WCO Sub-Regional Workshop for Oceania Members on Combating Counterfeiting and Piracy
4-8 December 2017, Suva, Fiji
The WCO, in cooperation with the ROCB A/P and Fiji Revenue and Customs Service (FRCS), organized the WCO Sub-Regional Workshop for Oceania Members on Combating Counterfeiting and Piracy from 4 December to 8 December 2017 at the WCO Regional Training Center (RTC) in Suva, Fiji. Sixteen officers from five countries within the sub-region (Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu) benefitted from financial support provided by the China Customs Cooperation Fund (CCF/China), and successfully completed the Workshop. Two resource speakers, and Mr. Tong hua of the ROCB A/P, as a facilitator also took part in the workshop.
WCO tools, such as the Risk Management Compendium, the WCO IPR Model Legislation, and implementation of the WTO Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) were the main topics covered at the Workshop. Participants were well trained on best practices, experiences, methods and approaches to combating counterfeiting and piracy to improve networking and to encourage the exchange of information. Cooperation with rights holders and the specific challenges in the sub-region were also discussed. Theoretical discussion was put into practice during a field exercise at the DHL premises and by the FRCS participants selected and inspected a consignment, resulting in the discovery of IPR infringing goods as well as undeclared goods.
The workshop was successfully concluded with the participants’ clear recognition of the need for enhancing IPR legislation and risk analysis skills. The participants acknowledged and thanked WCO RTC Fiji and FRCS for their generous support and hospitality. They also showed their appreciation to the WCO Secretariat, the ROCB A/P and the CCF/China for their contribution to the Workshop.
WCO and FRCS also reported the workshop, please refer to the below links respectively:
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