DIGITALIZATION OF CUSTOMS SERVICES:
PATHWAY TO PAPERLESS TRADE
October 12-13, 2022
Central Asia Trade Forum
ABOUT THE FORUM
ABOUT THE FORUM
The introduction and implementation of digital customs can significantly speed trade processes and prevent unnecessary delays at border crossings, while ensuring customs procedures are carried out with the greatest possible efficiency. The function of customs has evolved from revenue collection, to undertaking trade facilitation missions, and maintaining cooperation between the numerous government agencies involved in clearance processes along the supply chain. Despite achievements made in digital transformation, paper-based procedures still dominate cross-border trade transactions.
Regional cooperation plays a crucial role in ensuring contacts are maintained, supply chains are restored, and goods are delivered. The main focus of the 12th Central Asia Trade Forum will be reviewing efforts taken to digitalize Central Asian customs administrations, as a pathway to paperless trade. Initiatives around the globe aim to replace paper-based customs procedures with electronic operations, creating efficient and modern customs environments. The Forum will bring together Central Asian customs administrations to discuss ongoing efforts in developing digital solutions and services, adopting enabling technologies (such as the use of big data, telematics and Cloud services), increasing operational performance, and facilitating reinvention of how customs administrations operate.
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) will convene the 12th Central Asia Trade Forum on October 12-13, 2022, bringing together representatives from customs administrations of Central Asia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Singapore, the EU, and the United States. Beyond exploring the current level of digitalization among Central Asian customs administrations, the Forum will equip participants and involved government agencies with a wide range of best digital tools and technologies applied in other countries.
CATF 2022 One-pager
LIST OF THEMES
- Customs Digital Reform Agenda: Latest Innovations and the Role of ‘Digital’ Enforcement
- Accelerating Digitalization for Enhanced Transit and Trade Facilitation
- Workshop on Digitalization as an Anti-Corruption Strategy
- Regional Working Meeting of National Trade Facilitation Committees of Central Asia (Jointly with GIZ)
- Workshop on Administrative Assistance in Customs Matters, and Exchanging Pre-arrival Information (PI) between Central Asian Countries (By invitation)
October 12th, 2022
8:30 – 9:30
9:30 – 10:00
OPENING AND WELCOME REMARKS
Vice-Minister of Trade and Integration of the Republic of Kazakhstan
Mr. Kairat Torebaev
USAID/Central Asia, Economic Development Office, Director
Ms. Laura Cizmo
Session 1: Customs Digital Reform Agenda: Latest Innovations and the Role of ‘Digital’ Enforcement
Digitalizing customs, through replacing paper-based procedures with electronic ones, creates a more efficient and modern customs environment in tune with global developments. By focusing on customs digitalization, we are signaling our aspirations to further develop digital solutions and services, making life easier for the trading community from the one hand, while also ensuring proper “behind the curtain” control by border agencies.
This session will be for discussing and exchanging ‘good practices’, specifically innovations, experience, and achievements of different countries around the globe, and learning about modern tools and instruments used to address these issues.
Moderator: Mr. Yermek Kozhabergenov, Head of International Cooperation Division of the State Revenue Committee, Kazakhstan
- Experiences of Central Asian countries:
- Zhanat Shaimov, Head of Customs Operations Division of the Department of Control, State Revenue Committee (Republic of Kazakhstan)
- Nursultan Salmorbekov, Senior Inspector of the State Customs Service (Kyrgyz Republic)
- Shukhrat Makhsudov, Senior Specilalist of the Digital Economy Division of the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade, (Republic of Tajikistan)
- Mr Muminov Shukurullo, Senior Inspector of the Division for Strategic Planning and Simplification of Customs Procedures of Uzbekistan’s State Customs Committee (Republic of Usbekistan)
11:00 – 11:30
Session 1 – continued
- Presentation by the WCO Directorate of Enforcement and Compliance Directorate
Mr. Juan Diego Chavarria Valverde
WCO BACUDA project presentation and Virtual Reality.
Presentation by the WCO Capacity Building Directorate Mr. Sung Sig KIM
- Electronic certificate of origin.
South Korea Customs Service, Ms. Sunhwa CHO (remotely)
- Artificial Intelligence to full fill customs declarations in Georgia
Head of Customs Department of Georgia’s State Revenue Service Mr. Zurab Sitchinava
Head of International Relations Department of Georgia’s State Revenue Service Georgia Mr. Samson Uridia
13:00 – 14:30
14:30 – 15:45
Session 2: Accelerating Digitalization for Enhanced Transit and Trade Facilitation
This session will be for discussing and developing recommendations for increasing trade and export, increasing the use of digital tools, and enhancing the transit potential of Central Asian countries. These outcomes could be achieved through: 1) increasing the efficiency of transporting goods along the Trans Caspian Route; 2) improving transportation of fruit and vegetables; 3) developing mutually beneficial cooperation in the field of rail freight; 4) resolving border crossing issues; and 5) approbating new alternative routes.
Moderator: Mr. Asset Asavbayev, General Secretary, TRACECA
- Transit corridors development – the current status.
Ministry of Industry and Infrastructure Development of Kazakhstan, Director of the Department of Transit and Transport Logistics Development Mr. Sapar Bektasov
- How to build digital interoperability in international supply chains using UN standards
UNECE Regional Adviser, Economic Cooperation and Trade Division Mr. Mario Apostolov (remotely)
- EU Transit System NCTS
Latvian Customs, Head of NCTS Help-desk Ms. Gita Viksne
- CAREC Program Transit and Trade Facilitation Initiatives
- Digital transportation solutions
National Company KTZ (Kazakhstan), Head of the Project “Single Digital Window” Ms. Zhumagul Kudyarova
15:45 – 16:15
16:15 – 17:30
Session 2 – continued
Moderator: Asset Asavbayev, General Secretary, TRACECA
- Trans-Caspian Corridor.
USAID Trade Central Asia, International Consultant Mr. Max Ee
- Paperless trade readiness in Kazakhstan.
JSC “Center for Trade Policy development “QazTrade”, Deputy Сhairman Mr. Nurlan Kulbatyrov
- Accelerating digitalization for trade facilitation and transit
Head of International Relations Department of Georgia’s State Revenue Service, Mr. Samson Uridia
USAID’s Trade Central Asia Activity, International Consultant
Mr. Bondo Bolkvadze (remotely)
17:30 – 17:45
18:30 – 20:00
October 13th, 2022