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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.

Agenda PDF
9:00 – 9:15 – Opening Address
     Ms. Maria Rosaria Ceccarelli, UNECE Trade Division Director-in-Charge
     Mr. Vint Cerf, Google - Welcome Message PDF

9:15-10:15 Session 1: The Latest Technology Trends in Data Sources
     Moderator: Mr. Todd Frazier, FedEx   BIO
     Mr. Davide Scaramuzza, University of Zurich – Autonomous Flying Drones   BIO
     Mr. Francois Guichard, UNECE Transport – Intelligent Transport Systems   BIO
     Mr. Jörg Jermann, Rapp AG – Autonomous Driving   BIO
     Mr. David Woudenberg, Xomnia B.V. – From #selfdrivingboat to autonomous shipping  BIO

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   BIO
     Mr. Steve Capell, Australian Government Department of Home Affairs
          – API and Programmable web   BIO
     Mr. Laurent Vieira de Mello, Astrocast
          - Global IoT communication with nanosatellites   BIO
     Mr. Nikolai Vassiliev, ITU – 5G Networks    BIO

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

12:00-12:20 – Open Discussion 

12:20-12:30  Conclusion
     Mr. Jan Hoffmann, UNCTAD   BIO