The Centre has been working with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) since 2010 on the STAR database and in delivering policy symposiums on good regulatory practices in Services.
We have expanded the database over three phases with project funding from DFAT and the APEC Secretariat. To date we have run two good regulatory practice workshops with plans for several more over the next few years.
The STAR Database is a business friendly, online tool to help service providers take advantage of new export opportunities. By gathering together information on service market access into a single easily accessible knowledge bank, it helps increase business awareness of the regulatory requirements to trade.
It will cover all APEC economies and computer & related services, distribution, education, financial services (banking and insurance), mining and energy, professional services (legal, accounting, architecture and engineering), telecommunications, transportation & logistics service sectors. It is an Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) initiative, co-sponsored by Chile, Japan, New Zealand, Mexico, Peru, the Philippines and the United States.
Facilitating good regulatory practices for trade and investment in higher education services in the APEC region
Date: 21-22 August 2013
Venue: Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 2013-08
This symposium brought together APEC trade and education officials, regulators, academics and industry representatives to discuss the exchange of cross-border higher education services in a practical, collaborative atmosphere. The symposium identified and discussed how market access in these sectors is regulated, key impediments to further trade in these services and their impact on mobility, and consider how to resolve these issues.
Facilitating best practice policies for trade and investment in financial services in the APEC Region
Date: 27-28 November 2012
Location: Hilton Hotel, Singapore
The APEC Services Action Plan promotes a continued need to enhance understanding among policy makers of the value of open and competitive services for delivering economic growth. This symposium offered a conceptual framework for adding to APEC members’ understanding of the benefits of open and competitive services markets in financial services (banking, insurance and investment/wealth creation services).
Facilitating regulatory best practices in transport and logistics services in the APEC Region
Date: 15-16 July 2014
Venue: JW Marriott Hotel, Hong Kong, P.R. China 2014-07
This two-day symposium will bring together APEC transport and trade officials, regulators and industry representatives to share perspectives on policies to enable the development of an improved regulatory environment for business’ in the transport and logistics sector. Business perspectives on barriers to trade in logistics and transport services will be presented to attendees including freight logistic efficiency, supply chain connectivity, impediments to cross border supply, establishing a market presence and level playing fields.
Towards good practice policies and regulations to facilitate trade and investment in telecommunications and ICT services
Date: 9-10 December 2014
This symposium will bring together trade officials, regulators, academics and industry representatives to discuss the direction of future reform in telecommunications and ICT services in a practical, collaborative atmosphere. The symposium will identify and discuss how market access in these sectors is regulated, key impediments to further trade in these services, and reform priorities. Participants will also explore the impact of policies and regulations in the sector on women’s economic participation.
APEC Symposium ‘Good Policy and Regulatory Practices for Facilitating Trade and Investment in Architectural and Engineering Services’
Date: 8 - 9 December 2015
Architectural and engineering services play a key role in the economy providing essential infrastructure and public services. International trade in these services can increase efficiency, lower costs and boost the quality of architectural and engineering services domestically. They can be an important source of growth and generate important spill-over effects throughout the economy.
This symposium offers a conceptual framework for adding to APEC members’ understanding of the benefits of open and competitive services markets, with a focus on government policies and regulations that impact on trade and investment in architectural and engineering services.
APEC Symposium ‘Good Policy and Regulatory Practices for Facilitating Trade and Investment in Services - Toward the APEC Services Roadmap’
Date: 24-25 May 2016
Location: Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Services providers within the APEC region want transparency, simplicity, flexibility, certainty, equality and coherence in domestic regulation impacting on services trade and investment. Most service providers want the opportunity to trade services and invest in each other’s economies the same way they provide services domestically.
This symposium will work to bring together the good policy and regulatory practices from past symposia into one set of recommendations to be utilised in formulating the APEC Services Roadmap.