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22 June 2023, 11:00 - 12:00 Indochina Time / Bangkok | Open meeting

Room CR-3, UNCC , Bangkok, Thailand

This capacity building workshop will discuss a building block of cross-border paperless trade: interoperability and cross-border recognition of trust services. Trust services are services that provide assurance of quality of data such as electronic signatures and timestamping. UNCITRAL has recently adopted a new text in the field, the Model Law on the Use and Cross-border Recognition of Identity Management and Trust Services. The workshop will address the legal framework required for trust services and the technical aspects of their implementation to achieve interoperability and, ultimately, enable dataflows.  

This workshop is a part of the activities organized during the week for the second session of the Standing Committee and the Paperless Trade Council of the Framework Agreement on Facilitation of Cross-border Paperless Trade in Asia and the Pacific.

Building trust in digital trade: technology principles from a business perspective

Ms. Hannah Nguyen
Ms. Hannah Nguyen
Director, Digital Ecosystems, ICC DSI
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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.

Legal mechanisms for cross-border recognition of electronic signatures and other trust services

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.

Cross-border recognition of digital signatures – lessons learned from India

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Mr. Tahseen Khan
Advisory Committee Member, UNNExT & Vice-chair, UN/CEFACT
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Mr Tahseen Ahmad Khan is working around Trade Facilitation, Electronic Governance, Electronic Commerce and Electronic Security at national and international level for about four decades.

At the national level Mr Khan has been working with the Government of India for about four decades at different levels on above referred areas. He has handled major national projects in Trade and Industry sectors, some of which includes Electronic Trade, Electronic Procurement, Electronic Intellectual Property, Net Banking, Secure National and International Transactions, Electronic Commerce Act etc. He was also Head of Trusted Third-Party/ Digital Signature setup of the country.

At the regional level, he is active as an expert for United Nations Cross border Paperless Trade initiative of United Nations Economic andSocial Commission for Asia and the Pacific. He is also a member of the advisory committee on United Nations Network of Experts on Paperless Trade and Transport for Asia and the Pacific (UNNExT). He has also the distinction of holding many other positions like UN/CEFACT Rapporteur for Asia, Chairman of Asia Pacific Council for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business etc.

At the international level, he has been handling multiple activities. He is currently associated in the work program of United Nations Centre forTrade Facilitation and Electronic Business (UN/CEFACT), Geneva as its Vice Chair. Some of his current active engagements are on major global projects like Ensuring legally significant trusted trans-boundary electronic interaction, International Trade and Mutual recognition, Block Chain forTrade Facilitation, Internet of Things for Trade Facilitation, Artificial Intelligence for Trade Facilitation, Digital Identity for Trade Facilitation, Verifiable Credentials for Cross border trade etc.

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