The WCO Asia/Pacific Sub-Regional Data Analytics Hybrid Workshop for Pacific Islands

7 – 9 June 2022, Nadi, Fiji hosted by ROCB A/P


The WCO Asia/Pacific Sub-Regional Data Analytics Workshop for Pacific Island was held from 7 to 9 June 2022 in Nadi, Fiji by a hybrid format allowing for remote and on-site participation. Mr. Ilkwon HAN, Program Manager of the ROCB A/P attended as facilitators/coordinators for the workshop and Ms. Sherman Yu, Program Manager also participated from the ROCB A/P.

The Workshop was the second hybrid sub-regional workshop in AP region, hosted by the ROCB A/P in close cooperation with the WCO and OCO under the sponsorship of the Korea Customs Cooperation Fund (CCF/Korea).

In total 21 participants (on-site 9, online 12) from 12 Customs administrations in the Pacific Island attended the Workshop together with the data experts from the WCO and KCS.

WCO has been focusing on supporting the small island members by developing the SIEs Guidance Document in June 2020. Furthermore, ROCB AP are also working on RSP 2020-2022 to support the modernization efforts of Pacific Members who categorized as SIEs.  In this regard this workshop has important contents and purposes of WCO.

During the workshop, experiences from 4 WCO members, namely Fiji, PNG, Samoa, Vanuatu and 2 OCO members namely, CNMI, Nauru were shared through the country presentations and the participants actively participated in the discussion for benchmark and information sharing. In addition, WCO and KCS Data Strategy were introduced along with BACUDA algorithm and data analytics experience from Lesotho case.

The active contribution of the participants resulted in a successful workshop and this workshop supported enhancing communication and information sharing among Member administrations even in the pandemic situation. The participants expressed their appreciation to the Korea Customs Service, the WCO, the ROCB A/P, the OCO secretariat and the experts for their support to the workshop.

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