WCO Global Origin Conference 2021

Day 2: Thursday 11 March 2021



Session 3:Update of Rules of Origin to capture the latest edition of the HS

Moderator: Ms. Mette Werdelin Azzam, RoO Expert – Former Senior

Technical Officer – WCO

Speaker 1: An overview of the situation

Mr. Kolja Mendel, Managing Partner of Mendel Verlag see presentation

Speaker 2: How to convert rules of origin from one HS version to another

Mr. Rafael Cornejo, Founding partner and Director of Origen.Digital see presentation

Speaker 3: The situation seen from a Customs perspective

Ms. Aissata KOFFI YAMEOGO, Program Officer in charge of Rules of Origin and Management of Community Preferential Regime - ECOWAS Commission see presentation



Session 4: Revised Kyoto Convention and other WCO origin tools

Moderator: Mr. Goro Suzuki, Technical Attaché- Origin Sub-Directorate, World Customs Organization

Speaker 1: Update on the RKC review

Mr. Roman Bruehwiler, Senior Adviser at the Swiss Federal Customs Administration Section Free Trade and Customs Agreements Switzerland see presentation

Speaker 2: Overview of self-certification

Ms. Rika Tokai, Deputy director at the Tariff Policy and Legal Division, Customs and Tariff Bureau, Ministry of Finance, Japan see presentation

Speaker 3: Contributions from external stakeholders

Mr. Kit Hickey, Fonterra Group’s Customs & Tax Team providing specialist advice to the business in relation to Fonterra’s cross border trading activities No presentation material

Speaker 4: Member administration’s perspective

Mr. Hervé Godin, Head of a Sector dealing with nonpreferential

rules of origin and administrative cooperation in preferential trade arrangements in Directorate-General Taxation and Customs Union (Unit E/5) – European Commission. see presentation



Session 5: WTO Nairobi Decision on Preferential Rules of Origin for LDCs

Moderator: Mr. Demba Seck, Technical Officer – Origin Sub Directorate, World Customs Organization

Speaker 1: Update on the implementation of the WTO Decision on

Preferential Rules of Origin for LDCs

Mr. Darlan F. Marti, Trade policy Specialist at the WTO Market Access Division – Geneva – Switzerland see presentation

Speaker 2: Update on the implementation of the WTO Nairobi Decision

seen from an IGO perspective

Mr. Stefano Inama, Chief, Technical Cooperation and EIF Section, UNCTAD see presentation

Speaker 3 Customs perspective

Mr. Donald Tindamanyire, Principal Customs Officer, responsible for Tariffs, Valuation and Rules of Origin at the East African Community Secretariat see presentation