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29 August to 01 September 2022 | By invitation only

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Next Generation Trade Facilitation for Sustainable Development

The Asia-Pacific Trade Facilitation Forum (APTFF) is the leading regional platform for the exchange of good practices and knowledge on trade facilitation. The APTFF has been organized by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with a growing number of partners, since 2009. The Forum attracts over 250 participants from over 30 countries, and offers extensive opportunities for capacity building and cooperation.

The 10th Asia-Pacific Trade Facilitation Forum will focus on how trade facilitation should evolve to enhance the resilience of international supply chains in times of pandemic and to better support sustainable economic recovery and development in the Asia-Pacific region. In this regard, the Forum will explore how trade digitalization and emerging technologies can be used to ensure that new generation trade facilitation measures are inclusive and sustainable, enabling effective participation of SMEs and less developed economies in international trade.

The Forum will feature panel discussions, interactive and informative sessions allowing the participants to share experiences and perspectives on different aspects of trade facilitation, including trade finance, cross-border e-commerce and paperless trade, transit, innovative application of emerging technologies, etc. The Forum will feature relevant regional initiatives and implementation cases in each session. The Forum will also include a number of side-events providing more in-depth exploration of pertinent trade facilitation issues.

Call for Cases: APTFF Trade Facilitation Innovation Award 2022 (Deadline: 15 July 2022)

29 Aug 2022
10:00
10:30
Registration and Coffee/Tea
10:30
11:30
Opening Session
11:30
11:35
Break
11:35
13:05
High Level Panel Discussion: Next Generation Trade Facilitation for Sustainable Development
  • Recent global and regional trends in trade and implications for trade facilitation
  • The importance of trade digitalization and emerging technologies in making next generation trade facilitation measures more inclusive and sustainable
  • Opportunities for trade facilitation to evolve and enhance resilience of international supply chains and better support sustainable recovery in the Asia-Pacific region
13:05
14:10
Lunch
14:10
15:50
Session 1: Digital and Sustainable Trade Facilitation in Asia and the Pacific – State of play and prospects
  • Highlights from the UN Global Survey on Digital and Sustainable Trade Facilitation
  • Findings from national Readiness Assessments for Cross-border Paperless Trade
  • Challenges and emerging good practices
15:50
16:10
Break
16:10
17:40
Session 2: Regional initiatives for trade digitalization – progress made and way forward
  • Progress made in regional initiatives for trade digitalization
  • Forthcoming developments in regional, subregional, and other cross-country initiatives for trade digitalization
30 Aug 2022
09:00
10:40
Session 3: Making trade facilitation more sustainable: lessons learned from good practices
  • Perspectives on how trade facilitation can be made more sustainable and inclusive
  • Sharing experiences of an integrated approach to trade and transport facilitation
  • Experiences and lessons learned in trade facilitation that are complementary with climate goals
10:40
11:00
Break
11:00
12:30
Session 4: Facilitating trade finance for MSMEs
  • Key issues and challenges in MSME access to trade finance
  • How to enhance access to trade finance for MSMEs, particularly in the recovery from the pandemic
12:30
14:00
Lunch
14:00
16:00
Session 5: Aid for sustainable trade facilitation: evolving needs and available support
  • Country needs in implementing sustainable trade facilitation
  • Current support available for sustainable trade facilitation
16:00
16:20
Break
16:20
17:10
Session 6: APTFF Trade Facilitation Innovation Awards
  • Showcase and award the top three case studies of innovative national/subregional trade facilitation
17:10
17:30
Closing session

ADB, ESCAP and MTI

Aug
31
2022
APTFF 2022 Capacity Building Workshop on Cross-border Paperless Trade Facilitation [Part 1]

Singapore

Aug
31
2022
Capacity building session on National Trade Facilitation Committees

Singapore

Aug
31
2022
Launch of publication on Integrated Risk Management

Singapore

Aug
31
2022
Capacity building session on ICC Digital Standards Initiative

Singapore

Aug
31
2022
SPECA Working Group on Trade

Singapore

Sep
01
2022
APTFF 2022 Capacity Building Workshop on Cross-border Paperless Trade Facilitation [Part 2]

Singapore

Sep
01
2022
Capacity building session on proof of origin

Singapore

Sep
01
2022
Session on APTA promotion

Singapore

Sep
01
2022
Capacity building session for CAREC countries

Singapore

Sep
01
2022
UN Global Survey on Digital and Sustainable Trade Facilitation: Way Forward

Singapore

Sep
01
2022
Regional Organizations Cooperation Mechanism for Trade Facilitation (ROC-TF) Meeting

Singapore

for more information, please contact

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