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A-G: Opportunities To Follow From Vice Chair Role Of WCO Asia Pacific

Having a Fijian inducted as the vice chair of the World Customs Organisation Asia Pacific Region is expected to give us a lot of opportunities and exposure. These were the
29 Jul 2016 09:01
A-G: Opportunities To Follow From Vice Chair Role Of WCO Asia Pacific
From left: Secretary General World Customs Oraganization Kunio Mikuriya, Director General Royal Malaysian Customs Department Dato Khazali Bin Ahmad and the Attorney Generl Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum at the opening of the World Customs Organisation (WCO) Asia Pacific Regional Office yesterday. Photo: PAULINI RATULAILAI.

Having a Fijian inducted as the vice chair of the World Customs Organisation Asia Pacific Region is expected to give us a lot of opportunities and exposure.

These were the comments by the Attorney-General and Minister for Finance, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, yesterday.

We congratulated Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority acting chief executive, Visvanath Das, on the induction which occurred two weeks ago in Brussels.

“The exposure is not only in terms of capacity building in Fiji and the Pacific but also with international partners,” Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said.

Meanwhile, Mr Das has assured that Fiji will concentrate on opportunities for all regional bodies to work together.

Mr Das said he will identify critical areas that require collection attention in the diverse region as well as work collaboratively to modernize customs procedures.

He assured he will work towards strengthening our administrations to build capacity and capability within our respective administrations and across the Asia Pacific region.

 

 Benefits

With Fiji holding the role of the vice-chairm, Mr Das said we will be able to influence the number of Regional workshops to be held in Fiji.

“There will be economic activity in terms of arrival of Regional and international participants to attend workshops and meetings in Fiji,” he said.

“We will have exposure to International Standards and practices through workshop learning and experience sharing.

“We will also increase Fiji’s visibility in the international arena in terms of Customs.”

Furthermore, Mr Das said we will be enhancing Fiji’s Leadership in the Region as well as Fiji being the hub in the region.

“We can leverage Border Security opportunities and cooperation on the Asia Pacific Region and leverage Single-Window opportunities,” he said.

 

Secretariat office

Also opened at the same time was the World Customs Organisation Asia-Pacific Regional Office.

This will be based within the Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority

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