To mark the assumption of Vice Chair of Asia/Pacific Region of World Customs Organization by India, an event was held in New Delhi on 16th July, 2018 with the theme of “Customs Facilitating Cross Border Clearances”. The ceremony was attended by delegates from 30 countries of Asia Pacific Region, Customs officers of India from different areas, Partner Government Agencies and representatives of trade and industry. Minister of State for Finance Sh. Shiv Pratap Shukla was the Chief Guest for the ceremony and WCO Secretary General Mr. Kunio Mikuriya was the Keynote Speaker.
The Minister of State for Finance, India, welcomed the dignitaries and all the foreign delegates, and confirmed his political support for the CBIC’s role as A/P Vice-Chair. He added that trade facilitation is important, but there is also need to recognize the risks, which our Customs officers have to face, while enforcing laws.