ROCB A/P contributes to the UNESCAP-GTI International Seminar on Trade Facilitation in North-East Asia
13-14 December 2016, Incheon, Korea
At the invitation of the United Nations Economic Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), Ms. Alpha Wong of the ROCB A/P, as the WCO representative, participated in the International Seminar on Trade Facilitation in North-East Asia, which was held on 13 December 2016 in Incheon, Korea. The Seminar was jointly organized by the UNESCAP East and North-East Asia Office and the Greater Tumen Initiative (GTI) Secretariat. It aimed to provide a platform for the GTI members and the stakeholders to discuss the emerging issues and areas for further cooperation to facilitate trade in the Greater Tumen Region. Approximately 40 representatives from the GTI Member countries including Customs administrations and private sector participated in this Seminar. Representatives of the GIZ, IRU, UNCITRAL, UNESCAP, UNIDO, WTO and WCO joined the Workshop as resource speakers.
On behalf of the WCO and the ROCB A/P, Ms. Wong spoke at the panel discussion with the resource speakers from the IRU, the UNCITRA, the Mongolian National Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and the International Relations Department of China Council for the Promotion of International Trade. She explained the WCO’s Strategic Plan with focus on trade facilitation promoting the harmonization of international standards, streamlining clearance procedures and risk management. Referring to the momentum of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA), she highlighted the WCO’s initiatives in establishment of the TFA Working Group and the launching of the Mercator Program. She also cited the activities conducted by the WCO, such as updating the TFA Implementation Guidance, sharing good practices from members on the establishment of National Committee on Trade Facilitation, and providing technical assistance at regional and national levels. She further briefed on the WCO’s themes on Coordinated Border Management and Digital Customs with the highlight on multilateral cooperation and use of technology with a view to attaining the goal in facilitating legitimate trade without compromising on society security.
At the margin of the Seminar, Ms. Wong was also invited to participate in the Inaugural Meetings of the GTI Customs Sub-Committee and the GTI Trade and Investment Committee held on 13 and 14 December 2016 respectively.
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GTI Member countries are China, Mongolia, Republic of Korea and Russian Federation
GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit), IRU (International Road Transport Union), UNCITRAL (United Nations Commission on International Trade Law), UNIDO (United Nations Industrial Development Organization), WTO (World Trade Organization).