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).
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 WCO, in cooperation with the Hungarian National Tax and Customs Authority (NTCA) and with the financial support of the Korea Customs Cooperation Fund (CCF Korea), organized a regional workshop on cross-border E-Commerce for the Europe region from 26 to 29 March 2019 at the Regional Training Centre in Budapest, Hungary.
Join us in Brussels for the 10th Session of the Capacity Building Committee (8 to 10 April 2019) and the 18thSession of the Integrity Sub-Committee (11-12 April 2019).
Under the sponsorship of CCF China, the WCO organised a Regional Workshop on Customs laboratories for the benefit of MENA region members.
The Workshop was held in Muscat (Oman) from 3 to 7 February 2019. Twenty participants from 14 Member administrations of the region participated in the Workshop, as well as two experts from China Customs.
From 11 to 15 February 2019, the World Customs Organization (WCO) and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) held a third joint Workshop on Air Cargo Security and Facilitation. The workshop was organized at the East African School of Aviation (EASA) in Nairobi, Kenya, with the financial support of the Korea Customs Cooperation Fund (CCF-Korea) and the assistance of the EASA and the ICAO Eastern and Southern African (ESAF) Office as well as the WCO East and Southern Africa Regional Office for Capacity Building (WCO ESA ROCB). This workshop has been promoted as a part of the ICAO/WCO Joint Action Plan in order to identify the most effective means of cooperation between the two organizations in harmonizing related aviation security measures.