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Unpacking the RCEP Agreement: Dialogue #5: Customs Procedures and Trade Facilitation

The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) marks the establishment of a free trade agreement among the 15 member states. The RCEP Customs Procedures and Trade Facilitation Provisions aims to foster and to ensure predictability, consistency, and transparency in the application of customs laws and regulations. The participating members is also envisaged to provide trade facilitation measures related to import to import, export, or transit formalities and procedures in order to strengthen environment for global and regional supply chains. The ERIA’s Capacity Building Programme with the General Department of Customs and Excise (GDCE) will co-host a ‘Public-Private Dialogues: Unpacking the RCEP Agreement#5- Customs Procedures and Trade Facilitation' on 14 July. This session will enable different business interests to assess their level of preparedness and understanding of how the RCEP chapter on customs procedures and trade facilitation could be a game changer in the services industry. Join us to glean insights from the line-up of government officials and private sectors.

Event Details

  • Date: Thursday, 14 July 2022
  • Time: 9 AM -  11:30 AM (Jakarta time, UTC+7) 

9:00 – 9:15

Opening Remarks:

  • Mr Jeremy Gross, Director of Capacity Building, ERIA
  • PHA Eng Veng, Deputy Director-General, General Department of Customs and Excise (GDCE)

9:15 - 10:00

Session 1: Setting the scene: The RCEP Customs Procedures and Trade Facilitation Provision

Moderator: Mr Sven Callebaut, International Trade Consultant, ERIA

Presenters:

  • Mr Robin Flint, First Secretary, Australian Embassy Phnom Penh
  • Mrs OUK Chansopheap, Chief of Free Trade Office, Department of International Customs Cooperation, GDCE
  • Mr Noy Sophannareth, Deputy Chief of Office, IT Department, Department of International Customs Cooperation, GDCE

Q&A with the audience.

10:00 – 11:00

Session 2: Private Sector Perspectives on Opportunities for Improving Customs Procedures and Trade Facilitation in Cambodia through RCEP Provision

Moderator: Mr Sven Callebaut, International Trade Consultant, ERIA

Panelist:

  • Mr Sebastian Cortes Sanchez, Deputy Director, Asian Trade Centre
  • Mr Kouch Pheng, Executive Director, Triumph Link Logistics, Co-Chair of Customs-Private Partnership Mechanism Technical Working Group 3
  • Mr Prayag Chitrakar, Country Manager, DHL Express Cambodia
  • Regional expert
  • PHA Eng Veng, Deputy Director General, General Department of Customs and Excise (GDCE)

Q&A with the audience.

This session will enable different business interests to assess their level of preparedness and understanding of how the RCEP chapter on customs procedures and trade facilitation could be a game changer in the services industry.

11:00 -11:15

Session 3: Summary of discussions and key items of a continued Public-Private Dialogue on Customs Procedures and Trade Facilitation

  • HE Sok Siphana, Senior Adviser to the Royal Government of Cambodia

Q&A with the audience. 

11:15 – 11:30

Closing remarks by GDCE and ERIA

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Starting Date

14 July 2022

Location

Virtual Room

Contact Info

Ms Lina Maulidina


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