Market Access

Market Access
2019
Title Description Presentor
Summary of the Survey on Domestic Regulations in APEC Concerning Online Shopping Platform Service ProvidersFile appendix_2_summary_of_the_survey1125.pptx

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.

 

 

Chinese Taipei
Responses from the Economies - Survey on Domestic Regulations in APEC Concerning Online Shopping Platform Service ProvidersFile appendix_1_responses_from_the_economies.docx

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
2018
Title Description Year / Meeting / Workshop Presented Presentor
Serving the SME Community 360PDF icon serving_the_sme_community_360.pdf

Hong Kong, China made a presentation introducing their network of government and quasi-government support centres for SMEs. These centers serve to look after SMEs' needs in their establishment and operation in the form of information and advisory services of Support and Consultation Centre for SMEs ("SUCCESS") run by the Trade and Industry Department, enhancement of business operation by the IT solution services of Hong Kong Productivity Council's "SME One" and "Inno Space", and market expansion by the export market-oriented services of the Hong Kong Trade and Development Council's "SME Centre".

2018/SMEWG47/025

Hong Kong, China
2017
Title Description Year / Meeting / Workshop Presented Presentor
Enhancing SME’s Competitiveness for Greater Participation in Global Value ChainsPDF icon hkc_2016_smewg_052.pdf

Hong Kong, China's (HKC) presentation focused on their multi-folded support measures to enhance the competitiveness of its SMEs for their greater participation in the Global Value Chains.  These measures included the promotion activities by the Hong Kong Trade and Development Council to enable SMEs to explore and connect with the global market; funding support to assist SMEs to upgrade their business and innovate; promoting research and development and their commercialisation; and providing infrastructure and other institutional support to facilitate the movement of goods across borders.

 

2017/SMEMM24/013

The Philippines
Assisting Women-Owned SMEs Access Global MarketsPDF icon 17_smewg44_021_r_0.pdf

Aimed at helping develop or improve Trade Promotion Organisations’ services to better support women-led SMEs access global markets. Phase one of the project in 2014/15 identified the barriers women exporters face and developed a set of best practices and lessons that can be adapted to the individual circumstances of APEC economies. In 2016 and 2017, in phase two of the project, Australia is providing assistance to targeted economies to address economy specific barriers.

2017/SMEWG44/021

The Philippines
APEC Online-to-Offline (O2O) Initiative: Enhancing SME Digital Competitiveness and Resilience Towards Quality GrowthPDF icon 17_smewg44_011.pdf

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.

2017/SMEWG44/011

The Philippines
APEC-Canada Growing Business PartnershipPDF icon 17_smewg44_023.pdf

Initiative funded by Canada that intended to foster economic growth and reduce poverty in APEC developing economies by building the potential of MSMEs and aspiring entrepreneurs. The initiative has 2 components: C$2M APEC MSME Sub-Fund and C$2.49M for research and training project under the coordination of Asia Pacific Foundation. Asia Pacific Foundation collaborates with APEC in the following areas: (i) Sharing best practices, (ii) Finding common points on project collaboration, (iii) Highlighting new ideas to explore and expand, (iv) Identifying common interests and build on them, (vi) Extending and complimenting other projects with common goals.

2017/SMEWG44/023

The Philippines
APEC SME Business Ethics Forum Medical Device and Biopharmaceutical SectorsPDF icon 17_smewg44_019.pdf

The 4th APEC Business Ethics for SMEs Forum to be held in Hanoi, Viet Nam on 7-8 September 2017. The goals of the forum include: (i) specialized capacity building mentoring to ensure all economies have relevant industry codes in place by 2020, (ii) increase the number of member economies with public-private framework agreements to facilitate high-standard ethical business practices across national health systems, and (iii) strengthen ethical business practices for distributors and other third party intermediaries as vital enterprises in the medical device and biopharmaceutical sectors.

2017/SMEWG44/019

The Philippines
2016
Title Description Year / Meeting / Workshop Presented Classification
Regulatory Reform – Case Studies on Improving the Business Environment for SMEsPDF icon 16_smewg42_006.pdf

The report includes four case studies which evaluate the role of regulatory reforms in creating a proper business environment supporting SMEs: 1) dedicated agencies to assist SMEs with growth, development, compliance and internationalization; 2) agencies and institutions that specialize in supporting SME finance; 3) regulatory tiering; and 4) SME-friendly Regulatory Impact Assessments (RIA).

2016/SMEWG42/006

Business Environment, Market Access
Study on Driving Economic Growth Through Cross-Border E-Commerce in APEC: Empowering Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) and Eliminating BarriersPDF icon 16_smewg42_004.pdf

The 2015 APEC Business Advisory Council and USC Marshall School of Business report focused on engaging SMEs in cross-border e-commerce. They conducted first hand research across the 21 APEC economies to discover the enhancers and chokepoints unique to each economy. APEC and each member governments must focus to engage and support SMEs. An APEC wide framework addressing cross-border e-commerce is needed; sharing of best practices and pathfinder approaches is encouraged; and effort is required to help SMEs capacity build

2016/SMEWG42/004