Dubai Customs’ Consultative Council discusses means of boosting cooperation in 2018

DUBAI– The Dubai Customs’ Consultative Council has discussed means of boosting cooperation in 2018.

The council convened its third meeting in 2017 recently under the chairmanship of Ahmed Mahboob Musabih, Director of Dubai Customs and Chairman of Dubai Customs’ Consultative Council.

Boosting cooperation and partnership between Dubai Customs and business and trade groups in Dubai was one of the main items on the meeting’s agenda. The meeting also discussed the initiatives suggested by clients to contribute to the development of services and customs facilitation efforts, as well as the participation of business groups, corporates, and clients in the Customs Week, due to be held in January next year.

The meeting was attended by Juma Al Ghaith, Executive Director of Customs Development Division and vice chairman of the Council, Farid Hassan Al Marzouqi, Executive Director, Human Resources, Finance and Administration Division, Ahmed Abdul Salam Kazim, Director of Strategy and Corporate Excellence, Khalil Saqer bin Gharib, Director of Corporate Communication Department, and Edris Behzad, Client Management Director, the Council’s rapporteur.

Musabih pointed out the meeting will help engage clients and business groups in achieving the future goals of Dubai Customs which fall in line with the UAE Vision 2020 and UAE Centennial 2071. “Dubai Customs has already succeeded in achieving part of this vision by becoming a leading customs department worldwide in terms of services and logistics which helps the Department top competitiveness indexes. These achievements wouldn’t have happened without the effective cooperation and partnership with the clients and their fruitful suggestions,” he said.

Ahmed Abdul Salam Kazim, Director of Strategy and Corporate Excellence gave a presentation about Dubai trade in 2017. Dubai non-oil external trade jumped up 13 percent in Q3 to AED 345 billion compared to AED305 billion in the same period last year. “These positive results are attributed to the business community’s strong performance and efforts of our wise leadership in supporting sustainable growth through advanced technologies and services, supported by great initiatives such as Dubai X10,” he said.

Khalil Saqer bin Gharib, Director of Corporate Communication Department talked about Customs Week which will be held from 21st to 25th January 2018 and coincides with the International Customs Day. It’s raising awareness initiative to educate different segments of society around the role of Dubai Customs in facilitating trade and protecting society.

Source: Emirates News Agency