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.