ArmInfo.A delegation led by Chairman of State Revenue Committee Rustam Badasyan is participating in the 139th and 140th annual sessions of World Customs Organization Council on June 23-25 in Brussels, the press service of the Committee reports.
The annual reports of WCO committees, subcommittees and commissions were discussed. The participants also discussed the strategic programs and priorities for the coming year. As part of WCO Council's annual seessions, Rustam Badasyan met with WCO Secretary General Kunio Mukuriya and discussed prospects of cooperation, the results of the implemented activities as well as a number of customs matters.
Particularly, the parties touched upon the technical assistance to be provided by the WCO to the Customs Service of Armenia. The parties looked at the issue of representation of the Customs Service of Armenia in WCO committees and commissions. It bears mentioning that Armenian Customs Service has been a member of WCO Audit Committee since 2018.
The participants also discussed issues associated with Armenia's membership to WCO's Policy Commission or Finance Committee in 2023. Rustam Badasyan expressed SRC's willingness to hold WCO's 6th Global Canine Forum in Armenia in 2023. By the way, SRC's Canine Center was discussed at the meeting with regards to granting it the status of SRC Territorial Canine Center. The participants also talked about holding WCO's IT Conference in Armenia in 2023 or 2024.
Rustam Badasyan and Kunio Mikuriya stressed that the cooperation between the WCO and SRC will enter a qualitatively new phase as a result of the agreements reached during the meeting.
The World Customs Organization (WCO) is an intergovernmental organization headquartered in Brussels. It was established in 1952 under the name of the Customs Cooperation Council. To date, more than 178 customs services of the world have become members of this organization. The main goal of the WCO is to increase the efficiency of customs services, for example, by creating international instruments for harmonizing customs systems and effective communication between member countries. To achieve its goals, the WCO develops and applies a variety of international instruments and standards aimed at harmonizing and unifying the application of simplified and efficient customs systems and procedures that guide the movement of goods, people and vehicles across borders. To support the modernization efforts of its members, the WCO provides them with capacity building and technical assistance.