Belgian Crown Prince visits the World Customs Organization

28 junio 2012

Belgian Crown Prince visits the World Customs Organization

Brussels, 28 June 2012

Press Release

HRH Prince Philippe of Belgium visited the Headquarters of the World Customs Organization (WCO) on 28 June 2012 on the occasion of the WCO's 60th anniversary which is being celebrated during the 2012 Sessions of the WCO Council, the Organization's highest decision making body.

The Crown Prince was warmly welcomed by the Secretary General who introduced him to the history of the WCO and the Organization's long and fruitful relationship with the Belgian State, which has hosted the Headquarters of the WCO since its establishment on 4 November 1952.

Prince Philippe then listened intently as Directors General of Customs discussed and adopted the WCO Economic Competitiveness Package that will secure and promote growth, particularly in these troubled economic times, when many States face challenging financial and social pressures.

"It was an honour for me to lead discussions on the WCO Economic Competitiveness Package in the presence of HRH the Crown Prince," said Chairperson of the Council, Josephine Feehily. "The Package is a concrete example of how Customs authorities are responding to global challenges positively," she added.

At the conclusion of the discussion, Prince Philippe presented the WCO with a painting called "Memories that never were" by Belgian artist Yves Velter, on behalf of the Government and people of Belgium, followed by the presentation of a gift to the Prince by the Secretary General on behalf of WCO Members.

"The Secretariat and Members of the WCO welcome the visit by HRH Prince Philippe," said WCO Secretary General, Kunio Mikuriya. "The visit enabled the WCO to present the work of the global Customs community, as well as its efforts to promote growth, facilitate trade and secure borders," he added.

A small, representative meeting took place later, where guests had the opportunity to engage with the Crown Prince on matters of mutual interest, including the latest developments in international trade and some of the challenges and opportunities faced by Customs administrations today.