The 2nd APEC Public-Private Dialogue on Advancing Trade Facilitation and Supply Chain Connectivity through APMEN was held in Shanghai on July 25th. Over 200 representatives from APMEN (Asia-Pacific Model E-Port Network) member economies, APMEN observers, trade regulatory departments, enterprises and research institutes in Asia-Pacific region participated.
APMEN is a trade facilitation initiative endorsed by 22nd APEC Economic Leader’s Meeting in Beijing, aiming to promote connectivity and interchange. Up to now 9 APEC economies joined APMEN, namely Australia; Canada; People’s Republic of China; Hong Kong, China; Malaysia; Mexico; Peru; Chinese Taipei and Viet Nam. The APMEN Operational Center (AOC) is located in Shanghai.
Chairwoman of Shanghai Municipal Commission of Commerce, Shang Yuying; China Representative of APEC CTI (Committee on Trade and Investment), Yang Zhengwei; Chairman of APMEN Operational Center, Liu Yadong made remarks in the opening session. Mr. Rafael Mallea Valdivia from Peru National Customs Superintendence and Revenue Administration also made remarks as representative of APMEN member economies.
Chairwoman of Shanghai Municipal Commission of Commerce, Shang Yuying made remarks
Chairman of Asia-Pacific Model E-Port Network Operational Center, Liu Yadong made remarks
APEC CTI Representative of China, Yang Zhengwei, made remarks
Representative of Asia-Pacific Model E-Port Network Member Economies, Rafael Mallea Valdivia, made remarks
Chair of Asia-Pacific Model E-Port Network Joint Operational Group, Shen Weihua, hosted the opening ceremony
The dialogue included three sessions. In the first session, APMEN Operational Center briefly reported Review on Regulations and Policies for E-Port and Single Window System in APEC Economies, followed by a further discussion on how to create an enabling environment in favor of trade facilitation.
In the second session, various cases studies on best practices of trade facilitation and supply chain connectivity were shared by APMEN members and interested parties including New South Wales Ports, Vancouver Fraser Port, Shanghai E-port and CrimsonLogic from Singapore. Chief Economist,
APMEN Operational Center, Yao Weiqun talked about APMEN Operational Center’s case study report, Practices on Using ICT Infrastruture for Cross-border Trade and Supply Chain Connectivity by APEC Economies. The best practices introduced covered a wide area including the development and experience of local ports, measures to promoting ports connectivity, and efforts in leveraging customs data and developing Single Window System.
In the last session of the Dialogue, concrete pilot projects were introduced by professional delegates from Global Logistics System, Hong Kong, China; Shanghai E&P International Inc.; IHS Markit; Shanghai International Port Group. The Pilot Projects centered on areas like visualization logistic of air freight, electronic certificate of origin connectivity and data integration for the visualization logistic of sea freight. Participants appreciated APMEN’s efforts of providing a communication and promotion platform for discussions on trade facilitation and supply chain connectivity in Asia-Pacific area.
Deputy Director-General, APMEN Operational Center talked about concrete pilot projects
With the review on regulations and policies for E-Port and single window system in APEC economies, attendees reached a consensus on the E-Port development tendency, the importance of the government’s support and scale effects of connectivity. On one hand, the research on economies’ specific regulations and policies is helpful to explore the way of promoting E-port’s cohesion and integration in regulations and policies. On the other hand, in responding to the increasingly profound globalization, discussions on legal questions have provided more comprehensive perspectives to the development of E-ports.
Cases studies on operational models of some APEC ports presented deeper understanding of E-Ports. ICT systems have already been an important means to strengthen coordination, simplify procedure and enhance efficiency. Facing challenges and pressures in the context of globalization, connectivity among ports is a key point which deserves more attention and investment in the future. On this meeting, speakers have appreciated the role of APMEN as an important platform for promoting regional connectivity and have given valuable suggestions on APMEN’s development, especially in the area of utilizing and sharing data.
Detailed discussions on specific pilot projects have recognized main challenges and problems in advancing trade facilitation and enhancing supply chain connectivity. In addition, proposals have been made to catalyze concrete cooperation through the mechanism of APMEN.