General Administration of China Customs (GACC) organised and hosted the “Connectivity and Win-Win Development Forum for Heads of Customs along the Belt and Road” in Xi’an, Sha’anxi Province, China on 27 and 28 May 2015. The event was attended by more than 60 countries, international organisations, regional institutions and business representatives.

The 125th/126th Annual Sessions of the WCO  Council was held  in Brussels from 11th  to 13th  June,  2015.  Mr. Zouhair Chorfi, the Director General of the Moroccan Customs Administration, chaired the session which was participated by Directors Generals of Customs representing 180 Members of the WCO.

The Deputy Director General of Customs (Management), Dato’ Abdul Rahman Bin Othman was re-elected as the Vice-Chair for the WCO Capacity Building Committee during the last 6th Session of the committee in February, 2015. Dato’ Abdul Rahman was first elected as the Vice-Chair of the CBC during the 5th CBC session in March, 2014.

A WCO accreditation workshop for English-speaking Technical Operational Advisors in the area of Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) implementation was held at the Royal Malaysian Customs Academy (AKMAL) in Melaka from 10th to 14th November, 2014.  The workshop was attended by 14 selected participants from 10 Members the Asia/Pacific region and funded by Customs Cooperation Fund (CCF) Japan.

The WCO 72nd Session of the Policy Commission was held at Instituto Ricardo Brennand, Recife, Brazil from 8th to 10th December 2014. Twenty eight countries, 3 observers and also the Private Sector Consultative Group (PSCG) members attended the Meeting. The Asia-Pacific Region was represented by Malaysia (WCO Asia-Pacific Vice-Chair), India, Japan, Korea (Republic of), Singapore, Thailand and Australia (Chairperson of the Audit Committee). The Meeting was chaired by the Chairperson of the Council, Mr. Zouhair Chorfi from Morocco.