WCO advocates India’s TFA implementation plan
21-22 July 2017, New Delhi, India
At the invitation of India Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC), the WCO delegation consisting Dr. Kunio Mikuriya, WCO Secretary General, and Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, visited New Delhi, India with a view to advocating CBEC’s on-going commitment to the implementation of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA). To this end, on 21 July 2017, WCO Secretary General participated in the Trade Facilitation Forum held in New Delhi and made a keynote address in front of some 100 audiences representing various stakeholders and development partners, and commended the CBEC for their structured engagement to the TFA implementation through devising a concrete action plan as a good practice. For the purpose of garnering high-level political support for on-going Customs modernization, the WCO delegation met India’s Finance Minister, Mr. Arun Jaitley, as well as Revenue Secretary and Commerce Secretary respectively and called for whole government approaches to create synergy for furthering the trade facilitation and economic connectivity. The WCO delegation had candid exchange with CBEC Chairperson, Ms. Vanaja N. Sarna, and other Board Members on various topics, including India’s experiences in the recent introduction of GST and the management of the National Committee on Trade Facilitation, as well as Customs and Tax cooperation and illicit financial flow.