The inauguration ceremony of the Turkish Dog Training Centre as the “WCO Regional Dog Training Centre” was held in Akyurt, Ankara on 14 September 2017.
A Memorandum of Understanding for Turkish Dog Training Centre to become the “WCO Regional Dog Training Centre” was signed between the Ministry of Customs and Trade and World Customs Organization on 8 July 2017. Following this, the inauguration ceremony of the Centre took place in the facility located in Akyurt, Ankara on 14 September 2017. The Minister of Customs and Trade of Turkey Bülent TÜFENKCİ, the WCO Secretary General Mr. Kunio MIKURIYA, former Minister of Customs and Trade Mr. Hayati YAZICI attended the ceremony.
The ceremony started with the introductory film of the Dog Training Centre and the Pentathlon Demonstration of the Detection Dogs. Following these, Director General of Customs Enforcement Mr. Abdullah SOYLU, WCO Secretary General Mr. MIKURIYA, former Minister of Customs and Trade Mr. YAZICI and Minister of Customs and Trade Mr. TÜFENKCİ gave their speeches.
Director General of Customs Enforcement Mr. Abdullah SOYLU, in his speech, put emphasis on the activities and achievements of Turkish Customs in terms of Customs Enforcement issues, especially the increase in the use of modern technologies in the recent years.
WCO Secretary General Mr. Kunio MIKURIYA started his speech by thanking warmly to Turkish Customs Administration, not only for the hospitality during his visit but also for the ongoing contributions of our Administration, being one of the founding Members of the WCO, to the works of the WCO. He expressed his admiration especially for the recent contributions of Turkey to the Transit Guidelines and the role of Customs in the establishment of the Trade Facilitation Board to ensure coordinated border management in the framework of the WTO Agreement of Trade Facilitation.
Speaking of the location of Turkey, Mr. MIKURIYA highlighted the critical location of Anatolia, being home to the oldest civilisations that played important roles in the world history since the Iron Age, and also being a critical trade route for the world trade. As a transit country between Asia, Africa and Europe, he emphasized, Turkey is preferred by transport operators from diverse regions for moving to their final destinations. He also stated his appreciations of Turkey regarding the recent improvements in transit, being a unique example of a country actively using both regional and international transit systems; namely, the NCTS with the EU-EFTA Countries and the TIR System. He finalized his speech with his appreciation of the Turkish Dog Training Centre and the works of Turkish Customs Administration.
Mr. MIKURIYA`s speech was followed by Former Minister of Customs and Trade of Turkey, Mr. Hayati YAZICI. He expressed his admiration regarding the improvement of Turkish Customs in terms of trade facilitation, customs enforcement and modernization; and drew attention on the vital role of Customs for the economy of a country.
Minister Mr. TÜFENKCİ, put emphasis on the recent work of the Ministry, like the Single Window System and the One-Stop-Shop Project saving time and extra costs for traders. He stated that the simplification of customs procedures pave the way for success in international trade.
Minister TÜFENKCİ also remarked that apart from the trace facilitation, Turkish Customs administration has also makes efforts on customs enforcement, fight against smuggling and illegal trade by means of establishing modern facilities and capacity building.
Regarding the work on the Customs enforcement area, Minister TÜFENKCİ also mentioned the recent achievements of the Customs Enforcement staff, which was led by the recent investments on modernization and capacity building.