17.156 to 17.159 Electronic systems and information technologies

17.156

Decision directed to: Parties

Parties are encouraged to submit to the Secretariat information regarding their planned and ongoing projects related to the use of electronic systems and information technologies in improving the management of CITES trade, and regarding the lessons learned.


17.157

Decision directed to: Standing Committee

The Standing Committee shall re-establish the Working Group on Electronic Systems and Information Technologies to work in collaboration with the CITES Secretariat to undertake the following tasks:
a) to further collaborate with the United Nations Environment Programme-World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) their development of the Electronic Permit Information eXchange (EPIX) system as a conduit for the exchange of CITES permits and certificates, and as a central registry to facilitate validation of CITES permit data by CITES Management Authorities and Customs officials;
b) identify where the progress in the EPIX system, and the subsequent facilitation of the reporting requirements of Parties, may potentially affect the provisions of Resolution Conf. 11.17 (Rev. CoP17) on National reports and the amendment of Guidelines for the preparation and submission of CITES annual reports distributed by the Secretariat.
c) to worktheUnited Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business (UN/CEFACT),the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD),the International Trade Centre (ITC), the World Bank, theWorld Customs Organization (WCO), and theWorld Trade Organization (WTO)in the context of the Agreement on Trade Facilitation, and other relevant partners, to continue the development of joint projects that would facilitate Parties’ access to electronic permitting services and their alignment to international trade standards and norms, such as the revision of the CITES e-permitting toolkit and the development of the eCITES module in ASYCUDA;
d) to work with the Secretariat of the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) in the development of electronic trade documentation and learn from IPPC’s efforts to develop electronic phytosanitary certificates; and
e) to monitor and advise on Parties’ work related to the development of traceability systems for specimens of CITES-listed species to facilitate their harmonization with CITES permits and certificates.


17.158

Decision directed to: Standing Committee

The Standing Committee shall:
a) review the progress of implementation of Decision 17.157 and make recommendations as necessary, including any suggestions for the revision of Resolution Conf. 11.17 (Rev. CoP17) and the amendment of Guidelines for the preparation and submission of CITES annual reports distributed by the Secretariat, to the 18th meeting of the Conference of the Parties; and
b) review the information submitted by Parties under Decision 17. 156, as well as the progress of implementation of Decision 17.157 and make recommendations as necessary, any suggestions for the revision of Resolution Conf. 12.3 (Rev. CoP17) on Permits and certificates to ensure the Resolution allows for electronic border clearance processes that are consistent with and incorporate the requirements of Articles III, IV, V and VI into any e-permitting system, examining in particular the issues of presentation and validation, to the 18th meeting of the Conference of the Parties.


17.159

Decision directed to: Secretariat

The Secretariat shall, subject to the availability of external funding:
a) publish on the CITES website the results of planned and ongoing projects undertaken by Parties related to the use of electronic systems and information technologies in improving the management of CITES trade, and the lessons learned, as submitted by Parties;
b) communicate with national lead ministries responsible for the development of Single Window environments, to raise awareness of CITES and to ascertain the availability of financial support to assist CITES Management Authorities to develop CITES e-permitting systems; and
c) provide capacity-building and advisory services to support Parties interested in implementing electronic solutions for the management of CITES permits and certificates.