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  APEC Concept Note   Please submit to APEC Secretariat Program Director.  Concept Notes exceeding 3 pages (including title page) and incomplete submissions will not be considered. Responses must be no less than 10pt font.   Project Title:  A POLICY DIALOGUE SEMINAR ON SUPPORTING INCLUSIVE GROWTH THROUGH COOPERATIVE BUSINESS MODEL  Fund Source (Select one only):   General Project Account (GPA) Trade and Investment Liberalization and Facilitation Special Account (TILF)  APEC Support Fund (ASF)  –  General Fund  APEC Support Fund (ASF)  –  Sub-Fund. You must nominate the sub-fund here: …………………………………   APEC forum:  Economic Committee (EC)  Proposing APEC economy:  Malaysia Co-sponsoring economies: Expected Start Date:   Project Completion Date:  See Chapter 7 Guidebook on APEC Projects Project summary: In 150 words -    What is the issue that you will address or examine in your project?    Outline the key things your project will do, in terms of what, where, when and with whom. (Summary must be no longer than the box provided. Cover sheet must fit on one  page)    As member-driven and people-centred organizations, cooperatives play an important role in advancing productive and decent work. Through providing job opportunities and improving livelihoods, the cooperative model can support vulnerable segments of society such as unemployed youth, single female headed households, indigenous communities and people with disabilities. Beside their inclusiveness, cooperatives aim to enable equitable opportunities to small farmers, traders and crafts people by pooling resources to achieve economies of scale for access to inputs, credit, technology and markets. To fully enable the potential of cooperatives in inclusive socio-economic development, the challenges that cooperatives are facing need to be understood and addressed through an appropriate enabling environment, including legislation, institutions, capacity building and funding mechanisms. This proposal is for a one-day policy dialogue seminar on the cooperative development policy to be held in Malaysia concurrent with APEC Summit 2020.   The purpose of the seminar is to discuss and shares experiences in translating policy and regulating framework for cooperatives development and establishing inter-regional co-operation and networking between regulators and policy makers.   Total cost of proposal: (   APEC funding + self-funding): USD   Total amount being sought from APEC (USD):   By category: Travel:   Labor costs:   Hosting: Publication & distribution:   Other:   (See Guidebook on APEC Projects, Ch. 9 to ensure all proposed costs are allowable.) Project Overseer Information and Declaration: Name:  Fadilah Salim Title:   Deputy Director of Policy and Development Planning   Organization:   Malaysia Cooperative Societies Commission Postal address:  Menara SKM, Changkat Semantan, Off Jalan Semantan, Bukit Damansara, 50490 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Tel:   03-2083 4000 E-mail:    As Project Overseer and on behalf of the above said Organization, I declare that this submission was prepared in accordance with the Guidebook on APEC Projects (the Guidebook)  and any ensuing project will comply with said Guidebook. Failure to do so may result in the BMC denying or revoking funding and/or project approval. I understand that any funds approved are granted on the basis of the in formation in the document’s budget table, in the case of any inconsistencies within the document. Name of Project Overseer / Date    Project Synopsis 1. Relevance  –  Benefits to region: What problem does the project seek to address? Does it have sustained benefits for more than one economy?   This project is parallel with APEC action agenda on advancing economic, financial and social inclusion in the  APEC region. APEC region is faced with challenges to economic, financial and social inclusion, such as persistent inequality and unemployment, enduring multi-dimensional poverty affecting health, education and living standards, and impacts of technological progress. Moreover, significant demographic changes in some  APEC economies, such as aging populations and the rise of the middle-income segment of the population, pose other challenges to inclusive growth. Advancing inclusion is critical to achieving inclusive growth with far- reaching impacts on both developing and developed economies, large and small, from the Southern and Northern hemispheres and both sides of the Pacific. While many APEC initiatives already work toward supporting inclusion and aim to capture the emerging regional and global trends, significant gaps remain to be addressed. The better enabling policy for cooperative development aims to achieve the following APEC aspirational objectives: a. Economic inclusion: Advance progress towards achieving full and productive employment and decent work for all, including young people, the elderly, and persons with disabilities, and equal pay for equal work; progressively achieve and sustain income growth of the bottom 40 per cent of the population at a rate higher than the average level in each economy as envisioned in the 2030  Agenda on Sustainable Development. b. Financial inclusion: Strengthen the capacity of financial institutions to encourage and expand access to banking, insurance and financial services, and increase financial literacy and capability of all to access finance; and c. Social inclusion: Empower all members of society to take advantage of economic opportunities. Relevance  –  Eligibility and Fund Priorities: How does the project a) meet the eligibility criteria and b) support the funding priorities for the nominated fund or sub-fund? Refer to the APEC website. This project fits the eligibility criteria for Relevance  –  Capacity Building: How will the project build the capacity of APEC member economies?  APEC developing member economies need to build capacities in the areas relevant to achieve the long term goals such as sustainable growth, equitable development, financial inclusion, reduction of economic disparities and acceleration of regional economy development. The cooperative business model had proved as an effective tool to boost the improvement of the economic and social well-being of the people within APEC economies. This project focus on capacity building through sharing of information and knowledge and exchange of experiences and policies in providing condusive environment for cooperative development. It is anticipated that the seminar and the resulting recommendations/ best practice will help improve the related policies and regulatory capacities of policy makers and relevant stakeholders in APEC member economies, particularly developing economies. Objective: The policy dialogue seminar to be held in 2020 is aims at; 1. Share insights and best practices on regulatory and policy framework for cooperative development within the APEC region and how it has contributed to enriching local and indigenous communities by delivering impact projects and increasing the standard of living. 2. Develop, collate and suggest policy recommendations on cooperatives regulation and policies for creating sustainable communities and enhancing people-to-people connectivity. 3. Develop recommendations on joint tasks or work program for achieving greater integration and convergence of cooperative development policies for immediate and future cooperation among APEC member economies. 2. Alignment  –  APEC: Describe specific APEC priorities, goals, strategies and/or statements that the project supports, and explain how the project will contribute to their achievement.  Alignment  –  Forum: How does the project ali gn with your forum’s work plan/ strategic plan?   3. Methodology: How do you plan to implement the project? Briefly address the following:    Work plan: 1. Establish Project Planning Committee The planning committee will determine: - Content of the agenda - Seminar participants, and - Identification and/or endorsement of workshop speakers/events 2. Confirm date/location of the Seminar The exact venue and date are not confirmed, however, the meeting venue will be a close proximity from the meeting places of the APEC Summit. 3. Develop detailed Seminar agenda and identify potential speakers The agenda will be circulated to the project planning committee for review and input. Once the draft agenda is finalized, identification of speakers will commence. Identified speakers will be both from developing and developed economies. 4. Nominate Seminar participants and send invitations Ministry or agencies in charge of cooperative development from APEC developed and developing economies will be invited to the Summit especially ASEAN economies, Korea and Japan. 5. Convene the Seminar and launch deliverables Organization will be carried out over a period of several weeks. The project overseers and the Government of Malaysia will be responsible for managing Seminar logistics. The actual number of speakers and participants will be informed by the agenda content and endorsed by the planning committee    Beneficiaries:  Selection criteria for participants, beneficiary profiles (e.g. participants, end users, policy makers, researchers/ analysts, gender) and how they will be engaged. Beneficiaries: 1. ministry/agencies in charge of cooperative development 2. professional , researcher and academician 3. cooperatives / women/youth/ community/ apex coop Evaluation:  Outline the indicators which will be used to measure progress towards the project outcomes. Where possible provide indicators which could assess impacts on women. .This project will have direct impact on participants from all APEC member economies. The results will be measured by a questionnaire that would seek the direct and frank response from all participants to the workshop on the usefulness of each module and also the overall workshop. Immediately following the workshop, participants will be requested to fill in an assessment form to get an indication as to whether the program met expectations or not.  As mentioned earlier, the results of the project will be reflected in the performance of participants, thus for long term, comments and following correspondence between organizing body and participants will prove helpfulness of the activities.    Linkages:   Experts and participants from the private sector and non-governmental institutions will be invited and strongly encouraged to attend the workshop. They will also be consulted during the drafting of the agenda of the workshop to facilitate their involvement in the preparation of the workshop. In addition, the final report of this project, to be published after the workshop will also be provided to them.
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