129th/130th Sessions of the WCO Council Convened
6-8 July 2017
The 129th/130th Session of the WCO Council was convened on 6-8 July 2017 at the WCO Headquarters in Brussels, in which more than 400 delegates and observers participated. Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, attended the Sessions as an observer. In the wake of the Secretary General’s report on the WCO activities over the last 12 months, the Council heard report from the WCO’s respective technical committees’ outcomes and adopted the tools and guidelines endorsed by these committees. The Council also discussed several important policy matters, including governance issues, status of the WCO Regional Bodies, use of additional languages for the WCO Meetings, future accession to the WCO, and WCO budget issues. Because of intensive discussion on some of the policy issues, the Council agreed to convene an extraordinary Session in December 2017 at the WCO Headquarters to further discuss outstanding subjects including the election of Deputy Secretary General.
At the regional consultation session, which was presided by the Regional Vice Chair, i.e. Fiji, delegations from the A/P region agreed to the regional representation to the key WCO committees, such as the Policy Commission and Finance Committee. Seizing this opportunity of this high-level gathering, Mr. Igarashi called for the A/P Member administrations’ continued support and contribution to the ROCB A/P’s activities, especially the Regional Workshop Follow-Up Survey.
On this occasion of the Council Sessions, delegates cerebrated the WCO’s 65th Anniversary of its establishment along with the reunion of the WCO Professional Associates.
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