Opening of the WCO's 75th Fellowship Programme

16 May 2018

The 75th WCO Fellowship Programme, intended for Spanish-speakers, was launched in Brussels on Monday 14 May 2018.

This Programme forms part of the WCO’s work to develop the management capacities of Member administrations in support of Customs Reform and Modernization programmes. It is designed to provide promising young managers from Member administrations with access to and further familiarization with WCO and international standards, tools and instruments, but also 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 9 participants who were welcomed on the 14th by Mrs. Brenda Mundia, Deputy Director Capacity Building, World Customs Organization. This introduction serves as a prelude to a round-table session with Mr. Ricardo Treviño, Deputy Secretary General, to a series of conferences given by WCO experts, as well as to the seven-day Leadership and Management Development Workshop, facilitated by two experts from Canada and the WCO.

The participants will remain at WCO Headquarters until 8 June in order to prepare an in-depth study on a technical subject of their choice, under the supervision of a WCO tutor, and to make recommendations to their respective administrations for possible subsequent implementation. Lastly the participants will spend a fortnight in one of the Programme’s partner Administrations (the Republic of Korea or Japan) to round off their study trip.

The Spanish-speaking Fellowship Programme is funded by the Customs Administrations of Japan and the Ministry of Strategy and Finance of the Republic of Korea.

List of countries participating in the 75th Fellowship Programme: Angola, Argentina, Belize, Colombia, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Panama, Peru and Uruguay.