APEC members engage in economic and technical cooperation to facilitate the development and implementation of measures that promote trade, investment and sustainable growth, bridging gaps in their level of development and available resources.

The APEC Senior Officials' Meeting Steering Committee on Economic and Technical Cooperation (SCE) coordinates and manages APEC members' economic and technical cooperation (ECOTECH) agenda, which is outlined in the Osaka Action Agenda. In 1996, an APEC Framework for Strengthening Economic Cooperation and Development was adopted to guide members in implementing the Osaka Action Agenda.

The objectives of the SCE are to:

  • support implementation of APEC's ECOTECH activities by prioritizing work based on the commitments made by Leaders' and Ministers, and overseeing the work of APEC fora;
  • provide policy guidance on ways to contribute to APEC's ECOTECH goals;
  • coordinate ECOTECH objectives and priorities between the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting and APEC ministerial meetings;

In 2010, Senior Officials endorsed a new Framework to Guide ECOTECH activities to guide APEC-funded capacity building and all ECOTECH activities. This framework adopted a holistic approach by:

  1. Revising APEC ECOTECH priorities
  2. Introducing a uniform set of criteria for all project funding, where funding is based on the link between proposals and APEC’s core objectives.

Within this framework, the following medium-term ECOTECH priorities are established for the period of 2015-2019 :

Cross-cutting priorities

1. developing human capital through capacity building

2. developing and strengthening the dynamism of SMEs

3. harnessing technologies for the future and supporting innovation

4. inclusive growth - addressing the social dimension of globalization, health, gender

Workstream priorities

5. regional economic integration

6. structural reform

7. safeguarding the quality of life through sustainable growth

8. human security.

These medium-term priorities will be reviewed again in 2019.

Additional Background on SCE:

The SCE was first established as the SOM Sub-Committee for Economic and Technical Cooperation in 1998. In 2002, this was elevated to the SOM Committee on Economic and Technical Cooperation. In 2005, the ESC was strengthened and transformed into the SOM Steering Committee on ECOTECH (SCE). In 2012, the SCE conducted an internal review of its working mechanisms and new Terms of Reference were endorsed, which was reconfirmed in 2016.

Last page update: 31 October 2016

Current Activities

Implementing Capacity Building Policy

In 2015, the SCE and the SOM agreed on the “Policy on APEC’s Capacity Building through Economic and Technical Cooperation, which will guide capacity building policy of APEC. It has fifteen operational principles and five policy guidance on APEC-funded projects.

The SCE and the SOM also established a set of procedures to implement this Policy. A BMC Small Working Group has been set up to explore options to implement certain aspects of this policy and SCE actively participated in this implementation. SCE members provided their inputs into the substantive discussions of BMC Small Working Group in the areas of project management and financing. In 2016, SCE agreed to hold a Joint BMC-SCE meeting in the margins of SOM1 in 2017.  

Promotion of cross-cutting agenda

SCE and the APEC Secretariat have been facilitating cross-fora collaboration through SCE COW, the Lead-Shepherds and Chairs’ Meeting, cross-cutting map of initiatives and identification of areas for creating synergies for cooperation. SCE explored additional measures to promote such collaboration. These efforts came to fruition when the third meeting of SCE decided to take concrete steps including more efficient use of SCE COW gathering, promotion of various IT facilities, request for considering premium for cross-fora projects, and continued encouragement of cross-fora meetings and cross-participation. SCE and SOM also extended the mandate of Mainstreaming Ocean-related Issues Steering Council by two more years till 2018.

Independent Assessment of APEC fora

  • SCE reviewed the current program of Independent Assessment with view to strengthening its organizational focus and streamlining the procedures for efficiency and effectiveness. These efforts produced the first draft of the Decision for a new system in June 2016. “Decisions by the SCE on Fora Assessment” was adopted at the third SCE meeting in August 2016. In accordance with the Decisions, SCE and the Secretariat will develop a standardized program for assessment in 2017, which will be used for annual assessment from 2018. The new annual assessment directly involves Senior Officials through a small team within SCE and includes strengthened follow-up on the recommendations and an optional Comprehensive Review after a round of assessments on the SCE fora.

Achievements

ECOTECH Projects by Priorities 2016

Contacts

Pham Quynh Mai (Ms)
Deputy Director General
Multilateral Trade Policy Department
Ministry of Industry and Trade, Viet Nam
Email: MaiPQ@moit.gov.vn
Jonghan Park (Mr)
Program Director
APEC Secretariat
Email: pjh14@apec.org

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Events

27 Aug 2016 Third Senior Officials’ Meeting Lima, Peru
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26 Aug 2016 Senior Officials' Meeting - Friends of the Chair (FotC) Meeting on Urbanization Lima, Peru
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24 Aug 2016 Senior Officials' Meeting - Steering Committee on ECOTECH (SCE) Meeting Lima, Peru
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12 May 2016 SOM Steering Committee on ECOTECH Meeting Arequipa, Peru
01 Mar 2016 SOM Steering Committee on ECOTECH (SCE) Meeting Lima, Peru
29 Feb 2016 SOM Steering Committee on ECOTECH – Lead Shepherds/Chairs Joint Session and Lunch Lima, Peru
29 Feb 2016 SOM Steering Committee on ECOTECH - Committee of the Whole Meeting (SCE-COW) Lima, Peru