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Regional Policy Forum on Trade Facilitation
and SMEs in Times of Crisis

Date
20-22 May 2009
Venue
Beijing, China
Organizers
UNESCAP Trade and Investment Division
China Council for the Promotion of International Trade
World Bank Research Group
Objective
To discuss trade facilitation for SMEs and identify practical policy recommendations and options that may be considered by governments for implementation; to facilitate the sharing of national experiences and expertise among researchers and policymakers from the region on trade facilitation.
Documentation
Opening Remarks:
Yu Ping, Vice Chairman, China Council for the
Promotion of International Trade


Ravi Ratnayake, Director, Trade and Investment
Division, UNESCAP


John S. Wilson, Lead Economist, Development
Research Group, World Bank


Summary and Recommendations [Draft]

Presentations:

Session 1: Trade Facilitation and SMEs in times of Crisis

Trade Facilitation: A Regional Perspective
Yann Duval, Trade and Investment Division, UNESCAP

Promoting the Development of SMEs in Times of Crisis:
Trade facilitation and trade finance

Hamid Alavi, East Asia and Pacific Region, World Bank

Facilitating landlocked and least developed country
SMEs participation in trade

Ousavanh Thiengthepvongsa, President, Young
Entrepreneurs Association of Lao PDR


Improving Trade Finance Environment for SMEs -
Situation, Solution and Recommendation

Pipit Aneaknithi, First Senior Vice President,
Kasikornbank Public Company Limited, Thailand


The Impact of Financial Crisis on the Chinese SMEs
Zhang Yuli, Research Center of Entrepreneurial
Management, Nankai University, Tianjin, China


Session 2: Trade Facilitation and Development Projects in Today's
Economic Context


Trade Facilitation & Expanding the Benefits of Trade to
SMEs

Yue Li, East Asia and Pacific Region, World Bank

TRS as Measure of TF: Customs Experience in Asia
Pacific

Shujie Zhang, WCO Regional Office for Capacity
Building (ROCB), Beijing, China


China: Trade Facilitation Reform and Economic
Development

Yangsheng Zhang, Director, International Economic
Research Institute, National Development and
Reform Commission, China


Trade Facilitation: The South Korean Experience
Junsok Yang, The Catholic University of Korea

ASEAN Single Window: Progress and Challenges
Josephine Nagallo, Director, Planning and Systems
Development Service, Bureau of Customs, Philippines


Vietnam Experiences: Trade Facilitation and Economic
Development

Nguyen Thang, Center for Economic Analysis and
Forecast, Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences,
Vietnam


Session 3: Impact of IT-based Trade Facilitation Measures on SMEs

Information Technology and Trade Facilitation - An
Introduction to the ARTNeT Study 2008/9

Ravi Ratnayake, Director, TID/UNESCAP

Impact of Information Technology in Trade Facilitation
on SMEs in Bangladesh

Syed Saifuddin Hossain, Center for Policy Dialogue,
Bangladesh


Impact of IT related Trade Facilitation Measures on SMEs:
An Overview of Indian Experience

Sachin Chaturvedi, Fellow, RIS, India

Impact of IT in Trade Facilitation on SMEs in Sri Lanka
Suwendrani Jayaratne, Institute for Policy Studies,
Sri Lanka


The Impact of IT-based Trade Facilitation Measures on
Philippine SMEs

Loreli C. de Dios, Center for the Advancement of Trade
Integration and Facilitation, Philippines


The Development Impact of Information Technology in
Trade Facilitation

Florian A. Alburo, Professor, University of the
Philippines


IT-based Trade Facilitation Initiative in Thailand
Somnuk Keretho, Director, Institute for IT
Innovation, Kasetsart University


Session 4: Customs Procedures and Trade Logistics for SMEs

Improving Customs Administration to Develop Modern
Logistics

Gerard McLinden, International Trade Department,
World Bank


Customs Modernization and SMEs Competitiveness
Lee Sang-Hyup, Professor, Korea Customs Service, Korea

Trade Logistics Services: Importance of Trade Logistics
and Global Supply Chain for SME Competitiveness

James Goh, Regional Vice President Asia Pacific
Region, International Trade Services, United Parcel
Service


DTTNs experience on facilitating SMEs participation
in trade

Stephen Cheung, Senior Vice President, Business
Development, Tradelink/DTTN, Hong Kong


The simple, low cost web-based solution for
international paper-free trade

Ian Watt, Applied Electronic Commerce, Australia

* Roundtable on WTO Trade Facilitation Negotiations and Related Aid for Trade Initiatives

Country briefs:

Bangladesh
Cambodia
China
India
Lao PDR
Malaysia
Mongolia
Nepal
Pakistan
Philippines [1, 2]
Sri Lanka
Thailand
Viet Nam

Background papers:

Trade Facilitation and Expanding the Benefits of Trade: Evidence from Firm Level Data
Yue Li and John S. Wilson

Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) Adjustments to Information Technology (IT) in Trade Facilitation: The South Korean Experience
Junsok Yang

Impact of Information Technology in Trade Facilitation on SMEs in Bangladesh
Uttam Deb and Syed Saifuddin Hossain

The Impact of Information Technology (IT) in Trade Facilitation on Small and Medium Enterprises (SMES) in Sri Lanka
Janaka Wijayasiri and Suwendrani Jayaratne

Impact of IT related Trade Facilitation Measures on SMEs: An Overview of Indian Experience
Sachin Chaturvedi

The Impact of Information Technology (IT) in Trade Facilitation on Small and Medium Enterprises (SMES) in the Philippines
Loreli C. de Dios
Participants
Information note for participants
Visa Request Form
Final programme
List of participants
Guidelines for preparation of Country Briefs
Guidelines for Forum Speakers
Contact
Mr. Yann Duval
Economic Affairs Officer
Trade Policy Section
Trade and Investment Division, UNESCAP
Email: duvaly@un.org

Mr. Bin Peng
Economic Affairs Officer
Trade Facilitation Section
Trade and Investment Division, UNESCAP
Email: pengb@un.org

Last updated: 3 July 2009
 

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