The Minister of Finance signs the contract for the customs automation system … that will maximize revenues and limit corruption and smuggling operations


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2021/05/27 17:42

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Baghdad / Al-Masala: Minister of Finance Ali Abdul-Amir Allawi signed, on Thursday, May 27, 2021, in Baghdad a document finalizing and updating the system of the General Customs Authority with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, UNCTAD. 

Allawi said during the signing ceremony, that our country needs to improve the standards of public administration in all state departments and that the Ministry of Finance is committed to providing the best international practices in all its units and we are implementing an important program with the United Nations to improve financial management systems. 

Allawi added that this step is one of the many steps in the path of reform and development that must be implemented. 

Allawi stressed that the ministry is determined to implement the ASYCUDA electronic customs data system in the General Authority of Customs, which was provided free of charge with the fruit of the efforts of continuous meetings and meetings with the United Nations conference, and the efforts resulted in the adoption of a team of United Nations experts the process of installing the system and training the customs authority and approved in more From 80 countries to contribute to simplifying customs procedures. 

This measure will contribute to developing customs departments and improving their performance, which in turn achieves effective management as well as achieving financial sustainability and diversifying the economy in accordance with the principles of integrity, transparency and combating corruption. 

 The ministry seeks to convert customs departments into important sources to support the state treasury, after oil revenues. 

This system will work on documenting and exchanging customs information between countries, combating customs smuggling, in addition to standardizing documents and data among state institutions. 

While the Director General of the Customs Authority, Sadiq Howeidi Abbas, confirmed, on Thursday, that the ASYCUDA system will work to establish a database for customs work.

Abbas said during a press conference, “The ASYCUDA system will work to establish a database for customs work,” noting that “the system was presented to the parliament and it was agreed upon.”

“The ASYCUDA system will maximize the revenues of the authority, help exchange information with other institutions, reduce errors in the work of the authority, speed up the completion of transactions, and curb corruption and smuggling operations,” he added.

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