9 - 12 June 2014, Thimpu, Bhutan
Responding to the needs expressed by the Department of Revenue and Customs (DRC) of Bhutan, the WCO in cooperation with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) delivered a 4-day national Workshop on the Revised Kyoto Convention (RKC) Implementation in Thimpu, Bhutan on 9-12 June 2014. Mr. Yoshihiro Kosaka, Head of the ROCB A/P, together with the experts from the WCO, the ADB and Japan Customs participated in this workshop.
This workshop is considered as timely assistance as Bhutan is now at the final stage of accession to the RKC. The workshop agenda was customized to meet emerging needs at this critical moment. Through the information exchange and the discussions among resource persons and participants, the DRC came up with the clear idea on how to implement these important provisions and developed an action plan for their smooth implementation.
The workshop also provided an opportunity for relevant stakeholders to communicate with the RKC expert team on the last day of the workshop. This session brought together about 25 stakeholders from the Bhutan Exporter Association (BEA), the Bhutan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (BCCI), the Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority (BAFRA) and the Department of Trade (DOT). This delicate arrangement was very much appreciated by all the participants.
This workshop was part of the joint coordinated support of the ROCB A/P and the ADB for assisting the SASEC (South Asia Sub-regional Economic Cooperation) countries, namely Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, and Sri Lanka. The WCO, the ROCB A/P and the ADB will continue this collaborative approach for the provision of tangible assistance for the members.