At the invitation of the Swedish Presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU), the Secretary General of the World Customs Organization (WCO), Dr. Kunio Mikuriya, spoke at the EU’s Working Party on Customs Union on 25 January 2023.
He presented the WCO’s Strategic Outlook for 2023 and highlighted the focus areas for the current year as well as the Organization’s modernization initiatives and the new theme of the year “Nurturing the next generation: promoting a culture of knowledge-sharing and professional pride in Customs”.
EU Members expressed their appreciation for the WCO’s agility in responding to new global trends and emerging topics and stressed the importance for the Organization to remain the primary centre of Customs expertise on the global stage. They also provided concrete input and recommendations to contribute to the reform efforts of the WCO and the Customs community as a whole.
Dr. Mikuriya thanked the EU and its member states for their support and commitment to WCO activities.
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