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Our cooperation

In the framework of cooperation between the WCO and IMBIP, students of the Customs specialty and students of postgraduate International Economics program who have high academic achievements and a sufficient language level, can apply for an internship at the WCO. And get acquainted with the activities of the organization and customs administrations in the EU. In addition, experts of customs who graduated IMBIP are the only ones in Russia, who have the certificate of the World Customs Organization, confirming their education by the WCO standards.

Recognizing the importance of knowledge and education in the field of Customs, and that little was known about developments internationally, the WCO initiated a series of meetings with Universities and Academic Institutions during 2005. The first informal meeting between the WCO Secretariat and Universities and Research Institutes was held at the World Customs Organization Headquarters in May 2005. Representatives from universities met to discuss possibilities of co-operation between the academic world and Customs in the field of capacity building.

Also at the first meeting the participants adopted the program of the development of the WCO, entitled "Partnership in Customs Academic Research and Development (PICARD)" and decided to organize the annual PICARD conference.

 Since its inception, 7 PICARD Conferences were successfully held, where participants were provided with an opportunity to interact with their government, commercial and academic counterparts from around the world. This annual event has been previously held in Brussels in 2006 and 2007Shanghai in 2008Costa Rica in 2009Abu Dhabi in 2010, Switzerland in 2011. Marкakeсh (Marocco) in 2012 and in Puebla (Mexico) in 2014.

In 2013 the 8th annual PICARD Conference took place in Saint Petersburg from September 18th to 20th. This event was organized  by the World Customs Organization (WCO) jointly with the Institute of International Business and Law of  Saint Peterasburg National Research University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics (IMBIP NIU ITMO), together with the Federal Customs Servise of the Russian Federation, with the support of the International Network of Customs Universities (INCU).

Last PICAD Conference  was held on September 8-10 2015 in Baku, Azerbaijan. Organizers of the event were the World Customs Organization (WCO), Azerbaijan Customs Service, with the support of the Korean Customs Service.