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06 December 2023 | By invitation only

Aligned with the Greater Tumen Initiative’s common vision and strategic directions and ESCAP’s subregional programme priority in East and North-East Asia on sustainable connectivity, the Annual Forum on Connectivity aims to provide a regular platform for GTI sectoral bodies to engage on connectivity-related issues of common interests. The Forum is jointly organized by the country chair of the GTI Consultative Commission (CC), GTI Secretariat and ESCAP East and North-East Asia Office and is a regular side event leading up to the annual meeting of the GTI Consultative Commission. GTI member countries include China, Mongolia, Republic of Korea and the Russian Federation.

The 23rd CC Meeting is chaired by China with the theme “Build an Open, Connected and Innovative NEA Economy”.

To this end, the 2nd Annual Forum on Connectivity, co-organized by China (through the Ministry of Commerce), ESCAP (through its East and North-East Asia Subregional Office) and GTI Secretariat, will be utilized as a platform for sectoral dialogues in line with the theme of the 23rd CC meeting. In particular, the Forum aims to be a dialogue on “Trade Digitalization: Trends, Challenges and Opportunities”.

06 Dec 2023

Chaired by Mr. Lee Lawrence Hoomyung (Director, GTI Secretariat)

  • Mr. Chen Chao (Deputy Director General, Department of International Trade and Economic Affairs, Ministry of Commerce, People’s Republic of China)
  • Mr. Ganbold Baasanjav (Head, ESCAP East and North-East Asia Office)
  • Mr. Lee Lawrence Hoomyung (Director, GTI Secretariat)
  • Mr. Cui Changzheng (Deputy Secretary General, Liaoning Provincial Government, People’s Republic of China)
Session I: Developments and Opportunities on Trade Digitalization

Chaired by: Mr. Ganbold Baasanjav (Head, ESCAP East and North-East Asia Office)

This session will highlight developments on trade digitalization, including its cross-sectoral linkages and impacts.  


  • On Trade Digitalization (Department of Foreign Trade, Ministry of Commerce, People’s Republic of China)
  • Highlights of the UN Global Survey on Digital and Sustainable Trade Facilitation (Mr. Tengfei Wang, Economic Affairs Officer, Trade, Investment and Innovation Division, ESCAP) [in-person] 
  • Mr. Chen Ximin Senior Vice President, Chief Technology Officer, and Chief Information Officer, Neusoft Group
  • Trade-Transport Linkage: Focus on Cross-Border Paperless Railway Transit Transport Facilitation (Ms. Ekaterina Kozyreva, President, IEC International / ESCAP Project Consultant) [online]
  • Russia (tbc)
  • Mongolia (tbc)

Q&A [15 mins]

Session II: Perspectives on GTI Trade Digitalization Cooperation

Chaired by: Mr. Lee Lawrence Hoomyung (Director, GTI Secretariat)

This session will focus on prospects of cooperation on trade digitalization across sectoral bodies under the GTI platform.  


  • Leveraging digitalization in logistics (tbc)
  • The Digital Transformation of E-commerce Trade: Exploring the Unlimited Potential of Global Markets (Pan Cheng, Marketing Director of Liaoning Boying Technology Co., Ltd)
  • TradeGo (tbc)
  • China Merchants Energy Shipping (tbc)
  • China Cosco (tbc)
  • ROK (tbc)

Q&A [15 mins each]

for more information, please contact

Subregional Office for East and North-East Asia +82-32-458-6600 [email protected]
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