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APEC PROJECT PROPOSAL
Name of Committee/Working Group:
Small and Medium-sized Enterprises Working Group (SMEWG)
Title of Project: Best Practice Guide: Improving business regulation in APEC member economies,
based on knowledge shared from the Ease of Doing Business/Private Sector Development
Proposing APEC Economy: 1) New Zealand
Co-sponsoring APEC Economies: 2) Australia; 3) Canada; 4) Hong Kong, China
Project number: Date received by Secretariat:
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(Tick one) [ ] Project seeking APEC funding [ ] Progress Report [ ] Evaluation
(Tick one if applicable) [ ] Operational Account [ ] TILF Special Account [ ] APEC
(Tick if applicable) [ ] QAF attached QAF not applicable [ ] QAF attached
Financial Total cost of proposal Amount being sought from APEC funding
Information (US$): (US$):
Project start date: April 2010 Project end date: December 2011
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Brief Description of Project -- its purpose and the principal activities (including when and
This project proposal seeks funding to produce a best practice guide for APEC member economies
on how to improve business regulation. The guide will be based on knowledge consolidated from
the series of Ease of Doing Business (EoDB) workshops that make up APEC’s Private Sector
Development (PSD) multi-year work plan.
The development of the PSD multi-year work plan was welcomed by APEC Leaders at their meeting
in Ha Noi in 2006, and re-endorsed by Ministers as recently as the 2008 Ministers Responsible for
Trade meeting. The PSD work plan recognises the key role the private sector has in generating
growth and employment within APEC economies and the impact the business environment
(particularly business regulations) has on private sector success. Each workshop in the work plan
focuses on a different regulatory theme based on one of the ten Ease of Doing Business indicators
from the World Bank’s annual Doing Business survey.
The proposed guide will include knowledge presented at the EoDB/PSD workshops on regulatory
best practice in each of the ten Doing Business indicators. It will also draw on developments in the
World Bank indicators and any new initiatives in participating economies. Previous workshop
participants and relevant APEC forums will be given the opportunity to comment on interim drafts of
It is anticipated that this best practice guide will become a useful and enduring resource for regulators
from APEC economies to assist them in designing business regulations that will help us achieve our
Leaders’ goal of an APEC-wide improvement of 25% on the EoDB indicators in five priority areas by
2015. The best practice guide will also inform the capacity building work programmes envisaged
under the new EoDB Action Plan for economies wanting to improve their business regulations in
these areas and will be distributed to officials from “Champion Economies” that have been assigned
the task of designing these work programmes. An improvement in the average ranking of APEC
economies in the World Bank’s annual Doing Business survey over time would be expected. Formatted: Font: Italic
Funding is sought to cover the cost of a contract writer for the guide.
The best practice guide will be produced in two stages. The first stage will involve the development of
an interim best practice guide to be produced online in 2010, followed by the production of the final
guide online in 2011:
1. The interim guide will consolidate information from the six EoDB/PSD workshops already
Starting a Business
Trading Across Borders
Access to Credit
2. The final guide will include the interim guide and best practice knowledge from the final four
EoDB/PSD workshops planned for 2010-2011:
Employing Workers (APEC funding approved)
Registering Property (APEC funding approved)
Closing a Business
After the final guide is published, opportunities to promote it will be identified, such as future APEC Formatted: Style2, Left, Indent: Left: 0.04",
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Leaders’ Statement from the 17th APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting, in Singapore 14-15 November 2009 and
the November 2009 Joint Ministerial Statement on improving the Ease of Doing Business
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Manager Business Assistance Team
Industry and Regional Development Branch
New Zealand Ministry of Economic Development
Point of Contact (New Zealand):
Policy Analyst Business Assistance Team
Industry and Regional Development Branch
New Zealand Ministry of Economic Development
Tel: (0064)(4) 474 2606
Po Box 1473, Wellington, New Zealand E-mail: email@example.com
Signature of Project Overseer:
(Separate written confirmation acceptable for email submission) Date: 5 March 2010
Signature of Committee Chair/WG Lead Shepherd: (Not applicable to Progress Report and
(Separate written confirmation acceptable for email submission) Date:
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Details of the Project Proposal
Please provide your answers in point form or as succinctly as possible below each paragraph
A. Project Design
1) Describe briefly how this project directly responds to the priorities set by APEC Leaders
and Ministers and/or the vision of the host economy. Please make reference to the
relevant parts of APEC documents.
This project proposal responds to the direction given by APEC Ministers and Economic Leaders
to develop an APEC agenda for private sector development/ease of doing business.
APEC Leaders first demonstrated their commitment to creating an enabling regulatory
environment for business in 2005 when they “welcomed the initiative to develop a Private Sector
Development agenda for APEC” . The following year at their meeting in Ha Noi, APEC Leaders
endorsed a multi-year Private Sector Development work plan ”designed to cut red tape and lift
the quality of business regulations, which would particularly benefit small and medium-sized
enterprises” . At the 2007 Annual Ministerial Meeting, APEC Ministers welcomed the launch of
the Private Sector Development Agenda by the SME Working Group and called on other APEC
forums to become involved “to accelerate this important work.”
Following this instruction by Ministers, an accelerated Private Sector Development work plan
was implemented, involving the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) and other APEC
forums, in particular the Investment Experts Group and the Economic Committee. The work
plan consisting of a series of ten workshops based on the World Bank’s EoDB indicators was
subsequently endorsed by APEC Ministers Responsible for Trade at their meeting in May 2008 in
Arequipa, Peru and is attached as Annex B. In formulating this accelerated work plan the forums
listed in Annex B were either advised or consulted. The work plan therefore has wide support
Leaders and Ministers have recently reconfirmed their commitment to improving business
regulations across the region by endorsing an Ease of Doing Business Action Plan for APEC,
including outlining an aspirational target of an APEC-wide 25% improvement on five key areas
of doing business by 2015, and a 5% improvement by 2011. Leaders also encouraged
“concerted efforts… to make it cheaper, faster and easier to do business behind the border in
the Asia Pacific” . The World Bank has previously noted that economies with improvements in
these areas of doing business experience higher rates of investment, higher rates of firm entry
and lower unemployment.
This project proposal also directly contributes to the Small and Medium Enterprise Working
Group’s (SMEWG) Strategic Plan 2009-2012. The SMEWG Strategic Plan focuses on activities
Leaders’ Declaration 13th APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting, Busan, Korea, November 2005.
Leaders’ Declaration 14th APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting, Ha Noi, Viet Nam, November 2006.
Joint Statement 19th APEC Ministerial Meeting, Sydney, Australia, September 2007. Formatted: Superscript
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Leaders’ Statement 17th APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting, Singapore, November 2009.
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which support APEC economies to develop policy, business and regulatory environments that
foster the growth of SMEs and MEs. One of the Strategic Plan’s priorities is to improve the
business environment in APEC economies. The best practice guide will contribute towards
enhancing the legal and regulatory framework for businesses and allow their growth and
ABAC has expressed its ongoing support for APEC’s work in this area. The Chair of ABAC
wrote to the Chair of the APEC SME Ministerial Meeting in October 2009 in Singapore noting
that “government has an important role to play in creating an enabling environment for… SMEs”
and that “the ease of doing business, including a reduction of existing red tape and
bureaucracy, is vital for successful SME operations.”
2) Describe the key objectives of the project
Key objectives of the best practice guide will be to:
1) provide practical guidance on ways the regulatory environment for business can be
improved, particularly for SMEs in APEC economies;
2) provide an enduring resource to support business regulatory reform within APEC
3) Assessment. With reference to each objective in paragraph 2), provide the current status
and expected end-of-project target, so that the success of the project can be measured
over the short and medium term. The targets should be quantitative but if this is not possible
then a precise description of the change aimed at should be given. Where appropriate, sex-
disaggregated data should be used for assessment in order to detect any differential impact of
the project on men and women.
Objective 1 – The proceedings and findings from the EoDB/PSD workshops will be developed
into a set of practical guidelines to help APEC economies improve regulations for SMEs within
their own economies. The guide will be developed in consultation with ABAC members, relevant
APEC forums and in collaboration with the World Bank.
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challenges businesses face. Presenters have also highlighted examples of current regulatory
reforms and future strategies.
Currently, Ethe knowledge shared from each EoDB/PSD workshop has produced a report which
identifies the knowledge shared on that particular EoDB indicator. These reports have since
been circulated to relevant APEC forums. However, there is currently no central reference point
where an APEC economy can be guided on all the EoDB indicators. In addition, some
information from the workshops needs to be checked for validity in the current economic
is separately available. The best practice guide will combine and synthesise the information
from all workshops into one updated publication for business regulators’ ease of use. The guide
will be developed in consultation with ABAC members, relevant APEC forums, and the World
Bank. It will also refer to the outcomes of other APEC projects with similar objectives, such as
the Economic Committee and the Investment Experts Group’s seminar ‘Regulatory Reform: Formatted: Font: (Default) Arial, 10 pt, Font
Improving the Domestic Business Environment’ held in 2009, and the Economic Committee’s color: Auto
‘In-depth Seminar on Enforcing Contracts’ planned to be held in Korea this year. Formatted: Font color: Auto
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An interim guide covering the first six workshops held between 2007 and 2009 will be published
in 2010, with a final version including the remaining four workshops to be published at the end of
the Private Sector Development Multi-year work plan in 2011.
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Objective 2 – The production of a best practice guide will ensure knowledge from the Formatted: Font: Bold
EoDB/PSD workshops is retained and distributed to a wider audience, to contribute to business
regulatory reforms in APEC member economies, which can in turn increase the number of start-
ups and investment opportunities in those countries.
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The World Bank’s 2009 Doing Business 2010 report ranked the world’s 183 economies on their Formatted: Font: Italic
ease of doing business based on ten indicators. Nine APEC economies were in the top twenty,
but some other APEC economies ranked much lower. There is an opportunity for APEC
members to learn from each other to simplify the regulatory environment for business across
the Asia-Pacific region. showed countries in the APEC region leading the world in the number
of reforms aimed at simplifying business regulations, strengthening property rights, opening up
access to credit and enforcing contracts. As mentioned previously mentioned, APEC Leaders
have recognised this and have set targets in key areas of doing business for all member
economies to improve their business regulations.
The best practice guide will:
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improvement on five key areas of doing business by 2015, set by APEC Leaders in
2009. The success of the guide can be measured by an improvement over time in the Formatted: Bullets and Numbering
rankings of APEC economies in the World Bank’s Doing Business report; Formatted: Font: Italic
inform the capacity building work programmes as envisaged under the new Ease of Formatted: English (United States)
Doing Business Action Plan and will be distributed to officials from ‘Champion
Economies’ that are involved in the design of the work programmes;
contribute to the Business Environment priority in the SMEWG Strategic Plan
2009-2012. The guide will be a deliverable from the EoDB/PSD workshops and a
Project Key Performance Indicator (KPI) for the Business Environment priority.
To ensure the guide contains the most recent information, participating economies will be given
the opportunity to update sections to reflect changes in the economic climate. Future relevant
APEC forum meetings and workshops with shared objectives will be identified to encourage the
adoption of the best practice guidelines.
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participants from the business sector and World Bank) to share their perspectives on the challenges
businesses face. Presenters have also highlighted examples of current regulatory reforms and future
The production of a best practice guide will:
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ensure knowledge from the EoDB/PSD workshops is retained and distributed to a wider
audience, to contribute to business regulatory reforms in APEC member economies,
which can in turn increase the number of start-ups and investment opportunities in
inform the capacity building work programmes as envisaged under the new Ease of Doing
Business Action Plan and will be distributed to officials from ‘Champion Economies’ that
are involved in the design of the work programmes;
contribute to the Business Environment priority in the SMEWG Strategic Plan 2009-2012.
The guide will be a deliverable from the EoDB/PSD workshops and a Project Key
Performance Indicator (KPI) for the Business Environment priority.
4) Explain who the intended beneficiaries of this project are.
The primary users of the guide will be the relevant business regulators in APEC member
economies to assist them in developing reforms to enable businesses to operate as easily as
possible. The guide will also be distributed to ABAC members, relevant APEC forums,
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representatives of the World Bank and other relevant international agencies who have
contributed to the success of the EoDB/PSD workshops.
The APEC business community will also benefit in the long term from the implementation of
regulatory reform measures aimed at making it faster, cheaper and easier to operate a business
in the Asia-Pacific region.
5) Describe precisely the expected project outputs. Describe how these outputs will benefit
the targeted beneficiaries.
The best practice guide will integrate the lessons learned from the EoDB/PSD workshop series.
It is expected to contribute to reduced regulatory burdens and more effective regulatory
practices in APEC member economies. This will lead to increased SME competitiveness and
greater economic development, particularly benefiting women-owned SMEs as their contribution
to their economy will be recognised and their interests protected This project will also serve to
enhance awareness by policy makers in the region of the potential value in addressing behind -
the-border impediments to trade and economic activity, and will accelerate the private sector
development multi-year work stream within APEC to address such issues.
The best practice guide will be distributed to workshop participants, member economies, and
other interested stakeholders, via the internet and SME networks. This is a cost-efficient way to
share information and experience amongst all of APEC’s 21 member economies.
In addition to distribution via the internet, the guide will be distributed in hard copy at the
meetings of APEC committees and forums that have supported this work, including the
SMEWG, EC, IEG and CTI. A presentation will also be given at these meetings to help promote
the guide’s value and usefulness.
Given the close involvement of the World Bank to date in helping to implement the Private
Sector Development work plan, the guide will also be provided to the World Bank to distribute
through their networks.
The interim guide produced in stage one of the project will be distributed directly to ‘Champion
Economies’ (New Zealand, US, Japan, Singapore, Korea) that are actively taking part in the new
‘Ease of Doing Business Action Plan’. The findings in this interim report should inform the
development and design of the capacity building work programmes that these Champion
Economies have been called on to produce for the five priority areas (Trading Across Borders,
Access to Credit, Enforcing Contracts, Starting a Business, and Dealing with Permits).
6) For applications under the TILF Special Account: Describe briefly how this project will
contribute to the APEC Trade and Investment Liberalization and Facilitation (e.g.
relevance to specific parts of the Osaka Action Agenda).
This project and the PSD work plan of which it forms a part would contribute significantly to
furthering TILF goals and implementation of the Osaka Action Agenda. In particular, it would
directly contribute to the goals and activities mandated in Section II.B.8 of the Osaka Action
Agenda relating to “providing the most favorable environment for SME economic activities and
for further SME development” through the exchange of information, current policies, and the
exchange of best practice. The project also has direct relevance to the APEC deregulation and
regulatory reform work stream as described in the objectives and actions in Section I.C.10 of
the Osaka Action Agenda, relating to implementation of reforms that encourage efficient and
well functioning markets and institutional frameworks.
In addition this project responds directly to the multi-year work program on private sector
development mandated by APEC Leaders in 2005. This was later welcomed and endorsed by
APEC Leaders and Ministers in November 2006 and again in September 2007 to complement
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APEC’s existing work to promote sustainable growth and equitable development in the Asia-
Pacific region through trade and investment liberalisation.
7) Which other APEC forums have been consulted about this project and what were the
In 2007, a Concluding Senior Officials’ Meeting (CSOM) paper outlining options for accelerating
the Private Sector Development programme by engaging other forums in delivering the
EoDB/PSD workshops was circulated to the Lead Shepherds of the SMEWG, SELI, CPDG and
EC prior to its discussion at CSOM. CSOM subsequently endorsed the proposals for
acceleration contained in that paper. Other forums as indicated in the PSD work plan outlined in
Annex B were also consulted, or will be consulted, in the lead up to each seminar to gauge their
interest in participating in the seminars.
ABAC is also supportive of this series of workshops and in 2008 agreed to the ‘Trading Across
Borders” workshop being held in conjunction with its meeting in New Zealand. As far as we are
aware this is one of only a few APEC seminars that ABAC has ever agreed to co-host, signaling
the degree of importance that they attach to this private sector development work.
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to the EC, IEG and the GFPN networks inviting their comments. Their suggestions are included
on the QAF form and have been taken into account in this updated proposal.
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8) Active Participation. Describe how the intended beneficiaries among APEC stakeholders
–APEC forums, governments, private sector and civil society, men/women- will
participate in the planning, implementation and evaluation of the project.
Information for the best practice guide will be consolidated from the series of EoDB/PSD
workshops, where stakeholders from both the public (officials, regulators) and private
(businesses) sectors are closely involved in their organisation and hosting.
Officials from the World Bank and other relevant international organisations (such as the
OECD) have also contributed to the workshops. World Bank speakers at past workshops were
engaged to provide APEC specific results for each of the indicators presented, and to analyse
how APEC as a region is doing in comparison with the rest of the world. This information will
be presented as context for the guide.
Presentations from the workshops reflect a diverse mix of developing and developed
economies’ perspectives from both the public and private sector, and awareness of gender
issues affecting small businesses. They are focused on identifying examples of successful
practice, as well as discussion of challenges faced and overcome.
All presenters from past workshops held in the EoDB/PSD series will be invited to comment on
the initial draft best practice guide developed by the contract writer and their comments and
suggested edits will be incorporated into the final version. Economies who have not
participated in the workshops will also have opportunities to contribute by receiving draft interim
guides through their relevant forum networks.
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9) Project influence. Describe how this project might contribute to any current or completed
projects or activities in APEC or elsewhere. Why is APEC the most appropriate institution
to fund the project?
As outlined above, this project responds directly to guidance provided by Ministers and Leaders
to develop an APEC work programme on Private Sector Development. Its contribution to
addressing behind-the-border impediments to trade and economic activity complements
APEC’s work to promote sustainable growth and trade through trade and investment
liberalisation and facilitation, as well as its structural reform agenda.
As noted above, Singapore’s new ‘Ease of Doing Business Action Plan’ is also looking to build on
the Private Sector Development work. The interim guide that will be published in 2010 will usefully
inform the design and development of the anticipated capacity building work programmes that will
be developed by ‘Champion Economies’ in Phase 2 of the Ease of Doing Business Action Plan.
As also mentioned above, the guide will contribute to the SMEWG Strategic Plan 2009 2012 as
a Project Key Performance Indicator (KPI) for the Business Environment priority.
Outside the work of APEC, this project enriches the OECD’s Policy Framework for Investment,
as it adds to the knowledge for governments wishing to create attractive environments for
businesses and investment, particularly in the areas of trade, tax and finance.
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10) Describe the project’s methodology. Break down the project implementation into discrete
functional steps over time with the associated outputs clearly specified. Identify the
principal risks involved in each step if any, and explain how they will be managed. Risks
may include major delays and failures, expected cooperation not materializing, etc.
This project will comprise of two stages: the production of an interim best practice guide in 2010
and a final guide in 2011. Both guides will be published online on the APEC Publications Formatted: Font: (Default) Arial, 10 pt
1. The interim guide will consolidate knowledge shared from the first six EoDB/PSD
workshops already completed. These focused on:
Starting a Business
Trading Across Borders
Access to Credit
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The interim guide will be a template for the final guide, so that further topics can easily be Formatted: Indent: Left: 0.75"
added online. Draft copies of the interim guide will be distributed to past workshop
participants and relevant APEC forums for comment.
2. The final guide will include the interim guide and best practice knowledge obtained from the
final four EoDB/PSD workshops planned for 2010-2011. These will focus on:
Employing Workers (APEC funding approved)
Registering Property (APEC funding approved)
Closing a Business
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Activity and associated risks to project implementation Outputs Timing
Step 1. Interim Guide
Project approval process, establishment of project team. April 2010
Identification of contract writer (with knowledge of regulatory reform May 2010
in the APEC region and an awareness of gender-equity issues).
Draft interim guide on the elements of best practice for business Draft interim June – Sept
regulation from the first six EoDB/PSD workshops, identified from: guide 2010
Surveys and evaluations of workshops completed by
Presentations at workshops, information and experiences
Case studies highlighting experiences of developed and
The World Bank’s overview of how APEC economies are
faring in each area.
Information checked for validity in the current economic
Reference to other APEC projects with similar objectives.
Distribution of draft guide to past workshop speakers/selected
participants for comment.
Circulation of draft guide for discussion at relevant APEC forums, for
example upcoming ABAC, CTI and EC meetings in June-August
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Risks: Participating economies may not meet deadline for feedback
Risk management: Early notice of the timeline for feedback will be
given and reminder emails sent to encourage feedback if the initial
response rate is slow.
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Risk: Guide contains information only from those economies who
participated in the workshops.
Risk management: Copies of the draft guide will be circulated
among relevant APEC forums to offer the opportunity of non-
participating economies to comment.
Interim guide published online and distributed to member economies Final interim August Sept -
via SME-WG network, other relevant APEC forums such as EC and guide Oct 2010
CTI, and and also to the officials’ EoDB Champion Economies
network (led by Singapore)..
Presentation on the interim guide given at the October 2010 Presentation October 2010
SMEWG meeting to promote its value and use.
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Step 2. Final Guide
Final four workshops to be convened in 2010 and 2011. Final four April June
Risks: The final two workshops in 2011 not held due to a lack of
funding/resource constraints. (dates TBC)
Risk management: Base the final guide on the workshops held.
Integrate findings from similar APEC projects where relevant.
Draft final guide on the elements of best practice for business Draft final August –
regulation, including findings from the final four EoDB/PSD guide October 2011
Distribution to speakers/selected participants for commentReference
to other APEC projects with similar objectives.
Distribution of final guide to workshop participants for comment.
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Final guide distributed to participants and to member economies via Final best October/ -
the SME-WG and uploaded to relevant internet sites including the practice guide November 2011
AIMP. Copies of the report to be distributed to other relevant APEC
fora (CTI, EC). Other activities to promote awareness of the
project’s outcomes to be considered, for example consideration of a
presentation at the concluding Senior Officials’ Meeting in 2011.
Promotion of guide:
Identify future opportunities to promote guide at APEC Formatted: Bullets and Numbering
forum meetings and workshops, such as ABAC, and other
international business networks
Evaluate the guide’s contribution to APEC economies’
adoption of best practices by measuring future World Bank
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11) Which APEC member economies will participate in each component of this project and
what contribution are they expected to make?
New Zealand will lead the development of the best practice guide, with input from Australia,
Canada, and Hong Kong China as co-sponsoring economies.
Representatives of APEC member economies who have given presentations and/or completed
surveys related to the EoDB/PSD workshops will be asked to comment on the draft guide.
Non-participants will also be given opportunities to contribute to draft versions of the guide
through relevant forums.
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Dissemination of Project Output
12) Please include a plan for the publication and dissemination of the results of the project,
a. the nature of the target audience;
b. the form and content;
c. format (e.g. hard copies, floppy discs, internet uploading);
d. number of copies for the publication;
e. a publicity plan for:
i) briefing the general or specialist media about key components of the project;
ii) the promotion of sales or other dissemination of the final product; and
f. a budget for publication and dissemination, to form part of the itemized budget.
Both the interim and final best practice guides will be primarily available online on the APEC
Publications Database. When published, the guide will comply with the 2009 APEC publication
and logo guidelines.
As the guide is being developed, drafts will be distributed to workshop participants, member
economies, relevant APEC forums, and other interested stakeholders for comment.
The interim and final best practice guides will be distributed to workshop participants, member
economies, and other interested stakeholders, via the internet and SMEWG networks.
The guide will also be distributed in hard copy for discussion at the meetings of APEC
committees and forums that have supported this work in the past, including the EC, IEG and
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After the final guide is published, opportunities to promote the guide will be identified Other
activities to promoteto encourage its adoption, including future APEC forum meetings and
workshops.of the guide will be considered as appropriate.
13) Many projects have the potential to affect men and women differently because of their
different roles and positions in many societies. What steps does this project take to
ensure that it benefits both groups and in particular does not disadvantage women?
(Common responses include: using gender analysis to design project methodologies and
inputs (e.g. surveys); including women in the planning, management, allocation of
resources and implementation of a project; taking steps to ensure equitable participation
by men and women; making special efforts to disseminate project results to women; and
using sex-disaggregated data for project assessment.)
As the project focuses on best regulatory practice for small and medium-sized enterprises
(SMEs) and micro-enterprises (MEs) in the APEC region, women are likely to benefit both
directly and indirectly through any changes to SME regulation in member economies. This is
due to the heavy representation of women within the SME and ME sector.
Women will be equally represented on the steering group for this project and, to the extent
possible, economies have been encouraged to send women speakers and attendees to the
EoDB/PSD workshops. The seminar surveys and evaluations contain specific questions about
their relevance for women-owned businesses, which will be reflected in the guide.
The search for a writer for this project will be non sex-specific and based around the knowledge
and experience they have in this area of research. The project overseer will place a higher
priority on a writer who, in addition to his/her knowledge of regulatory reform in the APEC
region, will also have an awareness of the gender-equity issues involved. Without this
knowledge, the project would overlook issues such as the differences between women and
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men’s businesses, different access to communication channels, literacy levels, and local
legislative restrictions on women’s inheritance or property ownership.
14) Show how the objectives of the project provide benefits for women. APEC Ministers
have indicated (Framework for the Integration of Women in APEC) that benefits might
include: increasing the involvement of women in the economy and economic institutions;
integrating women into the global economy; strengthening small and medium sized
enterprises; and reducing gender inequalities, including through education and training.
In most economies, the majority of women-owned businesses are found amongst SMEs and
MEs. Because the best practice guide will focus on ways in which improving regulation can
impact on the success of SMEs and MEs, with a view to identifying available improvements,
women-owned businesses will be significantly advantaged because of their heavy
representation in these sectors of the economy.
In addition, gender sensitive and effective regulatory reform for business can often be more
significant for women than men. Regulation provides businesses run by women with greater
protection that is not available in the informal sector. , It also means that the contribution that
women make to an economy through their SME and MEs can be better measured and therefore
15) Please attach an itemised budget for the project in the format at Annex A. Where
appropriate, provide details of the project’s budget that are allocated to activities that
address the specific needs of women. The budget should illustrate the assumptions
adopted (e.g. unit costs) for the computations. Remember to include all self-funding and
to consult the list of eligible expenses in the Guidebook to APEC Projects. Advice on
budget formulation, including acceptable unit costs, can be sought from the APEC
See Annex A.
16) A timetable for the drawdown of APEC funding requested for the project, including
details of any advance payment or installment payment requested and justifications for
Drawdown will be done in accordance with APEC procedures and on advice from the APEC
17) Details of any request for waiver or exception from the normal APEC financial rules with
justifications. (Examples are from tendering requirements; for advance payment; for
government officials to receive funding; for active participants from travel-eligible
economies to receive per diems)
No waivers or exemptions are requested.
18) NOT required for projects for consideration at BMC II (July/August meeting) or for ASF
projects but required for all others. Give reasons for the urgency of the project. (These
projects should relate to previous APEC Ministers’ or Leaders’ Declarations or current host
economy’s priorities. Reasons may include the project output as contributing to one of the major
deliverables for the year)
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Itemised Budget for Financial Years 2010 and 2011
(Please tick .)
This project is:
a seminar, symposium or short-term training course
a survey or analysis and research project
neither the above but involves the provision of equipment
Items No. of Units Unit Rate APEC Funding Self Financing
Production Contract writer US $80 per US $10,100 US $10,100
Development of to complete hour
Interim Guide guide on first
in the series.
Production Contract writer US $80 per US $8,000 US $8,000
Development of to complete hour
Final Guide guide on final
in the series.
Formatted: Indent: First line: 0.07"
Publication US $400 US $400
Formatted: Style2, Left, Indent: Left: -0.01",
d at relevant APEC
forum meetings such as
EC, IEG and CTI) Formatted: Font: 10 pt, Not Bold, Condensed
by 0.15 pt
Total US$18,500 US$18,500 Formatted: Indent: First line: 0.18"
If project will continue for more than one year, please indicate the amount of funds required
for each of the two financial years in question.
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Private Sector Development Accelerated Work plan1
Calendar of Workshops
As at 8 January5 March 2010
Theme Activity Date Lead Economies Fora Involved
Starting a Survey and Symposium March 2007, Australia SME-WG
Business on ‘Establishing a Hobart, Australia New Zealand ABAC
Business’ (Completed) Canada GFPN
Paying Taxes Survey and Symposium April 2008, Chinese Taipei SME-WG
on ‘Paying Taxes’ Kaohsiung, New Zealand ABAC
Chinese Taipei Canada CTI
SME 04/2007A (Completed) EC
Obtaining Survey and Symposium August 2008, Peru SME-WG
Licenses on ‘Obtaining Business Chiclayo, Peru New Zealand ABAC
Licenses’ (Completed) Canada ECSG
SME 04/2007T EC
Trading Across Symposium on February 2009, New Zealand ABAC
Borders ‘Trading Across Wellington, New Canada SCCP
Borders’ Zealand Singapore SME-WG
SME 01/2009T EC
Enforcing Survey and Symposium IEG3 July 2009, Singapore IEG
Contracts on ‘Enforcing Singapore Japan EC
Contracts’ (Completed) US SME-WG
New Zealand ABAC
CTI 28/2009T Canada CTI
Access to Credit Survey and Symposium October 2009, Singapore SME-WG
on ‘Access to Credit’ Singapore New Zealand IEG
(Completed) Canada ABAC
SME 02-2009T EC
As endorsed by Ministers Responsible for Trade in June 2008.
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Employing Survey and Symposium SME-WG1, Hong Kong China SME-WG
Workers on ‘Employing June 2010, Hong Australia IEG
Workers’ Kong China New Zealand ABAC
SME 06-2009T CTI
Registering Survey and Symposium SME-WG2, Japan SME-WG
Property on ‘Registering October 2010, New Zealand ABAC
Property’ Japan Canada CTI
SME 05-2009T SCSC
Women Survey and Symposium SME-MM, US SME-WG
Entrepreneurs US New Zealand GFPN
Protecting Survey and Symposium Timing TBC, US EC/IEG
Investors US Singapore SME-WG
Closing a Survey and Symposium SME-WG1 TBC SME-WG
Business Host TBC New Zealand ABAC