On June 28, Ankara hosted the second meeting of the Joint Customs Committee between the State Customs Committee of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Ministry of Customs and Trade of the Republic of Turkey.
The event was attended by chairman of the State Customs Committee of the Republic of Azerbaijan, customs service Lieutenant-General Safar Mehdiyev, chairman of the State Customs Committee of Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic, customs service Lieutenant-General Asef Mammadov, advisor at the Ministry of Customs and Trade of the Republic of Turkey Cenap Asci and other officials.
Making a keynote speech at the meeting, advisor at the Ministry of Customs and Trade of the Republic of Turkey Cenap Asci gave information about the innovations applied in the customs system of his country, projects, measures taken to strengthen mutual cooperation between Turkey and Azerbaijan.
Speaking about the strategic cooperation between our countries in all spheres based on friendship and brotherhood traditions, Cenap Asci underlined the role of customs bodies in the development of the relations. It was said that over the recent years the large-scaled projects implemented in the region in the transport and logistic spheres on the initiative of the two countries would contribute to further developing the relations.
Addressing the meeting chairman of the State Customs Committee of the Republic of Azerbaijan Safar Mehdiyev said productive relations had been built between the two countries in all spheres, relations were also developing rapidly in the customs sphere. Speaking about the privileges for foreign investors in Azerbaijan, new system and projects implemented in the customs sphere, chairman of the Committee said favorable conditions had been created for entrepreneurs.
Safar Mehdiyev underlined that the activity and strategy of Azerbaijan's customs service determined by the nationwide leader Heydar Aliyev was being implemented successfully by President Ilham Aliyev. It was said that the activity strategy of Azerbaijan's customs system aimed at making trade-investment environment in the country more attractive by creating favorable conditions for the development of legal trade in the region, ensuring security of the international trade supply chain and boosting foreign economic activity.
Afterwards, a number of issues were discussed to develop cooperation within the framework of the agreement and memorandum of understanding signed between the two countries.
2018-2019 Bilateral Action Plan between the customs bodies of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Republic of Turkey on enhancing cooperation in combating customs offences and efficiency of mutual assistance was signed during the meeting.
The sides appointed coordinators between the departments for combating smuggling, reached an agreement to continue cooperation in the area of dog training exercises and underlined the importance of holding joint events.
Agreement was also reached to develop cooperation between the customs laboratories of the two countries, organizing mutual visits to Baku and Istanbul/Ankara, continue successful activities in the field of risk analysis.
Then, the sides reached an agreement to realize necessary initiatives with the view of ensuring more efficient use of Sederek-Diluju customs checkpoint and decided to accelerate border crossing on both sides. The sides expressed satisfaction with the monthly meetings and reports between the heads of Sederek-Diluju customs offices and decided to continue it.
Discussions were also held on the cargo transportation between the Republic of Azerbaijan and Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic in the opposite direction via the Republic of Turkey. Agreement was reached to hold a meeting with the participation of the bodies responsible for food safety soon.
Moreover, it was said that according to the Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Government of the Republic of Turkey on establishing primary electronic data exchange system on transit deliveries by automobile transportation (signed in Baku on July 19, 2017), infrastructure preparedness on the application of real data exchange had been launched in test regime. It was decided to complete the talks on and sign the document on relevant technical conditions.
Agreement was reached to start talks on applying customs data exchange between the two countries to the goods transported by air in the future. The sides also decided to exchange e-data within Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway.
Taking into account the achievements of Azerbaijan's Customs Service in the field of information technologies and application of innovative projects, agreement was also reached to hold workshops for the employees of customs bodies of Turkey.
Agreement was reached to hold the third meeting of the Joint Committee in Baku next year.
The protocol of the second meeting of the Joint Committee was signed at the end of the meeting.
The document was signed by chairman of the State Customs Committee of the Republic of Azerbaijan, customs service Lieutenant-General Safar Mehdiyev and advisor at the Ministry of Customs and Trade of the Republic of Turkey Cenap Asci.
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Azerbaijan to the Republic of Turkey Khazar Ibrahim also attended the meeting.