AEIR 2017

Regional Workshop on Promoting Connectivity through Trade Facilitation and Aid for Trade


This workshop, jointly hosted by ADB, KCS, WTO, and KHU1, is designed to examine the progress and impacts of trade facilitation and aid for trade on promoting connectivity in Asia and the Pacific, and prepare regional input for the Sixth Global Review of Aid for Trade, “Promoting Connectivity” to be held at WTO in Geneva on 11-13 July 2017. As for the aid for trade, a special attention will be paid to its contribution to improving FDI and service trade. Each session is also designed to cover a wide range of trade facilitation-related issues including the status of WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement implementation and support; engagement in, and support to, the development of e-commerce and digital trade, and the progress of trade facilitation projects in Asia and the Pacific. A particular emphasis will be placed upon the least-developed countries and geographically remote economies, as they continue to experience prohibitively high trade costs.

1Acronyms for participating organizations - ADB: Asian Development Bank; KCS: Korea Customs Service; WTO: World Trade Organization; KHU: Kyung Hee University; WCO: World Customs Organization; UNESCAP: United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific



Event details

Date:

27–28 March 2017

Venue:

Sheraton Grand Incheon Hotel,
153 Convensia-Road, Yeonsu-Gu, Incheon, 21998, Republic of Korea

Contacts:

  • Kijin Kim
    Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department,
    Asian Development Bank
    Email: kijinkim@adb.org
  • Fahad Khan
    Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department,
    Asian Development Bank
    Email: fkhan@adb.org
  • Pia Tenchavez
    Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department,
    Asian Development Bank
    Email: ptenchavez@adb.org
  • Dada Aherrera
    Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department,
    Asian Development Bank
    Email: mcaherrera@adb.org

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Official Program

Program and Agenda



Monday, 27 March 2017 | Lotus 5
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Registration / Opening

8:30–9:00
Registration

9:00–9:10
Opening Remarks
Jong-yeul Kim Vice Commissioner, KCS


9:10–9:30
Welcome Remarks
Jae-Sung Kwak Kyung Hee University

Cyn-Young Park Director, Regional Cooperation and Integration Division, Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department, Asian Development Bank
Michael Roberts WTO


9:30–9:45
Photo Session


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The Global Review of Aid for Trade - FDI and trade in services, AfT Monitoring and Evaluation Exercises; and Customs infrastructure

This session will present preliminary findings of the Asian Development Bank 2017 Aid for Trade draft report on how aid for trade can promote connectivity through FDI and trade in services, WTO’s Aid for Trade Monitoring and Evaluation Exercise, and case stories led by KCS on establishment of customs clearance infrastructure as part of Official Development Assistance (ODA) projects.

Chair:
Cyn-Young Park Director, Regional Cooperation and Integration Division, Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department, Asian Development Bank
9:45–9:55
Introduction to the 2017 Aid for Trade report of ADB
Fahad Khan Economist, Asian Development Bank

9:55–10:25
Effects of AfT on trade and FDI
Hyun Hoon Lee Kangwon National University

10:25–10:50
Aid-for-Trade in services sectors and services trade
Anirudh Shingal European University Institute (via VC)
10:50–11:15
Open discussion

11:15–11:30
Coffee break


11:30–11:50
Overview of 2017 Aft monitoring and evaluation exercise
Michael Roberts WTO

11:50–12:10
Case stories on establishment of customs clearance infrastructure as part of ODA projects
Seung Hyun Cha Customs UNI-PASS International Agency

12:10–12:30
Open discussion

12:30–13:30
Lunch at Lotus 1


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Promoting Connectivity I - Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA)

Overview of WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement will be examined including background to the implementation, and structure and expected effects of the WTO TFA. Developments and future tasks regarding the TFA will also be discussed.

Co-Chairs:
Jae-Sung Kwak Kyung Hee University

Michael Roberts WTO

13:30–14:10
Overview of WTO TFA – background to the implementation, and structure and expected effects
Sheri Rosenow WTO

Theodorus Hendrikus Johannes WCO

14:10–14:30
Developments and future tasks regarding the TFA
Shujie Zhang People's Republic of China Customs

14:30–15:00
Open discussion

15:00–15:30
Coffee break


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Promoting Connectivity II – Customs

The session will cover establishment cases of the Single Window for simplification of customs procedures; operational cases of risk management and post clearance audit to support trade facilitation; Time Release Study (TRS) and utilization cases for the efficiency in clearance procedures, and Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) regional Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) Program initiative.

Chair:
Chul Hun Lee Accredited Customs Expert, WCO
15:30–15:45
Establishment cases of the Single Window for simplification of customs procedures
Kye Yeong Kim Accredited Customs Expert, KCS

15:45–16:00
Operational cases of risk management and post clearance audit to support trade facilitation
Seoung Hoon Eom Accredited Customs Expert, WCO

16:00–16:15
Time Release Study (TRS) and utilization cases for the efficiency in clearance procedures
Chang Yeop Lee Accredited Customs Expert, WCO
16:15–16:30
APEC regional AEO Program initiative
Sook Hyeon Jo (Serena Jo) Accredited Customs Expert, KCS

16:30–17:00
Open discussion



Tuesday, 28 March 2017 | Lotus 5

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Promoting Connectivity III - E-commerce and Digital Trade

9:00–9:30
Registration

This session will focus on how technology and the digitization of global value chains influences trade and impacting on trade in services. Challenges and opportunities posed by digital trade, preliminary findings from the monitoring and evaluation exercise with a focus on e-commerce will also be discussed.

Chair:
Sheri Rosenow WTO

9:30–9:50
E-commerce and the WTO
Michael Roberts WTO

9:50–10:10
E-commerce in the view of the WCO working groups
Yong Hwan Choi KCS

10:10–10:30
Open discussion

10:30–11:00
Coffee break


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Trade Facilitation in Asia and the Pacific

This session will mainly focus on the progress of trade facilitation in Asia and the Pacific, in particular, by ADB’s subregional programs including the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS), South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation (SASEC), and Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC). UNESCAP will enrich the session by presenting preliminary results of the 2017 Global Survey on Trade Facilitation and Paperless Trade Implementation. This session will also serve as springboard for the formation of a research agenda for ADB’s technical assistance, TA 9258-REG: Support for Trade Facilitation in Asia and the Pacific.

Chair:
Cyn-Young Park Director, Regional Cooperation and Integration Division, Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department, Asian Development Bank
11:00–11:10
Introduction to ADB’s Trade Facilitation TA
Kijin Kim Asian Development Bank

11:10–11:25
Trade Facilitation in East Asia
Yuebin Zhang Asian Development Bank

11:25–11:40
Trade Facilitation in South Asia
Rosalind McKenzie Asian Development Bank

11:40–12:00
Open discussion

12:00–13:00
Lunch at Lotus 1

13:00–13:15
Trade Facilitation in Central Asia
Guoliang Wu Asian Development Bank

13:15–13:30
Trade Facilitation in the Pacific
David Freedman Asian Development Bank

13:30–14:00
Trade Facilitation and Paperless Trade Implementation in Asia and the Pacific: State of Play & Way Forward
Tengfei Wang UNESCAP

14:00–14:30
Open discussion

14:30–15:00
Coffee break


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AfT at a glance and take away for the WTO 11th Ministerial Conference

This session will summarize key points raised through the course of the workshop and how these points could be placed in the context of the broader Aid-for-Trade work programme and the 11th Ministerial Conference; and on future cooperation and priorities for the region on Aid for Trade and the way forward towards 2017 Global Review of Aid for Trade.

Chair:
Sheri Rosenow WTO

15:00–16:00
Roundtable discussion – Promoting connectivity, what next for aid for trade?


Discussants:
Michael Roberts WTO

Cyn-Young Park Director, Regional Cooperation and Integration Division, Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department, Asian Development Bank
Meeja Hamm Kyung Hee University




Group photo