REPUBLIC OF TURKEY

MINISTRY of CUSTOMS and TRADE

Sixth Meeting of the Heads of Customs Administrations of Turkic Council

Sixth Meeting of the Heads of Customs Administrations and The Eighth Meeting of the Turkic Council Working Group on Customs Cooperation of the Turkic Council were held on 11-12 May 2017 in Antalya

The meetings were hosted by the Ministry of Customs and Trade, with the participation of the Turkish delegation under the chairmanship of Mr. Cenap AŞCI, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Customs and Trade of the Republic of Turkey.

Sixth Meeting of the Heads of Customs Administrations was held on 12 May 2017.

The meeting started with opening remarks of Mr. AŞCI and Deputy Secretary General of the Turkic Council Dr. Ömer KOCAMAN; and the statements of the heads of delegations of Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, who stated their pleasure regarding the work done in the field of customs.

Mr. AŞCI stated the position of our country regarding the continuation of the Silk Road Forums as regards to the establishment of a corridor between Europe and China.
The Memorandum of Understanding in the field of Customs Enforcement was approved to be signed during the Eighth Silk Road Forum which will be held in Kyrgyzstan before the end of 2017. The Member States were invited to complete their internal consultation procedures regarding the MoU until the Forum.

Intensification of mutual collaboration in the field of customs, cooperation with the WCO, especially in the field of AEO, along with the public-private partnership and continuation of the training seminars similar to the one done by the Ministry of Customs and Trade of Turkey in the field of Risk Analysis on 4-5 October 2016 in Ankara was encouraged by the delegates.
The Seventh Meeting of the Heads of Customs Administration is planned to be held in 2018 in Kazakhstan.

The Eighth Meeting of the Turkic Council Working Group on Customs Cooperation was held on 11 May 2017.

The meeting was chaired by Ms. Didem DIRLIK SONGÜR, Head of Department of Multilateral Relations in the Ministry of Customs and Trade.

During the meeting, the facilitation of trade along the historical Silk Road, intensification of cooperation regarding the Caravanserai Project, endorsement of cooperation mechanisms in the field of data sharing among the countries in the region and arrangement of trainings in line with the needs and priorities of the Member States were discussed.