4-8 March 2019, Kashiwa, Japan
The WCO, in cooperation with the ROCB A/P and Japan Customs, organized the WCO A/P Regional Workshop on Training Management on 4-8 March 2019 at the WCO Regional Training Center in Japan, i.e. Japan Customs Training Institute (CTI) in Kashiwa, Japan, under the sponsorship of the Japan Customs Cooperation Fund (CCF/Japan). 32 participants from 24 regional Member administrations took part in the Workshop. Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, participated in the workshop as a facilitator along with 2 resource speakers from the WCO secretariat.
This Workshop was arranged to follow up the Regional Workshop on Human Resource Development held in April 2018 in Hanoi, Vietnam (http://www.rocb-ap.org/article-detail/403/), and it focused on the introduction and implementation of a competency-based training approach. Accordingly, the workshop program included sessions dedicated to, among others, job profiling and relevance to training, learning needs analysis, training program development and review, career-long learning, teaching staff development, training materials development and review, innovative learning, and training evaluation and training effectiveness assessment. In addition, under the initiatives of the CTI training instructors, some of which are WCO Accredited Experts, the Workshop conducted a group exercise on the training mapping and structural analysis on the current training programs. At the Workshop, Mr. Igarashi delivered a presentation on the A/P region’s capacity building and technical assistance approaches and shared his findings on the study on the impacts of the WCO regional capacity building programs provided over the last 4 years, especially on the correlation between the realized tangible effects and the follow-up actions taken by the workshop participants in the wake of their participation in the respective regional workshops, which highlights the significance and importance of those follow-up actions at their home administrations. He also presented the analysis of pre-workshop exercise replies to the WCO People Development Diagnostics Tool with a view to articulating the gaps between the recommended practices and the regional Members’ current practices. He further suggested developing a compendium of good practices in the regional Members’ training programs, which is a living document for the Members’ reference, in order to make optimal use of the shared good practices throughout the workshop.
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