The WCO ESA Regional Office for Capacity Building (ROCB) launched the ESA Regional Research Programme which aims to build institutional capacity and the body of knowledge in Customs through research. We also hope that this programme will enhance the region’s capacity to showcase its own research at the WCO PICARD conferences.
We wish to invite your administration to the 1st ESA Regional Research Conference which will be hosted by the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA) on the 4th and 5th of June, 2014 in Harare, Zimbabwe.

The theme of the conference is “CUSTOMS AND TRADE FACILITATION: Building institutional capacity and the body of knowledge in Customs through Research.” The topics expected to be covered include: Perspectives from the private sector on the trade facilitation tools and instruments implemented in East and Southern Africa region, The impact of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) on Trade Facilitation, Transit Management System: an ideal model for East and Southern Africa, Implementation of the Revised Kyoto Convention (RKC), The key pillars required by Customs and Revenue Administrations to successfully implement the Trade Agreements in COMESA, EAC, SADC and Tripartite, Customs Capacity Building Initiatives in East and Southern Africa: Case Studies of institutional capacity to rationalise and align capacity building initiatives provided at regional and international level.

The conference is expected to bring together researchers from various member administrations and stakeholders.

We request your nominated participants to complete and submit the attached Registration form to Wangechi Kanyora (, copied to Larry Liza ( and Jephat Mujuru ( by 20st May, 2014 to enable us make the necessary logistical plans.
We look forward to the participation of your administration, and to a successful conference.

Downloadable Documents

Invitation to ESA Research Conference
Research Conference Participants List FRI 29 MAY 2014