Lao Customs DDG visits the ROCB A/P to discuss their continued modernization effort
Mr. Bounpaseuth Sikounlabout, Deputy Director General of Lao Customs, and his colleagues visited the ROCB A/P on 26 February 2016 on the occasion of his business trip to Thailand to study management practices in dry ports and container depots. Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, and his colleagues warmly welcomed the delegation. Mr. Sikounlabout explained on-going modernization efforts undertaken by Lao Customs, including the way to realize “from land-lock to land-link” motto through establishing several inland container depots (ICDs) within the territory. He discussed possible ways to change their efforts toward effective management of the ICDs, including application of transit and temporary admission regimes, risk management and authorized economic operators programs to complement the new system. Possible technical assistance in the context of the implementation of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement, which Lao PDR has ratified in September 2015, was also tabled. On this occasion, Mr. Sikounlabout explained the current status of the work towards Lao PDR’s accession to the Revised Kyoto Convention (Refer http://www.rocb-ap.org/article-detail/83/).
Mr. Igarashi welcomedthis face-to-face consultation with the high-level delegation on the future collaboration in tandem with the existing annual needs survey practice. Mr. Igarashi also called for continued active participation in the WCO’s capacity building activities by sharing their precious experience in developing new regimes, including ICD systems.
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