A warm welcome to the 50th Fellowship Programme

14 October 2009
A warm welcome to the 50th Fellowship Programme

October 2009


The 50th English-speaking Fellowship Programme was launched in Brussels on Monday 12 October 2009.

This Programme forms part of the work to develop the management capacities of Member administrations in support of Phase II of the Columbus Programme. It is designed to provide extremely promising young managers from Member administrations with training in supervisory and management techniques, so as to help them carry out reform and modernization within their respective administrations in a dynamic and sustainable manner. This latest Programme has brought together 13 participants who were welcomed by the WCO Secretary General.

This introduction served as a prelude to a series of conferences given by WCO experts and to the eight-day Management Course.

The Fellows will then remain at WCO Headquarters until 6 November 2009 in order to complete an in-depth study on a subject of their choice, under the supervision of a Secretariat tutor, and to make recommendations to their respective administrations for possible subsequent implementation. Lastly they will spend a fortnight in one of the Programme’s partner Administrations (Japan, Netherlands, Norway) to round off their study trip.

The Fellowship Programme is funded by the Customs Administrations of Japan, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the NORAD fund (Norway).