29 November 2018, Brussels – Delegates from the IPPC secretariat and the World Customs Organization (WCO) met to discuss the development of an IPPC-WCO Joint Work Programme for 2019-2021.
During the meeting, the IPPC Secretary Mr Jingyuan Xia gave a briefing on progress made by the IPPC Secretariat in promoting the implementation of the World Trade Organization (WTO) Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) that came into force in February 2017. Highlights of the briefing included the development of the IPPC Action Plan for Trade Facilitation; improving IPPC ePhyto solutions (the IPPC ePhyto Hub and Generic National Systems or GeNS); the work of the IPPC Sea Container Task Force (SCTF); and an IPPC eCommerce project proposal.
Mr Xia further proposed several core activities for the IPPC-WCO joint work programme, such as participating in governing body meetings, ePhyto, eCommerce, sea containers, the International Year of Plant Health (IYPH) and advocacy.
The WCO’s Deputy Director of Procedures and Facilitation, Mr. De Blieck, expressed his appreciation to the IPPC Secretariat for promoting WCO-IPPC cooperation by signing a cooperation agreement in June 2018, and developing the joint work programme for 2019-2021. He then gave his full support to the core activities proposed by the IPPC Secretary for the joint work programme.
Both sides agreed to work together to finalize the IPPC-WCO Joint Work Programme for 2019-2021, and to have it signed in the first half of 2019. At the end of meeting, the IPPC Secretary met Mr Kunio Mikuriya, the WCO’s Secretary General. Both Secretaries expressed satisfaction with their bilateral cooperation, and showed strong interest in signing the joint work progamme in due course.
The IPPC delegation consisted of Mr Jingyuan Xia (IPPC Secretary), Mr Marko Benovic (Budget and Planning Officer) and Mr Tommaso Teti (Project Management Associate). World Customs Organization delegates were Mr. Luc De Blieck (Deputy Director of Procedures and Facilitation), Ms Özlem Soysanli (Technical Officer from the Compliance and Facilitation Directorate) and Mr Min Han (Technical Attaché from the Compliance and Facilitation Directorate).
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