National Workshop on Strategic Trade Control Enforcement (Tunisia, 15 - 18 April)

17 May 2019

With the cooperation and support of the United States’ Export Control and Related Border Security Program (EXBS), the WCO delivered a four-day National Workshop on Strategic Trade Control Enforcement (STCE) in Tunis (Tunisia) from 15 to 18 April 2019. This is the 28th national STCE Workshop delivered by the WCO since 2016 and it was attended by 30 frontline and supervisory officers from Tunisian Customs, working in various field offices across the country. The Workshop was formally opened by Colonel Adel Gaufsaoui from Tunisian Customs’ Directorate of International Cooperation. In his opening remarks, the Colonel highlighted the role of capacity building for effective enforcement of strategic trade controls.

During the Workshop, participants were introduced to the concept of STCE and its legal and administrative frameworks. They were also familiarized with dual-use goods and given opportunities to undertake practical exercises and hold group discussions. In addition to the WCO Experts, a pre-accredited STCE Trainer from Poland supported the Workshop by delivering part of the curriculum; he earned his accreditation as an Expert Trainer as a result. The Workshop was formally closed by General Iman Bahlouch, Tunisian Customs’ Head of International Cooperation.

The STCE Programme is aimed at supporting Member administrations with the adoption of a sustainable national STCE training mechanism to ensure continuous capacity building of frontline officers. The Programme Team is committed to delivering more workshops in the future, both in Brussels and throughout the WCO regions. For additional information, please contact Mr. Adam Vas, STCE Programme Coordinator: Adam.Vas@wcoomd.org.