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41st UN/CEFACT Forum: UN/CEFACT - ICC DSI Joint Side Event

41st UN/CEFACT Forum: UN/CEFACT - ICC DSI Joint Side Event

From Documents to Data in Trade: Accelerating Adoption and Fostering Digital and Green Transformations

02 October 2023 15:30 - 17:00
UNESCAP Bangkok Thailand


With over half of the G7 (by GDP) now aligned to the Model Law on Electronic Transferable Records (MLETR), the momentum on digital trade is clear.  There is broad agreement that digital trade could boost trade and underpin a shift toward sustainable, inclusive growth, if only we could drive convergence towards global digital standards, as the key to interoperability across networks, countries, and systems. 

What can be done to speed the harmonisation and alignment of rules and standards, while driving adoption on the ground? What are the key stumbling blocks that need to be overcome in order to smooth the transition from “documents to data” and how should these be addressed?  Are there models for public/private partnership that should be considered?  


15:30 - 15:35 Overview of UN/CEFACT activities

Ms. Kamola Khusnutdinova, Secretary, UN Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business (UN/CEFACT)

15:35 - 15:50 Overview of UN/CEFACT Projects
Ms. Hanane Becha, UN/CEFACT Vice-Chair
  • Buy-ship-pay data exchange structures for trade finance facilitation

  • Transfer of MLETR-compliant titles

15:50 - 16:00

Reuse of UN/CEFACT standards
Mr. Piergiorgio Licciardello, Director, EDI, GS1 Global Office

16:00 - 16:10 Thailand NDTP case study - Thai Bankers Association
Mr. Kobsak Duangdee, Secretary General
16:10 - 16:20 ICC/DSI: Digital Standards Initiative (DSI) update
Ms. Pamela Mar, Managing Director
16:20 - 17:00

Panel Discussion
Moderated by: Mr. Ian Watt, UN/CEFACT Vice Chair

Mr. Robert Beideman, Chief Product Officer, GS1
Ms. Pamela Mar, Managing Director, Digital Standards Initiative, International Chamber of Commerce
Ms. Parnkae Nandavisai, Trade Finance Specialist, Thai Bankers Association