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ebXML Adoption in Asia Speeds Up

Seoul, Korea. 20-April-2002.

Asian countries are gearing themselves up for the adoption of ebXML. In the fifth ebXML Asia Committee Meeting, held from 18th - 19th April [2002] in Chinese Taipei, the representatives from Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Pakistan, Singapore, Sri Lanka (UNCTAD) and Thailand congregated to work on the measure for ebXML promotion and implementation in Asia.

In the Meeting, the Committee, on the basis of review on the ebXML activities of each country and its work items, discussed measures to adopt ebXML and made several resolutions. Above all, participants agreed that ebXML implementation in real business was critical for the widespread adoption of ebXML. To promote ebXML implementation, the Committee decided to develop pan-Asia message design guideline by integrating the message design guideline prepared by KIEC with the ECOM's work on message assembly and core component definition. The Committee also decided to improve the ebXML registry linking model prepared by KIEC for the submission to OASIS ebXML Registry TC as a draft. During the Meeting, NII of Chinese Taipei and KIEC of Korea, which are operating ebXML registries, agreed to work on linking each other's ebXML registries to support eBusiness between Chinese Taipei and Korea. To promote participation of Asian experts and to facilitate the activities of ebXML Asia Committee members, the secretariat of ebXML Asia Committee will open an official ebXML Asia Committee website by the third quarter of 2002.

The ebXML Asia Committee held five (5) meetings since its first meeting in December 2000. The Committee started with representatives from 3 Asian countries and economies: Chinese Taipei, Japan and Korea. However, in reflection of the increasing worldwide support for ebXML, the 5th meeting, hosted by TCA (Taipei Computer Association), marked wide participation of Asian countries. 30 eBusiness experts from 8 Asian countries and economies gathered together for this Meeting.

Though ebXML is a comprehensive top-notch eBusiness solution, ebXML is not a cure-all. ebXML has many issues to resolve for implementation. Nonetheless, ebXML has great potential for Asian countries to leap forward. Especially, ebXML can provide a good opportunity for those Asian countries with no EDI infrastructure but planning to do eBusiness to jump in because they do not have to go through transition path. The ebXML Asia Committee plays the role of ebXML facilitator and promoter in the regional context.

The Committee members will continue their joint activities on the selected ebXML issues, through close cooperation, until the next meeting. The next (sixth) meeting will be hosted by ECOM (Electronic Commerce Promotion Council of Japan), which is scheduled on July 18 - 19 2002 at Tokyo, Japan.

About the ebXML Asia Committee

ebXML Asia Committee, jointly initiated by KIEC (Korea Institute for Electronic Commerce), ECOM (Electronic Commerce Promotion Council of Japan), and TCA (Taipei Computer Association), is the congregation of EC/EB experts with the mandate to spread ebXML in the Asian region. To realize its mandate, the Committee work on to contribute to ebXML work and promote the implementation of ebXML in the Asian region cooperatively.

About ebXML

ebXML, sponsored by UN/CEFACT and OASIS, is a modular suite of specifications that enables enterprises of any size and in any geographical location to conduct business over the Internet. Using ebXML, companies now have a standard method to exchange business messages, conduct trading relationships, communicate data in common terms and define and register business processes.

For further information about ebXML Asia Committee, please contact Sangwon Lim of KIEC (


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

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