Customs under Defense portfolio implies weight on security, says Minister

Customs under Defense portfolio implies weight on security, says Minister

Minister of Defense Honorable Uz. Mariya Ahmed Didi, the cabinet Minister assigned to Customs, has said that the fact Customs is now placed under Minister of Defense implies an increased responsibility for safekeeping. Minister made this statement during her official remarks made on the special function held on 26th January to commemorate International Customs Day. 

Addressing the audience as the chief guest of the ceremony, Minister shed light on the evolving roles of customs stating that its absolutely vital for modern day customs administrations to assume a more vibrant role in the security front, especially in view of the changing dynamics of the threats we are collectively presented with. “The general impression of the public alike is that customs is a matter of economics. However, with the increased threats of terrorism and similar security concerns, it is becoming absolutely clear that our role as predominantly a revenue collector is shifting more towards safekeeping”, said the Minister. 

Continuing her remarks, she praised customs staff for their professionalism and sincere service, stating that she is not very used to hearing complaints or negative feedback about Customs. She also expressed her satisfaction for the conspicuous female participation especially in the supervisory and managerial roles.

She urged all the officers to remain adherent to the governments’ zeal for zero-tolerance to corruption. To achieve this, it is vital that we instill public confidence on the institutional arrangements for raising complaints and their independent investigations, said the Minister.

International Customs Day is marked on the 26th January. World Customs Organization has dedicated this year’s on the contribution of Customs towards a sustainable future under the slogan “Customs fostering sustainability for people, prosperity and the planet.”

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January 28, 2020