In the period from June 28 to July 5, 2021, the Russian Customs Academy (Academy) organized the International Scientific Summer School «Digital Technologies in Customs» (hereinafter — Summer School). The event is being held in accordance with the Plan of Scientific Work of the Russian Customs Academy for 2021.
Participants of the Summer School — officials and specialists of the Federal Customs Service of the Russian Federation, representatives of the Eurasian Economic Commission (hereinafter — EEC, Commission), embassies of foreign states in the Russian Federation, representatives of customs services of foreign states, representative offices of the Russian customs service in foreign countries, and also scientific and pedagogical staff of the Academy.
The students of the Summer School are students of the Russian Customs Academy, the Belarusian National Technical University, the Customs Institute of the State Customs Committee of the Republic of Uzbekistan.
The second day of the conference (June 29, 2021) was devoted to the use of international experience in the use of digital customs technologies.
At the invitation of the heads of the Russian Customs Academy, the EEC representatives took part in the event, including Sergei Mozer, Deputy Head of the Advanced Customs Technologies Division of the Department of Customs Legislation, Senior Researcher at the Research Institute of the Russian Customs academy, Ph.D. in legal science. A lecture on the topic «The main approaches of the World Customs Organization to the creation of a digital customs institute» was presented to the listeners of the Summer School.
The EEC representative noted that the development of the digital customs institute based on the approaches of the World Customs Organization (hereinafter — the WCO) had previously been substantively studied by the customs cooperation block of the Commission in 2019 as part of the project for the preparation of the Concept of digital customs in the Member States of the Eurasian Economic Union.
Note: in June 2019, the WCO Regional Training Center and the Russian Customs Academy published the monograph «Digital Customs. WCO Experience». Author — Sergei Mozer. The monograph represents historical and current facts of the formation of the institution of electronic and digital customs in the World Customs Organization. It analyzes various activities of the WCO working bodies for the development of digital customs. Attention is paid to the issues related to preparation of the Digital Customs Concept, the Digital Customs Maturity Model, and the WCO Digital Customs Work Program. The author investigates the issues of correlating the analyzed institution with various instruments of customs regulation which are created by the international customs community in the World Customs Organization.
On June 18, 2019 the monograph and the results of the study were presented at the Headquarters of the World Customs Organization in the framework of the 20th meeting of the Revised Kyoto Convention Management Committee. In considering item VII of the RKCMC Agenda (Update of the RKC ICT Guidelines) Sergei Mozer made a presentation on the topic «Digital Customs. WCO Experience».
During the report, the EEC expert described the work of various WCO bodies for the period from 2001 to 2019, and also assessed the tools developed for creating the institution of digital customs in the Member States of this international organization. It was noted that the WCO pays serious attention to the application of advanced (digital) customs technologies.
He also drew attention to the fact that over the past 5 years, the Commission and the WCO Secretariat have reached a new level of cooperation, and representatives of the Commission in the status of observers had the opportunity to participate in meetings of various WCO working bodies and determine international standards in the field of customs regulation, while presenting the opinion of the Commission to the international customs community on customs issues that are within the competence of the Union. Along with this, the lecturer touched upon certain provisions of the Strategic Directions for the Development of Eurasian Economic Integration until 2025 in terms of cooperation with the World Customs Organization.
At the end of his speech, Sergei Moser explained that for the convenience of students, graduate students, researchers and teachers, all scientific publications on the creation of a digital customs institute in the WCO are deployed in the public domain on the Internet of the information resource «Russian Customs Academy: SCIENCE» and can be used in the context of studying the topic of using digital customs technologies.
Mrs. Marina Tkachenko, Vice-Rector (for Scientific Work) of the Russian Customs Academy, thanked the representatives of the Commission for their participation in the International Scientific Summer School and expressed her wish to continue mutually beneficial cooperation in the future.
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