Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation - Non-Tariff Measures in the Energy Sector Survey, March 1999 -->
B. User Requirements, Survey Objectives, and Budget
B1 Purpose of survey
Why do you need to conduct a survey? (B1)
Note. Refers to the underlying information requirements that the survey is intended to address. For example, what problems the agency is trying to solve? What decisions need to be made? What specific policies or actions are being determined or assessed? Should detail who requires the information.
Australia needs industry input in order to facilitate a counter notification process which has been agreed to by APEC Ministers.
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During 1998, the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum worked on the Early Voluntary Sectoral Liberalisation (EVSL) initiative which aimed at accelerating moves towards free trade in 15 sectors of the economy. Energy commodities, products and equipment was one of these sectors.
The proposals for each sector comprised three elements:
1) tariff liberalisation (and services liberalisation in the case of the energy sector),
2) elimination of NTMs and other trade facilitation, and
3) economic and technical cooperation.
At their November 1998 meeting in Kuala Lumpur, APEC Leaders agreed to continue negotiations on the tariff liberalisation element in the World Trade Organisation. For the other two elements of the sectoral proposals, APEC Ministers agreed that work should commence on implementing the programs.
How will the survey meet this need? That is, what are the objectives of the survey in terms of content and constraints? (B2)
Note. "Content" refers to the topics the survey will cover. If applicable, "constraints" may include: fixed costs, fixed sample size, fixed accuracy (eg target RSEs), etc.
The survey will enable the Australian government to identify existing impediments to trade facing the energy industry. This survey provides an ideal opportunity for Australian business to identify those NTMs in other APEC economies which are limiting or preventing the export of their products. The Energy Sector NTM program requires all APEC economies to compile a list of the non-tariff measures which exist in other APEC economies and table that list in APEC by 26 April 1999. Subject to further negotiations, APEC Ministers have agreed to eliminate those NTMs which cannot be justified.
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What is the timetable for the survey? (B3)
Note. Should include: testing, the date data collection commences, the date data collection finishes, and when results will be available.
No testing envisaged. Data collection commences when the first response from industry is received. Data collection concludes on 19 April although late replies will be accepted. Results will not be available for publication.
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