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14 July 2021 | By invitation only

UNTF survey launch

Advancing digital and sustainable trade facilitation for building back better

14 July 2021 | 15:00-16:30 Bangkok time (GMT +7)

The United Nations Regional Commissions (UNRCs) have been conducting the UN Global Survey on Digital and Sustainable Trade Facilitation since 2015, in cooperation with UNCTAD, ICC, OECD and many other organizations. The Survey provides updated and comparable information on implementation of nearly 60 trade facilitation measures in more than 130 countries around the world. As such, it enables countries and development partners to support evidence-based trade facilitation strategies and policies, share good and innovative practices and identify capacity building and technical assistance needs.

The Survey includes measures specified in the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement as well as more advanced paperless trade measures, and trade facilitation measures in support of more inclusive and sustainable trade facilitation. The 2021 Survey also covers 2 new groups of measures: Trade finance facilitation measures and Trade facilitation in times of crisis.

At the Launch event, the 2021 Survey results will be made available on its interactive website at, which can generate customized reports based on the Survey results. Also, progress made towards digital and sustainable trade facilitation at global level as well as at regional and subregional levels will be presented.

For any enquiry, please contact Trade, Investment and Innovation Division, United Nations ESCAP (Email: [email protected]).

14 Jul 2021
Opening remarks

Ms. Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and
Executive Secretary of Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)

Progress made towards Digital and Sustainable Trade Facilitation

Overview of Global Survey Results and in the Asia-Pacific region

  • Mr. Yann Duval, Director, a.i., Trade, Investment and Innovation Division, ESCAP

Digital and Sustainable Trade Facilitation in Africa

  • Mr. David Luke, Coordinator, African Trade Policy Centre, Economic Commission for Africa (ECA)

Digital and Sustainable Trade Facilitation in Europe and Central Asia

  • Ms. Elisabeth Tuerk, Director, Economic Cooperation and Trade Division, Economic Commission for Europe (ECE)

Digital and Sustainable Trade Facilitation in Latin America and the Caribbean

  • Mr. Sebastian Herreros, Economic Affairs Officer, Trade and Integration Division, Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC)

Digital and Sustainable Trade Facilitation in the Arab region

  • Mr. Moctar Mohamed El Hacene, Leader of Shared Economic Prosperity Cluster, Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA)
  • Mr. Andrew Wilson, Director of Global Affairs, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)
  • Mr. Poul Hansen, Chief, Trade Facilitation Section, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)

for more information, please contact

Trade, Investment and Innovation Division +66 2 288-1234 [email protected]
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