2017 WCO IT Conference and Exhibition



WCO IT Conference & Exhibition 2017

The Power of Data

Advancing Border Management


Explore the ways that modern information and communications technology can lead to exciting possibilities for a whole-of-government approach at the border

Tbilisi, Georgia
7-9 June 2017


A three day conference focusing on
exploring the role of information technology at the border

Hosted by:

Georgia, Revenue Service

(Ministry of Finance, Georgia)

Corporate Event Sponsor:

Smiths Detection


Supported by:

Korea Customs Service

Who will attend:

Customs authorities, representatives from border regulatory agencies, the IT sector, the broader business community, governmental and trade organizations, development partners, academia and others involved in the international trade arena.

For further information about the Conference: Visit the WCO events website: http://www.wcoomd.org/en/events/upcoming-events.aspx 



Tuesday, 6 June 2017

17.00 – 19.00


19.00 – 21.00

Welcome reception

Sponsored by : NUCTECH

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

09.00 – 18.00


10.00 – 11.00

Official Opening Ceremony

Master of Ceremony: Ms. Maka Khvedelidze, Deputy Head, International Relations Department, GRS see presentation


Mr. Dimitry Kumsishvili, First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Georgia


Mr. Giorgi Tabuashvili, First Deputy Minister of Finance, Director General, Georgia Revenue Service (GRS)


Mr. Kunio Mikuriya, Secretary General, World Customs Organization (WCO)


Mr. Jong-Woo Lee, Director General of Information and International Affairs Bureau, Korea Customs Service

11.00 – 12.00

VIP Tour & Press Conference

11.00 – 12.00

Refreshment & Contact Break:

Sponsored by: Bureau Van Dyke

Keynote speeches

12.00 – 12.15

Mr. Tim S. Norton, Global Market Director, Ports & Borders

, Smiths Detection see presentation

12.15 – 12.30

Mr. Weidong Wang, Vice President of Global Sales and Business Development, NUCTECH Co. Ltd. see presentation

12.30 – 14.00

Networking lunch

Sponsored by : Smiths Detection [Corporate Sponsor]


Conference Chair:
Mr. Samson Uridia, Head of International Relations Department, Ministry of Finance, GRS

14.00 – 14.15

Keynote address from the host administration


Mr. Nika MAMUKELASHVILI, Personal Tax Adviser, GRS

14.15 – 15.45

Session 1: E-COMMERCE



Mr. Simon Cocking,

Senior Editor, Irish Tech News see presentation


Mr. Kunio Mikuriya, Secretary General, WCO


Mr. Samuel Laurinkari, Head of EU Affairs, eBay and WCO Private Sector Consultative Group (PSCG) Member


Dr. Eng. Rana Raouf Farag, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Soukcom


Mr. Jhon Fonseca, Vice Minister, Ministry of Foreign Trade, Costa Rica

15.45 – 16.15

Refreshment & Contact Break:

Sponsored by: IBM

16.15 – 16.30

Keynote speech


Mr. Umberto de Pretto

, Secretary General, IRU see presentation

16.30 – 18.00



Moderator: Ms. Sue Probert, CEO, SEPIAeb


Mr. Richard Morton, Secretary General,

International Port Community Systems Association (

IPCSA) see presentation


Mr. Shane Sela

, ePhyto Project Manager, International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) see presentation


Mr. Chong Kok Keong,

CEO, GeTS Global, Assistant CEO, CrimsonLogic see presentation


Mr. Erich Kieck, Senior Trade Facilitation Specialist,

World Bank see presentation


Mr. Murray Young

, Chief Information Officer and Strategic Business Change Manager, New Zealand Customs see presentation

20.00 – 22.30


Dinner Hosted by: Korea Customs Service


Thursday, 8 June 2017

08.30 – 18.00


09.30 – 09.45

Opening Address


Mr. Simon Cocking, Senior Editor, Irish Tech News

09.45 – 11.15



Moderator: Mr. Abu Alghanam Mazen, Business Development Manager, Webb Fontaine


Dr. Yann Alix,

 Head of Strategy and Marketing, Soget, TRAFIS LAB see presentation


Mr. Youyi Wu

, Chief engineer, China Customs see presentation



Mr. Charles Massey, Nuclear Security Officer, Department of Nuclear Safety and Security, IAEA see presentation


Mr. Ian Symondson

, Solutions Architect, L3 Technologies see presentation


Mr. Luis Carillo,

Director Tax & Transfer Pricing Solutions, Bureau Van Dyk

see presentation

11.15 – 11.45

Refreshment & Contact Break:

Sponsored by: Webb Fontaine

11.45 – 12.00

Keynote speech


Mr. Binh Cong Nguyen, Deputy Director General, General Department of Vietnam Customs



Moderator: Ms. Katie Wong, Senior Manager, Accenture


Mr. Satya Sahu (SP), Commissioner (Single Window), Central Board of Excise & Customs, India


Mr. Kester Meijer, Director Operational Integrity, Compliance & Safety, KLM Cargo


Mr. Armand ter Schure, Director Information Management, Cargo Operations & Martinair, KLM


Mr. Oren Elimelech, Founder & CISO, Cyber Team 360, Israel


Mr. Nick Small, Advisor (SGS), Department of Customs, Nepal


Mr. Shreekrishna Nepal, Deputy Director General, Department of Customs, Ministry of Finance, Nepal

13.15 – 14.30

Networking lunch:

Sponsored by: CrimsonLogice

14.30 – 18.00


Continuous refreshments: IRU


TechTalk 1

TechTalk 2

TechTalk 3

TechTalk 4



Data Model/Single Window




IT solutions - diverse


IT solutions - diverse




Mr. Satya Sahu (SP), Commissioner (Single Window), Central Board of Excise & Customs, India


Ms. Milena Budimirovic, Senior Technical Officer, WCO


Ms. Louritha Green
International Trade Liaison,
Office of International Affairs
US Customs and Border Protection


Mr. André Sceia Information System Officer, Sustainable, Transport Division



Mr. Michael Dill, CEO, GEFEG mbH
Mr. Frederico Fróes Fontes’  Single Window Manager, Secretaria da Receita Federal, Brazil

see presentation


Elizabeth Titi Opare
Assistant Commissioner, e-Records & Applications Management,

Ghana Revenue Authority

see presentation

Mr. Harald Weyerich,

Director Postal Technology Centre, UPU

see presentation

Ms. Siranuysh Sargsyan

, Project Manager/Business Analyst

Webb Fontaine

see presentation

Mr. Geraint Dermody

, Business Development Director, Symetrica Security Limited

see presentation


Ms. Valentina Mintah,

CEO, West Blue Consulting.

see presentation

Mr. Gerard Rodrigues, Counsellor (Europe and Africa) Australian Border Force, Australian Embassy, Brussels

Dr. Yann Alix

, Head of Strategy and Marketing, Soget, TRAFIS LAB

see presentation

Mr. Musa Bin Abu Bakar, Senior Manager (Solutions and Consulting), CrimsonLogic

“Jump-Start Customs Management System Implementation”

see presentation


Ms. Varsha Singh

, Senior Manager: Business Relations, South Africa Revenue Service (SARS)

see presentation

Mr. Robert Lake, Customs Counsellor,
New Zealand

Mr. Tim S. Norton, Global Market Director, Ports & Borders, Smiths Detection

Ms. Louise Wiggett,
Managing Director, ETradex Pty Ltd


Continuous refreshments: S2 Global

IT solutions – diverse


Mr. Satya Sahu (SP), Commissioner (Single Window), Central Board of Excise & Customs, India

IT solutions – diverse


Mr. Perry Clay, SVP Global Markets, Integration Point

IT solutions – diverse


Mr. Oluimo da Silva,
Technical Attach
é, OMD

IT solutions – diverse


Ms. Louise Wiggett

Managing Director,

ETradex Pty Ltd

see presentation


Mr. Shane Sela,

ePhyto Project Manager (IPPC)

see presentation

Ms. Fabienne Le Tadic, Executve President, SICPA SA

Mr. David Ware, Director, Deloitte

Global Trade Radar: Identifying global customs risk and opportunities

Mr. Steve Hill, Principal Industry Consultant, CHAMP Cargosystems

“Solving the airfreight compliance conundrum - quality-driven digitized communities“

see presentation


Mr. Ali Baeidi Mofradnia

, Deputy, President in Planning and International Affairs, Islamic Republic of Iran Customs Administration (IRICA)

see presentation

Mr. Michael Ritschewald,
Area Sales Manager,
  LEONHARD KURZ Stiftung & Co. KG

 “The Evolution Never Ends…”

Mr. Shinichiro  Naruse, General Manager, NACCS Center
Mr. Kenichiro Aoki, Senior Manager, NTT DATA CORRPORATION

Mr. Xiang Wang, Deputy CIO, China CusLink Co. Ltd.

“Customs IT service, standard and technology: Innovation-Driven and Win-Win Solutions ”


Mr. Daniel Kern, Senior Manager, Trade Policy

Affairs, IRU

see presentation

Mr. Jerome Pichot, Head of Product Marketing, Authentication & Traceability, De La Rue

Mr. Jianmin Li
General Manager of Production & Chief Information Officer

Mr. Andrew Farrelly,

Co-founder, CT Strategies

see presentation


Mr. Raphaël Hirt

, Head of eTIR, IRU Geneva

see presentation

 Mr. André Sceia
Information System Officer, Sustainable, Transport Division

Mr. Ben van Rijnsoever, Lead Architect Customs & Borders, IBM Global COC

Mr. Vineet Malhotra,

Director, Kale Logistics Solutions

see presentation

Mr. Stewart Jeacocke, Customs Lead Expert, IBM Global COC

19.30 – 22.30


Hosted by: Georgia Revenue Service


Friday, 9 June 2017

09.00 – 09.15

Keynote speech:


Mr. Shota Chachkhunashvili, Deputy Chairman of the National Agency of Public Registry (NAPR), Head of IT Department of NAPR, Ministry of Justice of Georgia see presentation

09.15 – 10.45



Moderator: Ms. Valentina Mintah, CEO, West Blue Consulting


Ms. Yeo Beng Huay, Chief Information Officer (CIO), Singapore Customs see presentation


Mr. Jacco Spek, Researcher Connected Business, Wageningen University of Research (WUR), the Netherlands see presentation


Mr. Georges Al Medawar, Chief Visionary Officer, Humaniq see presentation


Mr. Norbert Kouwenhoven, Customs, Borders Leader, IBM Global Trade Digitization see presentation

10.45 – 11.15

Refreshment & Contact Break:

Sponsored by: Accenture

11.15 – 11.30

Keynote speech:


Mr. Vladimir D. Zubkov,

Secretary General, The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) see presentation

11.30 – 13.00



Moderator: Ms. Melissa Odegaard, Director Marketing, S2 Global


Ms. Susanne Aigner, Head of Unit, Customs Legislation, DG TAXUD, European Union


Mr. Frank Heijmann, Head of Trade Relations, Customs Administration of the Netherlands


Mr. Tahir Syed, Manager Cargo Technology, IATA


Prof. Yao-Hua Tan, Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands

13.00 – 13.30

Conclusions :


·         Conference Chair: Mr. Samson Urida, Head of International Relations Department, Georgia Revenue Service, Ministry of Finance of Georgia


·         Mr. Giorgi Tabuashvili, First Deputy Minister of Finance, Director General,  Georgia Revenue Service (GRS)


·         Mr. Ray McDonagh, Head of Administration, WCO see presentation                            


Take Away Lunch

Tour: 15.00 – 18.00

Tour: 15.00 – 18.00