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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 May 2016: A second 60-day Public Review is open for the recommendation project on Public-Private Partnerships in Trade Facilitation. This project studies the application of classic Public-Private Partnership models to specific Trade Facilitation measures and analyses the various risks to be considered when thinking of this type of financing. It further proposes a methodology for assessing the implementation of a Public-Private Partnership for Trade Facilitation measures. Within the context of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement adopted in November 2014, Trade Facilitation is a central aspect for the future of international trade. Financing these projects will increasingly be a challenge, especially for transitional and developing economies. This recommendation project aims to provide a contribution in this sense. The draft recommendation is being submitted for a second Public Review following substantial changes made based on comments received from the UNECE secretariat. The final draft text of the recommendation and the guidelines for Public Review and the template for all comments are available on the Public-Private Partnerships in Trade Facilitation - Public Review page.

17 May 2016: Following the approval of the project Recommendation on Trade and Transport Facilitation Monitoring Mechanisms (TTFMM) this is to announce a call for participation. Relevant experts and interested parties are invited to join the project team that will work collaboratively to develop the Recommendation over the next six to eight months, mainly through conference calls and other electronic means. For more information, please contact the Project Leader Somnuk KERETHO, Lead Editor Tengfei WANG and Editor Paloma BERNAL TURNES.

02 May 2016: The UN/CEFACT Schema library version D.16A has been approved and is now available alongwith the validation report and release notes.

02 May 2016: The UN/CEFACT Bureau has approved the publication of the Core Component Library 16A.


Upcoming Events

26 to 30 September 2016

Other events

Delivering on the Trade Facilitation Agreement, 14 December 2015, Nairobi City, Kenya

Single Window Workshop - Shanghai, China, 23 October 2015, Shanghai, China