Ibero-American Customs Directors work to identify common opportunities and challenges
The Dominican Republic, as host country, kicked off the first meeting of the “XLIII Meeting of National Directors for the Multilateral Agreement on Cooperation and Mutual Assistance between the National Customs Directorates of Latin America, Spain and Portugal” (COMALEP).
Customs directors from the Americas, Spain and Portugal will meet to identify common opportunities and challenges, explore best practices and share experiences in the modernization of customs and logistics systems.
The event, which includes three international activities and is being held from May 15 to 19 in Punta Cana, was inaugurated by the Vice President of the Republic, Raquel Peña, who in her speech stressed the country’s commitment to the modernization of foreign trade systems.
She said that it is more than an honor for the Government of the Dominican Republic to have served as the venue for this 25th Regional Conference of Customs Directors General.
He assured that the current Government is focused on taking advantage, more than ever, of its geographic location and its excellent air and maritime connectivity, to make logistics a great economic line. And this will only be possible with the collaboration of our sister countries, many of which have a more extensive development and experience in these matters.
“Both President Luis Abinader and our dear Director of Customs of the Dominican Republic, Eduardo Sanz Lovatón, are attentive to every issue and every situation in the world of Customs and trade. Please know that the Government of the Dominican Republic believes in bilateral cooperation and in an integral regional development, both at the level of trade, which is the issue that brings us together, as well as others,” said Peña.
Likewise, the general director of Customs, Eduardo Sanz Lovatón, assured that this great event will promote public-private alliances, strengthen the transport of goods and serve to strengthen relations between the different countries.
“The choice of the Dominican Republic for this event is a recognition of these international organizations to the customs management in the Dominican Republic and how we have made logistics, another great economic line,” said Lovatón.
The first meeting is the “XLIII Meeting of National Directors for the Multilateral Agreement on Cooperation and Mutual Assistance between the National Customs Directorates of Latin America, Spain and Portugal (COMALEP)”, which will be held on May 15 and 16.
On May 17, the “III Joint Customs Forum: Regional Private Sector Group” will be held to explore opportunities for alliances and joint identification of solutions between the private sector and customs.
Finally, from May 18 to 19, the “XXV Regional Conference of Customs Directors General (CRDGA 2023)” will be held, a space that will be used to discuss issues of concern to customs administrations, based on the Strategic Plan and agenda of the World Customs Organization, in the field of internal governance of the organization and the priorities of its members for the six regional vice-presidencies worldwide.
The conclave will also serve to strengthen relations between the different countries, share experiences to streamline customs procedures, maximize the competitiveness of nations and find ways to strengthen security controls in the different customs ports.
Likewise, this meeting space will serve for the exchange of 33 members that make up the Regional Vice Presidency of the Americas and the Caribbean, the executing arm of the World Customs Organization (WCO).
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