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UN/CEFACT Conference on "Latest technology trends impacting eBusiness, internet trading and trade facilitation: Anticipating the fourth industrial revolution"

3 April 2019

Salle XXV, Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland

Technology is evolving faster than ever before in human history. We are at the intersection of several cutting edge technologies that are redefining interactions between the physical and virtual world, driving disruption and enabling new business modes. These trends such as Artificial Intelligence, Autonomous Things, Quantum Computing, Edge devices hold significant promise in trade facilitation. Given these cutting edge developments in technology, it becomes important to keep up to date with the latest trends to evaluate which trends and approaches may be viable for future developments, investments and practical implementation.

We would like to keep UN/CEFACT community updated about the latest news and trends in technology field, and the potential impact these trends may have on different industry sectors and trade facilitation in general.

The goal of this event is to introduce and discuss the latest technology innovations and trends that have the potential to challenge and change the established trade practices. During the event experts and practitioners from different industries will present their knowledge on these topics, projects that have been implemented, and use cases in enabling trade facilitation with a focus on benefits derived and challenges they foresee in implementation.

Target Audience
All interested in finding out more about how strategic technology trends could be used to support trade facilitation.

  • UN/CEFACT Experts knowledgeable and interested in the latest technology trends and their application in Trade facilitation.
  • Technology Developers and Analysts from governments, the private sector, academia and international organizations.
  • End users, implementation champion and practitioners.
  • Decision makers in the field of Trade Facilitation.

To attend the conference, participants need to be registered for the 33rd UN/CEFACT Forum. You are kindly invited to register online by 22 March 2019.

9:00 – 9:15 – Opening Address
     Director of UNECE Economic Cooperation and Trade Division
     Welcome Message Mr. Vint Cerf, Google

9:15-10:15 Session 1: The Latest Technology Trends in Data Sources
     Moderator: Mr. Todd Frazier, FedEx 
     Prof. Davide Scaramuzza, University of Zurich – Autonomous Flying Drones
     Mr. Francois Guichard, UNECE Transport – Intelligent Transport Systems
     Dr. Jörg Jermann, Rapp AG – Autonomous Driving and Truck Platooning
     Mr. David Woudenberg, Xomnia B.V. – Autonomous Boats and AI

10:15-10:30 – Open Discussion 

10:30 – 11:00 COFFEE BREAK

11:00-11:30 Session 2: The Latest Technology Trends in Data Communication
     Moderator: Dr. Jan Hoffmann, UNCTAD
     Mr. Steve Capell, Australian Government Department of Home Affairs – API and Programmable web
     Mr. Laurent Vieira de Mello, Astrocast - Nanosatellites and Satellites as a Service
     Mr. Nikolai Vassiliev, ITU – 5G Networks

11:30-12:00 Session 3: The Latest Technology Trends in Data Computation
     Moderator: Mr. Kaushik Srinivasan, eMudhra
     Dr. Federico Carminati, CERN – Quantum Computing
     Mr. Marc Stampfli, Nvidia – Artificial Intelligence
     Mr. Masamichi Tanaka, Uhuru Corporation – Edge Computing

12:00-12:20 – Open Discussion 

12:20-12:30 – Conclusion