ICC BASCAP staff and members from Hewlett Packard and Phillip Morris International attended this two day World Customs Organization (WCO) event aimed at better engaging the business community to strengthen partnerships, share knowledge and pave the way for mutual support on customs issues.
ICC Secretary General Jean-Guy Carrier delivered the keynote speech on day one. He highlighted, among other issues, that WCO - with the support of ICC’s Business Action to Stop Counterfeiting and Piracy or BASCAP, initiative - can “help national governments empower their customs authorities and strengthen legislation on free trade zones.” As part of the event a Memoradum of Understanding (MOU) was signed between ICC and WCO. For more information please click here.
Further to the subject of Free Trade Zones (FTZs), Hewlett Packard’s David Cooper presented The role and responsibilities of FTZs during the Compliance and Facilitation session on day two. “Free Trade Zones were established to reduce barriers and facilitate global free trade, they provide important economic stimulus to national economies, local economies, employment, and to the businesses that operate there and have played an important role in the globalization of our world economy” said Mr. Cooper. "However, “organized crime groups and counterfeiters have also taken an interest in Free Trade Zones.”
There was significant interest in BASCAP recommendations which include resurrecting WCO’s 2006 National Guidelines for Governments to consider strengthening their legislation on free trade zones; ensure close cooperation between national customs authorities and the special authorities; ensure applicability and enforcement of anti-counterfeiting criminal and civil laws to check the activities of trafficking of counterfeit goods in free trade zones.
BASCAP members look forward to working with WCO and interested parties in the coming months and years to develop common aims and objectives in tackling what has become one of the leading threats to global economic prosperity and trade.
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