Request for Expression of Interest (EOI): Research on mutual recognition mechanism for cross-border Paperless Trade - Deadline: 20 January 2019

Bangkok, Thailand


Recognizing “the importance of trade as an engine for inclusive economic growth and sustainable development” and that “facilitation of cross-border paperless trade makes international trade transactions more efficient and transparent while improving regulatory compliance”, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific adopted the Framework Agreement on Facilitation of Cross-border Paperless Trade in Asia and the Pacific (FA-PT)  in 2016, a new UN treaty to accelerate and support the digitalization of trade procedures.

The FA-PT includes a dedicated provision on mutual recognition of trade-related data and documents in electronic form in its Article 8, indicating that mutual recognition is to be provided on the basis of a substantially equivalent level of reliability; with substantially equivalent level of reliability to be mutually agreed upon among the Parties after entry into force of the treaty. Article 8 also envisages that parties may enter into additional bilateral and multilateral arrangements to operationalize cross-border mutual recognition, as long as these arrangements do not contradict the Framework Agreement, in particular its General Principles (Article 5).

As part of a larger project aiming to effectively support implementation of cross-border paperless trade in the context of the FA-PT, the ESCAP Secretariat seeks interested researchers and practitioners of trade facilitation/paperless trade/e-commerce to carry out researches in topics related to mutual recognition mechanism for cross-border Paperless Trade.

Request for Expression of Interest (EOI): Deadline: 20 January 2019