Since 2018, we have been continually reporting on our active participation in discussions hosted by the United Nations (UN) intergovernmental body dealing with global trade efficiency and the use of IT in the supply chain sector. The United Nations Center for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business (UN/CEFACT) was established by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), and for decades has focused on the facilitation of national and international transactions through the simplification and harmonization of processes, procedures, and information flows, aiding the growth of global commerce. There are approximately 300 experts representing every region of the world contributing to UN/CEFACT projects, and we are excited to be a part of these discussions and share the latest information with our customers and partners. UN/CEFACT will be hosting its 33rd conference in Geneva, Switzerland between April 1 - 5 2019. Our VP, Rajiv Garg, will be in attendance in his position as Domain Coordinator of experts in international supply chain management. This event will feature 3 main topics for attendees, you can click on the titles for more detailed information: "Expanding the Horizon for MSMEs in International Trade Role of e-Services" Conference This half-day conference will explore a range of issues including rise of digital economy and implications for the Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), the current state of the international trade barriers faced by MSMEs, importance of e-services for MSMEs, introduce the Integrated Services for MSMEs in International Trade (ISMIT) concept, benefits, the relationship between ISMIT and single window, and discuss the standardization requirements and implementation guidelines. "Latest technology trends impacting eBusiness, internet trading and trade facilitation: Anticipating the fourth industrial revolution" Conference The goal of this event is to introduce and discuss the latest technology innovations and trends that have the potential to challenge and change the established trade practices. During the event experts and practitioners from different industries will present their knowledge on these topics, projects that have been implemented, and use cases in enabling trade facilitation with a focus on benefits derived and challenges they foresee in implementation. "Impact of new technologies on Accounting and Audit: Harmonizing Interoperability of Standards and Specifications" Conference This half-day conference will explore the current state of international and regional accounting and audit data standardization and the opportunities and challenges that face development and adoption. It will introduce major specifications, where they are used, successes and challenges, and bring together the actors to determine how they can collaborate. By participating in these forums, we gain insight into evolving technologies and shape global standards that will help facilitate the supply chain and international trade. We will use this expertise to enhance our products and to keep our customers and subscribers current on industry trends. Vilden is thankful to be a part of this group of experts, and we are looking forward to our continued contribution to such forums in the future. If you have any questions on the conferences above or would like to learn more about what was discussed at the forum, you are more than welcome to contact us anytime! We would be more than happy to brief you and provide details on these topics and more.