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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

24 February 2017This is to announce a 60-day public review until 26 April 2017 concerning the Purchase Order Financing Request project Business Requirement Specification All eventual comments can be addressed to  Fabio Sorrentino by using the provided Comment Template.

15 February 2017: The Second Global Survey on Trade Facilitation and Paperless Trade Implementation will be carried out until the end of March 2017. It is jointly conducted by the United Nations Regional Commissions (UNRCs) - ECA, ECE, ECLAC, ESCAP and ESCWA.

10 February 2017: The public review is open for the "Procedures for Reference Data Model & Associated Artefacts Publication Project". The purpose of the project is to define the procedures for the creation and publication of CCL-based Reference Data Models.

Any comments should be submitted to the Project Lead Ulrike Linde using the Public Review Comment Template until March 29th, 2017. The Public Draft text is available

2 February 2017: UN/CEFACT is pleased to launch a call for participation for the new project entitled "Header/Envelope Document Exchange Project".

The purpose of this project is to explore if the technical specifications Standard Business Document Header, SBDH, from UN/CEFACT and the Business Document Envelope, BDE, from OASIS can be merged into a single Header/Envelope Technical Specification, including guidance on how and where a header and envelope technology would be applied.
Membership is open to UN/CEFACT Experts and OASIS BDXR Members with broad knowledge in the area of standardised electronic document exchange. The project team will work during the next months until the end of 2017 mainly through conference calls and other electronic means.
For more information, contact the Project Leader: Anders Grangard  or Kenneth Bengtsson. The development of this project can be followed on the UN/CEFACT Collaboration Environment Project Page.

18 January 2017: UN/CEFACT is pleased to launch a call for participation in the new project entitled "Extension of Cross Industry Cataloguing, Quotation, Ordering, Delivering and Remittance Advice Technical Artefacts Project".

The purpose of this project is to develop the technical artefacts needed to allow users to implement the business messages for cataloguing, quotation, ordering, delivering and remittance advice based on the Supply Chain Reference Data Model,  SCRDM, and Core Component Business Document Assembly (CCBDA).To register interest in participating or for more information please contact Mr. Rolf Wessel. The development of this Project can be followed on the UN/CEFACT Collaboration Environment Project Page.

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