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Discussions in Madrid

16 October 2007

The Columbus programme has so far been a great success in many parts of the world. One of the most active regions is the Americas and Caribbean region. One of the challenges for this specific region in relation to the second phase of the WCO Columbus capacity building programme is the need for Spanish speaking experts and the ability o deliver capacity building in Spanish. During a visit to Madrid, Spain, the Director of Capacity Building, Mr. Lars Karlsson met with Director General of Spanish Customs, Mr. Nicola Bonilla and his management team for discussions about support for the Columbus programme in Latin America. The meeting was very positive and successful. Further support from Spain for the Columbus programme phase 2 in the Americas region was agreed and the Spanish customs administration will very generously supply Spanish speaking officers from different competence fields to the WCO pool of capacity building experts