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UN/CEFACT Single Window Conference to address risks to global trade

National Single Windows – which simplify import and export transactions by making it easier to input all regulatory and commercial information at a single electronic point – streamline cross-border data exchange, reducing bureaucracy and making it easier for businesses to engage in international trade transactions.
Global trade facilitation experts will gather in Geneva, Switzerland, on October 30 and 31 for the International Single Window Conference organized by the United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business (UN/CEFACT). The two-day event will look at National Single Window developments as one of the main technological solutions in a worldwide effort to stimulate international trade. 
“Single Window is a main tool for trade facilitation and is now part of the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Trade Facilitation Agreement obligations,” said UN/CEFACT spokesperson, Dr. Lance Thompson. “This important Conference comes at a time when the WTO has identified risks to world trade ranging from restrictive actions arising from protectionist rhetoric, a rise in global geopolitical tensions, and the possibility of a rising economic toll from natural disasters,” he added.
Exemplary Single Window solutions can be found from countries from all over the world; besides examples from the European Union and the Eurasian Economic Commission, this year’s Conference will showcase Single Windows from Central Asia and Africa.
UN/CEFACT, which developed its first Recommendation on Single Window over 15 years ago, is now examining how new technologies can be integrated into international trade data systems.  “Our focus is developing standards that will enable private businesses to use electronic data exchanges for all supply chain processes related to international trade,” said Thompson, adding that Blockchain, the Internet’s highly touted new architecture for secure transactions, is a major research project now underway. Earlier this month, UN/CEFACT held a Blockchain conference as part its international experts’ forum in Rome, Italy.
The United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business (UN/CEFACT) is hosted by UNECE.
For further information on the Conference, please visit:
UNECE, Trade Facilitation Section, Chief UN/CEFACT Support Unit
+41 22 917 1298

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