WCO members to discuss development of customs business in Baku (UPDATE)
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Baku, Azerbaijan, Sept. 7
By Anvar Mammadov - Trend:
The ways of development of customs business in the world will be discussed at the 10th annual International WCO (World Customs Organization) PICARD Conference "Partnerships in Customs Academic Research and Development", which will begin its work in Baku Sept.8, the head of the State Customs Committee (SCC) of Azerbaijan Aydin Aliyev said.
He made the remarks Sept.7 during a meeting with WCO Secretary General Kunio Mikuriya.
Aliyev said that over 200 delegates from 53 countries are expected to participate in the conference. The representatives of more than 20 international organizations will also take part in the event.
"There are several very important tasks facing the customs," Aliyev said. "These tasks are particularly important in the period of the current global economy. On the one hand, customs officers must oversee provision of revenues to the state budget of the country, and on the other hand they have to ensure the fight against smuggling and the economic security of the state."
"Namely these questions will be raised at tomorrow's debate," he said. "New ideas will be mentioned, which will contribute to the development of the customs science, and we hope that together with the scientists, we will be able to find new ways of customs development."
In turn, the secretary general of the World Customs Organization mentioned the importance of the PICARD conference, as well as holding various studies in the field of customs, as today customs around the world positions itself as a service based on knowledge.
"The conference will be based on three main themes: the impact of customs on global security, simplification of customs duties, customs' influence on the world trade by creating a global value and provision chain," said Mikuriya.
PICARD program of the WCO was launched in 2006. Its main objective is to strengthen cooperation between the WCO, universities and customs structures dealing with training in two main areas: conducting research related to the work of the customs authorities, and enhancing professionalism of customs officers.
Edited by CN