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Prof. Xue @ Asia Pacific Trade Facilitation Forum 2019

The Asia-Pacific Trade Facilitation Forum (APTFF) is the leading regional platform for the exchange of information, experiences and practice on trade facilitation. The APTFF has been organized by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and a growing number of partners since 2009, including UNCTAD, WCO and WTO. It is held biennially and attracts more than 250 participants from 30 countries. The 9th APTFF took place at the Hyatt Regency Hotel Delhi, New Delhi, India on 17-18 September 2019. The Forum was organized by ESCAP and ADB in collaboration with the Government of India and the Confederation of Indian Industries.

The Forum focused on how digital and sustainable trade facilitation measures and practices can bring prosperity to the Asia-Pacific region and investigated the opportunities from trade digitalization for sustainable development of the region, and challenges ahead in materializing such opportunities. it featured panel discussions, interactive and informative sessions allowing participants to share experiences and perspectives on different aspects of trade facilitation, including trade finance, cross-border e-commerce, paperless trade, and innovative application of emerging technologies, among others. The Forum brought relevant regional initiatives and implementation cases to each session to make it a unique opportunity to share knowledge and practical lessons. A number of side events were organized throughout the week in collaboration with other partners to provide more in-depth exploration of pertinent trade facilitation issues. The Forum also included an exhibition for relevant service providers and international organizations to promote their work in this area.

Prof. Xue gave an important presentation at  Session 5: Trade facilitation for e-commerce: Emerging innovations for seamless cross-border transactions by emphasizing the value of cross-border data flow in the paperless trade facilitation and encouraged the Member States to take action according to the WTO TFA with respect to data regulations. Prof. Xue’s presentation attracted many questions from the audience and she responded effectively to each of them.

Prof. Xue was also invited to take part in the APTFF Capacity Building Workshop on Cross-border Paperless Trade Facilitation, a side event organized by UNESCAP and ADB. The workshop brought relevant regional stakeholders of cross-border paperless trade and shared experiences and lessons learnt in its facilitation, including issues and challenges faced and actions and measures for implementation. The government officials from selected developing countries in the region as well as representatives from the initiatives on cross-border electronic data exchange from the region and beyond participated in the workshop. Prof. Xue gave the expert legal opinions on seven countries’ studies on challenges and way-forward for cross-border paperless trade. Her comments impressed all the stakeholders from the relevant development countries as well as the professionals from the international organizations.





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Prof. Xue Presentation at CAREC Think Tanks Development Forum

4th CAREC Think Tanks Development Forum “Trading for Shared Prosperity” was held on 27-28 August 2019| Xi’an, Shaanxi and attracted over 100 participants from think tanks, academia, private sector, and government officials from CAREC countries.

Intra-regional trade is particularly significant today due to the growing trade conflicts among major trading partners. This situation not only threatens to dampen the prospects for global growth prospects; it also weakens the multilateral governance system that has underpinned trade relationships between and among countries over many years. Without question, trade is an overarching economic objective without which there can be no multiple positive consequences. The 4th CTTDF inter-alia identified and discussed the main challenges to trade within the region, among which are the economic implications of the burgeoning trade conflicts among the major global trading partners. An assessment of these tensions identified the necessary policy mechanisms for CAREC member countries to craft positive responses and avert negative consequences to the region.

Prof. Xue in her Speech “Policy Implications for CAREC Region in terms of taxation, licensing and regulations” presented that the new technologies like IoT, big data, AI and blockchain enable CAREC countries to leapfrog in development of e-commerce and digital economy. Appropriate legal and regulatory system are essential for application of new technologies and release their great potential for economy and trade. New laws that provides enabling trade environment, facilities paperless trade and most importantly removes legal barriers will provide the essential legal recognition, support and endorsement for the success of digital economy. The speech was warmly welcomed by the officials and other participants from CAREC countries. Prof. Xue effectively responded to many questions from the audience.

Strengthening and deepening engagement with national stakeholders of CAREC member countries – i.e., think tanks, academia, civil society, and the private sector – is one of the driving principles of the CAREC 2030 Strategy. By serving as the secretariat to the CAREC Think Tanks Network (CTTN), CI fulfills this mandate through active knowledge exchange with regional think tanks, of which CI is also a member. The CTTN organizes the CAREC Think Tanks Development Forum (CTTDF) annually. From its modest beginning in 2016, the CTTDF has grown in size, visibility, and appeal. Now into its fourth year, the forum has become an attractive destination for regional think tanks, universities and researchers to exchange views and knowledge on evolving regional and global policy challenges.

August 26

06:30 – 08:00

Participants Check-in

Welcome Dinner hosted by CI

Day One: August 27

08:30 – 09:00 Registration

Session I : Opening Ceremony

09:00 – 09:10 Welcome Remarks by CI Director
09:10 – 09:20 Opening Remarks by ADB Vice President
09:20 – 09:30 Speech by Governor/Deputy Governor of Shanxi Province
09:30 – 09:40 Keynote Address by Minister/Vice Minister MOF, PRC
09:40 – 10:00 Group Photo and Coffee Break

Session II : Showcasing CAREC Institute’s Output


Ziqian Liang, Deputy Director, CAREC Institute



10:00 – 12:00

CAREC Regional Integration Index

Speaker: Dr. Saeed Qadir, Former CI Staff/Research Associate, China, Law and Development Project, China Center, University of Oxford, UK


Alignment, Engagement and Coordination: Building bankable and viable regional cooperation programs in the CAREC region based on Trust

Speaker:  Dr Nishank Motwani, Senior Research and Communications Manager, Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU), Kabul, Afghanistan


Assessing participation of CAREC countries in Global and Regional Value Chains

Speaker: Yaroslava Babych, Head of Macroeconomic Policy Research Center

ISET Policy Institute,  Assistant Professor of Economics, ISET – International School of Economics, Tbilisi State University, Georgia


The Impact of sanitary, phytosanitary, and quality-related standards on the trade flow between CAREC countries and Georgia

Speaker: Dr. Phatima Mamardashvili, Assistant Professor, Head of the   Agricultural Policy Research Center, International School of Economics, , Tbilisi State University, Georgia


Opportunities and challenges for Agri-food trade between Kyrgyzstan and Pakistan

Speaker: Dr. Zehra Waheed, Director, Centre for Business and Society

Assistant Professor, Suleman Dawood School of Business (SDSB), Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), Pakistan

Analysis of cooperation in tourism sector between Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan; a study of cross-border Value Chains

Speaker: Rosa Alieva, Lecturer, Module Leader for Tourism and its Dynamics, Westminster International University in Tashkent, Uzbekistan



Session III : Trade on Ancient Silk Road: A Perspective from Xian

Moderator: tbc


12:00 – 01:00

Exploring Trade Opportunities under BRI

Speaker: tbc

Standardizing Transport and Logistics along the Silk Road

Speaker: tbc



01:00 – 02:00  Lunch Break

Session IV : Trading for Shared Prosperity: Challenges and Prospects

Moderator: tbc



02:00 – 03:20

US-China Trade War – birth of neo-mercantilism

Speaker: Masahiro KAWAI , former Dean ADBI


Impact on Region: Building a counterfactual

Speaker: tbc

Discussion/ Q&A

03:20 – 03:40 Coffee Break
03:40 – 05:00 CAREC Integrated Trade Agenda (CITA) 2030: Key Pillars and Strategic Action Plan

Speaker: tbc


06:30 – 07:30 Dinner hosted by Shanxi Government

Day Two: August 28

08:30 – 08:45 Registration

Session V : New Technologies: Policy Implications for the CAREC Region

Moderator: tbc

08:45 – 10:15

Evaluating impact of new technologies on transforming trade

Speaker: Ian Watt, Vice Chair, the UN Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business (UN/CEFACT), United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), Australia


Policy Implications for CAREC Region in terms of taxation, licensing and regulations

Speaker: Dr. Hong Xue, Director of Beijing Normal University Institute for Internet Policy & Law (IIPL), Co-Director of UNCITRAL-BNU Joint Certificate Program on International E-Commerce Law


10:15 – 10:30 Coffee Break

Session VI: Embracing E-commerce

Moderator: tbc


10:30 – 12:00

Readiness of CAREC Region for embracing E-commerce

Speaker: tbc

E-commerce: Key takeaways form China’s experience

Speaker: tbc


Session VI : CAREC Think Tanks Network (CTTN)


12:00 – 12:50

Strategizing CTTN and the Forum

CTTN Progress and Roadmap

Speaker: Ziqian Liang, Deputy Director, CAREC Institute

12:50 – 01:00 Closing Remarks by CI Director
01:00 – 02:00 Lunch Break
02:00 – 05:00   Networking & Visit to Terracotta Army Museum


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Prof. Xue’s keynote speech at APrIGF 2019

2019 Asia Pacific Regional Internet Governance Forum (APrIGF 2019) was held in Vladivostok, Russia, from 16 to 19 July 2019. The overarching theme for the event was ‘Enabling a Safe, Secure and Universal Internet for All in Asia Pacific’, with the sub-themes being: Safe Internet, Cyber-security & Regulation; Access & Universality; Emerging Technologies & Society; Evolving Role of Internet Governance & Multi-stakeholder Participation; and Digital Economy.

Prof. Xue gave a keynote speech at the Capacity Building Day on July 16 and talked about “Consumer Protection in E-commerce”, which as hailed by all the young fellows and other participants as very inspiring and forward-looking. Prof. Xue answered many questions and comments regarding data protection, consumer rights and other Internet legal issues. 

Prof. Xue was invited to be an expert panelist at the Workshop “A roadmap for studying ICT laws and building a database for Asia” organized by Association for Progressive Communications (APC) on July 18 and talked about the importance of building a people-centered and right-based legal framework for cyberspace. The session addresses the sub-theme on Safer Internet, Cyber-security and Regulation Online. It aims to encourage discussion on the growing number of policies, regulations and laws in Asian countries that seek to monitor and regulate the internet and the impact of these legislation on information and privacy among others. Of key importance is also our intended discussion on how we can build alliances with civil society, academia, journalists, the technical community and lawyers in order to create a multidisciplinary approach to challenge these laws where necessary, through creating awareness, bridging gaps in our understanding of these laws, not just among the various actors but also among a wider audience, and providing support to strategic litigation in different countries, with the ultimate aim of pushing for a regulatory framework that enables a more open, safe and secure internet.

Prof. Xue also actively took part in the discussion for the Synthesis Document

, which aims to document items of common interest relevant to Internet governance in the Asia Pacific region and has developed into one of the highlight innovations of the APrIGF and inspired other national and regional initiatives to develop their own processes.


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Prof. Xue presented at the WTO Colloquium and Expert Seminar

The World Trade Organization invited Prof. Xue to give two keynote speeches at the 16th Colloquium for Teachers of Intellectual Property in Geneva.  The two-week colloquium for teachers of intellectual property (IP), jointly organized by the WTO and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), opened in Geneva on 17 June 2019. The event aims at helping teachers from developing countries and economies in transition to become more aware of the Geneva institutions, negotiations and other activities concerning intellectual property law and policy and to strengthen their countries’ independent research, policy analysis and teaching. Xiaozhun Yi and Mario Matus, Deputy Directors-General at the WTO and WIPO, opened the two-week course at WIPO headquarters. They highlighted the importance of this event, which brings together 29 IP scholars and teachers with a strong background in IP and responds to the growing demand for enhanced awareness of IP issues.

The programme included a wide range of IP policy and legal issues, such as IP and public health, IP and e-commerce, IP and biotechnology, IP and artificial intelligence, and IP and blockchain. More than 40 experts from WIPO, the WTO, partner intergovernmental organizations, non-governmental organizations and various fields of industry addressed participants to keep them up to date with the key issues and challenges confronting IP law and policy. Prof. Xue presented on “IPR Issues in the Digital Economy” and “Copyright Issues in E-commerce” on June 17 and 18 respectively. The keynotes were warmly welcomed by all participants. Prof. Xue responded to all the questions with great enthusiasm.

Participants were provided with an update on the activities and instruments of WIPO and the WTO, focusing on policy issues under negotiation or discussion in the two organizations, and placing these issues in their wider legal and policy contexts. The colloquium strengthened the capacity of universities to develop national expertise in IP, thereby building their capacity to provide policy support for current negotiations or discussions in WIPO and the WTO.

Prof. Xue was also invited the WTO Intellectual Property Department to provide a presentation at the “IP & TRADE POLICY TODAY” SEMINAR SERIES on June 20 in the WTO Room A. The Seminar series are s a series of informal conversations about the interaction between intellectual property and international trade in today’s global economy. Prof. Xue’s topic is “Intermediary Liability in the Platform Economy: A Key Issue for Intellectual Property Law Regimes”. Prof. Xue addressed that the operators of platform economy provide tens of millions of parties with virtual business premises and with deal-making, information dissemination and other related services, and enable them to independently engage in transactions. The operator plays a vital role in intellectual property protection. Online intermediary liability is the concept of holding online platform operators responsible for illegal or harmful acts of Internet users. An appropriate liability regime for platform operators should recognize the importance of keeping a balanced approach between IP right holders and business operators. The platform operator should be incentivized to cooperate with IP right holders to deter the unauthorized storage and transmission of IP-protected materials. Meanwhile, IP right holders should be granted effective enforcement procedures against infringement. While legal remedies are available for right holders to address such infringement, platform operators should be eligible for appropriate safe harbors in respect of online services which they do not control or initiate and that take place through the system or network controlled or operated by them or on their behalf.

The Seminar was held during the WTO E-commerce Negotiation period and attracted the official delegates from more than fifty countries from Asia, Europe, Latin America and Africa to take part. The Head of IPD and other officials gave very high remarks to the insightful and innovative presentation, which was followed with the interesting and fruitful interactions with the delegates and IPD officials.


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