Before the third session:  8:30 - 9:45

Hall XX - Seminar on the United Nations Electronic Trade Documents (UNeDocs): Digital Paper for Trade on Your Desktop

Presentations by :
UN Economic Commission for Europe
Simpler Trade Procedures Board (SITPRO), UK
Universal Postal Union 
Microsoft
Adobe

Internet:www.unece.org/etrades/unedocs

Presentations and discussions continued in the afternoon

 

9:30

  Session III:   Mechanism of Cooperation: the role of the business community    Thursday 15 May

Chairperson:

Mr. Selig S. MERBER, Chairman, Customs Commission, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)

Rapporteur:

Mr. Julian OLIVER, Director-General, International Express Carriers Conference (IECC)

Speakers

How to achieve maximum trade facilitation in a regulatory environment

Mr. Nigel BALCHIN, Vice President, Société Générale de Surveillance SA (SGS)

Trade facilitation, security concerns and the postal industry

Mr. Thomas E. LEAVEY, Director General , Universal Postal Union

New solutions for trade facilitation and e-business accessible to all

Mr. Patrick GANNON, President and CEO, OASIS

The business contribution to development and safe trade

Mr. Patrick De SMEDT, Vice President, Microsoft Europe, Middle East and Africa

The development dimension of trade facilitation

Mr. Vitorino HOSSI, Minister of trade, Angola

TTFSE.org website: a regional partnership to improve information transparency

Ms. Kremena GOTCHEVA, BulPRO, Bulgaria

Mr. Gerald OLLIVIER, Transport Specialist, The World Bank

How transition economies can leverage existing logistics and transportation solutions

Mr. Anders NORDAHL, Kuehne & Nagel

Leading Edge Solutions for Trade Facilitation

Mr. Ray WALKER, Chairman, Steering Group of the UN Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business (UN/CEFACT)

Discussant:

Mr. David ANDREWS, Director, Market Access, Department of Trade and Industry, United Kingdom

13:15  - 14:00  LUNCH BREAK

14:00-15:00 Presentation

Study on the perceptions and priorities of selected developing countries on the inclusion of trade facilitation in the WTO multilateral trade negotiations

  Mr. Murray SMITH, Crown Agents/DFID

This paper, based on interviews with key officials of a representative set of developing countries, attempts to understand the economic, political and legal reasons for these countries’ concerns on the inclusion of trade facilitation in WTO negotiations. It suggests options for dealing with these concerns.