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UN/CEFACT Mini Conference on "Blockchain"

4 October 2017

Rome, Italy

Background
Over the past year, blockchain technology has been increasingly in the news with many articles - but also much inconsistent or incomplete information. Blockchain appears to be an important new development which will allow the creation of "original" electronic documents that cannot be copied and whose origin can be guaranteed - without using a trusted third party. But how far is this technology from being implemented and how realistic are the claims that have been made? And if blockchain technology is as secure and “immutable” as claimed – why do we continue to read stories about hackers stealing millions of dollars/euros worth of cryptocurrencies (electronic money based on blockchain technology)?

Objective
This mini conference seeks to establish some clarity and a collective understanding of the potential of blockchain technology for supporting trade and trade facilitation as well as the other business and government activities where the United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business (UN/CEFACT) has projects. 

To reach this objective, a range of experts will talk about the various aspects of blockchain technology and will take questions from the floor. You will also hear from organizations, from different sectors, about their experiences and lessons learned from implementing blockchain-based pilot projects or operational systems. Speakers will talk about the use of blockchain in transportation (including a seaport), finance, supply chains, agriculture, energy and other sectors. Come, learn and contribute to the discussion.

Target Audience

  • UN/CEFACT Experts interested in associating blockchain with UN/CEFACT standards
  • Potential users of blockchain in all fields of activity (even outside UN/CEFACT)
  • All parties that have an interest in easier cross border trade

Registration & Participation
Registration is compulsory for attending the Mini Conference. You are kindly invited to register through the 30th UN/CEFACT Forum online registration .

Participation is free of charge but participants are responsible for making their own travel and accommodation arrangements.

Should you need any more information about the Mini Conference, please do not hesitate to contact the UNECE secretariat by e-mail at forum.registration@unece.org.

Organizers

  • UN/CEFACT eGovernment Domain, Blockchain Project Team