Suva, Fiji, December 21, 2021– Oceania Customs Organisation (OCO) has appointed John Sam (pictured) as its new Trade and Management Adviser.
Mr Sam comes with vast professional and industry experience from Papua New Guinea (PNG).
“I started my career with the former PNG Bureau of Customs and Excise as a registration clerk sitting at the front desk, registering all entries coming to the Customs House,” Mr. Sam said. “Back then, there was no computer to lodge the import and export entries like now. I progressed to the Boroko International Mail exchange checking incoming parcels and assessing duties, then on to the invoice room, that’s where all import and export entries are lodged for assessing, by then we had the ASYCUDA 2.5 version.
Mr. Sam has held senior roles in Tariffs and Customs with PNG Customs, and has represented PNG in APEC meetings, WCO HS Committee, Valuation Technical Committee, and regional trade agreements.
He has also been a trainer on trade and valuation for PNG Customs.
“I am passionate about trainings and passing on knowledge to others. With this passion and using my vast experience’s I can assist Customs administration in our region with Tariff and Valuation trainings as well as other procedures such as Excise, PCA, Rules of Origin and Warehouse,” he says.
“With all these trainings, I hope to up skill officers in our region. We can conduct diagnostics on an administration to identify the gaps- whether be it legislations or procedures, and then we can address these gaps.
“It takes two to tango, so the OCO is ready to assist but administrations’ within the region must identify their issues so we all can address these issues together.”
Mr. Sam will be based in the OCO Secretariat in Suva and replaces Mrs. Laisiana Tugaga, who has joined the PACER Plus Implementation Unit in Samoa.
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About OCO: OCO is a grouping of 23 customs administrations in the Pacific region. It facilitates regional cooperation, information sharing and capacity building of its members with the overall target of supporting economic growth and improved border security in the Pacific.