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   Government of the Republic of Fiji

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Media Release

Ambassador Vocea Signs MOU on Set Up of Regional Training Center for Customs in Fiji

AMb_Vocea_and_MOU_Customs_Regional_Training_Center13th July 2012: The Secretary General of World Customs Organisation (WCO), Mr. Kunio Mikuriya and Fiji’s Representative to the European Union Ambassador Vocea, acting on behalf of the Fiji Revenue & Customs Authority, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the establishment of a WCO Regional Training Centre in Suva.

The WCO will use the facilities of the Training Centre for the purpose of regional training, technical assistance meetings and other Customs related events. This will serve as a very useful means for capacity building and promotion of Customs effective-ness and efficiency in the countries of the Pacific Region.

The WCO Council acknowledged the enormous challenges facing Customs administrations due to increasing volumes of trade, globalization of trade, and regional integration.

In this context the dissemination of information, training and technical assistance are indispensable for the uniform implementation of key Customs-related international conventions, recommendations and other standards.

The WCO will provide relevant and meaningful training and technical assistance to its Members through the Regional Training Centre.

It is expected that the Regional Trading Centre will be formally inaugurated in August with the first training session conducted immediately after-wards.

(Photo caption: Ambassador Vocea with WCO Secretary General , Mr. Mikuriya)