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Title: 13th UN/CEFACT Plenary Geneva, 14-16 May 2007

13th UN/CEFACT Plenary Geneva, 14-16 May 2007
  • UN/CEFACT Forum Report
  • Forum Management Group
  • Chair Mike Doran
  • Vice-Chair Anders Grangard

  • Progress since the 12th UN/CEFACT Plenary
  • Focusing on Delivery
  • 9th UN/CEFACT Forum - New Delhi
  • 10th UN/CEFACT Forum - Dublin
  • Future Challenges
  • Reports from the Permanent Groups

Progress since the 12th Plenary
  • What did we say we would do?
  • Focus on delivering UN/CEFACT products services
  • Complete the ODP
  • Deliver a cohesive UN/CEFACT Website presence
  • Complete Forum Project Portfolio information,
    including dependencies timelines
  • Align prioritise POW projects with the
    UN/CEFACT Integrated Strategy

Progress since the 12th Plenary
  • What did we say we would do?
  • Prepare requests for extra budgetary resources,
    including due diligence process in project
    proposal management
  • Improve communication, coordination synergy
    between Working Groups
  • Support virtual collaboration engage external
  • Adopt approved Code of Conduct

Focusing on Delivery
  • What have we done?
  • Open Development Process (ODP) updated
    submitted to the Plenary for approval
  • FORUM Workflow Procedures being further refined
    in order to improve cooperation between the
    Permanent Groups
  • Project Portfolio (gt 80 projects) reviewed
    priorities for 2007/2008 identified, including
    timelines dependencies
  • Mapping to the Programme of Work Buy-Ship-Pay
    model under way
  • Tool for following project progress developed by

Focusing on Delivery
  • What have we done?
  • Procedure for Extra Budgetary projects agreed
    with UNECE
  • Trade Facilitation Guide Project launched -
    funded by Sida, Sweden
  • UNeDocs funded largely by SITPRO, UK
  • UNeDocs Gap Analysis - funded by Norstella,

Focusing on Delivery
  • What have we done?
  • Improved cooperation with Standards Development
    Organizations (SDOs)
  • UN/CEFACT-OASIS Cooperation Agreement
  • SDOs working with CEFACT include GS1,OAGi,SWIFT,
  • Improved Forum management through
  • Bi-weekly conference calls
  • Minutes circulated to all Permanent Groups
  • F2F meetings at UN/CEFACT Forums - tactical
  • Extended Bureau Meetings (Bureau FMG) -
  • Interactive Website to facilitate Forums
    development work - implemented

Focusing on Delivery
  • New deliverables
  • Cross Industry Invoice Schemas
  • eTendering Schemas
  • Core Component Libraries
  • UNeDocs Business Requirements Specification
  • More in the pipeline.
  • New initiatives
  • UN/CEFACT Registry Implementation
  • Cross Border Reference Data Model
  • eProcurement
  • ITAIDE (IT for Adoption Intelligent Design for

9th UN/CEFACT Forum 2-6 Oct 2006 - New Delhi,
  • Organized by
  • Department of Commerce,
  • Ministry of Commerce Industry
  • Government of India

The 9th UN/CEFACT Forum
  • Exceptional support from the Government of India
    - Minister of State, Department of Commerce -
    Commerce Secretary, Member Secretary of the
    Indian Planning Commission, Director General,
    National Informatics Centre
  • 250 participants from Africa, Asia Pacific,Europe
    North America
  • Very successful UNeDocs Capacity Building
  • Excellent hosts organization - led by Tahseen
  • Elections of UN/CEFACT Forum officers held


10th UN/CEFACT FORUM March 26-30 2007 Dublin,
Forum Host Supporting Sponsors
The 10th UN/CEFACT Forum
  • The Forum was hosted by CP3 Group and Forfas, and
    had the shortest lead time of any Forum to date.
    The Forum organization was excellent.
  • The Irish Minister for the Information Society
    opened the Forum and there was excellent support
    from the Irish Government and Business Sector.
  • 230 participants from all continents attended.
  • Very successful Trade Facilitation Open Session
    was held during which it was announced that
    Ireland would develop a Single Window.

UN/CEFACT FORUM Web Site http//www.uncefactforum
Future Challenges
  • Accelerating Delivery - We have in place a
    mandate, strategy, programme of work, IPR policy
    a development process (ODP). What we now need
  • UN/CEFACT Priority Projects
  • Market driven/Stakeholder requirements
  • Resources - Human Financial
  • Human - Right skill sets to match priority tasks
  • Financial - UN/CEFACT needs funding
  • Improve Forum meeting logistics
  • Capacity Building Programme
  • Based on what UN/CEFACT can deliver

Future Challenges
  • The UNECE Executive Committee will review in
    October 2007
  • All PG Mandates TORs which terminate in 2007
  • Under UN rules, there are no Permanent Groups
  • PGs can be extended for two years at a time
  • To obtain extensions each PG will have to provide
    serious justification
  • This means that each PG will have to show its
    POW, what it has achieved in terms of
    deliverables, future plans deliverables over
    the next two years.UN/CEFACT will have to report
    back every year.

TBG ReportInternational Trade and Business
Processes Group
  • Chair Jean-Luc Champion (Belgium)
  • Vice-Chair Pat Toufar (USA)

TBGs Mandate
  • The purpose of the TBG is to be responsible for
    the simplification of international trade
    procedures, business and governmental process
    analysis, and best practices, using the UN/CEFACT
    Modeling Methodology, where appropriate, to
    support the development of trade facilitation
    e-Business standards.

TBG Summary
  • Typical Forum attendance - 150 experts within 16
    Working Groups
  • Consistent, continuing participation however is
    less than 50
  • Many participants are sponsored by companies,
    trade associations and national governments but
    in all cases are expected to contribute as
    individual subject matter experts
  • Since the last UN/CEFACT Plenary, International
    Trade and Business Processes Groups met during
    the 9th and 10th UN/CEFACT Forums
  • Also to progress work forward, TBG Work Groups
    conducted numerous face to face interim meetings
    and more than 100 internet conferences and
    conference calls
  • UN/CEFACT Forums facilitate collaborative
    meetings with Permanent Groups and Cross domain
    meetings with TBG Groups

TBG Working Groups
  • TBG Working Groups can be categorized into three
    general areas
  • Buy - Ship Pay
  • Independent Domain
  • Cross Domain

Buy Ship - Pay
  • Working Groups
  • Develop the core work contributing to the
    deliverables of Trade Facilitation
  • Business Process Models cover Procurement through
  • Contribute to the Core Components Libraries
  • From these libraries UN/CEFACT builds syntax
    neutral e-Business standards
  • Deliverables developed for UN/CEFACT Registry

Independant Domains
  • Working Groups
  • Industry centric work content
  • Incorporates reusable Buy-Ship-Pay content
  • Contributes domain specific content to the Core
    Components Libraries
  • An example of the independent domain business
    area is Travel, Tourism and Leisure

Cross Domains
  • Working Groups
  • Harmonisation of Business Process Models from
    Buy-Ship-Pay and Independent Domains
  • Harmonisation of syntax neutral Core Components
    from Domain Groups and External Liaisons

TBG Working Groups
  • UN/EDIFACT Data Maintenance Requests reviewed by
    respective TBGs prior to approval and publishing
    in directory libraries
  • Most TBG Groups working in concert with industry
    and government organisations develop cross
    industry business process models and identify
    data requirements for their respective domains
  • Work Groups collaborate with each other on Cross
    Domain projects
  • Enable Trade Facilitation for Governments,
    Industries and Companies by providing consistent
    harmonised e-Business standards

Buy Ship - Pay
  • Working Groups within Buy-Ship-Pay
  • Supply Chain
  • UNeDocs and Digital Paper
  • Transportation
  • Customs
  • Finance
  • Insurance
  • Agriculture
  • eGovernment
  • International Trade Procedures

Independent Domains
  • Working Groups within Independent Domains
  • Architecture, Engineering and Construction
  • Travel, Tourism and Leisure
  • Accounting and Audit
  • Environmental

Cross Domains
  • Working Groups within Cross Domains
  • Business Process Analysis
  • Core Component Harmonisation

Buy Ship - Pay
  • In the following slides are explanations of each
    groups purpose and programme of work
  • Working Groups within Buy Ship - Pay
  • Supply Chain
  • UNeDocs and Digital Paper
  • Transportation
  • Customs
  • Finance
  • Insurance
  • Agriculture
  • eGovernment
  • International Trade Facilitation

Supply Chain eProcurement
  • Purpose
  • Supply chain and e-Procurement covers the
    Purchasing, Material Management and Payment areas
  • Programme of Work
  • Cross Industry Invoice XML Schema Released
  • Material Safety Data Sheet
  • Cross Industry Remittance Advice
  • Cross Industry Scheduling Process
  • Cross Industry Delivery/Despatch and Receipt
  • Cross Industry Supply and Order Status
  • Cross Industry Quotation
  • eCatalogue Product Data
  • Market Research/Information Process

Cross Industry Invoice(CII)
  • Cross Industry Invoice development deliberately
    broad in design
  • Intended as an in all contexts Schema
  • Collected and harmonised many industry specific
    business requirements
  • Developed the CII including the harmonised
    requirements of two or more industry specific
    data requirements
  • Intended to be used as the basis for a sector
    specific context invoice schema
  • Automotive Industry contextualization underway
  • Can be used in current form as validation
    mechanism for XML instances from any sector
  • Customization of the schema is at the discretion
    of the trading partners
  • Will be refined based on alignment work underway
    between Supply Chain and UBL
  • UN/CEFACT looking at defining format for
    Implementation Guides for schema to help in

UNeDocs and Digital Paper
  • Purpose
  • Develop standards and best practice for the
    migration from paper to paperless trade in
    international supply chains
  • Programme of Work
  • UNeDocs
  • Contribution to Cross Border Reference Data Model
  • Clickable Contracts

Transportation and Logistics
  • Purpose
  • Develop the eBusiness standards for Logistics
    planning and Transport. This covers operational
    movements of goods, administrative and
    governmental requirements and safety and security
    of freight movements.
  • Programme of Work
  • Collaborate on UNeDocs harmonisation
  • Complete business requirements for IFTM
    International Forwarding Multimodal Transport
  • Priorities for next business requirements
    Booking, WayBill, Transport Status, Manifest

  • Purpose
  • Collaborate with World Customs Organisation (WCO)
    covering Business to Government (B2G), Government
    to Government (G2G) and Business to Business
    (B2B) requirements in cross border transactions.
  • Programme of Work
  • Cross Border Reference Data Model (CBRDM)

  • Purpose
  • Global and cross sector, within the functional
    area of insurance business which includes the
    complete cycle of policy production, placement,
    claims, risk management and accounts between
    customers of insurance companies, the insurance
    companies and their agents and insurance brokers.
    It includes domestic and international
    environments, insurance and reinsurance, single
    company policies and co-insurance.
  • Programme of Work
  • Contribution of Data Dictionary
  • Development of Insurance specific Core Components

  • Purpose
  • Be responsible within the financial services area
    for the simplification of international trade
    procedures, business and governmental process
    analysis, and optimization of all information
    exchange standards.
  • Programme of Work
  • Cross Domain Collaboration on Invoicing,
    Remittance Advice and Accounting Token
  • Continue development with SWIFT and ISO Technical
    Committee 68
  • Convergence with the International Standard
    UNIFI, Business Process Catalogue Data (ISO
    20022) and UN/CEFACT methodologies

  • Purpose
  • Develop and maintain Business Process Models, the
    Business Transaction Models, the semantics and
    the contents in a syntax neutral way that fulfil
    the requirements of the Agro Food communities
  • Programme of Work
  • E-Certification Project
  • eDAPLOS project

  • Purpose
  • Develop and maintain business scenarios and
    business transactions to facilitate the
    electronic delivery of services to citizens,
    businesses and government organizations.
  • Programme of Work
  • Common eGovernment data model development
  • Investigate interest in Greenhouse Gas emission
    and Carbon Trading transactions (GHGCT) processes
    and standards
  • eArchiving

International Trade Procedures
  • Purpose
  • Analyze, simplify, harmonize and align public and
    private sector practices, procedures and
    information flows relating to international trade
    transactions both in goods and related services.
  • Programme of Work
  • Development of new UNCEFACT Recommendations Nos.
    34 and 35
  • Revision of existing UN CEFACT Recommendations
    Nos. 6, 11 and 12
  • Exploring use of UNCEFACT standards for coding
    Single Transport Contract

International Trade Is Complex
  • Applying UN/CEFACT Standards
  • Step-by-Step approach

Single Window
Cross Border Data Exchange
UNTDED, Core Component Library, UN LOCODE and
code lists, UNeDocs, Rec 34
National Data Harmonization
Document Simplification and Standardization
UN Layout Key, Master Document, UNTDED, TF
Toolkit and Forms Repository
Business/Political Process Collaboration Between
Trader and Government (UN/CEFACT Rec. 4, Rec.
18), International Supply Chain Reference model,
Unified Modeling Methodology, Global Facilitation
Partnership for Trade and Transport (GFP), Audit
Process Analysis and Simplification
Single Window Approach
One-stop solution offering official control with
trade facilitation
Single Window
  • Recommendation 33 Single Window Recommendation
    and Guidelines
  • Recommendation 34 Data Harmonization (under
  • Recommendation 35 Single Window Legal Framework
    (under development)

Trade Facilitation Guide
  • Funded by the Swedish International Development
    Agency (Sida)
  • Managed by UN/CEFACT International Trade
    Procedures Working Group Project Management
  • Project will establish an institutional reference
    group consisting of the Global Facilitation
    Partnership (GFP) core members (WCO, UNCTAD,
    UNIDO, ICC, World Bank)
  • Project will also establish a country reference
    group consisting of representatives from target

  • Assist developing and transition economies to
    develop and implement national and regional trade
    facilitation strategies based on international
    standards and recommendations
  • Assist countries in trade facilitation
    implementation issues related to discussions at
    the World Trade Organisation (WTO)

Main Components
  1. A comprehensive, modular, Guide to Trade
    Facilitation Implementation
  2. Case Studies on Trade Facilitation Implementation
    (to be integrated into the Guide)
  3. Training Material for both trainers and
    participants to complement the Guide
  4. A Pilot Workshop to test the effectiveness of the
    Guide and related material
  5. A Website and CDROM version of the Guide and
    related material.

Time Frame for Delivery
Independent Domains
  • Working Groups within Independent Domains
  • Architecture, Engineering and Construction
  • Travel, Tourism and Leisure
  • Accounting and Audit
  • Environmental

Architecture, Engineering Construction
  • Purpose
  • Responsable to coordinate and propose new
    developments and maintenance in the area of
    Architecture, Engineering and Construction
    Industry (AEC).
  • Programme of Work
  • eTendering for Construction Release Candidate
    Schema Released
  • // ODP step 6 the implementation verification
    for two different existing systems in Japan was
    successfully completed and another has been
    successfully completed by Korea. Further reviews
    by India, and European Countries (Germany, France
    and United Kingdom) will be made.
  • Project Schedule and Cost Performance Management
    to be released with CCL 07A in June.
  • Contract Financial Execution Management in

Travel, Tourism Leisure
  • Purpose
  • To support and promote international business
    activities related to the exchange of travel
    industry data.
  • Programme of Work
  • Small Scaled Lodging House data requirements
    included in CCL 06B
  • Develop Core Components for documenting the
    business data in travel, tourism and leisure
    business functionality.

Accounting Audit
  • Purpose
  • The accounting and auditing domains and financial
    reporting. The exchanges are between the
    accountants and certified accountants, the
    auditors, and the enterprises. Internal or
    external financial reporting towards the economic
    partners of the enterprises, the private and
    public collection bodies.
  • Programme of Work
  • Development of Business Process Models to fulfill
    accounting requirements for
  • Accounting Entry
  • Accounting Ledger
  • Accounting Trial Balance
  • Accounting Reporting
  • Accounting Chart of Accounts

  • Purpose
  • To support and promote both international and
    regional cooperation activities related to
    environmental data exchange.
  • Programme of Work
  • To develop a suite of UN/EDIFACT compliant
    messages that will support a completely
    electronic process of notification
  • and tracking under national and international
    law associated with ECS import/export, including
    all transactions among the
  • competent environmental authorities, shippers
    (or exporters), consignees (or importers), and
    competent customs authorities.
  • Continued work on business requirements for Waste
    Movement from original UMM models.

Cross Domains
  • Working Groups within Cross Domains
  • Business Process Analysis
  • Core Component Harmonization

Business Process Analysis
  • Purpose
  • Responsible for defining the International Supply
    Chain model to present the various processes and
    parties involved within the international supply
    chain in a simplified way.
  • Programme of Work
  • Work with the buy-ship-pay and domain groups to
    harmonise business processes models
  • Build a cross domain catalog of common business
    processes within the International Supply Chain

Core Component Harmonisation
  • Purpose
  • Responsible for consistency and harmonisation of
    core components across business domains and
    sectors, contributing to a concise and
    well-defined glossary of business terms, business
    data semantic definitions, and structuring of
    data exchanges.
  • Programme of Work
  • Harmonisation of TBG and External Liaison
  • Results of Deliverables are content of Core
    Component Libraries

Needs of TBGs
  • Resources skill set
  • Subject matter experts
  • Domain
  • Modelling
  • Technical developers
  • Project Management skills
  • Funding
  • Tools
  • Registry development

Applied Technologies Group
ltUN EDIFACTgt Bringing Syntax Solutions Together
Applied Technologies Group
  • Chair
  • Mark Crawford
  • Vice Chairs
  • Gait Boxman
  • Jostein Frømyr

ATG Goal Consistent Syntax Transformation
CCTS Based Model in specific context
Consistency in multi-syntax design and use ?
XML NDR for Schema Development ? EDI
Transformation Rules ? UML2XML through CC
Profiles ? UML2EDIFACT transformation rules
Data Base Relations
XML Schema
UML Class Diagram
ATG Mandate
  • Create and maintain the trade, business and
    administration document structures based on a
    specific technology or standard
  • Design, assembly and production of syntax
    specific solutions based on identified business
    and/or technical requirements from the empowered
    groups of UN/CEFACT

ATG Deliverables
  • Technical assessment and maintenance of syntax
    specific solutions through the application of
    Data Maintenance Requests
  • A series of coherent, consistent and normalised
    syntax solutions that are aligned with domain
    reference models for publication in a designated
    UN/CEFACT information Registry
  • UN/EDIFACT messages and their support directories
  • XML Schemas
  • UNeDocs

ATG Deliverables
  • Procedures and Mechanisms for the maintenance and
    quality of the syntax solutions
  • Appropriate technical specifications detailing
    the design and production rules, guidelines and
  • Maintenance of Recommendations/Technical
    Specifications in coordination with TC154
  • UNECE Recommendation 1 (UN Layout Key) technical
  • ISO 9735 - UN/EDIFACT Syntax

  • Purpose
  • Development and Maintenance of EDIFACT syntax
    solutions to support UN/CEFACT work program
  • Officers
  • Chair Gait Boxman

Ongoing Work Item
  • EDIFACT Data Maintenance Request (DMR) processing
  • New Delhi Forum EDIFACT Data Maintenance
    Request (DMR) processing 83 Data Maintenance
    Requests (DMRs)
  • 59 Approved
  • 22 Approved with Changes
  • Mostly added code values
  • 2 Postponed
  • Dublin Forum EDIFACT Data Maintenance Request
    (DMR) processing 96 Data Maintenance Requests
  • 12 Approved
  • 81 Approved with changes
  • Mostly added code values
  • 2 Postponed at request of TBG1
  • 1 Withdrawn

ATG1 Projects
  • UML2EDIFACT Project
  • Defines methodology for transforming UN/CEFACT
    Modelling Methodology (UMM) conformant UML models
    into the EDIFACT syntax

Project Lead Gait Boxman
Editor Open
Approval status Approved by FMG
Current ODP step 6
Anticipate Completion Dependent on requirements of TBG
ATG2 XML Syntax
  • Group Purpose
  • Development and maintenance of XML syntax
    solutions to support UN/CEFACT work program
  • Officers
  • Chair Jostein Frømyr

Ongoing Work Item Schema Generation
  • Updated Schema for 06B
  • 1 Common Reusable (XML Representation of CCL)
  • 1 Unqualified Data Type (Basic Data Types)
  • 8 Updated Code List Schema (used by data types)
  • New Schema for 06B
  • Business Process Schema
  • 21 Release Candidate schema for eTendering
  • 1 Release Candidate schema for Cross Industry
  • Supporting Schema
  • 1 Qualified Data Type (restricts value domain)
  • 15 New Code List Schema (supporting QDTs)

XML Naming and Design Rules, V3
  • Specification Purpose
  • Consistent transformation of Core Components
  • Optimized use of XML
  • Project Purpose
  • Align withCCTS 3.0
  • Drive Convergence of SDOs to UN/CEFACT

XML Naming and Design Rules, V3
Project Lead Mark Crawford
Editor Garret Minakawa
Approval status Approved by FMG
Current ODP step 3 (1st Working Draft)
Anticipate Completion End of 2007 Dependent on delivery of CCTS 3.0
Data Type Library
  • Data Types define the value domain for Core
  • Specification Purpose
  • Create and Maintain UN/CEFACT Data Types to
    support CCTS and syntax solutions
  • Provide input to CCTS Project
  • Develop guidance to facilitate use
  • Project Purpose
  • Update existing catalogue
  • Develop responsive maintenance procedures

Data Type Library
Project Lead Jostein Frømyr
Editor Gunther Stuhec
Approval status Approved by FMG
Current ODP step 3 (1st Working Draft)
Anticipate Completion Initial Catalogue - end of 2007 Dependent on delivery of CCTS 3.0
Standard Business Document Header, v2
  • Specification Purpose
  • Improve A2A handling of business transaction
  • Project Purpose
  • Update to reflect CCTS 3.0 and NDR for
  • SBDH Scope
  • Provide information about the routing and
    processing of the Standard Business Document
  • XML Format
  • EDIFACT Format
  • Other Format
  • SBDH Can be used as either
  • An integral part of a Standard Business Document
    (e.g. either XML instance document or EDI
    interchange), or
  • An object separate from the Standard Business
    Document itself

Standard Business Document Header, v2
Project Lead
Editor Margaret Pemberton
Approval status Approved by FMG
Current ODP step 2 (Prepare Requirements Document and review contributions received)
Anticipate Completion 2008
XML Representation of Core Components
  • User Requirements
  • External standards organizations are interested
    in submitting candidate core components to
    UN/CEFACT using XML
  • Tool vendors are interested in building support
    for CCTS, but are looking for XML syntax
    standards for CCTS constructs
  • Specification Purpose
  • Provide consistent pattern for XML serialization
    of core component artefacts
  • Approach
  • Develop requisite UN/CEFACT XML schema modules
    for defining submitting and storing Core
    Component Technical Specification (CCTS)
    constructs in XML
  • compliant to the UN/CEFACT Core Components
    Technical Specification
  • Compliant to the UN/CEFACT XML Naming and Design
    Rules specification

XML Representation of Core Components
Project Lead Garret Minakawa
Editor Mark Crawford
Approval status Approved by FMG
Current ODP step 3 (1st Working Draft)
Anticipate Completion End of 2007 Dependent on delivery of CCTS 3.0
Other Activities
  • XML Schema User Guide Template
  • Provide guidance for implementation and use
  • Schema Generation and Testing Guidelines
  • Promulgating Internal Processes to a wider
  • Tools

ATG Driving Convergence under UN/CEFACT
  • Had very successful F2F meetings
  • September 2006 Waldorf, Germany
  • January 2007 Washington, DC
  • Representatives from 9 different SDOs/Industry
    Consortia a number of US Government agencies
  • UBL, AIAG, STAR, ACORD, GS1, RosettaNet, OAGi,
  • US Navy, NIST, US Treasury, US DoD
  • Significant progress in achieving common
    understanding and alignment on XML technical
    issues such as
  • Serialization rules
  • Customization
  • Code Lists

Issues Resource Requirements
  • Internal tools to support deliverables
  • XML Schema Generation Tool
  • XML Schema Validation Tool
  • XML Schema NDR Validation Tool
  • Integration of Tools with UN/CEFACT Registry
  • Collaboration Tool to facilitate work
  • Better and more flexible list serve tool
  • Need secretariat support for ATG administration
  • Web Site/Collaboration tool set up and
  • Ongoing administrative requirements

Issues Resource Requirements
  • Participation Issues
  • 20 Active Members
  • 88 Virtual Members
  • Strong Engagement From
  • Europe and North America
  • Service Provider participation
  • Need Broader Engagement From
  • Member countries
  • Key sectors

ICG ReportInformation Content Management Group
  • Chair Mike CONROY
  • Vice Chair David DOBBING,

ICG Mandate
The purpose of the Information Content Management
Group (ICG) is to ensure the release of quality
technical specifications for e-business
  • Management of the UN/CEFACT information
    repositories and libraries for electronic
    business and Rec.s that fall within its scope
  • Technical conformance and registration of the
    UN/CEFACT business requirements specifications
  • Normalisation and maintenance of the base syntax
    neutral information components that serve as the
    building blocks for the development of standards
    for implementation
  • Technical conformity and registration of the
    syntax specific objects and components

ICG Deliverables
  • A series of coherent, consistent and normalized
    reference libraries comprising the business
    requirements, information objects and code lists
    that are aligned with the domain reference models
    and serve as the building blocks for the
    development of standards for implementation
  • Validating the conformance of technical
    specifications with the corresponding publication
    guidelines and for the release of approved syntax
    specific information objects and components
  • Processes and procedures for the maintenance of
    the libraries
  • Mechanisms for ensuring the quality of the
    library contents
  • Proposals, including draft Recommendations for
    review and approval by the UN/CEFACT Plenary and
  • Maintenance of UN Recommendations related to codes

  • UNECE Rec. No. 3 - ISO Country Code for
    Representation of Names of Countries
  • UNECE Rec. No. 5 - Abbreviations of INCOTERMS
  • UNECE Rec. No. 7 - Numerical Representation of
    Dates, Time, and Periods of Time
  • UNECE Rec. No. 8 - Unique Identification Code
    Methodology - UNIC
  • UNECE Rec. No. 9 - Alphabetical Code for the
    Representation of Currencies
  • UNECE Rec. No. 10 - Codes for Ship's Names
  • UNECE Rec. No. 15 - Simpler Shipping Marks
  • UNECE Rec. No. 16 - Trade and Transport Locations
  • UNECE Rec. No. 17 - Payterms
  • UNECE Rec. No. 19 - Codes for Modes of Transport
  • UNECE Rec. No. 20 - Codes for units of measure
    used in international trade
  • UNECE Rec. No. 21 - Codes for Types of Cargo,
    Packages and Packaging Materials
  • UNECE Rec. No. 23 - Freight Cost Code
  • UNECE Rec. No. 24 - Trade and Transport Status
  • UNECE Rec. No. 28 - Codes for Types of Means of

Principal Highlights
  • Finalised first release of the UN/CEFACT Registry
  • Prepared initial draft of the UN/CEFACT Registry
    implementation plan
  • UN/CEFACT Registry Proof-of-Concept progression
  • Revised and approved code list updates to UNECE
  • Advanced Code List Migration Project for the
    regular publication of a single XML based version
    of all UN/CEFACT maintained code lists
  • Audited the first release of the Core Components
    Library with Business Information Entities (BIEs)

UN/CEFACT RegistryPoC findings
  • The overall Registry metamodel is capable of
    handling current UN/CEFACT requirements
  • Registry federation is still in a primitive state
  • Level of granularity for the management of
    discrete Registry artefacts (e.g. down to the
    basic attribute) can increase complexity of
  • Registry artefacts can be suitably governed by a
    classification scheme
  • Several concurrent classification schemes can be
  • The discovery process of Registry content is
    adequately defined
  • The Registry user interface / connector approach
    was satisfactory

Items forPlenary Noting
  • UNECE Rec. 20 (Units of Measure) Rev.4
  • UNECE Rec. 23 (Freight Cost Codes) Rev.3
  • UNECE Rec. 24 (Transport Status Codes) Rev.4
  • UNECE Rec. 28 (Types of Means of Transport Codes)
  • D06A
  • D06B
  • Core Component Library (CCL) Releases
  • D06A
  • D06B
  • Candidate XML Schema Releases
  • e-Tendering
  • Cross Industry Invoice (CII)

Work in progress
  • UN/CEFACT Registry interface and connectors
  • UN/CEFACT Registry proof of concept finalisation
  • UN/CEFACT Code List management finalisation
  • Ongoing Audit of UN/CEFACT deliverables
  • Ongoing maintenance of UNECE Recommendations
    related to codes

Tasks to be fulfilled
  • The following tasks are carried on a regular
  • Management of UN/ECE Recommendations and
    generic UN Codelists
  • Audit of UN/EDIFACT updates
  • Audit of UN/Core Component Library
  • Audit of XML Schemas
  • Verification of the BRS content
  • Management of the RSM (core component content)

  • Broad knowledge of the functions of UN/CEFACT
  • Conversant with the semantics of business
  • Understanding codification schemes
  • Conversant with information modelling and the
    application of reusable design practices and/or
  • Conversant with the rules defined for the syntax
    solutions supported by UN/CEFACT
  • Registry knowledge,
  • Formal software audit experience
  • .

Legal Group
  • Report to the UN/CEFACT Plenary
  • Chair Usva Kuusiholma (Finland)
  • Vice-Chair Bart Schermer (Netherlands)

Legal Group purpose
  • The purpose of the Legal Group (LG) is to ensure
    that the legal aspects of electronic business and
    international trade facilitation are considered
    in the work of the UN/CEFACT. To this end the
    Legal Group analyses current legal processes and
    issues within the mission and objectives of
    UN/CEFACT, identifies legal constraints that
    adversely affect the mission and objectives of
    the Centre, and proposes practical improvements
    to these legal processes and issues.

LG activities
  • Unified Business agreements and contract (UBAC)
  • Recommendation 35 Single Window Framework
  • Review of current recommendations
  • Strengthening ties with UNCITRAL

LG activities in 2006/7
  • Meetings in Dehli and Dublin
  • Additional meetings in Vienna (UNCITRAL) and
    Helsinki (SWF)
  • Monthly conference calls

  • Cooperation with TMG / Business Proces Working
    Group Reached phase 2 of the ODP

Rec. 35
  • Met with several SW operators to discuss legal
  • Finalized draft text of the recommendation

  • Vital to work of legal group
  • Enlist help of UNCITRAL experts
  • Participated in UNCITRAL expert group on
  • Will present the LG work (SWF) on UNCITRAL

Cause for concern?
  • Core Group (FIN(?), US, NL)
  • Limited secretarial support
  • Limited participation from LG members
  • Work of the LG can be speeded up with proper
    support and commitment!

TMG Report
  • Chair Gunther Stuhec
  • Vice Chair Christian Huemer

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