India to take over as head of Asia Pacific region of WCO

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India will today take over as head of the Asia Pacific region of the World Customs Organisation (WCO). An event has been organised in New Delhi today to mark India’s assumption as Vice Chair for a period of two years.

AIR correspondent reports that Delegates from 33 countries of Asia-Pacific Region and customs officers from different ports in India will participate in the event. The Secretary General of WCO Kuniyo Mikuriya will deliver the Key Note Address, while Heads of Customs from Japan and Fiji, and senior officials from Korea, Singapore, China among others will participate in the Ceremony.

The ceremony will be followed by a Seminar on Cross Border Trade through e-commerce and the role of Customs administration. WCO represents 182 customs administrations across the world that collectively process approximately 98 per cent of world trade. The WCO has divided its membership into six regions whereby each region is represented by an elected vice-chairperson to the WCO Council. Being the Vice-Chair of Asia Pacific Region of WCO will enable India to take on leadership role.

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