His Excellency Ahmed Butti Ahmed, Executive Chairman of Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation and Director General of Dubai Customs, received the Director of the Regional Intelligence Liaison Office in the Middle East (RILO) of Riyadh, Mr. Faisal bin Saud Al Mujaish.
Mr. Butti welcomed Mr. Al Mujaish’s visit to the UAE and Dubai Customs, and they both discussed the mutual cooperation aspects connecting Dubai Customs with RILO ME. He also stressed the vital role of information nowadays, being an important resource in customs work, due to continuous growth of international trade; imports, exports and transit consignments, and owing to the remarkable and increasing growth witnessed in the Middle East in this domain. From this point, Dubai Customs is keen on consolidating its cooperation and communication ties with RILO offices worldwide.
Operated by the World Customs Organization, the Regional Intelligence Liaison Office in the Middle East is the customs authority responsible for passing information to its member states, which include the six GCC countries, along with Jordan, Yemen, Syria and Lebanon. Moreover, it coordinates with other RILO offices all over the world to prevent entrance of prohibited or counterfeit items which constitute a risk to community members’ safety, and incurs severe damage to domestic, regional and international economies.
Director General of Dubai Customs explained: “We are concerned with increasing cooperation between local offices, expediting information exchange, and passing information on to the regional office affiliated to World Customs Organization, ensuring analyzing and making use of this information in customs enforcement and follow-up of customs crimes locally and internationally”.
Al Majish applauded the efforts exerted by Dubai Customs to expedite exchanging information and passing them to RILO ME. He noted that Dubai Customs is one of the RILO founders and plays an active role in highlighting members’ businesses globally. This comes as a natural outcome as Dubai has one of the largest trade volumes regionally and internationally.
He stressed that Dubai Customs’ work systems are well-recognized on a global scale and have advanced to world-class levels thanks to the continuous effort and dedication of the Department’s leadership and employees.
He added that Dubai Customs achieved for the third successive year the highest rate of exchange of information and reports about prohibited and counterfeit material across the Middle East region. Last year, Dubai Customs provided 146 pieces of information and reports that led to many crime detections in different parts of the world. This is considered to be an achievement representing how concerned Dubai Customs is with furthering regional and international cooperation to combat customs crimes of all kinds.
It’s worth mentioning that Dubai hosted the 15th Annual Meeting of the Regional Intelligence Liaison Office in the Middle East and Member States (RILO ME), in cooperation with the World Customs Organization. The meeting, which took place last May, saw the participation of representatives of customs administrations and organizations from 15 Arab and foreign countries including delegates from WCO and RILOs in Europe, Asia and Pacific and Africa. During the meeting, means of facilitating and accelerating the exchange of information related to combating customs crimes were discussed.