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APEC SOM 3 and Related Meetings continue with host of actitives

Released at: 18:41, 26/08/2017 APEC Viet Nam 2017

APEC SOM 3 and Related Meetings continue with host of actitives

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Representatives from APEC economies and international organizations enter busiest days within the framework of SOM3 and Related Meetings.

by Van Long

The APEC SOM3 and Related Meetings continued their eighth working day on August 25 in Ho Chi Minh City, with activities involving the SOM Steering Committee on Economic and Technical Cooperation (SCE), the Ad-hoc Steering Group on the Internet Economy (AHSGIE), the Health Working Group (HWG), the Committee on Trade and Investment (CTI), and the Economic Committee (EC).

The CTI’ s plenary meeting entered its second working day with reports and discussion on ongoing projects implemented by groups and forums under the Committee. Discussions focused on supporting the multilateral trading system, including updated reports on the ratification and implementation of the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) and the implementation of tariff commitments under the newly-expanded Information Technology Agreement (ITA). The realization of the Bogor Goals, capacity building for effective participation in RTAs/FTAs, as well as next-generation trade and investment issues were also on the agenda. Delegates also discussed enhanced cooperation on global value chains, the internationalization of micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs), trade facilitation and connectivity, innovative development, and the engagement of the private sector.

The EC opened its plenary session, its second, with discussions focused on project proposals and shared experience and best practices with a view to advancing the EC’s objectives. Enhancing cooperation between the EC and the Competition Policy and Law Group as well as the contributions of the Friends of the Chair in designated areas were also mentioned. Representatives of the APEC Policy Support Unit (PSU) and the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (PECC) briefed delegates on the regional economic outlook. Other topics under discussion were the digital economy, policy levers for investment and growth, the use of economic evidence to promote more effective competition policy and market functions, and work plans on online dispute resolution.

The meeting also agreed on the APEC-OECD Framework for Competitive Policy Assessment being reported to senior officials. This framework aimed at strengthening capacity building for APEC economies in competition policy assessment, and promoting good regulatory practices and effective competition policy, thus promoting economic, financial, and social inclusion in the APEC region.

The SCE meeting saw an exchange of views on policies, operations, and management of SCE forums. This Committee was set up to support the implementation of APEC’s ECOTECH activities by prioritizing work based on the commitments made by leaders and ministers and overseeing the work of APEC forums. It also provides policy guidance on ways to contribute to APEC’s ECOTECH goals, and coordinate ECOTECH objectives and priorities between the APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting and the APEC ministerial meetings.

The HWG continued its work with the Policy Dialogue on HPV and Cervical Cancer and the Cervical Cancer Expert Group Workshop. Participants discussed the goal of reducing HPV and cervical cancer cases in member economies, shared experience in implementing HPV vaccination programs and future plans, and the effect of HPV vaccinations on young adolescent girls’ health, among other issues.

At its meeting, the AHSGIE focused its discussions on the drafting of the APEC Internet and Digital Economy Roadmap.

Earlier, on August 24, the APEC SOM3 and Related Meetings continued their seventh working day with 12 activities of the HWG, the Intellectual Property Experts’ Group (IPEG), the EC, the Chemical Dialogue (CD), the Sub-Committee on Standards and Conformance (SCSC), the CTI, the Business Mobility Group (BMG), and the SCE.

The 7th APEC High-level Meeting on Health and the Economy continued its second working day. Various issues were brought to the general sessions: Tackling Health System Inefficiencies to Boost Resources, Making Best Investments in Adolescent Health and Well-being, and Public-Private Partnerships and Multi-Sector Collaborations for a Healthy Asia-Pacific 2020. The outcomes will be incorporated into a joint statement and recommendations to be submitted to APEC Ministers and Economic Leaders in November.

The Policy Dialogue on HPV and Cervical Cancer and the Cervical Cancer Experts’ Group Workshop were hosted by HWG. Deputy Minister of Health Nguyen Viet Tien attended both meetings. Delegates shared information on the situation of cervical cancer in their respective economies as well practices of combating the spread of HPV and cervical cancer.

The SCE had the Policy Dialogue on Bridging the Gap in Economic Development and the Integration of Remote Areas for Sustainable Growth in the APEC Region, while the Workshop on Simplified Business Registration and Incorporation for APEC was held within the framework of the EC.

The SCSC continued its work, focusing on proposals to support other APEC committees, sub-committees, and working groups through the Boracay Action Agenda. Participants also discussed policies to enhance members’ service standards and to strengthen standards and conformance infrastructure to facilitate SMEs’ development.

The IPEG held the Workshop on Trademark Infringement Determinations in a Border Enforcement Context. Delegates discussed the impacts of trademark infringements on brand owners, consumers, and economies, and shared experiences in detecting fake products and appraising brands that are easily faked. They also agreed on the development of a framework to improve the efficiency of cooperation among customs, trademark offices, and the private sector.

The CD’s plenary meeting took place with several initiatives to support the multilateral trade system and the WTO. Fostering regional economic integration, enhancing connectivity and trade facilitation, as well as promoting innovative and inclusive development were also brought to the table.

The CTI entered one of its busiest days, with three activities taking place simultaneously: the Conference on Advertising Standards, the Trade Facilitation Meeting, and the FTAAP Meeting. In the meantime, the BMG began its plenary session. The future of travel facilitation and business mobility in the region were raised, among other issues.

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