• 22 November 2002 : Pan-Asian E-Commerce Alliance Meets in Japan

    The Pan-Asian E-Commerce Alliance (PAA) held its 10th Steering Committee Meeting in Yokohama, Japan from 21 to 22 November 2002. The meeting was attended by Tradelink, CrimsonLogic, Infoshare, KTNET, Trade-Van, TEDI Club and DagangNet. Representatives from TEDMEV of Macau attended the work group meeting as observers.

    Mr. Justin Yue, Chairman of the PAA and CEO of Tradelink said, “We are making extremely good progress with the PAA Secure Cross Border Transaction Service. All members are actively participating in the pilot projects and we are also adding well known companies such as Hyundai Motors and LG Industrial Systems to the pilot. We are gathering valuable feedback which will be of immense help in taking this service forward into its next stage, including making available online title document management services. Under our Certificate Authority Mutual Recognition scheme, we are processing the application for recognition from GFACA of China. I would fully expect recognition for GFACA to be granted before our next meeting pending a few administrative procedures.”

    Having concluded successfully the first stage of the development of the Pan Asian Portal (www.paa.net), the PAA Steering Committee agreed on a list of new services that should be incorporated into the Pan Asian Portal as its next stage of development. Ultimately, the PAA would become a popular vehicle for business discovery and transactions.

    Other initiatives discussed by the Steering Committee included:

    • Progress on the development of the cargo tracking service initiated by KTNET and Trade-Van. Network expansion with TRAXON and GTNexus is being developed.
    • Enhancement of PAA technical infrastructure, including an upgrade of the ebXML messaging service to version 2.0.
    • A TEDI offer to share with PAA its know-how of its online title document management service.
    • The creation of a PAA publication / e-newsletter to disseminate PAA news and services, and to promote e-commerce among regions of PAA members.

    TEDI Club hosted a dinner in honor of the PAA Steering Committee meeting in Japan for the first time. Mr. Masafumi Kuroki, Deputy Director-General of Ministry of Economy Trade and Industry was the Guest of Honor. Praising the PAA as a unique creation, Mr. Kuroki urged the PAA to redouble its effort to help the Asia Pacific region leapfrog into paperless trade and he encouraged the various initiatives that the PAA had launched.

    At the end of the 10th PAA Steering Committee, Mr. V Mathivanan, CEO of CrimsonLogic was elected as the new Chairman of the PAA succeeding Mr. Justin Yue who had served as the founding PAA Chairman for two years.

    The 11th Steering Committee Meeting of the PAA will be held in Malaysia on 20-21 February, 2003.