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  1. UN/CEFACT ORGANISATION Freddy De Vos, Chair of UN/CEFACT TBG1 (Supply chain and procurement) Eindhoven, 04 July 2006 3(Eindhoven/de Vos)3 F. De Vos 04/07/2006

  2. UN/CEFACT’s NEW ORGANISATION AND ITS FORUMApproved by the Plenary May 2004 TRADE/CEFACT/2002/8/Rev1New structure operational from September 2004 F. De Vos 04/07/2006

  3. UN/CEFACT United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business Open to participation from Member States, intergovernmental organisations, and recognised sectoral and industry associations Mission To improve the ability of business, trade and administrative organisations, from developed, developing and transitional economies, to exchange products and relevant services effectively – and so contribute to the growth of global commerce Focus The worldwide facilitation of international transactions, through the simplification and harmonisation of procedures and information flows. F. De Vos 04/07/2006

  4. UN/CEFACT Goals Expanding global commerce Reducing bureaucracy and increasing transparency Creating better data flows through electronic commerce Lowering transactions costs Developing network of supporting institutions Improving private and public sector management More information Available at http://www.unece.org/cefact/ F. De Vos 04/07/2006

  5. Why the New Organisation and the Forum? • To produce an organisation that is more coherent in its structure, built on on a work flow approach (best practice) and which could be more easily understood from an external perspective. • To take account of the results of the first stage of ebXML (initiative UN/CEFACT and OASIS) and the development of web services • To encourage synergy among the different groups we empower and the approaches they take F. De Vos 04/07/2006

  6. Report on UN/CEFACT Forum UN/CEFACTPlenary • Bureau • Chair of the Plenary • 5 Vice Chairs • FMG Chair and Vice Chair • UNECE Secretariat UNECE Secretariat Support Service Provider UN/CEFACT Forum FMG Forum Management Group • Forum Management Group • Chair1 and Vice Chair • Permanent Group Chairs (5+2) • UNECE Secretariat (ex officio) • Plenary Vice Chairs (5) (ex officio) TBG ICG ATG TMG LG International Applied Techniques Legal Group Information Trade & Content Technologies and Business Management Group Methodologies Processes Group Group Group F. De Vos 04/07/2006

  7. The UN/CEFACT ForumSome Clarifications • Each empowered group reports to the Plenary • Empowerment is a delegated authority and comes with a responsibility to the UN/CEFACT Plenary and its policies • The UN/CEFACT Forum is a meeting of all of the empowered groups designed to encourage synergy across the work programme and be cost effective. However, groups and constituents can also meet outside the Forum if they wish F. De Vos 04/07/2006

  8. The UN/CEFACT ForumSome Clarifications • The Forum is driven by the business and trade facilitation needs of government and industry. TBG is the focal point for the expression of those needs and the starting point for Forum coordination to meet the needs • The Forum Management Group is directly responsible for the management of the Forum • Executing the work programme • Ensuring coordination of related work among Permanent Groups • Preventing duplication among Permanent Groups • Providing recommendations to the Bureau and the Plenary • The Plenary Bureau will remain responsible for the overall implementation and management of plenary decisions and policy F. De Vos 04/07/2006

  9. TBG Mandate • The purpose of the International Trade & Business Processes Group (TBG) is to be responsible for business and governmental process analysis, best practices and international trade procedures using the UN/CEFACT Modelling Methodology to support the development of appropriate trade facilitation and electronic business solutions. • Identification, simplification, harmonisation and alignment of public and private sector practices, procedures and information flows relating to international trade transactions both in goods and related services • Specification of common business and governmental processes and reference models • Harmonisation of cross-industry business and governmental processes • Documentation of business and governmental requirements F. De Vos 04/07/2006

  10. ATG Mandate • The purpose of the Applied Technologies Group (ATG) is to be responsible for the creation and maintenance of the trade, business and administration document structures that are based on a specific technology or standard. The function of the ATG is to design, assembly and production od syntax specific solutions based on identified business and/or technical requirements from the empowered groups of UN/CEFACT. • Technical assessment and maintenance of syntax specific solutions through the application of Data Maintenance Requests against existing publications (e.g. UN/EDIFACT directories, Reference libraries, etc.) • A series of coherent, consistent and normalised syntax solutions that are aligned with domain reference models for publication in a designated UN/CEFACT information repository by the Information Content Management Group • Technical specifications detailing the design and production rules of syntax specific solutions F. De Vos 04/07/2006

  11. ICG Mandate • The purpose of the Information Content Management Group (TBG) is to ensure the release of quality technical specifications for e-business. To achieve this aim it will be responsible for the: • Management of the UN/CEFACT information repositories and libraries for electronic business and Recommendations that fall within the scope of UN/CEFACT • Technical conformance and the registration of the UN/CEFACT business requirements • Normalisation and maintenance of the basic syntax neutral information components that serve as the building blocks for the development of the standard for implementation • Technical conformance and registration of syntax specific information objects and components F. De Vos 04/07/2006

  12. Thank you Questions, comments? Eindhoven, 04 July 2006 F. De Vos 04/07/2006