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UN/CEFACT's Proposal for a New Electronic Business Working Group

From:      Ray Walker via "Klaus-Dieter Naujok" <> 
To:        "ebXML Development List" <>, "ebXML List"
Date:      June 19, 2001
Subject:   UN/CEFACT's Proposal for a New Electronic Business Working Group
Re:        This message is send on behalf of Ray Walker (Chair, UN/CEFACT Steering Group)

19 June 2001

Dear Colleague,

UN/CEFACT's Proposal for a New Electronic Business Working Group

As you may know, following the successful outcome of the Vienna ebXML meeting, and the agreement to allocate the responsibilities for the further development of ebXML specifications between UN/CEFACT and OASIS, the UN/CEFACT Steering Group met and took a decision, to propose the establishment of a new UN Working Group - the Electronic Business Working Group (ebWG) - that will bring together the Business Process Analysis Working Group, the UN/EDIFACT Working Group, and the Codes working Group, and incorporate the work arising out of ebXML for which UN/CEFACT is responsible for.

To progress the detailed planning required for the new Group the CSG also established a subgroup (the E-Business Team), which includes CSG members with e-Business experience and the Chairs of the all of the relevant Groups.

The E-Business Team has now produced a detailed paper "Progressing the UN/CEFACT e-Business Standards Development Strategy" setting out the notional description of the structure of the proposed E-Business Working Group and its likely responsibilities, and it also attached to this mail. I shall be grateful if you could ensure a wide distribution of this paper.

The CSG believes that the September Rotterdam EWG meeting (10-14 September 2001) provides the perfect platform for starting the moves to the new structure. Therefore, the E-Business team will continue its wide spread consultation on the most effective way of organising the new group, develop a draft mandate and terms of reference for provisional approval at the next CSG meeting in early September, (also in Rotterdam) and work to identify, using best practice procurement techniques, potential organisations which could provide, under UN guidelines, support and administrative services to the new group.

To keep you informed of these developments I shall write to you again in a few weeks time.

Yours sincerely

Ray Walker
Chair, UN/CEFACT Steering Group
Tel: London, + 44 208 297 1836; Brussels, + 32 2 660 2039;
Mobile, + 44 78666 86185.

Klaus-Dieter Naujok UN/CEFACT/TMWG Chair
IONA Technologies, Santa Clara, CA, Chief Scientific Officer

[See attached file: CSGeB forward strategy FV 6-16-01.pdf]

Prepared by Robin Cover for The XML Cover Pages archive. See "Electronic Business XML Initiative (ebXML)."

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