25-29 September 2017, Vientiane, Lao PDR
WCO National Workshop on Passenger Control for Lao PDR was conducted on 25-29 September 2017 in Vientiane, Lao PDR, under the sponsorship of Japan Customs Cooperation Fund (CCF/Japan). 23 officials from Vientiane International Airport and land checkpoints in the Vientiane Capital City area took part in the 4-day workshop. At the request of the WCO Secretariat, Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, conducted the workshop as a resource speaker along with the WCO Secretariat officer.
Prior to the commencement of 4-day technical workshop sessions, resource speakers visited the Lao Customs Headquarters for a briefing on Lao Customs’ organizational structure and roles and responsibilities as well as their institutional competence and enforcement equipment. They also visited Vientiane International Airport and Land Border Checkpoint at Laos-Thai Friendship Bridge 1 to observe flow of inbound and outbound passengers and control procedures.
4-day technical workshop program covered the introduction of the WCO Risk Management Compendium, a series of lectures on passenger profiling exercise, questioning techniques, studies on concealment methods, role paly on systematic and escalated search technique. Lectures on non-verbal communication and neuro-linguistics were given. On the last day of the workshop, on-site exercise was conducted. In the course of the technical workshop, resource speakers gave several recommendations for possible amelioration of their passenger control practices and procedures while balancing the travel facilitation.
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