ROCBs discuss Mercator Program at the WCO Headquarters


ROCBs discuss Mercator Program at the WCO Headquarters

 

2 March 2017, Brussels, Belgium
 
 
12th Global Meeting of Regional Offices for Capacity Building (ROCBs), Heads of the Regional Training Centers (RTCs) and Vice-Chairs’ Offices was convened on 2 and 3 March 2017 at the WCO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, and the delegates discussed a set of important capacity building agenda, including the implementation of the WCO’s Mercator Program, regional strategic plan and the regional donor conferences among other things.  Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, and his colleagues attended the Meeting and contributed to the discussions among some 40 delegates.  Given that the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement entered into force on 22 February 2017, the Meeting had a panel on the roles and responsibilities of the regional structures on supporting the tailor-made track approach under the Mercator Program, in which Mr. Igarashi participated and spoke his views on the lessons learned from the A/P region’s perspective.  Implementation of the Mercator Program is further discussed at the WCO Capacity Building Committee, which is convened in the following week in Brussels. 
On this occasion, Mr. Igarashi and his colleagues paid a courtesy visit to WCO Secretary General, Dr. Kunio Mikuriya.  Secretary General highly appreciated the ROCBBA/P staffs for their dedication to the capacity building assistance activities in the A/P region and gave his kind words of encouragement to the ROCB A/P for continued success, especially those who are about to concluding their secondment terms in the near future, including Ms. Alpha Wong.    
 
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