Opening of the 58th WCO Fellowship Programme

17 September 2012
The 58th English-speaking Fellowship Programme was launched in Brussels on Monday 17 September 2012.

This Programme forms part of the work to develop the management capacities of Member administrations in support of Phase II of the Columbus Programme. It is designed to provide extremely promising young managers from Member administrations with training in supervisory and management techniques, so as to help them carry out reform and modernization within their respective administrations in a dynamic and sustainable manner.

This latest Programme brings together 15 participants who were welcomed by Sergio Mujica, Deputy Secretary General of the WCO. This introduction serves as a prelude to a series of conferences given by WCO experts, as well as to the seven-day Leadership and Management Development Course, facilitated by three experts from Canada, the Netherlands and the WCO. The fellows also benefited from a round-table discussion with the Deputy Secretary General during their first day at the Secretariat.

Participants will remain at WCO Headquarters until 12 October 2012 in order to prepare an in-depth study on a subject of their choice, under the supervision of a Secretariat tutor, and to make recommendations to their respective administrations for possible subsequent implementation. Lastly they will spend a fortnight in one of the Programme’s partner administrations (Japan, Republic of Korea and the Netherlands) to round off their study trip.

The English-speaking Fellowship Programme is funded by the Customs administrations of Japan and the Netherlands, as well as the Korea Development Fund.

List of countries participating in the 58th Fellowship Programme:

· Albania

· Bangladesh

· Barbados

· Bhutan

· Congo (Dem. Rep. of the)

· Fiji

· Indonesia

· Kenya

· Malawi

· Myanmar

· Nepal

· Nigeria

· Seychelles

· Vietnam

· Yemen