UN/CEFACT Update: 32nd UN/CEFACT Forum in Hangzhou, China

Posted on: Aug 30, 2018

Over the past year we have been continually reporting on our active participation in discussions hosted by the United Nations (UN) intergovernmental body dealing with global trade efficiency and the use of IT in the supply chain sector. The United Nations Center for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business (UN/CEFACT) was established by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), and for decades has focused on the facilitation of national and international transactions through the simplification and harmonization of processes, procedures, and information flows, aiding the growth of global commerce. There are approximately 300 experts representing every region of the world contributing to UN/CEFACT projects, and we are excited to be a part of these discussions and share the latest information with our customers and partners.
UN/CEFACT will be hosting its 32nd conference in Hangzhou, China between October 14 - 19th, 2018, and we happy to report that Vilden Associates, Inc. will be taking a more active role in the upcoming forum. Our VP, Rajiv Garg, has been selected to the position of Domain Coordinator of experts in international supply chain management, and will be taking a moderator role for one of the main topics/discussions at the Hangzhou conference. This event will feature 7 main topics for attendees, you can click on the titles for more detailed information:

IoT in Trade Facilitation Use Cases and Examples of Implementation: A look at use cases and examples of implementations of Internet of Things (IoT) in facilitating trade in areas such as agriculture, transportation, regulatory, supply chain and benefits that were derived from such implementation.

Blockchain in Trade Facilitation: Looking Toward Implementation: Discussion will focus on the implementation of blockchain in trade facilitation.

Showcasing of Transport & Logistics Deliverables: Concrete Applications of Trade Facilitation Through Automation: Ashowcase of published deliverables and on-going projects of the transport and logistics sector within UN/CEFACT, providing explanations on how the standards function as well as returns of experience from implementers.

Orchestration Focal Point - Conference: Showcase UN/CEFACT Semantic Specifications in a Way That Suits Implementers of Web Platforms: Moderated by Vilden VP Rajiv Garg, this conference will discuss and make actionable items towards the facilitation and support of the efforts of all UN/CEFACT supply chain related projects to deliver their semantic specifications in a way that suits implementer of web platforms and pipeline/IoT projects as well as traditional document exchange projects.

Towards a Circular Economy - Traceability and Transparency for Sustainable Value Chains (Use Cases and Examples of Implementation): This round table discussion will provide a mutual learning space where experts can exchange experiences, propose solutions to identified problems and anticipate future developments to advance sustainable value chains for a circular economy.

Cross-border eCommerce: An exploration of the current state of eCommerce and the inherent challenges faced in this type of trade. It will lay down a clear definition of eCommerce and eCommerce platforms as well as the main actors involved in such transactions.

UN/LOCODE Advisory Group Meeting 2018: A discussion covering the difficulties, challenges and key concerns of the maintenance of UN/LOCODE.
By participating in these forums, we gain insight into evolving technologies and shape global standards that will help facilitate the supply chain and international trade. We will use this expertise to enhance our products and to keep our customers current on industry trends. Vilden is thankful to be a part of this group of experts, and we are looking forward to our continued contribution to such forums in the future.

If you have any questions on the topics above or would like to register to attend the upcoming UN/CEFACT Hangzhou conference, you are more than welcome to contact us anytime! The forum is free for all to attend, registration deadline is on September 21st, 2018.