5 August 2020, Webinar
The WCO/JICA Joint Sub-regional MTP Introductory Webinar for the Pacific Islands was held on 5 August 2020. The Webinar was facilitated by the ROCB A/P in close cooperation with the WCO, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and Japan Customs. The 6 Customs administrations in the Pacific, namely Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Vanuatu as well as the representatives from Oceania Customs Organization (OCO) Secretariat attended the Webinar. Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, Head of the ROCB A/P, and Ms. Yuko Mamiya, Program Manager of the ROCB A/P, also attended as facilitators/coordinators for the Webinar.
As part of the WCO Small Island Economies (SIEs) initiative, a number of regional dialogues took place in 2019 where a number of SIEs unique issues and challenges as well as recommended actions to be taken including the enhancement of cooperation with international or regional bodies and the development of regional pool of experts were identified. The Webinar was designed to seek a possibility to launch the “Master Trainer Program (MTP)”, the flagship program of the WCO/JICA Joint Project, in the Pacific Islands to realize its strategy. MTP is aimed at developing sustainable training capacity by (1) developing a pool of well-experienced trainers and (2) regionally featured training materials and program to be used by these trainers. Upon completion of the MTP, successful alumni are expected to become a regional asset and to deliver training for the benefit of Customs in the Pacific Islands as a whole.
The Webinar was successfully concluded with participants’ clear understanding on the MTP which is expected to contribute to the sustainable capacity building in the Pacific and also helped to build a communication network among the participants and facilitators for future cooperation and collaboration. The participants showed their appreciation to the WCO, JICA, Japan Customs and ROCB A/P for the useful opportunity given through the Webinar, and agreed to take necessary actions required to launch MTP in the Pacific Islands.
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