United Nations Commission on International Trade Law Regional Centre for Asia and the Pacific (UNCITRAL RCAP)

Asia-Pacific Region

About the Program

The UNCITRAL Regional Centre for Asia and the Pacific (UNCITRAL RCAP), established in 2012 in Incheon, Republic of Korea, with the support from both the Korean Government and the Hong Kong SAR Government of the People’s Republic of China, is UNCITRAL’s only regional centre. UNCITRAL RCAP aims to enhance international trade and development in the Asia-Pacific region; providing bilateral and multilateral technical assistance to States with respect to the adoption and uniform interpretation of UNCITRAL texts; engaging in coordination activities with international and regional organizations active in trade law reform projects in the region; and functioning as a channel of communication between States in the region and UNCITRAL. UNCITRAL texts on e-commerce are featured prominently in the activities of UNCITRAL RCAP. Those texts legally enable the use of electronic communications by providing rules that complement existing commercial and contract law. They include the UNCITRAL Model Law on Electronic Commerce (1996), the UNCITRAL Model Law on Electronic Signatures (2001), the UN Convention on the Use of Electronic Communications in International Contracts (2005) and the UNCITRAL Model Law on Electronic Transferable Records (2017). Those texts have been widely adopted in Asia and the Pacific.

Start and End Date


Geographical Focus

Asia-Pacific Region

Main Beneficiary

Government and Private Sector




Republic of Korea, Hong Kong SAR China

Implementing Agency

Contact Person

Athita Komindr

Policy Area

PA4. Legal & Regulatory Framework

Strategic Output

  • 4.1. E-commerce-related laws are made or amended based on UNCITRAL model laws as best international standard, plus other best international practices


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