The World Customs Organization Career Development Program was established back in 2009 in collaboration with Japan Customs and provides selected candidates with an opportunity to undertake work at the WCO Secretariat. The program runs for a period of ten months and entails a number of goals which seek to enable its participants to one, acquire knowledge, skills and international work experience; two, to develop and enhance networks among WCO Members and the Secretariat. Three, to enhance the research activities of the WCO to support and assist the Secretariat in its mission and tasks; and finally to develop a pool of highly capable officials with proficiency in WCO Member administrations.
This year the 2016/2017 WCO Career Development Programme was held at the WCO Headquarters located in the capital of Belgium and came to a conclusion on Friday… where 10 Customs officials from across the world graduated from this year’s program. Among that list is Belizean Customs Officer, Therese Martinez who is the very first Belizean in history to graduate from the program.
During her time in Belgium, Martinez specialized in Facilitation as a Professional Associate under the Compliance and Facilitation Directorate. She also participated in four WCO missions abroad which involved trips to Pakistan, Nigeria, Guatemala, and the Netherlands. As part of the program, Martinez presented a final paper regarding the themes of trade facilitation and security to the Secretary General of the WCO Dr. Kunio Mikuriya.