2015 WCO IT Conference& Exhibition

2015 WCO IT Conference& Exhibition

Inclusiveness Through Information Technologies

— IT for an Inclusive Approach in Connecting Customs and Other Stakeholders  in Inter- and Intra-Regional Trade —Bahamas 6-8 May 2015

A three day conference exploring ways in which modern information and communications technology can lead to exciting possibilities for countries to connect to global and regional value chains

Moving to the Americas and Caribbean Region

The WCO IT Conference will be held for the first time in the Caribbean. The WCO is pleased to be working with the Customs and Excise Department, the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry for Grand Bahama of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas in organizing this event.

The Bahamas is one of the most beautiful island countries in the Caribbean. It is comprised of 700 islands sprinkled over 100,000 square miles of ocean. The archipelago is an ecological oasis featuring 2,000 breathtaking islands and cays and boasts the clearest water on the planet.

The beauty of the Bahamas extends far beyond its extraordinary natural wonders. It’s the smiles on the faces of the Bahamian people, the unique sounds of its rich culture and the warm hospitality of its heritage and colorful history.

The Role of Information Technologies in Connecting Stakeholders

In order to become more competitive in the regional and global marketplace and to boost intra- and inter-regional trade, countries seek associations with other countries and take steps to achieve regional economic integration. As efficient border management is pertinent for regional integration, Customs administrations and other border agencies play an important role in this process through enhanced cooperation and joint activities, often reflected in long-term regional strategies which focus on trade facilitation, including coordinated border management and single window arrangements, transit, exchange of information, mutual recognition of authorized economic operators and other priorities.

Effective and efficient border management requires connectivity amongst all relevant stakeholders on national, bilateral, regional and global levels. Customs administrations around the world have realized the benefits of enhanced cooperation with other governmental agencies and the trade, and are therefore striving towards collaboration in carrying out everyday operational tasks, as well as in strategic decision making and developing new processes and procedures.

The adoption of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) showcases the political willingness of governments worldwide to invest in trade facilitation and it has made the public aware of the benefits of trade facilitation in easing connections to regional and global value chains. Customs and other stakeholders collectively play a crucial role in bringing these benefits to fruition. The TFA envisages cooperation with other border agencies domestically and internationally, as well as with the private sector. It further encourages the use of international standards and IT support to improve performance at the border.

The 2015 WCO IT Conference will focus on the advantages of inclusiveness of all supply chain stakeholders and how this can help boost intra- and inter-regional trade, with particular emphasis on ways in which information technologies can serve this purpose and mitigate emerging threats.

The Conference will provide a platform for bringing together key partners from Customs administrations, relevant agencies and ministries, regional economic communities, private sector, international organizations, development partners and academia. It will allow sharing experiences and conducting strategic discussions in a plethora of topics of relevance for facilitating and securing the movement of information and goods across borders with the aim of increasing economic competitiveness.

2015 Conference Objectives

  • Identify opportunities to augment cross border connectivity for enhanced trade facilitation and regional economic integration.
  • Explore areas of synergy amongst relevant stakeholders at different levels.
  • Discover how IT models can support strategies for efficient border management.
  • Share knowledge on best practices, latest IT solutions and experiences in dealing with emerging issues.
  • Bring together decision-makers from more than 100 countries to discuss the implications of IT on parties involved in international trade.

Pre-conference Workshop for Senior Managers in Customs Administrations from the region


Strategic Leadership in Information Technology — Freeport, Bahamas — 4-5 May 2015


The two day workshop will be conducted in a classroom-style setting. Participants will go through a mix of briefings and presentations, case-study discussions and table-top exercises to enhance their understanding of the key themes of this workshop.


The Exhibition

Held alongside the conference, the exhibition will offer quality networking and marketing opportunities for participants and vendors alike:

  • Acquire firsthand information from suppliers and users on trends, technologies and solutions.
  • Benefit from an environment providing great promotional and networking opportunities.
  • See the latest IT solutions that have been designed specifically for the international Customs and trade market.


    • Explore “core business” and the many complex questions surrounding how IT solutions can advance the work of Customs and other stakeholders in border regulation.
    • Identify opportunities and challenges for the management of IT in Customs.
    • Gain insight into current and future IT developments in the Customs, other border agencies and business worlds.
    • Participate in challenging debates designed to find the right IT solutions for Customs, business, and other border regulatory agencies in the 21st century.


    • Meet top level executives, entrepreneurs, researchers and delegates from Customs, other Government agencies, the IT industry and the world of international trade, transport and logistics.
    • Market your projects, products and services directly to decision-makers.
    • Maximize your exposure and visibility with the Customs and IT community.
    • Expand your contact database for future networking and business possibilities.
    • Gather inside knowledge on current and future IT user requirements.

Participant Profile

The 2015 WCO IT Conference and Exhibition will bring together Customs authorities, representatives from other border regulatory agencies, the IT sector, international organizations, development partners, regional economic communities, the broader business community including trade, transport and logistics bodies, lending institutions and other international trade stakeholders.



The Grand Lucayan
1 Sea Horse Lane
Lucaya, Freeport
Grand Bahama Island
Hotel Main Number: 242-373-1333
Local Reservations: 242-350-5466
International Calls: 1-242-350-5466

Conference Registration

This unsurpassed package comprises the three-day conference, refreshment breaks and lunches, dinners, and a delegate pack that includes access to all presentations. WCO Members, representatives of international organizations, and all prospective delegates should visit the official website for further information on registration fees and conditions.


Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Official Opening Ceremony of the 2015 WCO IT Conference & Exhibition:
The Honorable Dr. Michael Darville, Minister for Grand Bahamas
Mr. Charles Turner, Comptroller, Customs and Excise Department, The Bahamas
Mr. Kunio Mikuriya, Secretary General, World Customs Organization (WCO)
The Right Honourable Perry Gladstone Christie, Prime Minister & Minister of Finance, Commonwealth of The Bahamas
Keynote Address from Host Administration:Mr. Charles Turner, Comptroller, Customs and Excise Department, The Bahamas
Keynote Speech:Mr.Jhon Fonseca, Vice-Minister of Foreign Trade, Costa Rica
Address: Mr.  Don-Hyun Lee, Vice Commissioner, Korea Customs Service
Address by Conference Chair:Mr. Tyrone Sands, Superintendent, Customs and Excise Department, The Bahamas
Round Table 1: Connecting Stakeholders in Engineering Regional Integration Processes
Facilitator: Mr. John Bescec, Microsoft – Member of the Private Sector Consultative Group (PSCG)
Mr. Kunio Mikuriya, Secretary General, WCO
Mr. Luis Cesar Priego Valdez, Central Administrator for Customs Planning and Strategic Coordination, Tax Administration Service / General Administration for Customs, Mexico
The Honorable Jay M. Cohen, Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy (Ret) and Chief Operating Officer, Decision Sciences International Corporation (DSIC)
Mr. Intikhab Shaik, Group Executive, Business Systems, South African Revenue Service (SARS)
Keynote Speech:Mr. Paul A. Hilaire, Permanent Secretary, Caribbean Customs Law Enforcement Council (CCLEC)
Panel 1:  Globally Networked Customs: Progressing Utility Blocks towards cross-border connectivityModerator: Mr. Pascal Ollivier, Director of Corporate Development, SOGET
Mr. Ramesh Siva, Lead e-Government Specialist, World Bank
Mr. John Bescec, Director, Global Trade Compliance & Standards, Global Trade Organization, Microsoft
Mr.Pablo Bonavia, Federal Administration of Public Revenue (AFIP), Argentina
Mr.Pulak Chakrabarti, President & Chief Executive Officer, Chakrabarti Management Consultancy, Inc. (CMCI)

Thursday, 7 May 2015
Keynote speech: Enabling Collaboration through Technology: The Next Generation Customs AgencyMr.James Canham, Managing Director, Global Customs Industry Lead, Accenture
Round Table 2: Emerging Issues for Customs and Border Management in handling growth of Inter- and Intra-Regional trade
Moderator: Mr. Rachid Benjelloun, Managing Director for Trade Facilitation, Nathan Associates Inc.
Mr. Dietmar Möllmann, Head of International Co-ordination, German Customs (ZKA) & Chair of the EU Working Group Customs Against Internet Crime (C@IC)
Mr. Ibrahima Diagne, Chair, African Alliance for E-commerce
Ms. Christine Macqueen, Director Corporate Affairs, SICPA
Mr.  Jonathan Koh, Senior Director, Trade Facilitation Centre of Excellence, CrimsonLogic Pte Ltd, Singapore
Keynote speech:Mr.George Gobin, Regional Manager for Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Bahamas, Belize Turks & Caicos and Jamaica (BCBBTJ), Microsoft.
Keynote Speech: Mr. Dikko Inde Abdullahi, Comptroller General, Nigeria Customs Service
Panel 2: Benefits of Customs Statistics and Other Trade Data Exchange
Moderator: Mr. Andreas Maurer, Chief of International Trade Statistics Section, World Trade Organization (WTO)
Mr. Chris Thibedeau, Vice President, Customs and Law Enforcement Solutions, A-T Solutions
Mr. Ronald Jansen, Chief Trade Statistics Branch, United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD)
Mr. Cheol Kyu Maeng, Research Fellow, Korea Customs & Trade Development Institute
Mr. Frank Heijmann, Head of Trade Relations, Tax and Customs Administration, The Netherlands 

TechTalk 1
Electronic Single Window Implementation & the WCO Data Model

TechTalk 2
IT Support for TFA implementation

TechTalk 3
Analytics, Data Mining & other Tools for Comprehensive Risk Management

Mr. Satya Prasad Sahu,Commissioner IT, Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC), Department of Revenue,India 

Mr. Eamonn Sheehy, Senior Advisor on IT, The Bahamas Ministry of Finance, Information to Knowledge Inc.,


Mr. Alexander Goulandris,
CEO, essDocs


Mr. Christian Dellis, Export Services, Plant Health Programs USDA


Ms. Valentina Mintah, CEO, West Blue


Mr.Randy Rotchin, President and CEO, 3CE


Mr.Pulak Chakrabarti, President & Chief Executive Officer, Chakrabarti Management Consultancy, Inc. (CMCI)


Ms. Sue Probert, Director, SEPIAeb Ltd.


Ms. Brenda Smith, Assistant Commissioner for the Office of International Trade (OT), United States Customs and Border Protection (US CBP)


Mr.Markie Muryawan, Chief of International Merchandise Trade Statistics Section, United Nations

Ms. Milena Budimirović, Technical Officer, WCOMr.Andreas Maurer,

Chief of International Trade Statistics Section, World Trade Organization (WTO)


Ms.Nor Haziah Abd Wahab, Head of International Affairs

Corporate Planning Division, Royal Malaysian Customs Department


Mr.Philippe Grosjean

Chief Information Officer, International Road Transport Union (IRU)


Mr.Christophe Renard, Marketing Services Director, SICPA


Mr. Nicolas Pulgar, IT Director, Servicio Nacional de Aduana, Ecuador


Mr. Anton Eccles
Head of Solution Architecture, eTradex, South Africa


Mr. Ryan Eickmeier,

Senior Director, Public Affairs, GS1 Canada


Mr. Bryce Blegen, CEO, Trusted Trade Alliance


Ms.Andrea Hampton, Senior Project Manager, Growth & Trade,
Crown Agents


Mr. Toshihiko Miyasaka ,President & Chief Executive Officer, Nippon Automated Cargo & Port Consolidated Systems, Inc., (NACCS),


Mr. Kenji Nagai, Executive Manager Public Sector, NTT DATA Corporation

Mr. Donald Tan, Technical Attaché, WCO

Ms. Subrenna Higgs, Deputy Director IT, Customs and Excise Department, The Bahamas Mr.Duncan Cleary, Technical Assistance Advisor, International Monetary Fund (IMF)


Mr.Steve Schwab, Senior Vice President, ATSolutions Inc.


Mr. Samy Zayani, Project Director,
Web Fontaine


Mr. Jaime González Pradenas, Deputy Director IT, Dirección Nacional de Aduanas, Chile


Mr.Ronald Jansen, Chief Trade Statistics Branch, UNSD


Ms. Louise Wigget, e-Tradex


Mr. David Avsec, Deputy Director, PTC Account Relationships Coordinator, UPU


Mr. Colin Gabay, TRIPS Product Manager

Ms. Helen Bostock-Rolle, IBM


Friday, 8 May 2015
Opening Address:The Hon. Michael Halkitis, Minister of State for Finance
Keynote Speeches:
Dato’ Khazali Ahmad, WCO Regional Vice Chair & Director General of Customs, Royal Malaysian Customs Department
Mr.Umberto de Pretto, Secretary General, International Road Transport Union (IRU)
Panel 3: Efficient Transit Solutions for Reduced Costs of TradingModerator: Mr. Pascal Minvielle, Business Development Director, Webfontaine
Mr. Andre Van der Post, Senior Director, Public Sector Industry Solutions Group, Oracle.
Mr. Kateshumbwa C. Dicksons, Assistant Commissioner, Customs Audit Division, Uganda Revenue Authority
Mr. Xavier Cardenas Moncayo, Director General, Servicio Nacional de Aduana, Ecuador
Mr. Brian Glancy, Director/Team Leader, Trade Facilitation Team, USAID Southern Africa Trade Hub (SATH)
Round Table 3: Ultimate benefits for trade in cross-border AEO programmesFacilitator : Mr. James Canham, Managing Director, Global Customs Industry Lead, Accenture
Mr. Kester Mejier, Director Operations Integrity, KLM
Mr. Charles Armstrong, Assistant Commissioner for the Office of Information and Technology (OIT), US CBP
Mr. Diego Daniel Diaz, Executive Director, Argentinean Chamber of Customs E-Seals (CaPeMa)
Mr. Hideharu Tanaka, Counselor for International Cooperation, Customs and Tariff Bureau, Ministry of Finance, Japan
Conclusions by Conference Chair:Mr. Tyrone Sands, Superintendent, Custom and Excise Department, The Bahamas
Closing Speeches:
Mr. Charles Turner, Comptroller, Bahamas Customs Department
Mr. Ray McDonagh, Head of Administration and Personnel, WCO