On 18 October 2022, more than 1,200 participants from 136 countries attended the 2022 WCO Technology Conference and Exhibition in Maastricht, the Netherlands. Some 600 additional delegates joined the event online. During the next three days, under the theme “Driving Customs performance with data and technology in the changing landscape of global trade”, representatives from Customs, international organizations, private sector and academia will discuss matters relating to the various technologies used to manage flows of goods, people and means of conveyance across borders. Participants joining the event in-person will also have the opportunity to test and discover innovative solutions and equipment by visiting the Exhibition running in parallel to the Conference.
From 3 to 7 October 2022, GIFP component COLIBRI organised an in-person training on monitoring and controlling General Aviation (GA) in Accra, Ghana. A total of 51 officials from Ghana and The Gambia participated in this week-long training.
The opening ceremony on 3 October was attended by the Deputy Commissioner of Operations from the Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority, the chief of the Narcotics Control Office, and the Head of Governance and Civil Society from the EU Delegation to Ghana, Mrs. Anna Lixi.
From 26 to 30 September 2022, the second edition of the European Commission’s Crime Fighting Week took place in Brussels. Bringing together over 150 policymakers and practitioners from projects, agencies and institutions dedicated to fighting transnational organised crime, it was the occasion to take stock of this evolving global threat. It was also an opportunity to foster closer cooperation and coordination between these actors and bring greater coherence to overall EU actions to combat organised crime.