State Customs Committee of the Republic of Azerbaijan and State Secretariat for the Home Office on behalf of the UK Border Guard signed a joint statement on February 19.
The ceremony at the State Customs Committee was attended by chairman of the Committee, customs service Lieutenant-General Safar Mehdiyev, deputy chairmen of the Committee, UK Prime Minister's Trade Envoy to Azerbaijan Baroness Emma Nicholson, UK Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Azerbaijan Carole Crofts and employees of the country's border service.
Welcoming the guests, Safar Mehdiyev talked about the friendship and cooperation between the two countries, said the meeting held as part of the Hunter project would further strengthen cooperation between the customs bodies of the two countries. Saying that Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev had set tasks for applying modern international norms and standards in the customs sphere and adjusting Azerbaijan's customs system to the world's advanced customs bodies, chairman of the Committee expressed confidence that the Hunter project would contribute to this sphere.
Safar Mehdiyev said the project was of great importance in terms of upgrading the bilateral cooperation, studying the European practice, noted that it would be useful for the Azerbaijani customs body in terms of risk management. Chairman of the Committee underlined that all efforts would be mobilized to realize the project by the end of the year and build capacity of employees using special program.
Satisfied with the meeting, Baroness Emma Nicholson thanked Azerbaijan's Customs Service and UK border service for supporting the project, underlined that the project would create favorable conditions for future cooperation.
Baroness Emma Nicholson said the two countries were having successful cooperation in a number of spheres, hailed cooperation in the customs sphere. Speaking with satisfaction about the reforms carried out in Azerbaijan in the customs sphere, use of advanced and modern practices, steps taken to diversify the economy, representative of the UK government said thanks to the innovations Azerbaijan's customs left behind a number of European customs services.
Noting that the customs service meeting modern standards paved the way for economic growth of countries and development of international trade, Baroness Emma Nicholson underlined that the reforms carried out by Azerbaijan in the customs sphere would play an important role in the development of the country.
Representative of the UK government said at the official meetings held in Azerbaijan optimistic views were expressed on the future development of the country and shared this view.
The UK official said the Hunter project would contribute to strengthening exchange of information, effective management of borders and organizing effective customs control.
Then, State Customs Committee of the Republic of Azerbaijan and State Secretariat for the Home Office on behalf of the UK Border Guard signed a joint statement.
The statement was signed by chairman of the State Customs Committee, customs service Lieutenant-General Safar Mehdiyev and UK Prime Minister's Trade Envoy to Azerbaijan Baroness Emma Nicholson.
According to the document, an agreement was reached to develop cooperation in building capacity of customs officers, to share advanced practice in the area of risk management, to exchange views on ensuring border security on the goods, travellers and transport vehicles crossing the state border.
The joint declaration was signed as part of the Hunter project funded by the UK border service. The declaration envisages creating international opportunities for analyzing information on cargos and persons crossing borders by simplifying customs and border procedures. Collecting Advance Passenger Information (API) and Passenger Name Record (PNR), as well as preventing transportation of goods and persons who are likely to harm the national interests of the countries are also among the goals of the project.
Press and Public Affairs Department of the State Customs Committee