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Trade Facilitation and E-business(UN/CEFACT)


The United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business (UN/CEFACT) is a subsidiary, intergovernmental body of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) which serves as a focal point within the United Nations Economic and Social Council for trade facilitation recommendations and electronic business standards. It has global membership and its members are experts from intergovernmental organizations, individual countries' authorities and also from the business community.

In focus

The 40th UN/CEFACT Forum from 8 to 12 May 2023 will be filled with interesting domain sessions, panel discussions, conferences and lunch and learns. The in-person event will cover the work of UN/CEFACT across different domains and focus on Cross Border Invoicing; Standards Development Methodologies and the Role of Standards; Cross-border Trade in Agricultural Goods; ESG Traceability of Sustainable Value Chains in the Circular Economy; eQuality Certification; Verifiable Credentials for Traceability and Sustainability, API’s using the BSP Vocabulary and other interesting topics.

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6 April 2023: This is to announce a 30-day public review until 2023/05/05 concerning the White Paper on the technical applications of Business Standards for Sustainable Tourism project. Please use the Public Comment Log provided to facilitate the preparation of a Disposition Log by the Project Team.

15 March 2023: UN/CEFACT is pleased to launch a call for participation for the project “Data Governance for Trade Facilitation”. Data Governance facilitates smooth movement of data across entities and borders. In the light of the increased cross border data flows in the context of domestic and cross-border trade along with data localization, privacy issues and guidelines, it becomes imperative to have governance related guidelines and controls in place. The purpose of this project is to look at Data Governance especially in Trade Facilitation (TF) in the context of UN/CEFACT’s mandates and create a whitepaper that focuses on studying existing Data Governance and presenting best practices for existing systems that can act as a guide for future implementation. If you would like more information, please contact the project lead: Sray Agarwal.

8 March 2023: UN/CEFACT is pleased to launch a call for participation for the project “Digital Identity Standardization for Trade Facilitation project launch”. The purpose of this project is to evaluate how legal entity and asset identification is managed in cross border paperless trade. The project will evaluate entity-level trust services and the advantages given mutual recognition across entities involved in the supply chain. It will test the hypothesis that the current lack of a consistent identifier for the many actors involved in cross-border movement of goods and related service hinders the development of effective IT-support systems and limits digitalization efforts by trade standards organizations. If you would like more information, please contact the project lead: Clare Rowley.

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