Ricardo Treviño Chapa
Deputy Secretary General of the World Customs Organization
WCO needs to accelerate its inclusion to the 21st Century as a modern, agile and leading international organization. Modernizing our decision-making processes, strengthening transparency and accountability together with fostering Member’s trust in our Organization is key to raise WCO’s influence and Customs role in the current global environment.
The future of WCO
International Organizations are facing challenging times. The Covid- 19 Pandemic, geo-political tensions and the temptation to regionalize trade are among the recent events that threaten multilateralism. Governments, business and International Organizations, including WCO, are looking to overcome challenges. Solutions based on international cooperation need to be agreed.
International organizations need to contribute to the global objective of equal growth and security. This also applies to WCO and this is reflected in our vision statement: “Bringing Customs together for a safer and more prosperous world.”.
As the global customs family that we are, we need to acknowledge and perform our role in multilateralism and trade.
Bringing WCO to modern times
During my second term I will promote the strategic plan’s effective implementation with special attention to the focus areas: Technology. Data analytics and digitalization, Greening of Customs and Modernization of WCO.
I will work to promote innovation within the WCO through the modernization of our procedures, moving from a reactive approach to a proactive one.
Strengthening international cooperation
I will keep promoting transparency and accountability in the Organization’s decision-making processes.
Trust is the corner stone for building better and effective international cooperation.
Through the implementation of transparent procedures and decisions, Members and Secretariat will strengthen their trust and mutual cooperation.
Turning words into actions and actions into concrete deliverables is the way to move ahead. A pragmatic approach with clear objectives and a monitoring tool to promote accountability is the best way to secure positive results.
To raise the visibility of WCO and the role of customs we need to create value. In order to measure the impact of our actions, I will continue leading the work on the development of a performance measurement mechanism.
A Member’s driven organization
Since I started my work as Deputy Secretary General I have actively promoted member’s engagement and inclusiveness. Together we have worked on defining the new Strategic Plan 2022-2025. WCO needs to continue responding to Members needs and listening to the different regional realities that Members face. Diversity is our strength and through coordination and collaboration we need to find and focus on our common challenges and objectives.
Ricardo Treviño was born in 1978, in Monterrey, Nuevo León, north of Mexico. He graduated in Financial Administration in 2001 from the Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Mexico and earned a Master’s degree in Administration with a major in International Finance from the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom in 2005.
His work at the WCO
In 2018, Ricardo Treviño assumed the post of Deputy Secretary-General of the World Customs Organization. Since then, he has driven an important change in the Organization through implementation of the Strategic Plan 2019-2022 which, for the first time, took into consideration input from the WCO’s 183 Members.
Bulding on this achievement, he has enhanced inclusiveness through regional consultations to develop a comprehensive and global Environmental Scan and the definition of the new Strategic Plan 2022-2025. The new strategy follows an innovative approach by considering customs core business as the overarching priority and by identifying three focus areas: 1) technology, data and digitalization 2) Green Customs and 3) WCO Governance and accountability
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