The 25th APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting was held on 11 November 2017 in Da Nang, Viet Nam. Under the theme Creating New Dynamism, Fostering a Shared Future, the APEC economic leaders had in-depth discussions on regional economic integration, and sustainable, innovative and inclusive growth. Following the meeting, The Leaders of the 21 APEC member economies issued Da Nang Declaration.
The Da Nang Declaration explicitly stressed the need for collective actions to construct a Asia-Pacific community of common destiny, deepen regional economic integration and achieve the Bogor Goals. The Declaration also put emphasis on the promotion of trade liberalization and facilitation, as well as the comprehensive and systematic approach to advancing and establishing the Asia-Pacific Free Trade Area.
In the Da Nang Declaration, the APEC leaders affirmed that they “[We] appreciate initiatives such as Asia-Pacific Model E-port Network and APEC Green Supply Chain Network and their positive contribution to supply chain connectivity.”
Asia-Pacific Model E-port Network(APMEN) has been working on the trade facilitation among APEC member economies. This year, APMEN has made progress in the following areas.
In 2017, three ports have joined APMEN, which are Lirquen Port and Coronel Port (Chile), and Xiamen(China). So far, 15 ports and E-ports from 10 economies have become APMEN members.
2.Third APMEN PPD
The third APMEN Public-Private Dialogue (PPD) convened in Hanoi, Vietnam on May 19, under the theme Advancing Trade Facilitation & Supply-Chain Connectivity through APMEN. More than 150 delegates from APEC economies’ governments, APMEN member E-ports, International Organizations and private enterprises attended the meeting. Mr. Wang Shouwen, Vice Minister of Ministry of Commerce of China, Mrs. Hồ Thị Kim Thoa, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade of Vietnam, and Dr. Alan Bollard, Executive Director of APEC Secretariat, delivered opening remarks.
3.Second APMEN capacity building program
Second APMEN capacity building program was organized in September in Shanghai. The program invited 16 trainees from APEC economies, BRICS countries and countries of Lancang-Mekong Cooperation Mechanism(LMCM). The program included 17 lectures and 3 on-site visits.
4.APMEN Implementation Measures for SCFAP II
The APMEN Implementation Measures for SCFAP II has been endorsed by APEC CTI at the 2017 Third CTI meeting in November. The Implementation Measures have following objectives:
– understand the main challenges and difficulties in chokepoint 1,2 and 4 of SCFAP II;
– propose feasible targets for APMEN to help address each chokepoint mentioned above; and
– identify possible measurement indicators for the implementation of each chokepoint.
For the full text of the Da Nang Declaration, please go to https://www.apec.org/Meeting-Papers/Leaders-Declarations/2017/2017_aelm