RIYADH: Saudi Customs participated under the chairmanship of His Excellency the Director General of Customs, Mr. Ahmed bin Abdulaziz Hagbani in the World Customs Organization meetings at its 129-130 which will be held during the period from July 2017 4-8 at the headquarters of the Organization in the Belgian capital Brussels.
The meetings included a number of issues of customs affairs, notably a working group to facilitate the implementation of the report of the Trade Agreement to be reviewed in terms of what has been completed during the meeting of the working group responsible for the discussion of trade facilitation agreement addressing. The agenda will also include a discussion of the security initiative, which is currently adopted by the World Customs Organization to counter terrorism, smuggling and commercial fraud file, plus it was discussed during the meetings of the importance of border coordination, safe and effective exchange of information.
On the other hand held HE Director General of Customs Saudi Arabia on the sidelines of meetings of the Organization, a number of meetings with some of his counterparts from Customs, the SCO member states, most notably a meeting with the Secretary-General of the World Customs Organization, Mr. Kunio Maikaraa, where he discussed the Maaleh a number of issues of interest to enhance security and facilitate international trade, simplification and facilitation of customs regulations were reviewed during the meeting the Saudi customs initiatives towards trade facilitation, which comes in the framework of Saudi Arabia’s vision 2030 and the initiatives of the national customs transformation program 2020 as Saudi customs seeks through it to The development of the work of customs mechanism together with its strategic partners in the work of customs. He also held a bilateral meeting with the Spanish director general of customs, where the meeting included the topics discussed aspects of joint cooperation between the customs of the two countries and ways of enhancing them, in addition to discussing the importance of developing the work of customs procedures and coordination and exchange of information.
On the other hand, HE Director General of Customs visited the Department of Belgian Customs, where he held during the visit, a meeting with the Belgian director of customs, the two sides discussed during the meeting to a number of topics of interest to both countries Customs and discussed aspects of future cooperation, which would contribute to the strengthening of the two economies. He also made during the days of the World Customs Organization meetings toured the Belgian port of Antwerp, which is one of the largest and most famous European ports. In addition to touring the Dutch port of Rotterdam, in order to see the progress of customs operations at these ports and benefiting from European expertise in the matter of customs.