On 22 and 23 October the Secretary General of the World Customs Organization (WCO), Kunio Mikuriya, visited Yervan, Armenia following the invitation of Mr. Gagik Khachatryan, Chairman of the State Revenue Committee in Armenia. The objective of the meeting was to discuss the current state of Customs and the way forward for Customs reform.
Mr. Mikuriya also met His Excellency, the President of the Republic of Armenia, Mr. Serzh Sargsyan, who assured the Secretary General of his high-level political support for further Customs reform in his country. Mr. Mikuriya in turn emphasized that efficient border procedures would facilitate trade with neighbouring countries and open up the potential for further economic cooperation in the region.
“We intend to make Armenia a customs transformation model in the entire region and introduce its experience to other states,” WCO Secretary General said.
Armenian Customs joined the WCO Columbus Programme last year and has since been making steady progress.
WCO is presently the only international structure dealing purely with customs issues and currently has 175 member states. Armenia is a WCO member since 1992.