Following a request from the General Directorate of Customs (DGA) of Nicaragua the WCO, with the support of the Japan Customs Cooperation Fund, conducted a national workshop on risk management and selectivity in Managua, Nicaragua from 20 to 24 May 2019.
The First Workshop of the African Union Technical Customs Working Group on Pre-Shipment Inspections took place in Moroni, Comoros from 29 to 31 May 2019. The Workshop was organized by the African Union Commission, in collaboration with the World Customs Organization (WCO) West and Central Africa Regional Office for Capacity Building (WCA-ROCB). In his introductory speech, Mr. Souef Kamalidini, Director General of Comoros Customs, thanked the WCO for its technical assistance, which was central to the positive changes and reforms of African Customs administrations. The main objective of this Workshop was to create a framework for collaboration, and for sharing experiences and good practices between countries that have already terminated their contract with inspection companies and those still using them.
At the invitation of Mr. Ruslan Davydov, First Deputy Head of the Federal Customs Service of the Russian Federation, acting in his capacity as Vice-Chair of the WCO Europe region, WCO Secretary General Kunio Mikuriya attended the Europe Region Heads of Customs Conference in Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation, on 25 and 26 April 2019.
On April 18, 2019 a discussion-lecture was held on the topic «Development of the WCO digital customs institution in the framework of international customs cooperation». The event was organized for students of the Customs Faculty of the Russian Customs Academy in the field of study «International cooperation of customs administrations». The lecture was held by Sergei Mozer, Deputy Head of Division of Advanced Customs Technologies, Department of Customs Legislation of the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC, Commission).
On April 11 and 12, the II All-Russian Scientific and Practical Conference «Economic Strategies of the EAEU: Problems and Innovations» was held at the Russian University of Peoples’ Friendship. The event was devoted to the economic development of the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) Member states, the deepening of integration processes. Special attention was paid to the role of the customs authorities in the economic strategies of the EEU.
The WCO conducted between 25 and 27 March a Workshop for Officials of Montenegro Customs on Customs valuation and the use of a valuation database as a risk assessment tool.
The World Customs Organization (WCO), in cooperation with the Russia Federal Customs, organized a Sub-regional Workshop on Time Release Study (TRS) for the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) Members from 1 to 5 April 2019, in Saint Petersburg, Russia.
At the invitation of General Administration of Customs of the People’s Republic of China (GACC), the WCO participated in the inaugural ceremony of the WCO Asia-Pacific Regional Training Centre in Xiamen on 19 March, 2019.