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27 April 2022, 15:00 - 16:30 Indochina Time / Bangkok | Open meeting

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The determination of origin is used to ascertain if goods are subject to specific measures – preferential or non-preferential treatment – making certificates of origin (COs) a critical component of international trade.

As part of the efforts to accelerate paperless trade, the development and use of e-Certificates of Origin (e-COs) has seen much progress in recent years.

It is evident that the use of the e-CO contributes a lot to the simplification of regional or intra-regional trade. This eliminates delays in the movement of goods across borders thereby enhancing intra-regional and continental and as well worldwide trade. It also reduces concerns related to the authenticity of the proof of origin as a well-designed system does not allow tampering with the information contained therein once the e-CO has been issued. Chambers of commerce along with international development partners have made it their priority to digitalize CO processes, while also advancing interoperability between the different systems.

As connected stakeholders in global supply chains, a number of customs authorities are also exchanging preferential e-COs as part of their drive to digitalize border management processes.

Join us in this webinar to learn more about recent developments and achievements in the efforts to digitalize Certificates of Origin. High-level stakeholders from the World Customs Organization (WCO), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) as well as practitioners will present case studies and discuss the latest trends and challenges for the digitalization of COs.

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27 Apr 2022
15:00
15:05
Opening Remarks
  • Mr. Yann Duval, Chief, Trade Policy and Facilitation Section, Trade, Investment and Innovation Division (TIID), UNESCAP
  • Mr. Konstantinos Kaiopoulos, Tariff and Trade Affairs Director, World Customs Organization (WCO)
  • Mr. Raoul Renard, Deputy Director, Legal Reform, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)
  • Mr. Kijin Kim, Economist, Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department, Asian Development Bank (ADB)
15:05
15:45
Panel Session

Moderator

  • Mr. Demba Seck, Technical Officer – Origin Sub-Directorate, World Customs Organization (WCO)

Panelists

  • Non-Preferential e-COO, Mr. Martin van der Weide, Chair, International Certificate of Origin Council and Ms. Julie Sonladuangchanh, Project Manager, ICC World Chambers Federation (WCF) 
  • WCO Guidelines on Certificate of Origin, Ms. Chunxiao Xu, Technical Attaché, Tariff and Trade Affairs Directorate, Origin Sub-Directorate, World Customs Organization (WCO)
  • Assessing Practices of Proof of Origin and Digitalization, MsPramila A. Crivelli, PhD, Economist, Regional Cooperation and Integration Division, Asian Development Bank (ADB)
15:45
16:15
Case Studies

Moderator

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

Panelist

  • The Implementation of e-CO among ASEAN and BeyondMr. Sapphasuk Wijaiworakit, Chief, International Cooperation Unit, Thai Customs Department
  • Unlocking the benefits of digitalizing COs using blockchainMr. Dries Bertrand, Partner Global Trade Advisory, Deloitte and Mr. Frederik Van Outryve, Chief Commercial Officer, T-Mining
  • Digitalizing the CO processes in Singapore leveraging blockchain and AI, Mrs. Ju Song Lee, Founding Chair, ICC WCF International CO Council; Executive Council Member, UNESCAP for Business Network and Advisor, Singapore International Chamber of Commerce
16:15
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. Konstantinos Kaiopoulos
Mr. Konstantinos Kaiopoulos
Tariff and Trade Affairs Director, World Customs Organization (WCO)
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Mr. Konstantinos Kaiopoulos is Tariff and Trade Affairs Director at the World Customs Organization (WCO) since 1st March 2021. He provides leadership and management for the development of global Customs instruments, standards, and tools related to the International Convention on the Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System (HS Code), the Customs Valuation and the Rules of Origin.

Prior to joining the WCO, he represented the Hellenic Customs Administration to the European Union, the WCO, the OECD (Organisation for Economic Development and Cooperation) and the WHO (World Health Organisation)/FCTC bodies. During his 35 years long professional career, Mr. Kaiopoulos worked for Greece's Independent Authority for Public Revenue, the Hellenic Ministry of Economy and Finance, the European Commission and the Newcastle Business School, occupying a variety of senior posts which have given him broad experience and knowledge in Customs, international trade and economics and international business.

Mr. Kaiopoulos is graduated from the London School of Economics, the College of Europe (Belgium), the Sciences Po, the University of Paris IV Sorbonne, the University of Aix-Marseille (France) and the Université Libre de Bruxelles, and is specialised in International Law and International Economic Relations.

Mr. Raoul Renard
Mr. Raoul Renard
Deputy Director, Legal Reform, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)
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Raoul represents global business at the United Nations General Assembly, working in the Office of the Permanent Observer to the United Nations of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC).

Raoul led the ICC delegation to the Global Pact for the Environment negotiations at UNEP in Nairobi, Kenya, and spoke about the global business role at seminars in Nairobi, Ottawa and New York City.

He also leads the ICC working group on e-commerce, providing business perspectives for the Joint Statement Initiative on the trade-related aspects of electronic commerce at the World Trade Organization.

Raoul develops guidance and briefs on a wide range of international public policy issues, including the economic and fiscal response to COVID-19, the equitable distribution of vaccines, and digital trade.

Before joining ICC, Raoul was part of the litigation practice of a leading Australian law firm, and was seconded as a lawyer to the Australian Anti-Dumping Commission.

Mr. Kijin Kim
Mr. Kijin Kim
Economist, Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department, Asian Development Bank (ADB)
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Mr. Kijin Kim is Economist in the Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department, Asian Development Bank. Since he joined the ADB in 2017, he has been working on trade, trade facilitation, and trade finance within the context of regional cooperation and integration (RCI). He contributed to ADB’s publications on these areas including the Asian Economic Integration Report, Trade Finance Gaps, Growth, and Jobs Survey, and Asia-Pacific Trade Facilitation Report.

Before joining the ADB, he was a research fellow of the Regional Economics Applications Laboratory at the University of Illinois since 2012. From 2004 to 2010, he worked as Economist at the Bank of Korea. He earned his PhD in economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2016, focusing on research within the fields of regional economics and applied econometrics, centered on the role of labor markets, the effects of heterogeneity in consumption spending and labor market participation on regional economies.

Moderator

Mr. Demba Seck
Mr. Demba Seck
Technical Officer – Origin Sub-Directorate, World Customs Organization (WCO)
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Demba SECK is currently a Technical Officer – Origin Sub-Directorate – World Customs Organization.

He held various positions at both operational and central administration levels was as well responsible for origin matters in his home Administration in Senegal.

He has many years of training experience within the fields of customs legislation and customs procedures. Additionally to this, he has participated in several regional and continental negotiation rounds, all of which provided him with a broad experience.

Before joining the WCO, he was a WCO Accredited Expert Trainer on Rules of Origin and Technical and Operational Advisor on Revenue Package.

Panelists

Mr. Martin van der Weide
Mr. Martin van der Weide
Chair, International Certificate of Origin Council, ICC World Chambers Federation (WCF)
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Martin Van der Weide is Policy Advisor on Origin at the Netherlands Chamber of Commerce and Chair of the ICC/World Chambers Federation International Certificate of Origin Council. 

M. Van der Weide has served more than twenty years in the Chamber network. He started his career at a regional Chamber of Commerce in the Netherlands. Martin is responsible for the system for electronic Certificates of Origin (CO) in the Netherlands.

M. Van der Weide is also Chair of the International CO Accreditation Committee. The Accreditation Chain affirms that chambers are mutually responsible and globally interconnected, assuring businesses, traders, banks and customs administrations that COs are issued in accordance with international best practices.

M. Van der Weide has studied agribusiness management.

Ms. Julie Sonladuangchanh
Ms. Julie Sonladuangchanh
Project Manager, ICC World Chambers Federation (WCF) 
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Julie Sonladuangchanh is Project Manager at the World Chambers Federation, the non-political, non-governmental chamber platform of the International Chamber of Commerce. In this role Julie oversees ICC’s Certificate of Origin (CO) services, including the promotion of chambers as the logical and trusted agent in the issuance of such trade documents. Julie’s work supports the advancement of ICC’s mission to make business work for everyone, every day, everywhere by promoting and enabling the ICC CO Accreditation Chain, the official CO Verification website and other trade services for chambers relating to origin. For over 10 years Julie has managed relations with members of the International CO Council, a group of trade facilitation experts from the global chamber network.

She is a graduate of the French Business school ESCE and the Pantheon-Sorbonne University in Paris and amassed her experience in communications and trade, working in France and Hong Kong, prior to joining ICC in 2011.

Ms. Chunxiao Xu
Ms. Chunxiao Xu
Technical Attaché, Tariff and Trade Affairs Directorate, Origin Sub-Directorate, World Customs Organization (WCO)
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Chunxiao XU currently works as a technical Attaché in Tariff and Trade Affairs Directorate, Origin sub- directorate, World Customs Organization (WCO). 

Prior to joining the WCO, she worked in General Administration of Customs of the People’s Republic of China (GACC) for more than 15 years. She has been working on the area of free trade agreements and origin for almost 10 years and has experience on the negotiations and implementation of China FTAs. She had been involved in several negotiations of Regional Trade Agreements, including the deepening negotiations with ASEAN, Singapore, and Pakistan etc. and involved in Customs paperless declaration and e-certificate issues.

She holds double bachelor’s degree in Literature and Law and a master’s degree in Public Administration.

Ms. Pramila A. Crivelli, PhD
Ms. Pramila A. Crivelli, PhD
Economist, Regional Cooperation and Integration Division, Asian Development Bank (ADB)
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Dr. Pramila A. Crivelli is an economist in the Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department of the Asian Development Bank (ADB). Her main fields of specialization are applied econometrics in international trade policy, regional trade agreements, trade negotiations, rules or origin, non-tariff measures, and geographical indications.  At ADB, she is also conducting research on digital trade and supporting the APEC regional forum.

Prior to joining ADB in November 2020, she was an assistant professor at the Goethe University Frankfurt leading the Chair of International Trade. Her work has been published in academic peer-reviewed journals including the Journal of International Economics and the World Economy.

She received her PhD from the University of Geneva, Switzerland. She accumulated extensive experience in applied economic policy and technical cooperation serving as an economic affairs officer at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, researching at the European University Institute and the World Trade Organization, and carrying out consultancies for various clients in Asia and Africa. She has a strong expertise in delivering capacity building and advisory services to governments, public and private institutions, and trade negotiators in multilateral and regional fora.

 

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

Mr.Sapphasuk Wijaiworakit
Mr. Sapphasuk Wijaiworakit
Chief, International Cooperation Unit, Thai Customs Department
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  • In 2004, Bachelor degree of science in Applied Computer Science-Multimedia
  • In 2006, Master degree of science in Information Science, Information Technology
  • 2004-2008, Web application developer, National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA), Ministry of Science and Technology. Develop the Geographic Information System for the government agencies
  • 2008-2019, Computer technical officer, ICT bureau. Take part in the development of National Single Window and ASEAN Single Window
  • 2019 - present, Chief of international cooperation unit. Implement and Integrate Thai's government agencies' systems with ASEAN Single Window and other cross-border data exchange
Mr. Dries Bertrand
Mr. Dries Bertrand
Partner Global Trade Advisory, Deloitte
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Dries Bertrand is a partner in Deloitte Belgium’s Global Trade Advisory practice, based in Brussels. He has close to 20 years of experience in the area of global trade and worked for various international companies providing global trade strategy, import/export compliance and global trade automation advice.

Dries is a subject matter specialist when it comes to optimising supply chain processes from a global trade perspective, as well as transforming, automating and operating customs and excise processes via so-called global trade management solutions (such and SAP Global Trade Services, SAP ERP/SAP Industry solution and other GTM solutions), combined with emerging technologies (artificial intelligence, robotics, analytics and blockchain).

Dries holds a Master’s in Business Economics and a Bachelors in Customs Sciences.

Mr. Frederik Van Outryve
Mr. Frederik Van Outryve
Chief Commercial Officer, T-Mining
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Frederik Van Outryve is Chief Commercial Officer at T-Mining, a Belgian maritime technology startup. T-Mining uses blockchain technology to secure and streamline the container release process for different Ocean Carriers in European ports. Before joining T-Mining, Frederik worked in the IT-industry for 15 years, mainly helping governments digitizing their processes. In the past 2 years Frederik was the acting Project Manager for a worldwide pilot - with the support of Deloitte - testing the transfer of a digital, authentic Certificate of Origin between different destinations. 

 

Mrs. Ju Song Lee
Mrs. Ju Song Lee
Founding Chair, ICC WCF International CO Council; Executive Council Member, UNESCAP for Business Network and Advisor, Singapore International Chamber of Commerce
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