27 – 28 October 2021, Online Meeting Hosted by ROCB A/P
The 19th Meeting of Heads of WCO Asia/Pacific Regional Training Center was organized and hosted online by ROCB A/P on 27 – 28 Oct 2021. Over 50 participants from RTCs, WCO Secretariat, Vice Chair Secretariat, RILO A/P and ROCB A/P attended the meeting. In addition, Iran Customs and Thai Customs Department, who are currently applying to be RTCs also joined as observers. Due to the Covid pandemic and travel restrictions, the ROCB A/P decided to follow last year’s practice and continued to host the meeting virtually.
The Meeting kicked off with opening speech by Mr. Takashi Sato, WCO Regional Development Manager (RDM) for the A/P region and followed by Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, Head of ROCB A/P to make a welcoming remarks.
At the Information Sharing session, updates of WCO policy, Asia Pacific region’s activity, and RILO A/P work were shared and presented to participants by RDM WCO, Vice Chair Secretariat, and RILO A/P respectively. At the ROCB Presentation session, ROCB A/P shared its outline and recent activities in details.
During the meeting, each RTC was invited to give a presentation to introduce their capacity building activities as well as latest development. Since adopting distance or virtual training became a new norm, a topic on ‘how to introduce distance training in Customs’ was added in the agenda. Participants shared their views on the challenges and benefits of conducting online training according to their experience. This information is a good reference for members and they can take note of the best practices of RTCs which can be put into practice. It is hope that close collaboration and cooperation among RTCs will be fostered in near future.
Mr. Kuramoto summarized the 2-day meeting content in the wrap-up and way forward session. Closing remarks was delivered by Dr. Taeil Kang, Director of Capacity Building Directorate, WCO. Mr. Kuramoto also took the opportunity to thank all the participants for their active participation and discussion in the 19th RTC Heads meeting.
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