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UN/CEFACT Conference / Workshop on Blockchain

26 April 2018

Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland

Background
The UN/CEFACT Blockchain Whitepaper Project was launched in May 2017 and currently has 75 participating experts The scope of the project is to look at:

  • How Blockchain technology could be used to facilitate trade and related business processes
  • How existing UN/CEFACT deliverables could be used by Blockchain application developers
  • Possible changes to existing UN/CEFACT deliverables, or new deliverables, that could be considered in order to support Blockchain trade-facilitation related applications.

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Objective
The objective of this workshop/conference is to discuss and obtain feedback and comments from experts on the: 

  • Issue of interoperability between different blockchains
  • Draft chapters for the White Paper on Blockchain and Trade Facilitation
  • Draft White Paper on Blockchain Standards

The project team and participating experts will also discuss recommendations to be made to the UN/CEFACT Bureau for subsequent follow-up activities.

Target Audience
All interested in finding out more about how Blockchain could be used to support trade (including trade in services).

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Presentations

09:30 - 09:40 – Welcome Address

09:40 - 09:45 – Five-minute video on ‘What is blockchain?’

09:45 - 10:15 – Blockchain and the UN Sustainable Development Goals

  • Mr. Tadej Slapnik, State Secretary, Office of the Prime Minister of Slovenia

10:15 - 10:30 – Introduction: The UN/CEFACT Blockchain Whitepaper Project

  • Virginia Cram-Martos, UN/CEFACT Blockchain Project Leader, CEO Triangularity SARL

COFFEE BREAK

11:00 - 11:15 – Introduction: The UN/CEFACT Blockchain Whitepaper Project

Open Discussion

11:15 - 12:00 – Standards Whitepaper, Presentation by Chapter Coordinators

  • Ian Watt, UN/CEFACT Vice Chair (Harmonization)
  • Marek Laskowski, Professor York University
  • Steve Capell, Enterprise Architect, Dept. of Home Affairs, Australia

Open Discussion

Blockchain in Trade Processes Whitepaper

Presentations by Chapter Coordinators

12:00 - 12:15 – Supply Chain

  • Rupert Whiting, Enrico Camenelli and Edmund Grey

12:15 - 12:30 – Maritime

  • Ronen Mualem,  Manager Maritime Community Applications, Israel Ports Company

LUNCH BREAK

14:00 - 14:15 – Transportation (non-Maritime)

  • Thierry Grumiaux, Délégué commission de transport, international et douane, FNTR

14:15 - 14:30 – Agriculture

  • Frans Van Diepen, Manager electronic agro business, Dutch min of agriculture nature and food quality

14:30 - 15:00 – Blockchain Security, Identity, Legal and Mutual Recognition; Regulatory Issues

  • Tahseen Khan, UN/CEFACT Vice Chair, Regulatory

15:00 - 15:15 – Government Services

15:15 - 15:30 – Energy Trade Use of Blockchain

  • Jorge Alvarado, Blockchain Solutions Manager, Swisscom Zurich

COFFEE BREAK

16:00 - 16:30 – Financial Services

  • Carlo Salomane, Long-Way
  • Fabio Sorrentino, Consorzio-CBI

16:30 - 16:45 – Tourism

  • Akio Suzuki, Managing Director, JTREC, Domain Coordinator and Project leader, Travel and Tourism

16:45 - 17:00 –  Music and Arts

  • Thierry Grumiaux, Délégué commission de transport, international et douane, FNTR

17:00 - 18:00 – Blockchain Interoperability

  • Eric Cohen, Chair ISO TC307/SG.7, Interoperability of block-chain and distributed ledger
  • Steve Capell, Enterprise Architect, Dept of Home Affairs, Australia
  • Joshua Oakley, Asset Manager, Web3 Foundation

18:00 - 18:30 – Discussion on Recommendations to the UN/CEFACT Bureau

  • Moderator: Virginia Cram-Martos

18:30 – Closing Remarks