12 January 2017, Bangkok, Thailand
The WCO-UNODC Container Control Program (CCP) Steering Committee Meeting was convened on 12 January 2017 in Bangkok, Thailand, and more than 50 officials representing eight ASEAN CCP participating countries (i.e. Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Union of Myanmar and Vietnam), the UNODC, donor countries (i.e. Australia, Canada and the United States of America), the RILO A/P, the Oceania Customs Organisation and other observers, attended. The ROCB A/P was also invited to participate in this Meeting on behalf of the WCO.
In the wake of an opening remarks delivered by the UNODC Regional Representative for Southeast Asia and pacific, as well as key note comments from the representatives of donor countries, participants examined the progress on their set-up of the CCP Port Control Unit and some of the prominent seizures of narcotics, CITES items, IPR infringing goods, etc. in the course of CCP operation.
Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P spoke at the Meeting on securing and facilitating global trade from the capacity builders’ perspective. He articulated the WCO’s on-going initiatives for trade facilitation and security under its Strategic Plan and introduced some of the WCO Economic Competitiveness package tools and guidelines. Referring to the latest ratification situation of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA), he explained that the CCP and the TFA are complementing each other by way of formalizing risk management, Authorized Operators programs and border agencies cooperation. He stressed that the other regional capacity building programs, such as the WCO Regional Workshop on Non-Intrusive Inspection (please refer to http://www.rocb-ap.org/article-detail/268/?crmid=gj165nb9m4lpjt20lpcfd4pt01) and the WCO Regional Workshop on Intelligence-led Risk Management (please refer to http://www.rocb-ap.org/article-detail/289/?crmid=q00u077sg1s7ss0l64l1mfjmu4) are supplementing the specific training provided under the CCP, and should not consider them as a separate and stand-alone support. Mr. Igarashi also recommended that the lessons learned and know-how accumulated through the CCP PCU operation be shared and transferred to other points of entry so that the benefits of the CCP be enjoyed nationwide.
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