WCO Capacity Building Programmes & Projects

Capacity Building

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WCO Capacity Building Programmes & Projects

The WCO is part of a broad network of international agencies working to support reform and modernization along with global, continental, regional and national trade facilitation initiatives worldwide. The following donor-funded multi-year WCO Capacity Building Programmes and Projects have provided the framework for the WCO to finance many support activities and engagements.

  • The Anti-Corruption and Integrity Promotion (A-CIP) Programme

    Launched in 2019 and financed by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad) and Canada, the A-CIP Programme responds to the high costs of corruption in Customs and focuses on improving the environment for cross-border trade for beneficiary countries. Activities are guided by and are in line with the ten key factors of the WCO Revised Arusha Declaration concerning Good Governance and Integrity in Customs. The Programme promotes Integrity as a key crosscutting enabler that supports effective Customs administration and operations including RKC and TFA implementation and law enforcement.

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  • The WCO-EU Programme to support Africa on the Harmonized System

    The Programme ‘Harmonizing the classification of goods based on WCO standards to enhance African trade’, is funded by the European Union (EU), and assists the Regional Economic Communities, African Customs administrations and relevant stakeholders, including the African Union Commission (AUC), selected national government administrations and the private sector in the coordinated implementation and uniform application of the WCO’s Harmonized System, including the provision for AR.

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  • Accelerate Trade Facilitation – a HMRC-WCO-UNCTAD Programme

    The HMRC-WCO-UNCTAD Programme is a partnership between Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (HMRC), the World Customs Organization (WCO) and the United Nations Conference for Trade and Development (UNCTAD) aiming at supporting developing and least-developed countries to effectively implement the provisions of the World Trade Organization (WTO) Agreement on Trade Facilitation (TFA) under the auspices of the WCO Mercator Programme.

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  • SECO-WCO Global Trade Facilitation Programme (GTFP)

    The programme, funded by the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs of Switzerland (SECO), aims at strengthening the organizational and technical capacities of beneficiary Customs administrations to successfully lead, plan, and implement sustainable and transparent Customs reforms, with better involvement of the private sector and relevant stakeholders and apply international standards and best practices, particularly those of the WCO and the World Trade Organization (WTO), related to trade facilitation.

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  • The Trade Facilitation Programme in Middle Income Countries (TFP-MICs)

    The Trade Facilitation Programme in Middle Income Countries (TFP-MICs), under the United Kingdom’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s (FCO) Prosperity Funds Global Trade Programme is a new three year partnership between the WCO, the FCO and the World Bank Group (WBG) that started its inception phase in October 2019.

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  • West Africa Security Project (WASP) – component on Gender Equality and Diversity (GED)

    On 8 September 2022, the WCO and the German Central Customs Authority signed a grant agreement for Phase 2 of the West Africa Security Project (WASP). This multi-annual phased project is unique as it is the first formal cooperation between German Customs and the WCO in the border security area.

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  • The WCO and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida)

    The WCO and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), signed an Agreement in August 2020 to implement the “Trade Facilitation and Customs Modernization Programme for Sustainable Development in Sub-Sahara Africa”.

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  • The WCO-ESA Project

    The multi-year agreement between the WCO and Ministry for Foreign Affairs ofFinland Finnish “To progress the trade facilitation agenda, within the framework of the WCO Mercator Programme in the East and Southern Africa (ESA) Region 2016-2020” is building on the previous WCO-ESA Project.

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  • The WCO-GIZ Programme for the Gambia

    The project funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, represented by GIZ GmbH, supports the Gambia Revenue Authority in the implementation of priority trade facilitation measures by creating the conditions for a more efficient RM and better cooperation between border-control bodies. The specific objective are to enable the Gambian authorities to periodically measure clearance and release times by utilizing the WCO TRS.

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  • WCO/Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Joint Project

    The WCO and JICA launched the WCO/JICA Joint Project in July 2016 with the aim of enhancing support for Customs administrations in Africa through collaborative assistance. In East West and Southern Africa, the project has been providing support on RM and PCA and Programme Global Shield, in addition to developing a large pool of national and regional technical trainers and related training material under the Master Trainer Program (MTP).

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