Expert Group Meeting on Regional Cooperation Mechanisms: Regional Agreement on Electronic Exchange of Trade Data and Documents
The purpose of the EGM is to discuss in details the feasibility and content of a regional cooperation mechanism for electronic exchange of trade data and documents. The need to study the feasibility of such a mechanism or agreement was one of the main recommendations of the Asia-Pacific Trade Facilitation Forum 2010, held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. A regional agreement on this issue can indeed be expected to facilitate interconnectivity and interoperability between the growing number of national single windows and related paperless trade facilities being developed in the region. It will also come in support of the implementation of the Asia-Pacific Trade Agreement Framework on Trade Facilitation. The EGM will bring together the Legal Advisory Group Members of the United Nations Network of Experts for Paperless Trade in Asia and the Pacific, as well as a small number of invited experts from developing country Governments of the region for in-depth discussions.