Day One of the #AEO2018Kampala

What is #AEO2018Kampala

#AEO2018Kampala Is the largest World Customs Organisation (WCO) capacity building event, the Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) Global Conference boasts the largest number of workshops held during an event, covering a variety of topics related to the security and facilitation of the global trade supply chain. The WCO Conference happens every once in two years.

The 4th WCO conference is organized by the WCO in conjunction with Huawei Technologies and Uganda Revenue Authority – Uganda as host Customs administrators in the capital, Kampala! The conference provides a key platform for all players who have an interest in international trade.

An Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) is defined by the WCO SAFE Framework of Standards as a party involved in the international movement of goods, in whatever function, that has been approved by, or on behalf of, a national Customs administration as complying with WCO or equivalent supply chain security standards.

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The theme for this years conference is “Promoting Mutual Recognition of AEOs to Strengthen and Secure Global Trade.”.

H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni ushered the foreign delegates with a warm speech and asked all participants to take time off and explore Uganda before flying back to their respective homes. Hon. Evelyn Anite, The State Minister of Finance for Investment and Privatization read Hon Matia Kasaija’s keynote address since he couldn’t make it to the opening ceremony at Serena Hotel – Kampala. The keynote address focused on trade facilitation and Single Custom Territory (SCT). Hon Evelyn Anite later encourage delegates to invest in Uganda and promised them hety tax incentives.


H.E Yoweri Museveni charting with Ms. Bettina Vogl-lang, the Deputy Director Austria Custom

WCO official graced the opening ceremony, lead by the General Secretary Dr Kunio Mikuriya. His opening remarks resonated around dialogue in line with the theme conference.

Commissioner General Doris Akol, Secretary General Dr Kunio Mikuriya, WCO and Commissioner Customs at URA – Mr. Dickson C. Kateshumbwa had briefed the media early in the morning before the official opening and and shared some key insights about the 4th WCO Conference.


L-R: Mr. Dickson C. Kateshumbwa, Hon Evelyn Anite, H.E Yoweri Museveni, Dr Kunio Mikuriya and CG Doris Akol

Doris Akol reminded journalist why Uganda was chosen to host the AEO Conference as the first country in Africa. Its safe to note that Uganda has the most mature AEO programme in African. Dr Kunio Mikuriya stressed out the importance of regional integration, accelerated AEOs and MRAs for Africa to attain reasonable economic development.


Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali; Comptroller General Nigerian Customs is in attendance

This three day conference is to host over 650 foreign delegates and 400 regional delegates, with over 60 influential speakers to share, assimilate and discuss a wide range of topics in relation to the event theme and general custom related issues.


Part of the URA team present at the conference

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Mr John K. Njiraini (Commissioner General of the Kenya Revenue Authority) and Mr Kenneth Bagamuhunda (Director Customs & Trade, East African Community)


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