2021-2022 WCO-Japan Career Development Programme Commences

17 September 2021

The WCO-Japan Career Development Programme (CDP) for 2021-2022commenced on Thursday 16 September 2021. Ten Customs officials from Armenia, Bhutan, Botswana, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Lebanon, Mexico, Sierra Leone, Thailand and Vanuatu have successfully started their term at the WCO headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. 

During a virtual meeting on 16 September 2021, the CDP Manager congratulated the participants for being selected for the Programme and warmly welcomed them to the WCO. He wished them success for the next 10 months as they are expected to contribute to key WCO projects and activities in various professional capacities.

The WCO-Japan CDP was launched by the WCO in 2009 in cooperation with Japan Customs. It provides a unique opportunity for selected candidates from Customs administrations to work at the WCO Secretariat in a wide array of technical areas. 

The Programme aims at enabling participants to obtain knowledge, skills and international work experience; developing and enhancing networks between WCO Members and the WCO Secretariat; supporting and assisting the WCO Secretariat in its mission and work; and developing a pool of highly competent Customs experts in WCO Member administrations.  The Programme has served to promote the participation of WCO Members in various WCO activities, particularly in Arabic, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish speaking countries where neither of the two official WCO languages is widely spoken.  

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