IMBIP Delegation at the 10th annual PICARD Conference

11.09.15 00:00

Starting September 8, 2015, Baku hosts the 10th annual PICARD Conference (“Partnership Program in Customs Academic Research and Development”), established by the World Customs Organization, attended by the delegation of Institute of International Business and Law of ITMO University.

The conference, which takes place in ‘Gulustan’ palace, is attended by 241 delegates from 53 countries, Azerbaijan included, 21 international and regional organizations, among them three Nobel Prize winners.

Abid Sharifov , Deputy Prime Minister, Aydin Aliyev, Chairman of the State Customs Committee, Kunio Mikuriya, secretary general of the World Customs Organization, and Lee Hyung Don, Deputy Chairman of the Customs Service of Korea, all made opening speeches.

On the first day of the event, Eric Maskin, the Nobel Prize winner and Professor at Harvard University (USA), spoke on Why Global Markets Failed to Reduce Inequality in the Developing World?, and Mick Moore, general director of the International Centre for Tax and Development (UK), presented the report on International Cooperation: Comparative Characteristics of Trade and Taxes. The day continued with plenary sessions on Factors Stimulating Customs Officers and Global Supply Chains.

On September 9, the following sessions where planned: Innovations in the Field of Customs, Global Value Chains, Fees and Tariffs, and Fraud and Facts where the main attention is drawn to the report of Edward K.Preskotta, the Nobel Prize winner and Professor at Arizona State University (USA).

On September 10, the conference finishes with sessions on: Fraud and Facts, Ownership of the Cultural Patterns, Customs Risk Management, and Informal Trade. The conference participants have the opportunity to listen to the report The Influence of the National Political Environment on Innovation and Capital Formation by Finn Kydland, the Nobel Prize winner and Professor at University of California in Santa Barbara.

The last day of the conference will also held III Youth Forum with reports made by members of the IMBIP youth delegation – the Youth Forum co-organizer. All reports of the participants include major issues addressed in the PICARD Conference 2015: the relationship between global value chain and customs procedures, taxation and other issues in the field of public revenues, smuggling, and other problems.

On September 11, Baku events program includes the official opening ceremony of the Regional Office of the International Network of Customs Universities (INCU).