ATELIER DE RECHERCHE SUR LES CHAÎNES DE BLOCS

Chaînes de blocs et commerce international : perspectives, enjeux et implications pour la coopération commerciale internationale

Blockchain and distributed ledger technology (DLT)(1) could have a wide-ranging impact on international trade. The specific features of the technology have the potential to enhance transparency and traceability, and to improve the efficiency of many processes related to international trade, from trade finance, to border procedures, and transportation and logistics. However, fulfilling this potential will require addressing various technical and regulatory challenges and creating a regulatory environment conducive to the deployment of the technology while mitigating the risks that may arise.

Geneva, WTO Headquarters - Room W

The workshop aims to initiate a discussion at the WTO on the practical and legal implications of blockchain for international trade. The workshop will present various use cases related to international trade, discuss the potential and the limitations of the technology for international trade, and start a reflection on the potential role of the WTO.

A new WTO publication authored by Emmanuelle Ganne entitled "Can Blockchain Revolutionize International Trade?" will be launched on the occasion of the workshop.

10.00 - 10:30 - Opening session

Opening address and launch of new WTO publication

Chair: Mr. Robert Koopman, Chief Economist, WTO

Opening remarks by Director-General Roberto Azevêdo
Audio

Launch of the WTO publication "Can Blockchain Revolutionize International Trade?" by Emmanuelle Ganne, Senior Analyst, WTO
Audio
Presentation

10:30-10:45 - Session 1

Blockchain 101

This session will present the main characteristics of Blockchain.

Moderator: Ms. Emmanuelle Ganne, Senior Analyst, WTO

Speaker:

  • Mr. Enrico Camerinelli, Senior Analyst at Aite Group
    Presentation
Audio

10:45-13:00 - Session 2

Blockchain and international trade: Selected use cases

This session will showcase how Blockchain can be used to enhance the efficiency of certain processes related to international trade, with a particular focus on trade finance, transportation and logistics, and border procedures. It will discuss how Blockchain could facilitate international trade.

Moderator: Ms. Emmanuelle Ganne, Senior Analyst, WTO

Trade finance
10:45-11:30 - Session 2A

Speaker:

  • Mr. Enrico Camerinelli, Senior Analyst at Aite Group
    Presentation
  • Ms. Michelle Chivunga Nsanzumuco, Chair, International Committee, British Blockchain Association
  • Ms. Agnès Hugot, CEO, FastTrackTrade
    Presentation
  • Mr. Marc Vandermolen, Expert Transactional Finance & Innovation Manager, KBC
    Presentation

Transportation & logistics
11:30-12:10 - Session 2B

Speaker:

  • Mr. Nico De Cauwer, Senior Business Analyst, Antwerp Port Authority
    Presentation
  • Mr. Thierry Grumiaux, Délégué commission de transport, international et douane, FNTR
    Presentation
  • Mr. Allan Jorgensen, Lead Sustainability Adviser, Maersk Shipping
    Presentation

Border procedures and enforcement
12:10-13:00 - Session 2C

Speaker:

  • Mr. Steve Capell, Enterprise Architect, Australian Government Department of Home Affairs – via video conference
    Presentation
  • Mr. Luc De Blieck, Deputy Director, WCO
    Presentation
  • Mr. Prasanna Lal Das, Lead Knowledge Management Officer, World Bank – via video conference
    Presentation
  • Mr. Zahouani Saadaoui, Head of sector, DG TAXUD, European Commission
    Presentation
  • Ms Choo Wai Yee, Deputy Director, Networked Trade Platform Office (NTPO), Singapore Customs – via video conference
Audio

13:00-15:00 - Lunch break

15:00-15:45 - Session 3

Blockchain and international trade: Opportunities and challenges

This session will briefly review the opportunities that blockchain could open and discuss the technical and regulatory challenges that the use of the technology raises.

Moderator: Emmanuelle Ganne, Senior Analyst, WTO

Speaker:

  • Mr. Touradj Ebrahimi, Swiss national expert to ISO/TC 307, Professor at EPFL, Director of Auditchain
    Presentation
  • Mr. Philippe Heeren, Lawyer, Deloitte Legal
  • Mr. Lance Thompson, Secretary, UN/CEFACT - UNECE
    Presentation
Audio

15:45-17:30 - Session 4

What role for the WTO?

This session will discuss the potential implications of blockchain for international trade cooperation and the role that the international community could play, in particular the WTO. After a quick tour de table, the floor will be open to all participants in the workshop for an interactive discussion.

Moderator: Emmanuelle Ganne, Senior Analyst, WTO

Roundtable:

  • Mr. Steve Capell, Enterprise Architect, Australian Government Department of Home Affairs – via video conference
  • Ms. Michelle Chivunga Nsanzumuco, Chair, International Committee, British Blockchain Association
  • Mr. Luc De Blieck, Deputy Director, WCO
  • Mr. Touradj Ebrahimi, Swiss national expert to ISO/TC 307, Professor at EPFL, Director of Auditchain
  • Mr. Thierry Grumiaux, Délégué commission de transport international et douane, FNTR
  • Mr. Philippe Heeren, Lawyer, Deloitte Legal
  • Mr. Zahouahi Saadaoui, Head of sector, DG TAXUD, European Commission
  • Mr. Lance Thompson, Secretary, UN/CEFACT - UNECE
  • Ms. Nadia Webster, Principal Advisor, Service Innovation LabPlus, Department of Internal Affairs, Government of New Zealand – via video conference

Discussion

Audio

17:30-18:00

Closing remarks

Chair: Deputy-Director General Xiaozhun Yi
Speaking points

Keynotes:

  • Excmo. Sr. Roberto Zapata, Ambassador of Mexico to the WTO
  • Mr. Abdelsalam Mohamed Al Ali, Director, Office of the UAE to the WTO
    Closing Remarks
Audio

Footnotes

  1. Blockchain is one type of distributed ledger technology (DLT). However, the term is now commonly used to refer to DLT in general. A Blockchain is a decentralized, distributed record of transactions (ledger) in which transactions are stored in a permanent and near inalterable way using cryptographic techniques. Unlike traditional databases that are administered by a central entity, most blockchains rely on a peer-to-peer network that no single party can control. Back to text

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