ICAO, IMO and WCO strengthen supply chain security ties

Organisations meet in London to discuss supply chain security.


The heads of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), World Customs Organization (WCO) and International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) have met in London to discuss supply chain security and related matters, which cut across the mandates of the organisations.

IMO secretary-general Koji Sekimizu welcomed ICAO secretary-general Raymond Benjamin and Kunio Mikuriya, secretary-general, WCO, to IMO headquarters on July 8 where the three considered the further enhancement of collaboration between the organizations in the fields of aviation, border and maritime security and facilitation.

ICAO and the IMO perform their roles as specialised agencies of the United Nations, while the WCO is an independent intergovernmental body.

“A sustainable maritime transportation system is reliant on a smooth and efficient supply chain and it is essential that we work together to mitigate any potential threats,” said IMO secretary-general Sekimizu.

"A key element of this is building partnerships to support technical assistance and cooperation, particularly in the developing countries and in any high-risk areas, to address vulnerabilities in global supply chain security and create opportunities to enhance trade facilitation.”

“ICAO recognises and fully supports that effective cooperation is the basis for realising the objectives of our organisations,” said ICAO secretary-general Benjamin. “The constantly evolving threats posed by global terrorism must be met with highly coordinated transportation security and border control measures in order to minimise adverse impacts on international passenger and trade flows.”

Secretary-general Mukuriya of the WCO added: “Meaningful, dynamic and effective partnerships at the international level are critical to how all our organisations meet the challenges and take advantage of the opportunities presented by the 21st century border and trade environment. Today’s globalised trade and travel requires new thinking, coordinated approaches and connectivity between all stakeholders to efficiently secure and facilitate legitimate trade, support economic competiveness and provide protection to societies.”

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