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22 to 24 February 2023 | By invitation only

Hybrid Meeting, UNCC Meeting Room H and Zoom, Bangkok, Thailand
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This workshop is based on the joint efforts of three United Nations Regional Commissions (UNRCs), namely ESCAP, ECA and ECLAC, on digital trade regulatory analysis and integration. Its objectives are to build the capacity of the Forum for East Asia and Latin America (FEALAC) and other participating UN member states by familiarizing them with the ESCAP-ECA-ECLAC harmonized methodology for digital trade regulatory analysis and to allow member states to share experiences and learn from each other.

This workshop will present key research findings based on the first joint report of the three UNRCs on Digital Trade Regulatory Review for Asia-Pacific, Africa, and LAC 2023 (RCDTR), followed by an experience-sharing session from the African region. The second day of the workshop will feature a session dedicated to FEALAC and Asia-Pacific countries. The roundtable discussion on 24 February will give the member states opportunities to discuss the RDTII methodology, challenges in data collection, the use of the RDTII in policymaking and technical assistance needs.

The workshop is organized with the support of FEALAC as a side event of the first session of the ESCAP Committee on Trade, Investment, Enterprise and Business Innovation.


For more information about ESCAP-ECA-ECLAC Initiative on Digital Trade Regulatory Analysis, please visit CLICK

Mr. Yann Duval
Mr. Yann Duval
Chief, Trade Policy and Facilitation Section, Trade, Investment and Innovation Division (TIID), ESCAP
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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.

Prior to joining the UN, He held faculty positions at the Asian Institute of Technology and Washington State University, USA.

Ms. Witada Anukoonwattaka 
Economic Affairs Officer, Trade Policy and Facilitation Section (TPFS), TIID, ESCAP
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Ms. Witada Anukoonwattaka is a core researcher for the division, in particular the Trade Policy and Facilitation Section, and leading the DigiSRII 1.0 project of ESCAP. Her research areas cover economic impacts of trade and investment policies as well as contemporary trade  issues of Asia-Pacific countries including trade tensions, global value chains, regional integration, services and digital-trade policies, and trade policies to support sustainable development.  She has also run and served as a resource person for capacity-building programmes, particularly those related to evidence-based policymaking and research. Before joining ESCAP, she was a lecturer of the Faculty of Economics at Thammasat University, Thailand, and also worked  in the advisory team of Thailand’s minister of industry, foreign affairs, and commissioner of Thailand’s National Telecommunications Commission. She holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Melbourne, Australia. 

Mr. Simon Mevel
Economic Affairs Officer in the African Trade Policy Centre (ATPC), the Regional Integration and Trade Division (RITD), the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA)
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Mr. Johan Mulder
Chief, International Trade Unit, International Trade and Integration Division, ECLAC
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Henry Gao
Mr. Henry Gao
Associate Professor, Singapore Management University
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Henry Gao is Associate Professor of law at Singapore Management University and Dongfang Scholar Chair Professor at Shanghai Institute of Foreign Trade. With law degrees from three continents, he started his career as the first Chinese lawyer at the WTO Secretariat. Before moving to Singapore in late 2007, he taught law at University of Hong Kong, where he was also the Deputy Director of the East Asian International Economic Law and Policy Program. He has taught at the IELPO program in Barcelona and the Academy of International Trade Law in Macau, and was the Academic Coordinator to the first Asia-Pacific Regional Trade Policy Course officially sponsored by the WTO. Widely published on issues relating to China and WTO, Henry has advised many national governments as well as the WTO, World Bank, Asian Development Bank, APEC and ASEAN on trade issues. He sits on the Advisory Board of the WTO Chairs Program, which was established by the WTO Secretariat in 2009 to promote research and teaching on WTO issues in leading universities around the world. He is also a member of editorial board of Journal of Financial Regulation, which was launched by Oxford University Press in 2014.

Ms. Emmanuelle Bugeau
Consultant, the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA)
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Ms. Yasmin Ismail
Programme Officer, CUTS International Geneva
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Mr. Manfred Kouty
ECA consultant, WTO Co-Chair, International Relations Institute of Cameroon, University of Yaoundé II
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Ms. Esther Nali
Technical Valuation Officer, Uganda Revenue Authority
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Mr. Talkmore Chidede
Digital Trade Expert, AfCFTA Secretariat (TBC)
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Mr. Tapiwa Ronald Cheuka
Trade Policy Officer, Economic Development, Integration and Trade, African Union Commission
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Ms. Martina F. Ferracane
ESCAP-ECA-ECLAC consultant, European University Institute (online)
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Martina is passionate about policy-making and technological innovation. She is a Research Fellow at the European University Institute, where she manages the Digital Trade Integration Project. Her research covers digital trade, data governance, and digital education. Martina founded and manages FabLab Western Sicily, a non-profit organisation that brings creative digital education to Sicilian schools and she was listed in Forbes 30 Under 30 for her work with Oral3D, a start-up in the area of 3D printing and dentistry. For her work in these areas, she was listed in 2018 among the 15 most influential Italian women on digital issues. She acts regularly as a consultant for several institutions including the United Nations, the World Economic Forum and the World Bank.

Mr. Fandi Achmad
ESCAP consultant, University of Oxford
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RDTII National focal point 

(as of 1 February 2023)


  • Mr. CHEA Laichea, Director of Department of International Cooperation, Ministry of Commerce


Member States


  • Mr. Noor Md. Mahbubul Haq, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Commerce


  • Mr. Battushig Zanabazar, Deputy Director-General, Department of Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs


  • Mr. Dilshod Sharifi, Head of International Economic Department, Ministry of Economic Development and Trade

for more information, please contact

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