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Secretary General of APEC-ECBA Mr. Zhang Nianlu attends the Workshop on the Readiness of ECO Implementation in Cross-Border Trade in APEC Region and delivers a speech

2012-07-12 APEC-ECBA

Hosted by Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) , undertaken by China International Electronic Commerce Center and APEC E-Commerce Business Alliance , the Workshop on the Readiness of ECO Implementation in Cross-Border Trade in APEC Region was held successfully on 10-11 July in Beijing, China.

Mr. Zhang Nianlu, Secretary General of APEC E-Commerce Business Alliance and Vice-President of China International Electronic Commerce Co, .Ltd attended the workshop and delivered a speech titled as “APEC E-Commerce Development Has Taken Off”.

Mr. Zhang pointed out in the speech that the development of e-commerce in APEC region has taken off and become a new driving force of economic growth for all member economies. The achievement of this workshop will have a positive and significant impact on the development of E-Commerce in APEC region in the future.

The full text of the speech: 

APEC E-Commerce Development Has Taken Off

-Closing Speech by Mr. Zhang Nianlu,

Secretary General of APEC E-Commerce Business Alliance

 

Honorable delegates of APEC economies, experts, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen:

 

Good morning.

With one and half days’ hard work, the workshop on the readiness of ECO implementation in cross-border trade in APEC region is approaching the end. And the agenda of the workshop has run smoothly. On behalf of APEC E-commerce Business Alliance, I’d like to express my sincere thanks to all the delegates from APEC member economies for your active participation and support.

As we all know, this workshop is an important part of the research project on the readiness of ECO implementation in cross-border trade in APEC region. The project, jointly proposed by China, Chile, Chinese Taipei, Korea, Malaysia, Vietnam, is aimed to make analysis on specific progress of ECO achieved so far, summarize the key requirements for cross-border ECO implementation and provide helpful suggestions on the transmission of electronic trade documents in APEC region so as to promote trade facilitation as a whole. With great support from APEC ECSG, CTI and all members, this project was ratified by APEC Senior Officials' Meeting in June, 2011.

During the workshop, delegates have shared experiences of successful implementation of ECO cross-border transmission on the benefits for government agencies, importers and exports. We are delighted to see that vigorous attempts have been made on ECO cross-border transmission in Chinese Taipei, Korea, Vietnam, Mexico, the Philippines, Thailand, Peru, Malaysia, Chile, Indonesia and other economies. It is fairly to say that, with the ever-improving on the application of informatization, the development of e-commerce in APEC region has taken off and become a new driving force of economic growth for all member economies.

Based on advice and suggestions generated from all delegates, primary consensus has been reached on how to further promote the implementation of ECO cross-border transmission in APEC region:

Firstly, strengthen the coordination and cooperation among relevant departments and agencies. For example, frequent exchanges and communication should be maintained among customs, Quarantine Office, chambers of Commerce and other institutions that are closely related to the issuance and verification of COs. In this way, customs and relevant departments can reach a consensus on ECO cross-border transmission, which is a crucial precondition for a future success in this endeavor.

Secondly, guarantee the technical support. To implement ECO cross-border transmission, a unified technical platform has to be established, such as a well-placed single exit point for exchange of electronic data; standard platform for ECO issuance should also be in position, such as uniform format and elements contained in the ECO for standard procedures on data transmission. Besides, the data transmission also requires a standard process, and technological progress needs further promotion in order to effectively prevent risk of origin frauds.

Thirdly, systematic arrangements on the cooperation between member economies concerning ECO cross-border transmission is required. For different economies, variances are found in languages, Internet infrastructure, document format, personnel capability, technical support, laws and regulations and so on. Therefore, a systematic arrangement is a must to guarantee the successful implementation of ECO cross-border transmission.

Apart from the mentioned points, there are many other valuable opinions arising from the workshop. We will make a further improvement for the final report. We believe that the achievement of this workshop will have a positive and significant impact on the development of E-Commerce in APEC region in the future.

Finally, I’d like to express my sincere gratitude again to our experts and delegates from APEC member economies, to APEC ECSG and APEC Secretariat as well Meanwhile, special thanks to the staff of China International Electronic Commerce Center and APEC-E-Commerce Business Alliance for all your hard work and nice arrangement. Thank you all!