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UNECE/UNESCAP Workshop on UNeDocs for Single Window Facilities in Asia and the Pacific
10-14 December 2007, Bangkok, Thailand


Harmonization of national and regional trade data with international instruments is important part of trade facilitation and a vital precondition to ensure interoperability of trade data exchanged among countries, which operate e-Single Window facilities or any other electronic documentation systems. Since majority of the Asia-Pacific countries has already established or is planning to establish such facilities and systems, the topic is highly relevant in the context of this region.

The Workshop builds on the SPECA-ASEAN workshop held by UNESCAP in April 2007 which explained the relevance of data harmonization for international trade and economic development. It will enhance the capacities of the government and customs officials, trade facilitators, business and academic institutions representatives to identify opportunities for economic development through the implementation of electronic documents for export and import. It will comprise two parts:

Workshop segments:

The event has two segments:

(1) The Workshop will be held on 10-11 December 2007 to present – the “why” and the "what" – the tools which are available to implement international instruments for cross-border trade data harmonization , and thus cater for interoperability of data exchanged within e-Single Window facilities and paperless trade environments. The workshop will present the UNeDocs Extensions for electronic Customs Messages, developed jointly by UNECE and UNESCAP. This module complements the UNeDocs with electronic Customs documents based on best practice for Customs defined in the revised Kyoto Convention the Data Model of the World Customs Organization.

(2) The Technical Training will be held on 12-14 December 2007 to provide a group of technical experts from Customs with – the "how" – the skills to use the international standards and tools to harmonize at the national and subregional level. This hands-on training will train participants in using the UNeDocs Extensions for electronic Customs Messages, as a tool for simplification of global trade. It will also enable participants to develop electronic documents for their customs organizations. The e-documents will incorporate latest standards and best practice developed by the United Nations and the World Customs Organization and can be adapted to the specific needs and requirements of the countries.




Session 1  Simplification and harmonization of trade information to enhance trade efficiency

The role of aligned trade documents in trade facilitation
Maria Misovicova, Economic Affairs Officer, TID, UNESCAP

Aligned Trade Documents for Efficient Trade: From paper to digital paper
Markus Pikart, Economic Affairs Office, Trade and Timber Division, UNECE

eCustoms in Sweden: turning the geographic challenge into a competitive opportunity
Mats Wicktor, Director, Customs Future Centre, Sweden
Session 2 

International Standards and Best Practices for Cross-Border Data Exchange

Introduction to the UNeDocs
Michael Dill, GEFEG, Germany

UNeDocs and relationships with other international standards
Sue Probert, SEPIAeb, United Kingdom
Session 3  Regional Initiatives and Perspectives

Cross-border data exchange in the Asia-Pacific region: Current state and future directions
Sangwon Lim, Senior Researcher, Korea Institute for Electronic Commerce, Republic of Korea

Implementing the ASEAN Single Window: State of play
Quang Anh Le, Coordinator for Customs Unit, Bureau for Economic Integration, ASEAN Secretariat, Indonesia

The Export Declaration exchange project between Malaysia and the United Kingdom/EU utilizing UNeDocs Data Model
Eva Chan, Manager, Strategic Business Concepts, Dagang Net Technologies Snd Bhd, Malaysia

The APEC 2008 project on data harmonization for paperless single window
Thayanan Phuaphanthong, Research Associate, Institute for Technology Innovation, Thailand
Session 4 Sharing National Experiences

National single window initiatives:

Experience of Malaysia
Marianne Wong M.W., Senior Assistant Director of Customs, Customs Division, The Royal Malaysian Customs, Malaysia

Experience of Hong Kong, China
Peter Stokes, Managing Consultant, Axway, Hong Kong, China

Experience of Mongolia
Odonchimeg Lundaa, Mongolian National Trade and Transport Facilitation Committee, Mongolian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Mongolia

Experience of the Russian Federation
Mikhail Antipov, Head, Division for foreign trade regulation, Department for the State Regulation of Foreign Trade, the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade, Russian Federation

National Paperless Trade Initiatives:

Single Window and Document Standardization in case of Korea's uTradeHub
Jae-Hyun Lee, Managing Director, e-Biz Support Bureau, Korea International Trade Association, Republic of Korea

Introducing Paperless Trade in India
Tahseen Khan, India

Paperless trade: policy initiatives and projects in Thailand
Somnuk Keretho, Advisor on Thailand e-Logistics, Ministry of Information & Technology
Director - Institute for Information Technology Innovation, Kasetsart University, Thailand
Session 5  UN Tools to Support the Implementation of Paperless Trade in Asia Pacific

The use of UN Toolkit for developing aligned trade documents and e-documents
Markus Pikart, UNECE & Mr. Shanta Da Silva, Sri Lanka

Introduction to UNeDocs Extension Module for Integrated Data Exchange at Border Crossings
Michael Dill, Germany

UNeDocs Implementation User Guide
Sue Probert, United Kingdom

Assessment of the needs for the UN Regional Network of Experts in Asia Pacific
Markus Pikart, UNECE & Maria Misovicova, UNESCAP



Markus Pikart
Economic Affairs Officer
UNECE Trade and Timber Division
Tel: + 41 22 917 2016
Email: markus.pikart@unece.org  
Ms. Maria Misovicova
Economic Affairs Officer
Trade Efficiency and Facilitation Section
Trade and Investment Division, UNESCAP
Tel.: +66 2 288 2118       Fax: +66 2 288 1027
E-mail: misovicova@un.org