Project Title

APEC Capacity Building Workshop on Understanding Conformity Requirements for Software Controlled Weight and Measuring Instruments for Sustainable Trade 

Project Year

2020   

Project Number

SCSC 10 2020A 

Project Session

Session 2   

Project Type

Standard 

Project Status

Project in Implementation   
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Project No.

SCSC 10 2020A 

Project Title

APEC Capacity Building Workshop on Understanding Conformity Requirements for Software Controlled Weight and Measuring Instruments for Sustainable Trade 

Project Status

Project in Implementation 

Publication (if any)

 

Fund Account

APEC Support Fund 

Sub-fund

ASF: Digital Innovation 

Project Year

2020 

Project Session

Session 2 

APEC Funding

19,340 

Co-funding Amount

9,990 

Total Project Value

29,330 

Sponsoring Forum

Sub-Committee on Standards and Conformance (SCSC) 

Topics

Conformance; Standards 

Committee

Committee on Trade and Investment (CTI) 

Other Fora Involved

 

Other Non-APEC Stakeholders Involved

 

Proposing Economy(ies)

Malaysia 

Co-Sponsoring Economies

Australia; Japan; Thailand 

Expected Start Date

01/07/2021 

Expected Completion Date

30/06/2022 

Project Proponent Name 1

Zarina Shukur 

Job Title 1

Professor / Dr 

Organization 1

Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia 

Postal Address 1

Not Applicable 

Telephone 1

(60-19) 3042639 

Fax 1

Not Applicable 

Email 1

zarinashukur@ukm.edu.my 

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

Zarina Shukur 

Project Summary

Standards and conformity assessment related to software used in measuring instruments are gaining popularity among APEC economies for more than a decade; attracting attackers to exploit the devices’ software (including the embedded code) to manipulate weighing and measurement value used for trade. The main challenge in this area is to disseminate and harmonize knowledge between conformity practitioners and industry players in accordance to respected standards. Hence, Malaysia is proposing a workshop on “Understanding Conformity Requirement for Software Controlled Weight and Measuring Instruments for Sustainable Trade” to be held virtually in December 2021 for participants from APEC member economies. The experts are planned to be from universities from Malaysia, Indonesia and Korea, i.e Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) for Software Testing Content, Universitas Islam Negeri Sultan Syarif Kasim (UIN-SUSKA) for Software Design Content, Soonchunhyang University (SCH) for Security Testing as well as measurement related organizations from Malaysia and Japan such as National Metrology Institute of Malaysia (NMIM) and National Metrology Institute of Japan (NMIJ) which cover specific requirements for software for measuring instruments.

Relevance

Relevance – Region: Measuring instrument used for trades are regulated by law in each economy in this world. Each instrument shall pass certain criteria and requirement before it can be allowed to be used for trades. Software which is now became one of the most essential part of the instrument itself, isn’t sufficiently controlled. 

Data collected from a survey in 2017 has shown that most economies in South-East Asia are still having difficulties in examining software for measuring instruments due to several technical constraints such as 1) lack of knowledge and experience on software testing; 2) no developed procedure and 3) insufficient facility (Muhammad Azwan Ibrahim et. al 2018). In the latest Asia Pacific Legal Metrology Forum (APLMF) report, insufficient knowledge on the software part of the instruments opened up possibilities of the instruments being manipulated [25th Asia-Pacific Legal Metrology Forum and Working Group Meetings]. Hence, the workshop will try to address the top two issues stated above by exposing the participants of each economy on technical-know-how in examination of software for regulated instruments. Furthermore, the training materials will help the participants to understand the knowledge in an interesting and structured way. 

As devices related to weight and measuring instruments are widely used for trades among APEC economies (i.e. digital scale, weighbridges, electricity meter); attracting attackers to exploit the devices software as well as the embedded code in order to gain revenue illegally. Tampering of digital devices would heavily affect two parties: 1) relevant authorities in APEC economies, as the gain of trade tax would be tremendously reduced; and 2) consumers, since they have to pay more than the actual price. Hence, securing digital devices with secure software will directly benefit both parties, in which it will accurately reflect the actual value and promote fair trade, as well as recognizing the compliance of the devices among APEC member economies. 

This workshop also helps to achieve common understanding and practices in regulating software within the APEC economies as software which has passed certification from any economy within APEC can be accepted by another without much difficulty. This would help to boost the confidence and remove barrier for trades among APEC economies. 

Relevance – Eligibility and Fund Priorities: Project is aligned with the Internet and Digital Economy Roadmap as it contributes to enhancing trust and security in the use of ICTs and the development of digital infrastructure, by ensuring the security and reliability of software used in weighing and measuring instruments through standards and conformance. The project also promotes innovation and adoption of enabling technologies and services. It also supports some of the objectives of the Cross-Border E-Commerce Facilitation Framework to enhance cooperation between public and private sectors, especially on consumer protection especially from fraudulent measurements by tampered software, as well as creating a favorable regulatory eco-system for e-commerce to promote predictability, transparency, security, fair competition and consistency by controlling the issues caused by tampered software in weighing and measuring instruments through standards and conformance. 

Relevance – Capacity Building: This project supports the third of APEC’s goals for capacity building that is to improve the economic and social well-being of the people. This workshop will build and improve the capacity of APEC member economies in sustaining the economy through dissemination of knowledge on software examination in regulating  software for measuring instruments. From the report (Muhammad Azwan Ibrahim et. al 2018), most developing APEC economies such as the Philippines, Indonesia, Viet Nam, and Malaysia will greatly benefit from the workshop. 

This workshop addresses technical issues related to software for measuring instruments. This workshop will discuss two important scenarios of software for measuring instrument in the Asia-Pacific market: standalone software used in computers especially for commodity transactions such as vehicle weighing software, and embedded software used within utility instruments such as energy meter. Participants of this workshop will obtain, share, and develop knowledge, abilities, skills and technical know-how in the case of achieving software conformance, development and testing as mentioned in the Roadmap to 2010/2020 under the Osaka Action Plan regarding standards and conformance. This project will enhance the knowledge of the participants in the area of software conformance for measuring devices. 

This workshop also supports the second of APEC’s objectives for capacity building that is to help Members participate more fully in the regional economy as well as in the trade and investment liberalization and facilitation process. The workshop is related to the facilitation process, where the software will ensure the transaction process is done in a correct and legal manner.

Objectives

This project aims to build the capacity of project participants through workshop to better support the Roadmap to 2010/2020 under the Osaka Action Plan, regarding Standards and Conformance: to identify common working environment related to weight and measuring software for Asia-Pacific software to enable conformity harmonization. This project also aims to support the Malaysia’s Individual Action Plan (IAP) in APEC under Chapter 5: Standard and Conformance, with one of the objectives is to actively participate in international standardisation activities. Hence, the specific objectives of the project are:

a) To be familiar with standards pertaining to software for measuring instruments

b) To understand software testing techniques and methods

c) To understand the best approach to construct a good software for measuring instrument

This initial step is hoped to lead towards a common framework regarding software conformance among APEC economies in the future.

Alignment

Alignment - APEC:  This project closely responds to APEC 2019 Host Economy Leader’s Statement from Chile, “Connecting People, Building the Future”. By broadly inviting stakeholders in each APEC member economy, it supports one of the priorities announced by Chile, that is ‘move towards integration 4.0 – having uniform procedures and regulations to ease trade’

This proposed workshop is built around software quality used for trades that comprises three aspects; conformance, testing and design. As the software controls the measuring devices, practicing a common set of standards will facilitate the transfer of goods/services with ease. Compliant software from one economy shall be accepted with trust by other economies. This project is also in line with two APEC 2020 hosting priorities, (1) “Improving the Narrative of Trade and Investment” which aims to restore confidence of people in trade, investment and multilateralism; and (2) “Inclusive Economic Participation through Digital Economy and Technology” as the world is moving towards digital economy, software for weight and measuring instruments are undeniably integral to the area. Therefore, it is very important to disseminate and harmonize the relevant knowledge on conformity practices among APEC economies. 

Alignment – Forum: This project is aligned with Sub-Committee on Standards and Conformance (SCSC) work plan focusing on standards and conformity assessment procedures that are harmonized across economies, to improve the efficiency of production and facilitate the conduct of international trade. This results in more rapid trade flows, reduced costs and a greater integration of production networks. It is also aligned with the Asia-Pacific Legal Metrology Forum (APLMF)’s strategic plan (2017-2021) in “promoting awareness of metrology”.

TILF/ASF Justification

Not Applicable.

Beneficiaries and Outputs

Outputs:

1) Preliminary Study Report: Before the implementation of the workshop, Project Overseer will request the contractor (short term Research Assistant) to conduct a preliminary study about the level of Awareness and Readiness on Software Conformance for Measuring Instruments. The preliminary study is a pre-reading material in 5-10 pages, which will be distributed in the form of a report via email prior to the workshop. It consists of 2 parts; survey and desk-based study. The respondent of survey will be policymakers and regulators from APEC economies who work on policies related to legal metrology. We aim to get 30 responses. We set this survey as a pre-requisite in order to apply for joining the workshop. Whilst in desk-based study, academic articles in terms of Software Conformance issues in general, and issues in Measuring Instruments will be collected and analysed. 

2) Workshop: A three-day workshop will be conducted fully online in May 2022. The workshop will cover three knowledge areas; (Day 1) standards related to software metrology, (Day 2) technique of software testing, and (Day 3) the importance of software documentation. The presenters/instructor consists of experts from UKM (Malaysia), NMIM (Malaysia) SCH University (Korea), NMIJ (Japan), UIN-SUSKA (Indonesia) and possibly Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt - PTB (Germany). The agenda is as follow: 

Day 1:

08.30 – 09.00: Welcoming Remarks

09.00 - 11.30 AM: Standards related to Software Metrology

02.00 - 04.30 PM: Case studies (applying standards)

Day 2

08.30 - 11.30 AM: Software Testing Techniques

02.00 - 04.30 PM: Hands-on Lab (Testing pieces of software)

Day 3:

08.30 - 11.30 AM: The Importance of Software Documentation

02.00 - 04.00 PM: Case studies (good vs bad documentation)

04.00 – 04.30 PM: Post-survey and Closing Remarks 

‘Standards related to Software Metrology’ topic will cover OiML Document (D32) and Recommendation (R76-Non-Automatic Weighing Instrument, R46-Energy Meter), and Welmec Guide 7.2 (Software guide). Both Universal Computer and Embedded Device Software will be discussed. – WHAT to test

‘Software Testing Technique’ topic will focus on some techniques that are relevant to the practice in software metrology examination; static analysis (documentation examination) and dynamic analysis (functional testing-tampered the software, accuracy, data security). OiML Document will be the test basis. – HOW to test

‘The Importance of Software Documentation’ topic will enlighten the participants of the importance of good software documentation. Good documentation reflects good software design. In this topic, discussion will focus on the way to write documentation that responds to the OiML Document. – WHAT to prepare 

3) Training Materials: Training materials (the estimated length will be 200-300 pages) that consists of three presentation slides, 30 quizzes, two case studies and one demonstration guide are useful resources which can be used by the APEC participating economies in order to carry out a similar workshop. The training materials will be modified from the existing materials and uploaded in either google classroom, or PO organizational training platform. The training materials will be used during the workshop (i.e Output 2), and they will be available for the APEC participating economies during and after the workshop. 

4) A Project Report: The report will be produced after the workshop, which will be composed of the following sections but not limited to: introduction of the project, summary of the workshop presentation and materials, the compilation and analysis of the pre- and post-test results, the conclusion of desk-based study, as well as suggestions and recommendations from the experts and participants that could be implemented by APEC economies to strengthen the area. This report will consist of at least 12 pages. 

Outcomes: 

1) The intended outcome of this project is to improve participants’ knowledge in.

a)  standards pertaining to software for measuring instrument

b)  software testing techniques and methods

c)  approach to construct a good software for measuring instrument 

This outcome will be measured by using pre- and post-workshop surveys, as well as quizzes to gauge participants understanding. The quizzes is about understanding of technical knowledge related to the training content. Technical understanding need to be asked immediately after the delivery of related topics. It will be given at the end of each day using online quiz. It will be in the form of either multiple choice answer, or true/false, or matching type. The post-workshop survey will be collected immediately after the workshop. 

2) Besides that, after this project, participating organizations are expected to have an intention of having:

a) software regulation in instruments used for trade in participating economies

b)  mutual recognition of software examination certificate

c)  disseminating the knowledge to their industries

d)  more technical workshops for software industries

e) more activities in the future in harmonizing the software in measuring instruments 

This outcome will be measured by using a post-workshop survey, which will be collected immediately after the workshop. 

3) From the questionnaire and throughout the workshop session, it possible to identify other experts from different economy which work on the similar subject of interest. 

4)  Create a pool of network expertise

5) Collaboration of future work and research within the pool of expertise such as developing technical procedures, training, consultation. 

The outcomes will be measured by using APEC longer-term evaluation survey.

Beneficiaries: Stakeholders of APEC economies related within measuring instrument industries will be the target participants (Public Policy Officials/Regulators). Aside from that, this project will also benefit traders, consumers, lab service providers (potential future, focus on measuring instruments), policy makers, software developers, as well as software researchers. 

The participants of the workshop will directly benefit from enhancing their knowledge by understanding software requirements, including the hands-on part of developing and testing the software. They are expected to disseminate the outcomes to secondary beneficiaries in their respective economy such as traders, consumers, relevant laboratory service providers etc. The Project Overseer will also encourage the women participation and women are also to be included as presenters in the workshop. The channels used to reach out the following targeted beneficiaries will be specified via invitation to their contact points. 

The primary beneficiaries of this project would be policymakers and regulators from APEC economies who work on policies related to legal metrology, for example instrument examiner. They will be able to better assist all levels involved in using software-controlled weighing and measuring instruments through better understanding of the software development and testing. The minimum qualification of participants is diploma in Science, Engineering or Computing, and basic knowledge in programming. 

Ultimately, the outcomes from the project will contribute to the fair trade as well as consumer protection when it comes to goods weighed or measured using software-controlled devices.

Dissemination

The outputs of the project will be disseminated through electronic copies of the workshop materials to the participants via email and on the online platforms such as APEC Project Database. The preliminary study report will be distributed to workshop participants before the workshop. In addition to these, the participants are also expected to disseminate the workshop information and materials to the stakeholders within their economies. The Project Report will be published as an APEC publication and will be made available on APEC PDB website as appropriate, in keeping with the APEC Project Guidelines.

The target audience: 
The target audience for outputs (preliminary study report, workshop and online materials) is APEC software industry practitioners as well as APEC officials who works in the area of software measuring instruments. 

Any intention to sell outputs arising from this project: There is no intention to sell the outputs arising from this project. Member economies will be encouraged to disseminate results of the project with their respective agencies and business communities through their own respective channels of choice.

Gender

This project supports several women’s economic empowerment pillars under the APEC Policy Partnership on Women and the Economy. Project Overseers will impose in the workshop context by actively encourage economies to nominate women participants in the invitation and nomination form and monitor gender balance in speaker panels to ensure gender representation. The project will have an overall target for 30-50% for female participation across both speakers and participants. This is in line with the third pillar of women’s economic empowerment: Skills, capacity building, and health.

This project will also involve at least 30% of women in the steering committee. Apart from that, 2 out of 5 of the trainers and technical presenters will be female. This is aligned with fourth pillar of women’s economic empowerment, leadership, voice and agency.

Since this project is related to innovation and technology, it also supports the fifth pillar of women’s economic empowerment.

Work Plan

Time

Tasks

Deliverables

Jul - Sep 2021

The contracting appointment process:

Pre-workshop survey

Copy-editor

Terms of Reference

Contract

Sep - Oct 2021

1. Expert meetings regarding content development

2. Organizer meetings regarding: Pamphlet, website development, Workshop Detail Plan

Promotional materials (Module Pamphlet, Website, Program Tentative and detail paperwork)

Oct 2021 – Feb 2022

Dissemination of Pre-workshop survey regarding Awareness of Software Conformance for Measuring Instruments among APEC economies

Pre-workshop survey

Preliminary Study Report (Output 1)

Nov 2021 – Jan 2022

Invite participants and guests

Confirmed delegates of workshop

Dec 2021

Submission of APEC Project Monitoring Report

APEC Project Monitoring Report

Jan – Apr 2022

Training materials and equipment preparation

a) modifying the existing materials according to the workshop topic coverage and duration, as well as changing some of the examples so that it will reflect metrology context.

b) selecting, installing and testing software tools.

c) creating manual for demonstration activity

d)  creating case study activities.

Training Materials (Output 3)

Apr 2022

Submit APEC Project Monitoring Report

APEC Project Monitoring Report

May 2022

1. 3-day online workshop implementation

2. Dissemination of immediate post-workshop survey

Workshop (Output 2)

Immediate post-workshop survey

May 2022

1. Dissemination of follow-up post-workshop survey

2.  Drafting of Project’s Final Report

Follow-up post-workshop survey

Draft Project Report

May 2022

Submission of Project Report to APEC Secretariat for review, followed by SCSC endorsement

Project Report (Output 4)

Jun 2022

Drafting of APEC Project Completion Report

Draft APEC Project Completion Report

Aug 2022

Submission of the APEC Project Completion Report and supporting documents to APEC Secretariat

APEC Project Completion Report

Jun 2023

Participation in Long Term Evaluation of APEC Projects survey conducted by APEC Secretariat

Risks

1.  Risk of unavailability of experts/speakers in the sharing economy

Mitigation:

a) Work closely with co-sponsors and relevant international organizations to identify several alternative experts.

b) The project overseers (PO) will ensure that the list of speakers include substitutes in the event the main speaker is unavailable to deliver.

2.  Risk of participating member economies not showing up or absent

Mitigation:

a)  PO will be in close contact with speakers and participants throughout the process to minimize any last-minute cancellations. If there are any cancellations, the PO will seek the advice from APEC Secretariat to offer to other travel eligible member economies to send a third participant.

b) The participating members will be offered for the next series of workshop.

3. Risk of different level of knowledge among participating member economies

Mitigation:

a) Minimum knowledge/experience requirement will be informed during the invitation

b) The first session will provide a general background and information to ensure participants get the same knowledge and understanding of the workshop.

c) Overview on the technical content will be revealed to participating economies during invitation.

d) A set of questions will be required to be submitted by the participants for nomination purposes. Change nominee to be advised if the candidate seems to be not eligible.

4.  Risk of technical error (Internet connection System error, Firewall policy) while operating workshop

Mitigation:

a)  Test run with participants will be carried out one week before the workshop.

b)  Pre-event preparation guidelines will be distributed to participants before workshop.

c)  All the specialist/trainer will be gathered at a single place (subject to COVID-19 situation) to ensure smoothness of the workshop.

5.  Risk of low response rate of the survey

Mitigation

a)  The pre-workshop survey is set as a pre-requisite in order to apply for joining the training.

b) The post-workshop survey will be collected immediately after the workshop.

6. Risk of ‘Economies not applying knowledge learned or adopting recommendations from the project’

Mitigation

a)  The 3rd outcome that is to create a pool of network expertise and to collaborate in future work and research within the pool of expertise such as developing technical procedures, training, consultation and such others.

7.  Risk associated with COVID

Mitigation

a) The proposed project is not related to health, hence no Covid risk.

b) The participants are not front-liner hence they will not be called for emergency duty.

c) Absent of participants because of Covid infection, can be overcome by having additional participant nomination by each economies.

d) Domestic quarantine policy; All participants are obliged to get vaccinated and Covid test before travel and 10 days quarantine upon arrival. Additional USD50 per person per day is expected to cover the quarantine cost.

e) Travel restriction by local; The workshop implementation will be prepared in two mode; physical and online, at the same time.

Monitoring and Evaluation

There are two phases in the assessment exercise, pre-assessment and post assessment. The pre-assessment questions will be circulated to each participant prior the workshop via email i.e. during the invitation phase. Each participant is required to answer and return back the assessment form along with the acceptance of invitation form. The post-assessment questions will be circulated right after the workshop is completed and each of participant is required to return back the assessment form before certificate of attendance is issued. The assessment will contain both close ended (5-point Likert scale) and open ended sections. 

During the pre-assessment, demographic of each the participant is collected, early knowledge is measured as well as opinion on related matters. While in the post-assessment, participant knowledge is measured again as well as the overall workshop and subject matter opinion will be collected. 

Some of the elements in pre and post assessment are repeated in order to measure the workshop effectiveness. 

Evaluation Focus

Indicators

Target Goals

Evaluation Method

Reporting

Outputs

Preliminary Study report

Contracted executed

July 2021

Certification by PO

Contract

% of participants received

100% received before workshop

Acceptance Receipt

Contract

Training Materials

Content developed and deployed

February 2022

Certification by PO

Speakers

Readable and Usable

Post-survey date

Certification by PO

Participants

Workshop

No. of participants

20 participation

Event Attendance List

Completion Report

No. of attending economies

15 invited economies

Event Attendance List

Completion Report

No. of travel eligible economies

11 economies

Event Attendance List

Completion Report

% of participating men/women

30%

Event Attendance List

Completion Report

Project Report

No. of pages

12-20

Certification by PO

Email to the Secretariat

Submission to the Secretariat

May 2022

Submission to the Secretariat

Email to the Secretariat

Outcomes

Improve participant’s knowledge.

Response rate on pre-workshop survey to gauge participants level of knowledge prior to the workshop.

At least 70%

Ex-ante and ex-post evaluations

Completion Report

Response rate on post-workshop survey to gauge how exposure from the workshop has helped participants.

At least 70%

Ex-ante and ex-post evaluations

Completion Report

Intention of having post-workshop plan

Response rate on post-workshop survey shows that there are needs to those mentioned elements.

At least 70%

Included in the Project Report

Completion report

Pool of experts from different economy which work on the similar subject of interest

No. of collaboration activity

1

The APEC longer-term evaluation survey

Report to Working Group

Gender Impacts: Female speakers will be a minimum of 30%, whilst the female participants will be not less than 30%.

Project Overseers will collect and analyze the outcome data on a sex-disaggregated basis, noting any differences between men and women and will adjust future work based on the findings to ensure inclusion. This data will be included as part of the submission of the Completion Report to the Secretariat when the project completes and will serve to guide future POs on their own gender parity targets. 

Data Collection. We will collect data for the above indicators using project administrative documents. These documents will include workshop sign-in forms, a workshop feedback form (immediate post-workshop survey) administered to workshop participants to gauge if their knowledge of key concepts covered in the training was useful, and a follow-up survey. The follow-up survey will be administered to workshop participants approximately one week after the workshop to identify how (and if) participants are working to incorporate globally recognized standards into their approaches, and the workshop outcomes report. The collected data will comply with the privacy policy of the APEC.

Linkages

Engagement: This project promotes cross-fora collaboration with APEC Policy Partnership on Science, Technology and Innovation (PPSTI). Software for measuring instruments covers wide-ranging application on a number of scientific sectors including energy and environment, thus the project also supports PPSTI 2019 Work Plan in promoting scientific advances related to monitoring global change. This project will also leverage on work done in existing platforms by non-APEC stakeholders, such as the OIC-CERT mission that is to develop cyber security capabilities to mitigate cyber threats by leveraging global collaboration.

Previous work: APLMF reported in the 25th Asia-Pacific Legal Metrology Forum and Working Group Meetings, that insufficient knowledge on the software part of the instruments opened up possibilities of the instruments being manipulated. Therefore, this project can be a part of the way forward to mitigate the issues of software manipulation in instruments by educating and raising awareness among APEC economies regarding the issues.

This workshop is inspired by and will complement the APEC Workshop on Software Controlled Measuring Instrument (APEC CTI 46/2009) held from 3 to 6 August 2010 in Bangkok, Thailand. While the previous workshop discussed the latest techniques to inspect and verify software at that time, this workshop will serve as an update and expansion to those techniques as there has been even many more kinds of software-controlled measuring instruments produced ever since. It supports the objective of ensuring free and open trade over electronic instruments by the elimination of fraud and protection of consumer’s interest with the addition of conformity requirements aspect.

APEC’s comparative advantage: APLMF is one of the Specialist Regional Bodies in APEC which addresses legal metrology issues in the whole APEC region. Such representation of legal metrology in APEC indicates the relevance of APEC as the platform for this project.

According to “APEC Regional Trends Analysis - APEC at 30: A Region in Constant Change” published by the APEC Policy Support Unit, the economic value of APEC economies in 2018 is reported to be USD 66.2 trillion. With such huge economic value, free and fair trade among the economies should be leveraged in order to sustain the value. This project can contribute towards maximising the economic value of APEC through the support of legal metrology in free and fair trade. This also shows that the knowledge acquired from this project is valuable to APEC economies towards recognizing the compliance of measuring and weighing devices used in APEC member economies. Therefore, APEC economies are the right target participants for this project.

Sustainability

Since not every APEC economy would be able to offer software examination on every type of instrument, mutual understanding among APEC economies is very important to ensure the acceptance of test certificates issued by APEC member economies. This workshop also helps identify and establish a pool of network expertise available from each economy for potential collaborations in software examination to keep the cooperation between APEC economies in this particular field sustained.

It is important to organize follow-up workshop or training to cater to more technical in-depth knowledge and harmonization of conformity assessment procedures for software-controlled weighing and measuring instruments. The results from the follow-up survey of this workshop can be used as a basis and way forward to construct the contents of the succeeding workshop which will build on the outputs and outcomes of this project.

The project report produced after the workshop could be used for future activities pertaining the software for measuring instrument control and regulation.

Project Overseers

Prof. Dr. Zarina Shukur
Chair, Center for Cyber Security
Faculty of Information Science and Technology

Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM)
Tel: +603-89216144
Email: zarinashukur@ukm.edu.my

Mr. Muhammad Azwan Ibrahim
Senior Metrologist
National Metrology Institute of Malaysia

SIRIM Berhad
Tel: +603-8778 1658
Email: mdazwan@sirim.my

The Project Overseer is Prof. Dr. Zarina Shukur from the National University of Malaysia (UKM), while Mr. Muhammad Azwan Ibrahim acts as a co-overseer. Prof. Zarina together with Mr. Azwan oversees the administration and implementation of this project, including the communications, experts and participant registration. The Project Overseer may also engage with consultant to assist in the implementation of the project.

The Project Overseer will ensure that all Project outputs (Project reports, proceedings, slides, presentations, etc.) will comply with the APEC Publications, APEC Logo and Copyrights Guidelines before being published and will be provided to the Program Director, who will review and finalize the project reports, including monitoring and completion reports.

Cost Efficiency

Not Applicable.

Drawdown Timetable

Not Applicable.

Direct Labour

1)  Contractor for Clerical:

No.

Scope of work

Unit (Hour)

1.

Managing speakers meetings 

40

2.

Drafting General Information

50

3.

Contacting Speakers for their availability

50

4.

Creating Invitation for Government Officials and confirming their attendance

20

5.

Identifying and inviting participation to the the workshop

60

6.

Communication with contractors

60

7.

Minute of meeting/discussion and distribution

100

8.

Online filing and documentation

100

Total Hours

480

2)     Contractor for Preliminary Study:

No.

Scope of work

Unit (Hour)

1.             

Desk-study   

120

2.             

Survey development

60

3.             

Data Collection (from APEC economies)

60

4.             

Data Analysis

60

5.             

Documentation

60

Total Hours

360

3)     Contractor for Copy Editing:

No.

Scope of work

Unit (Page)

1.

Project Report

12-20 pages

3.

Preliminary study report

10-15 pages

4.

Content of Training Materials (not the creative aspect)

200-300 pages

Total Pages

228 – 335

4)     Contractor for Technical:

No.

Scope of work

Unit (Hour)

1.

Technical requirement acquisition

6

2.

Pre-workshop environment checking for all participants and speakers 

12

3.

Technical monitoring (help-line) during workshop

24

Total Hours

42

5)     Contractor for Training Material Designer:

No.

Scope of work

Unit (hour)

1.

Transforming 3 presentation slides (each slides for 3-hour presentation) to professional and creative material

150

2.

Transforming 30 quizzez to professional and creative material

15

3.

Transforming Two case studies to professional and creative material

20

4.

Transforming One demonstration guide to professional and creative material

15

Total Hours

200


Waivers

Not Applicable.

Are there any supporting document attached?

No 
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