TTEK named as one of CIO Review Magazine's 20 Most Promising Enterprise Risk Management Solution Providers - 2017

TTEK named as one of CIO Review Magazine's 20 Most Promising Enterprise Risk Management Solution Providers - 2017

We are pleased to be recognized as one of CIO Review Magazine's 20 Most Promising Risk Management Providers 2017.  Click here to go directly to the article.

EXCERPT:  Enterprise Risk Management is taking the center stage in how companies run their business. Advancements in cognitive technologies, artificial intelligence and data analytics are helping organizations go beyond traditional ways of managing risks by using smart machines to detect, predict and prevent risks. Today, since the entire nature of the risk discipline and their consequences are evolving, organizations should look beyond regulation and cost-reduction and view risk management as a strategic element of their value chain.  Please read on or download a PDF copy of the CIO Review article, or read the full magazine online here.

The ASYCUDA Myth Part 4:  Time to Open Source

The ASYCUDA Myth Part 4:  Time to Open Source

The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) has never intended to open source ASYCUDA (as the WCO recently did in June 2017 with their Cargo Targeting System).  It seems clear that Intergovernmental Organizations (IGOs) should not be in the business of building and selling rudimentary software solutions, and donors should not be funding the development or deployment especially when there is an appearance of a kickback scheme for a select few...

The ASYCUDA Myth Part 3:  Where is ASYCUDA Millennium?

The ASYCUDA Myth Part 3:  Where is ASYCUDA Millennium?

Today we launch the next chapter in our series on ASYCUDA.  We hope you enjoy.  If you missed parts 1 and 2, they can be accessed here:

The ASYCUDA Myth Part 1

 The ASYCUDA Myth Part 2

In the last chapter, we discussed the findings of the UN Audits on ASYCUDA and UNCTAD in 2008 and 2012.  In this chapter, we discuss the plans UNCTAD had for ASYCUDA and why they never actually emerged. 

As requested by the UN Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) in 2008, UNCTAD/ASYCUDA was asked to develop a strategy in regards to the development and roll-out of the next generation of ASYCUDA World branded as “ASYCUDA Millennium”...

The ASYCUDA Myth Part 2:  United Nations Audit Reveals Collusion, and Conflicts of Interest

The ASYCUDA Myth Part 2:  United Nations Audit Reveals Collusion, and Conflicts of Interest

We’ve prepared a series of upcoming posts over the next 1-2 weeks regarding ASYCUDA that might draw some interest and discussion.  A few months ago, I had posted a blog on ASYCUDA called: “The ASYCUDA Myth Part 1: Is UNCTAD fostering a No-Bid Sole Source Contract for ASYCUDA World?”  This post can be accessed here and discussed the various tactics employed by UNCTAD to secure a sole source deployment of ASYCUDA under the guise of a misleading feasibility study.

The next in the series (posted here today) is called, “The ASYCUDA Myth Part 2:  United Nations Audit Reveals Collusion, and Conflicts of Interest”, and is based on the United Nations Office of Internal Oversight services (OIOS) audits in 2008 and 2012.  Surprisingly, many in our community are still unaware of these reports and the internal conflicts they exposed. Personally, I only discovered them in the last year.  If you are in anyway involved in trade facilitation, customs modernization, and/or capacity building in the developing world, it is very important to understand the specifics of ASYCUDA development to date and where this system is likely headed.

This blog will be followed by 2 more blogs in the next 2 weeks called,

“The ASYCUDA Myth Part 3:  Where is ASYCUDA Millennium?”

and ;

“The ASYCUDA Myth Part 4:  Time to Open Source.” 

I hope these blogs are enjoyed and prompt much discussion to make the positive change that is desperately needed.

TTEK Continues to Build Capacity With Haiti Customs

TTEK Continues to Build Capacity With Haiti Customs

TTEK is back in Haiti to provide risk management expertise for Customs.  Following the development and preparation of content for the Targeting and Selectivity of high risk goods and passengers, TTEK is assisting USAID efforts with Nathan Associates to build capacity for border management using the principles of risk management.

TTEK contributing to the InterAmerican Development Bank's Workshop on Trade Facilitation and Customs Modernization

TTEK contributing to the InterAmerican Development Bank's Workshop on Trade Facilitation and Customs Modernization

We were in Washington DC May 24th to attend this important IDB workshop. The plan was to exchange and share knowledge on regional and extra-regional experiences, successes, and challenges facing border integration operations.  

There was a healthy discussion to identify dimensions and context that can contribute towards an overall program for the development and implementation of integrated border operations, trade facilitation, and customs Modernization.  TTEK makes a nice fit.  We're very happy to be taking part and adding value.

Barbados Electronic Single Window Launched…and Yes, it’s the Best ESW on the Planet Right Now.

Barbados Electronic Single Window Launched…and Yes, it’s the Best ESW on the Planet Right Now.

This ESW is possibly the only system designed to work alongside and in collaboration with ASYCUDA World.  This is the best ESW globally because of the way it was designed to provide interoperability and coordination between OGAs and Customs.  Barbados is a small country with smaller trade volumes then we might see in larger economies, making it the perfect testing ground for those larger countries to consider. 

TTEK to Deliver Webinar for IDB “Trade Facilitation for the Caribbean Region" Community of Practice

TTEK to Deliver Webinar for IDB “Trade Facilitation for the Caribbean Region" Community of Practice

As part of the ongoing Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) “Trade Facilitation for the Caribbean Region" Community of Practice,  we are pleased to invite you to be part of our next webinar: "Considerations for Optimizing Customs & Border Processing", which will be held on Monday, 20th of February from 10:30 to 11:30 EDT (UTC-5).

Our first Webinar in 2017 will be delivered by Mr. Chris Thibedeau, CEO of TTEK Inc. to cover the topic of “Optimizing Systems and Controls for Customs and Border Processing”.

This is not a session to be missed. Chris and “TTEK” Associates are regarded as positive disruptors and we hope you can join us in what will prove to be a provoking discussion to challenge your thinking on how to manage the border!

How Blockchain Can Restore Trust in Trade (by Wolfgang Lehmacher)

How Blockchain Can Restore Trust in Trade (by Wolfgang Lehmacher)

I'll be honest. I'm intrigued but I'm still not entirely clear on how this can be used to enhance supply chain visibility for Customs and border processing.  It's also not entirely clear yet how the trading community wants to implement this and how a Customs and Other Government Agencies will want to influence (if they should at all?).  

TTEK assists Haiti Customs with Risk Management Workshop

TTEK assists Haiti Customs with Risk Management Workshop

Jan 30-Feb 3 TTEK is in Haiti to assist in delivering a workshop on customs risk management.  Assisting USAID and Nathan Associates, TTEK is helping to add value by promoting risk management principles for border management, and systematic approaches for targeting and selectivity of high risk commercial shipments.

See below image of the Day 1 session being led by Nathan Asociates expert Steve Letourneau.  Great job Steve!