On November 26, a ceremony was held to sign a Memorandum of Understanding between the Academy of the State Customs Committee of the Republic of Azerbaijan and Spain's Institute for Fiscal Studies (IEF).
The online ceremony was attended by chairman of the State Customs Committee, customs service Colonel-General Safar Mehdiyev, director general of Spanish Customs Ms. Pilar Jurado, chief of the Academy of the State Customs Committee Gulu Novruzov, director of Spain's Institute for Fiscal Studies (IEF) Alain Cuenca and Chargé d´Affaires of the Embassy of the Kingdom of Spain in Azerbaijan Ignacio Sanchez Taboada.
Making a keynote speech, director general of Spanish Customs Ms. Pilar Jurado expressed satisfaction with the fruitful relations and prospects of relations between the customs bodies of the two countries. Director General expressed confidence that the upcoming memorandum would contribute to the cooperation in the field of customs training and studies, and would further strengthen the mutual relations.
Making a speech at the ceremony, chairman of the State Customs Committee Safar Mehdiyev spoke about the existing relations between the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Kingdom of Spain based on mutual understanding and said that Azerbaijan and Spain, guided by the norms and principles of international law, supported and respected each other's territorial integrity, sovereignty and inviolability of the internationally recognized borders.
Safar Mehdiyev noted that Azerbaijan's customs service had an important place in the world customs family, and our country's customs service was Vice Chair of the World Customs Organization's Customs Cooperation Council for two years and Chair of WCO Europe region.
Chairman of the committee said that effective cooperation and mutual relations between the World Customs Organization and the State Customs Committee of the Republic of Azerbaijan were developing successfully. Under the leadership of President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev, innovative reforms are being implemented with regard to the customs system, effective organization of customs work, facilitation of international trade, and acceleration of transit operations. Effective cooperation with the World Customs Organization is also making an important contribution to the success of the reforms. It was said the fact that the World Customs Organization's Regional Office for Capacity Building for Europe Region, Regional Training and Dog Training Centers were based in Azerbaijan was the result of successful activities and effective cooperation of the country's customs bodies.
Chairman of the State Customs Committee said that the State Customs Committee and the World Customs Organization had signed an agreement on issuing a "License for the use of WCO e-Learning Modules." The application of this system, which comprises new methods and approaches in education, facilitates the remote acquisition, study, analysis and evaluation of knowledge and data in an electronic form, plays an important role in improving the knowledge and skills of customs officers of the Republic of Azerbaijan, ensures achievement of productive results with regard to the exchange of experience.
Chairman of the committee stressed that a new era had begun for Azerbaijan as a result of the glorious victory gained under the leadership of victorious Supreme Commander-in-Chief Ilham Aliyev in the 44-day war for the liberation of Azerbaijani lands. Safar Mehdiyev noted that as a result of the successful operations carried out by our army, the occupied 132-kilometer section of Azerbaijan-Iran border had been liberated and returned under Azerbaijan's control, added that restoration of our country's territorial integrity, defeat of the enemy had put serious tasks for all spheres, including the customs service.
"The main mission of the Customs Academy is to train specialists with high professionalism and different skills in order to maintain and further develop the pace of development of the country's customs service," said chairman of the State Customs Committee, noted that in 2019 more than 700 customs officers attended professional development trainings organized at the Academy. He noted with regret that the global pandemic had affected our activities in this direction this year. Currently numerous best practices on distance learning are being considered. The signing of a Memorandum of Understanding on customs training between the Academy of the State Customs Committee and the Institute for Fiscal Studies of the Kingdom of Spain is an important event in this regard.
Making a speech at the event, the head of the Academy of the State Customs Committee Gulu Novruzov stressed that the realities of the 4th industrial revolution, which we were experiencing currently, not only necessitated the international cooperation and integration, but also set new requirements for the cooperation. In this regard, the customs service is one of the most sensitive areas of activity in relation to the global transformations.
Gulu Novruzov said that the changes in the essence of the training and education process, the ongoing global pandemic also affected the training sector. Emerging realities require more flexible and rational steps. Therefore, it is a priority for us to take advantage of the best practices in the world to make the right decisions and choose the most effective way.
Following this, Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Academy of the State Customs Committee and Spain's Institute for Fiscal Studies (IEF). The document was signed by chief of the Academy of the State Customs Committee Gulu Novruzov and director of Spain's Institute for Fiscal Studies (IEF) Alain Cuenca.
It should be noted that the Memorandum of Understanding covers areas of mutual interest between the two countries, including trainings, courses, seminars and other events in customs and related fields, joint activities on e-learning and distance education, exchange of students, staff and information, scientific research and studies, mutual support in international cooperation, creation and joint use of online courses, development of bilateral and international projects and other issues.