12-15 January 2021, Online Workshop hosted by WCO
The first WCO Online Workshop on E-Commerce for the Asia-Pacific Region was held from 12 to 15 January 2021. The Workshop was organized by WCO under the sponsorship of the China Customs Cooperation Fund (CCF/China). Together with the experts on E-Commerce from the WCO, Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, Head of the ROCB A/P, Dr. Hua Tong, Program Manager of the ROCB A/P and Ms. Pavida Boonmun, Assistant Program Manager of the ROCB A/P also joined as facilitators/coordinators for the Workshop.
During the 4-day workshop, attended by thirty-eight formal participants and thirty-seven observers from 25 member administrations of the region and other international and regional organization representatives from OECD, UPU, GEA, OCO Secretariat and RILO A/P also contributed the workshop as guest speakers, the WCO experts provided detailed information and explanations on international and regional developments within the Asia-Pacific region, including opportunities, challenges and potential solutions in the area of implementation of the WCO Framework of Standards on Cross-Border E-commerce (FoS), and presented related WCO tools and instruments, country examples, case studies and the WCO’s ongoing and future work plan.
Participants had the opportunity to share their national experiences and initiatives concerning effective risk management and efficient revenue collection model on low-value shipments, as well as share their respective practices relating to the implementation of blockchain, national single window, Customs and Postal data sharing platform, AI system to automatically select high-risk postal items, protection of society methods under COVID-19 and the Customs-business partnership. This workshop also contributed to further strengthen the network between the Customs administrations of the Region through an enhanced understanding of issues of mutual interest at the regional level. The Workshop was very well received by participants and raised a lot of interest and heated discussions. The participants expressed their appreciation to the WCO, the ROCB A/P and the Experts for their great support to the workshop.
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