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.