26 May 2016 Maldives,
At the invitation of the ADB, Mr. Takayuki Miyoshi, Program Manager for South Asia of the ROCB A/P, attended the ADB SASEC 5th Meeting of Customs Subgroup held on 26 May 2016 in Maldives. The Meeting was hosted by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and attended by senior Customs executive officials from 6 SASEC countries (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka). The delegates discussed a series of important issues including capacity building activities.
Mr. Miyoshi made a presentation on WCO/ADB Multi-year Project on Customs Valuation for SASEC countries, including planned workshops under the Project in 2015/2016. He highlighted, among other things, the three (3) tangible outcomes of the Project: (i) Pool of national trainers in SASEC countries, (ii) Development of a final deliverable set of products by respective SASEC countries such as tailor-made training materials, SOP, etc. and (iii) Enhancement of sub regional cooperation for Customs Valuation Control, which enable the countries to conduct sustainable capacity building activities. The delegates, ADB and ROCB A/P reaffirmed the need for continued collaboration in pushing forward on-going Customs reform and modernization efforts in the SASEC countries.
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