. The Columbus programme Meeting the challanges of the future Lars Karlsson, Director, WCO Global Dialogue on Capacity Building Johannesburg 4th April 2007 In a majority of our 171 Member countries 50 % of state Tullavgifterna står för 50-70 % av allatax income (or more) come from Customs collected inkomster i mer än 100 av världens länder Sweden has a long tradition of capacity building and sustainable development. SIDA has projects in 120iscountries around the world Trade Facilitation a prioritized task Protection of society is an increasing demand A unique opportunity SAFE Framework of Standards The revised Kyoto Convention in force The WCO Columbus Programme - Aid for SAFE trade - The aim is implementation of international standards for Customs and Trade leading to sustainable development March 2007 Phase II - Implementation The Columbus programme – Needs assessment Phase I Columbus Programme Phase I – According to plan • 145 • 63 countries committed to SAFE FoS diagnostic missions done so far • 105 before the Council, June 2007 (all) Lessons learned - Trends and Patterns • Political will to change WCO Columbus programme Trends & Patterns Report • Need for a holistic view on reform • Strategic management development needed • Risk management instead of risk analysis • ICT & technical equipment implemented, not used • Lack of key competences needed for change Analysis of trends and patterns emerging from the columbus programme phase I needs assessment mission reports based on the WCO Diagnostic Framework • Need for more day-to-day cooperation with trade • Need to for modern compliance & control models • Customs are well positioned to lead IBM The Columbus programme - Implementation Phase II + 20 Members in Phase II ”We have moved from needs assessment into action” • Action Planning • Implementation programming • Donor Matchmaking • Models and tools • Consultancy • Recruitment and accreditation • Contracting and tendering • Building sustainable structures • Pilot projects • Seminars and workshops and more… Phase III – Monitoring & Evaluation The Columbus programme Phase III – Monitoring 108 countries so far ”We monitor the progress of implementation” - Update of matrix in March 2007 - Analysis in Trends and Patterns report April 2007 - Website on-line application May 2007 Partnerships & Cooperation A Global Dialogue on Capacity Building • Member Government Support • Phase one fully funded • Cooperation with international institutions and organizations • Partnership with trade and industry What is the added value? • A holistic approach • Based on national priorities, regional needs and international requirements • Implementation of internationally adopted standards • Exploiting synergies with neighbouring countries and trading partners • Developing the local management infrastructure as well the operational capacity • Empowering own capacity to manage change We are ready to work in cooperation with every other organization that is interested in sustainable development ! We can help create the climate to make your projects more effective !