ROCB A/P contributes to the WCO Sub-regional Security Program Meeting
23-25 November 2016, Hanoi, Vietnam
The WCO organized the WCO Sub-regional Security Program Meeting on 23-25 November 2016 in Hanoi, Vietnam with a view to developing a concept of a project to promote the WCO Security Program, which consist of API/PNR, SALW and chemical precursor and components of improvised explosive devices (IED). The Meeting agenda was designed to discuss the situation in the region and identify the possible areas of cooperation to enhance the Customs’ counter-terrorism endeavor with the support of a potential donor. 21 delegates representing 8 ASEAN Member Customs administrations (Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam) attended the Meeting. Mr. Duong Van Tam, Deputy Director of International Cooperation Department of Vietnam Customs, and Mr. Yoshiro Baba of the WCO co-chaired the Meeting.
Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, joined the Meeting as part of the WCO resources and made a presentation on the WCO’s undertakings on the standard-setting and capacity building on the API and PNR as well as the latest discussion on the amendment in the technical standards and agreed practices thereof. Other WCO resources made presentations on the Small Arms and Light Weapons as well as the Project Global Shield on the control of the chemical comportment possibly used for the IED.
In the wake of a series of country presentations on their endeavor to tackle security concerns at their respective countries, the delegates had a break-out discussion on (i) common and unique risks in the region, and (ii) ways to address perceived risks at national and sub-regional levels. The WCO team is going to develop a project proposal based on the outcomes of this Sub-Regional Meeting for the consideration by the potential donor.
Prior to the afore-mentioned Sub-Regional Meeting, the WCO resources, including Mr. Igarashi, had a bilateral meeting with the Vietnam Customs at their Headquarters and discussed their technical assistance needs for the implementation of the WCO’s Security Program, based on the findings from the field visits to the land border with China as well as the Hanoi Noi Bai International Airport.
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