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ICC’s conference Facilitating Trade in the Digital Economy is set to bring business and government representatives to Geneva on 8-9 April to improve electronic approaches in key business areas such as customs, taxation and public procurement.

The talks build on the conviction that efficient paperless trade could save governments and companies millions of dollars each year while increasing the security of transactions, and contributing to economic growth and social development.

In his recent post on World Policy Blog, Christiaan van der Valk, President of Trustweaver and co-chair of the ICC Task Force on Security and Authentication described next month’s event as “a fresh opportunity where the business world can be encouraged to interact with government to resolve some of the issues affecting the paperless trade landscape today.”

“Greater cooperation between government and business is fundamental to driving the adoption and success of globally seamless processes for paperless trade,” wrote Mr van der Valk. “There is now the chance to have a central discussion between government, business and other stakeholders in order to map the future in digital trade. Going paperless is a key way to ensure the creation of innovative trading platforms that make economic sense for all parties, equally.”

In the run-up to the conference, the ICC Commission on the Digital Economy has drawn on a cross section of business leaders and experts from ICC members in over 90 countries to publish practical advice that will feed into the discussions. The new ICC policy statement entitled “Assessing the impact on trade of e-government and associated information compliance,” emphasizes the growth of e-government and its impact on business. It provides an assessment framework that governments and businesses can use to analyze the impact of e-government initiatives and associated information compliance requirements on businesses, national economies and international trade.

Participants will be encouraged to join discussions with speakers representing a wide range of organizations, companies and governments. These include the World Customs Organization, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, the European Commission, Microsoft, eBay Inc., the International Federation of Freight Forwarders’ Associations, the Spanish Tax Agency, the Turkish Revenue Administration and the Tax Administration Service of Mexico.

The Facilitating Trade in the Digital Economy conference will be particularly useful for business, trade, finance, supply chain, logistics, tax and legal practitioners as well as government regulators, policymakers and academics. While participants are already signing up to attend, a limited number of places are still available at no charge, thanks to contributions from a range of bodies.

Download Policy Statement: Assessing the impact on trade of e-government and associated information compliance

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