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Mexico to host Latin America’s first international Customs IT event

17 April 2007

Brussels, 17 April 2007

Mexico to host Latin America ’s first international Customs IT event

The 2007 WCO IT Conference & Exhibition co-organised by the WCO and the Mexican Customs administration will take place in Veracruz (Mexico) from 25-27 April 2007. Customs authorities, the information technology sector, the business community, and other international trade stakeholders will gather together to discuss IT issues and their impact on Customs across the globe. This year’s Conference and Exhibition focuses on the topical theme - From the old world to the new: IT facilitates transition?

As Customs administrations move from traditional procedures to modern information management, this premier event will enable participants to explore the digital opportunities and challenges associated with the latest available information and communication technology. It also provides an ideal platform for further Customs-to-business cooperation in the IT field and the positive impact this cooperation has on efforts to facilitate and secure international trade and enhance Customs operations.

Mr Agustín Carstens Carstens (Minister of Finance in Mexico) will participate in the opening ceremony along with Mr Juan José Bravo Moisés (Customs General Administrator), Mr Fidel Herrera Beltrán (Governor of Veracruz State), Mr Tapani Erling (WCO Council Chaiperson), Mr Michel Danet (WCO Secretary General), and many other distinguished guests. His Excellency Mr Dermot Brangan (Irish Ambassador to Mexico) and His Excellency Mr Yubun Narita (Japanese Ambassador to Mexico) are expected to also grace the event. Mr Ray McDonagh (WCO Deputy Director for Facilitation) will chair the Conference which includes a selection of speakers renowned for their expertise in Customs and the IT environment.

A parallel Exhibition will offer global networking opportunities, enabling all participants to obtain first hand information from suppliers and users on IT solutions, technologies and trends.

For more information about the Conference and Exhibition or to register online, please visit http://events.wcoomd.org/