ROCB A/P introduces the WCO instruments and AEO Program at the UNESCAP Regional Workshop on Trade Facilitation for Sustainable Development
7-10 August 2018, Bangkok, Thailand
At the invitation of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Paciﬁc (UNESCAP), in cooperation with the International Trade Development Institute (ITD), Mr. Hong-Young Jo of the ROCB A/P attended the ESCAP-ARTNeT/ITD Regional Workshop on Trade Facilitation for Sustainable Development held from 7 to 10 August 2018 at the UN Convention Center in Bangkok, Thailand. Approximately 40 representatives from private and public sectors, relevant international and government agencies participated in the Workshop. The Workshop focused on developing tools to implement trade facilitation measures and paperless trade initiatives, and resource persons provided the participants with their expertise in trade facilitation experiences, thus this workshop contributed to more effectively support or participate in the work of National Committee on Trade Facilitation (NCTF) or related inter-agency bodies.
Mr. Jo made a presentation on the AEO Program and pertinent WCO instruments and tools, as well as the ROCB A/P’s activities for facilitating the implementation of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA). He emphasized proactive application of the WCO instruments and tools such as Revised Kyoto Convention (RKC) and SAFE Framework of Standards (SAFE FoS) for enhancing the supply chain security while assuring the implementation of the WTO TFA.
This event provided the participants with a good knowledge-building opportunity on an update on the state of implementation of key trade facilitation and paperless trade measures in the region. A series of key measures and instruments on trade facilitation were introduced, including the WTO TFA and the new Framework Agreement on the Facilitation of Cross-Border Paperless Trade in Asia and the Pacific. Participants learned how to conduct a Business Process Analysis (BPA) project to simplify trade procedures. The Workshop also dealt with emerging topics on trade facilitation in the context of logistics management, gender specific dimensions of trade facilitation and e-commerce technical issues and discussed the possible way to overcome perceived challenges in these emerging topics. Participants including Mr. Jo were actively participated group exercise on establishing NCTF and conducting BPA as well as study visit to Thai National Single Window (NSW).
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