Opening of the WCO’s 79th Fellowship Programme

24 September 2019

The 79th WCO Fellowship Programme, intended for English-speakers, was launched in Brussels on Monday 23 September 2019.

This Programme forms part of the WCO’s initiatives to develop the management capacities of Member administrations in support of Customs Reform and Modernization programmes. It is designed to provide promising young managers from Member administrations with access to and further familiarization with WCO and international standards, tools and instruments, but also 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 brings together 14 participants who were welcomed on the 23rd by Mrs. Brenda Mundia, Deputy Director Capacity Building, World Customs Organization. This introduction serves as a prelude to a round-table session with by Mr. Ricardo Treviño, Deputy Secretary General, World Customs Organization and to a series of conferences given by WCO experts, as well as to the eight-day Leadership and Management Development Workshop, facilitated by experts from Mongolia and the WCO.

The participants will remain at WCO Headquarters until 18th October in order to prepare an in-depth study on a technical subject of their choice, under the supervision of a WCO tutor, and to make recommendations to their respective administrations for possible subsequent implementation. Lastly the participants will spend a fortnight in one of the Programme’s partner Administrations (the Republic of Korea, China or Japan) to round off their study trip.

The English-speaking Fellowship Programme is funded by the Customs Administrations of Japan, China and the Ministry of Strategy and Finance of the Republic of Korea.

List of countries participating in the 79th Fellowship Programme: Botswana, Kyrgyz Republic, Lebanon, Timor Leste, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Uganda, Vietnam, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Iran, Mauritius and Myanmar.