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UNDP/ESCAP ARTNeT Consultative Meeting on
Trade Facilitation and Regional Integration

17-18 August 2006
Bangkok, Thailand
UNESCAP Trade and Investment Division
To report research findings of the regional research team on trade facilitation and regional trade agreements to policy makers.
Opening Remarks
Mr. Xuan Zengpei, Director, Trade and Investment Division,

Summary and Recommendations


Session 1: WTO Trade Facilitation (TF) Negotiations and Beyond

WTO Negotiations on Trade FacilitationOverview and

H.E. Noor Muhamad Yacob, Ambassador of Malaysia
to the WTO

An exploration of the need for and cost of selected
trade facilitation measures in Asia-Pacific in the context
of the WTO negotiations

Yann Duval, Trade Policy Section,
Trade and Investment Division, UNESCAP

Session 2: Customs Valuation in Asia-Pacific: Problems and

ARTNeT Research Findings on customs Valuation in:
Pushpa Raj Rajkarnikar, IPRAD, Nepal
Sachin Chaturvedi, RIS, India

Customs Valuation in Fiji
Parmod Achary, General Manager, Development
Services, Fiji Islands Revenue and Custom
Authority, Fiji

Customs Valuation in Asia-Pacific:  Problems
and Solutions

A Private Sector perspective
Lundaa odonchimeng, Assistant to Chairman, MNCCI,

WCO's tools and perspectives on improving customs
valuation in Asia-Pacific

Takashe Matsumoto, Director, WCO Regional Office
An ASEAN perspective
Florian Alburo, ARTNeT Advisor on Trade Facilitation,
University of the Philippines

Session 3: Trade Logistics Services Liberalization: Does It
Faciliate Trade?

Trade Logistics Services Liberalization in China
Zerui Yang, CIIS, China
Trade Logistics Liberalization in Australia: A case
study of the Seafood Industry

Dariel De Sousa, WTO and IIBEL, University of
Adelaide, Australia

A Private Sector View
Parakrama Dissanayake, Chairman, Aitken Spence
Shipping, Sri Lanka

Nepalese Experience in Liberalization of Trade
Logistics Services

Purushottam Ojha, Joint Secretary, Office of Prime
Minister and Council of Ministers, Nepal

Session 4: Trade Facilitation and regional Integration - I

Monitoring Trade Performance of RTAs:
Preliminary Results

John Gilbert, Utah State University, USA

Session 5: Trade Facilitation and regional Integration - II

Preferential Trade Agreements in Asia-Pacific:
Overview and Issues

Mia Mikic, Trade Policy Section,
Trade and Investment Division, UNESCAP

Trade Facilitation and Regional Integration in the Pacific
Biman Chand Prasad, University of South Pacific, Fiji
Impact of ASEAN Trade Facilitation Initiatives on Members'
Bilateral Trade Flows

Dedi Budhiman Hakim, Bogor Agricultural University,

Utilization Rates of PTAs and Rules of Origin
William James, Nathan Associates, Indonesia
A Private Sector Perspective
Nilsuwan Leelarasamee, Non-Tariff Barriers and Rules
of Origin Committee (ASEAN), The Federation of
Thai Industries

Tariff Reduction or Elimination: The Benefit via
Rules of Origin

Nilsuwan Leelarasamee, The Federation of Thai Industries
Perspective from a landlocked country
Sirisamphanh Vorachith, Deputy Permanent Secretary,
Ministry of Industry on Trade, Lao PDR

Country statements:

Session 1:  Cambodia - Penn Sovicheat
China - Ding Wei
India - Himanshu Gupta
Pakistan - Nasim Qureshi
Sri Lanka - V.S. Sidath Kumar

Session 2:  Nepal - Bal Govinda Bista
Russia - Mikhali K. Antipov

Session 3:  Bhutan - Tandin Tshering
Viet Nam - Nguyen Thi Nhieu

Session 5:  Indonesia - Djunaedi

Background papers for the meeting are available at the ARTNeT Virtual Meeting room
Information note for participants
List of participants
Mr. Yann Duval
Economic Affairs Officer
Trade Policy Section
Trade and Investment Division, UNESCAP
Email: [email protected]

Last updated: 2 October 2006

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