Last updated: Thursday, March 23, 2017
Vietnam Customs to Present Many Initiatives in APEC Year 2017Posted: Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Asia - Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum (APEC) is operated under the joint consensus and mutual respect among member economies. To prepare contents for the APEC Economic Leaders' Week scheduled to take place in Danang City in November, prior meetings will be held, including working groups, specialised sub-committees, Senior Officials’ Meetings (SOM), and Ministerial Meetings.
Based on APEC 2017 Agenda, the General Department of Vietnam Customs will launch a number of activities within the framework of the Committee on Trade and Investment (CTI). The General Department will preside over the first meeting of the APEC Sub-Committee on Customs Procedures (SCCP) on the sidelines of the First Senior Officials’ Meeting (SOM 1), the second SCCP meeting on the sidelines of SOM 3 and some related activities in Nha Trang City on February 20-23, 2017, and in Ho Chi Minh City on August 15-28, 2017.
Themed “Creating New Dynamism, Fostering a Shared Future”, APEC 2017 focuses on key priorities: Promoting sustainable, innovative and inclusive growth; fostering far-reaching regional integration and connectivity; supporting micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) to enhance competitiveness, innovation and participation in global value chains. Based on these priorities, CTI will define main issues of discussion at CTI meetings to realise those priorities, that is to say, looking to achieve the Bogor Goals of trade facilitation and build the Pillars of APEC 2020 Agenda, further promoting the implementation of FTA commitments in Asia-Pacific, enhancing APEC connectivity and supply chain linkage; facilitating MSMEs, boosting supporting industries, expanding global value chains and facilitating trade and service liberalisation.
To help achieve above CTI objectives, in seven frame contents: ratifying and enforcing the Trade Facilitation Agreement by the World Trade Organisation (WTO); strengthening the single-widow mechanism connectivity; developing priority business programmes; applying information technology and risk management in customs management; administering the management of intellectual property rights across borders; promoting e-commerce across borders; and enhancing supply chain connectivity framework, the SCCP Meeting selected two priorities in the APEC Year 2017: Ensure commercial security in supply chain connectivity which stresses the deployment of measures to prevent contraband trafficking and trade fraud and combat counterfeiting; and facilitate trade by increased deployment and connectivity of single-window units. With this priority content, the General Department of Vietnam Customs hoped that member economies will exchange and put forth suggestions, recommendations and initiatives pertaining to the implementation of single-window connectivity and prevention of smuggling and trade fraud to fulfil important roles of customs authorities of cooperation in trade facilitation and trade security in regional supply chain linkage. This is also an important objective that the SCCP Collective Action Plan (CAP) targets at with nine specific SCCP members submitted to the APEC Secretariat in 2016.
In addition to chairing the SCCP Meeting, the General Department of Vietnam Customs will preside over the Conference on Customs-Business Dialogue and co-chair the Experts Group Meeting on Illegal Logging and Associated Trade (EGILAT) together with the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the APEC Alliance on Supply Chain Connectivity (A2C2) Meeting with the Ministry of Industry and Trade, and some symposiums on the sidelines of SCCP such as Single-Window Conference and Trade Facilitation Conference.
With the SCCP chairmanship in 2017, the General Department of Vietnam Customs hoped to play a part in creating a regional connectivity and cooperation in customs in the context that the world is faced with various security issues in the fight against terrorism, illegal migration and control of goods movement against the backdrop of increasingly complicated and sophisticated smuggling and drug trafficking; trade security challenges in the digital era; and pressures on sustainable economic growth to adapt to climate change.
Apart from achieving agreements on the SCCP contents and related meetings, the Vietnam Customs has also stepped up preparations to introduce the Vietnamese land and country to international friends.