6-8 April 2016, Shanghai, China
The World Customs Organization (WCO), in cooperation with the WCO Asia/Pacific Regional Office for Capacity Building (ROCB A/P), under the sponsorship of CCF China, successfully conducted the Sub-regional Workshop on Transit Corridor for the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS) on 6-8 April 2016 at the Shanghai Customs College (SCC) in Shanghai, China, the workshop was attended by 19 participants from the WCO Member Customs administrations in the GMS. Resource persons from the WCO Secretariat, Turkey, Uganda and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) also contributed to the Workshop. Mr. Cheng Jing, Program Manager of ROCB A/P, took part in the workshop as a resource person.
A pre-workshop survey was conducted by the WCO and the agenda items reflected the major concerns of the GMS members with regards to transit-related issues focusing on information sharing, furnishing of the guarantee and Coordinated Border Management (CBM). A number of relevant WCO instruments and tools, such as Revised Kyoto Convention, Compendium of Single Window and CBM Compendium were introduced at the workshop. Good practices on the design of transit regimes from Turkey and Uganda were also shared for the reference of the participants.
To facilitate the exchange of practical views to improve regional transit regimes, the participants shared and discussed overviews of their respective national transit regimes, and in-depth information on the weaknesses of the existing transit regimes within the GMS were sought. On this basis, the participants had a better understanding on how to implement the WCO available resources to make further improvement.
As this Workshop is the first of its kind in the A/P region, the participant acclaimed the timeliness of this Workshop and were thankful for the concerted efforts made by the relevant parties. This led to the success of the workshop.
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