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  • BRUSSELS – JOHANNESBURG – KUALA LUMPUR – ISTANBUL – BANGALORE VERACRUZ – SEOUL - MARRAKESH – DUBLIN – SEATTLE – TALLINN – DUBAI

    BRISBANE

    6-8 May 2015, Freeport, Bahamas WCO IT CONFERENCE & EXHIBITION

    INCLUSIVENESS THROUGH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGIES “IT for an Inclusive Approach in Connecting Customs and Other Stakeholders in Inter- and Intra-Regional Trade”

    Hosted by: The Customs Department and the Ministry of Finance of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas

    Supported by: Korean Customs Service

  • 2015 WCO IT Conference & Exhibition 2

    In order to become more com- petitive in the regional and global marketplace and to boost intra- and inter-regional trade, countries seek associations with other countries and take steps to achieve regional economic integration. As efficient border management is pertinent for regional integration, Customs admin- istrations and other border agencies play an important role in this process through enhanced cooperation and joint activities, often reflected in long-term regional strategies which focus on trade facilitation, including coordinated border management and single window arrangements, transit, exchange of information, mutual recognition of authorized economic operators and other priorities.

    Effective and efficient border man- agement requires connectivity amongst all relevant stakeholders on national, bilateral, regional and global levels. Customs administrations around the world have realized the benefits of enhanced cooperation with other governmental agencies and the trade, and are therefore striv- ing towards collaboration in carrying out everyday operational tasks, as

    well as in strategic decision making and developing new processes and procedures.

    The adoption of the WTO Trade Fa- cilitation Agreement (TFA) show-cas- es the political willingness of gov- ernments worldwide to invest in trade facilitation and it has made the public aware of the benefits of trade facilitation in easing connections to regional and global value chains. Customs and other stakeholders col- lectively play a crucial role in bringing these benefits to fruition.

    The TFA envisages cooperation with other border agencies domes- tically and internationally, as well as with the private sector. It further encourages the use of international standards and IT support to improve performance at the border.

    The 2015 WCO IT Conference will fo- cus on the advantages of inclusive- ness of all supply chain stakeholders and how this can help boost intra- and inter-regional trade, with par- ticular emphasis on ways in which

    information technologies can serve this purpose and mitigate emerging threats.

    The Conference will provide a plat- form for bringing together key part- ners from Customs administrations, relevant agencies and ministries, regional economic communities, private sector, intern-ational organi- zations, development partners and academia. It will allow sharing ex- periences 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 competitive- ness.

    Explore the challenges and opportunities inherent in the bewildering world of modern IT solutions.

    The Role of Information Technologies in Connecting Stakeholders

    Conference Objectives • Identify opportunities to augment cross border connectivity for

    enhanced trade facilitation and regional economic integration. • Explore areas of synergy amongst relevant stakeholders at differ-

    ent levels. • Discover how IT models can support strategies for efficient bor-

    der management. • Share knowledge on best practices, latest IT solutions and expe-

    riences in dealing with emerging issues. • Bring together decision-makers from more than 100 countries to

    discuss the implications of IT on parties involved in international trade.

  • 2015 WCO IT Conference & Exhibition 3

    The WCO IT Conference will be held for the first time in the Caribbean. The WCO is pleased to be working with the Customs Department and the Ministry of Finance of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas in organizing this event.

    The Bahamas is one of the most beautiful island countries in the Caribbean comprising of 700 islands, one of the most beautiful island countries in the Caribbean. The Bahamas is comprised of 700 islands sprinkled over 100,000 square miles of ocean. The archipelago is an ecological oasis featuring 2,000 breathtaking islands and cays and boasts the clearest water on the planet.

    The beauty of the Bahamas extends far beyond its extraordinary natural wonders. It’s the smiles on the faces of the Bahamian people, the unique sounds of its rich culture and the warm hospitality of its heritage and colorful history

    The Exhibition • Held alongside the conference,

    the exhibition will offer quality networking and marketing op- portunities for participants and vendors alike:

    • Acquire firsthand information from suppliers and users on trends, technologies and solu- tions.

    • Benefit from an environment providing great promotional and networking opportunities.

    • See the latest IT solutions that have been designed specifically for the international Customs and trade market.

    Delegates • Explore “core business” and the

    many complex questions sur- rounding how IT solutions can advance the work of Customs and other stakeholders in border regulation.

    • Identify opportunities and chal- lenges for the management of IT in Customs.

    • Gain insight into current and future IT developments in the Customs, other border agencies and business worlds.

    • Participate in challenging de- bates designed to find the right IT solutions for Customs, busi- ness, and other border regulato- ry agencies in the 21st century.

    Venue The Grand Lucayan 1 Sea Horse Lane Lucaya, Freeport Grand Bahama Island Hotel Main Number: +1 (242) 373-1333 Reservations: +1 (242) 350-5466 www.grandlucayan.com

    What will you gain by participating? Delegates

    • Explore the changing concepts of “core business” and the many complex questions surrounding how IT enables and transforms core business for Customs and its stakeholders in border regulation, both in the private sector and elsewhere in government.

    • Identify opportunities and challenges for the management of IT in Customs and other Government Agencies.

    • Gain insight into current and expected future IT developments in the Customs and business worlds. • Participate in challenging debates designed to find the right IT solutions for Customs, business, and other

    border regulatory agencies in the 21st century.

    Moving to the Americas and Caribbean Region

  • 2015 WCO IT Conference & Exhibition 4

    Tuesday, 5 May 2015 17:00 – 19:00 Registration

    Location: Grand Ball Room Foyer

    19:00 – 20:30 Welcome Reception Location: Grand Lucayan Crescent Pool Deck

    Wednesday, 6 May 2015 09:00 – 10:00 Registration

    10:00 – 10:45 Official Opening Ceremony of the 2015 WCO IT Conference & Exhibition

    The Honorable Dr. Michael Darville, Minister for Grand Bahamas

    Mr. Charles Turner, Comptroller, Bahamas Customs Department

    Mr. Kunio Mikuriya, Secretary General, World Customs Organization (WCO)

    The Right Honorable Perry Gladstone Christie, Prime Minister & Minister of Finance, of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas

    10.45 – 11.30 VIP Exhibition Tour and Press Conference

    10.45 – 11.30 Refreshment and contact break

    11:30 – 11:45 Keynote Address from Host Administration

    Keynote Speeches

    12.00 – 12:15 Mr. Jhon Fonseca, Vice-Minister of Foreign Trade, Costa Rica

    12.15 – 12.20 Address: Mr. Don-Hyun Lee, Vice Commissioner, Korea Customs Service

    12:20 – 14:15 Networking lunch

    14:15 – 14:30 Address by Conference Chair

    14:30 – 15:45 Round Table 1: Connecting Stakeholders in Engineering Regional Integration Processes

    Facilitator: • Mr. Kunio Mikuriya, Secretary General, World Customs Organization (WCO) • WCO Vice Chair, Director General Customs, Mexico • Secretary General, CARICOM

    15:45 – 16:15 Refreshment and contact break

    16:15 – 16:30 Keynote speech Mr. Paul A. Hilaire, Permanent Secretary, CCLEC

    16:30 – 17:30 Panel 1: Globally Networked Customs: Progressing Utility Blocks towards crossborder connectivity

    Moderator: : Mr. Pascal Ollivier, Director of Corporate Development, SOGET • Mr. Chris Thibedeau, VP - World Wide Customs and Law Enforcement Solutions, A-T Solutions • Mr. Ramesh Siva, Lead e-Government Specialist, World Bank • Mr. Marc Reguera, Finance Director, Worldwide EPG, Microsoft • Mr. Pulak Chakrabarti, President & Chief Executive Officer, Chakrabarti Management Consultancy, Inc. (CMCI)

    19:30 – 22:30 Conference dinner Venue: Grand Lucayan, Grand Lawn

  • 2015 WCO IT Conference & Exhibition 5

    Thursday, 7 May 2015 08.45 – 09:30 Registration

    Location: Grand Ball Room Foyer

    09:30 – 09:45 Keynote speech: Enabling Collaboration through Technology: The Next Generation Customs Agency

    Mr. James Canham, Managing Director, Global Customs Industry Lead, Accenture

    09.45 – 11:00 Round Table 2: Emerging Issues for Customs and Border Management in handling growth of Inter- and Intra- R