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15 November to 02 December 2022 | By invitation only

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The facilitated online course on “Next Generation Trade Facilitation” will be held between 15 November and 2 December, offered virtually. Taking the course is free and is expected to involve approximately 3-6 hours of self-paced learning, plus 4.5 hours of interactive live sessions. Participants will receive a UN course certificate upon successful completion.

This introductory course will guide through digital, sustainable and resilient trade facilitation measures and emerging issues for efficient trade facilitation, based on the topics and measures included in the UN Global Survey on Digital and Sustainable Trade Facilitation (UNTF Survey), a joint initiative by all UN Regional Commissions - ECA, ECE, ECLAC, ESCAP and ESCWA.

Please apply by 11 November 2022.

Introduction

Trade facilitation is key to making international trade more efficient and inclusive. Much progress has already been made in enhancing transparency and simplifying trade procedures, with the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) providing a basic set of measures for all countries to implement. However, more efforts are needed to make trade easier for all, as well as more resilient to crises. In this context, this course will introduce digital trade facilitation measures that go beyond the requirements of the WTO TFA. It will also introduce sustainable trade facilitation measures that can support the effective participation in trade of groups with special needs, such as SMEs and women traders. Based on the UNTF Survey (www.untfsurvey.org), the course will also cover trade finance facilitation measures, and discuss measures to be taken during and in preparation for a crisis, such as the recent COVID-19 crisis.

This course will suit policymakers, practitioners and academia, who would like a broad introduction to a range of trade facilitation measures that can better support digital transformation and sustainable development.

Course format

The course is conducted as a facilitated online e-learning course. The expected time required to complete this course is approximately 3-6 hours for self-paced learning before the live sessions, plus 4.5 hours of interactive live sessions.

The participants will participate in three interactive live sessions (24, 29 and 30 November 2022, each for 1.5 hours). During these live sessions, participants are offered opportunities to raise questions and ask for clarification. Live sessions will involve experts from ITC, European Commission and the World Bank Group as well as national and private sector experts.

Before the live sessions, the participants are expected to complete the online course modules at their own pace. There are 10 modules in total and each module contains one main video (approximately 15 minutes) and supplementary materials (experts’ interviews and a list of reading materials). The participants are expected to take online quizzes for each module. Participants with prior knowledge of trade facilitation and the WTO trade facilitation agreement may skip the first 3 video modules but are still required to take the corresponding quizzes in order to receive the final certificate.  

Note that this course is offered for the first time on a pilot basis, and participants are requested to kindly note down any feedback on the content of the course and quizzes for improvement. Upon attending the live sessions, providing feedback and passing the quizzes, participants will get a certificate of completion for the course.

About the course facilitator

Dr. Jiangyuan Fu is an Associate Professor and Assistant Dean (International collaboration) at the School of Law, Huazhong University of Science and Technology. She has been working on the regulation of agricultural trade, trade facilitation and FTA negotiations. She has led the data collection and validation of the UNTF Survey since 2018.

Facilitator

Jiangyuan Fu
Ms. Jiangyuan Fu
Consultant, TIID, ESCAP and Associate Professor & Assistant Dean (International collaboration), Faculty of Law, Huazhong University of Science and Technology
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Jiangyuan Fu is an associate professor at Faculty of Law, Huazhong University of Science and Technology. She is also a consultant at Trade Investment and Innovation Division, UN ESCAP working at UNTF survey and more.

Live Session 1 - Digital Trade Facilitation

Mukarram Jah Ansari
Mr. Mukarram Jah Ansari
Member Customs (Operations), Federal Board of Revenue, Islamabad
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Mr. Mukarram Jah Ansari belongs to the Pakistan Customs Service and he joined Civil Services of Pakistan in 1991.He has a diverse working experience at operational and policy levels, but governance reforms remain his favorite area of work. He has been involved in eight projects involving reform, modernization and automation since 2001.These projects included overall reform of the Federal Board of Revenue, as well as reforms in Customs and VAT. In January 2020, he joined the Board of Investment to lead the Prime Minister’s priority agenda of “Pakistan Regulatory Modernization Initiative” and “Ease of Doing Business Program”, whose objective is to create a simple & technology driven B-2-G environment across the country. He is the founding member of the Pakistan Single Window (PSW) Company, and currently the Chairman of PSW Board.

The World Economic Forum invited him as a speaker on the event of “World Government Summit” held in Dubai during March 2022, after being selected as one of the world’s 50 most influential people navigating disruption.

Antoine Cadoux
Mr. Antoine Cadoux
CEO, Singapore Trade Data Exchange Services (SGTraDex)
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Antoine has over 15 years of experience in leadership roles and worked with companies across a range of industries – industrial products, transportation & logistics, automotive, retail, and mining – as well as geographies from North America, Europe, to Asia.

He has deep expertise in strategy, operations and digital transformation working with companies to design and implement market-back strategies for competitive advantage. He was previously a Director at Strategy&, a global consulting business unit of PricewaterhouseCoopers. Antoine also spent five years as Director of Operations at National Optronics, a leading manufacturer of lens processing equipment in the US.

A native of France, Antoine graduated from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology with a Master of Science in industrial engineering and engineering management. He also holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Zahouani Saadaoui
Mr. Zahouani Saadaoui
Head of Sector, Electronic Customs, DG Taxation and Customs Union (TAXUD), European Commission
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Zahouani is a European electronic systems management expert, who has worked in the private sector for about a decade as an IT developer and solution architect before joining the European Commission DG TAXUD IT to work as the development manager for the Excise Movement and Control System (EMCS). For the last 7 years, Zahouani has worked on digital customs initiatives for trade facilitation at DG TAXUD leading a sector with business activities on the Registered Exporters System (REX) which entered into operations on 1st January 2017, the Classification system (CLASS) and the evolution of the Surveillance system. With his team, he now focuses on the legal, policy and business developments of the EU Single Window environment for customs and on the maintenance of the Multi-Annual Strategic Plan for Customs electronic systems (MASP-C). He is also a member of the [email protected] team and is focusing more specifically on customs use cases.

Live Session 2 - Sustainable Trade Facilitation

Victoria Tuomisto
Ms. Victoria Tuomisto
Programme Officer Trade Facilitation and Policy for Business, International Trade Centre (ITC)
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Victoria Tuomisto is programme officer in trade facilitation and policy for business at the International Trade Centre. She manages technical assistance programmes, with a focus on regional integration and public-private dialogue mechanisms that help businesses and policymakers to advocate for, design and implement trade facilitation and policy reforms, notably the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement, as well as the African Continental Free Trade Area agreement. Victoria also manages the editorial and publications development in trade facilitation and policy for business section.

Prior to joining ITC, Victoria worked as an editor and analyst for The Economist Group, where she managed research projects on industry, economics and business topics as well as forecasting for emerging markets across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. She has previously worked in trade promotion in France. She holds an MSc in Political Economy and a BSc in Economic History from the London School of Economics.

Ms. Yanxuedan Zhang
Ms. Yanxuedan Zhang
Associate Professor, Shanghai Ocean University, and International Expert in Fish Trade and Markets, FAO
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Ms. Yanxuedan Zhang is an associate professor in Shanghai Ocean University, and an international expert in fish trade and market in FAO. She obtained legal practice qualification in 2008 and practice in oversea M&A and international trade. She worked in the Fisheries Administration Bureau under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs in 2018, 2019 and 2021, primarily focusing on the legal issues and international cooperation. She has been in charge of 12 research and consulting projects in relation to fisheries regulations, fish trade, and environment, and produced some valuable reports for the legislation and policy-making activities at international and national level.

Gareth Hargadon
Mr. Gareth Hargadon
Economic Counsellor, Embassy of Ireland to China
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Gareth Hargadon has been posted to the Embassy of Ireland to the People’s Republic of China in Beijing as Economic Counsellor since August 2019. Prior to this posting, Gareth served as Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy of Ireland in Seoul. From 2016 until 2018, Gareth served as Desk Officer in the International Security Policy Section of the Irish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Prior to joining the Department of Foreign Affairs, Gareth served in a wide range of roles in the Irish Department of Justice and Equality for over 14 years in the fields of immigration and asylum policy and operations as well as a number of human resources related positions.

Gareth also holds undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in public management from the Institute of Public Administration in Ireland and two law degrees from Technological University Dublin as well as advanced diplomas in employment law.

Live Session 3 - Way Forward in Trade Facilitation

Makiko Toyoda
Ms. Makiko Toyoda
Global Head, Global Trade Finance Program, IFC
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Makiko Toyoda is the Global Head of the Global Trade Finance Program (GTFP) at International Finance Corporation (IFC) (World Bank Group). GTFP is IFC’s flagship trade finance program established in 2004 which currently covers 74 countries. Makiko has 30 years of trade & supply chain finance and banking experiences, having worked in Washington DC, Johannesburg, Hong Kong, Kazakhstan (Astana and Almaty), London, Frankfurt, and Tokyo. She joined IFC in 2003 and was the Sub-Saharan Africa Head based in Johannesburg before assuming the current role in Washington DC in 2017. Since she became the Global Head, she has implemented several initiatives including the COVID-19 crisis response, the gender trade program, the digital transaction initiative, the equipment finance facility, etc. She is a member of WTO’s Trade Finance Expert Working Group. Prior to joining IFC, she worked for the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) where she worked on trade and commodity finance programs, and for the Industrial Bank of Japan (IBJ) where she was the Deputy General Manager. She also worked for Kreditanstalt fuer Wiederaufbau (KfW) under the Staff Exchange Program. Makiko holds a BA degree in Economics from Keio University and a Master's degree from SAIS, Johns Hopkins University.

Chaemee Kim
Ms. Chaemee Kim
VP (Digital Trade Facilitation), Korea Trade Network (KTNET)
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           <KTNET>

’93. 3 ∼          KTNET R&D Center

’04. 07 ∼        National e-Trade Facilitation Center (KITA)

’06. 11 ∼        Director of e-Trade Technical Support Department

’09. 11 ∼        Head of KTNET R&D

’17. 02 ∼        Head of New Platform Business

’20. 01 ∼        Director of Digital Trade

’21. 01 ∼        VP Executive Managing Director

                      - Digital Trade & Logistics

                      - KTNET Global Digital Vision 2030 Steering Committee

                       - New Business R&D

                      <Leadership>

’19. 01 ~        DLTSF (Distributed Ledger Technology Standardization Forum), Vice-Chair

’20. 01 ~        Korea IT Service Association, Director

’21. 01 ~        Korea Trade & Commerce Association, Vice-Chair

‘21. 02 ~ ’23. 02 Government (Gyunggi-do) AI Policy Committee, Advisor

‘22. 05 ~        IITP.kr (Institute of Information & Communications Technology Planning & Evaluation), Blockchain Standard R&D Planning Committee

Jonathan Koh
Mr. Jonathan Koh
UNNExT expert
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Bulat Toksobaev
Mr. Bulat Toksobaev
Director, Regional Trade Facilitation Competence Centre, Kyrgyz Economic University
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Born in Bishkek. In 1992, he entered the Kyrgyz National University named after J. Balasagyn at the Kyrgyz-European Faculty, majoring in International Economic Relations.

After graduating from the University in 1996, as part of the Tempus/Tacis educational program, he went to France for an internship in Grenoble to study at the 4th year of the Faculty of Economics of the Pierre Mendes France University.

In 1997, returning to his homeland, he got a job at the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Industry of the Kyrgyz Republic (KR) as a leading specialist. From 1998 to 2000, he worked in the same state institution as a chief specialist.

From 2000 to 2002 he worked in the head office of the Joint-Stock Commercial Bank "Kyrgyzstan", first as a senior specialist, then as a credit manager.

From 2002 to 2003, he worked at Kyrgyz International Airlines JSC as a financial manager.

In 2003, he returned to the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Industry of the Kyrgyz Republic as a chief specialist. In 2005, he was appointed Head of the Structural Policy Department of this organization.

At the end of 2005, he joined the Office of the Prime Minister of the Kyrgyz Republic as an inspector for organizational work. In 2006, he was appointed Assistant to the Prime Minister of the Kyrgyz Republic. In the same year he defended his dissertation for the Candidate of Economic Sciences.

From 2007 to 2009, he worked at the Ministry of Economic Development of the Kyrgyz Republic as Head of the Department of Macroeconomic Analysis and Forecast.

In 2009, he joined the Central Agency of the Kyrgyz Republic for Development, Investment and Innovation in the Service of Strategies and Programs, where he worked until April 2010. In 2010, he was appointed Head of the Economics Department of the Presidential Administration of the Kyrgyz Republic.

In early 2011, he was appointed expert consultant to the Permanent Representative of the President of the Kyrgyz Republic in the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic. By the end of 2011, he was transferred to the position of an expert in the Financial and Economic Analysis Department of the Presidential Administration of the Kyrgyz Republic, where he worked until 2013. In 2012, he was awarded the rank of "Adviser of the Civil Service of the 1st class".

In 2013, he was appointed Director of the State Enterprise "Infocom" at the State Registration Service under the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic, where he worked until 2014. In the same year, he successfully defended his dissertation for the degree of Doctor of Economics. He received a Doctor of Economics degree in 2015.

From 2015 to the present, I have been working in the field of education. In 2016, he was appointed Head of the Department "Banking and Insurance" of the Kyrgyz Economic University named after M. Ryskulbekov (KEU). In 2018, he was transferred to the position of Director of the Institute of Finance, Accounting and Statistics of the KEU. Since 2021, I have been the director of the Institute of Continuous Open Education at KEU. In parallel, I am the director of the Competence Center for Trade Facilitation at the KEU.

for more information, please contact

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