22 and 23 July 2019, Dili, Timor-Leste,
Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, Head of the ROCB A/P, accompanied Dr. Kunio Mikuriya, WCO Secretary General, for his visit to Dili, Timor-Leste, on 22 and 23 July 2019 for a policy dialogue with Timor-Leste Customs. The WCO delegation was warmly welcomed by Mr. Jose Fátima Abílio, Director General of Timor-Leste Customs, and senior management officials at the Timor-Leste Customs Headquarters and exchanged views on Customs innovation and relevant challenges.
They discussed, among other things, the importance of acceding to the WCO’s Conventions including the Harmonized System Convention (HSC) and the Revised Kyoto Convention (RKC). This would pave the way for Timor-Leste’s future accession to the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) as well as the sharing of information with the neighboring countries to effective border control and to counter drug trafficking.
The WCO delegation also visited international seaport and international airport in Dili to observe customs clearance and enforcement operations and exchanged their views with field Customs officials.
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