The WCO Coordinated a Customs Risk Management Pre-Accreditation Workshop for the Asia/Pacific region. The event was hosted by Thai Customs at their new Reginal Training Centre in Bangkok from 21-25 November 2022 and was supported by the Customs Cooperation Fund (CCF) – China and the Regional Office of Capacity Building Asia/Pacific (ROCB A/P). WCO Members from Australia, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Iran, Japan, Maldives, Mongolia, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Thailand actively participated in several group and individual assessment exercises centred on the topic of operational risk management - in the context of customs border management.

Under the guidance of WCO experts Masanori Hiraki, Anders Alpsten, Giovanni Gaeta and Yonghui (Andy) Yu, the twelve regional participants benefitted from high-level exposure to effective risk management processes and were also educated on meaningful delivery of capacity building to WCO Members.     

As levels of global trade and travel increase, so too do the pressures on the WCO’s 184 global Members. As custodians of global and sovereign borders, Customs authorities, for the most part, are expected to effectively facilitate trade and travel whilst also protecting the integrity of the world’s borders. This enduring quest for balance is precisely what effective risk management processes help achieve. Essentially, Customs border risk management aims to promote a systematic way of accessing information, creating an intelligence picture, and only intervening where the highest levels of risk present.

On behalf of the Regional Vice Chair A/P, congratulations to everyone involved!