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12th UN/CEFACT Forum

7 - 11 April 2008

Welcome letter from the Undersecretary Mrs. María del Rocío Ruiz Chávez

 


María del Rocío Ruiz Chávez

Dear Friends and Colleagues, On behalf of the Government of Mexico, it is my privilege and pleasure to welcome all of you to Mexico, City for the 12th UN/CEFACT Forum. Mexico is deeply honored to host this important international event, and I would like to specially welcome delegates and participants from all over the world that will share with us their experience and knowledge on the issues that will be bring up during this forum. I also would like to express my deep appreciation for the UN/CEFACT´s efforts in arranging this forum in our country, with special thanks to our organizers in Mexico for their hard work to prepare for this event. I am confident that we will have some very interesting discussions in these days of activities, as our organizers have made a superb effort to put together a number of internationally renowned experts from government, private sector, and academia in the field of electronic business, trade facilitation, e-government, information and communication technologies, among other topics.

We have always recognized the valuable contributions and recommendations that the United Nations Organization has made, through the Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business, in order to foster the enhancement of e-business standards that will contribute to the growth of global commerce. To that end, the main purpose of this forum is to keep on working in the development of such standards that will cross all international boundaries and help lower transaction costs, increase competitiveness, simplify data flow and reduce bureaucracy.

Mexico is aware that nowadays the electronic commerce plays an important role in the economic and social development of our countries, and for that reason our government has been focused in its national and international promotion avoiding the creation of unnecessary barriers that hinder its progress. Likewise, we acknowledge that the information and communication technologies (ICTs) have become an engine of growth in the economies of some countries, and they also are seen as one of the most efficient tools for trade facilitation.

The use and adoption of ICT’s can provide outstanding solutions for the accomplishment of trade facilitation´s goals, such as the reduction of costs and delays by simplifying trade procedures, customs requirements and document flows, modernizing customs and port systems, promoting quality and safety standards, and improving trade logistics and information exchange associated with cargo handling and clearance. Thereby, it is necessary that we work together in order that our countries have an unlimited access to information technologies with the purpose of getting more benefits from its usage within the trade process.

Without a doubt, the UN/CEFACT provides us a window opportunity to get worldwide agreements concerning trade facilitation issues within an international cooperation framework, and we are willing to renew our commitment to carry out the recommendations arisen from this organism. Thus, I invite you to actively participate in this forum and get the most of this unique opportunity to learn and share.

I hope that your visit to Mexico, City will meet your highest expectations, and I wish you all productive and intellectually stimulating discussions over this week.

María del Rocío Ruiz Chávez
Undersecretary for Industry and Trade

 

 

Download welcome letter to UN/CEFACT Forum participants from the Mexican Ministry of Trade.

 

Registration for the Forum and hotel booking are now officially open (please see the relevant buttons in the left menu). 

 

Link to the World e-business Congress parallel events organized by the host of the UN/CEFACT Mexico Forum

Presentations at the UN/CEFACT Forum in Mexico

 

Report from Forum Management and Permanent Groups

Other presentations (Lunch and Learn)

Registration

 

Online registration is now closed


If you have any questions please e-mail to the UNECE Secretariat.

Essential Information for Forum Participants - download ALL documents as .zip

Document Name

Document Symbol

Mandate and Terms of Reference of UN/CEFACT 

TRADE/R.650/Rev.4

Open Development Process 

TRADE/R.650/Rev.4/Add.1/Rev.2

Rules of Procedure of the Bureau 

TRADE/R.650/Rev.4/Add.2

Terms of Reference of Rapporteurs

TRADE/R.650/Rev.4/Add.3

Intersessional approval process

TRADE/R.650/Rev.4/Add.4

Intellectual Property Rights Policy for UN/CEFACT

ECE/TRADE/CEFACT/2006/11

Descriptions of each Permanent Group’s activities
(from 13th UN/CEFACT Plenary, May 2007)

UN/CEFACT Programme of Work for 2008-2009

ECE/TRADE/C/2007/17

Report of the 2007 UN/CEFACT Plenary session

ECE/TRADE/C/CEFACT/2007/29

Report on the UNCEFACT Forum activities
(latest report)

ECE/TRADE/C/CEFACT/2007/4 

12th UN/CEFACT FORUM will be held in
ITESM, Campus Santa Fé, Mexico City

 

Av. Carlos Lazo #100, Col. Santa Fe,
Alvaro Obregón, México D.F | 91778000

 

 

ITESM is located in Santa Fe, in the west side of Mexico City, one of the most prestigious and recently developed business districts, where major international corporate business buildings, the largest shopping mall in the city, large universities as well as a good variety of fine restaurants and entertainment clubs compose the environment of this new area of the city.

ITESM,is the largest private University in the country, which counts with over 20 campuses in major cities through the country. The Santa Fe campus is one of its top schools with state of the art facilities, appropriate climate for business studies, research and dialogue.

 

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How to get there: How to get to a meeting place (ITESM) from the airport (AICM)

To take a taxi and go directly to the meeting place (or a hotel in the its vicinity). It will take approximately one hour and will cost about 270 pesos (1 USD is approximately 11 pesos; 1 Euro is approximately 15 pesos). More details on transportation .>.>.>.>

We highly recommend that you that you stay in a Hotel nearby the Santa fe area.

Public transportation is not recommended to travel to the Santa Fe area.

Although there is a subway system in Mexico, it is very crowded and does not reach the Santa Fe Area

Taxi from the Airport to Santa fe area will take 45 minutes to one hour and will cost about US 25

Taxi from downtown to ITESM will take 30-40 minutes and will cost about US 20

Taxi from an hotel located in Santa fe to the ITESM will take 10 minutes and will cost about US 5

Accommodation

 

Number of rooms are reserved at hotels located within one mile distance of the Forum venue. Please be aware that hotel Rates and availability are subject to cut off date. Participants are advised to book early to guarantee space in those hotels. We are also including two hotels in downtown for those participants willing to stay in downtown, and other lower cost options in the suburb of Toluca, Estado de México.

Terms & Conditions of Special Delegate Hotel Rates:

  1. Special delegate hotel rates only apply from Saturday, 5 - 12 April 2008, inclusive. Outside of these dates, rates are subject to hotel availability and can be charged at a different rate to the conference week rate.

  2. Special delegate hotel rates are subject to cut off dates. Please see individual hotels for cut off dates.

  3. Special delegate hotel rates only apply quoting the Booking code until all allocated rooms have been sold.

  4. All bookings are via e-mail or Phone.

  5. Special delegate hotel rates are quoted in Mexican Pesos on a per night basis (1 USD aprox 11 MXP). Breakfast and transportation to the venue is included in certain hotels but not always. Check availability.

 

 

List of Hotels suggested by the Organizers (with extended cut off dates)

 

Registration for "lunch and transportation package "

 

Transportation

 

The main airport is the AICM airport (Aeropuerto Internacional de la Ciudad de México), this is the best connected airport for international and national flights, however is located about one hour from the venue. The west area of the city is closer to the airport of the city of Toluca, Estado de México, the ride to this airport is about 30 minutes with faster and easier access to the site, as well as easier access to imigration and customs procedures.

Taxi
Taxi ranks are located directly outside the terminals. Most taxi companies offer fixed rates to hotels, rates ranges between $20 and $30 usd.

How to get to a meeting place (ITESM) from the airport (AICM) To take a taxi and go directly to the meeting place (or a hotel in the its vicinity). It will take approximately one hour and will cost about 270 pesos (1 USD is approximately 11 pesos; 1 Euro is approximately 15 pesos …)

We highly recommend that you that you stay in a Hotel nearby the Santa fe area.

Public transportation is not recommended to travel to the Santa Fe area. Although there is a subway system in Mexico, it is very crowded and does not reach the Santa Fe Area

Taxi from the airport to Santa fe area (it will take 45 minutes to one hour and will cost about US 25

Taxi from downtown to go to ITESM (it will take 30-40 minutes and will cost about US 20

Taxi from an hotel located in Santa Fe to the ITESM (it will take 10 minutes and will cost about US 5.

Visa Information

 

Where and how can I get a tourist visa to visit México?
You need to go to a Mexican Consulate abroad to ask about the requirements and to take the necessary steps to get your visa.

The requirements differ from country to country.

If you are a citizen of Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Island, Israel, Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, San Marino, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, United States of America, Uruguay or Venezuela, you don’t need a visa to enter México, although you must present a valid passport and fill out an immigration form for tourists and business trips, which can be obtained in travel agencies, airlines or at the point where you enter México. The immigration officer at entry point into México can also request that you demonstrate that you have sufficient funds and a return ticket to your country.

If you are a citizen of any other country, you need to go to a Mexican consulate to request a visa. If you have a family member, friend or acquaintance in México, he or she can do this at the INM.

Consult the requirements or go to any of the INM delegations throughout México for detailed information about requesting a visa.

Please check if you require an entry visa for México and more details at: www.sre.gob.mx/english

 

Requirement on customs regulations, please check the Ministry of Tourism website and the text provided

Mexico City Information

 

Located in Mexico’s central region in a valley with a magnificent backdrop of two volcanoes: Popocatepetl and Iztaccihuatl. The Nation’s capital has a pleasant climate with an average year-round temperature of 22º C (72º F).

Known as the City of Palaces, the Federal District has two areas that were declared World Heritage sites by the UNESCO. The first one is the Historic Center, where you can admire beautiful religious and historic buildings like the Catedral Metropolitana and Palacio de Bellas Artes. In this city you’ll see diverse colonial and modern architecture. The other site is Xochimilco Ecological Park, often referred to as the Venice of Mexico due to its beautiful canals. You can tour the canals on a trajinera (a wooden boat adorned with painted flowers). North of Mexico City, you can visit the Basilica de Guadalupe, one of the most visited basilicas in the world and a must-see for those who want to learn more about Mexico’s customs and traditions.

Like most cosmopolitan cities, Mexico City offers a wide variety of cultural events, shopping areas and tourist attractions. During your stay, visit the museums to see some amazing collections that depict the evolution of Mexico’s art and history, from the Pre-Hispanic Era to present day. If shopping is your thing, the city has numerous bazaars, plazas, malls and exclusive boutiques where you’ll find crafts, brand-name clothes and jewelry. In the neighborhoods of Coyoacan and San Angel, you can enjoy a bohemian atmosphere, while in Santa Fe and Polanco you’ll experience the glamour of the boutiques and modern hotels.

Weather: Weather in April is usually warm with an average daily temperature of 20°C/ 72°F and at night of 18°C. Rains occasionally.

Electricity: 110 volts as in the USA

Time difference: Mexico central time is GMT – 6 hours. Same time as in Chicago.

For more tourist information about the country, visit http://www.visitmexico.com/wb2/

For more information about Mexico city, visit http://www.mexicocity.gob.mx/

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For queries on participation, registration and program

Secretariat, Global Trade Solutions Section
Trade Division, UNECE
Phone: +41-22-917 2771
Fax: +41-22-917 0629
E-mail: forum.registration@unece.org

 

For queries on logistics in Mexico City

B2B Servicios
Mr. Gabriel Rosales
E-mail: lgranados@b2bservicios.comand grosales@b2bservicios.com