ROCB A/P accompanies WCO Secretary General to the Mission to the Union of Myanmar
20 March 2017, Nay Pyi Taw, Union of Myanmar
WCO Secretary General, Dr. Kunio Mikuriya, visited the Union of Myanmar to meet Union Ministers and Deputy Ministers in Nay Pyi Taw and call for high-level political support for further enhancing cooperation among the border control agencies, including Customs, with a view to facilitating legitimate trade and strengthening the country’s resilience to the terrorism and transnational organized crime. Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, accompanied Secretary General to this mission. Director General and Director for Administration Division of Myanmar Customs as well as JICA Senior Expert warmly welcomed the WCO team and kindly escorted them throughout the mission in the Union.
Prior to visiting Nay Pyi Taw, Secretary General observed Thilawa Special Economic Zone in the outskirt of Yangon, where number of foreign companies are constructing their production facilities with a series of economic incentives. In Nay Pyi Taw, Secretary General exchanged views with Deputy Minister for Home Affairs, Union Minister for Transport and Communication, and Deputy Minister for Planning and Finance and explained the WCO’s on-going initiatives on border security and trade facilitation, including the pertinent capacity building assistance programs. Secretary General also discussed the way forward to collaborate the WCO and the Myanmar government, which were very much appreciated by these Union leaders. Upon coming back to Yangon, Secretary General visited Myanmar Customs Headquarters and observed Myanmar Automated Cargo Clearance System (MACCS), which came to operational in Novenver 2016, with the assistance from Japanese government. Secretary General met Yangon-based Japanese business representatives, who very much welcomed the introduction of MACCS which has drastically improved clearance process and time with better integrity.
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