The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) online and physical hybrid workshop, "Integrating SMEs and E-commerce in AEO Supply Chain" was held today at the Taipei International Convention Center. Over 100 government, industry and academia representatives from the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Korea, Thailand, the Philippines, Canada, Chile, Peru, Singapore, Papua New Guinea joined the workshop online across 8 time zones.
Deputy Director General of the Bureau of Foreign Trade, Mr. Henry Liu, delivered remarks on behalf of Chinese Taipei at the workshop. He explained the importance of the AEO program in trade facilitation especially during the pandemic and pointed out Taiwan's active participation in APEC.
Workshop discussions focused on key topics around the international trends for AEO and corporate competitiveness. Specifically, they included AEO supply chain integration, challenges and opportunities for governments, the impact of the AEO system on e-commerce, and MRA (Mutual Recognition Arrangement) best practices.
This workshop organized by the Bureau of Foreign Trade not only highlighted Taiwan's active organization of APEC activities, but also enhanced public-private experience-sharing on trade facilitation policies between Taiwan and other APEC members. The workshop also helped members better understand the views of Taiwan's industry, which is expected to increase overseas business opportunities and boost business momentum for participation in international trade.