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25 November 2022, 09:30 - 17:00 Bhutan Time | By invitation only

Co-organized by United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the Department of Trade, Ministry of Economic Affairs, Bhutan

The workshop aims to raise stakeholders’ awareness on feasible data and mechanisms for cross-border electronic exchange of data for trade facilitation, with special emphasis on utilizing emerging technologies, such as distributed ledger technology/blockchain, Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence and data analytics. The workshop will be attended by government officials from relevant agencies and private stakeholders. The workshop is organized under the project “Enhancing capacity for sustainable cross-border trade digitalization through application of emerging technologies”, supported by Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF).

Mr. Sonam Tenzin
Mr. Sonam Tenzin
Director General, Department of Trade, Ministry of Economic Affairs, Bhutan
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Qualification

  • Masters in Management Studies, University of Waikato, New Zealand
  • Post-Graduate in Development Studies, Institute of Developing Economies, Japan
  • Bachelors of Commerce, Sherubtse College/University of Delhi, India

Professional Experience

  • 2020 until present   Director General, Department of Trade
  • 2016-2020              Director, Department of Trade
  • 2014-2016              Executive Director, Office of Consumer Protection
  • 2010-2014              Chief, National Statistics Bureau
  • 1994-2012              Ministry of Finance
Ms. Soo Hyun Kim
Ms. Soo Hyun Kim
Economic Affairs Officer, Trade Policy and Facilitation Section, Trade, Investment and Innovation Division (TIID), United Nations ESCAP
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Ms. Soo Hyun Kim is Economic Affairs Officer, Trade Policy and Facilitation Section, Trade, Investment and Innovation Division, United Nations ESCAP. She is currently managing capacity building projects on cross-border paperless trade and trade facilitation in the age of pandemics; and supporting the implementation of the Framework Agreement on Facilitation of Cross-border Paperless Trade in Asia and the Pacific. Previously she worked in the Investment and Enterprise Development Section with research focus on foreign direct investment (FDI) and investment regimes and their impact on sustainable development. She also worked to promote public-private sector dialogue by organizing the Asia-Pacific Business Forum (APBF) and supporting the ESCAP Sustainable Business Network (ESBN). Prior to this, she worked at the United Nations Secretariat in New York; local government (United Kingdom); and higher education institution (United Kingdom). She holds master’s degrees in business administration (specialisation in financial management) from TiasNimbas Business School (Netherlands) and library and information science from Loughborough University (United Kingdom). 

Email: [email protected]

Mr. Christian Lembke
Mr. Christian Lembke
Technical Attaché, Compliance and Facilitation Directorate, WCO
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Mr Christian Lembke, as a Technical Attaché under the WCO Compliance and Facilitation Directorate since June 2020, is mainly involved in the area of the WCO Data Model, the online platform RAM-MAP SWIM, Advance Passenger Information as well as the Globally Networked Customs concept.

He has previously worked as a customs officer at Frankfurt am Main Airport (Germany) in the field of risk assessment for air cargo shipments since 2005. He has been involved in a risk assessment project in an EU working group at the international level.

Mr. Armen Manukyan
Mr. Armen Manukyan
Consultant, Project Manager, United Nations ESCAP
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Currently PM for UN ESCAP PM CBTD Project and Business Process Re-engineering Specialist in Avenue Consulting Group LLC for the NSW (National Single Window). Experience includes Technical Attaché in World Customs Organization for last seven years up to April 2021. Covered the role of Customs Attaché for Armenian State Revenue Committee for the cooperation with EU DGTAXUD. Leaded several WCO programmes in the area of Implementation/enhancement of Single Window environments in the Member States, enhancement for national Coordinated Border Management projects, Globally Networked Customs development of Utility Blocks, development of standards, guidelines and tools, coordination in the relevant areas with other international stakeholders such as UN CEFACT, ESCAP, COMESA, UNCTAD, ECOWAS, IDB, USAID. Contributed to the development of UN CEFACT standards and Recommendations for trade facilitation focusing on SW and overall digitalization of public services. UN ESCAP expert for Single Window and Exchange of information (WCO-ESCAP Joint Task Force for the development of Utility Blocks). Between 2014-2020 planned and delivered more than thirty regional projects, national capacity building projects, contributed to more than twenty five projects and events organized by other international stakeholders, delivered feasibility study missions. From 2008-2014 covered various positions in Armenian State Revenue Committee starting from customs officer to top management positions such as Head of International Relations Department and Executive Assistant to Chairman of SRC.

Mr. Ziyang David Fan
Mr. Ziyang David Fan
Head of Digital Trade, World Economic Forum
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Ziyang David Fan is the Head of Digital Trade at the World Economic Forum. Based in San Francisco, his work focuses on how the digital ecosystem, and the Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies (such as 3D printing and blockchain), are rapidly changing international trade. He is an attorney and technologist with 15+ years of experience in the U.S., China, and Southeast Asia.  He has worked in both public and private sectors, including at Airbnb, U.S. Trade and Development Agency, Shearman & Sterling LLP, and the International Monetary Fund. He received his law degree from the George Washington University Law School and his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.  

Ziyang has published and spoken extensively on technology and international trade, including expert testimonies to governments around the world such as the UK Parliament. His work has been featured in Harvard Business Review, Forbes, MIT Technology Review, CNBC, etc. He also teaches a graduate-level course on “Tech Policy” at the Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley. Ziyang is fluent in English and Chinese.  

Mr. Steve Capell
Mr. Steve Capell
Director, GoSource Pty Ltd, UN/CEFACT project lead
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Mr. Steven Capell is a technology architect and runs a boutique consultancy in Canberra Australia that is focused on digital transformation for federal government customers.  He has also been a UN/CEFACT expert for around 20 years and has contributed to the blockchain whitepaper published in 2020 and led the verifiable credentials white paper published in 2022.

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Mr. Tahseen Khan
Vice-Chair, UN/CEFACT
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Mr Tahseen Ahmad Khan is working around Trade Facilitation, Electronic Governance, Electronic Commerce and Electronic Security at national and international level for about four decades.

At the national level Mr Khan has been working with the Government of India for about four decades at different levels on above referred areas. He has handled major national projects in Trade and Industry sectors, some of which includes Electronic Trade, Electronic Procurement, Electronic Intellectual Property, Net Banking, Secure National and International Transactions, Electronic Commerce Act etc. He was also Head of Trusted Third-Party/ Digital Signature setup of the country.

At the regional level, he is active as an expert for United Nations Cross border Paperless Trade initiative of United Nations Economic andSocial Commission for Asia and the Pacific. He is also a member of the advisory committee on United Nations Network of Experts on Paperless Trade and Transport for Asia and the Pacific (UNNExT). He has also the distinction of holding many other positions like UN/CEFACT Rapporteur for Asia, Chairman of Asia Pacific Council for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business etc.

At the international level, he has been handling multiple activities. He is currently associated in the work program of United Nations Centre forTrade Facilitation and Electronic Business (UN/CEFACT), Geneva as its Vice Chair. Some of his current active engagements are on major global projects like Ensuring legally significant trusted trans-boundary electronic interaction, International Trade and Mutual recognition, Block Chain forTrade Facilitation, Internet of Things for Trade Facilitation, Artificial Intelligence for Trade Facilitation, Digital Identity for Trade Facilitation, Verifiable Credentials for Cross border trade etc.

Ms. Kyeongrim (Kerri) Ahn
Ms. Kyeongrim (Kerri) Ahn
UNNExT expert/ESCAP Consultant
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Work Experience
  • Head of R&D Center, The K Consulting
  • International Consultant, ESCAP, IMO, ADB
  • Lecturer, Department of Management Information, Hanyang Cyber University
  • Guest Researcher, Engineering Laboratory, System Integration Division, Process Engineering Group, US NIST
  • General Manager, R&D Center, KL-Net

Company Name: The K Consulting

  • Leading for work automation and standardization to support trade and logistics facilitation of global SCM
  • Develop and propose international standard to IMO, UN/CEFACT, etc.
  • Develop and operate Information service system and IT solution
  • Conduct Korean national R&D project and IMO/ESCAP/ADB project

Subject: Cross-Border paperless trade

  • Dr. Ahn is working on standardization for trade facilitation with ESCAP and conducting Feasibility studies on the cross-border electronic exchange of trade data.
  • In addition, she is working and conducting Korean R&D projects to promote national strategy
Mr. Shantanu Godbole
Mr. Shantanu Godbole
IBM Research
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Mr. Shantanu Godbole leads IBM Research's vision and execution around the important topic of Sustainability. He focuses on building innovative technology solutions for helping enterprises and their supply chains with climate resiliency and carbon emissions accounting, optimization, and reduction. He has earlier led applied AI and Blockchain research in the Agriculture, Retail, Financial Services, and Education industries. His focus is on researching and experimenting in-market with clients to develop first of a kind solutions, that then make their way to IBM product and service offerings. He led the founding and growth of the IBM Center for Blockchain Innovation in Singapore, building solutions in the domains of trade and finance. He has been with IBM Research since 2006 and has spent 2 years in the analytics services business of IBM as a Global Analytics Architect building and deploying text mining, speech analytics, and predictive analytics solutions. He is a Senior Technical Staff Member at IBM and a member of the IBM Academy of Technology. He has been recognized by several awards including an IBM Corporate Award, the Best of IBM award twice, multiple Outstanding Technical Achievement Awards, an IBM Research Client Award, and a 10-year most influential paper award at PAKDD. He is part of the UN Advisory Group on Cross-border Paperless Trade Facilitation. He has a Ph.D. in machine learning from IIT Bombay and is active in professional service and mentoring.

Mr. Janaka Wijayasiri
Mr. Janaka Wijayasiri
Trade Expert/consultant
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Mr. Janaka Wijayasiri is a researcher/consultant with over 20 years of experience in international trade and trade policy in Sri Lanka. He was a Research Fellow and Head of the International Policy Unit of the Institute of Policy Studies in Sri Lanka. He also worked for Deloitte Consulting LLP as a Trade Expert. His research interests include trade facilitation, competitiveness, value chains, MSMEs and mainstreaming of gender into trade. Janaka has several publications to his name which have appeared as articles and chapters in both journal and book publications. He holds a PhD from Monash University (Australia), Masters from Erasmus University (Netherlands) and Bachelors from University of Sussex (UK).

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