Face-to-face meeting of the virtual working group on data exchange within the framework of the Chemical Dialogue (APEC CD)
Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
6 August 2018
The Russian Federation is a Co-Chair of one of the APEC CD Virtual working groups called the Virtual Working group on data exchange. It’s main objective is to contribute to CD’s activities on trade facilitation in the chemicals sector and enhancing of integration and sustainable development of the industry in the Asia-Pacific Region. The CIS Center experts administer the VWG on data exchange Secretariat and maintain the development and realization of the VWG activities.
The first face-to-face meeting was conducted during the third APEC Senior Officials' Meeting in early August 2018. 24 representatives of 9 APEC economies took part in this meeting.
The group discussed the it’s current activities in the following work streams: information sharing, voluntary initiatives, cooperation with international fora. Particular attention was paid to the development of the Interactive Guide on chemicals regulations worldwide, which could improve and facilitate the information sharing on chemicals management between stakeholders, including APEC economies and different international organizations on the issues of mutual concern.
In addition, participants initiated brainstorming on additional areas for the group's activities. Among the proposed ideas for the future work of the group the most relevant was the searching of life-cycle approaches in chemicals management and possibilities and experiences of best available techniques application for industry growth and development.