Oé-Cusse celebrated 66th anniversary of the World Customs Organization
The 66th anniversary of the World Customs Organization was celebrated this Saturday, January 26, 2019 by the Special Administrative Region of Oé-Cusse Ambeno at a ceremony presided over by HE Dr. Mari Alkatiri, President of the Authority.
The Regional Directorate of Customs, under the responsibility of the Regional Secretariat for Finance, organized the celebration to emphasize the importance and local development of customs activity, fundamental for the protection of borders and territory; for fair and transparent regulation of trade, facilitating regional and international trade; to combat trafficking and smuggling; for the safety of people and raising revenue, and finally for the attraction of investment and development of imports and exports.
The ceremony – which included, among others, the presence of the Indonesian Consul in Oé-Cusse, the District Attorney of Dili, the Oé-Cusse court representative, the PNTL commander and other security forces and institutions, including those responsible Indonesian Emigration and Borders, and several directors and employees of RAEOA – ZEESM-TL -, began with the speeches of the Regional Director of Customs, which highlighted the importance of customs for the areas of investment, revenue and trade, and the Secretary Regional Minister of Finance, Leónia Monteiro, who took the opportunity to announce that there will soon be new recruitment to the customs area, due to the needs created by the new Oé-Cusse International Airport “Sandalwood Route”, which increases the requirement in the land, sea and air borders of the Region. The Regional Secretary for Finance also recalled the significant increase in customs revenue from USD 35,000 in 2014 to USD 4,000,000 in 2018, expressing appreciation for the support expressed at all times by the President of the Authority, HE Dr. Mari Alkatiri, and professionalism and dedication of all employees.
To close the speeches, the President of the Authority praised the great development of the customs institution, demonstrated by the growth of revenue and efficient border control, which allows an effective fight against trafficking and smuggling, opening space and trust for just relations, namely the desired one commercial corridor Oé-Cusse -Kupang – Dili.
HE Dr. Mari Alkatiri also stressed the importance of good institutions, good management and maintenance of public investment in infrastructure – from the road to Citrana to fiber optics to increase the speed and reliability of the Internet – to attract investment the region and the East Timorese.
The ceremony continued with delivery of certificates, music, lunch and socializing.