Opening of the WCO 7th EPCBA Programme at Seoul National University (SNU) in Korea

09 April 2021

The 7th Executive Programme in Customs & Business Administration (EPCBA) at SNU, funded by CCF-Korea, was launched on Tuesday 6th April 2021. The first component of the EPCBA Programme has been organized taking into account the COVID-19 pandemic crisis. It will be conducted through a web conference platform and a face-to-face Programme will be determined at a later stage.

The EPCBA Programme targets management-level officials of Customs administrations from developing countries. It seeks to provide international trade and business management theoretical frameworks to address Customs matters in a more holistic and systematic manner. It also includes practical information and knowledge regarding Customs affairs, such as the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA), Authorized Economic Operator (AEO), and Free Trade Agreements (FTA).  The participants will also benefit from the Leadership and Management Development (LMD) course and data analytics sessions facilitated by experts from the WCO. Domain experts have been invited to deliver lectures on Customs-related matters. 

This Programme brought together 12 participants who were welcomed during the opening ceremony by Dr. Taeil KANG, Director of Capacity Building Directorate at WCO and Ms. Jinseon KIM, Deputy Director of External Relations Division at Korea Customs Service.

The participants will be required to participate and discuss topics through an online platform coordinated three times a week by SNU until 29TH April. The following countries are participating in the 7th EPCBA Programme: Azerbaijan, Bangladeshi, Bhutan, Bosnia Herzegovina, Botswana, Cambodia, Guinea Bissau, India, Jordan, Mexico, Nigeria and Pakistan.

The WCO plans to continue providing this Programme for officials from developing Member administrations.

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