WCO holds the 20th Meeting of the Global Information and Intelligence Strategy Working Group (GIIS WG)

25 October 2023

The World Customs Organization (WCO) Secretariat recently held the 20th Meeting of the Global Information and Intelligence Strategy Working Group (GIIS WG) on 19 and 20 October 2023. This session attracted an impressive turnout with participation from 190 delegates across 65 Member countries.

The meeting, chaired by Ms. Gabrielle Tramby of Australia, adopted a hybrid format, accommodating both in-person and virtual attendees. This format highlighted the organization’s adaptability and the commitment of global Customs experts to address pressing issues in Customs administration and risk management, The director of the Compliance and Facilitation directorate, Mr. Pranab Kumar Das, opened the session, setting the stage for constructive dialogue and the sharing of best practices over two days.

Discussions during  the session were centered on key areas: movement of passengers, international postal streams, insider threats, and data analysis. Attendees shared insights on emerging trends and challenges in Customs risk management. To address these, the GIIS Working Group took significant steps, establishing drafting teams to initiate a new review cycle of the WCO Risk Management Compendium. This effort aims to integrate recent technological advancements and enhance measures against illicit trade.

Another significant point of discussion was the potential misuse of generative AI (Artificial Intelligence) by organised crime groups. Progress was also observed in the area of information exchange under Mutual Administrative Assistance, with the re-establishment of the Informal Sub-Group. This group will continue the work of its predecessor, focusing on intersessional tasks and presenting recommendations.

Furthermore, there was a consensus on the importance of nurturing the next generation of Customs experts, particularly in updating risk management training modules. The session concluded with the approval of a detailed report on the implementation of the Work Programme for the GIIS WG for FY2023/2024, laying out the next steps in enhancing international trade security.