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14 December 2022, 09:30 - 12:00 Indochina Time / Bangkok | Open meeting

Co-organized by ESCAP and UNCITRAL

An enabling legal environment is essential for successfully implementing digital trade. This is evidenced by the increasingly detailed provisions contained in FTAs and RTAs, which refer to the adoption of implementing texts. A similar approach has been taken in the CPTA. However, it may be challenging to navigate through these provisions, especially for those countries with limited in-house legal expertise.

The workshop will discuss how to support digital trade law reform at the outset of cross-border trade digitalization. Examples will be provided of regional and national cases and of their underlying policy options. Illustrations will be given of how ESCAP and UNCITRAL may assist countries in setting up an efficient and effective legal environment.

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)

Ms. Athita Komindr
Ms. Athita Komindr
Head, UNCITRAL Regional Centre for Asia and Pacific
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Athita Komindr is Head of the UNCITRAL Regional Centre for Asia and the Pacific (UNCITRAL RCAP), managing technical assistance and capacity building programming available to over 50 States in Asia and the Pacific in key areas of commercial law, including dispute resolution, MSMEs, international contract practices, sale of goods, electronic commerce, transport, insolvency, international payments, secured transactions, and procurement. In that capacity, she coordinates with Governments and international and regional organizations with respect to trade law reform activities aimed at achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

Athita has twenty years of experience in the fields of international trade and economic law, arbitration, multilateral dispute resolution, and the rule of law and development. Prior to joining the United Nations, Athita mainly advised and worked with numerous Thai agencies, including the Thailand Institute of Justice, the Thai Ministry of Science and Technology, and the Thailand Arbitration Center where she managed the Arbitration and Legal Affairs Divisions. She also worked for the Thai Ministry of Commerce in Bangkok (2002-2005) and Geneva (2005-2010), representing Thailand in bilateral, regional, and multilateral trade negotiations, WTO dispute settlement, and treaty drafting.

Admitted to the New York Bar, Athita has experience in both common and civil law traditions in the public and private sectors, and holds degrees from Harvard College, Georgetown University Law Center, and Harvard Law School.

Email: [email protected] 

UNCITRAL RCAP
3rd Floor, 175 Art Center-daero, Yeonsu-gu, Incheon, Republic of Korea 22004

Mr. Wanawit Ahkuputra
Mr. Wanawit Ahkuputra
Former Chair of Working Group on Electronic Commerce of RCEP (Thailand)
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Mr. Wanawit Ahkuputra has specialized expertise in Technology transfer and business development. He has a proven track record of building capacity, overseeing business development, identifying relevant technology-based solutions for complex problems, recruiting partners to participate, and managing related projects for a large variety of organizations, both from public and private sectors.

As the role RCEP Chair of WGEC – Working Group on Electronic Commerce since the establishment of the working group under the RCEP in 2015 and finished by the end of 2019 . In his most recent role as the Deputy Executive Director of ETDA, he was entrusted with crucial roles involving planning, promoting, developing, and implementing technological solutions that would transform Thailand into a digital economy in accordance to the government’s policy under the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society.

In the past 5 years, Mr. Wanawit Ahkuputra has taken leadership roles in several works related to Privacy and Information Security under ICANN and UN Global Pulse. The work aimed towards revising WHOIS, focusing on the New Generation Directory Register Service (GDRS) of ICANN, which is regarded as one of the largest dataset globally used to manage more than 250 million records of a global database. Mr. Wanawit was also the Co-chair in the establishment of Public Safety Working Group (PSWG) that is responsible for addressing issues concerned with internet security, privacy review teams, and public safety concern in terms of law enforcement in the agency stakeholder group. He was selected as one of the 25 members of Privacy Advisory Group from 2016 to 2017. The UN Global Pulse is a flagship innovation initiative of the United Nation’s Secretary General on big data, which embodies an ambitious vision of the future where big data is harnessed safely and responsibly as a public good. Its mission is to accelerate discovery, development, and scale adoption of big data innovation for sustainable development and humanitarian action. This initiative was established based on the recognition that digital data offers a great opportunity for us to gain better understanding of changes in human welfare, and to get real-time feedback on how well policy responses are working to improve lives of people

Ms. Locknie HSU
Ms. Locknie HSU
Professor of Law, Singapore Management University
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Locknie Hsu is a full Professor of Law at the Yong Pung How School of Law, Singapore Management University. She received her legal training at the National University of Singapore and Harvard University and is a member of the Singapore Bar. She was previously attached to Singapore’s Ministry of Trade & Industry, assisting in free trade agreement negotiations. In 2017, she was conferred the Outstanding Service Award by the ASEAN Law Association (ALA), in which she is Coordinator of the Trade and Investment Group.

Locknie specializes in trade and investment law, including areas such as FTAs, digital economy issues and agreements, dispute settlement and developments relating to ASEAN economic integration. A recipient of several teaching awards, she presently teaches Contract Law and an elective course which she pioneered in 2019, Law & Digital Commerce.  Locknie is also a member of the International Law Association and the Singapore Executive Council of the ALA.

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Mr. Luca Castellani
Legal Officer, United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL)
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Luca Castellani is a legal officer in the Secretariat of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL).

As secretary of UNCITRAL Working Group IV (Electronic Commerce), he oversaw the preparation of the UNCITRAL Model Law on Electronic Transferable Records as well as work on the use and cross-border recognition of identity management and trust services. He has assisted several countries in the enactment of UNCITRAL texts on electronic commerce. He is also active in the field of paperless trade facilitation and has contributed to drafting the Framework Agreement on Facilitation of Cross-border Paperless Trade in Asia and the Pacific.

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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. Delger Bayarsaikhan
Mr. Delger Bayarsaikhan
State Customs Inspector of International Cooperation Division, Mongolia
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Mr. D. Bayarsaikhan, the State Customs Inspector, the International Cooperation Division, the Customs General Administration of Mongolia. Graduated from the Moscow Institute of International Relations in 1987. Majered in International Law. Did the Master's Degree in Law (LLM) at the Law School, the University of Sydney in 1998-1999. Joined Customs in 1987.

Mr. Falema Pita
Acting Head, Department of Trade, Tuvalu
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Mr. Bryan Tan
Partner, Reed Smith
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Bryan is a partner in the firm’s Entertainment & Media Group. Bryan has over 20 years’ experience focussing on transactional, regulatory and legislative work across the ASEAN and Asia-Pacific countries. Bryan also has extensive experience advising on venture capital investments into fast-growing technology companies, crypto currency projects including funds, exchanges and international consortiums, as well as cyber security, data protection and trade facilitation matters. Bryan’s client base comprises a broad range of industries across the TMT sector including video games, fin-tech, VC funds, healthcare, telecoms and technology as well as governments.

Mr. Sven Callebaut
Mr. Sven Callebaut
Director, TradeWorthy
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Sven is a senior adviser on trade, digital trade and e-commerce in Asia and the Pacific. Sven’s work aims at bridging the gaps existing between Government’s trade and digital trade aspirations reflected in strategies & policies and development partners’ value for money and impact expectations. He achieves this by advising and guiding Government leaders, donors and regional organizations in Southeast Asia (for Australian DFAT, the WTO and UN agencies). He is also the co-Principal of TradeWorthy Ltd, an Australian consultancy firm specialized in trade, investment and digital trade in Asia and the Pacific.

After a 10-year career as a trade adviser for UNCTAD, Sven served as an international trade adviser to the Ministry of Commerce, Cambodia since 2003, to the Ministry of Industry and Commerce, Lao PDR (2004-2008) and to the Ministry of Commerce of Myanmar (2017-2020).

Back in 2016, he decided to re-focus his work on supporting developing economies embraces the digital revolution. He was one of the architects of UNCTAD’ eTrade Readiness Programme launched at UNCTAD 14 in 2016. He then authored 11 national eTrade assessments for Asian and Pacific economies (Samoa 2017, Vanuatu, Kiribati and Tuvalu in 2018 and Tonga in 2019. He was the main author of the PIFS Regional E-commerce Strategy and Roadmap (2021). Since then, he has led the formulation of the National E-commerce strategies of Vanuatu, Tonga and, most recently, Samoa and the Cook Islands. He was also instrumental in the ASEAN E-commerce Agreement implementation and the RCEP provisions on e-commerce for Cambodia, Lao PDR and Myanmar.

In parallel to this, he has continued supporting businesses and chambers to adopt e-commerce, and embark on e-commerce export journeys, in particular in Cambodia, where he lives, Lao PDR and the South Pacific.

Sven has strong academic and solid professional background – Master in International Economics from Sorbonne University in Paris and Diploma in Mastering Trade Policy from Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/svencallebauttradeadviser/

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