22nd Regional Heads of Customs Administration conference

06 Apr 2021

The 22nd WCO Asia Pacific Regional Head of Customs Administration Conference (RHCA) was held by Directorate General of Customs and Excise of Indonesia virtually on 6-7 April 2021. It was attended by delegates from 25 Customs Administration: Australia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, Fiji, Hong Kong China, India, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Korea, Lao PDR, Macao China, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Pakistan, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Timor Leste, and Vietnam. The WCO Secretary General, Dr. Kunio Mijuriya, the Head of Regional Intelligence Liaison Office (RILO) Asia/Pacific and the Head of Regional Office for Capacity Building (ROCB) Asia/Pacific also attended this conference.

Mr. Syarif Hidayat, the Chairperson of the conference, delivered a welcoming remark on behalf ot Mr. Askolani, the newly appointed Director General of Customs and Excise of Republic of Indonesia. He highlighted the necessity of strengthening the cooperation among Members amid COVID-19, mentioning the development of Regional Strategic Plan 2020-2022, regional priorities and initiatives in light of COVID-19 pandemic. Mr. Kunio Mikuriya, reported WCO policy and initiatives such as online meetings, online technical, capacity building support and COVID019 action plan. He e WCO policy and initiatives.

During the conference, the Deputy Head of RILO AP, Mr. YoungKyung KIM, presented the progress report of RILO AP's achievement containing the overview and activities of RILO. He delivered the report about RILO AP membership and staff, network with other international organizations, CEN management and information sharing and so on. Especially, he commented joint enforcement operations such as GOALS (illicit drugs), DEMETER VII (hazardous waste), and Mekong Dragon II (illicit drugs and endangered wildlife) which were carried out from last year to this year. He deeply appreciated the Members who contributed to the success of the operations. RILO AP also explained the new 2020-2022 Regional Strategic Plan.

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