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23 March 2022, 15:00 - 16:30 Indochina Time / Bangkok | Open meeting

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During the COVID-19 pandemic, digitalization has gained unprecedented momentum globally and, in all sectors, including transport and logistics. At the same time, many supply chain disruptions have impacted cross-border trade as well as services and stakeholders of multimodal global value chains. The efficiency of today’s multimodal supply chains depends on optimized connectivity between the different transport modes, through seamless cargo freight transit flows across borders.

Next to increasing efficiency, the increased availability of advanced technological solutions, such as “plug & play” applications, have also enhanced the transparency and traceability of supply chain flows. Developing and harmonizing international standards in multimodal transportation can enhance integration and interoperability between different systems, and help facilitating cross-border trade by making multimodal supply chains run smoother, while ensuring safe, secure cargo transport.

As recent trends/studies see a substantial increase in the use of air freight, this webinar takes a closer look at air cargo as one of the critical transport modes, including need for its closer interaction with other modes of transport. To accelerate efforts in developing integrated multimodal transport, transit systems, and corridors, while also ensuring system interoperability, all stakeholders of multimodal supply chains need to work together. The webinar will review recent achievements and discuss challenges ahead in the push for increased interoperability between multiple modes of transport in supply chains.

Join this unique webinar that brings together stakeholders who will provide you with invaluable insights into these new systems and technologies that will accelerate supply chain digitalization in 2022 and unlock strong economic growth.

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23 Mar 2022
15:00
15:05
Opening Remarks
  • Mr. Yann Duval, Chief, Trade Policy and Facilitation Section, Trade, Investment and Innovation Division (TIID), UNESCAP
  • Mr. Tao Ma, Regional Director, Asia and Pacific Office, International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) 
  • Ms. Hannah Nguyen, Director – Digital Ecosystems, ICC Digital Standards Initiative, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)
  • Mr. Jong Woo Kang, Principal Economist, Economic Research and Cooperation Department, Asian Development Bank (ADB)
15:05
15:40
Panel Session

Moderator

  • Mr. Cortney Robinson, Air Transport Officer (Air Cargo), International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)

Panelists

  • US Customs Modernization: Mr. Vincent Annunziato, Director, Business Transformation & Innovation Division, Trade Transformation Office, Office of Trade, U.S. Customs and Border Protection
  • Mr. Manoj Singh, Senior Vice President & Head - Cargo & Express, Mumbai International Airport 
  • The Need to Use Global (UN/CEFACT) Standards for the Digitalization of Data and Document Exchange for Multimodal Transport: Mr. Mario Apostolov, Regional Adviser, Economic Cooperation and Trade Division, UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)
  • The UNCITRAL Model Law on Electronic Transferable Records and Related UNCITRAL Work: Mr. Luca Castellani, Legal Officer, The Secretariat, United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL)
15:40
16:10
Presentation Session

Moderator

  • Ms. Florence Binta Diao-Gueye, Policy Manager, Trade & Customs, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)

Panelists

  • International Standards for Global Trade Data Harmonisation: Ms. Sue Probert, Chair, UN Centre for Trade Facilitation and eBusiness (UN/CEFACT)
  • Digitizing FIATA BL: Interoperability Challenge & Achievements: Mr. Keshav Tanna, FIATA delegate to the IFCC and FIATA  AFI Chair (2017-2021), International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA)
  • A Standards Based Approach to Scaling Digital Trust Across the International Air Cargo Ecosystem, Mr. Luke McIntyre, Chief Product Officer, MATTR
16:10
16:25
Q&A
16:25
16:30
Closing

Opening Remarks

Mr. Yann Duval
Mr. Yann Duval
Chief, Trade Policy and Facilitation Section, Trade, Investment and Innovation Division (TIID), UNESCAP
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Mr. Yann Duval is currently Chief of Trade Policy and Facilitation at ESCAP, the regional branch of the United Nations Secretariat for Asia and the Pacific.

Over the past 15 years, Mr. Duval has conducted research and delivered technical assistance and advisory services on trade policy and facilitation throughout Asia and the Pacific, including on the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement. He spearheaded the development of the Asia-Pacific Research and Training Network on Trade (ARTNeT), as well as the creation of the ESCAP-World Bank Trade Cost Database and the UN Global Survey on Trade Facilitation and Paperless Trade Implementation. Mr. Duval was also instrumental in the development of the United Nations Network of Experts for Paperless Trade and Transport in Asia and the Pacific (UNNExT) and the negotiation of a new intergovernmental Framework Agreement on Facilitation of Cross-Border Paperless Trade in Asia and the Pacific, adopted as a UN treaty in 2016.

Mr. Tao Ma
Mr. Tao Ma
Regional Director, Asia and Pacific Office, International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)
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Mr. Ma joined ICAO as Regional Director for the Asia Pacific Office in September 2021.

Prior joining as ICAO Regional Director Mr. Ma served as the Regional Vice President for North-Asia of the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

He was the Permanent Representative of China on the Council of ICAO in Montreal from 2006 until 2017 and served in a number of different positions including Chairman of working group of governance and efficiency (WGGE); First Vice President of the Council of ICAO and Chairman of Technical Co-operation Committee.

Mr. Ma began his career in aviation with the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) in 1983. Over the years, he has held positions of increasing responsibility within the CAAC including Director of the Flight Standards Liaison Division, Assistant Deputy Director General of the Department of Flight Standards; Deputy Director General of the Department of Flight Standards as well as Head of Airworthiness Certification Center of CAAC before joining IATA in 2019. He served as Acting Chairman of the North Asia regional technical cooperation Programme, ‘Cooperative Development of Operational Safety and Continuing Airworthiness Programme — North Asia’ (COSCAP-NA).

A graduate of the University of Civil Aviation of China, Mr. Ma also holds a Master’s degree in aviation safety management from Civil Aviation University of China and Ecole Nationale de l'Aviation Civile of France. He holds a Commercial Pilot’s Licence issued in China.

Ms. Hannah Nguyen
Ms. Hannah Nguyen
Director – Digital Ecosystems, ICC Digital Standards Initiative, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)
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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.

 

Dr. Jong Woo Kang
Mr. Jong Woo Kang
Principal Economist, Economic Research and Cooperation Department, Asian Development Bank (ADB)
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Jong Woo Kang is principal economist at the Economic Research and Cooperation Department of the Asian Development Bank (ADB). He is a seasoned economist with extensive knowledge and experiences on policy and strategic issues. He was senior advisor to the managing director general of ADB and senior economist at Strategy and Policy Department at ADB. He leads the annual publication of Asian Economic Integration Report. Areas of his research interest include regional integration, inclusive growth, macroeconomic and international trade policies, and aid effectiveness. He has published research articles in academic journals such as Journal of Development Economics, Journal of Applied Economics, and Journal of World Trade, and wrote numerous blogs and opinion articles on global macroeconomy and international trade and finance.

Before joining ADB, he was director at Ministry of Finance and Economy of the Republic of Korea. He got his BA in economics and MA in public administration from Seoul National University, and PhD in economics from University of Washington.

Moderator

Mr. Cortney Robinson
Mr. Cortney Robinson
Air Transport Officer (Air Cargo), International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)
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Cortney Robinson is a senior official at the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)—the United Nations’ specialized agency for civil aviation.  Working in the Economic Regulatory Framework Section in the Air Transport Bureau, he delivers results mainly with respect to ICAO’s Strategic Objective - Economic Development of Air Transport and supports other agency objectives, as well. His specific responsibilities are: establishing policies and guidance on economic regulation, multimodal and intermodal transport (particularly digitalization) and economics of aviation activities; developing policies and guidance to facilitate access to funding for air cargo infrastructure and financing of air transport operations, particularly for air cargo and the broader supply chain; harmonizing air transport policy framework though cooperation amongst the aviation community and all aviation stakeholders; and monitoring regulatory and industry developments in international air transport.

Before coming to ICAO, Cortney had contributed to the advancement of international aviation first at the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and then at the Aerospace Industries Association, where he worked extensively with ICAO’s Air Navigation Bureau and the International Telecommunications Union on regulatory matters, including unmanned aircraft systems integration and a global framework for aviation infrastructure modernization.

 

Panelists

Mr. Vincent Annunziato
Mr. Vincent Annunziato
Director, Business Transformation & Innovation Division, Trade Transformation Office, Office of Trade, U.S. Customs and Border Protection
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Director Annunziato has over twenty five years’ experience with Customs and Border Protection (CBP). He began his career in 1996 as an Officer at the port of Los Angeles and in 2004 and began working as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) for the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) program.

 Mr. Annunziato has led many high profile projects with such notable releases as the Partner Government Agency (PGA) Single Window, Cargo Release, and Free and Secure Trade (FAST) and most recently heads up CBP’s venture into Blockchain systems. 

 Currently, Director Annunziato oversees the Business Transformation and Innovation division which researches and tests innovative products for the Office of Trade.

 

Mr. Manoj Singh
Mr. Manoj Singh
Senior Vice President & Head - Cargo & Express, Mumbai International Airport
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Mr. Mario Apostolov
Mr. Mario Apostolov
Regional Adviser, Economic Cooperation and Trade Division, UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)
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Mr. Apostolov provides advisory support for the Trade and Economic Cooperation and Integration sub-programmes of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), concentrating on support to the transition economies in trade facilitation and the United Nations Special Programme for the Economies of Central Asia (SPECA). He has been servicing intergovernmental bodies of experts and policy makers in these areas for over 20 years. He has also provided UNECE’s support to other regional cooperation networks: in Southeast Europe and the Eurasian Economic Union. He has expertise in national trade facilitation bodies, the Single Window for export, import, and transit clearance, regional trade integration, trade facilitation reforms and the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement, as well as digitalization of multimodal transport data and document exchange.

Mr. Apostolov holds a Ph.D. from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies at the University of Geneva. He teaches a course on the Dynamics of Regional Cooperation and Diplomacy at the International University in Geneva. His publications cover such diverse areas as trade facilitation, regional integration, and the geopolitics of Christian-Muslim relations.

Mr. Luca Castellani
Mr. Luca Castellani
Legal Officer, The Secretariat, 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).

After graduating in law in the University of Torino, he received a doctoral degree in comparative law from the University of Trieste and a master in international law from New York University.

He joined the Office of Legal Affairs of the secretariat of the United Nations in 2001 and the UNCITRAL secretariat in 2004, where he works in the areas of international sales and of electronic commerce. 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 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.

From March 2012 to November 2013, he was assigned as first Head of the UNCITRAL Regional Centre for Asia and the Pacific, located in Incheon, Republic of Korea.

He has published several articles and other materials on international trade law and comparative law, namely sale of goods, electronic commerce and trade law reform in developing countries.

Moderator

Ms. Florence Binta Diao-Gueye
Ms. Florence Binta Diao-Gueye
Policy Manager, Trade & Customs, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)
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Ms. Florence Binta Diao-Gueye joined the Secretariat of the International Chamber of Commerce in 2016 and is responsible for ICC’s policy engagement on a range of trade issues – working with the ICC Customs and Trade Commissions to develop distinctive policy positions and insights. She is driving corporate engagement in ICC’s trade and customs work — as well as outreach to the World Customs Organization and the World Trade Organization. Having graduated from universities in Germany and France, Ms Diao-Gueye holds a Master in International Security as well as an LL.M. in International Law.

Panelists

Ms. Sue Probert
Ms. Sue Probert
Chair, UN Centre for Trade Facilitation and eBusiness (UN/CEFACT)
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Following many years, designing, developing and marketing cross-border documentation solutions, in March 2003 Sue formed an independent consultancy company trading as SEPIAeb Ltd.

Sue has more than 50 years of experience working in the computer industry as programmer, systems analyst, software designer, trainer, training course designer, presenter, consultant and technical author.

For the past 30 years Sue has focused on the area of paper and electronic documentation production requirements particularly in the international trade and transport arena. Sue is a keen advocate of Trade Facilitation and she believes fervently that, in the future, modern communications methods will play an increasingly significant role in simplifying cross-border trade and governmental procedures.

She is currently a Chair of UN/CEFACT and is the Vice-Chair of the UNLOCODE Advisory Board and represents UNECE at the IMO FAL Committee. She is also Lead Editor of the UN/CEFACT Core Component Library and the UN/CEFACT Multi Modal Transport Reference Data Model (MMT).

Sue is a co-chair of the UNTDED Joint Maintenance Agency as the UK HoD to the ISO Technical Committee 154 responsible for data element naming and defining for cross-border trade.

She has in-depth knowledge of the formats and uses of standard international trade, transport, financial and customs UN Aligned paper documents and a profound knowledge of the UN/EDIFACT and ANSI.X12 standards, messages and processes as well as the use of XML for business data exchange via the Internet. For many years Sue has contributed actively to eBusiness standardisation work at UK, European and International level. She has been a regular contributor to the work of the World Customs Organisation Data modelling project team.

 

Mr. Keshav Tanna
Mr. Keshav Tanna
FIATA delegate to the IFCC and FIATA AFI Chair (2017-2021), International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA)
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Mr. Keshav Tanna is a professionally qualified logistics Industry veteran with over 3 decades of expertise in the Air Freight Forwarding Industry. He is a founder Director of his Logistics Company “LINKS INTERNATIONAL” established in 1984. 

Mr. Tanna has been the Past President of ACAAI (Air Cargo Agents Association India) and is currently on its Advisory Board.Mr. Tanna represents ACAAI as an authorized member from India on FAPAA (Federation of Asia Pacific Air- Cargo Association) and is actively involved in Air Cargo industry matters concerning the Asia Pacific Region. Mr. Tanna has been the immediate Past Chairman of the Airfreight Institute of FIATA (The International Federation on Freight Forwarders Association) and has been on the FIATA Extended Board for more than 6 years. He is also a member of the Shipping and Logistics Committee of the IMC (Indian Merchant Chambers).

Mr. Luke McIntyre
Mr. Luke McIntyre
Chief Product Officer, MATTR
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CPO - MATTR Luke drives the strategic vision and direction of the product roadmap at MATTR. Working with customers, partners and developers. Luke and his MATTR team bring the product portfolio alive.

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