An up-to-date Organization with global impact

The WCO has over 160 instruments and tools on all the wide range of Customs issues. However, only a small number are being updated or under consideration for review. The majority of these instruments continue to be underused or even unknown. To ensure that such instruments and tools meet the expectations and achieve an impact, the WCO must have a systemic approach to keep its instruments and tools relevant, updated and reachable to its Members. It needs to improve communication and outreach of its instruments and tools to the different stakeholders, including Customs Administrations, private sector, other international organizations and the media.

To have a true global impact, the WCO needs to go beyond sharing experiences and isolated assistance activities. It has to move towards sustainable programmes that help Members build their Customs capacities through the effective implementation of WCO standards. It should further enhance transparency in the implementation of its standards by assisting Members to develop effective scrutiny mechanisms.

“The WCO must have a systemic approach to keep its resources updated”

Furthermore, it must bring its instruments and tools to the centre of attention of key international organizations and fora, such as the WTO, UN, OECD, G20 and WEF. Particularly, I have achieved to position other instruments to the highest level of political support, an example of this took place at the 2017 G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany, where the Leaders endorsed the “High Level Principles on Countering Corruption in Customs”, based on the WCO Arusha Declaration. Mexico Customs led this initiative with the support of all G20 Members and international organizations, including WCO, OECD and UNODC.