Master Trainers Programme Strengthens Development of Customs Trainers in the Pacific

The World Customs Organization – Organisation Mondiale des Douanes (WCO), in corporation with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) held the fifth Working Group Activity of the Master Trainers Programme (MTP) on the Customs Valuation (CV) and HS classification at the Nalagi Hotel in Nadi, Fiji.
This Programme is for the Pacific Islands Customs Administrations including Fiji, Papua New Guinea (PNG), Samoa, Timor-Leste, Tonga and Vanuatu and was attended by 25 participants. The fifth Working Group consisted of two sessions. The first week was to certify the MTP Working Group members as Master Trainers through a practice training session, i.e. conducting a training session using the training materials that the MTP members have been developing, with the experts evaluating their performance.
The second week will be dedicated to a WCO Pre-Accreditation Workshop, allowing participants the opportunity to become WCO pre-accredited experts and later, they will be certified as fully accredited experts once they successfully co-facilitate a WCO field mission. Thereafter, they will be expected to deliver capacity-building activities worldwide on behalf of the WCO.
The MTP is a joint endeavor under WCO/JICA to develop sustainable and self-contained training capacity within the Customs Administrations by developing a pool of well-experienced trainers and regionally tailor-made training materials and programs to be used by these trainers.
During the course of the of the Working Group Activity, the participants enhanced their training skills as well as expertise in Customs Valuation and HS classification necessary to conduct training as the expert trainer. Participants’ active contribution resulted in the successful Working Group Activity. The exchanges during the group activity seemed very promising for the progression of the MTP and its application. All participants expressed their appreciation to the WCO and JICA.
Upon completion of the MTP, successful alumni are expected to become a common asset and contribute to the sustainable economic development of Pacific region through Customs modernization.

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