regional training centres constitute one of the key components of the regional approach. forming virtually independent and autonomous entities, the regions are best placed to identify and respond to their members’ training needs. this type of training, which is broader in scope than that offered to individual countries, makes it possible to pool and optimize resources within a single region. such centres offer a number of advantages: they enable customs officials from neighbouring countries to forge links with one another and, they facilitate the follow-up of wco programmes in a region.
to date, twenty-eight (28) regional training centres (rtcs) have been established: seven in the asia pacific region (china; fiji; hong kong, china; india; japan, korea; malaysia), four in the east and southern africa region (kenya; mauritius; south africa; zimbabwe), three in the west and central africa region (burkina faso; congo (rep. of); nigeria), seven in the european region (azerbaijan; hungary; kazakhstan; kyrgyzstan; north macedonia; russian federation; ukraine), two in the americas region (brazil; dominican republic) and five in north africa, near and middle east (egypt; jordan; lebanon; saudi arabia, tunisia).