LAW enforcement and border security has been an important area of focus for Oceania Customs Organisation (OCO) given that effective border management is needed to facilitate trade in goods and services and that many of our Pacific Island economies still depend heavily upon revenue from duties imposed at the border.
But our Pacific regions because of our porous borders remain prone to illegal border activities and individual customs administrations are not able to manage these problems on their own. The OCO exists to facilitate and where appropriate help administrations to align with customs international standards and best practice leading to greater economic prosperity and increased border security within the Oceania region. The Secretariat pprovides support to members in developing, coordinating and implementing activities in line with members’ mandates and advising members on key Customs issues.
These amongst others include; provide technical advice to members on customs and other related matters, assist in the development and implementation of harmonized Customs policies and instruments, facilitate the cooperation and information exchange between OCO Customs administrations and identify cross-cutting issues with regional and international partners and promote collaborations.
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