Dr. Hafeez asks Customs to focus on improving perception

KARACHI: Pakistan Customs should prioritize perception of the organization as its name is attached with the country, Dr. Abdul Hafeez Shaikh, Advisor to Prime Minister on Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs, said on Sunday on the occasion of International Customs Day.

He said that the Customs had made great achievement. However, along with efficiency the perception is also important, he added.

The advisor said that the customs authorities should ensure maximum facilitation to trade and business so they feel comfortable in paying duty and taxes.

He said that the revenue collection was important and Custom had key role in it. He asked the customs authorities to ensure revenue collection in order to make Pakistan independent economically.

Pakistan should make efforts for promoting business and tourism. He said that such service delivery should be adopted as per expectation of people inside Pakistan and coming from abroad.

He assured the Pakistan Customs that government would provide all necessary support in terms of human resource and technology advancement.

On the occasion, Dr. Agha Jawwad, Member Customs (Operation) said that around 182 countries of the world are celebrating the customs day.

He said that as per slogan for this year the Customs had extended facilities to trade and business.

He said that the customs had invoked provisions of Intellectual Property Rights and destroyed around Rs7-10 billion worth counterfeit and fake goods during last one year.

Jawwad further said that Pakistan Customs had signed MoUs with 35 countries for exchange of information.

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