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Welcome Message


It is my pleasure to welcome you to the Global Meeting of Experts on Trade Facilitation Recommendations and Electronic Business Standards (GME). I am hopeful that this week (March 28 – April 1) will be fruitful in improving international trade facilitation and the restructuring of UN/CEFACT.

Trade facilitation, commercial and government business processes and electronic business standards are vital factors in the development and facilitation of international trade. UN/CEFACT focuses on facilitating national and international transactions through the simplification and harmonization of processes, procedures and information flows to grow and improve global commerce.

During this meeting, a diverse range of business experts from around the world will meet and develop international data standards. Individual groups from such disparate topics as supply chain, environment, accounting, transportation and logistics, agriculture and customs will focus on the collaboration of trade standards, within these business processes.

This GME will also provide a platform for experts working with UN/CEFACT, to collaborate on current activities and future topics. These groups will also be discussing the upcoming UN/CEFACT re-organisation.

The GME is hosted bi-annually around the world, and in various locations. This time, it is being held at LMI in McLean, Virginia. I would like to express my sincere appreciation for LMI allowing us to use their headquarters for this meeting to occur.

I am confident that this meeting will provide an excellent opportunity for the further development of UN/CEFACT instruments, for taking important decisions relating to UN/CEFACT structures and processes and reaching out to businesses and governments within the United States.

Marion A. Royal

Marion A. Royal

United States Head of Delegation