5th policy and technical workshop & capacity building training
Thailand hosts the 5th Passport policy and technical workshop to consider the proposed governing arrangements and possible model for the Passport. Eleven APEC economies attend (Australia, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand, the Philippines and Vietnam).
The workshop discussions are constructive and produced, in theory, a possible working model and governance framework for the passport. However, further technical work is required to refine this model and framework. Participants agree on the need to produce an economic and business case to provide a strong foundation for wider political support for establishing a passport.
A further program on capacity building for targeted developing economies was also conducted in conjunction with this workshop.