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40th UN/CEFACT Forum: eData Domain Meeting

40th UN/CEFACT Forum: eData Domain Meeting

11 May 2023 9:30 - 17:30
Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland

Discuss initiatives around Data Governance, AI for Trade Facilitation, MLETR, eNotarization and Trusted Third Party Services.


09:30 - 10:30, Data Governance in Trade Facilitation

  • Sray Agarwal, Project Leader

11:00 - 12:30, AI for Trade Facilitation including impact of open AI/ChatGPT

  • Sray Agarwal, Project Leader
  • Kaushik Srinivasan, Domain Coordinator

14:00 - 15:30, Brainstorming Session on eNotarization and Trusted Third Party Services

  • Working Group
    Cross border exchange of sensitive data and need for establishing authenticity 
    eNotarization regulations around the world 
    Mutual Recognition 
    Need for standards and interoperability
    Mutual recognition to enable cross border paperless trade 
    Role of Trusted Third Parties in enabling/building digital trust for cross border trade 

16:00 - 17:30, MLETR-Compliant Title Transfer Project Discussion

  • Ren Yuh Kay, Project Leader PPT

This meeting will discuss the finalisation of this project including a White Paper that provides clear guidance on methods to achieve the requirements outlined in the UNCITRAL Model Law on Electronic Transferable Records (contextualised towards electronic negotiable Bills of Lading) 

According to UNCITRAL, the Model Law on Electronic Transferable Records (MLETR) aims to enable the legal use of electronic transferable records both domestically and across borders. The MLETR applies to electronic transferable records that are functionally equivalent to transferable documents or instruments. Transferable documents or instruments are paper-based documents or instruments that entitle the holder to claim the performance of the obligation indicated therein and that allow the transfer of the claim to that performance by transferring possession of the document or instrument. Transferable documents or instruments typically include bills of lading, bills of exchange, promissory notes and warehouse receipts.  


  1. Introduction to the project - Ian Watt Bureau-Vice-Chair International Supply Chain PDA.
  2. Importance of the project in cross border context - Tahseen Ahmad Khan Bureau-Vice-Chair Regulatory and eGovernment PDA.
  3. Handover to Kay Ren Yuh Project Lead for Project Group meeting. 
  4. Roll call.
  5. Overview of the following topics included in the White Paper; 
    - How Distributed Ledger Technology could be used to facilitate title transfers of MLETR-compliant title records cross border
    - Key issues to consider while creating, administering and using technologies for electronic transferable records 
    - Overview on how existing UN/CEFACT deliverables could be used in this context.
  6. Remaining steps to project completion. 
  7. AOB .