WCO National Workshop on the Revised Kyoto Convention (RKC) in Brunei Darussalam

23 January 2014

At the invitation of the Royal Customs and Excise Department of Brunei Darussalam, Mr. Yoshihiro Kosaka, Head of the Asia/Pacific Regional Office for Capacity Building (ROCB A/P) as well as being a WCO-accredited expert on the Revised Kyoto Convention (RKC), visited Bandar Seri Begawan in Brunei Darussalam to conduct a WCO National Workshop on the RKC from 13 to16 January 2014. The Workshop was attended by a total of 29 mid-level Customs officers from Brunei Customs.

In the light of the Asia/Pacific Regional Strategic Plan for 2012-2014, ROCB A/P has been making every effort to accelerate Members’ accession to the RKC in the Asia/Pacific region. In April 2013 a WCO Sub-Regional Workshop on the RKC for South East Asian countries was held in Malaysia, with sponsorship from CCF Japan, and Brunei Customs participated in this. As one of the follow-up activities, this national workshop was held at the invitation of Brunei Customs, to provide targeted and country-focused technical support to Brunei Customs based on the gap initially identified, during the sub-regional workshop, between the RKC provisions and the national legislation of Brunei Darussalam.

The outcome of this Workshop has been tangible in that it has enabled Brunei Darussalam to gain a clear understanding of the RKC, particularly with regard to its benefits and the accession process. Following the gap analysis and strategic planning activity, they now have a clear roadmap for acceding to the RKC in the near future. The ROCB A/P has agreed to provide ongoing support to Brunei Customs for the achievement of this goal.