23rd October 2019, Skopje – Minister of Finance Nina Angelovska, the Secretary General of the World Customs Organization Kunio Mikuriya and the Director of Customs Administration Gjoko Tanasoski, planted a Peace Three in the yard of the Customs Administration today.
By marking the 14th Conference on Partnership in Customs Academic Research and Development – PICARD, being held in Skopje this year, this Three symbolizes the dedication to togetherness within the large customs family, as well as the commitment to further development of the so-far fruitful cooperation.
Topic of the 3-day conference is “Smart Borders for Seamless Trade, Travel and Transport”, whereby the numerous prominent speakers discussed about the importance of the swift and smooth cross-border movement of people, goods and means of transport, coordination and cooperation between the customs services, cross-border e-commerce, whereby special attention was paid to the application of new technologies in the customs operations. During the conference, changes in the customs environment were presented from different perspectives, being a result of the customs digitization, the new opportunities for greater risk control, reduced costs and streamlined customs procedures.
Choice for the host of the conference is also a confirmation and acknowledgment about the progress achieved by the Customs Administration and the Government of the Republic of North Macedonia in modernizing the Customs Administration and accepting and implementing the WCO instruments and conventions with respect to the reforms and the participations in the global supply chains and the trade facilitation.
Our country has been a member of the World Customs Organization as of 1st July 1994, actively participating in its operations. Main goal of this Organization is achieving harmonization and uniformity of the customs systems, studying the problems faced during the development and improvement of the customs techniques and the customs legislation. It is an independent intergovernmental body, having 183 customs administrations worldwide as its members.