Discussions held on prospects of cooperation between State Customs Committee and UN Development Programme
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A ceremony was held on July 9 for the UN Development Programme (UNDP) to hand over to the State Customs Committee the transport vehicles purchased as part of the project Support to the Development of Red Bridge Crossing Point between Azerbaijan and Georgia.

The online ceremony was attended by chairman of the State Customs Committee, customs service Colonel-General Safar Mehdiyev and UNDP Resident Representative Alessandro Fracassetti.

Chairman of the State Customs Committee Safar Mehdiyev expressed satisfaction with the productive relations between the UNDP and the country's customs bodies, expressed confidence that the cooperation would further strengthen.

Speaking about the reforms carried out in the customs system under the leadership of President Ilham Aliyev, chairman of the Committee said the innovations paved the way for acceleration of border-crossing processes, facilitation of customs operations. It was also underlined that the reforms had played an important role in ensuring transparency and eliminating the shadow economy.

Following this, chairman of the Committee talked about the work done as part of the project Support to the Development of Red Bridge Crossing Point between Azerbaijan and Georgia implemented with the support of the UNDP.

He said that the seminars held for the customs officers and employees of other relevant government agencies with the view of improving theoretical knowledge in the area of sanitary, phytosanitary, veterinary control paved the way for further improvement of border management and strengthening of the security.

UNDP Resident Representative Alessandro Fracassetti spoke about the long-term cooperation with the State Customs Committee, highly appreciated the reforms carried out in the country in the customs system over the recent years.

It was said that the relations between the two bodies had made a significant contribution to improving sanitary, phytosanitary and veterinary control and the legislative basis in this sphere, applying modern principle of governance.

Following this, discussions were held on the cooperation in the areas of developing the new draft Customs Code, improving the structure of the Medical Service Department of the State Customs Committee, its logistics and education program of the Academy of the State Customs Committee.

At the end of the event, 10 automobiles were handed over to the State Customs Committee as part of the project Support to the Development of Red Bridge Crossing Point between Azerbaijan and Georgia implemented with the support of the UNDP.

Press and Public Affairs Department of the State Customs Committee