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Subject: UN/CEFACT Plenary Endorses Latest ebXML Specifications

UN/CEFACT Plenary Endorses Latest ebXML Specifications

Geneva, Switzerland; 03 June 2003 -- International standards bodies,
OASIS and UN/CEFACT, today announced that the latest completed versions
of ebXML specifications have been endorsed by the 2003 Plenary session
of UN/CEFACT meeting in Geneva. The United Nations Centre for Trade
Facilitation and Electronic Business endorsed the adoption of ebXML
global standards for exchanging business messages, establishing trading
relationships, communicating data in common terms and defining and
registering business processes.

Seven components of ebXML were reviewed and endorsed by the Plenary
including the OASIS Open Standards: ebXML Message Service Specification
v2.0; ebXML Registry Information Model v2.0; ebXML Registry Services
Specification v2.0; and the ebXML Collaboration Protocol Profile and
Agreement v2.0; as well as the ebXML Business Process Specification
Schema v1.01 now managed by UN/CEFACT, and the jointly managed ebXML
Technical Architecture v1.04 and the ebXML Requirements v1.06.

"We are proud that the UN/CEFACT Plenary has added another level of
international endorsement to the four ebXML specifications which are
OASIS Open Standards," noted Patrick Gannon, president and CEO of OASIS.

Ray Walker, chair of the UN/CEFACT Steering Group added, "The
endorsement of the UN/CEFACT Plenary is another milestone for ebXML. It
demonstrates conclusively that ebXML has begun to fulfill its promise to
make e-business possible for any company or organization anywhere in the
world. It also paves the way for the development of a formal UN
recommendation to governments and to inter-governmental and
non-governmental organizations on the use of ebXML in their eBusiness

About ebXML (www.ebXML.org)
ebXML (Electronic Business using eXtensible Markup Language), jointly
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. UN/CEFACT (www.uncefact.org) is the United Nations
body whose mandate covers worldwide policy and technical development in
the area of trade facilitation and electronic business. OASIS
(http://www.oasis-open.org) is a not-for-profit, global consortium that
drives the development, convergence and adoption of e-business

Press information:
Carol Geyer
Director of Communications

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