At the invitation of the UNODC Bangkok Office, Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, accompanied by his colleagues, Mr. Jing Cheng, Mr. Kangsik Cho and Ms. Alpha Wong, attended the Steering Committee Meeting for the UNODC-WCO Container Control Program (CCP) in the Southeast Asia region, which was held on 19 January 2016 at the Thai Customs Department Headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand, as observers. Approximately 35 delegates from Customs administrations of Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam as well as representatives of the Program donors (i.e. Australia, Canada and the United States), the UNODC and the WCO participated in the Meeting. A representative from New Zealand Customs Service also took part in as an observer.
This Meeting aimed to review the past performance and discuss a plan of future activities under the CCP in the Southeast Asia region. At the opening session, Director General of the Thai Customs Department, Regional representative (Southeast Asia and Pacific) of the UNODC, and donor representatives delivered opening remarks. Speakers shared the same view on the value of heightening cooperation at national and inter-organizational levels in combating illicit trade and securing supply chain in the Southeast Asia region. In the course of the Meeting, ROCB A/P officers witnessed the signing of Memorandum of Understanding between the UNODC and the Philippines Customs, which formalizes the fifth CCP in the ASEAN. The Meeting took note the respective participating countries’ future work plans and their training needs on reinvigorating information and intelligence exchange as well as improving risk analysis techniques.
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