Digital Trade Facilitation in ASEAN


About the Webinar

The on-going COVID-19 crisis has highlighted the need for further accelerating the digitalization of trade and associated procedures. Drawing on the most recent data from the UN Global Survey on Digital and Sustainable Trade Facilitation as well as cross-border paperless trade readiness assessments conducted across the Asia-Pacific region, the Webinar will discuss the state of digital trade facilitation in ASEAN and what may be done to accelerate progress and make supply chains more efficient, transparent and sustainable. The Webinar will draw from the Digital and Sustainable Regional Integration Index (DigiSRII) recently developed by UNESCAP to explore how well ASEAN economies have integrated into the regional digital economy. Finally, the Webinar will also provide an opportunity to explore how best ASEAN can take advantage of regional and multilateral initiatives in this area, such as the Framework Agreement on Facilitation of Cross-Border Paperless Trade in Asia and the Pacific, the most recent United Nations treaty in the area of trade and development.

About the Speaker

Dr. Yann Duval is Chief of the Trade Policy and Facilitation Section, Trade, Investment and Innovation Division, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP). Over the past 18 years, Dr. 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. Dr. 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.


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Jun 26 2020


10:00 am - 11:00 am