Communicating seamlessly in the digital age
We are living in a hyper-connected world where everyone and everything is talking: person to person, person to machine, and machine to machine. With the advent of emerging technologies, such as Artificial Intelligence and the Internet of Things, there are virtually no communication boundaries between connected objects and human beings.
On the 3rd of July 2019, on occasion of the WTO Global Review of Aid for Trade, the WCO organized jointly, together with the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida), the World Bank Group (WBG) and the European Commission, a parallel session on Gender Integration in Aid for Trade Facilitation entitled “Existing tools and lessons learned.” The parallel session was opened by the Minister for Foreign Trade of Sweden, Ms. Ann Linde, who emphasized the importance of integrating gender in Aid for Trade initiatives and called upon international donors to allocate more funding for trade initiatives supporting gender equality. The Minister also highlighted the opportunities generated by the WTO Agreement on Trade Facilitation (TFA) to simplify trade flows which is particularly important for SMEs, many of which are women-owned.
A Sub-regional WCO Workshop on Customs valuation and HS classification was held from 24 to 28 June 2019 in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan. The Workshop was hosted by the State Customs Committee of Kazakhstan under the sponsorship of the USAID Competitiveness, Trade…
Under the sponsorship of the China Customs Cooperation Fund (CCF China) and in partnership with the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN/ESCAP) and the Eurasian Economic Commission, a Sub-Regional Workshop titled “Trade Facilitation, Promoting Inclusive Trade through Innovation and Technology: the Roles of E-Commerce, Trade Finance, and National Single Window Environments” has been hosted in Yerevan by the Customs Administration of Armenia from 11 to 13 June 2019. The Workshop was aimed at strengthening Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) Members and Central Asian countries’ capacity to grasp the opportunities that technology and innovation offer in unlocking the gains from the seamless flow of goods across borders and towards developing a harmonized approach in implementation and interoperability of Single Window solutions.
In June 2019 the WCO Regional Training Center and the Russian Customs Academy published the MONOGRAPH «DIGITAL CUSTOMS. WCO Experience». The author of the monograph is Mr. Mozer Sergei, Deputy Head of the Division of Advanced Customs Technologies, Department of Customs Legislation of the Eurasian Economic Commission (hereinafter — EEC), Senior Researcher of the Research Institute of the Russian Customs Academy, PhD in Law.
Around 900 delegates from almost 90 countries, representing the public and private sector, academia and international organizations, gathered in Baku, Azerbaijan on Wednesday 12 June 2019 to attend the WCO IT/TI Conference and Exhibition, a three-day event that will discuss implementation of technologies and its related challenges and opportunities. The event is being co-hosted by the State Customs Committee of Azerbaijan, with the support of the Korea Customs Service (KCS) and private sector companies, including the Corporate sponsor of the event, Rapiscan/AS&E/S2Global.
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.