Supported and funded by Chinese Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM), the 1st Capacity Building Program on APMEN (Asia Pacific Model E-port Network) was held from July 14th to 27th in Shanghai. 26 participants from 12 different APEC economies attended the program.
The program was supported by APMEN Operational Center (AOC), in accordance with the APMEN Work Plan in year 2016 prescribed by APEC. In order to address the pressing issues on trade facilitation within Asia Pacific Region and call for a synergized action, lectures and topics were carefully selected so that not only problems were addressed, but also solutions were discussed. Moreover, field trips to Shanghai E-port and Xiamen E-port were arranged, out of which participants gained a hands-on knowledge on how the implementation of E-port and Single-Window system could actually help enhance the supply chain connectivity and hence reduce the trading cost. Apart from that, participants also attended the 2nd APEC Public-Private Dialogue on Advancing Trade Facilitation and Supply Chain Connectivity through APMEN, where they exchanged ideas with around 200 experts and professionals over the legal framework, best practices and pilot projects on trade facilitation through APMEN. The program was ended with a most informative and inspiring country-paper presentation session. In this session, participants shared their thoughts on how APMEN could help realize the goal of economy growth in their country, by working with different agencies or international organizations, and based on the current E-port and Single-Window situation in each different economy. Mr. Huang Feng, Director General of APMEN Operational Center, attended the session and took note of all the suggestions and advices raised by participants.