26 January 2015, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
The General Department of Customs and Excise (DGCE) of Cambodia organized the 4th Development Partners Meeting on 26 January 2015 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Primary objectives of the Meeting was to share the implementation result of the GDCE’s 5-year Reform and Modernization Plan (2009-2013) and the overview of the next 5-year Reform and Modernization Plan (2014-2018) with the GDCE’s Development Partners. Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P attended the Meeting along with other representatives of World Bank, JICA, ADB, European Commission, UNESCAP and USAID.
The Meeting was opened with the welcome remarks by Dr. Kun Nhem, Director General of the GDCE, followed by the Remarks by a representative JICA Cambodia and Vice Minister of the Minister of Economy and Finance. Given that the Meeting coincided with the International Customs Day, there was a Special Session of presenting the WCO Certificates to GDCE officials and private sector representatives who made exceptional contribution to the GDCE’s initiatives on reform and modernization.
Mr. Nuon Chanrith, Deputy Director General of GDCE, made a presentation on the implementation of their Strategy and Work Program on Customs Reform and Modernization (2009-2013), which consisted of a series of actions under the 8-pillar objectives. Mr. Chanrith also briefed the summary of the technical assistance provided by the Development Partners to the GDCE during 2009-2013. Then, Dr. Kun Nhem, Director General of the GDCE, made a presentation on the GDCE’s new Reform and Modernization for 2014-2018, which consist of (i) GDCE’s Vision and mission statements; (ii) GDCE’s core value and guiding principles; (iii) 6 strategic objectives; and (iv) specific initiatives. Dr. Nhem made a presentation on their technical assistance needs to implement the new plan.After the GDCE’s presentations, Development Partners were invited to make presentations on their support and future assistance for GDCE. Mr. Igarashi made a presentation highlighting the GDCE’s participation in the Regional Capacity Building programs as well as the growth of Cambodia’s import and export values, which could be more robust through implementation of the international Customs standards, such as the Revised Kyoto Convention, among other things. The Meeting also discussed way forward towards better coordination of the technical cooperation provided by the Development Partners in the course of pushing forward the new Reform and Modernization Plan for 2014-2018.