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Strategic Plan

The ultimate objective of OCO is to assist Member administrations to develop the following core capabilities:

  • Sound legal framework;
  • Intelligence-based risk and information management;
  • Modern procedures, techniques, technology and equipment;
  • Strategic partnerships – Government and business;
  • Professional organisation – capabilities and culture.

This will be based on a modernisation framework that will be driven by Customs leadership and include updated legislation, best practice, a culture of integrity and excellence, modern IT systems enabling single window applications and a communications and information sharing strategy that links Members together.

The Strategic Plan will cover the period 2017-2022, which coincides with theconclusion of the 2012-2022 Strategic Plan There are five priority areas that will be addressed. They are of equal importance and significant work is already underway in all of them. The priority areas are as follows:

Priority 1

Customs Leadership

Overall Objective: Enhance the Leadership capability to enable Customs’ modernisation reforms

Develop and strengthen Members’ leadership capabilities

  • Develop an OCO Capability Development Framework
  • Facilitate Leadership and Management Programmes
  • Develop Regional Coaching, mentoring and internship Programmes
  • Promote a Leadership Succession Plan

Strengthen organisational development for the future

  • Coordinate and organise regional training initiatives
  • Facilitate and promote the use of WCO E-learning modules
  • Advocate the use of international tools and instruments that promote integrity and professionalism
  • Develop a regional customs education Programme

Enhance governance and organisational performance of OCO Secretariat

  • Promote regional coordination and cooperation in achieving members’ priority national outcomes
  • Promote collaboration with regional and international partner organisations and donors on implementation of OCO strategic plans and work programs
  • Coordinate and facilitate implementation of the OCO annual conference decisions

Priority 2

Law Enforcement and Border Security

Overall Objective : To enhance regional cooperation in enforcement and border security.

Enhance coordinated border management:

  • Promote integrated strategies on border enforcement.
  • Enhance intelligence and enforcement information sharing capability.
  • Promote the use of modern tools and techniques

Strengthen intelligence-driven risk management capacity:

  • Develop regional intelligence capability
  • Support the implementation of Compliance Management Strategies

Combat transnational organised crime:

  • Strengthen and update policy and legislation.
  • Enhance information sharing capability.

Strengthen coordination between border and law enforcement Agencies

  • Enhance cooperation and coordination between Customs administrations.
  • Develop, promote and strengthen partnership and collaborations with key enforcement and business stakeholders

Priority 3

Trade Management and Facilitation

Overall Objective : To promote the facilitation of legitimate trade Strategies

Modernise and harmonise Customs procedures and processes

  • Promote adoption of Revised Kyoto Convention.
  • Develop modern and simplified Customs processes and legislation.
  • Support members in implementation of Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) Programmes.

Support the implementation of regional trade facilitation initiatives

  • Support members with the implementation of WTO Agreement on Trade Facilitation (TFA)
  • Provide capacity building assistance to members on implementation of Regional Trade Agreements

Promote Single Window environment

  • Support the development and implementation of Single Window environment

Promote digital Customs

  • Support members in development of organisational, legislative and technological capability to enable IT connectivity

Priority 4

Revenue Mobilisation

Overall Objective: To promote fair and eficient revenue collection

Develop and and promote standard guidelines and tools on revenue collection

  • Develop Pacific Tariff Framework
  • Support the implementation of HS2017 and subsequent amendments
  • Develop the capability of members on application of WTO Valuation and Rules of Origin

Increase Customs and excise compliance and improve data analytical capability

  • Support the modernisation and alignment of excise processes and systems
  • Strengthen post clearance audit (PCA) capacity
  • Develop members’s capabilities on data analysis

Enhance collaboration between Customs and Tax administrations

  • Implement joint regional Customs and Tax initiatives on common areas such as compliance, valuation and other revenue related areas
  • Develop information exchange mechanisms between Tax and Customs administrations

Priority 5

Institutional Strengthening of Small Member Administrations

Overall Objective : Accelerate members’ compliance to international standards

Modernise legislative and regulatory frameworks

  • Align legislation to Revised Kyoto Convention and other relevant international instruments.

Strengthen capability to manage Customs reforms

  • Support the enhancement of technical and management capability and institutions
  • Implement digital capacity to advance Customs modernisation