SUNBIZ

Asia/Pacific Heads here, talk priorities

The World Customs Organisation (WCO) Asia Pacific 18th Regional Heads of Customs Administrations (RHCA) conference was opened in Suva yesterday. The three-day conference focuses on issues such as capacity building,
15 Mar 2017 18:01
Asia/Pacific Heads here, talk priorities
Representatives from 24 countries with Attorney-General and Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum (front row, second from left), World Customs Secretary General, Kunio Mikuriya (front row, third from left) and Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority CEO, Visvanath Das (front row, fourth from left) during the 18th World Customs Organization Asia Pacific Regional Heads of Customs Administration Conference 2017 at the GCC complex in Suva yesterday. Photo: RONALD KUMAR

The World Customs Organisation (WCO) Asia Pacific 18th Regional Heads of Customs Administrations (RHCA) conference was opened in Suva yesterday.

The three-day conference focuses on issues such as capacity building, intelligence, regional strategic plan and private sector engagement in the Asia Pacific region.

The Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority CEO, and the WCO vice-chair for the Asia Pacific region, Visvanath Das, said each country would bring in their priorities to the table, which would become the region’s focus in the next WCO meeting.

“The meeting also assists regional countries and administrations in terms of providing capability and capacity, building opportunities technical assistance to tackle challenges,” Mr Das said.

He added the major challenges of the region’s border security were the elicit flow of goods and people.

“Where countries don’t have capability or capacity, we will sort it through this forum; create that network assistance and collaboration between countries to help reduce illegal acts,” he said.

Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum assured the participants that the Fijian Government would implement the WCO mandates, objectives and visions.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum says the borders are to be secure and at the same time adhere to international practices and laws to ensure the survival of individual economies. 

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said it was critical that all organisations in the region were equipped with new technologies to minimise illegal activities and illegal transactions across borders.

He added those approaches were not only about curbing criminal activities but also enhancing investment and trade.

Deputy controller operations for New Zealand Customs Service, Bill Perry, said: “Collecting and joining our customs administration and to protect each other is very important. It’s about recognising the values that we will bring to the table.

“We’ve all got similar issues that we’ve got to deal with and the only way we could deal with those, is to collaborate with each other and that is what this meeting is about,” he said.

Member of Central Board of Excise and Customs from India, Ananya Ray said: “Our relationships are all transnational and because of that, we need to have a very close cooperation with other countries, let it be a small or a big country, we are all facing the same problems and that is a big challenge for us.”

Asia Pacific region is one of the biggest regions of the WCO.

A total of 78 representatives from 24 countries are part of the conference at the Great Council of Chiefs complex in Nasese.

The conference ends tomorrow.

Edited by: Ivamere Nataro

Feedback:  selita.bolanavanua@fijisun.com.fj

Fijisun E-edition
Tanoa Plaza Hotel Suva
Subscribe-to-Newspaper
Fiji Sun Instagram
Fiji Plus
Subscribe-to-Newspaper
error: