Bolstering Ties in the Asia Pacific Region

The biennial 15th World Customs Organisation Asia Pacific Regional Heads of Customs Administrations Conference was held from 30 April to 2 May in Port Douglas, Australia.

The conference saw a gathering of heads of customs administrations from the Asia Pacific region and key personnel from the World Customs Organisation, Regional Intelligence Liaison Office Asia Pacific, and Regional Office of Capacity Building Asia Pacific.
Singapore Customs Director-General Ho Chee Pong (right) presented a token of appreciation to Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS) Chief Executive Officer Michael Pezzullo (centre). On the left is ACBPS Deputy Chief Executive (Border Enforcement)
Marion Grant.
Singapore Customs Director-General Ho Chee Pong attended the conference, which saw a gathering of heads of customs administrations from the Asia Pacific region and key personnel from the World Customs Organisation (WCO), Regional Intelligence Liaison Office Asia Pacific (RILO AP), and Regional Office of Capacity Building Asia Pacific (ROCB AP).

The conference endorsed several key initiatives that are important to the Asia Pacific region, such as Japan's proposal to implement a Regional Customs Laboratory and Republic of Korea's offer to continue to host the RILO AP Office for another four years.

Singapore was also endorsed as a member of the WCO Policy Commission from July 2014 to June 2016.

Mr Michael Pezzullo, Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service, chaired the conference. In attendance were 25 member countries, WCO Secretary- General Kunio Mikuriya, and observers from RILO AP and ROCB AP.

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