3-4 May 2017, Guam, USA
19th Annual Conference of the Oceania Customs Organisation (OCO) was convened on 2-5 May 2017 in Guam, the USA, and approximately 60 delegates, including observers representing the OCO’s partner organizations, including the WCO, attended. Mr. Ernani Checcucci, Director of CB Directorate of the WCO Secretariat, and Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, attended the Conference as observers representing the WCO. Sessions on the OCO’s management and governance issues were closed for its Membership only and Mr. Checcucci and Mr. Igarashi were invited to contribute at the informal workshop sessions opened to the OCO partners as panelists.
At the workshop session dedicated to the themes on “Data Analysis for Effective Border Management” and “the OCO Strategy for Regional Implementation of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA)”, Director Checcucci joined the other speakers from the Guam Customs and Quarantine Agency, the World Bank, the Korea Customs Service, the UNCTAD, the New Zealand Customs, the Nauru Customs, and the Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority and spoke about the WCO’s Mercator Program and its implementation principles and approaches. Mr. Igarashi joined the sessions focusing on the “Data Analysis for Managing Risks” and “Building Regional Capacity through Strategic Partnership” along with the speakers from the PTCN, the Mariana Regional Fusion Center, the UNODC, Australian ISCIS, the US Homeland Security Investigation, the Charles Sturt University, the PFTAC and the OCO Secretariat.
Referring to the pertinent WCO’s Study Paper, he spoke about the challenges and opportunities with the use of big data and briefed key components of the existing WCO frameworks and instruments, which would contribute to establishing and fostering cooperation between Customs and other government agencies for better contending with the challenges associated with the trade facilitation and the supply chain security. As for the trade facilitation aspect, he highlighted the Revised Kyoto Convention (RKC), which is the core instrument for the implementation of the TFA, and its stipulation on the ratification being open to the Members of the UN and UN Special Agencies so that these OCO Members may consider applying almost TFA-equivalent international instrument. He also highlighted the cooperative mechanism stated in the existing MOU between the OCO and the WCO and reaffirmed continuing close collaboration. The ROCB A/P wishes the OCO a big success of the Annual Conference.
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