In line with the development and delivery of a Risk Management System for Customs and OGAs under the Strengthening of the Trinidad and Tobago Electronic Single Window, On November 7-8, TTEK delivered a comprehensive 2-day Customs focused risk management workshop, designed exclusively for Customs practitioners.
We’ve prepared a series of upcoming posts over the next 1-2 weeks regarding ASYCUDA that might draw some interest and discussion. A few months ago, I had posted a blog on ASYCUDA called: “The ASYCUDA Myth Part 1: Is UNCTAD fostering a No-Bid Sole Source Contract for ASYCUDA World?” This post can be accessed here and discussed the various tactics employed by UNCTAD to secure a sole source deployment of ASYCUDA under the guise of a misleading feasibility study.
The next in the series (posted here today) is called, “The ASYCUDA Myth Part 2: United Nations Audit Reveals Collusion, and Conflicts of Interest”, and is based on the United Nations Office of Internal Oversight services (OIOS) audits in 2008 and 2012. Surprisingly, many in our community are still unaware of these reports and the internal conflicts they exposed. Personally, I only discovered them in the last year. If you are in anyway involved in trade facilitation, customs modernization, and/or capacity building in the developing world, it is very important to understand the specifics of ASYCUDA development to date and where this system is likely headed.
This blog will be followed by 2 more blogs in the next 2 weeks called,
“The ASYCUDA Myth Part 3: Where is ASYCUDA Millennium?”
“The ASYCUDA Myth Part 4: Time to Open Source.”
I hope these blogs are enjoyed and prompt much discussion to make the positive change that is desperately needed.
The Jamaica Minister of Finance, Audley Shaw expects to increase revenues from the Jamaica Customs Agency by up to 40 per cent with the implementation of new measures aimed at cutting down corruption and under-invoicing. He plans to hold the Commissioner of Customs Major Richard Reese responsible for hitting that target. First of all, that's a bit unfair. Why? Because the government is setting an expectation that 2 recent technologies funded by the InterAmerican Development Bank (IDB) are going to help accomplish this, and that's likely not going to happen because....
TTEK founder Chris Thibedeau is scheduled to deliver a "Tech Talk" at the WCO IT Conference in Dakar Sengal on Thursday June 2nd, 2016. The presentation and discussion will be titled, "Optimizing Border Management Systems Through a Best in Breed Approach.”
Mr. Thibedeau will be making a compelling case on how...
I was recently pointed to this document by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA): https://www.wto.org/english/tratop_e/tradfa_e/case_studies_e/escwa_e.pdf
While it's 5 years old, it still offers great insight. Electronic Single Window (ESW) projects have become a major focus for many global customs administrations. It's also taken a few years for the community of technology vendors to come up with suitable solutions that offer a good ROI. "One size fits all" solutions usually offer one powerful and robust component, but
We are pleased to announce that today May 9th, 2016 is the official launch date of TTEK Inc., which will provide technology and services solutions for Customs and Border Management customers worldwide.
Per Founder and CEO, Chris Thibedeau, "Today is an exciting moment as we believe our new business model will fill a gap desired by many global border administrations. The future of technology in this sector is to endorse "best in breed". Customs functions are wide and complex. No one solution solves the full plethora of functions needed for commercial processing, trade reporting, data processing, intelligence, risk management, trade facilitation, tariff, accounting, admissibility, cargo control, and interoperability. Collaborative Border Management is the goal, and we think we may have the best partners, solutions, and frameworks to provide the value needed to achieve this outcome."
TTEK Inc. is a technology solutions firm specializing in...
TTEK CEO, Chris Thibedeau was recently interviewed by the Cross Border Research Association. He provides interesting insight and prompts provocative conversation around the Barbados Electronic Single Window. Barbados Customs uses ASYCUDA World and Chris makes several interesting points of clarification on how a "Best in Breed" ESW can integrate and collaborate with ASYCUDA. The Inter American Development Bank has funded the current ESW project which is currently being deployed by Chris' colleagues at PAE, A-T Solutions, and 3CE. Here's the direct link: