During the 2016 Council sessions, the WCO signed several Memoranda of Understanding (MoU):
- First, one with the Federal Customs Service of the Russian Federation on the creation of a Regional Centre of Best Practices for the training of specialists on progressive technologies used in Customs work;
- Second, one with Ukraine Customs on the establishment of a Regional Dog Training Centre in the city of Khmelnytskyi;
- Third, one with the Smithsonian Institution to strengthen cooperation between the two Organizations, and to boost collaboration between Customs and cultural experts and institutions on the ground to better fight illicit trafficking of cultural objects.
These MoU serve as a basis for furthering the work of the WCO, and form a vital part of the Organization’s communication outreach and stakeholder engagement strategies.