My project for the Secretary General of the WCO

5 key areas to move the WCO forward


A new vision

A modern organization must be based on the principles of continuity and experience, on the one hand, and flexibility and innovation on the other.

It is essential that every organization periodically revises its governance to ensure transparency and effectiveness.

“Better governance through the limitation of mandates and greater transparency in the decision-making process”


– Five-year mandate for the positions of higher responsibility within the organization, renewable just once. This will make the organization more flexible and aligned with the best practices of other international organizations.

– Increasing participation and communication with all members, for a more inclusive and transparent organization.

Trade Facilitation

Leadership and innovation

Given its privileged position, Customs is key to the implementation of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement, contributing to reductions in waiting time for legitimate operators and dealing with the economic potential and the new risks of the digital economy.

“We must embrace the potential of the digital economy and stand up to the challenges e-commerce poses for the security and protection of citizens and for the effective collection of revenue”


– Increase political will towards trade facilitation.

– Cooperate with other international organizations and, in particular, with the WTO Committee on Trade Facilitation.

– Implement a dynamic Framework of Standards for e-commerce.


Customs committed to security

Customs plays a key role in ensuring security at national and international level through the prevention and detection of illicit trade and the fight against crime.

“We must constantly strive to upgrade customs risk management and improve customs cooperation and exchanges of information”


– Increase Customs involvement in the definition of security strategies.

– Continue to upgrade the SAFE Framework focusing on risk management.

– Promote Customs access to API and PNR information and interoperability of exchange of information systems.

Capacity building

Strengthen and modernize

Capacity building is a distinctive function of the WCO. Training, technical assistance and exchange of best practices strengthen Customs Administrations.

“We will focus on each member’s needs with tailor-made technical assistance and e-learning tools. All projects with a clear added value must have resources for their funding”


– Set up diagnostic tools to analyse the relevance and impact of existing WCO instruments and project evaluation.

– Align the provision of technical assistance with the strategic plans for Customs and facilitate better coordination between donors.

– Promote active involvement of Customs in the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.


Wider cooperation

Cooperation among Customs Administrations, with tax and other authorities, with the private sector and with international organizations will be one of our guiding principles.

“We must foster political will for cooperation”


– Foster dialogue with business and other stakeholders.

– Raise awareness at political level about the need to cooperate.

– Promote exchanges of information with due attention to confidentiality and data protection.