Three main goals for the CTWG going forward: to ensure robust capacity building work is carried out in each of the Counter-Terrorism and Secure Trade Strategy’s four cross-cutting activity areas; to continue to improve the CTAP process and summary report to maximize its relevance to the CTTF’s work; and to continue to support a coordination role on APEC secure trade issues across APEC sub-fora and maintain engagement with relevant international organizations.
CTWG will continue implementing the Counter-Terrorism and Secure Trade Strategy, as well as the APEC Travel Facilitation Initiative.
CTWG has been working closely with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the World Customs Organization.
Counter Terrorism Action Plans
Counter Terrorism Action Plans (CTAP) were developed in 2003 as a tool for tracking the progress of economies in implementing Leaders' directions on APEC's security and counter-terrorism related work program, and for identifying the capacity building assistance required by member economies to implement these measures.
CTAP is becoming one of the main reporting mechanism in CTWG, submitted by each economy on counter-terrorism measures undertaken by an APEC member economy to achieve the key elements of the Secure Trade in the APEC Region (STAR) initiative. The information is collected in a summary report that can be used by economies to assist in identifying suitable projects at the beginning of each APEC year.
During the 5th CTWG meeting (SOM2, 2015), members agreed in submitting the CTAP updates every two years. Next CTWG CTAP submission should be previous the SOM3 2016.
Secure Trade in the APEC Region (STAR)
One of APEC's key counter-terrorism priorities is the Secure Trade in the APEC Region (STAR) initiative, which aims to secure and enhance the flow of goods and people through measures that protect cargo, ships, international aviation and people in transit. STAR programs are designed to include the private sector, in recognition of the fact that the engagement and active participation of business is fundamental to the success of APEC's secure trade agenda. Annual APEC STAR Conference have been organised since 2003. The conferences bring executives and government officials together to identify impediments to and solutions for promoting trade efficiency while ensuring security.