The 3rd ESA Regional Research Conference
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The 3rd ESA Regional Research Conference is scheduled to take place on 16th and 17th March 2020 and will be hosted by the WCO Regional Training Centre (RTC), Mauritius. The conference will focus on opportunities presented by emerging issues in Customs and Trade. The papers presented at the conference will be published in a book.
Theme: ‘The effect of emerging issues on the role of Customs and Trade’.
The World Customs Organization, East and Southern Africa, Regional Office for Capacity Building (WCO ESA ROCB) launched the ESA Regional Research Programme in 2013, aiming to build institutional capacity and the body of knowledge in Customs through research. The programme aims to enhance the region’s capacity to showcase its research globally. The 1st WCO ESA Regional Research Conference was hosted by the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority in 2014 in Harare, Zimbabwe, themed “Customs and Trade Facilitation: Building Institutional Capacity and the body of knowledge in Customs through research”. The 2nd conference took place in 2017, hosted by the Regional Training Centre (RTC), Kenya. The theme of the conference was “Impacts and Implication of the Trade Facilitation Agreement and the WCO Mercator Programme to the ESA region”. It was attended by more than 200 participants from 20 nations.
The theme of the conference is ‘The effect of emerging issues on the role of Customs and Trade’ and will cover the following:
FOCUS AREAS WILL BE;
i. Cross-border e-commerce: Enhancing trade facilitation and impact of cross-border e-commerce on Customs and international trade in East and Southern Africa.
ii. Potential effects of the implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) on trade and Customs in East and Southern Africa.
iii. Security and development: Challenges and opportunities presented by technologies and emergence of new trade practices and their potential effects on security.
iv. Gender Equity, Equality and Diversity: Highlighting opportunities presented in the integration of gender practices and promotion of diversity in Customs and Trade in East and Southern Africa.
v. Compliance and Enforcement: Essential tools in enhancing revenue collection, safety and security.
WCO ESA encourages participation in this research from Customs experts, scholars, analysts, Customs officials, private sector practitioners, as well as aspiring researchers.