INCU Regional Office Holds 4th International Winter School in Baku

From 4 to 12 February 2020, the Baku Regional Office of the INCU held its 4th International Winter School in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Photo: Participants of the INCU International Winter 2020

The 9-day event was organised in partnership with the Academy of the State Customs Committee of Azerbaijan and included three workshops, student group project work, group presentations, special guest lecture, the INCU’s 15th anniversary celebration and visits to a local university, the Customs museum, the WCO Regional Dog Training Centre as well as some social and cultural activities.

The official opening ceremony and first three days of classes and training sessions were held at WCO European Regional Office for Capacity Building (ROCB) located in Baku. At the opening ceremony, welcoming and opening remarks were delivered by the Rector of Azerbaijan Customs Academy, Mr Gulu Novruzov, Director of the WCO ROCB, Mr Eser Cengel, and Head of INCU Secretariat, Dr Mikhail Kashubsky.

Three workshops/training courses were delivered during the Winter School program on the following topics:

  • Quality of Customs Services and Marketing in Customs
  • Tariff Classification and Preferential Rules of Origin; and
  • The Basics of Academic Research and Writing.

Participants were also required to work in small groups over the course of several days in order to complete a group project on a specific topic relating to ‘collaborative border management’ and make a presentation the class about it. On the last day of the Winter School participants had an opportunity to listen to a special guest lecture on the topic of ‘project management’ that was delivered by Deputy Chairman of the State Customs Committee of Azerbaijan, Professor Igbal Babayev.

Approximately 40 participants attended the INCU Winter School including students (and in some cases faculty members) from the Presidential Academy in Saint-Petersburg, Samara State Technical University, Russian Customs Academy, Customs Institute of Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan Customs Academy, Azerbaijan State University of Economics, National Aviation Academy of Azerbaijan and Baku Higher Oil School.

For further information and materials please visit this events page.