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Conference on Partnership in Customs Academic Research and Development

30 August 2012
Report Presentations

Title: WCO PICARD Conference 2010
Subtitle: Partnership In Customs Academic Research and Development
Date: 23 – 25 November 2010
Location: Abu Dhabi, UAE

Introduction:

The WCO PICARD programme was launched in 2006 to provide a framework for cooperation between Customs and the academic world. In parallel, through PICARD, academic institutions have created the International Network of Customs Universities (INCU) and a rich vein of research in the field of Customs, generated through its flagship publication - the World Customs Journal.

Working together, the WCO and INCU have progressed a range of initiatives in the areas of educational programmes, strategic management development, professional standards, and academic research and development.

In relation to standards, the WCO in partnership with the INCU has developed a set of Professional Standards necessary for operational and strategic Customs managers to meet the requirements of the new strategic environment. In addition, the WCO has established a process of assessing university curricula against the Standards.

This year’s conference will build on the success of the previous conferences (Brussels 2006 and 2007, Shanghai 2008, and Costa Rica 2009) and will provide participants with an opportunity to interact with their government, commercial and academic counterparts from around the world.

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Agenda Arabic - English - French - Spanish
Invitation letter Arabic - English - FrenchSpanish
Conference brochure  Arabic - English - French - Spanish
Conference
The 2010 PICARD Conference will focus on the following specific issues:
Customs Business partnerships – examining the objectives and expectations of such partnerships, and ways to improve public and private sector performance through partnerships
Performance measurement – with a view to identifying appropriate methods to measure and benchmark Customs performance;
Customs and Revenue Collection derived from Customs Duties, VAT, and other taxes on traded goods – with a focus on ways of mitigating revenue risks caused by misclassification and misdescription, under-valuation, over-valuation, origin fraud, informal trade, and corruption;
The Impact of Climate Change on International Trade and Customs Management in the post-Copenhagen Era – the consequences of climate change policies on trade facilitation, revenue collection, and supply chain security with a focus on issues such as Border tax adjustments (BTAs), carbon leakage, VAT fraud on carbon credits, trade barriers to Clean Development Mechanisms (especially clean technologies).
In examining and analysing these issues, conference participants will be encouraged to identify a range of solutions to address identified concerns, with a particular emphasis on capacity building, improving performance and research opportunities to address identified needs.
A key aim of the Conference is to provide a truly global representation of the issues, and consequently it is intended to include presentations that represent diverse geographic views.
Relevant to:
The conference is intended for:
• Senior Customs executives responsible for
  • Customs reform and modernization strategies;
  • Strategic management and planning; or
  • Trade Policy issues
• Universities and research institutions with an interest in Customs related research and education
• Trade executives and service providers
• Representatives from Donor and other international organizations.
Language:
Interpretation in English, French, Arabic and Spanish

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Day 1

DAY 1

TUESDAY, 23 NOVEMBER 2010
 

08.00 – 10.00

Registration
 

10.00 – 11.00

Opening remarks
 
 
 
 

Mr. Kunio Mikuriya, Secretary General, World Customs Organization

Ms. Heike Barczyk, Deputy Director, World Customs Organization

Prof. David Widdowson, President, INCU

H.E. Mr K.A. Al Bustani, Director General, Federal Customs Authority, United Arab Emirates
 

11.00 – 11.30

Official photograph and coffee break
 

11.30 – 11.45

Overview of conference proceedings and administrative arrangements
 

11.45 – 12.30

WCO Capacity Building
 
 
 
 

Ms. Heike Barczyk, WCO Deputy Director: Update on WCO Capacity Building Initiatives [ar] [en] [es] [fr]

Ms. Riitta Passi, PICARD Programme Manager: Developments under the WCO PICARD Programme [ar] [en] [es] [fr]
 

12.30 – 14.15

Lunch break
 
Academic developments
PICARD Programme initiatives (WCO, Members and Academia)
 
14.15 – 15.30
Prof. Jhon Fonseca, Universidad de Costa Rica, Americas and Caribbean Region [en]
 
Prof. Hans-Michael Wolffgang, University of Munster, Europe Region [en]
 
Prof. David Widdowson, University of Canberra, Asia-Pacific Region [ar] [en] [es] [fr]
 
15.30 – 16.00
Coffee break
 
Academic developments
PICARD Programme initiatives (WCO, Members and Academia) cont.
 
16.00 – 16.30
H.E. Mohammed Abdullah Al Mehrezi, Director General, Customs & Port Department, Ras Al Khaimah, UAE: PhD Research Proposal: the effects of implementing a VAT System in the UAE as a whole, and Ras Al Khaimah Emirate specifically [ar] [en] [es] [fr]
 
 
16.30 – 16.45
Mr. Vanco Kargov, Director General, Ministry of Finance, Customs Administration, The Former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia: Concept of Enhancing Capacity at Customs [en] 

19.00

Welcome cocktail
 

DAY 2

DAY 2

Wednesday, 24 November 2010
 

Academic developments

PICARD Programme initiatives (WCO, Members and Academia)
 

09.00 – 09.15

Mr. Mikhail Kashubsky, INCU Secretariat: INCU – Recent Developments and New Initiatives [ar] [en] [es] [fr]
 

09.15 – 09.45

Mr. Ernani Checcucci, Programme Manager, WCO: The WCO Management Development Programme [ar] [en] [fr]
 

09.45 – 10.00

Mr. Juha Hintsa, Cross-Border Research Association: Development of a global e-Customs index, in collaboration with INCU Members [ar] [en] [es] [fr]
 

10.00 – 10.15

Mr. Thomas Cantens, Technical Attaché, Research and Strategies Unit, WCO: Club De La Reforme (CDRL)
 

Research presentations followed by Q&A

Customs and revenue collection derived from Customs duties, VAT and other taxes on traded goods
 

10.15 – 10.45

Prof. Santiago Ibáñez Marsilla, University of Valencia, Spain: Towards Customs valuation compliance through corporate income tax [ar] [en] [es] [fr]
 

10.45 – 11.15

Coffee break
 

11.15 – 12.45

Mr.Ernani Checcucci, Programme Manager, WCO – on behalf of Receita Federal do Brasil, Brasilian Customs: Large traders’ Customs units (by Leonardo Correia Lima Macedo) [ar] [en] [es] [fr]

Mr. Santiago León Abad, President, Ecuadorian Customs Corporation: Information exchange among Customs, effective tool for Customs valuation[ar] [en] [es] [fr]
 

12.45 – 14.30

Lunch break
 

Research presentations followed by Q&A

Customs-Business Partnerships – examining the objectives and expectations of such partnerships, and ways to improve public and private sector performance through partnerships
 

14.30 – 15.30

Mr. Olivier Tsalpatouros, International Trade, Vice Chair of the Customs Group of the Universal Postal Union, La Poste Group, France; and Mr. Olaf Klargaard, Director for Corporate and Regulatory Affairs, Pitney Bowes Inc:
Trade beyond new customs and security requirements- Challenges for the Postal World [ar] [en] [es] [fr]
 
Dr. Eng. Aref Ahmad Alfitiani, Director of Telecommunication and Control, Jordan Customs: Electronic Transit Tracking and Facilitation system (Jordan model) [ar] [en] [es] [fr]
 

15.30 – 16.00

Coffee break
 

Research presentations followed by Q&A

The Impact of Climate Change on International Trade and Customs Management in the post-Copenhagen Era
 

16.00 – 16.30

Mr. Robert Ireland, Policy Analyst, Research and Strategies Unit, WCO: Customs and climate change: a preliminary examination of the implications for Customs of global climate change mitigation and adaptation policy options [ar] [en] [es] [fr]
 

Guest presenters

Perspectives from the World bank and the Private Sector
 

16.30 – 17.00

Mr. Gerard McLinden, Senior Trade Facilitation Specialist, International Trade Department, World Bank: World Customs and Border Management Practice Group: Opportunities for Co-operation [en]
 
Mr Conor O’ Riordan, CEO, Trade facilitate: Trading with the EU on ICS and ECS [ar] [en] [es] [fr]
 

19.00

Gala Dinner
 

Day 3

DAY 3

THURSDAY, 25 NOVEMBER 2010
 

Research presentations followed by Q&A

Performance measurement with a view to identifying appropriate methods to measure and benchmark Customs performance
 

09.00 – 10.30

Mr. Lionel Pascal, Customs Expert, University of Le Havre: Performance measurement: identifying appropriate methods for measuring and evaluating the performance of Customs [ar] [en] [es] [fr]
 
Adjunct Professor Stephen Holloway, Dean of Studies, Centre for Customs and Excise Studies, University of Canberra: Measuring the Effectiveness of Border Management [ar] [en] [es] [fr]

Mr. Thomas Cantens, Technical Attaché, Research and Strategies Unit, WCO[ar] [en] [es] [fr]

Mr. Gael Raballand, World Bank; and

Mr. Samson Bilanga, Cameroon Customs: Reforming Customs by measuring performance – reflections based on the Cameroon example 
 

10.30 – 11.00

Coffee break
 

11.00 – 12.30

Dr. Bryane Michael, Senior Fellow, Stockholm School of Economics: Do Customs Trade Facilitation Programmes help reduce Customs-related corruption? [ar] [en] [es] [fr]
 
Dr. Prabodh Seth, Director, Research, Policy and Planning, Mauritius Revenue Authority: Performance Measurement in Customs [ar] [en] [es] [fr]
 
Ms. Kameswari Subramanian, Additional Director General, Central Board of Excise & Customs, Ministry of Finance, Department of Revenue, India: Excellence in Public Service Delivery& Performance Measurement [ar] [en] [es] [fr]
 

12.30 – 12.45

Certification Ceremony
 

12.45 – 13.00

Concluding remarks
 

13.00

Lunch