Press Release

Customs dialogue stirs interest in creating cooperation

10/08/2018

The APEC Customs Business Dialogue is basically to generate discussion on securing the business environment for economic development and enhancing cooperation within the APEC region.

The APEC Customs Business Dialogue is basically to generate discussion on securing the business environment for economic development and enhancing cooperation within the APEC region.

Customs industry partners in Papua New Guinea was invited to the day-1 discussion today to bring factual experience, share their views, comments and remarks in able for PNG to build its capacity in customs cooperation with other member economies.

The dialogue ran under the theme “A Secure Business Environment for Economic Development. Enhancing APEC Customs Business Dialogue in the APEC Region.”

PNG Customs Services Commissioner Trade and Corporate Services and chair of APEC Sub Committee on Customs Procedures (SCCP) James Bire said that every economy has their own problems and as the chair of the dialogue, PNG was given the opportunity to share their experience and views on how it want to see improvements in customs business process and improvements in the legislations or governance issues.

Mr Bire emphasized that the dialogue was able to create discussion on all three-policy priority areas of APEC 2018 that are:

  1. Improving digital connectivity, deepening regional economic integration
  2. Promoting inclusive and sustainable growth
  3. Strengthening inclusive economic growth through structural reform

“These are issues that we want the industry partners to come out and say what these issues are and also provides the opportunity to other member economies to see where we have the problems and they can be able to help us through the cooperation that we have.

“We have already put forward to CTI and the APEC Authority agenda items on customs to customs cooperation so we believe that the agenda will help customs in the long run where we can enhance our cooperation and have dialogues on capacity development, said Bire.

He said that once the customs to customs cooperation materializes, that can be used as a vehicle for customs member economies to help each other in regards to capacity and capabilities growth.

The APEC Sub-Committee on Customs Procedures (SCCP) was established in 1994.

Its main objectives are to simplify and harmonize regional customs procedures to ensure that goods and services move efficiently, effectively and safely through the region, and to reconcile and facilitate border control.