Cross-border paperless trade has great potential to not only grow trade competitiveness, but also to address new challenges associated with cross-border e-commerce and the rise of the digital economy.
ESCAP Interim Intergovernmental Steering Group on Cross-border Paperless Trade Facilitation has developed Legal and Technical Readiness Checklists as part of its support to the implementation of the Framework Agreement on Facilitation of Cross-border Paperless Trade in Asia and the Pacific. On that basis, ESCAP has conducted readiness assessments for cross-border paperless trade in selected countries in Asia and the Pacific region.
The reports include findings from the technical and legal readiness assessments, recommendations, and individual action plans for countries to move forward towards cross-border paperless trade. These reports can serve as a valuable foundation to elaborate more detailed activities at national and agency level in this area, with identifiable timeline and budget sources. The financial support from China, Republic of Korea and the Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF) is gratefully acknowledged.
Readiness Assessments for Cross-Border Paperless Trade - Country Reports:
In addition, ongoing studies in these countries will be made available later:
- Azerbaijan (initiated June 2021)
- Lao People's Democratic Republic (initiated July 2021)
- Philippines (national consultation June 2021)
- Tonga (initiated July 2021)
- Viet Nam (initiated July 2021)
- Georgia (initiated in July 2021)
- Kazakhstan (initiated in September 2021)
If any member States of ESCAP is interested in conducting readiness assessment for cross-border paperless trade, please contact Trade, Investment and Innovation Division, United Nations ESCAP (Email: [email protected]; copied to [email protected]).
An interactive guide is also available to support countries to conduct self-assessments of legal and technical readiness on cross-border paperless trade. Readiness Assessment Guide for Cross-border Paperless Trade can be found here.