Is­lamic coun­tries mull cus­toms risk man­age­ment

Azer News - - Front Page - By Le­man Mam­madova

Azer­bai­jani del­e­ga­tion took part in a min­is­te­rial meet­ing within 34th ses­sion of Stand­ing Com­mit­tee on Eco­nomic and Com­mer­cial Co­op­er­a­tion of Or­ga­ni­za­tion of Is­lamic Co­op­er­a­tion held in Is­tan­bul.

On No­vem­ber 26-27, tech­ni­cal is­sues were dis­cussed. The meet­ing at­tended by min­is­ters from OIC mem­ber coun­tries on No­vem­ber 28-29 dis­cussed ex­change of ex­pe­ri­ence gained in cus­toms risk man­age­ment and de­velop co­op­er­a­tion in this area.

Turk­ish Pres­i­dent Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan made speech at the of­fi­cial open­ing cer­e­mony of the min­is­te­rial meet­ing. He spoke about op­por­tu­ni­ties for ex­pand­ing co­op­er­a­tion within the OIC, point­ing out that the coun­tries of the Or­ga­ni­za­tion of Is­lamic Co­op­er­a­tion have rich nat­u­ral re­sources.

Er­do­gan also called the OIC mem­ber states for com­mer­cial co­op­er­a­tion us­ing na­tional cur­ren­cies.

The Sec­re­tary Gen­eral of the Or­ga­ni­za­tion of Is­lamic Co­op­er­a­tion Yousef bin Ahmed Al-Othaimeen, the Pres­i­dent of the Is­lamic De­vel­op­ment Bank (IDB) Ban­dar Ha­j­jar Group also spoke in the open­ing cer­e­mony, men­tion­ing co­op­er­a­tion on trans­port, tourism, en­ergy and in­vest­ments in the OIC mem­ber states. Speak­ing about the rapidly grow­ing struc­ture of the or­ga­ni­za­tion, the Sec­re­tary Gen­eral ex­pressed his grat­i­tude to the Gov­ern­ment of Azer­bai­jan for the work of the OIC La­bor Cen­ter in Baku.

Within the frame­work of the ses­sion, panel ses­sions were held on the trade fa­cil­i­ta­tion for re­gional in­te­gra­tion, dif­fi­cul­ties and pos­si­ble so­lu­tions in the mod­ern­iza­tion of the cus­toms sys­tem, role of the pri­vate sec­tor in trade fa­cil­i­ta­tion and other is­sues. OIC coun­tries' Fi­nan­cial Fair was also opened.

Azer­bai­jan is rep­re­sented by a del­e­ga­tion led by Chair­man of the State Cus­toms Com­mit­tee Lieu­tenant-Gen­eral Sa­far Me­hdiyev at the ses­sion on "Trade Fa­cil­i­ta­tion: Risk Man­age­ment in Cus­toms".

Me­hdiyev noted that the over­all ac­tiv­ity strat­egy of the Cus­toms Ser­vice of Azer­bai­jan is aimed at cre­at­ing a fa­vor­able en­vi­ron­ment for the de­vel­op­ment of le­gal trade in the re­gion, en­sur­ing the in­ter­na­tional trade-sup­ply chain se­cu­rity and stim­u­lat­ing for­eign eco­nomic ac­tiv­ity, mak­ing the trade-in­vest­ment en­vi­ron­ment more at­trac­tive in the coun­try.

He em­pha­sized that high in­di­ca­tors have been achieved as a re­sult of rad­i­cal changes in the fight against smug­gling. In 2018, cus­toms au­thor­i­ties de­tected 1.178 tons of nar­cotic drugs, psy­chotropic sub­stances and their pre­cur­sors and they were with­drawn from il­licit traf­fick­ing.

One of the im­por­tant steps of Azer­bai­jan Cus­toms Ser­vice in fa­cil­i­tat­ing trade is the ex­change of pre­lim­i­nary in­for­ma­tion with the cus­toms au­thor­i­ties of for­eign coun­tries on goods and ve­hi­cles cross­ing the bor­der. At present, Azer­bai­jan has es­tab­lished a le­gal ba­sis for ex­chang­ing in­for­ma­tion with the mem­ber states of Turkey, Iran, Kaza­khstan, Uzbek­istan, Rus­sia and GUAM in this con­text.

On the side­lines of the ses­sion, the meet­ings were held with the del­e­ga­tion of Saudi Ara­bia and then with the del­e­ga­tion of Qatar to dis­cuss de­vel­op­ment of re­la­tions in the eco­nomic and cus­toms spheres.

Trade and In­vest­ment Min­is­ter of Saudi Ara­bia Ma­jid Ab­dulla al-Kasabi noted that fast de­vel­op­ing trade re­la­tions be­tween coun­tries is a pos­i­tive in­di­ca­tor in cus­toms, as well as in other ar­eas. He said they in­tend to in­vest in Azer­bai­jan. Azer­bai­jani side noted that the Azer­bai­jani del­e­ga­tion of 30 peo­ple will visit Saudi Ara­bia to present lo­cal prod­ucts.

Then at the meet­ing with Qatar's del­e­ga­tion, Eco­nomic and Com­mer­cial Min­is­ter of Qatar, Ali Bin Ahmed Al Kushari, speak­ing about the de­vel­op­ment of eco­nomic re­la­tions voiced the of­fer to join Azer­bai­jan to the tran­sit agree­ment be­tween Qatar and Turkey.

Dur­ing the talks, is­sues of in­creas­ing im­port-ex­port op­er­a­tions, sim­pli­fi­ca­tion of cus­toms pro­ce­dures, re­duc­tion of trans­porta­tion costs for ex­port of agri­cul­tural prod­ucts from Azer­bai­jan to these coun­tries were dis­cussed at the meet­ing and ex­changed views on im­ple­men­ta­tion of fi­nal de­ci­sions.

The Re­pub­lic of Azer­bai­jan joined the OIC in De­cem­ber 1991. Azer­bai­jan co­op­er­ates with OIC mem­ber states within the Com­mit­tee on Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy (COMSTECH) and the Stand­ing Com­mit­tee on Eco­nomic and Com­mer­cial Co­op­er­a­tion (COMCEC).

In 2006, the Or­ga­ni­za­tion's 33rd For­eign Min­is­ters' Con­fer­ence was held in Baku. 35th OIC Coun­cil of Heads of Gov­ern­ments of Is­lamic De­vel­op­ment Bank held in Baku in 2010.

The last min­is­te­rial meet­ing 33rd ses­sion of the Stand­ing Com­mit­tee on Eco­nomic and Com­mer­cial Co­op­er­a­tion of Or­ga­ni­za­tion of Is­lamic Co­op­er­a­tion took place in No­vem­ber 2017 in Is­tan­bul. This ses­sion of the COMCEC fo­cused on the transna­tional trans­port cor­ri­dors. At the meet­ing, Azer­bai­jani Min­is­ter of La­bor and So­cial Pro­tec­tion of Pop­u­la­tion Salim Mus­lu­mov signed the Char­ter of OIC La­bor Cen­ter, the head­quar­ters of which is lo­cated in Baku.

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