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UN/CEFACT

About CEFACT

Within the United Nations framework of the Economic and Social Council, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) serves as the focal point for trade facilitation recommendations and electronic business standards, covering both commercial and government business processes that can foster growth in international trade and related services.  In this context, the United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business (UN/CEFACT) was established, as a subsidiary, intergovernmental body of the UNECE Committee on Trade, mandated to develop a programme of work of global relevance to achieve improved worldwide coordination and cooperation in these areas.

Recent News

25 September 2016: Following approval of the Library Publication Format Project, this is to announce a call for participation. The purpose of the project is to develop a format(s) for the publication of UN/CEFACT’s libraries as identified by the project proposal. The project will provide a machine-processable format for the library content that may easily be integrated by software providers as well as allowing browsing of the library content by humans.

Membership is open to UN/CEFACT Experts with broad knowledge in the area of standards production and publication and awareness of implementers’ expectations, the functions of UN/CEFACT, and its groups. The project team will work during the next months until 2017-06-01 mainly through conference calls and other electronic means. For more information, contact the Project Leader: Christian Huemer.

20 September 2016:  UN/CEFACT is pleased to announce the opening of the Public Review period for the revision of Recommendation 1. Besides streamlining all of the documentation into a single, consolidated document, this project has modernized certain aspects of the text in order to accommodate electronic equivalents of the UN Layout Key.

The 60 day Public Review period will end on November 20 2016.

The Public Draft text and the comment template are available on the CUE website.

Any comments should be submitted to the project’s lead editor, Lance Thompson using the comment template. 

20 September 2016: UN/CEFACT is pleased to announce the opening of the Public Review period for Recommendation 36 - Single Window Interoperability (SWI). The new recommendation covers the mechanism required for the interconnectivity of two or more Single Window facilities. The recommendation also addresses the need for cross-border trade information exchange which requires the exchange of data/information beyond the National Single Window, i.e. across the border.

The 60 day Public Review period will end on November 20 2016.

The Public Draft text and the comment template are available on the CUE website.

Any comments should be submitted to the project’s editor, Colin Laughlan, using the comment template.

15 September 2016: UN/CEFACT is pleased to announce the launching of a new Single Window recommendation project on core principles for the operation of Single Windows. While they are increasingly integrated, interdependent with many vital systems and concentrating vital regulatory services, safe and efficient single window systems are critical to the effective functioning and the competitiveness of the economy. Adherence to core principles for the operation of Single Windows should prevent a domino effect on the other stakeholders and the economy in the case of its failure.

The group will officially begin during the 28th UN/CEFACT Forum in Bangkok with a Mini Conference on Wednesday 28 September.

For more information, contact the Project Leader Richard Morton or Lead Editor Jalal Benhayoun.

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