Press Release

APEC's Chemical Dialogue eyes improvements on chemical trade

26/02/2018

The first-ever Chemical Dialogue hosting of Papua New Guinea welcomes discussions to improve systems in the chemical trade in the region.

The first-ever Chemical Dialogue hosting of Papua New Guinea welcomes discussions to improve systems in the chemical trade in the region.

Chemical Dialogue co-chair Phillip Nervig of the US Department of State Office of Economic Policy said that the meeting is truly a partnership between government and private sector to create systems where it makes it easier to trade, standardize, harmonize, some of the requirements and regulations related to the chemical trade.

"Representatives are both at the table discussing issues important to both sides about how to make systems easier, make it better and the chemical trade more efficient and more transparent."

"It is the right opportunity to have some kind of innovation for the chemical to aid in the global supply particularly in the APEC region," said another CD co-chair, Kazuya Ishii of the Japan Chemical Industry Association.

The dialogue also included talks on chemical sector liberalization, chemical trade facilitation and capacity building.

CD is a forum of regulatory officials and industry representatives that look for solutions to challenges within the chemical industry for the Asia-Pacific Region. Its primary goals are articulated in its 2011-2013 Strategic Framework, which was endorsed by APEC Ministers in 2011. The CD endorsed a revised version of the framework at the CD's 17th meeting in Lima, Peru (CD17) to govern its work from 2017 to 2019. It is organized around the following three revised shared goals:

" To facilitate trade by expanding and supporting regulatory cooperation and mutual recognition in the region " To promote understanding of the chemical industry's role as a provider of innovative solutions for sustainable economic, environmental and social development " To enable effective cooperation between industry and governments to improve chemical product stewardship and safe use