The 21th RHCA conference and the 30th RCP meeting

12 Nov 2020

The World Customs Organization Asia/Pacific Joint Session of 21th Regional Heads of Customs Administrative Conference (RHCA) and 30th Regional Contact Points (RCP) Meeting was held in Indonesia via video conference on 12th 2020.

Indonesia organized this conference as the Vice-Chair Asia Pacific for the 2020 – 2022 periods. The conference was held in two sessions, the first session was RHCA, and the second one was RCP. Customs delegations from the Asia Pacific Region participated in the conference and senior officials of the WCO and its Regional Bodies, the Regional Office for Capacity Building (ROCB), and Regional Intelligence Liaison Office (RILO).

The conference began with a welcome remark by Mr. Heru Pambudi, Director General of Customs and Excise of the Republic of Indonesia and chairperson of this year’s conference. He highlighted the need to develop close cooperation in the region to take measures in response to the COVID-19 and to reach regional goals. Mr. Kunio Mikuriya, the Secretary-General of WCO, attended the conference and delivered the WCO policy and initiatives. He also emphasized the critical importance of an active role in WCO operations amid the pandemic.

During the first session, the head of RILO presented the progress report detailing the history, membership, and, mainly, activities of RILO, which made efforts on how to coordinate effectively joint enforcement operations about combating against illicit trade of drugs and hazardous waste, etc. During the conference, he introduced a new joint enforcement operation targeting illicit drugs on the global level as planned early next year. He asked for active participation and collaborations from member administrations.

From the second session, the Regional Contact Point (RCP) meeting was held, an annual meeting for the joint response to regional development and issues linked to the international trade procedures and cross border security.

The joint session was updated on the progress report, the result of the implementation of the 2018-2020 Plan and the new 2020-2022 Regional Strategic Plan. During the session, participants endorsed several decisions on important issues and shared opinions on how to response to combating COVID-19. Above all, participants agreed on strengthening Customs enforcement collaboration keenly needed in unprecedented circumstances.

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