Baku, Azerbaijan, Sept.29
By Maksim Tsurkov - Trend:
Azerbaijan and Mongolia will hold workshops on risk management within the framework of preparation of the program for participants of foreign trade activities of the participating countries of CAREC (Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation), the State Customs Committee (SCC) said Sept.29 on its website.
Agreement to hold workshops in these countries for authorized economic operators was reached during the XIII session of the Customs Cooperation Committee within the framework of CAREC, which was held Sept. 22-23 in Cholpon-Ata (Kyrgyzystan).
These [the organization of workshops] and other activities are envisaged within the framework of Aid for Trade program in 2014-2015.
The meeting of the Customs Cooperation Committee was attended by delegations of customs services in Afghanistan, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, as well as Azerbaijani delegation headed by Deputy Chairman of the State Customs Committee Rza Gasanguliev.
Issues of implementation of joint customs control, coordination at border management were discussed at the round table, held under the chairmanship of Gasanguliyev.
The issue of joining the member countries of CAREC to the updated version of the International Convention "On the unification and simplification of customs procedures" was discussed during the meeting.
It was also decided to hold the next meeting of the Committee of the Customs Cooperation in Mongolia.
The CAREC program established in 1997 is a partnership of 10 countries- Azerbaijan, Afghanistan, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and 6 multilateral institutions: ADB, European Bank of Reconstruction and Development, International Monetary Fund, Islamic Development Bank, UN Development program and World Bank.
After joining the CAREC program in 2002 Azerbaijan has invested around $3 billion in program projects. Azerbaijan has allocated around $6 billion for the development of the transport corridor within CAREC. The East West highway reconstruction by Azerbaijan within the CAREC program has transformed the country into a more effective corridor between Caspian and Black seas, which contributed to the promotion of trade between Europe and Asia.