APEC Series: Assessment on the Impact and Impediment of Non-tariff Barriers to
Food Trade and Food Security
Food & Beverage
Food & Beverage
8:00-9:30am. The APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) has commissioned the USC Marshall School of Business to conduct an in-depth study on the impact of barriers and impediment to food trade and food security. Marshall School researchers will conduct interviews in all 21 APEC economies. The overall research findings will be reported and presented at the Final 2016 ABAC meeting to be held in Lima, Peru in November 2016. We hereby invite the Hong Kong business community to be part of the research. Study Objectives and Focus Non-tariff barriers (NTBs) are one of the greatest impediments to efficient food trade in the Asia-Pacific region, imposing direct economic costs on consumers and businesses, and impacting food security across the region. This interview aims to capture the business perspective on: The most relevant and egregious barriers to trade in agri-food products; How NTBs differ by agri/food sector; The impact of private voluntary standards on the movement of agriculture and food products; The emerging trends of NTBs over the next 5 years (negative/positive); and Recommendations to reduce the impact of NTBs The study will investigate three main types of NTBs: Barriers instituted by governments that apply nationally or to regional or global trade associations; Barriers that are created by Private Voluntary Standards; and Barriers that are associated with infrastructure deficits.
Members and Non-Members are invited to support the research project by attending one-on-one and/or group interviews on May 13 at 10am-12pm at AmCham Office. Responses will be fully confidential. While the report presents the conclusions of the research, it will not disclose any specific company information or attribute data or quotes to any executives or firms. With participants' permission the report will only include their company names in an appendix listing participating companies. For more information, please contact: Kristine Yang HK-APEC Trade Policy Group Tel: 852.2866 2713 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org First 15-20 minutes is for networking Light breakfast included Hosted by the Food & Beverage Committee
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