Project Approval Sessions
The first project approval session for 2014 was completed in June 2014. The selection process was undertaken in accordance with the ranking and prioritization system for APEC projects approved by the Budget Management Committee (BMC) in 2010. A total of 125 Concept Notes were submitted, with 27 projects approved for funding valued at US$3 million. The second project approval session for 2014 commences in August and will be completed in December 2014.
The pilot phase of the multi-year projects (MYP) which commenced in Session 3, 2011 is now complete with 12 projects funded to date at a total value of US$5.4 million. An independent review of the pilot phase will be conducted in 2014 with the aim of reviewing the policy framework and procedures established for multi-year projects.
Evaluations of APEC projects
A new framework for monitoring and evaluating APEC projects was agreed at BMC2, 2013 and is in the process of being implemented. The aim of the new framework is to better assess the effectiveness of APEC projects. A copy can be found here.
APEC project information management and IT systems
The upgrade of the Project Database has been completed. The new database became fully operational in late 2013.
As part of the financial realignment exercise embarked on by the BMC in 2013, a consultancy study was commissioned in 2014 with the aims of enhancing transparency in financial management, supporting financial stability of the APEC financial system, and promoting predictability and sustainability of project funding. It concluded with a number of key measures approved by Senior Officials, including a new mechanism to maintain the level of funding available each year to support APEC projects, and a new structure for the budget of the APEC Secretariat to provide better information for monitoring and guidance of its work. All the measures agreed under this exercise will be implemented with effect from the start of 2015.
In 2013, BMC approved 115 (standard) projects at a total value of US$14 million. These include activities which aim to promote trade facilitation; increase access to finance; strengthen small, medium and micro enterprises; improve knowledge and information sharing in areas such as climate change, agricultural productivity and energy efficiency; improve human resource development; support structural reform and regulatory frameworks; and promote capacity building.
The focus in 2014 is to consolidate BMC-led project management reforms undertaken by the Secretariat. One main area of focus will be to implement a monitoring and evaluation framework, the aim of which is to better assess the effectiveness of APEC projects. BMC is also investigating how to strengthen the process for assessing and prioritizing project proposals for funding. The pilot phase of multi-year projects is now complete and an independent review of the pilot is scheduled for 2014. Twelve multi-year projects have been selected under the pilot for APEC funding to date. An updated edition (9th edition) of the Guidebook on APEC Projects was released in March 2014.
The information management capacities of the Secretariat’s Project Management Unit (PMU) have been strengthened through a newly upgraded project database. The database became fully operational in late 2013.
ZHOU Ningyu (Mr)
Department of International Economic Affairs
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Millicent C. PAREDES (Mr)
Office of the Undersecretary
International Economic Relations
Department of Foreign Affairs
APEC National Secretariat
Chelsea WONG (Ms)
Director of Finance