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APEC enters Day 5 of SOM 3 and Related Meetings

Released at: 16:05, 23/08/2017 APEC Viet Nam 2017

APEC enters Day 5 of SOM 3 and Related Meetings

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Day 5 marked by activities from various forums aimed at enhancing cooperation among APEC members on health, anti-corruption, rules of origin, intellectual property, chemical regulation, and e-commerce.

by Van Long

APEC SOM 3 and Related Meetings entered the fifth working day on August 22 in Ho Chi Minh City, with activities in forums run by the Committee of Trade and Investment (CTI), the Economic Committee (EC), the Health Working Group (HWG), the Sub-Committee on Customs Procedures (SCCP), the Sub-Committee on Standards and Conformance (SCSC), the Electronic Commerce Steering Group (ECSG), the Data Privacy Subgroup (ECSG - DPS), the Anti-Corruption and Transparency Experts’ Working Group (ACTWG), the Emergency Preparedness Working Group (EPWG), the Investment Experts' Group (IEG), the Intellectual Property Rights Experts Groups (IPEG), the Groups on Services (GOS), and the Chemical Dialogue (CD).

The HWG continued its second working day with a joint session between APEC groups and sub-committees, including LSIF, PPWE, SME and EPWG and other international organizations: ASEAN, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Bank (WB). The outcomes of the meeting will be reported to the 7th APEC High-level Meeting on Health and the Economy, to be convened on August 23. In the afternoon, delegates attended the Policy Dialogue on Promoting Healthy Aging and Non-Communicable Diseases Control for a Healthy Asia Pacific and on Accelerating Action on Tuberculosis (TB) and Multi-Drug Resistant Tuberculosis (MDR TB) in the APEC Region.

The ACTWG began its 25th meeting and heard reports on anti-corruption efforts and progress in implementing the United Nations’ Convention on Anti-corruption and the Anti-corruption Declaration adopted by APEC Leaders in 2014. Delegates also shared new project proposals and initiatives and discussed measures to strengthen cooperation among international organizations in fighting corruption. At the meeting, representatives of the WB and the OECD updated their works on anti-corruption.

Within the framework of the CTI, the Public - Private Dialogue on Rules of Origins (ROO) was held, with the participation of representatives from member economies, the business community, the private sector, and academia. Participants shared views on opportunities and challenges for ROO in the FTA context. The Dialogue aims to provide a platform for APEC customs officials and ROO negotiators to better understand industry perspective on ROO, including the potential challenges faced by businesses in utilizing these rules.

The LSIF held a workshop on the APEC Digital Hub for Mental Health Colloquium. In the discussions, delegates highlighted the importance of promoting the application of digital data to healthcare in general and to mental health in particular, which contribute to the implementation of the APEC Roadmap to Promote Mental Wellness through 2020.

The (IPEG) also began its two-day meeting. IPEG was established under the CTI in 1996. Its objectives are to promote dialogue on intellectual property policies, assessments and information exchanges on intellectual property rights, explore measures for effective implementation of intellectual property rights, including the WTO’s TRIPS, and facilitate capacity building for member economies in implementing TRIPS.

The Workshop on Sharing Best Practices on Chemical Regulation within the framework of the CD was held to promote experience sharing in chemical regulation. Delegates agreed to develop a long-term capacity building and training program for regulators in APEC. This is a crucial advance since the last workshop in 2014.

The ECSG-DPS held bilateral meetings, while the IEG had its second working day.

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