The OCO continues to work with key regional law enforcement agencies including the Pacific Immigration Director’s Conference Secretariat, the Pacific Islands Chiefs of Police Secretariat, the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency, the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, the Pacific Islands Law Officers Network, the Pacific Transnational Crime Coordination Centre and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.
Continued dialogue with these regional agencies going forward will enable the OCO to address pertinent law enforcement and border security issues that affect the region as a whole, and position its Members to benefit from and contribute to mutually beneficial regional initiatives.
The programme aims to;
- increase end-to-end international supply chain security by introducing a balanced approach to security measures and facilitations; to safeguard shipments entering or leaving a customs territory from manipulation or interference by terrorists or other criminals and to provide compliant traders with greater facilitations; and to increase both the level of protection achieved by customs controls and cooperation between customs and trade;
- play a vital role in the fight against terrorism and organised crime, as customs has information and expertise on goods and cargo movements; to produce faster and better targeted customs controls that facilitate legitimate trade but tighten security requirements; and to ensure by way of greater transparency that the international supply chain and its stakeholders refrain from illegal, criminal and terrorist misuse.