22-24 October 2019, Skopje, North Macedonia
At the invitation of the WCO Secretariat, Dr. Tong Hua, Program Manager of the ROCB A/P, together with more than 240 delegates from international organizations, think tanks, academia and Customs administrations participated in the WCO 14th Annual PICARD Conference which took place in Skopje, North Macedonia, from 22 to 24 October 2019. The 2019 Conference focused on high-level exchanges on international trade, Customs professionalism and topics integral to the Customs function. Big data analytics, coordination border management, cross-border E-commerce, special economic zones, advanced technology at the border and other heated topics were deeply discussed at the Conference, which echoed the WCO’s theme of the Year 2019, “SMART borders for seamless Trade, Travel and Transport”.
The PICARD Conference has become one of the main exchange platforms for Customs and academia to present their latest research, reforms and innovations. In addition, the three-day Conference also included a Youth Forum, including students from Customs Universities discussed future Customs’ talents as well as new business modes in the international trade arena. The Conference officially announced that Jamaica Customs would host the next PICARD Conference in 2020.
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