WCO Council Session
28-30 June 2018, Brussels, Belgium
At the invitation by the WCO Secretariat, Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, participated in the 132nd Session of the WCO Council, which took place on 28-30 June 2018 at the WCO Headquarters in Brussels, as an observer. Nearly 500 delegates from Member administrations and observers attended.
In the wake of the Secretary General’s report on the WCO activities, delegates commended the Secretariat’s accomplishment in the last 12 months and commented their observations on the reported activities. Then, the delegates heard the reports from the Chairpersons of the respective WCO technical committees and discussed future course of the WCO’s actions against a set of emerging topics, such as e-commerce, Illicit financial flow, trade facilitation, security initiatives. The Council subsequently adopted a number of newly developed and updated tools and guidelines for those emerging issues, including among others: Cross-Border E-Commerce Framework of Standards and accompanying Council Resolution, and updated SAFE FoS 2018 version. On this occasion, Vanuatu deposited their instrument of accession to the Revised Kyoto Convention as the 115th Contracting Party to it. Also, as so endorsed by the recent A/P Regional Heads of Customs Administrations Conference held in May 2018 in Fiji, Korea signed an MOU with the WCO regarding the establishment of Regional Customs Laboratory. During the regional consultation meeting for the A/P region, Vice Chair Flag hand-over ceremony was arranged. Dr. Kunio Mikuriya, incumbent Secretary General of the WCO, was re-elected for another 5-year term.
In the margin of the Meeting, Mr. Igarashi had a series of small talks with DGs of the A/P Member administrations, who appreciated the work of the ROCB A/P.
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