Australian aid symposium expands knowledge on trade in transport and logistics services across the APEC region

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

By Cassandra Oaten

A symposium bringing together industry experts and APEC economy officials was conducted in July 2014. Officials met in Hong Kong for this two day symposium and heard from fellow regulators and policy makers who had the opportunity to share experiences and renew their thinking. Delegates also heard from industry leaders working amongst regulatory barriers during cross border trade in this sector.

The focus of the symposium was on policies that affect and/or facilitate international trade and investment in logistics and transport services in APEC economies and to identify good regulatory practices as well as the challenges facing member economies in regulating these sectors.

The workshop was attended by approximately 45 people, including 26 APEC member economy officials responsible for, or influential in the regulation of transport and logistics services from Chile, China, Indonesia, Mexico, Papua New Guinea, The Philippines, Peru, Thailand and Viet Nam.

The outcomes of the symposium will inform a Compendium of Good Practice Guidelines which will be shared with symposium participants and representatives of the APEC Group on Services. The report can be found here.

Further information on the series of symposiums facilitating trade and investment in services being run by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade can be found here.