Collaborative efforts in enforcement capacity building on trade in Ozone Depleting Substances



18 December 2014, Bangkok, Thailand

The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) organized the Thematic Meeting of South Asia Ozone Officers and Customs Officers on 17-19 December 2014 at the UN Convention Center in Bangkok, Thailand, which was attended by more than 30 delegates from 12 countries (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Iran, Korea, Maldives, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka). At the invitation from the UNEP, Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, attended the Meeting as a facilitator for the Thematic Session on Montreal Protocol Enforcement Capacity Building on 18 December 2014.  

By way of introduction, Mr. Igarashi gave an explanation on the WCO’s regionalization approach in capacity building delivery and made on-line demonstrations of the WCO’s CLiKC! And the ENVIRONET, which is part of the dedicated enforcement information exchange tool CENCOMM. A delegate from the Department of Revenue and Customs of Bhutan made a presentation on his administration’s training strategy, including awareness raising programs for Customs officers, trade and industry. There was also a panel discussion on the Customs capacity building experiences on ODS and other environmental issues among a delegate of Sri Lanka Customs and representatives from the UNEP (former Customs officers of China and Korea.), which reaffirmed the value of layered and continuous provision of training and awareness raising with a view to maintaining pertinent environmental issues as an integral part of the part of the Customs administrations’ enforcement agendas. 

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