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How can ICC AOKpass reopen cross border travel and trade in the age of COVID-19? – ICC – International Chamber of Commerce

ICC AOKpass allows users to present digitally authenticated, secure and portable copies of medical records to government authorities, border agencies and employers, without compromising their personal data.

Supported by International SOS and SGS Group, the ICC AOKpass digital application utilises secure blockchain technology to validate and verify the authenticity of digital passes without requiring users to disclose personal medical information. After a round of successful ICCAOK pass pilots, ICC is working with national governments, multilateral organisations and businesses, to establish a standardised protocol for cross border travel in the COVID-19 era.

Here are six ways that ICC AOKpass can enable the safe reopening of cross border travel and trade:

Establish standards

In line with ICC’s founding mission to promote more widespread peace and prosperity, including through the development of rules and standards to facilitate global trade, ICC AOKpass will provide governments and businesses with clarity on the requirements for cross-border travel. Since the outbreak of COVID-19, national governments have constructed a wide variety of tariff barriers, travel restrictions, and border closures, to contain the spread of the virus. As a result, global supply chains have experienced severe disruption causing businesses, especially small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), to suffer.

As governments look to safely reopen their economies, concrete global standards will be essential to mitigate further disruption to global supply chains. By implementing ICC AOKpass, governments can establish a standardised protocol for all cross-border travellers, including those travelling to places of employment or to conduct business. In the absence of standards, governments risk creating
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