In their Joint Statement at last November's meeting in Busan, Korea, APEC Ministers stressed "The need for additional APEC activities to promote international trade for SMEs and MEs that had high export potential but lacked a formal channel to export their products and services, and committed to continue working to reduce and remove existing impediments for SMEs and MEs to enter international markets."
Viet Nam, the chair of APEC 2006, emphasizes that to "Enhance Competitiveness of Small and Medium Enterprises" and to "Connect APEC economies through Tourism and Cultural Exchange" are important, configured respectively as the second and sixth priority of "Priority of APEC 2006" which was adopted at the first Senior Officials' Meeting in Ha Noi.
To respond to the directions from Ministers swiftly, and to contribute to the success of APEC 2006 as well as the development of APEC region, we propose to organize a seminar for supporting the development of local and cottage industries through sharing experiences and know-how of capacity building activities particularly in ASEAN economies.
This seminar will be jointly organized with the workshop on "Developing Craft Village based Tourism" under the framework of AMEICC, which have implemented various cooperation projects for industrial and economic development of local industries in ASEAN.
The seminar will aim to:
Build up the capacity of governments and private sectors which are involved in the development of local and cottage industries through sharing experiences and know-how of
Summary of the seminar outcomes