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14 December 2021 | Open meeting

This webinar series will discuss how sustainable trade facilitation measures are crucial in supporting groups and sectors with special needs, specifically related to agriculture, SMEs and women, especially how these measures could support the recovery from the pandemic and build back better. Experts from governments, international organizations and private sectors will share good practices in implementing relevant trade facilitation measures towards a more inclusive an resilient global trading system.

14:30
16:00
Session 1 Agricultural Trade Facilitation

Targeting specific sectors such as the agricultural sector, which represents a significant proportion of small-scale traders and SMEs can increase the positive impact of trade facilitation on sustainable development.

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the role of "trade facilitation for agriculture". Measures such as providing testing and laboratory facilities available to help to meet SPS of main trading partners, establishing national standards and accreditation bodies to facilitate compliance with SPS, electronic application and issuance of SPS certificates and special treatment for perishable goods at border-crossings, among others, would lead to a stronger and more resilient post-crisis recovery.

Panellists in this session will discuss good practices in implementing agricultural trade facilitation towards a more inclusive and resilient global trading system.

16:15
17:45
Session 2 Trade Facilitation for SMEs

SMEs face disproportionate barriers to trade due to inadequate access to digital infrastructure, insufficient IT skills and a lack of financial resources. More work needs to be done for the implementation of inclusive measures to promote SMEs in trade.

 

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the role of "trade facilitation for SMEs". Measures such as making SMEs key members of National Trade Facilitation Committees (NTFCs), enabling SMEs to benefit from the AEO scheme, providing technical consultation and training services more easily to SMEs on the use of single windows and, among others, would lead to a stronger and more resilient post-crisis recovery.

18:00
19:30
Session 3 Women in Trade Facilitation

Gender inequalities exist in many different areas, creating distinct barriers to women and preventing integration into international trade.The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the role of "trade facilitation for women". Measures such as ensuring women have access to membership in NTFC or similar bodies, TF measures to benefit women involved in trade and Trade facilitation policy/strategy to increase women's participation in trade, among others, would lead to a stronger and more resilient post-crisis recovery.

 

Opening remarks

Yann Duval
Mr. Yann Duval
Trade Policy and Facilitation Section, Trade, Investment and Innovation Division (TIID), ESCAP
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Presenter and Moderator

Soo
Ms. Soo Hyun Kim
Economic Affairs Officer, TIID, ESCAP
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Session 1 Agricultural Trade Facilitation

Jianlei
Ms. Jianlei Ma
Senior Analyst, Agricultural Trade Promotion Centre, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, China
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Conor
Mr. Conor Mulvihill
Director, Diary Industry Ireland, Executive committee member of Food Drink Ireland, IBEC
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Raymond
Mr. Raymond O Rouke
Chair, European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)
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Mr. Craig Fedchock
Senior Advisor, North American Export Grain Association and the Innovation Emissary of the International Grain Trade Coalition
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Craig Fedchock recently became a Senior Advisor to the North American Export Grain Association and the Innovation Emissary of the International Grain Trade Coalition. For the previous eleven years, he held a variety of senior positions at the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) Secretariat, a semi-independent body housed at the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization, including holding the positions of Senior Advisor and Director of the IPPC ePhyto Solution, a successful effort to digitize the exchange of phytosanitary certificates. He also had acted as IPPC Secretary and IPPC Coordinator. Before IPPC, he held several positions with the US Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ) Division, including Director of International Capacity Development, Associate Executive Director of Plant Health Programs, and Director of the Phytosanitary Issues Management staff. Before joining PPQ, Mr. Fedchock was the Director of Bilateral Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Affairs at the Executive Office of the President, Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR). While at USTR he was the lead negotiator for the United States on SPS issues in multiple Free Trade Agreement negotiations and World Trade Organization accession discussions. He was also the Chief of Staff for APHIS International Services, and the Director for Asia Trade Policy in APHIS. Mr. Fedchock also worked in the Codex Office of the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service, managed the activities of the National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods; worked for the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration and as a consultant to the U.S. Department of Defense.

Dr. Hermogene Nsengimana
Dr. Hermogene Nsengimana
Secretary General, Organisation for Standardisation (ARSO)
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Mr. Steve Capell
Mr. Steve Capell
Director, GoSource Pty Ltd, UN/CEFACT project lead
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Mr. Steven Capell is a technology architect and runs a boutique consultancy in Canberra Australia that is focused on digital transformation for federal government customers.  He has also been a UN/CEFACT expert for around 20 years and has contributed to the blockchain whitepaper published in 2020 and led the verifiable credentials white paper published in 2022.

Mr. Cesare Varallo
Mr. Cesare Varallo
Founder, Foodlawlatest.com
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Presenter and Moderator

Jiangyuan
Ms. Jiangyuan Fu
Consultant, TIID, ESCAP
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Session 2 Trade Facilitation for SMEs

Sara
Ms Sarah Ashour
Trade Policy Analyst, Ministry of Industry and Trade, Egypt
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Chaemee
Ms. Chaemee Kim
VP executive director, digital trade and logistics division, KTNET, Republic of Korea
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Tulus
Mr. Tulus Tambunan
Center for Industry, SME and Business Competition Studies, University of Trisakti, Indonesia
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Nurjamal
Ms. Nurjamal Bokoeva
Head of Secretariat German Alliance for Trade Facilitation
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Ms. Celine Bacrot
Ms. Celine Bacrot
Economic Affairs Officer, Trade Facilitation Section, UNCTAD 
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Mr. Pierre Bonthonneau
Mr. Pierre Bonthonneau
Senior Trade Facilitation Adviser, ITC
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Pierre Bonthonneau is a Senior Trade Facilitation Adviser at the International Trade Center in Geneva. He has over 15 years of experience in international trade, working with logistics services providers, strategy consulting firm and UN organizations.

Pierre worked in the logistics industry in Africa where he was responsible for the clearing and forwarding activities of logistics services provider. He also worked the for the Boston Consulting Group, a business strategy consulting firm, where he was involved, among other, on the definition of export strategies for developing countries and supporting multinational in structuring their value chains in Africa.

Since he joined ITC as an expert in trade facilitation, Pierre has assisted over 40 countries in implementing their obligations under the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement.

Celine
Ms. Céline Kauffmann
Head of the Entrepreneurship, SME and Tourism Division, OECD
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Presenter and Moderator

Rose
Ms. Rose C Ronoh
International Trade/AfCFTA Expert
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Session 3 Women in Trade Facilitation

Sydney
Mr. Sydney Chibbabbuka
Commissioner, Zambia Revenue Authority
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Evelyn
Ms. Evelyn Obidike
Director Trade Information, Nigerian Export Promotion Council
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Martin
Mr. Martin Gasasira
Trade Promotion and Facilitation, RDB
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Ms. Candice White
Ms. Candice White
Knowledge Specialist, Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation
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Ms Alina
Ms Alina Fetisova
Trade Facilitation Programme Officer, Trade Facilitation and Policy for Business, International Trade Centre
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Ms. Alina Fetisova
Ms. Arantzazu Sanchez Belastegui
Economic Affairs Officer, Trade Facilitation Section, UNCTAD
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Menaal
Ms. Menaal Munshey
Regional consultant, ESCWA
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