IFCBA Seminar and Meeting - August 2017 - Bangkok

The 2017 IFCBA Seminar Series and Meetings, took place August 28-29 at the Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit in Bangkok, Thailand.

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On November 9, 2017, World Customs Organization (WCO) Secretary General, Kunio Mikuriya announced the WCO’s annual theme for 2018.  The IFCBA looks forward to continuing our work with the WCO as it further explores its critical role in economic development.  Following is the official announcement from the WCO.

World Customs Organization dedicates 2018 to building a secure business environment for economic development

09 November 2017

The Secretary General of the World Customs Organization (WCO), Kunio Mikuriya, announced today that 2018 will be dedicated to strengthening the security of the business environment, with the slogan “A secure business environment for economic development.”

The development of international trade is not an end in itself, but rather a vehicle through which economic development can be achieved. We should, therefore, strive to create an environment for businesses that will foster their participation in trade, for the benefit of all.

With the above in mind, it is imperative that we ask ourselves, how we can, as Customs, contribute to better secure the business environment and, in doing so, boost economic prosperity. Three key elements come to the forefront:

•           Enabling environment

It is globally recognized that Customs can contribute to making the business environment more stable and predictable by, for example, streamlining procedures, tackling corruption, enhancing integrity, and facilitating the movement of goods, conveyances and people in general.

•           Safe environment

Legitimate businesses require a secure supply chain to prosper, but some threats come from within the trade itself, such as the shipment of illicit goods that could endanger peoples’ health, safety and security. Combating cross-border crime, including the illicit funding of international terrorism through trade activities, is our responsibility. By taking advantage of the WCO’s tools, instruments and expertise, Customs has the means to actively secure the global trade landscape.

•           Fair and sustainable environment

The importation of illegal goods, such as goods that infringe intellectual property rights (IPR), or legal goods which, for example, are smuggled into a country to avoid the payment of duty or whose value has been misreported, can do immense harm to a country’s economy. It is not only a question of financial losses for both legitimate traders and governments, such activities can also affect governance, the economy, development and human security across the globe.

“All these different aspects of securing the business environment are invariably connected to the current Customs focus on trade facilitation, in particular the implementation of the WCO Revised Kyoto Convention and the World Trade Organization’s Trade Facilitation Agreement that support the goals contained in the United Nations’ Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,” said Secretary General Mikuriya.

Many WCO tools, instruments and initiatives that have been developed can readily assist Customs administrations in building a secure business environment, such as the WCO SAFE Framework of Standards to Secure and Facilitate Global Trade or the WCO Security Programme. They not only enhance Customs’ overall trade-related processes, they also contribute to an increase in both security and trade facilitation.

The WCO’s annual theme will be launched on International Customs Day, which is celebrated annually by the global Customs community on 26 January in honour of the inaugural session of the Customs Co-operation Council (CCC) which took place on 26 January 1953.

The WCO invites the Customs community to mark 26 January 2018 in their diary.

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Registration is now open for the IFCBA 2017 Seminar Series and Meetings, 28-29 August in Bangkok, Thailand. Click here to view the program details.

It is very important that attendees book their hotel rooms as soon as possible through the following secure webpage.  Our room block will not be available after July 18, 2017.

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Questions regarding this event should be sent to the IFCBA Secretariat, ifcba@ifcba.org

 

The meeting of the WCO’s Private Sector Consultative Group was held on July 3-4 in Brussels, followed by a joint meeting with the WCO Policy Commission.  The IFCBA delegation was composed of Carol West, IFCBA Secretary;  Jaime King, IFCBA Past Chair and Mary Jo Muoio, IFCBA representative from the United States NCBFAA.

The IFCBA is delighted to have been invited to continue its PSCG membership in the coming year, when the agenda will include subjects of critical interest such as customs broker regulation and e-commerce. We look forward to the opportunity to review these issues in detail at the IFCBA meeting in Bangkok in August.

http://www.wcoomd.org/en/media/newsroom/2017/july/wco-meeting-with-the-private-sector-consultative-group.aspx