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WCO PICARD Conference 2011 - Partnership in Customs Academic Research and Development

The 6th annual PICARD Conference was held from 14 to 16 September 2011 at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland.

A key aim of the annual PICARD Conferences, held since 2006, is to promote high level exchanges on Customs education and professionalism and to encourage more academic research into topics relevant to Customs. 

PICARD Conferences are jointly organized by the WCO and INCU, and this year the conference was co-hosted by Cross-border Research Association (CBRA) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE).

The 2011 PICARD Conference focused on the following four topics and themes:

·       Coordinated border management The scope of this topic included the coordination of different regulatory authorities responsible for import, export, transit and other aspects of global trade within a national customs territory, and also cooperation among customs administrations internationally, including cooperation in relation to risk management, trade facilitation, e-customs / e-border management, and the like;

 

·       Performance measurement of customs – This topic included the identification of methods to measure and benchmark Customs performance. It took a holistic approach to performance measurement, including integration between the performance of regulatory agencies and other elements of supply chain performance;

 

·       Economic security and poverty reduction - For many developing countries in particular, the revenues collected by Customs represent an important portion of their total national income. The scope of this topic included the relative dependence on customs revenues of economies, and potential responses to declining revenue collection caused by, for example, the global financial crisis and a general reduction in duty rates. Such responses may include the use of effective tools and other capacity building solutions;

 

·       Integrity Integrity is a prerequisite for effective Customs administration. This topic addressed ways in which integrity may be actively promoted by the WCO and its Members in partnership with the private sector and other interested stakeholders.

 

In examining and analysing these issues, conference participants were encouraged to identify a range of solutions to address identified concerns, with a particular emphasis on capacity building, improving performance and research opportunities for addressing the identified needs.

 

A key aim of the conference was to provide a truly global representation of the issues.

 

 

Conference Agenda: English  French

 

Conference Report:  English  French

 

Conference Photos: View/Download Photos

 

 

Presentations delivered at the 2011 PICARD Conference

PRESENTATION

SPEAKER(S)

English

French

Opening Remarks

Dr. Kunio Mikuriya, WCO Secretary General

EN

FR

 

Update on WCO Capacity Building Initiatives

Mr. Erich Kieck, WCO Director, Capacity Building

 

EN

 

FR

WCO PICARD Programme – An Overview

Ms. Heike Barczyk, WCO Deputy Director, Capacity Building

 

EN

 

FR

PICARD Programme Initiatives, Europe Region

Mr. Jan Janson, Riga Technical University

 

 

PICARD Programme Initiatives, Americas and Caribbean Region

Prof. Jhon Fonseca, Universidad de Costa Rica

 

EN

 

 

PICARD Programme Initiatives, Middle East and Africa Region

Mr. Stephane Lauwick, University of Le Havre

 

EN

 

 

PICARD Programme Initiatives, Asia-Pacific Region

Mr. Mikhail Kashubsky, University of Canberra

 

EN

 

 

WCO Framework of Principles and Practices for Customs Career Path and Development

Ms. Bénédicte Meille, WCO HR Development Coordinator

 

EN

 

FR

The role of the UNECE legal instruments for border crossing facilitation

Mrs. Eva Molnar, Director of UNECE Transport Division

 

EN

 

 

PICARD Professional Standards

Dr. Juha Hintsa, CBRA

 

Empirical research informing Customs decision making

Prof. David Widdowson, INCU

EN

FR

INCU Updates

Mr. Mikhail Kashubsky, INCU Secretariat

EN

 

Role of International Conventions, Sub-regional and bilateral cross-border transport agreements in promoting Coordinated Border Management - Experience of ESCAP countries

Mr. Sandeep Raj Jain, UN ESCAP, Thailand

 

EN

 

 

Coordinated Border Management : From Theory to Practice

Ms. Mariya Polner, WCO Research Unit

EN

FR

Cross Border Regulatory Controls without Boundaries

Mr. Anders Hellberg, Swedish Customs

EN

FR

Extended logistical factors for success in international trade

Prof. Dr. Franz Vallée & Mr. Michael Dircksen, University of Applied Science, Münster, Germany

 

EN

 

FR

Developing of Performance Measurement for Russian Customs Service

Prof. Alexey Gubin, Russian Customs Academy

 

EN

 

FR

Performance measurement : The experience of French Customs

Mr. Xavier Pascual, Management Control Unit, General Directorate of Customs and Excise, France

 

EN

 

FR

Collaborative Border Management

Mr. Christian Etter, Ambassador; Federal Council Delegate for Trade Agreements; Head of the Special Foreign Economic Service Division of SECO

 

 

 

 

Serving Trade and Security

Mr. Robert Lüssi, Vice-Director and Head of Main Division, Swiss Federal Customs Administration

 

EN

 

FR

 

Risk Management and Trade Facilitation

Mr. John Broadhurst, Vice President of Cotecna Inspection

 

EN

 

 

Developing the case for trade facilitation in practice

Dr. Andrew Grainger, Nottingham University Business School, UK

 

EN

 

FR

Reversing the trend: Low cost and low risk methods for assuring proper duty payments

Mr. Holm Kappler, Meeks, Sheppard, Leo & Pillsbury, USA

 

EN

 

FR

Integrity signals end to roller coaster ride – a Customs + Trade partnership approach to corruption

Mr. Ashok Sadhwani, Asmara U.S.A. Inc., Los Angeles, US, and Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand

 

EN

 

 

FR

 

Academe-industry partnership : an impetus in strengthening teaching and research of Customs administration in the Philippine higher educational institutions

Mr. Samuel Bautista, AIR 21 Academy of Developmental Logistics, Philippines

 

EN

 

 

FR

 

Short presentations on on-going efforts and expectations in Customs-related research, education and capacity building

Mr. Jean-Pierre Lattion (SECO, Switzerland)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mr. Didier Reymond, (Executive Vice President, Cotecna Inspection)

EN

 

 

Ms. Simone N’Diaye-van den Berg (Dutch Customs)

EN

FR

 

 

 

Dr. Jovanka Biljan (University of St. Kliment Ohridski-Bitola, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia)

 

EN

 

 

 

Mr. Tadashi Yasui (WCO Research Unit)

EN

 

 

Mr. Rainer Mueller (ISL, Germany)

EN

 

 

Mr. Toni Männistö (CBRA) & Mr. Luca Urciuoli (CBRA)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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