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Summary of the Survey on Domestic Regulations in APEC Concerning Online Shopping Platform Service Providers

The Boracay Action Agenda to Globalize MSMEs encourages economies to provide timely and accurate information on export and import procedures and requirements. Economies agreed to strengthen and promote the usage of trade information portals on goods and services trade. In addition, the APEC Service Competitiveness Roadmap (2016) instructs APEC Economies to develop a set of good practice principles on domestic regulations in the services sector, and subsequently, the APEC Non-binding Principles for Domestic Regulation of the Services Sector (the DR Principles) was endorsed at CSOM 2018.

This survey invites APEC Economies to provide information regarding the regulatory regimes applicable to “online shopping platform services” according to the regulatory principles set out in the DR Principles. Online shopping platform services refer to the provision of internet-based platform (website) services for wholesale and retail products and services mainly by third parties. Four categories of regulatory information are surveyed: 1) licensing requirements and procedures; 2) qualification requirements and procedures; 3) transparency; and 4) business names.

A total of 19 responses were received from APEC Economies (AUS, CDA, CHL, PRC, HKC, INA, JPN, ROK, MAS, MEX, NZ, PE, PHL, RUS, SGP, CT, THA, US, and VN). According to the responses collected, the practices of most Economies are consistent with the DR Disciplines. The DR Principles offer a good benchmark to understand convergences and divergences in related e-commerce regulatory regimes across the APEC region, as well as provide a basis for information- and experience-sharing.

 

 

Responses from the Economies - Survey on Domestic Regulations in APEC Concerning Online Shopping Platform Service Providers

The Boracay Action Agenda to Globalize MSMEs encourages economies to provide timely and accurate information on export and import procedures and requirements. Economies agreed to strengthen and promote the usage of trade information portals on goods and services trade. In addition, the APEC Service Competitiveness Roadmap (2016) instructs APEC Economies to develop a set of good practice principles on domestic regulations in the services sector, and subsequently, the APEC Non-binding Principles for Domestic Regulation of the Services Sector (the DR Principles) was endorsed at CSOM 2018.

In light of this background, this survey invites APEC Economies to provide information regarding the regulatory regimes applicable to "online shopping platform services" according to the regulatory principles set out in the DR Principles. Online shopping platform services refer to the provision of internet-based platform (website) services for wholesale and retail products and services mainly by third parties. Four categories of regulatory information are surveyed: 1) licensing requirements and procedures; 2) qualification requirements and procedures; 3) transparency; and 4) business names.

A total of 19 responses were received from APEC Economies (AUS, CDA, CHL, PRC, HKC, INA, JPN, ROK, MAS, MEX, NZ, PE, PHL, RUS, SGP, CT, THA, US, and VN). According to the responses collected, the practices of most Economies are consistent with the DR Disciplines. The DR Principles offer a good benchmark to understand convergences and divergences in related e-commerce regulatory regimes across the APEC region, as well as provide a basis for information- and experience-sharing.

The collated results is published in the APEC MSME Marketplace with a view to facilitating e-commerce through enhanced regulatory transparency and predictability.

 

Chinese Taipei's Contribution

Guidelines on the Best Licensing Practices of Collective Management Organisations (CMOs) to MSMEs

Collective management organizations (CMOs) are a crucial part of the supply chain of the entertainment, creative, and business industries that cover all audio and video works. With the advancement of digital technologies, it has become even more important for CMOs to establish an efficient and accessible licensing model and bring down licensing costs when authorizing to MSMEs, thereby improving the effectiveness of goods and services while creating new values in the industrial sector, which would be a crucial element to boost industrial growth.

Chinese Taipei proposes the "Guidelines on the Best Licensing Practices of Collective Management Organizations (CMOs) to MSMEs" project. By sending out a questionnaire to all APEC economies, carrying out analysis, conducting in-depth follow-up interviews with chosen economies with successful licensing models, and holding workshop, Chinese Taipei intends to compile and publish a booklet on the best licensing practices of CMOs to MSMEs, which can serve as a highly practical and effective reference tool for CMOs, licensing practitioners, and government agencies in the APEC region.

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Guidelines on the Best Licensing Practices of Collective Management Organisations (CMOs) to MSMEs

Collective management organizations (CMOs) are a crucial part of the supply chain of the entertainment, creative, and business industries that cover all audio and video works. With the advancement of digital technologies, it has become even more important for CMOs to establish an efficient and accessible licensing model and bring down licensing costs when authorizing to MSMEs, thereby improving the effectiveness of goods and services while creating new values in the industrial sector, which would be a crucial element to boost industrial growth.

Chinese Taipei proposes the "Guidelines on the Best Licensing Practices of Collective Management Organizations (CMOs) to MSMEs" project. By sending out a questionnaire to all APEC economies, carrying out analysis, conducting in-depth follow-up interviews with chosen economies with successful licensing models, and holding workshop, Chinese Taipei intends to compile and publish a booklet on the best licensing practices of CMOs to MSMEs, which can serve as a highly practical and effective reference tool for CMOs, licensing practitioners, and government agencies in the APEC region.

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Global SME and Corporate Innovation Survey 2017

Both SMEs and large corporations are being disrupted by radical changing business models and digital transformation. Corporate innovation instruments become extremely critical for corporations to stay competitive. However, many SMEs don't have sufficient R&D budgets to invest in innovation. The concept of "Open Innovation" - working with innovative startups "MSMEs" - is one way to mitigate and overcome this deficiency. However, studies show that around 70% - 90% of all innovative MSME integrations with corporations failed. Now more than ever, success in corporate innovation is linked to successful integration of MSMEs / startups into APEC-based SMEs and corporations.

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From SMEs to Hidden Champions by Innovation and Networking with Leading Multinational Corporations (MNCs) – The Case of Chinese Taipei

Best practices in industrial development, specifically the fastener industry. The competitiveness of the fastener industry in Chinese Taipei is facilitated by SMEs industrial clusters which makes them the 3rd largest exporter in the world. Chinese Taipei highlighted how one successful fastener industry firm grew from a SME to a MNC in 30 years.

From SMEs to Hidden Champions by Innovation and Networking with Leading Multinational Corporations (MNCs) – The Case of Chinese Taipei

Best practices in industrial development, specifically the fastener industry. The competitiveness of the fastener industry in Chinese Taipei is facilitated by SMEs industrial clusters which makes them the 3rd largest exporter in the world. Chinese Taipei highlighted how one successful fastener industry firm grew from a SME to a MNC in 30 years.

APEC Online-to-Offline (O2O) Initiative: Enhancing SME Digital Competitiveness and Resilience Towards Quality Growth

The project is identified as one of the existing efforts undertaken by APEC in promoting digital economy. Five O2O serial events held in Malaysia, Chinese Taipei, Viet Nam and the Philippines in 2017, expected to establish an expert network, formulate the APEC SME digital resilience training guidebook, enhance SMEs’ capabilities to seize digital opportunities and well prepare for the challenges via cross fora collaboration.

APEC Online-to-Offline (O2O) Initiative: Enhancing SME Digital Competitiveness and Resilience Towards Quality Growth

The project is identified as one of the existing efforts undertaken by APEC in promoting digital economy. Five O2O serial events held in Malaysia, Chinese Taipei, Viet Nam and the Philippines in 2017, expected to establish an expert network, formulate the APEC SME digital resilience training guidebook, enhance SMEs’ capabilities to seize digital opportunities and well prepare for the challenges via cross fora collaboration.