Day 3 of the 4th WCO – AEO Conference (#AEO2018Kampala)

From yesterday’s informative sessions one would expect nothing less than perfect for the last day of the 4th WCO – AEO Conference at Serena Kampala Hotel.

The sessions kicked of with delibarations on Coordinated border Management (CBM) for better AEO benefits and higher compliance. Ms Carol West was the moderator of a gender inclusive panel that included Ms. Sue Hill (Regional Manager Africa – Department of Home Affairs – Australia), Ms. Virginia Medeiros (AEO Project Manager, Secretariat of Federal Revenue, Brazil Customs), Mr. John Wein (EC – Instituto Alianca Procomex), Mr Shao Weijian (First Secretary, Mission Of China to EU) and Mr Jovanny Feliz (AEO Director – Directorate General of Customs, Dominican Republic).

The session was followed by a certificate awarding ceremony were the East African Community Revenue Authorities handed AEO Certificates to some of the agents operating business with in the region. Notable agents included Bollore Logistic, Hariss International, Movit Products (U) Ltd, Unifreight Logistics and Pearl Dairy Farm

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The Bollore Transport & Logistics team picking up their AEO Certificates

Delegates were treated to an emotional closing ceremony when the URA Commissioner Customs, Dickson C. Kateshumbwa announced that this was the last conference to see the phenomenal Ms. Asha Meon as Senior Technical officer at WCO. He went on to thank this incredible lady for her time, wisdom and dedication to the World Custom Organisation Activities. As a gesture of farewell, Dickson gifted Ms Meon with an oil painting that left her tearing and thankful.

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L-R: Dickson and Asha signing Asha’s oil paint as Ian Rumanyika looks on

The URA CG, Doris Akol thanked all the 1,100 delegates and all participants that graced the 4th WCO AEO Conference and promised to work tooth and nail to have all the resolutions passed by this conference implemented. She later introduced the Honorable Amelia Kyambadde, Minister of Trade who thank all travelling participants from making the journey to the pearl of Africa. She went on to point out the relevancy of regional . Integration such as East African Community and the COMESA region as they facilitate trade and success stories for AEOs and MRAs.

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Hon Amelia Kyambadde addressing the delegates

The #AEO2018Kampala ended on high with delegates treated to a boot cruise of the world’s biggest freshwater lake, Lake Victoria.

The next WCO – AEO conference will be in Dubai, United Arab Emirate (UAE) in 2020. More details can be sourced of the World Customs Organization website

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