He said Kunio Mikuria Secretary-General of the World Customs Organization N. The customs sector in the United Arab EmiratesIt works closely with partner government agencies and concerned parties to support the government’s efforts to slow the spread of the Covid-19 virus and ensure safety, as the customs sector in the UAE is now working to speed up border procedures to import the Covid-19 vaccine, which is a good example of coordinated border management.
He added, in a speech delivered remotely during the activities of the fourth UAE Customs Week 2021 under the slogan «Dubai Customs sustainable operations»: The United Arab Emirates has shown its leadership in implementing the tools and programs of the World Customs Organization, and the UAE has also committed to digitizing all customs procedures in several areas. Intelligent customs inspection and electronic tracking systems for shipments are some of the examples provided by the UAE in using technology.
During the ceremony organized by Dubai Customs, he said: “Customs around the world are called to rethink and adapt their way of operating, and enhance the readiness of its employees and stakeholders by raising awareness and building capabilities to provide distinguished service and support commitment. I am sure that the UAE Centennial Vision 2071 will help build flexibility in this regard, and the Regional Capacity Building Office can contribute to sharing this excellent knowledge with the region. ”
He explained that last year presented a special challenge for all customs administrations in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Secretary-General of the World Customs Organization said: While we are all striving to move into the post-pandemic era in 2021, the World Customs Organization has adopted the annual slogan for this year: “Customs promotes recovery, innovation and flexibility for a sustainable supply chain.”
He said: With this slogan, the customs community, in cooperation with partners and stakeholders, is focusing on recovering from the global pandemic and supporting individuals and companies by renewing the global supply chain and enhancing resilience. I expect the United Arab Emirates to provide a good example in this global endeavor as a member of the World Customs Organization and as a host country for the Regional Office for Capacity Building.
He stressed that the World Customs Organization continues to work with customs in the UAE to achieve these goals, while keeping recovery, innovation and flexibility in mind, and sharing best practices.
Dubai Customs activities were launched in the fourth UAE Customs Week 2021 under the slogan «Dubai Customs sustainable operations». At the beginning of its activities, which will last from 24-28 this month, the Department organized a virtual opening ceremony with the participation of Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, Chairman and CEO of DP World. Chairman of the Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation, Ahmed Abdullah bin Lahej, Director General of the Federal Customs Authority, Ahmed Mahboob Musabih, Director General of Dubai Customs, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Nuaimi, Chairman of the Port and Customs Department in Ajman, Rashid Lahej Al Mansouri, Director of the General Administration of Customs in Abu Dhabi, and Mohammed Mir Abdul Rahman Al Sarrah Director of the Department of Seaports and Customs in Sharjah and officials of the local customs offices. The ceremony was also attended by representatives of the customs authorities in Saudi Arabia and Bahrain and the Regional Office for Information Exchange in the Middle East “RILO”.
The activities of the week, which are organized to coincide with the International Customs Day, on its annual date on January 26, aim to educate all groups of society on the role of customs work in achieving sustainable development.
Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem said:
Reflects the lessons learned from Dubai Customs’ experience in dealing with the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic and its keenness to transform them into opportunities and achievements through creativity and innovation in developing solutions and treatments to facilitate trade and facilitate the movement of tourism and travel while working to protect society from all health, security and economic risks, despite what he witnessed The world from economic difficulties caused by the pandemic, Dubai Customs succeeded in 2020 in completing 16 million customs transactions in 2020, with a growth of 23% compared to 13 million transactions in 2019.
An integrated approach
Ahmed Abdullah bin Lahej Al Falasi, Director General of the Federal Customs Authority, said: “The sustainable development plans constitute an integrated approach to progress and economic growth that shows the importance of the role of the customs sector in achieving development as we progress in the year 2021 to the launch of the next 50 years of the economic development process for the United Arab Emirates. United ».
Partnership with the private sector
For his part, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Nuaimi, Head of the Port and Customs Department in Ajman, said: “The Emirates Customs Week consolidates the important role of the customs sector in serving the national economy and culminates in the partnership with the private sector through the effective contribution of UAE customs to achieving sustainable development.”
“The Emirates Customs Week represents an opportunity to enhance community knowledge of the role of customs in protecting society and developing the economy, and we look forward to supporting cooperation between us to inform the community of the importance of customs work,” said Mohammed Mir Abdul Rahman Al-Sarrah, Director of the Department of Seaports and Customs in Sharjah.
During the virtual opening ceremony, the strategic plan of Dubai Customs for the period 2021-2026 was presented, and an application for early disclosure via smartphones was launched, which was developed by the department to enable travelers to pre-disclose their luggage before arriving at customs centers at border crossings, and a video was also shown about Dubai Customs efforts to confront the Covid 19 pandemic and its plans to develop customs services provided for e-commerce.