Opening of the WCO’s 66th Fellowship Programme

29 abril 2015

The 66th Spanish-speaking Fellowship Programme was launched in Brussels on Monday 27 April 2015.

This Programme forms part of the work to develop the management capacities of Member administrations in support of Phase II of the Columbus Programme. It is designed to provide extremely promising young managers from Member administrations 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 10 participants who were welcomed by Mr. Mujica, Deputy Secretary General, World Customs Organization. This introduction serves as a prelude to a series of conferences given by WCO experts, as well as to the seven-day Leadership and Management Development Workshop, facilitated by two experts from Colombia and Chile. The fellows could benefit from a round-table discussion with the Deputy Secretary General of the WCO.

The participants had also the opportunity to meet with the Secretary General, Mr. Kunio Mikuriya, on their first day at the Secretariat.

They will remain at WCO Headquarters until 22 May 2015 in order to prepare an in-depth study on a subject of their choice, under the supervision of a Secretariat 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 or Japan) to round off their study trip.

The Spanish-speaking Fellowship Programme is funded by the Customs Administrations of Japan and the Ministry of Strategy and Finance of the Republic of Korea. The countries participating in the 66th Fellowship Programme are as follows: Costa Rica, Mexico, Peru, Uruguay, Angola, Brazil, Ecuador, El Salvador and Nicaragua.