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  • ‘Coordinated Border Management – An inclusive approach for connecting Stakeholders’, will be the theme for Customs Week 2015.
  • The week, which is marked annually by the Jamaica Customs Agency (JCA), will be observed from January 25 to 30.
  • hief Executive Officer (CEO) of the JCA, Major Richard Reese, says the theme this year is relevant, as it speaks to the agency’s trade facilitation, integration, communication and border security objectives.

‘Coordinated Border Management – An inclusive approach for connecting Stakeholders’, will be the theme for Customs Week 2015.

The week, which is marked annually by the Jamaica Customs Agency (JCA), will be observed from January 25 to 30.

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the JCA, Major Richard Reese, says the theme this year is relevant, as it speaks to the agency’s trade facilitation, integration, communication and border security objectives.

“All are key areas which Customs administrations worldwide must effectively manage to fulfill their mandate,” Major Reese said, while addressing a JIS ‘Think Tank’ on January 20.

He noted that the JCA has been implementing a number of strategies to achieve this mandate, including the Authorized Economic Operation (AEO) validation programme, where existing operators are now being reviewed and validated in accordance with world Customs standards.

“The programme generally encourages voluntary compliance and has a focus on the logistics chain supply system, with an emphasis on security. It allows for the international movement of goods in whatever function that has been approved by Customs administrations and ensures timely clearance of goods and services,” Major Reese outlined.

In addition,  he said the programme benefits operators by giving them a first in line service and a dedicated window when doing business with Jamaica Customs, and also strengthens partnership with the business community.

The week of activities will commence with church services in St. Catherine, St. Ann and Montego Bay on Sunday, January 25.

In St. Catherine, the church service will be held at the Emmanuel Apostolic Church in Braeton, beginning at 11:00 a.m., at the Family Church on the Rock in Ocho Rios, St. Ann, at 10:30 a.m. and at the St. Paul’s United Church on King Street in Montego Bay.

Acting Director of Public Relations at the JCA, Natalee Cameron, said the agency is inviting all its stakeholders to join the JCA in worship to start Customs Week.

Ms. Cameron said the week will continue with the observance of International Customs Day, which will be recognized with a newspaper supplement.

Other activities for the week will include the JCA’s bi-Annual Information Exposition and Appreciation Day at the Customs Courtyard, Newport East, in Kingston. This will be the flagship event for Customs Week, Ms. Cameron said.

“It will commence at 10:00 a.m. and we will be having booth presentations from corporate Jamaica and our partners, agencies and departments,” she noted.

Partners such as the Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN), Ministry of Finance and Planning, the Passport Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA), The Registrar General’s Department (RGD) and the Bureau of Standards Jamaica will have booths on display.

The week will end with a Customs Vibes day that will incorporate an All Stars Football match and domino games, featuring the JCA team against its stakeholders.

“So, we encourage everybody to support all our customs week activities, especially our information fair and appreciation fair, and for Montego Bay, their kiddies treat as well,” Ms Cameron said.

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