CLDP Facilitates Fifth Meeting of the Central Asia-Afghanistan Expert Level Working Group on Customs Issues

October 16, 2017 - October 19, 2017

After convening its first-ever Trans-Caspian Working Group on Trade Facilitation on Border Issues, in April, 2017, in Odesa, Ukraine, CLDP will resume the meetings of the Central Asia-Afghanistan Expert Level Working Group on Customs Issues, with customs officials from Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. The meeting will take place on October 16-19, 2017 in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Drawing on a diverse group of advisors, the Group will continue its discussion of international best practices in such areas as authorized economic operators, risk management (advanced concepts), post clearance audits, and electronic date exchange, as it seeks to explore cutting edge ways to balance the desire to facilitate trade with the need to safeguard security at the border. The Group will also continue its analysis, begun in October, 2016 in Dushanbe, Tajiksitan, of already existing systems of regional and international customs harmonization and integration. Lastly, meeting in Almaty, Kazakhstan in October will allow delegates to participate in the Central Asia Trade Forum with a goal toward hearing private sector perspectives on the need for inter-governmental, inter-agency, and public and private sector cooperation in developing and implementing customs rules and procedures for facilitating trade.

With the perspectives gained from international best practices and their private sector interactions, the Working Group will develop recommendations that will lead to faster border crossing times for goods in international trade. The Working Groups will also continue developing as a regional platform for fostering an exchange of ideas and information among participating countries, leading to sustainable economic development, increased investment, and open markets in the region.

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