High-level policy dialogue with Afghan government leaders on Customs modernization
16-17 July 2017, Kabul, Afghanistan
At the invitation of Afghan Customs Department (ACD), the WCO delegation consisting Dr. Kunio Mikuriya, WCO Secretary General, and Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, visited Kabul, Afghanistan with a view to meeting Afghan government leaders to seek their political support for the on-going Customs reform and modernization. In Kabul, the WCO delegation met Afghan President, Mr. Ashraf Ghani, and cabinet ministers, including Finance Minister and Commerce Minister. WCO delegation had an intensive discussion with ACD Director General, Mr. Ahmad Reshad Popal, and his team on the future collaboration, especially in capacity building and more participation in the WCO activities. The delegation also visited Afghan Customs and tax Academy, where WCO Secretary General gave words of encouragement to the trainees. With kind arrangement made by the ACD, the delegation visited Afghan Chamber of Commerce and Industries as well and exchanged views on Customs-Business cooperation from various perspectives to further modernize ACD and ameliorate business environment for the sake of the country’s economic development and stability.