Customs for Connectivity: CAREC

Video | 11 June 2013

Secretary General of the World Customs Organization, Kunio Mikuriya, talks about the need for harmonized customs procedures and practices to boost trade connectivity and promote economic growth in the CAREC region.

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Title: Customs for Connectivity: CAREC

Description: Secretary General of the World Customs Organization, Kunio Mikuriya, talks about the need for harmonized customs procedures and practices to boost trade connectivity and promote economic growth in the CAREC region.

Kunio Mikuriya
Secretary General
World Customs Organization

Q: What needs to be done to improve customs procedures to boost connectivity in the CAREC region?
A: CAREC as a national entity or to ensure regional cooperation, what is important is to ensure the smooth flow. There should be several corridors because CAREC region, Central Asia, connects Asia and European side, so they should have a very efficient supply chain. Several corridor projects are there. For that what is really important is to ensure more than this management method of custom procedures because you cannot really open all 100% containers but then identify the least then all these areas you have to ensure smooth flow of goods and that kind of using technology and modern risk management technique is necessary that is what is WCO provides together with ADB. And also it is important to increase the cooperation between customs so that they can be more smoothly connected.