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CBP Hosts World Customs Organization IT Conference in Seattle

Release Date: 
May 17, 2011

Seattle hosted more than 400 international delegates attending the annual World Customs Organization Information Technology conference last week at the Seattle Sheraton hotel. U.S. Customs and Border Protection played a prominent role as the host country customs organization.

CBP Deputy Commissioner David V. Aguilar gives the keynote address at the 2011 WCO IT Conference in Seattle.

CBP Deputy Commissioner David V. Aguilar gives the keynote address at the 2011 WCO IT Conference in Seattle.

The theme of the conference, "Cloud Computing, A New Era for Customs & Trade," provided government agencies, technology companies and consultants and members of the international trade community the opportunity to explore emerging trends in information technology related to global supply chain security, transport logistics, information security/privacy and trade facilitation.

CBP Deputy Commissioner David V. Aguilar and WCO Secretary General Kunio Mikuriya welcomed the delegates during the opening ceremonies, which featured the presentation of the colors by the Pacific Northwest combined CBP Honor Guard.

Aguilar delivered the opening day luncheon keynote address highlighting CBP's dependence on effective data management, which includes the exchange of 1.35 billion messages each day. He pointed out that in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks on the U.S., CBP responded with security enhancements in "partnerships, systems, technologies, data bases, analysts and cooperation that would enable us to extend our reach worldwide."

The conference included keynote addresses from Department of Homeland Security Chief Information Officer Richard Spires, and CBP Assistant Commissioner/CIO Charles Armstrong. CBP employees Linda Jacksta of the Office of Information Technology and Jenny Tsang of CBP Laboratory and Scientific Services also delivered "Techtalk" presentations.

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February 8, 2017