Karachi, September 20, 2019: The seminar on “Pakistan Customs – Strategic Plan 2019-2024” was arranged by the Directorate General of Training & Research (Customs), Karachi in collaboration with Customs Wing, Federal Board of Revenue, Islamabad on 20.09.2019 at Karachi.
The seminar was participated by all officers of Pakistan Customs (BS-17 and above), posted at Karachi. It was chaired by Dr. Jawwad Uwais Agha, Member (Customs-Operations).
At the beginning Mr. Faiz Ahmad, Director General, Directorate General of Training & Research (Customs) in his welcome address welcomed the distinguished guests and highlighted the progress of Pakistan Customs being the first public sector organization to initiate computerization and automation in the country.
He also highlighted the role of Directorate General of Training & Research in this regard. The Member Customs(Operations) spoke at length and informed the participants about the progress achieved by Pakistan Customs at both National and International levels.
At national level, the Customs has been re-organized on professional lines of Appraisement and Enforcement streams. Accordingly, new field formations/collectorates relating to these streams have been established across the country.
Human Resource has accordingly been deployed at these formations on need basis. He specially highlighted starting up of 24/7 operations of Pakistan Customs at Torkham border station. Progress regarding modernization in automation of Pakistan Customs i.e. from WeBOC module to latest state-of-the-art WeBOC Glo was highlighted.
He also highlighted the lead role of Pakistan Customs in National Single Window (NSW) where Customs as lead agency of 40 agencies is performing great role in progressing the country towards a fully automated business and trade friendly country in comity of nations and making great achievements in the ease of doing business in the country.
At international level under Pakistan Customs the country’s image is being improved before the FATF for which the anti-money laundering Directorate is performing a laudable role, he informed the audience.
One of the great achievements of present Customs administration is to develop a basic document i.e. “Pakistan Customs – Strategic Plan 2019-24” which was never done before in the history.
This document, recently developed in collaboration with World Bank will serve as a road map/vision for Pakistan Customs in future. The document was also distributed among the participants of the seminar.
For achieving the objectives of highly motivated work force to achieve national objectives of maximum collection of tax revenue at import stage and perform anti smuggling activities, he announced introduction of uniforms for enforcement officers/staff, launching of medical insurance scheme for all officers and staff across the board and merit based transparent policy for transfer and posting of all Customs personnel with internal evaluation of performance and integrity.
Subsequently, all other Team Leaders who worked in different areas of reform process in collaboration with World Bank also addressed the participants and explained the way forward on specific demand like Risk Management, Post Clearance Audit, Valuation and the time line to complete the task.
Thereafter, various presentations were given during the seminar which included presentation by Mr. Ahmad Rauf, Mr. Wajid Ali and Mr. Mumtaz Ali Khoso all Collectors who informed the participants about Startegic Plan 2019-24 in detail.The seminar concluded with these presentations and deliberations.