The event builds on the conviction that efficient paperless
trade could save governments and companies millions of dollars each year while
increasing the security of transactions, and contributing to economic growth
and social development.
Open to all, ICC’s Facilitating Trade in the Digital Economy
conference will be particularly useful for business, trade, finance, supply
chain, logistics, tax and legal practitioners as well as government regulators,
policymakers, and academics. Those registering before 14 February can catch a
“This ICC event answers an urgent need for businesses,
governments and legal experts to address the regulatory and practical issues
that arise when paper-based trade and administrative processes are replaced by electronic
systems. A more coordinated international approach to digital interactions
would improve trade flows considerably,” said Jean-Guy Carrier, Secretary
General, International Chamber of Commerce, who will open the conference with a
The challenge has been for companies to submit
business-to-business transaction data to a range of varying government-controlled
systems. This variety of requirements is often incompatible with typical
business control frameworks and technologies.
Joseph Alhadeff, Vice President, Global Public Policy, Chief
Privacy Strategist, Oracle Corporation, United States; Chair, ICC Commission on
the Digital Economy, said: “Governments worldwide use information and
communication technologies (ICT) to work more effectively with business.
Regulations and processes, however, often vary, even within countries, meaning
that the ways in which countries approach electronic trade procedures and
e-government is increasing in variety and complexity. This comes with its own
set of challenges and results in many different – and often conflicting – approaches
to the ways businesses and governments interact electronically. Business and
government regulators need to collaborate and coordinate more effectively in
order to improve electronic trade procedures in a mutually beneficial way.”
To address these issues and seek solutions, the conference brings
together leading experts from governments in emerging and industrialized
markets, digital economy user companies, ICT provider organizations, law firms,
and intergovernmental organizations. Here are just a few of the experts lined
up to speak: John Bescec, Director, Global Trade Policy and Standards,
Microsoft; Charles Bryant, Public Policy Adviser, OB10; Co-Chairman, European
e-Invoicing Service Providers Association; Michael Scholl, Chairman, United
Nations Commission on International Trade Law; and Gaozhang Zhu, Director,
Enforcement and Facilitation, World Customs Organization.
Through a series of plenary sessions feeding into interactive
workshops, participants will join speakers in exploring practical examples of
electronic supply chain management and law enforcement.
“The plenary sessions and interactive workshops will enable
both participants and speakers to showcase practical examples of digital supply
chain management and law enforcement solutions,” said Daniel Hubert of the
Digital Coding & Tracking Association, who along with Oracle are sponsors
of the unique conference.
ICC’s conference on Facilitating Trade in the Digital
Economy is organized with the support of Digital Trust and Compliance Europe, EDIFICE,
the European E-invoicing Service Providers Association, the Federal Department
of Foreign Affairs of the Swiss Confederation, ICC Switzerland, and the United
Nations Economic Commission for Europe.
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