Opening of the WCO’s 80th Fellowship Programme

29 January 2020

The 80th WCO Fellowship Programme, intended for French-speakers, was launched in Brussels on Monday 27 January 2020.

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 12 participants who were welcomed on the 27th by Mrs. Brenda Mundia, Deputy Director Capacity Building, World Customs Organization. This introduction serves as a prelude to a round-table session with by Dr. Kunio Mikuriya, 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 France and the WCO.

The participants will remain at WCO Headquarters until 21 February 2020 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, France or Japan) to round off their study trip.

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

List of countries participating in the 80th Fellowship Programme: Algeria, Benin, Burundi, Central African Republic, Madagascar, Mali, Morocco, Niger, Senegal, Togo, Tunisia and Turkey.