WCO IT/TI Conference & Exhibition

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10:00 - 19:00Registration

Boulevard Hotel

19:00 - 21:00Welcome Reception
 Heydar Aliyev Center

08:00 - 18:00Registration
Heydar Aliyev Center
09:00 - 9:45Official Opening Ceremony
Master of Ceremony: Ms. Saida Shafiyeva
High Level Official from the Government of the Republic of Azerbaijan
Mr. Safar Mehdiyev, Chairman of the State Customs Committee, Azerbaijan
Mr. Taeil Kang, Director General of Information and International Affairs Bureau, Korea Customs Service
Dr. Kunio Mikuriya, Secretary General, World Customs Organization (WCO)
09:45 - 10:30Honourable Guest
Prof. Eric Maskin, Nobel laureate in Economics
10:30 - 10:45Keynote Speech
Mr. Jonathan Fleming, President, S2Global - AS&E- Rapiscan
10:45 - 11:45VIP Tour and Press ConferenceRefreshment and contact break
11:45 - 12:00Keynote Speech
Mr. Joseph Chetcuti, Director General, Malta Customs
12:00 - 12:15Keynote Speech
Mr. Sheng Kai, Vice President, Global Government Affairs, Huawei
12:15 - 14:15Networking lunch
14:15 - 15:45Plenary session 1: Reshaping policies for technology-advanced trade
Moderator: Mr. Christopher Clague, Senior editor, The Economist Asia
Dr. Kunio Mikuriya, Secretary General, World Customs Organization (WCO)
Mr. Benedetto Mineo, Director General, Customs and Monopolies Agency, Italy
Mr. Minh Doan, Vice-President and Chief Information Officer, Canada Border Services Agency
Mr. Ulrik Knudsen, Deputy Secretary General, OECD
Mr. Richard Morton, Secretary General, IPCSA
Mr. Tom Isherwood, Partner , McKinsey & Company

Technology-enabled trade, such as E-Commerce, is already reshaping Customs and government policies and procedures. Devices such as drones and 3D printers are showing signs of potentially impacting the operation of Customs and other border agencies. What are the expected implications? On the other hand, how can governments reap the benefits of technologies such as blockchain, artificial intelligence and cloud computing towards boosting cross-border trade? Have strategies for digital transformation been adjusted to the accelerated pace of change?

15:45 - 16:15Refreshment and contact break
16:15 - 16:30Keynote Speech
Mr. Shangmin Sun, Vice President, Nuctech
16:30 - 18:00Stream A: Paving the way for blockchain technology - a step-by-step approach
Moderator: Ms. Zhang Shige, Senior Trade Expert, Huawei Technologies
Mr. Jonathan Page, Canada Border Services Agency
Mr. Solomon Raj Joseph, Product Director, GeTS / CrimsonLogic
Mr. Seung Yeob Han, Senior Consultant in Cello Platform Team managing projects regarding AI and Blockchain, Samsung SDS
Mr. Todd Scott, VP of Global Trade, IBM
According to the WTO World Trade Report 2018, blockchain is one of the four technologies that has the potential to profoundly transform the way we trade, who trades and what is traded. Amongst other stakeholders, Customs administrations are involved in a number of pilots and proof of concepts for the use of this technology. A panel will explore some key considerations and steps to be taken when using a blockchain as a business

Auditorium hall 

Interpretation in English, French, Russian and Azerbaijani

Stream B: Exploiting cutting-edge technologies to secure and facilitate trade
Moderator: Mr. Christopher Clague, Senior editor, The Economist Asia
Ms. Amy Huang, Marketing Director, Nuctech
Ms. Susana Wong Chan, Researcher, University of Lausanne and Cross-Border Research Association (CBRA)
Mr. NICO De Cauwer, Antwerp Port
Mr. Frank Heijmann, Head of Trade Relations , Customs Administration of the Netherlands
Mr. Samir Mammadov, Specialist, Information Technologies Unit , Benish GPS
Robotics, drones and other advanced technology solutions are progressively used to secure and facilitate the cross-border flows of goods, people and means of transport. Are Customs and other border agencies utilizing the full potential of these technologies?
Multifunction hall C 

Interpretation in English and French

19:00 - 22:30Gala dinner

08:30 - 18:00Registration
08:45 - 09:30Keynote Speech
Prof. Edward Prescott, Nobel laureate in Economics
09:30 - 09:45Keynote speech
Mr. Kok Keong Chong, CEO (GeTS), GeTS / CrimsonLogic
09:45- 11:00Plenary session 2: Border management response to green transport and logistics of the future
Moderator: Mr. Gareth Lewis, Senior Advisor, TTEK Inc.
Mr. Frank Heijmann, Head of Trade Relations , Customs Administration of the Netherlands
Mr. Igor Žula, President, Slovenian Logistic Association
Mr. Axel Klein, Senior Manager Customs & Authorities, Lufthansa Cargo
Ms. Tara Shirvani, Principal Sector Leader for Sustainable Transport, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

Shippers and logistics operators more commonly opt for Internet of Things (IoT) technologies to ensure better customer service and increased competitiveness for their businesses. A tendency towards greener, safer climate solutions with lower CO2 emissions shows a steady trend, supported by actions towards implementing the UN Sustainable Development Goals. This session will explore to what extent Customs and other border agencies can leverage information collected through smart devices to support carriers and logistics companies to move goods swiftly and in a more environmentally-friendly manner across borders.

11:00 - 11:30Refreshment and coffee break
11:30 - 13:00Stream C: Cutting red tape with connected devices - leveraging the Internet of Things
Moderator: Ms. Lisa McAuley, CEO, Global Trade Professionals Alliance (GTPA)
Mr. Henk Mulder, Head, Digital Cargo, International Air Transport
Mr. Frank Callewaert, Global Technology Strategist, Microsoft
Ms. Bénédicte Meille, Bureau International des Containers (BIC), Representative to the World Customs Organization
Mr. Patrik Jonasson, Director Public Policy, Asia – Pacific, GS1 Global
Suppliers and consumers are digitally connecting in real time. Multinationals are using IoT technologies and collecting information about goods in real time, from origin to destination. The question is how Customs and other border agencies can benefit from this information, and based on integrated supply chain management principles, ensure that trade facilitation and security requirements in the movements across borders are met.

Auditorium hall 

Interpretation in English, French, Russian and Azerbaijani

Stream D: Exploring the potential of machine learning, the benefits of centralized NII image interpretation and the human competencies to unleash the full potential of technology
Moderator: Ms. Melissa Odegaard, Director of Marketing, S2Global
Mr. Wilhelmus Van Heeswijk, Policy Officer Supply Chain Security & Customs Detection Technology Expert, European Commission
Mr. Joris Groeneveld, Senior Advisor X-ray scanning and Radiation detection
Ms. Zhao Huan, Deputy Director General of Science and Technology Department, General Administration of China Customs
Mr. Wu Youyi, CIO of the General Administration of China Customs
Mr. Garret K. Reinhart, Branch Chief, Non-Intrusive Inspection (NII), U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Customs administrations worldwide aim at deploying solutions that save time and resources and assist them in performing their functions effectively. Are Customs fully aware of the potential of machine learning? In what setting would centralized NII image interpretation work best? And does Customs staff possess the knowledge and skills to reap real benefits from the latest technological solutions?
Multifunction hall C 

Interpretation in English and French

13:00 - 14:00Networking lunch
14:00 - 16:00TECHTALKS
TechTalk 1
Moderator Ms. Milena Budimirovic, World Customs Organization (WCO)

Auditorium hall 

Interpretation in English, French, Russian and Azerbaijani
TechTalk 2
Moderator: Ms. Vyara Filipova, Technical Attaché , WCO

Multifunction hall A 

English only
TechTalk 3
Moderator: Ms. Lazzat Daniyarova, Professional Associate, WCO

Multifunction hall B 

English only
TechTalk 4
Moderator Mr. Jonathan Page, Canada Border Services Agency

Multifunction hall C

English and French
14:00 - 14:30TechTalk 1
Mr. Frank Callewaert, Global Technology Strategist, Microsoft
“Advanced Technologies for adopting a Risk management strategy”
TechTalk 2
Mr. Ruggero Milanese, Director Product Marking & Traceability Solution, SICPA SA, Switzerland
“Facilitating document and physical inspection of excisable goods”
TechTalk 3
Mr. Mazen Abu Alghanam, Business Development Manager, Webb Fontaine
TechTalk 4
Mr. David Avsec, Products and Accounts Coordinator, UPU
14:30 - 15:00TechTalk 1
Ms. Neelima Pamulapati, Deputy Head of TFP , GeTS / CrimsonLogic
TechTalk 2
Mr. Zhu Dan, President of Government Affairs Business, Huawei
“New technologies (Big Data, AI, Video, 5G) enable smart border management”
TechTalk 3
Mr. Jonathan Koh, Senior Advisor , Nuctech Company Limited
“Nuctech's SMART border for cargo, passenger and transport - practical implementations and best practices”
TechTalk 4
Mr. Chris Thibedeau, CEO, TTEK
Mr. Mike Squirrell, CTO, TTEK
“Advancements in Customs Risk Analytics: NTC and PCA approaches to identify fiscal and non-fiscal threats”
15:00 - 15:30TechTalk 1
Mr. Viboon Chaojirapant, Director of Product Development, vCargo Cloud
“Facilitating Crossborder Transit with CamelONE™”
TechTalk 2
Mr. Vytautas Vitkauskas, Chairman business of HDM initiative in Lithunia, JSC INTA
Mr. Donatas Limantas, Director of Projects Department, JSC INTA
“Advanced training for cargo scanner images analysis and threat objects recognition”
TechTalk 3
Mr. Sandeep Vedantam, Lead - Aviation Solutions, TrackIT
“EnTrackBag: Suspect Bag Tracking system for customs – Deliver Superior Passenger Experience while enhancing security in international arrival airports”
TechTalk 4
Mr. Joe Reiss, Vice President of Product Management & Marketing, Rapiscan Systems | AS&E
Mr. Chris Hogg, Director of Global Software Engineering, Rapiscan Systems | AS&E
Mr. Randall Barnby, Director of Business Development, S2 Global
Mr. Gary Heffner, Director of Training, S2 Global
“Achieving operational excellence with advanced security technology, data integration, and training”
15:30 - 16:00TechTalk 1
Prof. dr. Yao Hua Tan, Professor of Information and Communication Technology , Delft University of Technology
“Data Analytics Innovation for Customs Risk Targeting”
TechTalk 2
Mr. Michael Dill, GEFEG
Mr. Kagisho Ramatsa, GEFEG
“WCO Data Model – how the lingua franca of eCustoms fits with Azerbaijan cross border document requirements”
TechTalk 3
Mr. Jan ten Have, Manager, IT Systems, Dutch Customs

“Safer supply chain by diagonal supervision”

TechTalk 4
Mr. William Prevost, Ports and Borders Solutions Manager, Cotecna

“Shaping Technologies for SMART Borders”

15:30 - 16:00TechTalk 3
Ms. Laurence Levesque, Product Manager Customs & Security , CHAMP Cargosystems
“Border management, connecting the dots in Air Transport”
16:05 - 17:50Plenary session 3: Smart airports for seamless travel
Moderator Ms. Milena Budimirovic, World Customs Organization (WCO)
Mr. Felipe Mendes Moraes, Fiscal Auditor, Brazilian Federal Revenue Service
Mr. Falah Al Sammak, Senior Manager Airport Terminal 2, Dubai Customs, UAE
Mr. David Coyles, Counsellor Customs, Australian Embassy in Brussels
Mr. Timothy Norton, Global Market Director, Ports & Borders, Smiths Detection
Mr. Vladimir Gjorgjiev, Chief of Mission, International Organization for Migration Azerbaijan

According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), in 2016 there were a staggering 3.8 billion air travelers, a number it predicts will balloon to 7.2 billion passengers by 2035—a near doubling of current levels. Large airports are increasingly introducing innovation and technology that is changing the way we work, move, purchase goods etc. Are Customs and border agencies keeping up with these changes and making full use of API/PNR, biometrics, robotics and other technological and other developments that can speed up the movement of passengers?

19:00 - 22:30Dinner hosted by: Korea Customs Service

09:30 - 09:45Keynote speech
Ms. Ivonne Higuero, Secretary-General, CITES Secretariat
09:45 - 10:00Keynote speech
Mr. Timothy Norton, Global Market Director, Ports & Borders, Smiths Detection
10:00 - 10:15Keynote speech: Inspirational Speaker
Mr. Ilham Zakiyev, Paralympic judoka champion
10:15 - 11:30Plenary session 4: Innovative solutions for safer and more sustainable trade
Moderator Mr. Mazen Abu Alghanam, Business Development Manager, Webb Fontaine
Mr. Dingani Banda, Commissioner Modernisation and Corporate Strategy, Zambia Revenue Authority
Mr. Jon Godson, Assistant Director, IATA
Mr. Satya Prasadd Sahu, Senior Trade Facilitation Specialist, World Bank Group
Mr. Maqbool Lalljee, Director , Bureau van Dijk
Ms. Vrinda Gohil, Indian Customs Attaché in Moscow

Millions of specimens from all species of fauna and flora are exploited for a profit estimated at $91- 258 billion USD per year. Many of these are illegally exported. On the other hand, trafficking of cultural objects has gained the attention of senior policy makers and law enforcement officers around the world, particularly due to its links with money laundering and terrorist financing. Similarly, the high volumes and increasingly sophisticated nature of trade in counterfeit and pirated goods pose serious concerns. The enforcement community is increasingly turning towards technologies to support the combatting of these types of illegal trade. Is there a sufficient level of awareness of the latest available technological solutions and of the benefits they offer?

11:30 - 12:00Refreshment and contact break
12:00 - 13:15Plenary session 5: Transport industry committed to the future
Moderator: Mr. Jonathan Sessanga, Principal Customs Officer, Information Technology, East African Community
Mr. Vladimir Zubkov, Secretary General, TIACA
Mr. Jalal Benhayoun, General Manager PORTNET S.A.
Mr. Thomas Bagge, CEO and Statutory Director, Digital Container Shipping Association
Ms. Magda Hugo, Services and Customs Executive, Global Trade Solution

Self-driving trucks, port community systems, smart containers and Virgin Hyperloop One are just a few of the innovations introduced by the transport Industry. What are the implications for border processes and procedures in the future? Likewise, how can innovative solutions for the more traditional modes of transport help meet the Customs and other border agencies’ requirements?

13:15 - 13:30Conclusions
13:30 - 15:00Lunch
15:00 - 19:00Conference Tour