Jaipur is hosting a three-day, from November 1-3, convention of World Customs Organization (WCO) Regional Intelligence Liaison Offices (RILOs), which is being attended by 44 foreign delegates representing the Customs administrations of 21 countries. The convention is also being represented by four multilateral agencies.
According to the WCO website, the RILO is a regional centre for collecting, analysing and supplementing data as well as disseminating information on trends, modus operandi, routes and significant cases of fraud.
The RILO mechanism is supported by the Customs Enforcement Network (CEN), a global data and information-gathering, analysis and communication system for intelligence purposes.
"The aim of this mechanism is to enhance the effectiveness of global information and intelligence exchange as well as co-operation between all the Customs services tasked with combating transnational crime," informs WCO.
The RILO network currently comprises 11 Liaison Offices covering the WCO’s six regions which is further split into three levels which operate interactively and in a complementary manner.
At the international level, the WCO Secretariat is responsible for the central management of the CEN by using, operating and maintaining the system as a global information and intelligence tool for the RILO network.