Brussels, 13 October 2021 (TDI): The Secretary General of the World Customs Organization, Kunio Mikuriya, met the President of Tajikistan, Emomali Rahmon during his visit to Brussels, Belgium, on 12 October 2021. Erkinkhon Rahmatullozoda, Ambassador of the Republic of Tajikistan to Belgium, invited the WCO Secretary to meet the President.
President Rahmon was keen on the great connection between the WCO and his country, particularly after Dr. Mikuriya’s visit to Dushanbe, Tajikistan, in October 2019. Secretary General Mikuriya invited Tajikistan’s political commitment at the most significant levels, which had prompted Tajikistan’s agreement to the Revised Kyoto Convention in May 2020, soon after his visit to Dushanbe. This showed the state’s determination to foster its customs framework under WCO and other global guidelines.
Highlighting the significance of customs, President Rahmon expressed that his priority was to assemble human asset capacity. Dr. Mikuriya also proposed that customs officials should have more openness to the WCO and to different nations so they could gain motivation from best practices all throughout the world. He also opined to drive customs reforms in their own country. He likewise communicated the WCO’s ability to collaborate with customs organizations in Central Asia to a higher level, to augment the region’s capacity.