APEC SELF-FUNDED PROJECT: FOSTERING GREATER SME PARTICIPATION IN GLOBAL VALUE CHAINS

SESSION 1:  DEEP DIVE ON LOGISTICS AND TRANSPORT

Indicative Date: 27 July 2022 (Virtual, 1.5 hours)

Issues

 

Importance of transparency and availability of information

 

The role of third party logistics

 

Efforts to improve interoperability of platforms

 

Industry/MNE guest speakers:  Corporations involved in providing trade digital solutions (hardware and software), and/or shipping companies, including transport and warehouse services

SESSION 2:  UNDERSTANDING MNE REQUIREMENTS FOR SUPPLIERS AND PARTNERS

Indicative Date: 6 September 2022 (In-person/Hybrid in Phuket as part of APEC SME Week, half day)

Issues

 

MNE specific approaches/methods to supplier partnerships

 

Finding channels and understanding applications to become a vendor/supplier

 

Importance of meeting relevant environmental and social obligations

 

Industry/MNE guest speakers:  multinational corporations involved in retail, electronics, food and beverage and/or clothing and shoes

SESSION 3:  GETTING CONTRACTS RIGHT AND ACCESSING FINANCE

Indicative Date: 28 September 2022 (Virtual. 1.5 hours)

Issues

 

What goes into supplier agreements and how to get the best outcomes

 

What is supply chain finance and is it good for SMEs

 

Creating the right regulations and the role of fintechs

 

Industry/MNE guest speakers:  legal firms, banks, financial institutions and/or fintechs

SESSION 4:  BEING PART OF GLOBAL VALUE CHAINS IN SERVICES

Indicative Date: 26 October 2022 (Virtual, 1.5 hours)

Issues

 

Identifying some of these traded services

 

How to facilitate and grow these services as part of GVCs

 

What are the potential benefits from digital trade

 

Industry/MNE guest speakers:  international services firms involved in infrastructure, information and communications, architecture, legal and/or environment