At the invitation of the French Government, WCO Deputy Secretary General Ricardo Treviño Chapa attended the “No Money for Terror” Conference held in the OECD Headquarters in Paris, France, on Thursday 26 April 2018. This Conference aimed to assist Governments in implementing a range of security policies and strengthen international coordination for denying terrorists access to funds.
The Conference was attended by high-level Government representatives and International Organizations. Deputy Secretary General Treviño participated in the panel “Fight against Organized Crime: Drying up Terrorism Financing” along with OECD Secretary General Angel Gurría, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, the Ministers of Foreign Affairs from Mali and Algeria, and the Minister of interior from Afghanistan.
The Deputy Secretary General briefed the participants on the WCO Security Programme, the impact of the WCO Punta Cana Resolution (2015) on counter-terrorism, which recognized that Customs authorities are the first line of defence against many criminal and violent extremist and terrorist organizations. The Punta Cana Resolution highlights the important role of Customs in border security through management and oversight of the movement of goods, money, people and means of transport across borders and also provides ways to further strengthen cooperation between the WCO and other international organizations.
The closing ceremony, with the conclusions of the panels, saw the intervention of French President Emmanuel Macron, who called for further international cooperation in order to combat terrorism.
While at OECD Headquarters, Deputy Secretary General Treviño also met with Ms. Mari Kiviniemi, OECD Deputy Secretary General, to discuss further cooperation between WCO and OECD regarding anticorruption and integrity policies.