The A-CIP Programme held its first Coordinators’ meeting prior to the ISC

25 febrero 2020

From 17 to 19 February 2020, the WCO Anti-Corruption and Integrity Promotion (A-CIP) Programme for Customs organized its first A-CIP coordinators’ workshop at WCO headquarters in Brussels, prior to the WCO Integrity Sub-Committee (ISC). The meetings offered an opportunity to bring A-CIP Coordinators together and build momentum on the work all 11 partner administrations provided during the first year of the Programme. It also aimed to reinforce project management skills within the group, in order to better equip them with the necessary tools to carry on the Programme within their own administration.

The three-day meetings were particularly dedicated to discussing the scoping visits that took place in-country over the past year, exploring what went well and where there is room for improvement, in order to consolidate cooperation for the next four years. For half a day, participants were invited to provide feedback on the Integrity Development Guide, one of the main tool used during scoping visits, along with the Revised Arusha Declaration.

Discussions also focused on the administrations’ individual Project Information Document (PID) which features the general and specific outcomes for each partner under A-CIP, as well as measures to be implemented to reach the Programme’s objectives. The Customs Integrity Perception Survey (CIPS), conducted in collaboration with the professional independent firm EY Germany, was also discussed. Interrogating both Customs officials and representatives of the private sector on their perception of Customs’ level of integrity, the CIPS gathers baseline data to be used throughout the programme to assess the impact of the WCO A-CIP Programme in each country.

Finally, the workshop was an occasion to gather A-CIP initial partners (Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Ghana, Lebanon, Liberia, Mali, Mozambique, Nepal, Sierra Leone, Tanzania and Tunisia) and the new administrations who recently joined the Programme in January 2020 thanks to additional funding from Norad (Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Jordan, Niger and Palestine). The workshop was thus an interesting forum for exchange of best practices and a chance to hear others’ experiences under the A-CIP Programme so far. Thanks to Norad’s funding, all participants were also able to attend the ISC meetings on 20-21 February and to learn from other WCO members as well as the latest developments and initiatives in the area of Customs Integrity

For more information about the A-CIP Programme, please visit the WCO A-CIP Programme page, or contact capacitybuilding@wcoomd.org .