Nepal Department of Customs: Second National Workshop on Customs Valuation
Nepal Department of Customs (DOC), in collaboration with the World Customs Organization Asia Pacific Regional Office for Capacity Building (WCO ROCB A/P) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB), conducted its second and final national workshop activity under the WCO-ADB joint subregional train-the-trainer on Customs valuation multiyear assistance initiative on 7-11 March 2016 in Kathmandu, Nepal, to deliver a model training course on Customs Valuation and Post Clearance Audit, with an accompanying set of training materials. This Workshop followed the Nepal Department of Customs' First National Workshop on Customs Valuation held in Nagarkot, Nepal on 19-21 August 2015, which identified areas for potential enhancement and/or improvement in Nepal Customs' capacity for proper Customs Valuation control; and agreed on the outline for a model training course and training materials to be used by Nepal Customs valuation trainers.
The Second National Expert Workshop started by finalizing all tailor-made training modules and materials, developed by the DOC Project Core Members, to be used by all DOC Customs valuation trainers in the future for in-house capacity building. The Project Core Members presented the new training program and materials to Director General DOC at the Opening Ceremony of a 3-day workshop held on 8-10 March 2016, and successfully delivered the first in-house training based on the new modules to 24 DOC Customs officers. ADB Country Director for Nepal Resident Mission Kenichi Yokoyama joined the official Closing Ceremony on 10 March, where he shared remarks on the successful completion of the WCO-ADB Joint Subregional Train-the-Trainer on Customs valuation Multiyear Assistance.
Technical experts from WCO ROCB A/P joined the workshop and subsequently offered further guidance on trainers’ skills to DOC Project Core Members. Upon completion of the second national workshop, DOC was furnished not only with new tailor-made training modules and supporting materials in Customs valuation, but also the first cohort of in-house trainers experienced in their use.
In 2013, ADB and WCO ROCB A/P launched a joint subregional train-the-trainer on Customs valuation multiyear assistance initiative to support participating countries’ efforts to strengthen efficient management of Customs valuation control through the use of post-clearance audit. The first WCO-ADB Joint Subregional Workshop was held in Colombo, Sri Lanka in February 2014, and the second Joint Subregional Workshop was held in Male, the Maldives 22–24 October 2014. SASEC provides a regional platform for this multiyear initiative through implementation of the SASEC Trade Facilitation Strategic Framework, approved by members in 2014.
The Second National Expert Workshop was funded through ADB technical assistance.