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23 to 24 January 2024 | Open meeting

The International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) ePhyto Solution has emerged as a pioneering digital tool for facilitating the electronic exchange of phytosanitary certificates between trading partners, streamlining trade processes, and enhancing global food security. Building upon this success, there is a growing impetus to extend the benefits of digitalization to other trade-related documents, particularly in the context of the Framework Agreement on Facilitation of Cross-border Paperless Trade in Asia and the Pacific (CPTA).

 

This webinar session will discuss the feasibility, benefits, and challenges of upscaling the IPPC ePhyto Solution to encompass other trade-related documents, with key recommendations to support the implementation of CPTA.

 

The webinar will be held back-to-back with the ad-hoc session of the Standing Committee of CPTA.

Mr. Yann Duval
Yann Duval
Chief, Trade Policy and Facilitation Section, Trade, Investment and Innovation Division (TIID), United Nations ESCAP
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Yann Duval is currently Chief of Trade Policy and Facilitation at ESCAP, the regional branch of the United Nations Secretariat for Asia and the Pacific. Over the past 20 years at UN ESCAP, Mr. 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 Agreements. 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 Digital and Sustainable Trade Facilitation.

His trade policy research and advocacy work has emphasized the importance of mainstreaming sustainable development objectives into trade policy and facilitation. He has led the preparation of UN ESCAP flagship reports on trade and investment in collaboration with UNCTAD and UNEP, examining the role of non-tariff measures in sustainable development as well as how to promote climate-smart trade and investment. During the COVID-19 crisis, he coordinated a UN-wide initiative to develop model provisions in trade agreements for trade in time of crisis, including in cooperation with WTO and civil society organizations. His current work focuses on leveraging digital trade for sustainable development and the design of sustainable development provisions in regional trade agreements.

Mr. Duval was instrumental in the development and negotiation of the Framework Agreement on Facilitation of Cross-Border Paperless Trade in Asia and the Pacific, a UN treaty which entered into force in 2021. He has overseen readiness assessments for cross-border paperless trade in over a dozen countries and co-led the preparation of the WTO/ESCAP/UNCITRAL Cross-Border Paperless Trade Toolkit (2022) as well as the UN online course on Next-Generation Trade Facilitation.

He has actively promoted the use of advanced information and communication technologies for research and building capacity in policy making, including through the launch of the online Trade Intelligence and Negotiation Adviser (TINA), a tool aimed at supporting developing countries in preparing for trade negotiations.

Prior to joining the UN, He held faculty positions and taught economics and management at the Asian Institute of Technology and Washington State University, USA. He holds a PhD in Agricultural Economics from Kansas State University and an engineering degree from PURPAN Toulouse, France.

Tengfei Wang
Mr. Tengfei Wang
Economic Affairs Officer, Trade Policy and Facilitation Section, Trade, Investment and Innovation Division (TIID), ESCAP
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Mr. Tengfei Wang joined the United Nations ESCAP as an Economic Affairs Officer in 2008. Since then, he has been working on the areas related to trade and transport facilitation, digital economy, technology and innovation. Currently, his work is mainly focused on implementing the Framework Agreement on Facilitation of Cross-border Paperless Trade in Asia and the Pacific, providing advice to governments and undertaking studies on topics pertinent to trade facilitation, paperless trade and digital economy. In his career, he drafted many UN legislative documents, guidebooks and reports. Furthermore, he publishes extensively in peer-review academic journals on trade, logistics and digital economy. His publications have been cited over 4,000 times. He earned his PhD from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and was the winner of 'Palgrave Macmillan' global PhD thesis competition (2002-2005).

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Mr. Craig Fedchock
Senior Advisor, North American Export Grain Association and the Innovation Emissary of the International Grain Trade Coalition
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Craig Fedchock recently became a Senior Advisor to the North American Export Grain Association and the Innovation Emissary of the International Grain Trade Coalition. For the previous eleven years, he held a variety of senior positions at the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) Secretariat, a semi-independent body housed at the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization, including holding the positions of Senior Advisor and Director of the IPPC ePhyto Solution, a successful effort to digitize the exchange of phytosanitary certificates. He also had acted as IPPC Secretary and IPPC Coordinator. Before IPPC, he held several positions with the US Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ) Division, including Director of International Capacity Development, Associate Executive Director of Plant Health Programs, and Director of the Phytosanitary Issues Management staff. Before joining PPQ, Mr. Fedchock was the Director of Bilateral Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Affairs at the Executive Office of the President, Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR). While at USTR he was the lead negotiator for the United States on SPS issues in multiple Free Trade Agreement negotiations and World Trade Organization accession discussions. He was also the Chief of Staff for APHIS International Services, and the Director for Asia Trade Policy in APHIS. Mr. Fedchock also worked in the Codex Office of the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service, managed the activities of the National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods; worked for the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration and as a consultant to the U.S. Department of Defense.

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Dr. Erik Bosker
Senior Policy Officer, Agriculture and Innovation in the Animal Supply Chain and Animal Welfare Department, Ministry of Economic Affairs
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Erik Bosker is 62 years old and works in the Hague as Senior Policy Officer for the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation in the Animal Supply Chain and Animal Welfare Department. He started to work for the public sector in 1995 as official veterinarian in the largest Border Inspection Post (BIP) in the European Union, Rotterdam. In 1999 he became head of this BIP. After moving in 2000 to the central office of the Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority in The Hague he became project leader. One of the projects was about designing, creating and implementing the Dutch national application for the registration of the veterinary checks all Dutch Border Inspection Posts. The application was successfully launched in 2004 and, with the help of the necessary updates, is still functioning. From 2002 on he also participated as a veterinary expert in several EU Phare Twinning projects in candidate Member States. After a transfer to the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality in 2006 he became in 2010 Netherlands project leader of the Sino-Dutch cooperation on e-certification. This project has been finalized in 2015 with the launch of paperless certification for dairy exported from The Netherlands to the PR of China. In 2016 he became responsible for another bilateral cooperation on electronic certification (with the Russian Federation). One year later the electronic exchange of all veterinary certificates that The Netherlands issue came into production. He succeeded in 2019 to expand this collaboration with a trial on paperless certification for hatching eggs and day old chicks and in 2021 with boar semen.

In 2019 and 2020 he was consultant and WOAH expert in the STDF project Development of a framework to facilitate e-veterinary certification for international trade on the basis of a single window system (Project STDF/PG/609) that has been managed and implemented by WOAH.

In 2014 he was appointed as Netherlands Head of Delegation (HoD) in the Codex Committee on Food Import and Export Inspection and Certification Systems (CCFICS). In this capacity he initiated and chaired the revision of Codex Guideline CXG 38-2001 for paperless certification for food. This revision was adopted in 2021 and published by Codex Alimentarius in 2022.

In 2021 he was appointed by the Bureau of the United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business (UN/CEFACT) as Coordinator in the Agriculture Fisheries & Agri-food Domain. The AGRI domain is responsible amongst others for the management and maintenance of the standard Electronic SPS Certificate (eCert).

Mr. Simon Padilla
Mr. Simon Padilla
Economic Affairs Officer, Standards and Trade Development Facility
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Since joining the Secretariat of the Standards and Trade Development Facility (STDF) at the World Trade Organization (WTO) in 2007, Simon has managed a US$ 15 million portfolio of more than 40 project grants across Africa, Asia and Latin America. Simon leads on priority knowledge topics, such sharing good practice from electronic SPS certification and trade facilitation to cross-cutting issues such as gender and the environment across STDF's global network. He also manages the financial information for the STDF Trust Fund and has worked on international trade at the WTO for over fifteen years. His main areas of expertise are: project design, management and evaluation, implementation of the WTO SPS & TBT Agreements, as well as other WTO trade topics. He holds a Master's degree in International Economics and Development from the University of Namur and the Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium.Since joining the Secretariat of the Standards and Trade Development Facility (STDF) at the World Trade Organization (WTO) in 2007, Simon has managed a US$ 15 million portfolio of more than 40 project grants across Africa, Asia and Latin America. Simon leads on priority knowledge topics, such sharing good practice from electronic SPS certification and trade facilitation to cross-cutting issues such as gender and the environment across STDF's global network. He also manages the financial information for the STDF Trust Fund and has worked on international trade at the WTO for over fifteen years. His main areas of expertise are: project design, management and evaluation, implementation of the WTO SPS & TBT Agreements, as well as other WTO trade topics. He holds a Master's degree in International Economics and Development from the University of Namur and the Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium.

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Mr. Francis Lopez
President and CEO of InterCommerce Network Services, Inc.
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Mr. Francis Norman Lopez is the President and CEO of InterCommerce Network Services, Inc. since December 1997, and currently the Vice-Chairman of the Pan Asian eCommerce Alliance (PAA).  He worked with government trade promotion organizations before joining the private sector, specifically the Philippine Exporters Confederation and EDINet Philippines, Inc. before joining InterCommerce.

As CEO, InterCommerce was accredited as the first value added service provider of the Bureau of Customs, Philippine Economic Zone Authority and Freeport Zone Authorities (Clark, Subic and Bataan), the trade regulatory agencies of the Department of Agriculture, and the Board of Investments for the lodgment of goods declaration, manifest, Customs release, import permits and certifications.   InterCommerce recently developed the ACDD Portal and API Bridge for the Bureau of Customs, and successfully participate in the exchange of the ASEAN Customs Declaration Data (ACDD) with the other ASEAN Member States, thru the ASEAN Single Window. In addition, the API Bridge receives the inbound eCO ATIGA Form D from the exporting AMS, for upload to Tradenet (PH NSW) and to BOC ECO Portal.

In 2009, InterCommerce developed and operates the DA Trade System for the Department of Agriculture initially for the automation of the SPS Import Clearance. Subsequently, it developed and implemented systems for the allocation and issuance of Import Certificate under the Minimum Access Volume (MAV) scheme, the digitization of the Request for Inspection of goods upon arrival, the receipt and validation of the electronic SPS Certificates (phytosanitary, veterinary and health certificates) from the Ministry of Agriculture of Australia and recently, the receipt of the ePhyto Certificates thru an interface of the DA Trade System to the IPPS ePhyto Hub. Further, InterCommerce deployed the system for BAI for the application and issuance of License to Operate to importers of animal feeds and veterinary products, conducting training for BPI Quarantine Officers and exporters preparatory to the online application and issuance of Phytosanitary Certificates as well as the training of Meat Inspectors and importers on the online application and issuance of the Certificate of Meat Inspection for the NMIS.

Mr. Lopez is a UNNExT resource person, having presented the Collaborative SPS Exchange Model in various fora under the UN ESCAP and WTO STDF. He was a Consultant on the SPS Exchange under the ASEAN Single Window.  

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Mr. Yawar Nawaz
Officer, Pakistan Customs
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An officer of Pakistan Customs, having experience of working in Customs operations at airports, seaports, dry ports and land border stations, counter-smuggling units in different capacities/ positions since 2009.

He has been working with Pakistan Single Window as Domain Officer (domain expert) on secondment since January 2021 where he has been team lead for digitization of the Department of Plant Protection (DPP) of Pakistan as well as integration with IPPC’s e-Phyto Hub along with some other important projects such as Integrated Risk Management System (IRMS), Lab Management System etc.

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Dr. Rose Souza Richards
Seed Health Manager, International Seed Federation
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Rose Souza Richards joined ISF in March 2020 as the Seed Health Manager. Rose is the key point person for the international seed industry with the International Plant Protection Convention, and responsible for the coordination of an industry-wide response to WTO notifications on proposed changes to national phytosanitary regulations. 

 

She also manages, develops, and promotes existing ISF activities such as the Systems Approach, the Regulated Pest List Initiative, and the International Seed Health Initiative. 

 

Rose has spent the last five and a half years working at the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) in New Zealand. Rose has a BSc in Agronomic Engineering from the State University of Bahia, Brazil, an MSc in Plant Pathology from the Federal University of Viçosa, Brazil, a second MSc in Plant Diversity from the University of Reading, UK and a PhD in Plant Molecular Virology from the University of Nottingham, UK. 

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Mr. Ofer Ein Bar
VP Financial Institutions, WaveBL
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Ofer Ein Bar, is the VP Financial Institutions at WaveBL.

Ofer is an experienced banker; as a senior executive at the Corporate Banking division of HSBC, followed by senior roles at the payment and cash management buildout. Post HSBC Ofer held an executive position in the digital development and transformation for the corporate banking in one of the largest banks in Israel.

WaveBL is a blockchain-based digital platform that is used to digitize global trade, especially dealing with Bills of Lading, as well as any other document in use as part of the global trade.

In his role with WaveBL, Ofer owns the relationship with Financial Institutions, where his main role is to assist banks going through the trade finance digitalization journey.

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Ms. Edith Laget
Agricultural Policy Analyst, Trade and Agriculture Directorate of the OECD
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Edith Laget is an Agricultural Policy Analyst in the Trade and Agriculture Directorate of the OECD, where she is dedicated to understanding the relationship between policies and outcomes in food and agricultural markets. Her recent work is centred around enhancing the transparency and predictability of agricultural trade, specifically through the digitalisation of Sanitary and Phytosanitary systems. She is also one of the main contributors of the OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook. Before joining the OECD, she worked at the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank on topics related to regional integration, global value chains, and trade facilitation. She studied economics in France and Germany and holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Maryland.

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Mr. Alexander Goulandris
Co-Head, ICE Digital Trade
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Alexander Goulandris co-founded essDOCS in 2005, with the aim of eliminating major inefficiencies resulting from the use of paper documents in shipping, trade & trade finance. Today, he serves as Co-Head of ICE Digital Trade (formerly essDOCS), where he is responsible for the Company’s strategic direction while overseeing all product-related and revenue-generating aspects of the business.

Alexander is a Member of the ICC Banking Commission Advisory Board and has served as Co-Chair of the ICC Banking Commission Digitalisation Working Group. He holds an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and, as a trained lawyer in the UK and US, is admitted to the Supreme Court of England and Wales, the US Federal District Courts of the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and the New York State Supreme Court.

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Mr. Jens Munch Lund Nielsen
Head of Global Trade and Supply Chain, The IOTA Foundation
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Jens is the Head of Global Trade & Supply Chains at the IOTA Foundation. He leads large scale programs in Kenya and the UK and is the Founder of TLIP (Trade and Logistics Information Pipeline https://www.tlip.io/). Jens is an expert advisor to the UK Parliament, World Economic Forum and multiple corporations. Previous employers include A. P. Moller - Maersk and pwc. Jens is a pioneer in building public-private partnerships to enable better trade for all, including co-founder of the Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation (www.trade facilitation.org) and the Logistics Emergency Teams with World Food Programme. Jens has an executive MBA from INSEAD and a master in Philosophy from Copenhagen University

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