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42007/TPT-WG29/MEG/003_v2

By the 27th APEC TPT-WG meeting in Hanoi, Viet Nam, in May 2006, 13 of 21 member economies had responded to the questionnaire, As a result the MEG agreed to encourage those member economies that had not responded to do so it as soon as possible but not later than 30 June 2006. The MEG also agreed to hold a Seminar on the Bogor Goals at the next TPT-WG in Vancouver, Canada and to prepare the seminar intersessionaly before the next meeting.

In preparation for the 28th APEC TPT-WG meeting, the MEG Secretariat invited 12 economies/organisations to make a presentation at the Seminar; however, very few members accepted the invitation and this led to the cancellation of the seminar.

By the 28th APEC TPT-WG meeting in Vancouver, Canada, in September 2006, 16 of 21 member economies had responded to the questionnaire.  At the meeting, the MEG Secretatiat made the interim report of the questionnaire and urged those member economies that had not responded to it to answer as soon as possible.

As of the 8th of June, 2007, 18 member economies have responded to the questionnaire and interim report of the questionnaire is provided as an ANNEX.  

2. Next Steps to be Taken

The Group has not completed the first step of the road map as 3 member economies have not yet responded to the Questionnaire.  This is despite the fact that all member economies have committed to the Joint Ministerial Statement in Bali, Indonesia, in July 2004, which includes the Bogor Goals.

Also, all member economies re-affirmed their commitments to the Bogor Goals in the Joint Ministerial Statement in Adelaide, Australia, in March 2007.  Continued work by each Experts Groups on the Roadmap to Bogor Goals recommendations are to be discussed at the HOD meeting in Chinese Taipei.

Consequently, the following should be decided by MEG:

Q1.Should we keep the road map as it is or amend it?  If it is to be amended, how?

Q2. When should we proceed to the next step (step2)?

3. Action to be taken by member economies

Those economies that have not responded to it, Papua New Guinea, Thailand,  and Viet Nam, are requested to complete the questionnaire immediately and to make an oral report on their progress/achievements of Bogor Goals at the 29th APEC TPT-WG meeting to be held in Chinese Taipei.

All member economies are requested to review the next steps as set out in paragraph 2.

Also, member economies are invited to volunteer to undertake role of a "champion" APEC Economy as described in the 3rd step of the road map.  Economies who wish to volunteer are kindly requested to inform the Secretariat of the MEG.

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