Third International Forum on Trade Facilitation
Paperless Trade in International Supply Chains:
Enhancing Efficiency and Security
Regional Commissions Round Table on Paperless Trade Implementation
in cooperation with
Economic Commission for Africa (ECA)
Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC)
Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)
Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA)



The United Nations Regional Commissions Round Table will focus on regional issues related to the implementation of paperless trade. The purpose is to give representatives from the regions an opportunity to discuss the practical issues related to implementing the ideas and concepts discussed during the International Forum on Trade Facilitation – Paperless Trade in International Supply Chains, which will be held during the preceding two days (see for details).

Participation in the Round Table is by invitation only.

Simultaneous translation will be provided in English, French Russian and Spanish.

09:30 - 10:00 Registration
10:00 - 11:15 Part 1 - Regional Perspectives on Paperless trade 
Chairperson:  Mr. Javaid Mansoor
Executive Secretary, National Trade and Transport Facilitation Committee, Pakistan  
National representative from each of the five UN regions will make a short presentation outlining the perspective of his or her region regarding the issues of paperless trade, commenting specifically on the presentations and discussions from the International Forum in the previous two days. Presenters will include:
  • Mr Joaquin Arriaga Padilla, Director, Ventanilla Única para las Exportaciones (VUPE) AGEXPRONT, Guatemalan non-traditional Exporters Association, Guatemala    [pps]   [pps]

  • Mr. Victor Valenzuela, Technical Director, Chile Customs Service, Chile    [pps]   [pps]

  • Mr. Lahoual, Ministry of Trade, Morocco

  • Mr. Amarkhuu Erdenepurev, Deputy Director of Policy Coordination and Strategic Planning Department, Ministry of Industry and Trade of Mongolia    [pps]

  • Mr. Phanna Ly, Deputy Director General, General Directorate on Technical Affairs, Ministry of Commerce, Cambodia   [Speech]   [Country Overview]   [pps]

  • Mr. Gordon Cragge, Director, SITPRO, United Kingdom    [pps]

  • Mr. Faisal Al-Serhan, Director of Transit and Clearance Directorate, Jordan

  • Mr. Badawy Ibrahim, Head of Division for Technical Office, Egyptian Customs Authority, Egypt

  • Mr. Ibrahima Diagne, Senegal Single Window, Senegal   [pps]
11:15 - 11:45 Open Discussion
11:45 - 12:45 Interactive discussions on key issues and approaches to paperless trade implementation 
Participants will be invited to participate in an interactive discussion to consider how the United Nations Regional Commissions could best assist countries in implementing paperless trade. This discussion will draw on the presentations and discussions from the International Forum and Part 1 of the Round Table, as well as the Paperless Trade Road Map and other background documents provided on the Forum website.
It is expected that these discussions will result in concrete suggestions and/or proposals for future work of the UN Regional Commissions in the area paperless trade.
12:45 - 13:00 Concluding Discussion