Wangchuk Thayey (Bhutan)

Master of International Customs Law and Administration – December 2007

Current Job Position: Regional Director, Regional Revenue & Customs Office

Currently I am working as a Regional Director in Bhutan, one of eight Regional Revenue & Customs Offices spread throughout the country. As the name of the office indicates, the Regional Directors are also holding the additional charges of direct taxes and revenue audit in their jurisdictional region.

Prior to my coming to Australia for pursuing my studies I was working as the Head of Customs & Excise in one of the Regional Offices bordering India. Although, by then I had already put in almost 12 years of service in the areas of Customs & Excise, my knowledge was limited to the operational level of the Bhutanese Customs and certain degree of the Indian Customs and Excise by the virtue of having done the Indian Revenue Service for 18 months from January 2000 to June 2001.

Studying in the CCES was an opening for me to the operation of the international Customs administrations. It exposed me to various tools and instruments of the World Customs Organization, the most notable one being the Revised Kyoto Convention (RKC). Studying in CCES gave me an opportunity to compare the operation of the Bhutanese Customs administration with the international Customs administrations in line with the RKC and other best practices. I could identify the areas where the Bhutanese Customs is lacking and came up with a list of recommendations.