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Najib Shah addressing media at the concluding function of ASEM. Also seen are Satya Srinivasan and DS Malik

Asia-Europe meet concludes with signing Goa Declaration


PANAJI: The 11th Asia Europe meeting of the Directors of General-Commissioners of Customs at Dona Paula concluded with the signing of Goa Declaration, wherein areas of concerns were identified, revealed CBEC chairman Najib Shah. 

The objective of the two-day conference was to identify areas of concern for customs administrations and sharing of best practices, sharing of intelligence to strengthen the enforcement activities of the countries participating in the conference and signing of declaration between India and Korea, said Shah.

Shah said that on Thursday, the Customs of India and South Korea signed an Authorised Economic Operator Mutual Recognition Agreement (AEO-MRA). The agreement was signed by India’s Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) chairman, Najeeb Shah and South Korea’s Customs Commissioner, Kim Nak Hoe. The Goa declaration stated, “We the Directors General-Commissioners of the Customs Administrations of ASEM member states met in Goa, India on 8-9 October 2015, and while acknowledging the importance of a continuing dialogue for fulfilling mandate, efficiently and fairly recognising the need to continue to closely work together to ably progress on the following identified priority areas of trade facilitation and supply chain security and combating infringement on intellectual property rights (IPR), protecting society and the environment.”

The conference resolved at continuing the ASEM customs-trade-days and to avail the opportunity afforded by their meetings for a dialogue with business aimed at a better assessment of priorities; and realising the opportunity afforded by advances in technology for greater coordination and cooperation in facilitating trade and ensuring compliance.

He said the delegates especially from European nations appreciated the Goan culture and praised the beauty of the state and compared it to that of the European environment.

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