WCO National Training on Coordinated Border Management for Thailand
29 February - 4 March 2016
WCO, in cooperation with the ROCB A/P and with the sponsorship of CCF/Japan, organized the WCO National Training on Coordinated Border Management (CBM) for Thailand from 29 February to 4 March 2016 at the Thai Customs Department (TCD) Academy. 76 TCD officials from relevant Divisions in the Headquarters and regional Customhouses attended this important National Training, which was the first national training to supplement the A/P Regional Workshop held in December 2015 in Kashiwa, Japan.
This National Training session was officiated with the Opening Remarks of Mr. Paisal Chuenjit, Deputy Director General of the TCD, who stressed the imperative need for collaborative approaches among the relevant agencies to further elevate efficiency and effectiveness of their border control as part of implementing WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement and ASEAN Economic Community agendas. Two WCO-designated experts from Finnish Customs and Indonesian Customs facilitated the three-day programs and shared their valuable knowledge as well as their administrations’ experience in striving for remedying a series of challenges associated with CBM with other border agencies and neighboring countries. Participants reviewed and discussed exchanged their current practices in the implementation of CBM at their respective regional Customhouses. TCD officers highly praised this session for successfully deepening their knowledge on CBM and its related WCO tools for enhancing their capacity in border management.
After the seminar-style session, two experts and Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, joined Mr. Chuenjit and his staff members for a 2-day visit to Mukdahan Customhouse, which is located along side of the Mekong River and one of the main border check points for the goods and passenger traffic with Lao PDR. They heard a series of briefings on their CBM practice and on-going development projects, including future One-Stop Border Post initiatives with Lao authorities, from the Customs as well as Plant Quarantine and Immigration authority. They also had visits to Common Control Areas for so-called “single-stop” service in Mukdahan and Nakhon Phanom, which further provided opportunities for practical discussions and constructive recommendations for their future consideration.
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