The Philippines will push for the implementation of a 2-year capacity-building training program for APEC regulators in the forthcoming 15th APEC Chemical Dialogue (CD) to be held on August 27 at the Radisson Hotel, Sta Maria Ballroom 3, Cebu City.

The proposed project aims to deepen the technical and practical knowledge of regulators on chemicals regulation through seminars, workshops, and study visits. It also aims to improve the procedures by which chemicals are regulated in the Asia Pacific region.

The project entitled “ Sharing Best Practices in Chemicals Regulation” is proposed to have the following components : (1) a seminar on Best Practice Principles for Chemical Regulation; (2) a seminar on actual case studies implementing best practice chemical regulation principles for SMEs; (3) a study visit to actual case study projects; (4) a series of practical workshops and/or mentoring clinics to demonstrate how to transform existing regulations to more streamlined procedures, including a business or financial cost-benefit analysis; and (5) regular information sharing. It was designed to be a sequential type of capacity-building program with each step building on the others, which will have to be completed in phases by the participants to ensure continuity in learning.

The CD serves as a forum for regulatory officials and industry representatives to find solutions to challenges facing the chemical industry and users of chemicals in the Asia-Pacific region. It reflects APEC members' recognition of the importance of engaging with the private sector and building public-private sector dialogue and cooperation for mutual benefit.

The CD Meeting Proper will be chaired by Dr. Ryan MacFarlane, Principal APEC Coordinator for the U.S. Department of State, as the Government Co-Chair and Dr. Fumiaki Shono, Executive Director of the Japan Chemical Industry Association, as the Industry Co-Chair.

The last CD was held on 30 January 2015 at Clark, Pampanga, Philippines. (END)