28 March - 1 April 2022, Bangkok, Thailand
The WCO National Workshop on combating counterfeiting and piracy for the Thai Customs Department was held from 28 March to 1 April 2022 in Bangkok, Thailand, under the sponsorship of the Japan Customs Cooperation Fund (CCF/Japan). The Workshop was organized by the WCO in cooperation with the ROCB A/P as well as with the generous support of the Thai Customs Department. Together with the resource persons on IPR from the WCO Secretariat and Japan Customs, Ms. Yuko Mamiya, Program Manager of the ROCB A/P, also attended the workshop as a resource person. In addition, Ms. Vareemon Chairungsrilert, Program Coordinator, and Ms. Kanyawarat Sitthikunpanit, Program Coordinator of ROCB A/P, attended the Workshop as coordinators. 18 on-site participants and over 30 online observers from the Thai Customs Department benefited from the detailed and practical presentations and discussions on risk management, techniques of document examination and physical inspection.
The workshop kicked off with the opening addresses of Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, the WCO expert and the representative of the Thai Customs Department. In the course of the Workshop, the WCO introduce its tools which help Members effectively fight against counterfeit and pirated goods at the border as well as the outcome of Operation STOP II which aims to crack down on the illicit trade in medicines, vaccines and medical devices related to COVID-19. Ms. Yuko Mamiya introduced the WCO tool which assists WCO Members in recognizing counterfeit and pirated goods as well as case studies of trademark infringement incidences. Furthermore, the representatives of right holders were also invited to the workshop and shared important information such as a way to distinguish genuine products from counterfeit ones, supply chains of genuine vaccines and counterfeit products indicators.
During the Workshop, the participants actively discussed the challenges that the Thai Customs Department is facing as well as the possible measures to address these challenges. The active participation and contribution of the participants resulted in a successful workshop and this workshop supported enriching participants’ knowledge as well as enhancing cooperation between Customs Administration and Right holders. The participants expressed their appreciation to CCF/Japan, the WCO, the expert from Japan Customs and the ROCB A/P.
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