Successful completion of the WCO virtual PICARD Conference

30 November 2020

The 15th edition of the annual WCO PICARD Conference, which ran from 23 to 26 November 2020, ended on a high note after four days of presentations and discussions among participants. For the first time, the Conference was held virtually.

The Conference brought together almost 50 speakers - Customs professionals, academic researchers, representatives of the private sector and think tanks - from all over the world. High-level research and papers, which had been evaluated and selected by the PICARD Scientific Board and during the earlier selection process, were presented during a total of 12 sessions.  The Conference attracted more than 500 registrations, and was attended by 240 to 400 participants on each day.

The Conference kicked off with a keynote speech by Dr. Kunio Mikuriya, Secretary General of the WCO. In his speech he revisited the spirit of “PICARD”, which stands for “Partnership in Customs Academic Research and Development”.  By linking each session of the Conference to the main policy-related topics currently being addressed by the WCO, including the Customs response to COVID-19, he reiterated the role of the annual PICARD Conference as a platform for sharing and discussing Customs-related research findings to facilitate evidence-based and well-informed policy-making within Customs.

Amid the ongoing pandemic, three sessions of the Conference were dedicated to COVID-19 related topics. Customs’ and WCO responses to the pandemic were addressed, with the importance of digitalization, Customs-business partnership and utilization of WCO tools such as Single Window and Authorized Economic Operator in particular being highlighted as lessons learned. There was also a session on the WCO’s theme for 2020, namely “Customs fostering Sustainability for People, Prosperity and the Planet” - an opportunity for timely discussions on environmental sustainability.

In sessions on data analytics and emerging technologies, recent developments regarding the WCO data analytics project and its application to capacity building contexts were explained. These sessions were based on specific research findings by data experts from Customs and other government agencies. In sessions dedicated to organizational performance measurement, empirical studies carried out within Customs provided insights into the WCO’s ongoing work of developing a performance measurement mechanism.

During the Conference a special edition of the World Customs Journal, featuring the topic “The WCO and Customs and trade community: past and future”, was introduced, and the papers included in the Journal were presented.  Among them were presentations delivered during the sessions on the “Evolving roles of Customs and achievements of the WCO”, referring to the rapidly changing environment and the pandemic. Capacity building and the PICARD Programme were revisited in the context of collaboration between Customs and academic research.

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  • After the keynote speech was made by Secretary General Dr. Mikuriya (left), the conference moved on to the first session moderated by Mr. Brendan O’Hearn (right)

    After the keynote speech was made by Secretary General Dr. Mikuriya (left), the conference moved on to the first session moderated by Mr. Brendan O’Hearn (right)

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  • A session dedicated to the WCO’s theme for 2020 “Customs fostering Sustainability for People, Prosperity and the Planet” (environmental sustainability). Top left: Mr. Yuafanda Kholfi Hartono, Data Analyst, Indonesian Customs. Top right: Mr. Roux Raath, Environmental Programme Manager, Enforcement and Compliance Sub-Directorate, Compliance and Facilitation Directorate of the WCO. Bottom: Mr. Kenji Omi, Technical Attaché, Research Unit, Office of the Secretary General of the WCO.

    A session dedicated to the WCO’s theme for 2020 “Customs fostering Sustainability for People, Prosperity and the Planet” (environmental sustainability). Top left: Mr. Yuafanda Kholfi Hartono, Data Analyst, Indonesian Customs. Top right: Mr. Roux Raath, Environmental Programme Manager, Enforcement and Compliance Sub-Directorate, Compliance and Facilitation Directorate of the WCO. Bottom: Mr. Kenji Omi, Technical Attaché, Research Unit, Office of the Secretary General of the WCO.

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  • The first two sessions were dedicated to the issue of COVID-19 pandemic. Top left: Mr. Brendan O’Hearn, Deputy Director, Procedures and Facilitation, Compliance and Facilitation Directorate of the WCO. Top right: Mr. T. Samaya Murali and Ms. S. Vandana Raj, India Customs. Bottom left: Ms. Vyara Filipova, Technical Attaché, Procedures and Facilitation Sub-Directorate, Compliance and Facilitation Directorate of the WCO. Bottom right: Mr. Fermin Cuza, Business Alliance for Secure Commerce, the United States.

    The first two sessions were dedicated to the issue of COVID-19 pandemic. Top left: Mr. Brendan O’Hearn, Deputy Director, Procedures and Facilitation, Compliance and Facilitation Directorate of the WCO. Top right: Mr. T. Samaya Murali and Ms. S. Vandana Raj, India Customs. Bottom left: Ms. Vyara Filipova, Technical Attaché, Procedures and Facilitation Sub-Directorate, Compliance and Facilitation Directorate of the WCO. Bottom right: Mr. Fermin Cuza, Business Alliance for Secure Commerce, the United States.

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  • Two sessions were dedicated to organizational performance measurement. Top left: Ms. Valentina Ferraro, Procedures and Facilitation, Compliance and Facilitation Directorate of the WCO. Top right: Mr. Andrew Grainger, Honorary Associate Professor, University of Nottingham. Bottom left: Mr. Steven Pope, Vice President, Deutsch Post DHL Group, Germany. Bottom right: Ms. Tanja Boskovic, Senior Project Manager, GIZ Open Regional Fund for South-East Europe, Germany.

    Two sessions were dedicated to organizational performance measurement. Top left: Ms. Valentina Ferraro, Procedures and Facilitation, Compliance and Facilitation Directorate of the WCO. Top right: Mr. Andrew Grainger, Honorary Associate Professor, University of Nottingham. Bottom left: Mr. Steven Pope, Vice President, Deutsch Post DHL Group, Germany. Bottom right: Ms. Tanja Boskovic, Senior Project Manager, GIZ Open Regional Fund for South-East Europe, Germany.

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  • Three sessions featured the topic of data analytics, data-driven Customs and emerging technologies. Top left: Mr. Mourad Arfaoui, Technical Attaché, Capacity Building Directorate of the WCO. Top right: Mr. Jonathan Migeotte, Project Coordinator, Risk Management Department, Belgian Customs. Bottom left: Mr. Mathieu Labare, Data-Miner, Risk Management Department, Belgian Customs.

    Three sessions featured the topic of data analytics, data-driven Customs and emerging technologies. Top left: Mr. Mourad Arfaoui, Technical Attaché, Capacity Building Directorate of the WCO. Top right: Mr. Jonathan Migeotte, Project Coordinator, Risk Management Department, Belgian Customs. Bottom left: Mr. Mathieu Labare, Data-Miner, Risk Management Department, Belgian Customs.

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  • A session was dedicated to capacity building and PICARD programme. Top left: Mr. Dashgin Aliyev, Technical Attaché, Capacity Building Directorate of the WCO. Top center: Mr. Mikhail Kashubsky, Head of Secretariat, International Network of Customs Universities. Top right: Mr. Tong Hua, Programme Manager, Asia-Pacific Regional Office for Capacity Building, the WCO. Bottom left: Mr. David Hesketh, Hesketh Consultancy Ltd., the United Kingdom. Bottom right: Mr. Jonathan Fellows, Acting Deputy Director, Capacity Building Directorate of the WCO.

    A session was dedicated to capacity building and PICARD programme. Top left: Mr. Dashgin Aliyev, Technical Attaché, Capacity Building Directorate of the WCO. Top center: Mr. Mikhail Kashubsky, Head of Secretariat, International Network of Customs Universities. Top right: Mr. Tong Hua, Programme Manager, Asia-Pacific Regional Office for Capacity Building, the WCO. Bottom left: Mr. David Hesketh, Hesketh Consultancy Ltd., the United Kingdom. Bottom right: Mr. Jonathan Fellows, Acting Deputy Director, Capacity Building Directorate of the WCO.

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  • Organizer of the PICARD conference 2020

    Organizer of the PICARD conference 2020

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  • Two sessions were dedicated to the topic of “Evolving roles of Customs and achievements of the WCO”. Top left: Mr. Ricardo Treviño Chapa, Deputy Secretary General of the WCO. Top right: Mr. Achim Rogmann, Professor, Brunswick European Law School (BELS), Germany. Bottom left: Mr. David Widdowson, Editor-in-Chief of the World Customs Journal; Professor, Charles Sturt University, Australia. Bottom right: Mr. Frank Heijmann, Head, Trade Relations, Customs Administration of the Netherlands.

    Two sessions were dedicated to the topic of “Evolving roles of Customs and achievements of the WCO”. Top left: Mr. Ricardo Treviño Chapa, Deputy Secretary General of the WCO. Top right: Mr. Achim Rogmann, Professor, Brunswick European Law School (BELS), Germany. Bottom left: Mr. David Widdowson, Editor-in-Chief of the World Customs Journal; Professor, Charles Sturt University, Australia. Bottom right: Mr. Frank Heijmann, Head, Trade Relations, Customs Administration of the Netherlands.

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  • Dr. Kunio Mikuriya, Secretary General of the WCO, making his keynote speech at the WCO secretariat

    Dr. Kunio Mikuriya, Secretary General of the WCO, making his keynote speech at the WCO secretariat

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