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Business Mobility

1. Streamline and Standardize Procedures

Objective

To enhance the mobility of business people who are engaged in the conduct of trade and investment activities in the Asia-Pacific region.

Actions:

a)

Implement standards for i) travel documentation examination; ii) professional service; iii) travel document security (and issuance systems); and iv) immigration legislation.

b)

Streamline arrangements for intra-company transferees in accordance with the agreed APEC 30 day processing standard.

c)

Implement and promote the APEC Business Travel Card and/or visa free or visa waver arrangements or at least 3 year multiple entry visas for short term business visitors such as those engaged in the negotiation of the sale of services or goods, establishing an investment or participating in business-related conferences, seminars or workshops.

2. Enhance the Use of Information and Communications Technology

Objective

To enhance the use of information and communications technology (ICT) to facilitate the movement of people across borders, taking into account the Leaders’ Statement on Counter Terrorism.

Actions

a)

Introduce e-lodgement arrangements for temporary residency applications.

b)

Introduce an advanced passenger information system which pre-clears passengers to ensure faster clearance on arrival.

c)

Introduce machine readable travel documents (MRTDs), if possible with biometrics, by end 2008.

d)

Make available comprehensive information and application forms for short-stay and temporary residence business visas, including through the APEC Business Travel Handbook and official immigration/consular affairs websites, in accordance with Business Mobility Group agreements.

e)

Contribute information on lost and stolen travel document, on a best endeavours basis, to the database of the International Criminal and Police (ICPO).

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