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Jul 16, 2018

India becomes regional head of the Asia Pacific region of the World Customs Organisation

India today took over as head of the Asia Pacific region of the World Customs Organisation (WCO). Minister of State for Finance Shiv Pratap Shukla was the Chief Guest of the event organised in New Delhi this morning to mark India's assumption as Vice Chair for a period of two years. The Minister said, India is proud to represent the region. Terming it as a huge responsibility, he said, the nation is thankful to WCO for showing faith. Mr Shukla assured that India will work firmly to represent the region in the WCO.
Speaking on the occasion, Secretary General of WCO Kuniyo Mikuriya said, the role of Vice Chairmanship is very important. He expressed gratitude towards India for its initiative to take over as Vice Chair.
Delegates from 33 countries of Asia-Pacific Region and customs officers from different ports in India are participating in the day-long event which include Heads of Customs from Japan and Fiji, and senior officials from Korea, Singapore and China.  
WCO represents 182 customs administrations across the world that collectively process approximately 98 per cent of world trade. The WCO has divided its membership into six regions whereby each region is represented by an elected vice-chairperson to the WCO Council. Being the Vice-Chair of Asia Pacific Region of WCO will enable India to take on leadership role. India has a wealth of experience in promoting security and facilitation of cross border trade. 

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