Work­shop To Boost Re­gional Cus­toms, Trade Sta­tis­tics

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Euro­pean Union Am­bas­sador to Fiji and the Pa­cific An­drew Ja­cobs opened the Re­gional Cus­toms and Trade Sta­tis­tics Work­shop at the Fiji Rev­enue and Cus­toms Au­thor­ity (FRCA) Com­plex in Suva on Mon­day. The week long work­shop from April 11 to 15 is or­gan­ised by the Euro­pean Union sup­ported “Trade Fa­cil­i­ta­tion in Cus­toms Co-op­er­a­tion” pro­gramme which is im­ple­mented by the Ocea­nia Cus­tom Or­gan­i­sa­tion Sec­re­tariat (OCO).

The work­shop aims to strengthen the ca­pac­ity of OCO Mem­ber cus­toms ad­min­is­tra­tions in cus­toms data man­age­ment, cus­toms re­search and in na­tional trade sta­tis­tics. Am­bas­sador Ja­cobs said the EUR35 mil­lion (FJ$83m) “Strength­en­ing Pa­cific Eco­nomic In­te­gra­tion Through Trade” pro­gramme had been the EU’s flag­ship pro­gramme sup­port­ing re­gional eco­nomic in­te­gra­tion in the Pa­cific. “Un­der this pro­gramme we have been sup­port­ing trade-re­lated ini­tia­tives of re­gional or­gan­i­sa­tions,

such as the Pa­cific Fo­rum Is­lands Sec­re­tariat (PIFS), the Me­lane­sian Speared Group (MSG), the Of­fice of the Chief Trade Ad­viser (OCTA), the South Pa­cific Tourism Or­gan­i­sa­tion (SPTO) and the Ocea­nia Cus­toms Or­gan­i­sa­tion (OCO), ‘’ Mr Ja­cobs said. ‘’The EU has been sup­port­ing the OCO for sev­eral years and the cur­rent “Trade Fa­cil­i­ta­tion in Cus­toms Co-op­er­a­tion” pro­gramme has made an im­por­tant con­tri­bu­tion in de­vel­op­ing mod­ern cus­toms legislation and stream­lin­ing cus­toms pro­cesses and sys­tems in the re­gion.” The work­shop is or­gan­ised by OCO in part­ner­ship with the Fiji Rev­enue and Cus­toms Au­thor­ity (FRCA) and will bring to­gether key stake­hold­ers in the fields of cus­toms and trade sta­tis­tics, in­clud­ing the Pa­cific Com­mu­nity, United Na­tions Con­fer­ence on Trade and Devel­op­ment (UNCTAD), the World Bank, the Pa­cific Fi­nan­cial Tech­ni­cal As­sis­tance Cen­tre (PFTAC), PIFS, MSG, OCTA and NZ Sta­tis­tics. Work­shop par­tic­i­pants in­clude cus­toms data and trade sta­tis­tics man­agers from the 24 OCO cus­toms ad­min­is­tra­tions.

Photo: Euro­pean Union

Euro­pean Union Am­bas­sador to Fiji and the Pa­cific An­drew Ja­cobs (seated fifth from left), with par­tic­i­pants of the Re­gional Cus­toms and Trade Sta­tis­tics Work­shop in Suva.

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