14-16 November 2018, Jaipur, India
28th WCO A/P Regional Contact Points (RCPs) Meeting was convened on 14 November 2019 for a 3-day session in Jaipur, India, under the initiative of the Regional Vice Chair, i.e. India. 38 delegates from 20 A/P regional Member administrations and 5 representatives from the WCO Secretariat, the RILO A/P and the ROCB A/P, as permanent observers, attended the Meeting and discussed series of region’s collective efforts in such important topics as digital Customs, e-commerce, small islands economic development and counter-terrorism under the chairmanship of Mr. P.K. Das, Member of the Central Board of Indirect Tax and Customs (CBIC) of India. Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, participated in the Meeting and made a report on the ROCB A/P’s activities in the last fiscal year 2017/18 and overview of the planned activities in the current fiscal year as well as the impacts of the WCO’s regional workshops conducted in the last 3 years. Given the critical importance and ever-increasing needs of the institutional capacity building and professional human resource development, the delegates called for continued dedication of the ROCB A/P and suggested couples of constructive ideas to further optimize the impacts of its undertakings. Mr. Igarashi also made reports on the implementation of the A/P Regional Strategic Plan 2018-2020, focusing on capacity building-related actions, and the outcomes of the Regional Training Center Heads Meeting held in October 2018 in Shanghai, China (refer to ). Other WCO regional bodies, namely the RILO A/P and Regional Customs Laboratories made their activity reports. The delegates called for continued close collaboration among the WCO regional bodies, including the ROCB A/P, for continued good coordination and greater synergies in capacity building and technical assistance.
Prior to the RCPs Meeting, the WCO organized its Strategic Plan Workshop at the same venue as part of their global consultation approach for the renewal of the current 3-year Strategic Plan for the next 3-year term from 2019 through 2022 so that the WCO’s strategic policy and tactical activities remain relevant to the Members’ needs and continuously exercise their leadership amid of the rapidly changing business environment surrounding the Customs community. More than 30 delegates participated in this regional consultation workshop and shared their views and visions with WCO Deputy Secretary General and Regional Vice Chair. Members’ views and inputs are aggregated and further examined at the upcoming WCO Policy Commission and subsequent WCO management committees for the adaption at the WCO Council in June 2019.
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