3-7 November 2017, Davao City/Manila, Philippines
At the invitation of the Philippines National Chamber of Customs Brokers, Inc, (CCBI), Dr. Tong hua, Program Manager of the ROCB A/P, as a guest speaker, attended the 27th Annual National Convention of Chamber of Customs Brokers, which was held at SMX Convention Center on 3-4 November 2017 in Davao City, Philippines. The Convention with the theme “The Evolving Role of Customs Brokers in Customs Modernization, Border Control and Security”. Over a thousand Customs Brokers and traders nationwide of Philippines participated in the event, along with Customs Commissioner Dr. Isidro Lapena of Bureau of Customs (BOC), numbers of CCBI officials who also provided their insights regarding a more strengthened Chamber and the unique position for Customs Brokers as the crucial partner plays in a modern, predictable and highly-efficient trade facilitation environment.
Dr. Tong delivered a presentation on the session of Customs modernization practice and customs broker’s professionalism, in which he highlighted the capacity building activities of the ROCB A/P and the WCO Study Report on Customs Brokers. He also made an analysis on the global environment and regional practices, and promoted the importance of Customs Brokers’ Professionalism joining the forces with Customs administrations in advancing Customs modernization and trade facilitation.
In the course of his mission, Dr. Tong Hua paid a courtesy call on Customs Commissioner, Dr. Lapena on 6 November. He visited the capacity building center and new status verification system at the BOC Headquarters. Commissioner Lapena and his colleagues warmly welcomed Dr. Tong also gave a lecture of World Customs Organization and Customs higher education to nearly 80 customs administration-major undergraduate and postgraduate students at the prestigious LYCEUM of the Philippines University (LPU) on 7 November in Manila. The Official Social Media Channel of BOC also reported ROCB Staff’s Courtesy call on Commissioner, which can be found at the link below:
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