Regional Office for Capacity Building for the World Customs Organization Europe Region

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The Regional Office for Capacity Building (ROCB) Europe has embarked on a new chapter of collaboration, joining forces with ADA University to foster advancements in trade and customs practices and knowledge exchange. The partnership aims to strengthen the capacities of customs officials across Europe to contribute bolster international trade facilitation.

The ROCB Europe, renowned for its commitment to enhancing customs capabilities in the region, has laid out a comprehensive collaboration strategy with ADA University:

  • Internship Program at ROCB Europe Premises: One of the key components of the partnership is the establishment of an internship program hosted at the premises of ROCB Europe. This initiative will provide students from ADA University with an invaluable opportunity to gain practical insights into customs operations and international trade facilitation.

  • Research on Customs Related Topics and Expert Mobilization: Collaborative research will form another cornerstone of the partnership. Students and faculty members from ADA University's esteemed academic community will engage in in-depth studies on customs-related subjects. Additionally, the partnership will facilitate expert mobilization, allowing for the exchange of experts between ROCB Europe and ADA University.

  • Working on Certain Projects: ROCB Europe and ADA University will jointly undertake specific projects aimed at addressing contemporary customs challenges. These projects will serve as platforms for applying theoretical knowledge to real-world scenarios, fostering innovation and practical problem-solving.

Speaking about the partnership, Mr. Antonio Lo Parco, Director of ROCB Europe, expressed his enthusiasm: "This collaboration with ADA University marks an exciting milestone for ROCB Europe. By combining academic rigor with practical insights, we are poised to make significant strides in enhancing customs capacities and promoting seamless trade across the WCO Europe region."

Dr. Fariz Ismailzade, Vice Rector of ADA University, echoed Mr. Lo Parco's sentiments: "Our university is committed to nurturing a new generation of professionals who can drive positive change in various sectors. This partnership with ROCB Europe aligns perfectly with our mission and offers students unparalleled opportunities to contribute to the field of customs and international trade."

The ROCB Europe and ADA University collaboration is set to redefine stakeholder’s cooperation, bridging the gap between academia and practical application. As the partnership unfolds, it is expected to lay the groundwork for more efficient and effective customs capacity building delivery process, ultimately facilitating the growth of international trade in the WCO Europe region.