Dmitry Mariyasin, UNDP Resident Representative in Armenia, addressing conference participants.

On 18-19 November, the State Revenue Committee of the Republic of Armenia hosts in Yerevan a regional conference on “Digital Solutions for Cross-Border Cooperation and Trade Facilitation.” Tigran Avinyan, Deputy Prime Minister of Armenia, Davit Ananyan, Chairman of the RA State Revenue Committee, Kunio Mikuriya, Secretary General of the World Customs Organization, Andrea Wiktorin, European Union Ambassador to Armenia, Dmitry Mariyasin, UNDP Resident Representative in Armenia, as well as representatives of other international agencies, state and private sectors, customs administrations of different countries, Ambassadors attended the opening of the event and welcomed the conference participants.

The conference is organized within the framework of “Support to Migration and Border Management in Armenia” (MIBMA) project, which is financed by the European Union and implemented by UNDP in partnership with the International Center for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD).

The two-day event will cover the current state of the international trade and host discussions on opportunities to establish prerequisites to promote trade facilitation. Experts and representatives of customs administrations and international organizations of different countries will discuss options for utilization of newest risk management methods to facilitate cross-border trade and ensure economic growth through efficient customs management, as well as mechanisms for electronic information exchange between the customs agencies. The “Single Window” approach will also be considered as a tool to boost cross-border trade. The participants will look into the methods of cooperation with the private sector, along with the options to localize the relevant global trends and innovative technological solutions.

The event was launched with signing of bilateral documents between the RA State Revenue Committee and Georgia’s Ministry of Finance, as well as between the RA State Revenue Committee and the Customs Administration of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

On 19 November, Kunio Mikuriya, Secretary General of the World Customs Organization and top officials will also visit the Northern External Economic Activities Service Center in Gyumri where, as of 18 November, the vehicles customs clearance facility will be partially put into operation.

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World Customs Organization is an international customs structure that brings together more than 180 member states. The WCO’s goal is to help its member customs administrations simplify and improve their customs procedures, promote foreign trade, combat customs crimes and implement various customs programmes. Armenia joined the WCO in 1992.

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