30-31 October 2018, Bangkok, Thailand
At the request from the WCO Secretariat, Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, participated in the Asian Development Bank (ADB) Inter-Subregional Forum on Enhanced Implementation of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) held on 30-31 October 2018 in Bangkok, Thailand, as a resource speaker, along with Ms. Milena Budimirovic of the WCO Secretariat. This Inter-Subregional Forum brought more than 70 delegates from the Customs administrations and the Trade and Commerce Ministries of 26 Member States of the South Asia Sebregional Economic Cooperation, the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation and other sub-regional economic cooperation mechanisms and shared their experiences in implementing the TFA provisions, such as release of goods, freedom of transit, publication of average release time, Customs cooperation, border agency cooperation and single window. In the wake of Opening session, which was officiated by Mr. Wencai Zhang, Vice President of the ADB, the Forum program was proceeded in panel discussion formality. Mr. Igarashi participated in the panel sessions on freedom of transit, Customs cooperation, border agency cooperation and single window with other resource persons and participants and spoke about key component of the pertinent WCO instruments and tools made readily available for the implementation of these essential trade facilitation measures. Ms. Budimirovic of the WCO Secretariat participated in the panel sessions for AEO, publication of average release times, national Committee on Trade facilitation. She also gave a presentation on the overview and progress in the WCO Mercator Program.
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