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The first WCO accreditation workshop for Mercator Programme Advisors (MPAs) in the MENA region

05 octubre 2018

The first WCO accreditation workshop for Arabic speaking Mercator Programme Advisors (MPAs) was held in Amman, Jordan, from 23 to 27 September 2018. The Workshop was financially supported by CCF Korea, and fourteen Customs officers from Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Tunisia participated in it.

MPAs are Customs Modernization Advisors (CMAs) with the capacity to accompany, guide and mentor organizations towards implementing trade facilitation reforms and modernization processes, including implementing the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA). MPAs, once accredited will be invited to carry out TF/TFA-related missions and related support under the WCO Mercator Programme. They will also be invited to support Members in establishing their National Committees on Trade Facilitation.

MPA accreditation workshops are part of the WCO's strategic approach to obtain a wider access to Capacity Building experts and to ensure their qualified and standardized level of support to Members. The WCO accreditation process is a 2-step approach. The first step being the successful participation in an accreditation workshop, followed as step 2 by being assessed in conducting one (or more, if needed) in-field mission(s) as co-facilitator.

The workshop participants in Amman were assessed against the required CMA/MPA profiles through a series of testing exercises, presentations, role-plays, group activities and plenary discussions. Participants were also required to demonstrate their knowledge and strategic application of core WCO tools and instruments and the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement along with their potential to facilitate discussions with senior Customs officials in a strategic context.  

Four participants were assessed as being promising candidates to progress to a second-step in-country mission and will be invited to participate in strategic planning or TFA implementation support missions under the WCO Mercator Programme.