On the auspicious occasion of International Customs Day which is celebrated every year on 26th January by the World Customs Community across the globe, I extend my warm felicitations to officials of the Pakistan Customs. The World Customs organization is celebrating its 66th anniversary this year. In this regard we are proud that Pakistan Custom is playing a key role in development of this progressive country through efficient targeted controls and the facilitation of lawful trade.
This year the World Customs Organization has chosen the theme “A Secure Business Environment” with a slogan “A Secure Business Environment for Economic Development” in order to strengthen the security of the business environment. The theme which has been set by WCO seems to be even more effective for countries like Pakistan which has many potential, but are having many issues at the same time keeping in view the geographical location. No doubt thing are getting better but still a lot has to be done. Secure Business Environment will definitely boost economic development and bring prosperity among the people. On behalf of Karachi Customs Agents Association I would like to assure you that this will not be an isolated project and we will play our role by all means being one of the main stake holders and contribute for making the business environment more stable and predictable by streamlining procedures, tackling corruption, enhancing integrity, and facilitating the movement of goods with the help of Pakistan Customs.
I feel that slogan of A Secure Business Environment for Economic Development has a very broad definition and I would say that secure business environments is based on the ease of doing business/ cost of doing business or more precisely one window operation.
We all appreciate that Customs Administrators who are playing a vital role in smooth flow of trade on the one hand, and specially customs at the preventive side who are in the front line in the fight against smuggling which is an economic terrorism and an organized crime. I also would like to appreciate the role of Directorate of Reforms and Automation as the modernization in the system which is made by this Directorate has certainly made it possible to increase the volume of trade which are being handled today as until recently, the role of the customs consisted primarily on collecting dues and indirect taxes at import.
The Karachi Customs Agents Association is especially grateful to Pakistan Customs for keeping us on their top agenda of training and learning. I once again wish to convey my best wishes to the Pakistan Customs on the International Customs Day.