In­ter­na­tional Cus­toms Day ob­served in Samtse

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The cus­toms ad­min­is­tra­tion around the world cel­e­brates 26th Jan­uary as the In­ter­na­tional Cus­toms Day with a ded­i­cated theme un­der the aus­pices of the World Cus­toms Or­ga­ni­za­tion. The theme for 2016 is ““Dig­i­tal Cus­toms: Pro­gres­sive En­gage­ment”, a year in which Cus­toms ad­min­is­tra­tions are en­cour­aged to ac­tively show­case and pro­mote their use of In­for­ma­tion and Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Tech­nolo­gies (ICT) in or­der to col­lect and safe­guard Cus­toms du­ties, to con­trol the flow of goods, peo­ple, con­veyances, and money, and to se­cure cross-bor­der trade from crime, in­clud­ing in­ter­na­tional ter­ror­ism which con­tin­ues to rear its head across the globe.

The Depart­ment of Rev­enue and Cus­toms with ef­fect from 2014 joined the global Cus­toms com­mu­nity in for­mally cel­e­brat­ing In­ter­na­tional Cus­toms Day. This year the day is ob­served here at Re­gional Rev­enue and Cus­toms Of­fice, Samtse and the event is graced by the Fi­nance Min­is­ter Ly­onpo Nam­gay Dorji along with other se­nior of­fi­cials from Min­istry of Fi­nance , Sam­ste Dzongkhag and rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the pri­vate sec­tors. On this day, the Depart­ment of Rev­enue and Cus­toms also rec­og­nizes cus­toms of­fi­cials with ex­tra­or­di­nary con­tri­bu­tions, ded­i­ca­tions and good track records and awarded them with World Cus­toms Or­ga­ni­za­tion Merit Cer­tifi­cates.

Con­sid­er­ing the theme for 2016, the rel­e­vant stake­hold­ers, bor­der en­force­ment agen­cies and cross-bor­der Cus­toms of­fi­cials of In­dian neigh­bor­ing towns also joined the cel­e­bra­tion.

Bhutan be­came the mem­ber of the World Cus­toms Or­ga­ni­za­tion (WCO) in Fe­bru­ary 2002 and cur­rently has 180 mem­ber states. In­ter­na­tion­ally, 26th Jan­uary is cel­e­brated as “In­ter­na­tional Cus­toms Day” un­der the aus­pices of WCO since the Con­ven­tion es­tab­lish­ing the Cus­toms Co-op­er­a­tion Coun­cil was of­fi­cially in­au­gu­rated in Brus­sels on 26th Jan­uary 1953. In 1994 the Cus­toms Co-op­er­a­tion Coun­cil adopted a new name “World Cus­toms Or­ga­ni­za­tion”. Sub­se­quently, the Cus­toms ad­min­is­tra­tions of mem­ber States of the WCO or­ga­nizes var­i­ous na­tional events dur­ing the In­ter­na­tional Cus­toms Day. The WCO on its part ded­i­cates an an­nual theme that is of­fi­cially de­clared on the In­ter­na­tional Cus­toms Day en­tail­ing Cus­toms ad­min­is­tra­tions to de­vote their fo­cus for that year on a par­tic­u­lar topic.

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