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21 June 2023, 11:00 - 12:30 Indochina Time / Bangkok | Open meeting

This capacity building workshop will aim to provide participants with guidance on conducting feasibility studies on cross-border electronic exchange of trade data. A feasibility study template, developed and utilized for four national studies, will be presented and guidance will be given on utilizing the template to establish a step-by-step approach for engaging in cross-border electronic trade data and document exchange, including identifying feasible trade documents and data exchange systems to initiate cross-border exchange. 

Additionally, a case study from the Philippines will be presented that utilizes an in-depth feasibility study template aimed at surveying a wide range of trade stakeholders and covering diverse areas for cross-border electronic exchange of trade-related data and documents.  

Guidance on utilizing the Feasibility Study Template on Cross-border Electronic Exchange of Trade Data

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.

Lessons learned from conducting feasibility studies in 4 countries

Ms. Kyeongrim (Kerri) Ahn
Ms. Kyeongrim (Kerri) Ahn
UNNExT Expert/ESCAP Consultant
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Work Experience
  • Head of R&D Center, The K Consulting
  • International Consultant, ESCAP, IMO, ADB
  • Lecturer, Department of Management Information, Hanyang Cyber University
  • Guest Researcher, Engineering Laboratory, System Integration Division, Process Engineering Group, US NIST
  • General Manager, R&D Center, KL-Net

Company Name: The K Consulting

  • Leading for work automation and standardization to support trade and logistics facilitation of global SCM
  • Develop and propose international standard to IMO, UN/CEFACT, etc.
  • Develop and operate Information service system and IT solution
  • Conduct Korean national R&D project and IMO/ESCAP/ADB project

Subject: Cross-Border paperless trade

  • Dr. Ahn is working on standardization for trade facilitation with ESCAP and conducting Feasibility studies on the cross-border electronic exchange of trade data.
  • In addition, she is working and conducting Korean R&D projects to promote national strategy

Key findings and lessons from national feasibility study for the Philippines

Mr. Dennis Pantastico
UNNExT Expert/ESCAP Consultant
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A trade facilitation and single window expert with over 20 years of experience, with a particular emphasis on customs modernization, integrated risk management, freight forwarding operation and strategic trade management. Aside from his engagement as UN ITC national lead on Integrated Risk Management and the Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) Program, he is the regional adviser of the USAID funded ASEAN Policy Implementation project assisting Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, and the Philippines in complying with their ASEAN trade facilitation commitments. Further, he got engaged by the UN ESCAP as a consultant in developing the Cross-border Paperless Trade feasibility framework.

Moreover, UNDP Lebanon hired him for fourteen (14) months as an International Logistics Facilitation Expert to support the “Strengthening Arab Economic Integration for Sustainable Development (AEISD)” project. In 2020, he co-authored the study on “Expediting Low Value Shipments in ASEAN” under the ASEAN-USAID IGNITE project covering the ASEAN Member States’ policies and customs procedures on de minimis (category 2) and low value dutiable (category 3) shipments.

He has been involved in developing the Single Window platforms (regional and national) since 2005 when he worked as part of the of a small group of ASEAN Experts in crafting the ASW Technical Guide, which is annexed to the ASEAN Single Window (ASW) Protocol. In 2009, he led the Laos NSW roadmap development effort and helped draft the Vietnam NSW master plan. On other trade facilitation initiatives, he developed his expertise in implementing customs modernization projects and digitized licensing and permit processing with regulatory agencies during his twelve-year tenure with SGS Far East Ltd, Manila Liaison Office and the Bureau of Customs of the Philippines.


Mr. Alvin Mah
UNNExT Expert
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Mr. Mah Choong Kean (also known as Alvin C K Mah) is a member of the expert team for the United Nations Network of Experts in Paperless Trade (UNNeXT) for Single Window Masterplanning and Public Private Partnerships. Alvin is a seasoned and well-established Single Window expert in the Customs and Trade industry and with more than 20 years of deep knowledge and exposure particularly with the ASEAN region, South Asia region and Central Asia region. His expertise and experience include economic and sectorial analysis (eg. study, research, analysis, design, conceptualisation and policy recommendation, design change management and capacity building plans, business process re-engineering, etc). Such experience also include designing and conducting virtual training on trade facilitation. Other assignments which Alvin has concluded with UNESCAP were on a Belt Road Initiative (BRI) funded project on technical readiness for paperless trade and cross border data exchange for the countries of Mongolia, Myanmar, Armenia and Uzbekistan (2019). The second part of the assignment, which is funded by EIF,  involves Cambodia, Nepal, Bangladesh and Timor Leste. These assignments involves understanding and analysing the technical readiness of these countries, including recommendations for a National Policy Framework for paperless trade and cross border paperless trade under the UNESCAP Frame Agreement on Facilitation of Cross-border Paperless Trade in Asia and the Pacific. He is also attached to UNESCAP as Readiness Assessment - Consultant Technical Expert for Azerbaijan, Lao PDR, Philippines, Tonga, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Vietnam , Tuvalu, Turkmenistan and Tajikistan.

Sangwon Lim
Mr. Sangwon Lim
UNNExT Special Advisor
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Mr. Sangwon Lim is a special advisor of the United Nations Network of Experts for Paperless Trade and Transport in Asia and the Pacific (UNNExT) During his 12 years of work in United Nations ESCAP, he specialized in trade facilitation and integration. In ESCAP, his area of expertise included implementing paperless trade and Single Window. He has led development of several technical guides and provided numerous advisory services and technical assistance in this area to several developing countries in the region, including Single Window implementation. Before joining ESCAP in 2009, he had served the National IT Industry Promotion Agency (NIPA) of the Republic of Korea for more than 9 years, specializing in application of ICT in various public and private sector business domains, including international trade, Customs and value-added tax system. He had actively participated and contributed to international development of trade facilitation and e-business through regional and international fora, including Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), ebXML initiative, and United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business (UN/CEFACT).  He was the Rapporteur for the Asia and the Pacific in the UN/CEFACT from 2003 to 2009. He holds a Ph.D in logistics management from Chulalongkorn University, Thailand. He is currently working as a Development Coordination Officer/Economist, Office of the Resident Coordinator of United Nations Mongolia. 

Mr. Bryan Tan
Partner, Reed Smith
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Bryan is a partner in the firm’s Entertainment & Media Group. Bryan has over 20 years’ experience focusing on transactional, regulatory and legislative work across the ASEAN and Asia-Pacific countries. Bryan also has extensive experience advising on venture capital investments into fast-growing technology companies, crypto currency projects including funds, exchanges and international consortiums, as well as cyber security, data protection and trade facilitation matters. Bryan has also written a number of major legal texts in the area on e-transactions, data protection and electronic evidence. Bryan served as legal advisor on ASEAN Single Window and also on United Nations Network of Experts for Paperless Trade in Asia and the Pacific (UNNExT).

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