Dear All,

The WCO Events Team is proud to announce the following upcoming events. Please note these events in your diary and make plans now to join us.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us anytime for more information. We can be reached at WCOIT2015@wcoomd.org.

2015 WCO IT Conference & Exhibition
Freeport, Grand Bahama | 6-8 May 2015

www.etouches.com/itc2015

A three day conference exploring ways in which modern information and communications technology can lead to exciting possibilities for countries to connect to global and regional value chains

The 2015 WCO IT Conference will focus on the advantages of inclusiveness of all supply chain stakeholders and how this can help boost intra- and inter-regional trade, with particular emphasis on ways in which information technologies can serve this purpose and mitigate emerging threats.

The Conference will provide a platform for bringing together key partners from Customs administrations, relevant agencies and ministries, regional economic communities, private sector, international organizations, development partners and academia. It will allow sharing experiences and conducting strategic discussions in a plethora of topics of relevance for facilitating and securing the movement of information and goods across borders with the aim of increasing economic competitiveness.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the ITC2015 Event Team at WCOIT2015@wcoomd.org.

2015 WCO Knowledge Academy for Customs & Trade
Brussels, Belgium | 15-26 June 2015 Registration opens soon!

The 2015 WCO Knowledge Academy for Customs and Trade that will be held at the World Customs Organization (WCO) Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, from 15 to 26 June 2015.

This initiative brings together the foremost experts in Customs matters to meet the demands of a complex international and cross-border trading system. Business professionals, Customs managers and administrators, border agency officials, international organization representatives and academia will benefit from the intensive interactive discussions of the most pertinent topics in the Customs environment today.

All courses will be led by technical experts widely respected in their various fields and will also include instructors from private sector companies, government institutions, and academia. The primary objective of the WCO Knowledge Academy for Customs and Trade is to provide an intense training for Customs and Business practitioners.

To consult the agenda or register online, please visit www.etouches.com/kact2015 or email kact2015@wcoomd.org for more information.

2015 WCO Technology & Innovation Forum
Rotterdam, the Netherlands | 27-29 October 2015 Save the Date!

The WCO and the Customs Administration of The Netherlands would like to invite you to participate in the 5th Technology and Innovation Forum that will take place on 27-29 October, 2015, at the World Trade Center in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The TI Forum is built on the success of the previous four Forums in Brussels, Cairo, Kuala Lumpur and Buenos Aires. The 2013 Forum in Buenos Aires attracted 514 senior managers from governments, law enforcement agencies and the private sector from 60 countries. More than 20 technology providers showcased their latest innovations at the exhibition and during the breakout sessions.

This year’s Forum is expected to be the largest ever organised. The theme of the Forum is Pushing Boundaries, Changing Horizons. The Netherlands, being a pioneer and the birthplace for many companies that contributed with innovative solutions that revolutionised the transport and logistics sector, could not be placed better to host this important event.

Should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the TI Organising Team at ti2015@wcoomd.org

WCO Technology Network

Launched in 2014, the new Technology Network (TeN) aims at becoming a leading technology hub for Customs and other border agencies, technology solution providers, international organizations and all other relevant stakeholders in border management.

Companies are invited to register their products free of charge, thereby gaining large exposure amongst WCO Members and other border agencies. Those interested in joining the TeN should connect to the network web address – http://ten.wcoomdpublications.org – and create an account. Once the request is validated, companies will receive a login and password to access and manage corporate and product information.

Customs administrations will be able to search and view information on the latest technology solutions and products available on the market. WCO Members can automatically connect to the TeN through the main WCO website by using their WCO login credentials.

The new platform also includes two separate discussion forums which are not accessible to the general public. The first one is limited to Customs, allowing them to exchange views on technology-related experiences and future developments. The second forum welcomes registered companies, giving users and suppliers the opportunity to interact.

For further information please visit http://ten.wcoomdpublications.org or e-mail to technologynetwork@wcoomd.org

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