WCO PICARD Conference 2020

“Customs fostering Sustainability for People, Prosperity and the Planet” – 15th Annual WCO PICARD Conference

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The 15th annual WCO PICARD Conference was held from 23 to 26 November 2020 as a web conference and was organised by the World Customs Organization (WCO) and with an additional donor support by the Korea Customs Service.

Conference Summary

The PICARD Conference was held virtually for the first time due to the COVID-19 pandemic. During the four-day conference, 50 speakers, customs professionals, academic researchers, representatives of the private sector and think tanks, were heard. Papers were presented across 12 conference sessions. With more than 500 registrations and 240 to 400 participants each day, the annual conference was highly appreciated.

The 2020 PICARD Conference topics included:

  • Lessons learned regarding Customs’ response and role in supply chain continuity during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Customs fostering Sustainability for People, Prosperity and the Planet
  • Organizational Performance Measurement
  • Data Analytics and data-driven Customs

Dr Kunio Mikuriya, Secretary General of the WCO opened the conference. In his speech, he emphasised the role of the PICARD Conference as a platform for the exchange and discussion of Customs-related research findings.

Three sessions dealt with COVID-19 related topics. Customs’ and WCO responses to the pandemic were discussed, with particular emphasis on the importance of digitalization, partnership between customs and business and the use of WCO tools such as Single Window and Authorised Economic Operator as lessons learned.

Also, a session was held on the current topic of environmental sustainability within WCO’s theme for 2020 “Customs fostering Sustainability for People, Prosperity and the Planet”. Sessions on data analytics and new technologies explained the latest developments related to the WCO’s data analytics project and its application in capacity building. In sessions dealing with organisational performance measurement, empirical studies conducted within Customs provided insights into the WCO’s work on developing a performance mechanism.

Conference Documents

Conference Presentations

The following presentations were delivered at the conference:

Report by the Secretariat on the WCO and Customs’ contributions Vyara Filipova EN
Partnership between Customs and Business during the COVID-19 pandemic Fermin Cuz EN
Humanitarian Customs: Lessons learned regarding Customs response and role in supply chain continuity during the COVID-19 pandemic T. Samaya Murali and S. Vandana Raj EN
SACU and its response to COVID-19 – Approaches for building resilience for Customs administrations Mbakiso Magwape EN
Some notes on the actions of Customs administrations against the COVID-19 pandemic Eva Roxana Aliaga
Saudi Customs’ efforts for streamlined operations amid the COVID-19 pandemic Nawal Younis and Khalid Alzahrani EN
Current situation, observation and analysis on waste control at border by Customs Kenji Omi EN
The role of Customs in environmental protection: The case of the Islamic Republic of Iran Saeid Mohamadiyan EN
WCO role in illegal transboundary movements of waste: Experience of Indonesia Yuafanda Kholfi Hartono EN
Report by the Secretariat on the BACUDA project on data analytics Kenji Omi and Mourad Arfaoui EN
Customs revenue prediction using ensemble methods (statistical modeling vs machine learning Jordan Simonov and Zoran Gligorov EN
Machine learning for detection of trade in strategic goods: An approach to support future Customs enforcement and outreach Christopher Nelson EN
The multifaceted and challenging evaluation of the impact of data analytics in the Customs risk management process Jonathan Migeotte and Mathieu Labare EN
Report by the Secretariat on the WCO and Customs’ contributions Maka Khvedelidze EN
Linking performance management systems with organizational performance: A case study of the Indonesian Customs and Excise Administration Saut Mulia Simbolon EN
Measurement of relative efficiency of the implementation of WCO policies and guidelines by the Customs and commercial community Gloria Rodriguez-Lozano and Sebastian Galindo-Cantor EN
Panel discussion: What do new pre-arrival processing (PAP) capabilities in Montenegro tell us about Customs performance measurement? Practical insights from a recent assessment Andrew Grainger, Maria Rackovic, Stojanka Milosevic, Steven Pope and Tanja Boskovic EN
Implementing an Innovation Strategy in the WCO: Responding to Disruptive Events Ricardo Treviño Chapa EN
The WCO and global trade: Imprints and future paradigms M.M. Parthiban and G. Kanaga Subramanian EN
The World Customs Organization as a knowledge-based organization Jenia Peteva EN
Managing Customs risk and compliance: An integrated approach David Widdowson EN
The changing role of Customs – Customs aligning with supply chain management Frank Heijmann, Yao-Hua Tan, Boriana Rukanova and Albert Veenstra EN
Future of the Revised Kyoto Convention and an ongoing RKC review process Hans-Michael Wolffgang, Achim Rogmann and Kerstin Harden EN
Day 4
The Mercator Programme and the latest developments in capacity building activities and the PICARD Programme Jonathan Fellows EN
Customs capacity building through Partnership in Customs Academic Research and Development (PICARD): Achievements and future directions Juha Hintsa and Mikhail Kashubsky EN
The WCO’s impact to date and lessons learned: The road from Columbus to Competency David Hesketh EN
How to better utilize the PICARD Programme in the WCO capacity building activities from the perspective of the WCO Asia-Pacific regional structures Tong Hua EN
Effectiveness and efficiency of artificial intelligence in boosting Customs performance: A case study of the RECTS at the Uganda Customs Administration Kugonza Julius and Mugalula Christabel EN
How can Customs better leverage emerging technologies for more sustainable and smarter operations? Ismael Kafando EN
Blockchain technology in post and Customs Samira Rahmanian and Morteza Farokhzad EN