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WCO Origin Conference 2014 - Program

20-21 January 2014, Brussels, Belgium

Day 1:Monday 20 January 2014

08:30-09:30 Arrival of participants and registration
09:30-09:45 Opening address
  Kunio Mikuriya, Secretary General, WCO
09:45-10:15 Key note speech
  Vangelis Vitalis, Ambassador of New Zealand to Belgium
10:15-11:00 Presentation: WCO tools related to rules of origin
  WCO tools including Origin Database, Comparative Study on Preferential Rules of Origin, Guidelines on Preferential Origin Verification, Technical Guidelines on Binding Origin Information; Mette Azzam, Technical Officer, WCO
11:00-11:30 Coffee and networking break
11:30-12:30 Session 1: Effective organization of origin specialized unit
  1. China Customs' management structure in dealing with rules of origin matters; SONG Yankui: Deputy director, office of RoO, CHINA
2. Creation of an origin administration and control unit, Rafael Cornejo, Director of International Trade Consulting
12:30-14:30 Lunch and networking break
14:30-16:30 Session 2: Good practices on origin verification
  1. Verification; Francisco de la Cruz Garcia, Administrator for Foreign Trade Audit Operations, MEXICO
2. Verification; Lee Duksoo, Deputy Director, FTA Co-operation Division, KOREA CUSTOMS SERVICE
3. Verification; Khauhelo Mawana, Director-Customs Legislative, SWAZILAND
4. Verification; Felicity Wang, Manager, Australian Customs and Border Protection Service
16:30-17:00 Coffee and networking break
17:00-18:00 Session 3: Advance rulings on origin
  1. Japan's experience on advance origin rulings; Yuichiro Okumura, Senior Investigator, Origin Administration and Investigation Center, JAPAN CUSTOMS
2. Advance ruling/BOI; Aurélie CANILLOS and Benjamin BAUD, Direction générale des douanes et droits indirects, FRANCE
18:00- Networking cocktail hosted by Mr. Kunio Mikuriya, Secretary General, WCO

Day 2:Tuesday 21 January 2014

09:00-09:30 Key note speech
  Antoni Estevadeordal, Manager of Integration and Trade, IADB
09:30-11:00 Session 4: Various types of proof of origin
  1. International Chamber of Commerce perspective, Peter Bishop, Deputy Chief Executive, London Chamber of Commerce and Industry
2. Private sector's perspective on procedures related to proof of origin; Dietmar Jost, Customs and Security Advisor, GLOBAL EXPRESS ASSOCIATION
3. Self-certification system in ASEAN and private sector's approaches; Hirotoshi ITO, Senior Economist, JETRO
11:00-11:30 Coffee and networking break
11:30-12:30 Session 5: Origin irregularities
  1. Managing the risks in utilizing FTAs; Pablo Muñiz, Partner, Van Bael& Bellis
2. Typical cases on origin irregularity; David Murphy, European Commission, OLAF
3. Countermeasures on origin irregularity [es]; Alejandra Arriaza, Director of Customs Techniques, CHILE CUSTOMS
12:30-14:30 Lunch and networking break
14:30-16:00 Session 6: What is needed to increase FTA utilization?
  1. Private sector's perspective on FTA utilization; Yoko Uenoyama, Councilor, Government & External Relations Division, Panasonic Corporation
2. Facilitating FTA utilization; Darlan Foseca Marti, Origin expert, WTO
3. Drafting and implementing rules of origin for a better utilization rate in FTAs: some figures and experiences; Stefano Inama, Senior Expert, UNCTAD
4. Outreach activities to private sector including SMEs; Lee Young-Dal, Deputy Director, FTA Implementation Division, KOREA CUSTOMS SERVICE
5. FTA utilization; WU Yinxia: Director, Fuzhou Office of RoO Administration, CHINA
16:00-16:30 Coffee and networking break
16:30-17:30 Session 7: Trade facilitation and risk management
  1. Further facilitation in proof of origin - registered exporter; Pierre-Jacques Larrieu, Head of Origin Taskforce, DG TAXUD, EU Commission
2. Private sector perspective; Cezary Sowiński, Customs Regulatory Affairs Manager Europe, DHL EXPRESS
17:30-17:45 Closing remarks
  Kunio Mikuriya, Secretary General, WCO