMEs through Digital Platforms

February 2022

Review and assess the outputs and outcomes achieved

Report on the implementation of APEC Cross-Domain Innovation Ecosystem Forum.

Collect and form the attendance lists

Completion Report

July 2022

Participate in the Long-Term Evaluation of APEC Projects conducted by the Secretariat

PO’s response to the Long-Term Evaluation

Risks

Risk

Management Strategy

Insufficient attention to the project event

Social media is to be the major instrument to mitigate this risk. The tools may include the project’s website, Facebook fan page, stakeholders’ networks, etc.

Low attendance rate of the funded participants

The project team plans to start the invitation process as early as possible. The team will also seek the opportunities to notify the event through active communication with the network of private sector for searching and identifying targeted participants.

Unexpected natural disasters (climate or pandemic related events) to occur

For instant responses to climate related disasters such as typhoons or earthquake, the project team will make sure information regarding refuge-taking or any modification regarding venue/schedules of the event in place. Moreover, to mitigate disasters which may be with consequences of longer term, such as the pandemic, the project team will also explore possibilities to host meeting via the online tools.

Low women participation ratio

Apart from paying attention to the gender ratio of expert/speaker invitations, the project team will also seek opportunities to promote the project event through networks of women entrepreneurs or organizations which promote women engagements in the SME arena.

Difficulties to identify cases of good practices

The “Cross-Domain Innovation Ecosystem” is a newly developed subject for the arena of SMEs, thus it may be difficult to identify cases for knowledge sharing or accumulation at this stage. The project team will then stay in close contact with the expert network of Chinese Taipei, and ask for their guidance or consultation when needed. 

Language constraint

To facilitate the communication among participants with different language backgrounds, the project event will be equipped with interpretation services to make sure participants receive the most knowledge exchanged and discussed on stages.

Quality of the Guidebook

The project team will keep close contact with experts both from the private sector and the academia, to constantly consult its content design and writing.

Economies not taking up the Guidebook as proposed

Different economies may have own priorities for strategy design due to their policy interests. However, the project team may start from the communication side, to search more channels for the promotion of this publication and the knowledge accumulated inside.


Monitoring and Evaluation

Qualitative, quantitative, and mixed approaches are used to evaluate the long-term and short-term impact of this initiative. With the aim to measure the extent to which the APEC Cross-Domain Innovation Ecosystem event will have changed the participants, start-up teams, and gender differentials, a project-specific survey and statistics analysis are to be conducted based on the list of stakeholders and start-up teams participating in the event. Moreover, phone interviews, desktop research, face-to-face interviews, post-event questionnaires, or media interviews are possible additional methods to measure the impact/progress of this Initiative.

As to gender participation and impact, the goal of at least 30% of female participation is set abiding by the APEC Gender Inclusion Guidelines (GIG).  To more precisely assess the impact on women, female related issues, concerns, experiences, and best practices will be addressed in the post-event survey and the forum program arrangement.


Outputs

Indicators

APEC Cross-Domain Innovation Ecosystem Forum (with the post-event survey)

At least 300 participants

At least 10 experts/speakers engaged

At least 10 APEC and non-APEC economies

At least 5 organizations engaged

Minimum 30% of female participation

Preparation work for the two fora executed by May and September respectively

APEC Cross-Domain Innovation Ecosystem Guidebook – A New Growth Path for SMEs through Digital Platforms

At least 20 pages

Expected access to reach least 1500 times within a year after publication

As to gender participation and impact, the goal of at least 30% of female participation is set abiding by the APEC Gender Inclusion Guidelines (GIG). To more precisely assess the impact on women, female related issues, concerns, experiences, and best practices will be addressed in the post-event survey and the forum program arrangement.

Outcomes

Indicators

Increased knowledge of how a cross-domain innovation ecosystem works

At least 30% of positive responses to post-event survey questions regarding how much participants understand the operation of a cross-domain innovation ecosystem

Consolidated awareness on the deployment of digital technology as a driven force to form a cross-domain innovation ecosystem

At least 30% responses to post-event survey questions regarding the willingness to engage in cross-domain innovation by means of digital technology

Enhanced interconnection between industrial clusters and business ecosystems

The responses to post-event survey questions regarding the extent to which connection is made.

No. of areas, clusters or ecosystems, represented by SMEs, start-ups and experts, reached by each participant

Learned digital capabilities that suit the needs for forming a cross-domain innovation ecosystem

Digital capabilities named by participants on the post-event survey questionnaires

Facilitated Public-Private Partnership

The responses to post-event survey questions regarding the extent to which your enterprise has access to the public supportive resources or public-private sector collaboration opportunities

Linkages

Engagement: This project abides by the APEC Guidelines for Promoting Cross-Fora Collaboration. Recommendations and participation from other APEC fora will be obtained, including ABAC, HRDWG, DESG, EPWG, PPWE and APEC E-Commerce Business Alliance in the event, report circulation, best practice sharing and the initiative’s outcomes dissemination.

Previous work: Building upon the previous initiatives’ outcomes, including APEC Startup Accelerator Initiative – APEC Accelerator Network (AAN), a series of APEC Online to Offline Initiatives (O2O) and APEC Local Innovation Ecosystem Initiative, the Cross-Domain Innovation Ecosystem initiative will look forward to the incorporation with the achievements which CT has obtained from its efforts in the field of cross-sector innovation ecosystem of SMEs. Differences between these previous initiatives and the proposed initiative are illustrated as the following:

SME 10 2013- APEC Startup Accelerator Initiative – APEC Accelerator Network (AAN): This project was designed to develop a regional accelerator platform and kick-off start-ups’ growth. While, the Cross-Domain Innovation Ecosystem project promotes business models that attach importance to demand-driven operation, co-innovation, and inclusive SMEs growth through cross-APEC digital platforms.

SME 02 2015- New Era of Growth for APEC SMEs through Online-to-Offline (O2O) Business Models

SME 01 2016A - APEC Online-to-Offline (O2O) Initiative - Enhancing SME Digital Competitiveness and Resilience towards Quality Growth

SME 01 2017A - APEC Online-to-Offline (O2O) Initiative - Unleash the Potential of SMEs through Digital Transformation for a Shared Future

SME 09 2018A - APEC Online-to-Offline (O2O) Initiative - Empower SMEs to Embrace Digital Transformation

The serial O2O initiatives endeavored to build digital capabilities and tackled different sub-themes from phase 1 to phase 4: 1) O2O business models, 2) digital competitiveness and resilience, 3) digital transformation, and 4) Empower SMEs to Embrace Digital Transformation. Taking a step further, this new project initiates to implement equipped digital capabilities to create or participate in a business ecosystem that embraces openness, inclusiveness, and collaboration.

SME 10 2018A - APEC Local Innovation Ecosystem Initiative: Revitalization for Inclusive Growth and Sustainable Future: The project is to encourage and facilitate the establishment of local innovation ecosystems and revitalize the local economy by examining current practices and identifying the challenges and successful models. Focusing on local revitalization, the main theme of this initiative is slightly different from the cross-domain innovation ecosystem, which emphasizing more a cross-sectoral and cross-regional cooperation and innovation. 

APEC’s comparative advantage: APEC has outstanding reputation for enhancing SMEs’ competitiveness in the trend of digital transformation At the APEC’s inclusive and open platform, opportunities for sharing, consulting, growth and prosperity can be delivered. Moreover, since the outbreak of COVID-19 the survival of SMEs has been one of the main issues around the globe, and APEC is one of the first international organizations to take responsive measures, such as researching and collecting member economies’ relief and stimulus policies for wider reference to mitigate the economic impact on SMEs. Hence, APEC is the most appropriate and energetic channel to initiate and carry out the Cross-Domain Innovation Ecosystem project.

Sustainability

The project website and publications will be essential instruments to carry forward the results and accumulated knowledge of this project. The website will display event agenda, information about the invited experts and teams as well as the finalized version of project publication “APEC Cross-Domain Innovation Ecosystem Guidebook” available after the completion phase of this project. Therefore, the beneficiaries could utilize the aforementioned resources whenever needed not only to reflect the information/experiences derived from past project activities but also to stimulate new ideas for future project or policy design.

Identifying SMEs future development as one of the key fields, Chinese Taipei has launched a multi-year project to keep enhancing stakeholder connectivity and accumulating more in-depth knowledge of this ecosystem. Possible next steps may include 1) integration of gathered lessons and learning for future project design and implementation; 2) maintaining knowledge sharing through the established project communication channels, such as the website or other social-media tools.

As for measuring the progress on the outcomes of this project, the project team plans to keep tracking on developments of cross-domain innovation ecosystem in the APEC region through consulting with the expert networks of this project when needed as well as proceeding with individual research.

Project Overseers

The project overseer is to be Ms. Yi-Chun CHEN (Tel: 886-2-2366-2251; Email: ycc@moea.gov.tw), Section Chief, Policy Planning Division at SMEA, MOEA. One of Ms. Chen’s key assignments is to support Chinese Taipei’s role in the SMEWG of APEC. Ms. Chen has successfully assisted Chinese Taipei to implement several important projects in relation to SME innovation and capacity-building.

The main contact point responsible for this project is Ms. Dara CHEN (Tel: 886-2-2366-2365; Email: gtchen@moea.gov.tw), Officer of Policy Planning Division at SMEA, MOEA.

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