DUBAI, 26th January, 2016 (WAM) — The Federal Customs Authority in Dubai today celebrated International Customs Day, ICD, which is marked annually on January 26th, to recognise the role of customs officials and agencies in maintaining border security, under the slogan ‘Digital Customs – the Way to Advanced Linking’.
During the ceremony, the FCA honoured all its partners at federal ministries and institutions, local customs departments, business sector institutions, private companies, banks, media organisations and suppliers, in addition to the local customs departments, customs affairs, inspection and international negotiations teams, customs inspectors, as well as the delegation of the General Secretariat of the Gulf Council Cooperation and representatives of GCC customs departments, and external partners from Arab and international institutions and organisations.
The ceremony included a brainstorming session, in which the local and GCC partners participated and proposed initiatives and ideas that support the development of customs work in terms of protecting society, facilitating trade and enhancing competitiveness. In addition, the process of customs development in the UAE was reviewed, and the FCA’s most significant developments and achievements were highlighted in terms of serving clients, building institutional capacities in the field of customs and inspection procedures in addition to other areas of work.
Commissioner Ali Al Kaabi, Head of the Federal Customs Authority, said in his opening speech that the celebration of ICD promotes the principles of partnership between international customs departments and stakeholders from government and private sector institutions and individuals, and contributes to activating the capacity of ports and customs departments to cope with the security risks and the challenges facing trade facilitation.
Al Kaabi explained that the wise leadership of the UAE has been a pioneer in shifting towards the digital economy, automating processes and services, using technology to achieve the well-being of both citizens and residents, which improved the competitiveness level of the state in the economic, social and humanitarian fields, and brought the same to the top positions at the global level as many global indicators and reports show.
He said, “The customs sector in the UAE has succeeded in adopting and enabling technology and information technology in all areas of work, which aim at building a knowledge-based and technology-based economy, in line with the UAE Vision 2021, and resulted in sophisticated systems in the field of inspection operations, in addition to the completion of goods procedures, data and information exchange and e-linking”.