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12 December 2022, 09:30 - 11:30 Indochina Time / Bangkok | Open meeting

Venue MR G, UNCC, Bangkok, Thailand

The workshop will provide insights into the utilization of emerging technologies for cross-border paperless trade, such as distributed ledger technology/blockchain, the Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence and data analytics. The discussions will include concepts, benefits, challenges, and good practices from the region. It will also discuss how the utilization of emerging technologies could support the implementation of the Framework Agreement on Facilitation of Cross-border Paperless Trade in Asia and the Pacific.

 

This workshop is organized back-to-back with the First session of the Standing Committee of the Framework Agreement on Facilitation of Cross-border Paperless Trade in Asia and the Pacific | ESCAP (unescap.org)

Mr. Yann Duval
Mr. Yann Duval
Officer-in-Charge, Trade, Investment and Innovation Division and Chief of the Trade Policy and Facilitation Section, United Nations ESCAP
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Mr. Yann Duval is Officer-in-Charge of the Trade, Investment and Innovation Division and Chief of the Trade Policy and Facilitation Section at the United Nations ESCAP. Over the past 19 years, he has conducted research and delivered technical assistance and advisory services on trade and development throughout Asia and the Pacific. Since joining ESCAP, he spearheaded the creation of the ESCAP-World Bank Trade Cost Database, as well as the UN Global Survey on Digital and Sustainable Trade Facilitation. Over the past 11 years, he also led the ESCAP Secretariat team supporting the United Nations Network of Experts for Paperless Trade and Transport in Asia-Pacific and the negotiation of a UN treaty on the facilitation of cross-border paperless trade in Asia and the Pacific, which entered into force in 2021. Prior to joining the UN, Dr. Duval taught economics and management at the Washington State University and the Asian Institute of Technology. 

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Ms. Soo Hyun Kim
Economic Affairs Officer, ESCAP
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Ms. Soo Hyun Kim is Economic Affairs Officer, Trade Policy and Facilitation Section, Trade, Investment and Innovation Division, United Nations ESCAP. She is currently managing capacity building projects on cross-border paperless trade and trade facilitation in the age of pandemics; and supporting the implementation of the Framework Agreement on Facilitation of Cross-border Paperless Trade in Asia and the Pacific. Previously she worked in the Investment and Enterprise Development Section with research focus on foreign direct investment (FDI) and investment regimes and their impact on sustainable development. She also worked to promote public-private sector dialogue by organizing the Asia-Pacific Business Forum (APBF) and supporting the ESCAP Sustainable Business Network (ESBN). Prior to this, she worked at the United Nations Secretariat in New York; local government (United Kingdom); and higher education institution (United Kingdom). She holds master’s degrees in business administration (specialisation in financial management) from TiasNimbas Business School (Netherlands) and library and information science from Loughborough University (United Kingdom).  Email: [email protected]

Mr. William Gain
Mr. William Gain
Global Product Specialist for Trade Facilitation, Macroeconomics, Trade and Investment, World Bank Group (WBG)
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William Gain is the Global Product Specialist for Trade Facilitation & Border Management within the Macroeconomics, Trade & Investment (MTI) Global Practice where Bill leads the implementation of trade facilitation & border management reform in over 55 countries.  He has over 34 years of experience in undertaking management and leadership roles with a focus on trade logistics, trade facilitation, border management and private sector development reform implementation in developing and conflict affected countries.

Region experience includes West and East Africa, South America, Middle East, Pacific Islands, South & South East Asia.  Prior to joining the WBG, he was Associate Director & Manager for New Zealand and the Pacific at the Centre for Customs and Excise Studies at the University of Canberra.  Bill focused on consulting and academic work including Supply Chain Security, the Customs Operational Environment, Integrity & governance, inter-agency partnerships and Capacity Building and Modernization.

Prior roles include Senior Policy Advisor and Manager for International Relations & Capacity Building with the New Zealand Customs Service, and New Zealand Customs Attaché to Australia and the Pacific.  Bill holds a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from the Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand (2000) and a Post Graduate Diploma in Business (HR & Change Management), from the University of Auckland, New Zealand (1996).

Mr. Christian Lembke
Mr. Christian Lembke
Technical Attaché, World Customs Organization
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Mr Christian Lembke, as a Technical Attaché under the WCO Compliance and Facilitation Directorate since June 2020, is mainly involved in the area of the WCO Data Model, the online platform RAM-MAP SWIM, Advance Passenger Information as well as the Globally Networked Customs concept.

He has previously worked as a customs officer at Frankfurt am Main Airport (Germany) in the field of risk assessment for air cargo shipments since 2005. He has been involved in a risk assessment project in an EU working group at the international level.

Ms. Hannah Nguyen
Ms. Hannah Nguyen
Director, ICC Digital Standards Initiative (DSI)
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In 2021, Hannah Nguyen joined the Digital Standards Initiative - a collaborative cross-industry effort to advance the digitization of trade globally. Her focus is on engaging industry participants, standards developing organizations, solution providers, governments and intergovernmental organizations to harmonize public and private sector’s standardization efforts across the ecosystem.

In her previous role at one of the world's largest commodity logistics service providers, she led business development efforts for C. Steinweg Group in Asia Pacific for 9 years, resulting in key expansion projects in Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. Earlier in her career, Hannah provided market intelligence and advisory work to corporates interested in actionable advice on how to compete and grow in Asia. She also spent 2 years at Enterprise Singapore, working closely with global traders, brokers, exchanges, financial institutions and other intermediaries to drive the growth of the commodities and derivatives sector in Singapore.

Mr. Sang-yong Park
Mr. Sang-yong Park
Korea Customs Service
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Mr. Sang-yong PARK is in chage of trade statistics & data at ICT & Data Planning Division, Korea Customs Service (KCS). He has 22 years of career in Customs administration including clearance, post audit, cargo control, etc,. Based on expertise accumulated through experiences as the customs officer, he is leading the statistics and data team in KCS headquarters and recently completed several important projects such as establishing cross-border transportation cost statistics of Korea.

He has been recently awarded by Ministry of the Interior & Safety and Statistics Korea as well as recognized by the Office of Prime Minister as the “Exemplary Public Officer of 2022”.

Mr. Shri Eric C Lallawmpuia
Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs, Department of Revenue, Ministry of Finance, India
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Mr. Desmond Tay
CEO, GUUD Pte Ltd
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Mr Desmond Tay is the CEO of GUUD, a group of trade technology companies headquartered in Singapore, with offices in Indonesia, China and Kenya. A leader in the space of trade technology, he has spoken at many international forums on trade issue, and together with his capable team, he has successfully implemented technology projects across various countries in partnership with their governments including a National Single Window and Maritime Single Window in Cambodia, digital logistics platform in Indonesia, as well as a Regional Single Window for East African Community countries. For his dedication and his commitment to creating technology that benefits economies and businesses, he received the Regional Champion, ASEAN Entrepreneur Award 2021 during the World Knowledge Forum in Seoul, South Korea.

 

Mr. Shantanu Godbole
Mr. Shantanu Godbole
IBM Research
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Mr. Shantanu Godbole leads IBM Research's vision and execution around the important topic of Sustainability. He focuses on building innovative technology solutions for helping enterprises and their supply chains with climate resiliency and carbon emissions accounting, optimization, and reduction. He has earlier led applied AI and Blockchain research in the Agriculture, Retail, Financial Services, and Education industries. His focus is on researching and experimenting in-market with clients to develop first of a kind solutions, that then make their way to IBM product and service offerings. He led the founding and growth of the IBM Center for Blockchain Innovation in Singapore, building solutions in the domains of trade and finance. He has been with IBM Research since 2006 and has spent 2 years in the analytics services business of IBM as a Global Analytics Architect building and deploying text mining, speech analytics, and predictive analytics solutions. He is a Senior Technical Staff Member at IBM and a member of the IBM Academy of Technology. He has been recognized by several awards including an IBM Corporate Award, the Best of IBM award twice, multiple Outstanding Technical Achievement Awards, an IBM Research Client Award, and a 10-year most influential paper award at PAKDD. He is part of the UN Advisory Group on Cross-border Paperless Trade Facilitation. He has a Ph.D. in machine learning from IIT Bombay and is active in professional service and mentoring.

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