Vietnam and WCO close a Capacity Building Project, Laying the Groundwork for TFA Implementation

07 August 2017

For the past four years, the WCO-Norad Project on Customs Capacity Building in Vietnam has been focusing on capacity building in the area of Stakeholder Engagement.  This has included working with Customs Brokers, Consultations, Client Services, and also linked with support to the development of a risk-based Compliance Management strategy.

The final technical assistance mission to Vietnam under the current WCO-Norad Project took place in Hanoi 10-14 July 2017. It entailed three events (two with external stakeholders, and a Project closing event with internal stakeholders). The project’s outcomes were reviewed and fed into an initial diagnostic under the framework of the Mercator Programme, conducted by regional Mercator Programme Advisors (MPAs) which will help place Vietnam on track to implement its commitments under the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA).  The TFA itself contains important provisions to which the Stakeholder Engagement, Compliance Management and other changes implemented under the auspices of the WCO-Norad Customs Capacity Building Project naturally contribute.  Therefore, linking WCO-Norad Project close with Mercator Programme activities will help ensure sustainability of these changes.

The WCO-Norad Customs Capacity Building Project 2012-17 aims at delivering technical assistance to seven countries: Timor-Leste, Liberia, Mozambique, Nicaragua, Rwanda, Tanzania and Vietnam.  For more information, please contact the Project Manager, Ms. Andrea Hampton (