World customs organization chooses Baku for 2015 PICARD conference
Baku, Azerbaijan, Sept.22
By Azad Hasanli - Trend:
Tenth International PICARD Conference (program of the World Customs Organization on partnership in the field of customs academic research and development) in 2015 will be held in Baku.
The announcement was made during the IX Conference, which completed its work Sept.20 in the Mexican city of Puebla.
This meeting was attended by the Azerbaijani delegation headed by Chairman of the customs services of the country, Lieutenant-General Aydin Aliyev, according to the State Customs Committee (SCC).
Activities of the secretariat of the World Customs Organization (WCO) in the field of research, the WCO Regional Office for Capacity Building in Latin America and the Caribbean region, the role of the International Network of Customs Universities (INCU) in facilitating international trade and issues of re-election of members of the PICARD Advisory Group were discussed at the event.
The main topics of the conference were the World Trade Organization's agreement on the facilitation of international trade, the role of customs services in securing the international trade supply chain, the problems of transition to a digital system in the customs service.
The event also involved the meeting of Aydin Aliyev with Secretary General of the WCO, Kunio Mikuriya, which discussed issues of mutual cooperation.
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.