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8th UN/CEFACT FORUM March 12-17 2006 Vancouver, Canada. Hosts. Francois Vuilleumeir, ISO/TC 154 Chair Duane Nickull, Individual. Schedule. 08:45 – 09:00 Dick Raman , Opening remarks from FMG Chair 09:00 – 09:15 Duane Nickull - Welcome, opening remarks from Event organizer,

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March 12-17 2006 Vancouver, Canada


Francois Vuilleumeir, ISO/TC 154 Chair

Duane Nickull, Individual

  • 08:45 – 09:00 Dick Raman, Opening remarks from FMG Chair
  • 09:00 – 09:15 Duane Nickull - Welcome, opening remarks from Event organizer,
  • 09:15 – 09:22 Jim Alexander, A/CIO for the Government of Canada

Ed Buchinski, Treasury Board Secretariat

  • 09:22 – 09:29Bruce Drake, Executive Director, Industry Canada
  • 09:29 – 09:37 Ardath Paxton Mann, Assistant Deputy Minister

Western Economic Diversification.

  • 09:37 – 09:55 Dick Raman - FMG business
  • 09:55 – 10:05 – Mark Palmer – UN/CEFACT Bureau
  • Individual group reports:
    • 10:05 – 10:10 – ATG
    • 10:10 – 10:15 – TBG
    • 10:15 – 10:20 – TMG
    • 10:20 – 10:25 – ICG
    • 10:25 – 10:30 – LG *if present
  • 10:30 Break for Coffee.

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8th UN/CEFACT Forum

Vancouver, Canada

Dick Raman

  • Welcome to the 8th UN/CEFACT Forum
  • The organizers did a tremendous job!
  • Thanks to the Sponsors!
  • Thanks to the Volunteers!
  • Welcome to over 200 delegates!

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work to do
Work to do!
  • We have a busy week ahead of us.
    • Extend our Core Components Library
    • Trade Facilitation
    • A lot of interest in TBG18 (Agriculture)
    • Actual start of TBG19 (eGovernment)
    • The Legal Group meets again
    • Much more…
  • Many meetings with SDOs
    • CIDX, OAG, X12, XBRL, UBL, …

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un cefact responsibilities
UN/CEFACT Responsibilities
  • Official United Nations organization for:
    • Trade facilitation
      • Simplification of global trade
      • Between Governments and Companies
      • Using electronic means
    • Producing Global standards
      • UN/Layout Key (UNeDocs)
      • UN/EDIFACT
      • ebXML (in cooperation with OASIS)
un cefact objectives
UN/CEFACT Objectives
  • Increasing the effectiveness of the UN/CEFACT Forum
    • Increasing the quality and speeding up the production of UN/CEFACT deliverables
    • Increasing the participation
      • Re-establishing relations with other standards- and vertical organizations
  • Increase adoption of UN/CEFACT standards
  • Contribute more to saving money globally!
  • We need to work together to do this…

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sponsors and hosts
Sponsors and Hosts

Duane Nickull, Individual

Francois Vuilleumeir, ISO/TC 154 Chair

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Robert W Elm – Chartered Accountant

Carmen Turner – Volunteer Coordinator

Donna G. Baird

Bettina Rothe

Marian Lewandowski, Xenos Group Inc.

Andre Charland – eBusiness Applications

Pam Chadwick, eBusiness Applications

Ed Buchinski – Treasury Board of Canada

Paul Prescod – Blast Radius

Nicole Spata, Westin Bayshore

Terri Russell, Westin Bayshore

Heather Coyle, Westin Bayshore

David Snarch

Christina Wong

Helen Rotonen

Conrad Malilay

David Brooks

Nadia Kim

Leah Marchuk

Kate Oneill

Tyler Harbottle

Vanessa Lunday

Jiyang KimYuri Morales

Lana Litvinov

Devin McDaniels

Gary Rodman – PSAV

Matt Mackenzie – Adobe Systems

Gaiten Martineau – Government of Canada

Lindsay Smith – Techvibes

Francine Lecours – Industry Canada

Blair Qualey – Vancouver Board of Trade

Mairi Smith – Westin Whistler

Peter Wong – Boughton & Associates

Gene Parela

Jean Lewandowski - St. John's School

Leana Birk

Mitchell Rhodes

Laura MacKay

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Honorable Sam Sullivan

Mayor of Vancouver

Welcome speech to be

read by:

Leana Birk

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Housekeeping items
    • Sustainability
    • Volunteer Participation
    • Artists – Robert Davidson, Gena Perala
    • Dinners
    • Whistler
    • Schedule
    • Olympics
      • 2010
      • 2006 – teamwork pays off!

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united nations charter 1945
United Nations Charter (1945)
  • To maintain international peace and security;
  • To develop friendly relations among nations; and
  • To achieve international co-operation in solving international problems of an economic, social, cultural or humanitarian character, and in promoting and encouraging respect for human rights.

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things to keep in mind
Things to keep in mind
  • Teamwork
  • Sustainability
  • Non exclusion
  • Simplicity
  • Learning
  • Respect
  • Personal commitment

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for un cefact
  • Wireless networking set up
  • Power cords
  • Forum organizers guide
  • Name badges
  • Continuously improving model for forum
  • New input for UN/CEFACT website
  • New members!

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treasury board of canada
Treasury Board of Canada
  • Jim Alexander,

Acting CIO –

Government of


  • Ed Buchinski,

Treasury Board


French version available

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common language and structure
Common Language and Structure

For the Business of Government


target group needs a gsrm concept




Food / Nourishment







Meaningful Activity / Recreation



Target Group Needs – a GSRM concept

Who benefits from the Service and what are their needs?

How do services

satisfy those needs?

Are there multiple services that meet similar needs?

Supports shelter options

Adult / Senior Rental Subsidy



Rent Subsidy

Supports financial viability of living independently



A Common Language and Structure for the Business of Government and e-Commerce!

Policy ---------- Official constraint (CCTS)




Resource ---------- REA specialization



Will we see confluence or undesirable differentiation?


further information
Further Information

Gary Doucet

Chief Architect of the Government of Canada

Executive Director,Enterprise Architecture and Standards Division,Chief Information Branch,Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat



Ed Buchinski

Senior Project officer,Enterprise Architecture and Standards Division,Chief Information Branch,Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat




  • Bruce Drake, Executive Director, Industry Canada, Pacific Region in Vancouver

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  • Ardath Paxton Mann,

Assistant Deputy Minister,

Western Economic Diversification.

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8th UN/CEFACT Forum

Vancouver, Canada

Dick Raman

status update
Status Update
  • Last year's plenary showed the progress UN/CEFACT has been making to move forward
  • The recent external evaluation of UNECE has also provided a strengthened governance framework
  • These are important opportunities, encouraging a more efficient division of labour within the UNECE and within the community of international institutions and standards development organisations which have may evolved a set of overlapping tasks where duplication of work can be reduced
  • The Bureau has been reviewing UN/CEFACT strategy and its work programme to evaluate the adequacy of resources - especially from its Secretariat in Geneva and gaps that might be filled through extra-budgetary funding

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status update1
Status Update
  • In proceeding along this path the Bureau is reaching out for input from the stakeholders perspectives of countries, sectors and the standards development community and is envisaging to focus on this input during this year's plenary
  • All of this should help to strengthen the teamwork of the Bureau, the Secretariat, the Forum and its Management - each of which has its own functions and tasks
  • An important step will come from mapping details of the work programme with UN/CEFACT's products and services
  • By sharply pinpointing what projects are aiming to achieve within their envisaged time horizons, this can serve to facilitate greater outreach and involvement of those that may engage in greater participation and support
  • A more advocacy-oriented website design is also expected to contribute to awareness-building in the context of UN/CEFACT's global remit

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status update2
Status Update
  • Core Components approach is fast gaining momentum
  • UN/CEFACT is regarded as the place where semantic harmonization can take place at the highest level
  • Industry groups now coming forward and declaring support for UN/CEFACT and for migration/alignment of their standards with the CC approach
  • UN/CEFACT needs the resources and buy-in of these external organizations
  • Financial, Marketing and Secretarial support urgently required

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  • We have a unique opportunity to put ourselves on the map
  • With stronger support from UNECE
    • Provided we demonstrate our value
  • With stronger support from the market
    • Provided we focus on where we are in agreement
    • Not on where we differ.

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  • UN/CEFACT is uniquely positioned to solve
    • Business Interoperability
    • By providing a global semantic Framework
    • Getting the buy-in of the market
  • The Forum should now
    • Unite and Focus on the key priorities
    • Speed up stable deliverables
    • Welcome other SDOs to work with us
  • Many SDOs are contemplating our CC approach
    • We can expect important announcements

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global partners for global standards the wco perspective
WCO Framework of Standards

WCO Data Model v2

WCO Data Model TBG

The Way Forward

Global Partners for Global Standards The WCO Perspective

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wco framework of standards to secure and facilitate global trade
WCO Framework of StandardsTo Secure and Facilitate Global Trade
  • WCO established the Framework as a minimum set of standards; members expected to implement the framework; 129 members have signed letter of intent
  • Harmonizes the advance electronic information on inbound, outbound and transit consignments based on employing the WCO Customs Data Model for electronic Customs messaging
  • Application of risk management approach to address security threats
  • Outbound inspection of high-risk consignments being exported, preferably using non-intrusive detection equipment
  • Customs will provide benefits to businesses that meet minimal supply chain security standards and best practices

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wco data model v2
WCO Data Model v2
  • Business Process Models with Use Cases, Activity, Sequence and Class Diagrams
  • Revised EDIFACT Customs UNSMs and Message Implementation Guidelines (MIGs)
  • XML schema guidelines
  • WCO CDM version 2.0 has incorporated the UCRto provide continuity of the audit trail from source to destination
  • Partial alignment with CEFACT Core Component Technical Specification (CCTS), United Nations Trade Data Elements Directory (UNTDED) WCO Data Model takes into account the Single Window Concept
  • Customs Administrations of UK, US, Canada, India, Japan, Australia, Chinese Taipei have already begun to fully implement the WCO Data Model and others will follow

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wco data model tbg2 unedocs
Both Data Models:

Reflect Regulatory and Conventional requirements

Are based on UNTDED

Are based on the UNECE Recommendation 1 (UNLK)

Are aware of the requirement for paper to electronic (Digital Paper) migration paths via UNLK to eUNLK

Alignment of UNeDocs and WCO Data Set into one model will meet the requirement for flexible document structures for Single Windows across TBG domains of trade, transport, customs, finance and OGA requirements

WCO Data Set is a sub-set of UNeDocs with TBG cross-domain data inter-relationships

Traders will be able to exchange Customs Data electronically using UNeDocs XML transactions e.g. to develop UNeDocs National Customs declaration document structures

WCO Data Model TBG2 UNeDocs

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the way forward
The Way Forward
  • Move towards adoption of International Standards including :
    • UN/CEFACT Modelling Methodology (UMM)
    • UN/CEFACT Core Component Technical Specification, (CCTS/ISO15000-5)
    • UN Trade Data Element Directory (UNTDED/ISO7372)
    • UN/ECE Recommendations e.g. UN Layout Key (UNLK), UNLOCODE etc.
  • Cooperation with TBG WGs to work towards the full engagement of trade/transport and other global supply chain actors and:
    • TBG15 for Single Window Capacity Building and Implementation Migration Paths
    • TBG2 to work in a collaborative manner towards the integration of the WCO Data Model and UNeDocs with special emphasis on modernisation of paper regulatory requirements of Customs and Other Government Agencies (OGAs)
    • TBG19 e-Government involvement in the development of Version 3
  • Contribution of WCO CDM v2 to UN/CEFACT for information and for further coordinated development
  • WCO will draft DMRs to update the relevant existing UN/EDIFACT messages. 

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  • WCO provides important links to
    • World Trade Organization (WTO)
    • Governments
  • We will discuss how we can welcome SDOs
  • FMG/Bureau have been discussing how to make the Forum more effective
  • Now we can involve you!
  • Let’s grab the momentum!

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bureau report

Bureau Report

8th UN/CEFACT Forum

Vancouver, Canada

Mark Palmer

responsibilities of the bureau
Responsibilities of the Bureau
  • As the executive arm of the Plenary, drive the implementation of the Plenary’s decisions
  • Strategic planning for UN/CEFACT
  • Maintain a continuous link between the Plenary and the Forum
  • Supervise matters dealing with promotion, communication and cooperation with other organizations
  • Contribute to the success of the UN/CEFACT programme of work

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bureau operations
Bureau Operations
  • Monthly conference calls; more when needed
  • Work with FMG on strategy
  • Quarterly updates to Plenary and Forum
  • Plenary Chair: Stuart Feder
  • Plenary Vice Chairs:
    • Mike Doran
    • T. A. Khan
    • Duane Nickull
    • Mark Palmer
    • Christina Rahlen
  • FMG Chair and Vice Chair are members
    • Dick Raman and Sue Probert
  • Secretariat: Jean Kubler

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current work of the bureau
Current Work of the Bureau
  • Ensure that the Programme of Work supports Member States needs for technological innovations & efficiency
  • Work with the Committee on Trade and Secretariat to improve availability and use of resources
  • Improve communications, both Internal and External
    • UN/CEFACT Quarterly Report
  • New structure for the 12th Plenary(22-24 May 2006)
    • Sessions for Stakeholders’ input:
      • Member States
      • Industry Sectors
      • Standards Development Organizations (SDOs)
    • Integrated Framework for Trade Facilitation and eBusiness Standards

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current work of the bureau 2
Current Work of the Bureau (2)
  • Update ToR and mandates for Rapporteurs
  • Work with the UN Office of Legal Affairs on completing the IPR Policy
  • Broaden cooperation with other Standards Development Organizations
    • common framework for coordinated delivery of eBusiness standards

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unece external review
UNECE External Review
  • Member States of UNECE commissioned a comprehensive report on the state of UNECE
  • Bureau prepared a response and briefing on the draft for HODs to communicate to their Missions in Geneva
  • Resulting report “The State of UNECE”, 30 June 2005
  • Global value of UN/CEFACT’s standards recognized
  • Main thrusts:
    • governance of UNECE
    • operations of Working Parties (UN/CEFACT is a WP)
    • improving value delivered

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results of unece external review
Results of UNECE External Review
  • UNECE adopted Plan on UNECE Reform (Dec. 2005)
    • enhance accountability, transparency and horizontal coherence of activities
  • UN/CEFACT under the new “Committee on Trade”
  • Guidance of UNECE assigned to new Executive Com.
  • Allocation of resources shall be based on mandates, detailed programme of work, reported and planned accomplishments
  • CEFACT must submit 2008/9 programme of work for approval by Executive Com. (June 2006)

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applied technologies group

Applied Technologies Group


Chair: Anders Grangård

Vice-Chair: Mark Crawford

  • ATG1
    • UML to UN/EDIFACT Transformation Rules
      • Draft TS finalised
      • Awaiting input to Implementation Verification
  • ATG2
    • XML Naming and Design Rules (NDR)
      • Approved Technical Specification

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atg1 un edifact gait boxman
  • ATG1 will be meeting Tue am, Wed/Thu all day
  • UN/EDIFACT Data Maintenance Requests for D.06A
    • 88 DMRs received
    • TBG WG chairs please identify availability for discussing DMRs today (Monday) to Alain Dechamps or Gait Boxman
    • We'll setup a schedule Tue early and inform you before coffee break
  • UML to UN/EDIFACT Transformation Rules

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atg2 xml mark crawford
ATG2 XML Mark Crawford
  • ATG2 will be meeting Tue pm, Wed and Thu (full day)
  • Projects
    • Schema production procedures
    • XML Profile for UMM/CC
    • TAC for XML
  • We will set aside a NDR Q&A Open Forum later in the week. Details to follow.

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international trade and business processes group

International Trade and Business Processes Group


Chair: Jean-Luc Champion

Vice-Chair: Yong-Jae Kim

tbg summary
TBG Summary
  • Over 200 members within 19 Working Groups
  • Many participants are representatives of large organizations: AIAG, Boeing, GS1, SWIFT, KIEC, Eurofer, JASTPRO, SAP, Atos, Oracle, US GSA, US DA, EDIAgro, IAPH, NIST, WCO, …
  • 15 domain Working Groups plus Intl. Trade Facilitation, Business Processes, Harmonisation and Entry Point.

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tbg accomplishment 1 2
TBG Accomplishment (1/2)
  • First joint TBG1-TBG12 BRS approved
  • Capacity Building Event on UNeDocs
  • WCO Data Model aligned with UNeDocs
  • ISO20022/ISO15000 convergence project
  • New project submission
    • Schedule and Cost Performance Management
    • Contract Financial Execution Management
  • Insurance CC harmonised (US, CA & EU)

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tbg accomplishment 2 2
TBG Accomplishment (2/2)
  • Healthcare first list of CC
  • New BRS on Accounting Entry
  • New BRS for Waste Tracking
  • First draft for Harmonised BP Catalog
  • Revision of UN Rec 6, 11 and 12
  • First official CEFACT CCL approved
  • Development of DAPLOS BRS
  • Animal Passport Project
  • Actual start of TBG19

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Want to know more ….

Be present at the TBG Plenary

after the Coffee Break

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information content management group

Information Content Management Group


Chair: Mike Conroy

Vice-Chair: David Dobbing

work carried out between forum meetings
Work carried out between Forum meetings
  • Audited and published EDIFACT Directory D.05B
  • Audited and publishedCore Component Library 1.0
  • Release UN/CEFACT Registry Specification Drafts V0.8 and V0.9
  • Completed ODP cycle for next release of UN Recommendations 20 (units of measure), 21 (types of packages) and 23 (freight cost codes)

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icg agenda
ICG Agenda
  • Four key points:
    • Finalise UN/CEFACT Registry document for Release to ODP review (Tuesday and Wednesday)
    • Approve next release of three UN Code Recommendations (Wednesday)
      • Rec. 20 (units of measure),
      • Rec. 21 (package types) and
      • Rec. 23 (freight costs and charges)
    • 3. PRESENTATION: “Experience in Implementation of ebXML Registry/Repository for managing artifacts used in Canadian interjurisdictional projects” (Wednesday)
    • 4. UNCL migration development (Thursday)

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legal group

Legal Group


Chair: Usva Kuusiholma

Vice-Chair: Bart Schermer

legal group usva kuusiholma
Legal GroupUsva kuusiholma
  • LG will be meeting Mon and Tue/Wed all day
  • New working routines and work items
  • Discussions with other Groups on work items
    • WG chairs please identify availability today for discussing work items tomorrow (Tuesday) to Usva Kuusiholma or Bart Schermer
  • UBAC joint project on Wednesday
    • Catalogue, relate and explain Aspects of legally relevant exchange of information
    • Attributation of terms and conditions to exchange of information
      • Standard Business Document Header
    • Contract container, templates and catalogs
      • INCOTERMS as a pilot catalog

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