In 2013 CTI adopted a work program organized around five priority areas that contribute to APEC 2013 Priorities under the theme of “Resilient Asia-Pacific, Engine of Global Growth.”  The five areas were:

  • Support for the multilateral trading system

  • Attaining the Bogor goals, trade and investment liberalization, and regional economic integration

  • Promoting connectivity

  • Expanding regulatory cooperation and advancing regulatory coherence

  • Contributions to APEC growth strategy and cross-cutting mandates. 

The 2013 CTI Annual Report to Ministers contains an overview of CTI’s work in 2013 and its 11 sub-fora and industry dialogues and the progress they made on their respective work programs.

CTI advances and achievements in 2013 include:

  • Agreement on APEC Best Practices to Create Jobs and Increase Competitiveness as an indicative model for driving new and expanded job creation, enhancing competitiveness, and attracting sustainable new investment, innovative technologies and business activity. 

  • Agreement on a List of Inventories  of specific policy recommendations under the systematic approach to improving supply chain performance that will provide a platform for diagnostic work and targeted capacity-building to assist economies in implementing these policies.  

  • Progress made on implementing the Action Plans under the Supply-Chain Connectivity Framework Action Plan (SCFAP) , including the 2013 interim assessment report of the SCFAP by the APEC Policy Support Unit which sets out progress by economies towards the target of a 10 percent improvement in supply-chain performance by 2015.  The World Bank’s Logistics Performance Index (LPI) and the World Economic Forum’s Enabling Trade Index (ETI), as overall indicators, were taken to capture supply chain performance. The data below (ETI ICT Pillar) shows the progress APEC has made in terms of information and communications technology infrastructure in the supply chain context. APEC also showed significant progress in terms of the percent of shipments meeting quality criteria as reflected in the World Bank Logistics Performance Index (LPI).

APEC’s Progress on Logistics Performance Index (LPI) and Enabling Trade Index (ETI) Indicators

 

 



  • Establishment of the APEC Public-Private Partnership on Environmental Goods and Services (EGS) that would provide a platform for industry representatives and government officials to carry out dialogue on issues related to EGS trade and investment with a view to increasing understanding, experience-sharing, facilitating trade and investment and preventing trade frictions 

  • Capacity building programs. Development of Initiatives to develop a Capacity Building Program to assist with the implementation of the 2012 APEC List of 54 Environmental Goods by the end-2015 and progress in identifying capacity-building needs and activities in electronics stewardship.

  • Progress in advancing the next generation trade and investment issues identified by Ministers and Leaders, including the Conference on Innovation and Trade Implementation Practices; an issues paper on enhancing small and medium-sized enterprises participation in global production chains; a workshop on Facilitating Supporting Industries in APEC Member Economies; and a study on global supply chain operation in the APEC region: case study of electrical and electronic industry’s supply chain operations.

  • Progress on the development of the Innovation and Trade Implementation Practices to provide economies with practical guidance on implementing the commitments of promoting effective, non-discriminatory, market-driven innovation policy agreed by APEC Leaders in 2011.

  • Enhancing the capacity of officials to participate in the long term goal of a Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific through workshops on topics and issues covered in modern, comprehensive Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) and Regional Trade Agreements (RTAs). 

  • APEC’s Bogor Goals Dashboard of Indicators. Public release of the APEC Policy Support Unit’s (PSU) updated APEC’s Bogor Goals Dashboard of Indicators to provide easy-to-understand figures to track advances in greater regional economic integration and liberalization and facilitation of trade and investment.