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Hangzhou Forum: Blockchain in Trade Facilitation: Looking Toward Implementation

15 October 2018

Deefly Zhejiang Hotel, Guiyu Room, Hangzhou, China

This Conference will take place in the afternoon of 15 October 2018 during the Hangzhou Forum of United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business (UN/CEFACT) (14 to 19 October 2018).

The UN/CEFACT Blockchain Whitepaper Project was launched in May 2017 and currently has 75 participating experts. The project has been exploring: 

  • How Blockchain technology could be used to facilitate trade and related business processes
  • How existing UN/CEFACT deliverables could be used by Blockchain application developers
  • Possible changes to existing UN/CEFACT deliverables, or new deliverables, that could be considered in order to support Blockchain trade-facilitation related applications.

Follow the URL for more complete description of the project. In April 2018, a conference/workshop was organized that went over the different potential use cases of blockchain in multiple sectors of activity. The presentations from this are available on the event website. 

Following the successful blockchain conference in Geneva that examined a broad set of blockchain use cases and issues, this workshop will build on the results and focus on the implementation of blockchain in trade facilitation. The discussion will focus on three questions:

  1. "When is blockchain the right solution?" - this part aims to cut through the hype and present practical decision trees that will help participants understand when blockchain is the right solution and when it is not.
  2. "What practical implementations can I learn from?" - this part aims to present lessons from real implementations that can help participants achieve success.
  3. Using UN/CEFACT standards in implementation – are there gaps?

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

To attend the conference, participants need to be registered for the Hangzhou Forum. You are kindly invited to register online by 21 September 2018 

Draft Agenda
Agenda will be on this website shortly.