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.
08 March 2016: The UN/CEFACT project team behind the "Background Research on Public Procurement Using International Standards" is pleased to announce its approval and wishes to herewith invite interested parties to participate in the project.
The aim of such Research is to determine whether there is sufficient need, in the global market, for UN/CEFACT to formulate a proposal for the development of a global Recommendation or a set of Standards regarding public procurement.
Given the diversity of entities and procedures actually in use in the field of public procurement, the need for a comprehensive overview appears warranted, in order to provide an intellectual levelled-playing field between UN efforts (like the WTO "Government Procurement Agreement" and UNCITRAL "Model Law on Public Procurement"), rules and regulations adopted by the major Multilateral Development Banks (with particular regard to "New Procurement Framework" recently adopted by the World Bank), the European Union landscape (following the 2014 relevant Directives) and different other international public Procurement systems.
Before formulating a proposal for further UN/CEFACT developments in this area, this project will aim at providing such an overview through information gathering and research of existing literature and legal texts, with a view to identify issues which indicate the compelling importance of a basic, common, guidance in the development/use of Recommendations and Standards in public procurement.
The project proposal, sign-up information, and other details are available on the UN/CEFACT Collaboration Environment.
To register interest in participating or for more information please contact the Lead Editors: Mr. Raffaele Fantetti or Mr. Edmund Gray.
The development of this Project can be followed on the UN/CEFACT Collaboration Environment.
03 March 2016: Call for participation on Project “Verified Gross Mass Exchange UNSM (VERMAS)”. Following approval of the VERMAS UNSM Project Proposal, this is to announce a call for participation. This Project concerns the development and publication of an international EDIFACT “Verified Gross Mass Exchange Message” for international & national trade and this is closely linked to the new IMO Verified Gross Mass regulation as amendment to the SOLAS Convention which will be introduced with worldwide effect on July 1st 2016. To register interest in participating or for more information please contact Mr. Michael Schröder. The development of this Project can be followed on the UN/CEFACT Collaboration Environment.
18 February 2016: The UN/CEFACT Sectoral Program Development Area is pleased to announce the opening of the Public Review period for the Electronic Interchange of fisheries catch data Project. The 60 days Public Review period will end on April 18th 2016.
16 February 2016: The UN/CEFACT Recommendation 20 Revision 12 has been validated by BPS Validation Team and approved by UN/CEFACT Bureau for publication. It is now available in the Recommendations Section of the UN/CEFACT Website.
12 February 2016: The UN/CEFACT Methodology and Technology Program Development Area is pleased to announce the opening of the Public Review period for the Procedure for CCTS 2.01 & CCBDA 1.0 & NDR 2.1 Artefacts Publication Project. The 60 days Public Review period will end on April 12th 2016.