(MENAFN - The Peninsula)
Doha: The State of Qatar recently participated in the 53rd Regional Meeting of Customs Managers in North Africa, Near East, and the Middle East, and the 41st Meeting of Customs Managers in the Arab Countries via video conference.
Qatar was represented by the Chairman of General Authority of Customs (GAC) H E Ahmed bin Abdullah Al Jamal.
The regional meeting addressed many topics, most prominent of which were the report of building capacity in the participating countries and the report of the Regional Intelligence Liaison Offices (RILO). The efforts to include the Arabic language in the work of the World Customs Organization (WCO) have also been reviewed and the recommendations related to the project of regional electronic cargo tracking for shipments passing through the region.
During the regional meeting, participants also discussed terms of reference for appointing an Arabic-speaking technical attache in WCO and the developments of the Strategic Planning Steering Committee(SPSC), in addition to discussing the mechanisms of work to issue an electronic magazine on customs news of the region countries, and the proposal to establish a website for the customs of the countries of North Africa, Near, and the Middle East.
On the other hand, the 41st Meeting of Customs Managers in the Arab Countries discussed developments in the Arab Customs Union, presented the data and information to be exchanged electronically between member states, and updated translations and explanations of the Harmonized System for classifying goods.
The model of mutual recognition of the approved economic operator has also been presented, and developments in the Arab Customs Cooperation Agreement and the Agreement on the Regulation of Transit Transport among Arab countries have been discussed. It also reviewed the recommendations implemented in the previous meeting and the rest of the topics on the meeting's agenda.
The General Authority of Customs participates in the regional and Arab-based periodic meetings to enhance mutual cooperation and coordination between the countries of the region and the Arab countries in all customs fields, in line with the standards of WCO.
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