11-13 October 2017, Cairns, Australia
27th Meeting of the WCO A/P Regional Contact Points was convened on 11-13 October 2017 in Cairns, Australia, which was attended by 47 delegates from 22 Member administrations as well as observer organizations, i.e. WCO Secretariat, the ROCB A/P and the RILO A/P. Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, attended the Meeting as an observer and contributed to the discussion on the important topics, including the implementation of current Regional Strategic Plan (RSP) and revision thereof for the next two-year term in 2018-2020.
The Meeting was presided by Mr. Visvanath Das, Fiji Revenue and Customs Service Chief Executive Office, incumbent Regional Vice Chair. As part of the report from the Regional Vice Chair’s Secretariat, the ROCB A/P’s Terms of Reference (TOR) was tabled for the Members’ review. In this respect, upon the delegates’ questions and suggestions, Mr. Igarashi provided them with explanation on the terms enumerated within the current TOR. Under a separate agenda, Mr. Igarashi made a presentation on the summary of the ROCB A/P’s activities in the FY2016/17, and gave explanation on the notions for the regional capacity building and technical assistance programs for this fiscal year. He highlighted some statistics, such as the number of participants to the regional workshops and the access to the ROCB A/P’s homepage (www.rocb-ap.org), and encouraged the Member administration’s active participation and contribution to these regional collective efforts in Customs reform and modernization. Several delegates took the floor and provided their kind words of encouragement for continued contribution to the region. Given that the ROCB A/P is a co-coordinator for the implementation of the current Regional Strategic Plan, in particular on the activities related to the region’s capacity building and technical assistance programs, Mr. Igarashi reported the mid-term implementation of the current RSP to the plenary session, and also led a break-out group discussion for the next RSP 2018-2020. The Meeting agreed to continue regional consultation through virtual working group with a view to present the draft RSP for the next Regional Heads Conference in May 2018 for adoption. In the margin of the Meeting, Mr. Igarashi had consultations with the delegates and renewed its friendship.
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