23-27 April 2018, Shanghai, China
The WCO, in cooperation with the General Administration of China Customs (GACC) and the ROCB A/P, organized the Regional Workshop on Environmental Topics from 23 to 27 April 2018 at RTC-China (Shanghai Customs College) under the sponsorship of the China Customs Cooperation Fund (CCF/China). 38 representatives from 20 Member administrations, including the host administration, 9 speakers from different international organizations including INTERPOL, UNEP, UN Ozone Secretariat and Basel Convention Secretariat, 1 Professor from Tsinghua University, 3 Customs Counselors based in China, and 3 resource persons from the WCO Secretariat, Green Customs Initiative Secretariat and Netherlands Environment Protection Department participated in this Workshop. Dr. Tong Hua, Program Manager of the ROCB A/P, Mr. Poonyawee SROYTHONG, Program Coordinator of the ROCB A/P attended the Workshop as facilitators.
During the Workshop, the GACC and the WCO jointly organized a special event on 24 April for a briefing on the International Joint Operation Demeter IV. Mr. Zou zhiwu, Deputy Minister of GACC, 2 Directors General and 4 Deputy Directors General of the GACC Headquarters and Regional Customs attended the event. Deputy Minister Zou delivered a keynote speech on behalf of China Customs and Minister Ni Yuefeng congratulated the success of the WCO A/P Regional Workshop on Environmental Topics. He pointed out that the global effort to combat solid waste smuggling is a matter of great urgency to our future generations, as the law enforcement agency along the border, the customs should play its due role. According to the rules of the WCO, China Customs will participate in the Joint Operation Demeter IV and work along with the other members in depth to reinforce the border management, dismantle the waste smuggling criminal syndicates, further strengthen the international law enforcement cooperation in the fight against smuggling of waste and other kind of contrabands, and protect the ecological environment of the earth.
In the course of the Workshop, the participants studied and discussed the guidelines and conventions related to the solid wastes, hazardous chemicals and wildlife protection developed by the WCO and the Green Customs Initiative partners. The participants also shared their experiences and best practices on information sharing, risk profiling, large-scale operations and joint actions. A professor from Tsinghua University touched upon the topic of advanced technology in the application of customs supervision on solid waste. The participants had a heated discussion at a brain storming session on the topics of some major obstacles and possible solutions, including supports and cooperation in implementing and enforcing multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs) both domestically and internationally. RTC-China also kindly arranged a field study to Yang Shan Port for the participants and resource persons, in which the participants observed the latest customs X-ray facilities and smart port operation.
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