Project Title

2023 APEC Forum on Improving Workplace Safety and Mental Health Management for SMEs Harnessing Digital Technology in the Context of COVID-19 

Project Year

2022   

Project Number

SME 02 2022A 

Project Session

Session 1   

Project Type

Standard 

Project Status

Completed Project   
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Project No.

SME 02 2022A 

Project Title

2023 APEC Forum on Improving Workplace Safety and Mental Health Management for SMEs Harnessing Digital Technology in the Context of COVID-19 

Project Status

Completed Project 

Publication (if any)

 

Fund Account

APEC Support Fund 

Sub-fund

ASF: General Fund 

Project Year

2022 

Project Session

Session 1 

APEC Funding

100,000 

Co-funding Amount

100,000 

Total Project Value

200,000 

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)

Korea 

Co-Sponsoring Economies

Chile; Malaysia; Philippines; Singapore; Chinese Taipei; Thailand; United States 

Expected Start Date

01/01/2023 

Expected Completion Date

31/12/2023 

Project Proponent Name 1

Wyi Bong-Su (wef 1 Jan 2023) 

Job Title 1

Director Global Business Department 

Organization 1

Korea SMEs and Startups Agency (KOSME) 

Postal Address 1

Not Applicable 

Telephone 1

(82-55) 7519677 

Fax 1

Not Applicable 

Email 1

wyisu@kosmes.or.kr 

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

Wyi Bong-Su 

Project Summary

In the APEC region, SMEs account for the majority of the domestic economy. However, systematic safety and health management is difficult to be managed due to a lack of manpower and capital, so that the industrial accident rate is high. In addition, resuming the work and production safely to sustain the economies is the common challenge we are facing.  Workplace safety management plays a key role in balancing the safety assurance and economic sustainability under the new normal. The project seeks to strengthen the workplace safety including mental health care to address the challenge by gathering the APEC economies to share the best practices and knowledge in an effective manner. Through the project, it is expected to help APEC economies balance safety and development by enhancing the capabilities of workplace safety management and disaster resilience, to further resume and boost economies. In this context, Korea will hold a forum which will be a venue for all participants to build capabilities on workplace safe and health management.

Relevance

Issues: The ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has had unprecedented and devastating effects globally, including throughout the Asia Pacific region. Overcoming this challenge will be possible only if we work together to stop the spread of this disease and provide a safe and healthy working environment for SME employees and owners as well. In the APEC region, SMEs/MSMEs make up 97 per cent of private companies and employ over half of the region’s workforce and play a critical role in each economy as a backbone of economy. SMEs account for the majority of the economy, however, systematic workplace safety and health management is difficult to be managed and operated due to lack of manpower and capital. Therefore, the industrial accident rate is high. Recently, many economies seek to rationally resume work and production by steps, but workplace safety hazards are posed everywhere: inadequate maintenance of machinery, improper PPEs, failing safety management, urge for overtime working, lame material and fireproof management. SMEs are threatened by risks of workplace accidents and disease infection, and are running short in knowledge and tool to effectively managing workplace safety, which causes considerable working hour losses and impedes the economic development. SMEs, especially, are vulnerable to the pandemic due to their poor risk management. This is when authorities of economies should step in to assist employees to better prepare for a safe resumption, and continue to operate safely under long-lasting Covid-19 threat. 

Furthermore, the mental health effects of COVI-19 are expected to be profound, with the need for enhanced and targeted mental health care identified as urgent from the beginning of the outbreak. The mental health impacts of COVID-19 are still emerging and will become increasingly apparent as the longer-term impacts of social isolation, job and economic insecurity, experiences of illness, physical distancing, and etc.

In this regard, workplace safety management and mental health care plays a key role in balancing the safety assurance and economic sustainability under the new normal featuring safety risks and hazards. Since APEC economies have accumulated rich experiences and practices in workplace safety management an d mental health care under COVID-19, the sharing of valuable knowledge and best practices and the implementation of good measures will help the APEC better respond to the crisis. 

In light of this, the project aims to provide a platform that brings together to help SMEs understand the importance of workplace safety and mental health care with best practices and how to establish and overcome roadblocks by utilizing the state-of-art digital technologies such as big data and AI solutions. Furthermore, it also aims how to identify areas that can potentially mitigate business losses, and assist in determining the financial impact. Lastly, this project grants sustained benefits for all economies in the region and beyond, not only strengthening the workplace safety to better resume and boost economy, but also building the Asia Pacific region’s well-coordinated response to the new normal and disaster resilience to maximize the benefits as a whole. 

Eligibility and Fund Priorities: This project is aligned with the founding priorities of APEC Support Fund (ASF) – General Funds established by the Senior Official Meeting (SOM) and ECOTECH Priority Themes to develop and strengthen the dynamism of SMEs.

Develop Human Capital: The project will facilitate and enable SMEs in the APEC region to nurture and develop core human resources to manage and operate countermeasures for occupational safety and health including mental health.

Develop and Strengthen the Dynamism of Small and Medium Enterprises: Through the project, people from SMEs related fields will share their experiences and have precious opportunities to strengthen their capabilities to protect the businesses and prepare countermeasures in advance. 

Capacity Building: SMEs and MSMEs play a critical role in economic development in all APEC developing economies. They are also the largest source of domestic employment across all economic sectors. In this context, this forum is expected to be a venue for SMEs and MSMEs, especially in developing economies to obtain comprehensive knowledge about workplace safety and health including mental health in order to build capacity and resilience of SMEs and MSMEs in the region so that they can better mitigate, prepare and response to unexpected accidents through a medium/long term view within the APEC objectives. During the project, industry expert will share knowledge and best practice of workplace safety management in resumption under Covid-19, so as to achieve sustainable growth and shared development in the Asia-Pacific region. 

The outcome of the project will help upgrade governance capacity and practice, and meet the requirements of resuming the work safely, so as to protect workforce, enhance risk management capability especially improve the SMEs’ disaster resilience, boost the economy, and bring productivity back to the world under new normal. In addition, participants are expected to disseminate the useful knowledge to the SMES and MSMEs in their economies.

Objectives

The objectives of the project are 1) To promote the sharing and exchange of best practices and knowledge of workplace safety management including mental health care in work resumption under Covid-19, brainstorm to develop widely applicable guidance and case reference for APEC economies, helping them balance the safety and development, better resume and boost the economy. 2)To identify best practices for utilizing digital technology to provide solutions to build accident-free environment and to provide care to at-risk employees/owners in SMEs 3) Through APEC platform to work together to enhance the capabilities of workplace safety management, disaster prevention and reduction, promote well-coordinated response and build disaster resilience of APEC economies.

Alignment

Alignment to APEC: The project aligns with APEC Disaster Reduction Risk Framework focusing on managing the “new normal” and responding to the disruption of the integrated and interlinked production and supply chains of the region. It supports three pillars of the disaster risk reduction: prevention and mitigation, preparedness and response, by protecting the workforce from safety risks and hazards.  Also in the statement on COVID-19 by APEC Ministers Responsible for Trade says that “it may be necessary for economies to implement emergency measures designed to address COVID-19 challenges”. It also meets the priorities in the Manila Framework: Developing Human Capital; Developing and strengthening the dynamism of SMEs, since it will enable the SMEs to adopt effective measures of safety and mental health management and train the workforce to keep them safe and sound, which is a foundation for sustainable growth. 

Alignment to Forum: In the priority area “Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and start-ups”, the project helps to foster innovation in SMEs to strengthen business competitiveness based on enhancing workplace safety and health including mental health for employees and owners of SMEs. The project is also aligned with the priority area “Inclusive capability development towards digitalization”, the event promotes to utilize digital technology because it has been recognized as having great potential to address gaps in access to evidence-based mental health care and there have been calls to increase the use of digital mental health in the context of COVID-19. 

Furthermore, this project is aligned with the objectives in EPWG Strategic Planning 2017-2020, that is to enhance the sharing and exchange of good practices and experience of workplace safety management to improve the DRR and mutual assistance in emergency preparedness, to promote the international cooperation and exchanges through effective forum to boost the region’s economy, to build the capacity of responding to new normal especially reduce the SMEs’ vulnerability and promote resilience by leveraging management tools developed by the project. It is also aligned with the APEC Framework for Capacity Building Initiatives on Emergency Preparedness, to enhance APEC economies’ capacity and capability on emergency preparedness in workplace to better respond to infectious disease.

TILF/ASF Justification

Not Applicable.

Beneficiaries and Outputs

Output

Description

Forum

1-day forum will be held in Republic of Korea in the June in 2023 .

Day 1 – Forum

The key objectives of the proposed project that could improve the competitiveness of the SMEs/MSMEs in APEC region are the following:

1) To promote the sharing and exchange of best practices and knowledge of workplace safety management including mental health care in work resumption under Covid-19, 2) brainstorm to develop widely applicable guidance and case reference for APEC economies, helping them balance the safety and development, better resume and boost the economy. 3) To identify best practices for utilizing digital technology to provide solutions to build accident-free environment and to provide care to at-risk employees/owners in SMEs 4) Through APEC platform to work together to enhance the capabilities of workplace safety management, disaster prevention and reduction, promote well-coordinated response and build disaster resilience of APEC economies

The forum also will focus on building capability among APEC member economies through best practices and lesson learnt in workplace safety and mental health management for SMEs by using digital technology. Furthermore, the event will be an opportunity of providing and sharing experiences, best practices regarding the occupational safety and mental health management, especially in developing economies. The forum will gather various stakeholders such as government officials, experts, academia, private sector, business associations, and etc. Speakers in the forum should have profound knowledge on the workplace safety and mental health management with the latest trends.

To ensure the depth and breadth of the information to be shared, PO would conduct a pre-survey to measure a level of understanding about the workplace safety and mental health management strategy and identify current status of SEMs when speaker/experts/participants to attend the forum are fixed. The scope of the pre-survey will be a number of basic questions about the topic of the forum and it will be conducted through online for all participants who attend the event. Moreover, the organizer will try to identify some specific challenges faced by each APEC member economy. The results of the pre-survey will be used in the panel discussion section expecting it will be elaborated and best practices and key success factors will be collected through the project.

Summary Report

A summary report (estimated 15-20 pages) with outcomes and recommendations from the forum will be produced for dissemination/information to SMEWG. The report will be composed of the following, but not limited to, sections: introduction of the forum; briefings of the presentations made at the forum; including best practices briefings on discussion and suggested recommendations made by the attendants and experts.

Outcomes: This forum will be a catalyst and facilitator to bring the policy change with the strong bond between public, private, and cross-fora among SMEWG, HWG, ABAC, and other relevant fora. With this momentum, it is expected to develop cohesive domestic strategies to ensure a trusted, secure and sustainable business resilience environment. The expected outcomes of the project will be:

1) Heightened awareness among participants in the forum on best practices relating to workplace safety and mental health management in SMEs. While SMEs may initially view workplace safety and mental health management as challenging issue, there are several opportunities that they respond to – access to workplace safety and mental health strategies and financing window would stimulate demand for safe and healthy working environment in business. These movement of workplace safety and mental health for employees would translate to lower costs and increased profit margins in SMEs, of which the project endeavors to better access to capital, talent and business opportunities for SMEs in the APEC region.

2) Increased knowledge, awareness, and financing opportunities for workplace safety and mental health management in SMEs. While companies are eager to improve their workplace safety and mental health condition, some find it difficult to create a plan of action. The term “workplace safety and mental health” is sustainability and corporate social responsibility. Further, occupational safety and health issues cover a wide variety of topics, making it challenging for companies to understand and prioritize key issues. Some companies are not able to take decisive action and may try to address the issues through incremental steps, which leaves them lagging behind their peers. Other companies may fail to see results or recognition despite significant efforts. Therefore, it is expected that the forum for discussing best practices and strategies for SMEs in the region building capacities through presentations by experts, speakers, and panel discussion in the forum will forces all participants to identify the specific actions which need to be addressed.

3) Strengthened public-private and partnership on data collection and sharing will be measured by the number of participants representing the public and private entities and the number of policy recommendations relates to enhancing public-private partnerships. Furthermore, source of digital technology is not limited to government side and more valuable data sets are operated by private sector. In addition, channels to disseminate the workplace safety and mental health management related information should be utilized in a platform run by private sector that will enhance information coverage.

Governments and SMEs will have a better perspective that helps boost the importance of establishing a comprehensive strategy for workplace safety and mental health management ecosystem at the domestic level. It will provide more competitive environment for SMEs. This will be possible through the combined contributions of a wide range of organizations and actors such as Ministry of SMEs and Startups, Korea SMEs and Startups Agency. In the forum, workplace safety and mental health management related policies and action measures of Korean government would be presented and it could be a leading policy measurement which can be adopted by other member economies Lastly, we will try to conduct an ex-post survey to assess the impact of the project in terms of improving awareness and knowledge of the project issues after the forum is completed

Beneficiaries: The target participants include public and private sector of APEC economies and non-governmental organizations, digital technology experts who can provide professional knowledge and best practices regarding workplace safety management solutions including mental health care. During the international forum, participants from APEC economies, including policy makers, researchers, and entrepreneurs will be invited to share expertise and good practices. Good experiences and knowledge will also be drawn from international organizations, public sectors and private sectors. The main beneficiaries are listed below

1) SMEs would be the primary beneficiaries of this project as the discussions during the project will lead economies to create new policies and interventions in order to support workplace safety management with mental health and wellbeing of small business employees/owners. SMEs’ lack of capacity and resources in coping with occupational health and safety, the project is capable in assisting them to ensure their business operations by providing value-added information and they will be able to use the outputs from this project.

2) Delegates from attending APEC economies who are experts or working in the field of workplace safety management including mental health would be a part of the project. The delegates will be encouraged to share their views and ideas about policies and interventions.

3) Government agencies and related associations will acquire the knowledge, expertise and experience to enhance safety countermeasures to prevent accident in advance. (4) Developing and developed APEC economies are also the beneficiaries of the project as it can reinforce the projection on production and supply chain.

4) Secondary Beneficiaries: Secondary beneficiaries of the project will include developing and developed APEC economies who can reinforce the projection on production and supply chain.  The results of the project will be circulated to APEC including SMEWG, HWG and EPWG or relevant fora.  Furthermore, the results could be used to reinforce a regional platform for workplace safety and mental health management in each member economy.

Dissemination

All relevant materials relating to the outcomes of this project will be provided to the SMEWG focal points and other main stakeholders of the APEC member economies in electronic format after being reviewed by the APEC Secretariat. In addition, the news about the forum will be reported by local Korean newspapers, and also be posted on APEC SME Innovation Center’s website at www.apec-smeic.org.

All the presentation materials and video clips will be uploaded in the APEC SME Innovation Center website at www.apec-smeic.org.

A summary report (estimated 15-20 pages) with outcomes and recommendations from the forum will be produced for dissemination/information to SMEWG and the report will not be published by APEC. The report will be composed of the following, but not limited to, sections: introduction of the forum; briefings of the presentations made at the forum; including best practices; briefings on discussion and suggested recommendations made by the attendants and experts.


Gender

This proposal potentially meets 3 out of 5 Gender Criteria pillars as per Appendix G of the Guidebook on APEC Projects, Edition 15. Gender balance in implementing projects can facilitate in-depth discussions and innovative thinking. We will proactively seek balanced representation by men and women in the project’s agenda, from identifying female experts, to targeting forum attendees. Women will be prioritized to be invited as speakers to the forum. We are confident there will be robust participation by both genders in the event. Women play a particularly important role in the success of APEC SMEs. They will benefit from the project’s efforts to increase our knowledge about productivity and management capability. It is also important to note that women are vital contributors to the project team as well as the extensive network of champions supporting this effort. The project organizers will ensure that the evaluation forms to be distributed at the end of the Forum will include information on gender for disaggregating data for project assessment.

Through the project, we expect that women will learn how to respond to the workplace safety and mental health management in their workplace.  In addition, all participants especially policy makers or government officials would set education or training course to raise women as a leader in the field of safety who can play their role in the private, non-for-profit, and public sectors.  Lastly, women will have the same opportunities as men in the field by mobilizing innovation policies, education and technologies.  Therefore, this project links with the three pillars in promoting women’s economic empowerment. 

We set the target of 40% of forum participants will be female including female experts and speakers. In this regard, the forum will encourage active participation of women from APEC economies to engage in the forum as both speakers and participants. This is important since women-owned SMEs face heavy barriers including the lack of access to information related to technologies and markets. The organizers will make an effort to include women who range from experts in low carbon driven industrial economy to SME business owners. 

In addition, PO is committed to collect sex-disaggregated data for all speakers and participants (and not only the APEC funded) from the project event. 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. 

Targets

Female Participants (%)

40%

Female Speakers/Experts (%)

40%

Referring to the Guide on Gender Criteria for APEC Project Proposals in the Guidebook on APEC Projects, please tick the pillar or pillars that this project supports, in promoting women’s economic empowerment: 

5 Pillars (you may tick more than one)

1

Access to Capital and Assets

2

Access to Markets

3

Skills, Capacity Building, and Health

v

4

Leadership, Voice and Agency

v

5

Innovation and Technology

v

 

Work Plan

Time

Tasks

Deliverables

1st week of Jan 2023

Contracting of the direct labor

KOSME will make a contact with an agency to prepare and conduct the forum.

Feb 2023

Decisions to change the delivery format of the event

Consider shifting the physical event to virtual and make sure to stay in active communication with PD

Feb – Apr 2023

Establishment of a work plan for the forum

Selecting a contractor for the project

Member of Global Business Department in KOSME will conduct and start to make detailed agenda

Mar –  May 2023

Recruiting of speakers from in and out of APEC economies / Contact each APEC economy for recommendation of speakers, participants and organizations

Participants and speaker list will be started to be made

Prepare to invite the participants including speakers

Completion of participants list

And presentation materials

Apr – May 2023

APEC Non-Member Participation Process

Circulate the list of NMP for an approval from SMEWG

Apr 2023

Submission of APEC Project Monitoring Report

APEC Project Monitoring Report

Apr 2023

The General Information Circular will be sent out to APEC Secretariat and SMEWG member economies

General Information Circular issued

May 2023

Once all participants are confirmed, we will conduct an ex-ante evaluation to check the level of knowledge about Low carbon industrial economy

The pre-survey will be implemented to measure a level of understanding about the low-carbon industry and identify current status of SEMs when speaker/experts/participants to attend the forum are fixed.

The ex-ante evaluation will be used to compare with the result of the ex-post survey.

 Jun 2023

Conduct the forum

Ex-post evaluation is completed

Conducting and executing of the forum

Evaluation can be done through online

Forum agenda

Event Attendance List

Ex-post evaluation

Aug – Oct 2023

Summary Report will be prepared and submitted

All documents will be submitted first to the Secretariat for review and approval.

Once approved, it will then be sent for comments and endorsement by the forum

Submission of a Summary Report

Endorsed Summary Report

Dec 2023

Project Completion Date

Feb 2024

Submit the APEC Project Completion Report and supporting documents to the Secretariat

APEC Project Completion Report

6-12 months after the completion of the project

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

Risks

No.

Risks

How will it be managed?

1

COVID-19 or other pandemic situation

The global economy is reeling from the impact of the pandemic, a health and economic crisis of unprecedented proportions. If the pandemic continues, travels to other economies will not be possible so that the forum should be implemented in a form of virtual or hybrid.

2

Recruiting appropriate speakers

It might be difficult to find experts or speakers. Through internal discussions, the PO and his team are planning to utilizing a contractor also will ask SMEWG representatives of member economies to recommend speakers or experts.

3

Low engagement

There may be a risk of low interests and participation in the forum. If the gathering process is not as expected, in response, we will use social media to attract more participants. The participation of the forum is critical so the project team will contact with the stakeholders in the early stage of the preparation.

4

NMP approval

This risk can be eliminated by receiving an approval from APEC Secretariat in advance as usual. Also, PO will try to finalize a list of NMP early and check with APEC Secretariat to receive the approval on time.


Monitoring and Evaluation

Evaluation Focus

Indicators

Target Goals

Evaluation

Method

Reporting

Outputs

1. Forum

1. Conduct the forum

June 2023

 Summary Report

Completion Report

2. No. of experts engaged

6

Event Attendance List

Completion Report

3. No. of attending economies

15

Event Attendance List

Completion Report

4. % of participating men/women

60/40

Event Attendance List

Completion Report

5. % of participating women Speakers/Expert

40

Event Attendance List

Completion Report

6. No. of participating participants

100

Event Attendance List

Completion Report

7. No. of travel eligible economies

8

Event Attendance List

Completion Report

2. Summary Report

1. No. of pages

15-20

 Summary Report

Email to the Secretariat

2. Submission to the Secretariat

1 Oct 2023

Submission to the Secretariat

Email to the Secretariat

Outcomes

1. Enhanced understanding and knowledge on the importance of workplace safety and mental health management

1. % of participants report substantial knowledge increase

70%

Ex-ante and ex-post evaluation

Completion Report

2. women report substantial knowledge increase

30%

Ex-ante and ex-post evaluation

Completion Report

3. Developing APEC economies report substantial knowledge increase

30%

Ex-ante and ex-post evaluation

Completion Report

2. Recommendations made from the forum

1. No. of recommendations made

5-10

Included in the Completion Report

Completion Report

2. Number of strategies suggested by government or private sector

3

Included in the Completion Report

Completion Report

3. Number of panel discussion

2

Included in the Completion Report

Completion Report


Linkages

This project will can be actively engaged with HWG, ABAC and EPWG to promote cross-fora collaboration opportunities in the forum by sharing information focusing on workplace safety and health management including mental health care utilizing digital technology for SMEs. Also, governmental organizations, private sector, and non-governmental agencies will be involved to support the project. Close cooperation between APEC’s other fora will help consider all aspects of problems and establish an essential system for SMEs and MSMEs. In addition, APEC Support Fund will be a great help to achieve success of the project. Lastly, SMEs are critical pillar of the economy in most of APEC economies so that this project will provide a solution to build safe workplace business environment of SMEs in the APEC region. 

Engagement: We will ask for support from APEC to have expert/speakers from ABAC and HWG because the topic of the event is also related to business management strategy and environment issue. If we can collaborate with the relevant fora, it is expected to draw much more efficient, effective, and applicable results for SMEs in the APEC region. The forum will initiate inter-for a coordination and information sharing with ABAC, HWG, and EPWG  as it focuses on capacity building of SMEs. Furthermore, there will be opportunities for collaboration in the forum by sharing useful information and distributing a completion report. 

Previous work: This forum builds on 2021 APEC Workshop on Business Continuity Planning with Crisis Management for SMEs/MSMEs (SME 07 2020A), SME Mental Health and Wellbeing Workshop (SME 03 2021S), and Strengthening Community Mental Health after the COVID-19 Pandemic (HWG 01 2021A). This project differs as it focuses on SMEs and will explore on workplace safety and mental health management by using digital technology with other preparedness strategies to transform the current industrial system into safer and smarter business environment. Despite the number of previous works undertaken in this area, it will be interesting to see the current state of knowledge gap among SMEs on how to adopt the workplace safety and mental health management for employees and the capacity building topics to be focused on.                                  

APEC’s comparative advantage: APEC is the best source of funding for this project because APEC supports the project with involvement of governmental bodies, private sector, representatives of international and non-governmental organization. Close cooperation with other APEC fora allows considering all the aspects of the problems, and developing a system and coordinated approach.  SMEs are the economic backbone of most of the economies in APEC and this project will provide alternative for business sustainability of SMEs in the APEC region.

Sustainability

The forum will focus on how to improve the workplace safety and mental health management by harnessing digital technology for SMEs in APEC economies. It will contribute to capacity building efforts to ensure SMEs and startups, are able to take advantage of opportunities to develop a roadmap in order to transform their business into safe and healthy business environment, which is identified as an important goal of APEC. 

Furthermore, this project will also help create a network and build relationships between economies to continue working with each other, sharing information, and collaborating on workplace safety and mental health management to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. The results of the forum, particularly the guideline for building people’s capacity in the community in a crisis could look like to benefit APEC economies, will help the APEC region have a unified voice and be involved in the standardization of workplace safety and mental health management. The forum materials such as final project report will be disseminated to relevant stakeholders and beneficiaries for future recall and reference. Participants are encouraged to exchange contacts during the event to keep constant information exchange. We hope to establish a communication channel that facilitates further interaction among economies after the forum. 

Regionally, this project is planned to be able to develop networks among APEC economy government, academics, or experts in the development of workplace safety and mental health management. It is expected that innovative ideas and practice related to the workplace safety and mental health wellbeing business will emerge after the forum is completed. To ensure the sustainability, coordination with other economies will be a key to benefit for SMEs in the region and we could consider including ex-post survey to assess likely sustained impact of the project. The case studies, lessons learned, best practices, and international experiences about the workplace safety and mental health management issues shared during the forum will enhance the dialogue among stakeholders and help build capacity among beneficiaries to carry reforms forward and align efforts in their economies. 

Lastly, it will be difficult to apply or change policies right after the event. PO will keep trying to contact all participants in order to receive feedbacks from them. Also, PO will be able to make a follow-up event if it is necessary and the project result will be presented in the subsequent meeting such as SMEWG meeting, etc. Furthermore, there will be a concerted effort to build upon the forum’s outputs through a continued call for regional cooperation to implement APEC principles and highlight cross sectoral collaboration.

Project Overseers

Inkyoo Yoon is a Director of Global Business Department of Korea SMEs and Startups Agency (KOSME) for the years has worked in the KOSME and as a Director of Global Cooperation Department. He is in charge of global business cooperation including APEC SMEWG. He is highly experienced project manager as a certified management consultant. In addition, he was in charge of HR Dept. and Business Globalization & Marketing Assistance Dept. so that is specialized in Human Resources Development and Export (Marketing) business Korea SMEs and Startups Agency (KOSME) is a non-profit, government-funded organization established to implement government policies and programs for the sound growth and development of Korean SMEs.

Cost Efficiency

Not Applicable.

Drawdown Timetable

Not Applicable.

Direct Labour

As it is mentioned in the budget table, KOSME will make a contract with a suitable contractor according to the contract regulation and its process of Korea to prepare and implement a project. When the contractor is decided, they conduct all relevant task such as recruiting speakers, arranging for logistics, promotions for participants from home and abroad and etc. Therefore, it is quite difficult to mention exact work hours for each task. Lastly, contractors fee will be borne by KOSME (Korea SMEs and Startups Agency).


Waivers

Not Applicable.

Are there any supporting document attached?

No 
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