03 October 2012

Donor Organizations

African Union (AU)

The African Union an organization of African States established in 2002 as successor to the OAU (Organisation of African Unity), which aims to encourage economic development and political stability through increased cooperation between its members. A MOU between the WCO and AU was signed on 25 June 2010.


Asian Development Bank

Since its founding in 1966, ADB has been driven by an inspiration and dedication to improving people’s lives in Asia and the Pacific. Whether it be through investment in infrastructure, health care services, financial and public administration systems, or helping nations prepare for the impact of climate change or better manage their natural resources, ADB is committed to helping developing member countries evolve into thriving, modern economies that are well integrated with each other and the world.


Commonwealth Secretariat

The Commonwealth of Nations is an intergovernmental organisation of 54 independent member states. The member states cooperate within a framework of common values and goals, as outlined in the Singapore Declaration. These include the promotion of democracy, human rights, good governance, the rule of law, individual liberty, egalitarianism, free trade, multilateralism and world peace.


Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)

The Canadian Development Agency supports sustainable development activities among several areas of the globe in order to reduce poverty and to contribute to a more secure, equitable and prosperous world.


Eurasian Economic Community (EurAsec or EAEC)

The Eurasian Economic Community originated from the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) Customs Union between Belarus, Russia and Kazakhstan. The Treaty on the establishment of the Eurasian Economic Community was signed in the year 2000 and a Common Economic Space was launched on 1 January 2010. A MOU between the WCO and the EAEC was signed in 2006.


European Union

The WCO Secretariat cooperates with the relevant bodies of the EU Commission, such as the Directorate General for Taxation and Customs Union (TAXUD) and the OLAF agency, in order to increase efforts for combating all kind of fraud which customs encounters.


Finland Government

The WCO and Finland signed a multi-year agreement on Capacity Building for the East and Southern Africa (ESA) region in 2011. The agreement supports enhancing trade of the countries within the region and internationally through improved trade facilitation, better cooperation between various border agencies while enhancing security of society. Projects are undertaken through the WCO Regional Office for Capacity Building (ROCB) in Nairobi under the overall responsibility of the WCO. ROCB involvement ensures regional coordination and capacity building support services contributes to development at all levels of Customs in the region.


Inter-American Development Bank (IADB)

The IDB is the main source of multilateral financing and expertise for sustainable economic, social and institutional development in Latin America and the Caribbean. The IDB Group is composed of the Inter-American Development Bank, the Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC) and the Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF). The IIC focuses on support for small and medium-sized businesses, while the MIF promotes private sector growth through grants and investments, with an emphasis on microenterprise.


Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)

JICA assists and supports developing countries as the executing agency of the Japanese Official Development Assistance (ODA). In accordance with its vision of “Inclusive and Dynamic Development,” JICA supports the resolution of issues of developing countries by using the most suitable tools of various assistance methods (technical cooperation, loan aid, ODA Grants etc.) and a combined regional-, country- and issue-oriented approach.


Norwegian Agency for Development Co-operation (NORAD)

The Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation is a specialised directorate within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. NORAD assures the quality of Norwegian development assistance by means of technical advisory service, grant administration, communication and evaluation.


Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE)

As a result of cooperation between the WCO and OSCE, the OSCE Council, held in Vienna, Austria in July 2005, has drawn up a Decision in support of Framework of Standards to Secure and Facilitate Global Trade (SAFE Program). The OSCE Council agreed to encourage their members, which are also Members of the WCO, to sign the Letter of Intent to implement SAFE standards. The OSCE have also offered to assist on capacity building initiatives related to the same program.


Swedish International Development Co-operation Agency (SIDA)

The overall target of Sweden’s Development Assistance is to ensure that those in poverty have the ability to improve their living conditions. SIDA’s action encompasses all areas of society, in order to carry out its assignments effectively.


United Kingdom, Department for International Development

The Department for International Development (DFID) leads the UK’s work to end extreme poverty; reducing the inequalities of opportunity we see around the world today, wealth creation and sustainable growth. Partnership with multilateral bodies including the WCO enables DFID to extend the scope and reach of UK’s aid based on effective results and value for money.


United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)

The partnership between the World Customs Organization (WCO) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is based on a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), signed in November 1996. UNODC and WCO have successfully been working together on a number of international activities. The most recent common project is the so-called ‘UNODC-WCO Container Control Programme. A MOU was signed on 3 March 2010.


World Bank 

The WCO Secretariat successfully maintained and enhanced co-operation with the World Bank. The WCO made available useful WCO instruments to the WB for their promotion and increased use. The software of the WCO “Time Release Study” developed in co-operation with the World Bank has been made available to WCO Members and WB members free of charge. The Secretariat participates in the World Bank Customs modernization and reform projects and workshops on trade facilitation. The World Bank also launched a project to assist countries to enhance participation in the WTO trade facilitation negotiations. The purpose of the project is to present a wide range of options for establishing co-ordination mechanisms in a country, introduce effective communication and to support its trade facilitation negotiator in Geneva.


Academic Organizations

Centre for Customs and Excise Studies, University of Canberra, Australia

The University of Canberra hosts the Centre for Customs and Excise Studies and works with the WCO East & Southern Africa Regional Office for Capacity Building based in Kenya. The MOU between the WCO and the University of Canberra was signed on 3 January 2001.


International Network of Customs Universities Inc. (INCU)

The INCU is an international not-for-profit organization established in 2005 to promote the academic standing of the Customs profession, promote academic excellence in Customs matters, generate research and greater public awareness of Customs matters, provide the WCO and other organizations with a single point of contact with universities and research institutes that are active in the field of customs research, education and training. The INCU is also designed to provide a global resource for governments and the private sector, and an educational source for students wishing to further their knowledge in the field of customs management and administration, and international trade and logistics management. The MOU between the WCO and INCU was signed on 30 September 2009 and renewed on 25 September 2012.


Leeds metropolitan University, United Kingdom

Based in the city of Leeds, the University is one of the most popular in the country. With over 29,000 students and 3,000 staff, its contribution to the region and beyond is significant. The MOU between the WCO and the University of Leeds was signed on 24 January 2007.


Riga Technical University, Latvia

Riga Technical University is the first technical university in the Baltic countries as its history dates back to 1862 when Riga Polytechnic was founded. The Technical University offers a Bachelor and a Master professional programme in Customs and Taxes. The MOU between the WCO and the Riga Technical University was signed on 25 September 2005.


University of Costa Rica, Costa Rica

The University of Costa Rica is one of the leading research universities within the country as well as Central America. The University offers A Baccalaureate, a Master and a Licentiate in Customs Administration and Trade.The MOU [es] between the WCO and the University of Costa Rica was signed in 2008. 


University of Le Havre, France

The University of Le Havre is situated in the Seine-Maritime department of the Haute-Normandie region in France. The MOU between the WCO and the University of Le Havre was signed in June 2007. 95


University of Munster, Germany

The University of Munster is a public university located in the city of Munster, North Rhine-Westphalia in Germany. It is part of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, a society of Germany's leading research universities. The University of Munster offers a Master in Customs Administration, Law and Policy. The MOU between the WCO and the University of Muenster was signed in November 2005.


University of Verona, Department of English, Germanic and Slavic Studies, Italy

The University of Verona (Università degli Studi di Verona) is a university located in Verona, Italy. It was recently founded as it started its activities in the year 1982. The MOU between the WCO and the University of Verona was signed on 29 April 2009.


University “St Ceryl and Methodius”, Skopje, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

The Saints Cyril and Methodius University, based in Skopje, is the largest university in The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. The MOU between the WCO and the “St Cyril and Methodius” University was signed on 10 May 2007.


Zayed University, United Arab Emirates

Zayed University was established in 1998 and is the newest of the three government sponsored higher educational institutions in the United Arab Emirates.