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Pacific Customs Management Program (PCMP) 2012

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In November CCES, on behalf of the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (Customs and Border Protection), conducted the Pacific Customs Management Program 2012 (PCMP 2012) for participants from Australia, the Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, the Oceania Customs Organisation, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste, Tonga and Vanuatu.

This is an intensive three week program that provides participants with the opportunity to develop their skills and knowledge across a range of disciplines that are directly relevant to the role of providing effective leadership at the operational level and to the management of a modern customs organisation. 

The program recognises that customs agencies worldwide are operating in an environment that is becoming increasingly complex and demanding.  The objective of PCMP is to prepare participants to better deal with these complexities and demands in order to meet the expectations of a diverse range of stakeholders including government, international travellers and traders, and the broader community. 

During the course of the program, participants:

  • gained knowledge from presentations by CCES staff, officers from Customs and Border Protection and guest speakers, each of whom is a specialist in areas relevant to Customs and border management;
  • participated in team building exercises, program workshops, discussion groups and syndicate exercises;
  • delivered a brief presentation about themselves and their Customs service;
  • contributed to the completion of a syndicate project requiring the application of knowledge gained through participation in the program;
  • cooperated in the delivery of a group presentation to PCMP participants, CCES and Customs and Border Protection personnel on the outcomes of their syndicate project;
  • observed Customs and Border Protection practices during the operational visit to Customs House in Canberra and Cairns; and
  • networked with other participants to establish long-term organisational and regional co-operation.