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Custom officers celebrate international customs day

Attorney-General and Minister for Finance Hon. Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum joined key stakeholders earlier this week to celebrate International Customs Day at the Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority (FRCA) with the theme ‘Digital Customs: Progressive Engagement’. Mr. Sayed-Khaiyum said digitization was  crucial for Customs Officers to improve efficiency and safeguard Fiji’s security. The theme of this morning’s International […]

Peni Shute

January 27, 2016 10:37 am

Attorney-General and Minister for Finance Hon. Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum joined key stakeholders earlier this week to celebrate International Customs Day at the Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority (FRCA) with the theme ‘Digital Customs: Progressive Engagement’.

Attorney General and Minister for Finance Hon. Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum with staff of Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority during the celebration of International Customs Day in Suva. PHOTO: DEPTFO
Attorney General and Minister for Finance Hon. Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum with staff of Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority during the celebration of International Customs Day in Suva.
PHOTO: DEPTFO

Mr. Sayed-Khaiyum said digitization was  crucial for Customs Officers to improve efficiency and safeguard Fiji’s security.

The theme of this morning’s International Customs Day is talking about digitization. Having a digital approach to your operation means that you are able to expedite matters and you would be able to even get information that you would not be able to ascertain before because this gives you the opportunity to verify facts even before people get here.

He added that digitization helped maintain a particular level of vigilance that otherwise would not have been possible.

He said it was extremely critical for Customs Officers to uphold their integrity and responsibility like any other key enforcement agency.

If you do not do so it will compromise your position as a professional and fundamentally as an individual. It will compromise your dignity.

If you do not do something right that is expected of you other citizens will suffer. Everybody in any organization plays a very critical role in the same way all of us as citizens, as Fijians of this country play a pivotal role in terms of what we do. Everything affects everything else.

Mr. Sayed-Khaiyum applauded the work that customs officers carry out on a daily basis under strenuous conditions and said that more training and international exposure was mandatory to upskill them.

Annually held on January 26, International Customs Day (ICD) recognises the role of custom officials and agencies in maintaining border security. It focuses on the working conditions and challenges that customs officers face in their jobs.

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