[Conference Announcement] Workshop on Integrating SMEs into Global Value Chains
  This workshop will include MNC global supply chain management officials, SME delegates, and SMEs representing the specific sectors identified during the Manila SMEWG meeting: agriculture, electronics, handicrafts, food processing, automobiles, and others. The MNC value chain managers will be asked to discuss their contractual obligations with global buyers/retailers, how these obligations translate to suppliers and sub-contractors across the supply chain, how they might assist SMEs in securing the required financing to deliver large contracts, what certifications are required and the available vehicles for proof of certifications (such as e-certification) and how audits are implemented, how contracts are generally structured with SMEs, what happens if the MNC loses the contract with a buyer due to unforeseen circumstances, how MNCs notify SMEs of changes in regulations, etc.

Date: March 24
Time: 09:00-12:00
Venue: Splendor Room I, 13F, Splendor Hotel, Taichung

  [Conference Announcement]APEC High Level Policy Dialogue on Resilient SMEs for Better Global Supply Chains

In order to strengthen the effectiveness of disaster resiliency improvement and to secure supply chain connectivity of SMEs, the multi-year project on Improving Natural Disaster Resilience of APEC SMEs to Facilitate Trade and Investment will organize several training workshops and a high-level policy dialogue to raise awareness of disaster preemptive mechanisms among APEC regions. Additionally, during the above events, we will showcase Policy Framework Models (PFMs) and Business Continuity Plans (BCPs) greatly achieved in the past two years (2012-2013). Furthermore, this project will generate a Focal Point Network at the end of the meeting, which can integrate related experts from all sectors to practice this project.

Date: March 24
Time: 09:30-17:00
Venue: Splendor Room II, 13F, Splendor Hotel, Taichung

  [Conference Announcement] APEC Accelerator Network Forum

To facilitate the realization of the concept of APEC Accelerator Network, The APEC Accelerator Network Forum will present the networking mechanism and business opportunities from APEC member economies. Through this forum there will be a business evaluation meetings and matching program.

Date: March 25
Time: 09:15-17:00
Venue: Splendor Room II, 13F, Splendor Hotel, Taichung