Second Technology and Innovation Forum

30 August 2012

Technology and Innovation Forum
Subtitle: Smart Borders, Enabling Technologies

Date: 2–4 November, 2010

Location: Cairo, Egypt
Venue: JW Marriott Hotel


Following the success of the last year’s First Technology and Innovation Forum in Brussels, dedicated to inspection equipment and hardware used in daily customs operations, the WCO is organising the Second Technology and Innovations Forum in Cairo, Egypt. In addition to demonstrating a wide range of new and emerging technologies, this year’s Forum focuses on engaging all relevant stakeholders in the discussion on the efficient use of technology at the border.

The major objectives of the Forum are:

  • Learn from the experiences of different stakeholders how to build a successful business case for technology acquisition, maintenance and deployment;
  • Develop an expertise on securing funding for the technology project;
  • Analyse all pros and cons in the processes of technology deployment, maintenance and replacement;
  • Offer technological solutions to assist daily border inspection activities;
  • Learn more about emerging technologies and innovations (e.g. e-seals, track and trace);
  • Forge new partnerships and encourage the exchange of best practices in the sphere of using technologies and innovations between the stakeholders.
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Delegate Programme
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Why attend


  • Explore how new technologies and innovations can help you to tackle new challenges in the border environment;
  • Learn about the successful examples of the use of technologies by other agencies;
  • Have your say in the specially designed sessions on a variety of issues related to the most effective responses to old and new problems.

Business community:

  • Get in touch with the Customs community, researchers, experts and practitioners;
  • Learn more about the current and forthcoming needs and concerns in the Customs environment;
  • Debate over the effectiveness of technologies and innovations and their ability to tackle the new challenges;
  • Present the latest achievements of the technological progress as well as new business models directly to the potential clients;

Who will attend

  • Customs executives (Directors-General, Senior Operational Officers, Heads of Procurement Departments);
  • Government officials (law-enforcement agencies etc.);
  • International organizations;
  • Private sector (producers, consulting companies);
  • Donor organizations;
  • Other interested organizations.


Interpretation (English, French and Arabic)


Second Technology and Innovation Forum

Session 1

Business Case Development for Technology Acquisition

  • Mr. Maurice Campbell, Project Director, Consultancy & Project Management, Crown Agents
  • Mr. Michael Doherty, Assistant Principal, Investigations & Prosecution Division, Office of the Revenue Commissioners, Irish Customs
  • Mr. Diego Garayzabal, Deputy Director General, Taxpayer Services, Federal Administration of Public Revenues, Argentina

Session 2

Securing Project Funding – Successful Donor Coordination

Session 3

Technology Deployment, Maintenance and Replacement

  • Mr. Joris Groeneveld, X-ray and Nuclear Detection Unit, Dutch Tax and Customs Administration
  • Mrs. Hoda Mohamed Attia, Manager of Technical Office, Alexandria Port Authority, Egypt

Session 4

Securing the Working Space: Inspection Technologies and Occupational Health and Safety

  • Mr. Cliff Frost, Manager, Substance Detection and Identification, Australian Customs and Border Protection Service
  • Dr. Piotr Afonin, Head, Department of Technical Means of Customs Control, Russian Customs Academy, St. Petersburg branch
  • Mr. Åke Samuelsson, Emergency Planning Manager, Swedish Customs
  • Mr. Wolf Münchmeyer, General Manager, Airsense Analytics
Break-out Session 1 and 2
  • Mr. Joe Reiss, Vice President, Marketing, AS&E (presentation not available)
  • Mr. Isaac Kwoba, Promotion Manager, SGS, East & Southern Africa (presentation not available)
  • Mr. Gustavo Bottan, VP Business Development, Passport Systems
  • Mr. Wil Grullemans, General Manager, Nordiko Quarantine Systems and Mr. Ian Webb, Product Manager, Syft Technologies
Break-out Session 3 and 4
  • Mr. Kazuhiko Okusa, Hitachi High-Tech Trading Corporation
  • Mr. Jonathan James, Sr. Director, Business Development, EMEA, Brijot Imaging Systems (presentation not available)
  • Mr. Nick Gillett, Product Manager, Cargo Imaging Systems, L-3 Security & Detection Systems

Session 5

Report of the Scientific Sub-Committee Chair and debate on Track and Trace, RFID, electronic seals and other technologies

  • Mr. Marco Sironi, Acting Head, Traceability and Vulnerability Unit, Institute for the Protection and Security of the Citizen, Joint Research Centre, European Commission (Italy)
  • Mr. Wilhelmus Van Heeswijk, Policy Officer, Risk Management and Security Unit, DG Taxation and Customs Union, European Commission (Belgium)
  • Mr. Julius Musyoki, Deputy Commissioner of Customs, Enforcement and Regional Operations, Kenya Revenue Authority

Session 6

Emerging Technologies: Opportunities and Challenges

  • Mr. Todd Perry, Deputy Director, Office of Nonproliferation and International Security, US Department of Energy
  • Mr. Zhang Lei, Deputy Director, Division of Technology, Shanghai Customs District, China Customs
  • Mr. Graeme Kyle, Director (Business Design), Border Force, UK Border Agency and Mrs. Catherine Mealing-Jones, Director (Business Change), Border Force, UK Border Agency -presentation
  • Mr. Joe Reiss, Vice President, Marketing, AS&E (presentation not available)

Report and Statistics


Corporate Event Sponsor

With more than 20,000 systems deployed around the globe, L-3 Security & Detection Systems develops and manufactures products to screen people, vehicles, baggage, cargo and packages.
L-3 is a full-service system integrator that can address the most complex cargo challenges. With more than a decade of in-depth cargo experience, L-3 offers a broad array of services enabling us to define and deliver the solution best suited to a customer’s environment and needs. Dedicated to customer success before, during and after deployment, L-3 offers needs analysis, site planning, project management, customization, installation and testing, training, maintenance and global 24/7 support in more than 80 countries.

Platinum Sponsor

With over 50 years of experience, AS&E is the leading worldwide supplier of innovative X-ray inspection systems. The Company’s product line utilizes a combination of technologies offering superior X-ray threat detection for plastic explosives, plastic weapons, liquid explosives, dirty bombs and nuclear devices. AS&E ’s complete range of products protect high-threat facilities and help combat terrorism, trade fraud, drug smuggling, weapon smuggling, and illegal immigration and people smuggling. AS&E customers include DHS, CBP, DoD, and NATO.

Silver Sponsor

Smiths Detection provides government regulated products and advanced services to governmental bodies and security experts worldwide. The company is a world leader in Detection and Identification technologies, also comprising screening systems for the detection of illegal and dangerous items in cargo, in transit by sea, road, air or rail. Liaising with the customs as well as other security authorities in their fight against terrorism and illegal trafficking, we provide tailored solutions to customs allowing them to utilize the best tools for the job and the trade facilitation.


Mars Incorporated operates in 68 countries, employs more than 65,000 Associates, and our products are enjoyed in more than 180 Countries. We own Seven of the World's top-20 chocolate brands. Founded in 1911 in the USA, today we are one of the world’s largest privately-held companies. MARS North Africa, and East Mediterranean (NAEM) is a division of Mars Incorporated, headquartered in Cairo, where our key manufacturing facility is at the Industrial zone in 6th October City. There, we manufacture our Galaxy tablets & Galaxy Flutes range, since 2005; and export them to more than seven markets. We employ around 1,000 directly & indirectly; and contribute to the lives of the people in the communities around us through various Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives. We are a Family Business, Living according to our Five Principles, driving our success and shaping our future, through engaged & passionate Associates.
Outcomes and Presentations

Second Technology and Innovation Forum

We would like to thank our Sponsors for supporting this event, and our Exhibitors for their attendance and active participation.
To log your expression of interest in exhibiting and/or sponsoring the 2010 WCO Technology and Innovation Forum, please contact:

Ms Eimear Dunne

T. +353 1 2802641


Ad hoc Working Group on ESeals and Container Security Devices

The Scientific Sub Committee's ad hoc Working Group on ESeals/CSDs will hold its meeting immediately prior to the Technology and Innovation Forum on 1 November 2010. The Working Group will be preparing Guidance for Customs administrations on the use of these devices.

Representatives of the Private Sector are invited to attend and provide information to the open session of this meeting. To register please contact Mr. Simon Royals, WCO Secretariat on