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THE ROLE OF ROCB IN STRENGTHENING CAPACITY BUILDING IN EUROPE.CHALLENGES AND WAYS FORWARD.VitaliMikeladze(ROCB , Baku)

The 4th European ROCB/RTCs Meeting

14-16 November 2011, Baku, Azerbaijan


Regional office for capacity building
Regional Office for Capacity Building EUROPE.

  • ROCB – is a regional Capacity Building initiative, driven by the efforts and needs of the Members of the region

  • ROCB – is to support regional Members in mobilising resources and developing partnerships to deliver wide range of services, training and technical assistance activities

  • Status of ROCB - is based on a formal agreement between the WCO and the Government of the host country (subject to discussion at the Council in June 2012)


Background
Background EUROPE.

ROCBs

  • Asia-Pacific: Bangkok (Thailand)- 2004

  • East and South Africa: Nairobi (Kenya)- 2005

  • Americas: Buenos Aires (Argentina)- 2007

  • North Africa, Near and Middle East: Abu Dhabi (UAE)- 2007

  • West and Central Africa: Abidjan (Cote d’Ivoire)- 2008

  • Europe:Baku (Azerbaijan)- October 2011


Establishment of rocb in baku
Establishment of ROCB in Baku EUROPE.

  • Adoption : May 2009, DGs Conference in Bergen (Norway)

  • MOU between WCO-Government of Azerbaijan – November 2009

  • 2010 - RVC calls for Members’ funding and staffing issues

  • January 2011- Think Tank meeting in Moscow: Regional CB Strategy for Europe and ROCB Concept Paper

  • May 2011- Europe’s Donor conference in Brussels(to shape up a kick-off budget)

  • October 2011 – ROCB opening



Rocb key roles and responsibilities
ROCB: Key Roles and Responsibilities EUROPE.

  • To plan and coordinate Customs CB activities in the region

  • To identify Members’ CB needs and support in their modernisation

  • To identify regional needs and insure CB assistance

  • To coordinate the use and implementation of WCO tools and practices in the region.

  • To develop staff capable of supporting Members reforms


Rocb key roles and responsibilities 2
ROCB: Key Roles and Responsibilities(2) EUROPE.

  • To support Customs-to Customs cooperation

  • To promote Customs-to Business partnership in the region

  • To raise Members awareness of Integrity programmes

  • To coordinate activities of the Regional Training Centers

  • To develop and maintain partnership with key stakeholders

  • To provide solutions to overcome language constraints


Benefits for europe s members
Benefits for Europe’s Members EUROPE.

Geographical location of ROCB in Baku:

  • Located in the Eastern part of Europe ROCB makes excellent linkage with WCO Secretariat in Brussels, bridging the whole continent

  • In the center of the strategically important region, focus for all major donors (UN, EC, WB, ADB, IDB, EEC, EDB, new CU, etc.)

  • Down to all Columbus programme recipients of the region

  • Close to all less/least developed countries of Europe (18)

  • Close to the WCO Regional Training Centers in Europe and to other WCO ROCBs (Asia-Pacific; MENA)

  • Open for any Member of the region (as a contact point/rep-office)


Benefits for europe s members1
Benefits for Europe’s Members EUROPE.

Operational Benefits of ROCB in Baku:

  • Operates on behalf of and facilitates all the Members of the region

  • Brings WCO Capacity Building assistance down to Members of the region

  • Makes WCO assistance services and tools much closer, clear and easy to access and implement by Members

  • Simplifies Members communication and exchange of information across the region (no language barriers)

  • Regional database on Customs related projects/donor activities; on Members best practice and academic research material; on regional training courses/events delivered by WCO and other donors etc.


Benefits for europe s members2
Benefits for Europe’s Members EUROPE.

Operational Benefits of ROCB in Baku (2):

  • Communication and Information sharing tool

  • Efficient donor coordination function

  • Expands Members operational capabilities within the region

  • Venue for regional/international forums organised by Members

  • Accommodation and other services for Members’ staff on mission


Benefits for europe s members3
Benefits for Europe’s Members EUROPE.

Benefits of recruiting staff locally:

  • Broad Customs and modernization experience

  • Wide scope of networking contacts across the region and globally

  • Knowledge of the region and its specificities

  • Knowledge of local languages


Strategic goals for europe region 2011 2014
Strategic Goals for Europe region (2011-2014) EUROPE.

  • Supporting implementation of sustainable standards for safe, secure and fluid trade

  • Improving coordination and communication mechanism in the region

  • Fostering RM

  • Strengthening cooperation on enforcement

  • Enhancing collection of taxes and duties

  • Following global trends and developments

  • Supporting Integrity programmes

  • Helping Members to secure funding for their CB projects


Rocb in baku current priorities
ROCB in Baku: Current Priorities EUROPE.

1. Office functionality

  • Registration, opening account, accreditation

  • Producing job specifications, launching recruitment of administrative staff

  • Production of standard rules for ROCB functioning

  • Producing job descriptions for accredited staff and their training

    2. Communication and cooperation with Members

  • Producing regional web-site and logo

  • Keeping producing a regional Scientific Journal

  • Promoting new ROCB to Members of the region

  • Facilitating staff- recruitment process


Rocb in baku current priorities 2
ROCB in Baku: Current Priorities (2) EUROPE.

  • Creating a library of WCO documents/tools

  • Translating documents

    3.Technical and Management Assistance

  • Conducting Members CB needs survey

  • Drafting (with WCO) a regional Action plan for 2012-2013 to meet Members needs

  • Enhancing cooperation with RTCs

  • Developing pool of CB experts

  • 4. Developing partnership with donors

  • Examining options to fund ROCB activities

  • Promoting the role of ROCB at International fora

    5. Supporting implementation of WCO SAFE FOS

  • Facilitating to the delivery of WCO TTA events


Rocb in baku
ROCB in Baku EUROPE.

Executive Staff:

  • Director

  • Executive officers - ???

    Status: WCO Technical Attaches

    Local Administrative Staff:

  • 3 (permanent)

  • 2 IT specialists (temporary)


Urgent message to memers
URGENT MESSAGE TO MEMERS: EUROPE.

  • STAFFING!!!!!

  • s.o.s !!!


THANK YOU EUROPE.

FOR YOUR ATTENTION

[email protected]


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