Calling for enhanced coordinated border management for Customs control on travelers



2 December 2014, Bangkok, Thailand

At the request of the WCO Secretariat, Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P represented the WCO at the 3rd Conference on Technical Cooperation and Capacity Building for Border Management on 2nd December 2014. The Conference was hosted by the International Organization for Migration, a Geneva-based intergovernmental organization with 156 memberstates, and organized by the APSCA.  WCO was invited as a partner organization, along with other international and regional organizations, such as ICPO, UNODC, UN Counter-Terrorism Executive Directorate. More than 300 delegates from the member governments, international organizations and businesses participated in the Conference.

At the Conference, Mr. Igarashi spoke about the concept of coordinated border management from the Customs perspective, which is now an integral part of Customs control for travelers at the border. In synchronizing the message with the presentation made by the representative of the UN Counter-Terrorism Executive Directorate, he touched upon the recent amendment of the WCO Recommendation on the Use of API/PNR (June 2012) to incorporate the mandatory use of API to implement UN Security Council Resolution 2178 (24 September 2014). WCO’s theme for 2015, namely “Coordinated Border Management – An inclusive approach for connecting stakeholders  (for more information on the 2015 theme, please refer to: -” was also highlighted as the Conference was timely and relevant to the WCO’s pertinent initiatives.

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