DOHA: The Customs and Ports General Authority (CPGA) executed several administrative, field programmes and projects in 2012-13 like developing and enhancing human resources, technical and procedural aspects, and co-operation between departments and various bodies within and outside Qatar.
The Authority prepared its strategic plan for the period for the period 2013-2016.
Through this plan, it is working to achieve future goals, based on the conversion of these strategic goals to operational programmes and projects that are distributed to all departments of the Authority.
While preparing the plan, the Authority ensured it is compatible with the Qatar National Development Strategy 2011-2016.
This is to help achieve the Qatar National Vision 2030.
The customs department is one of the key sectors of the country’s economy as it is an important transit point for businesses between Qatar and world countries.
Between January 1 and December 4, 2013, the General Customs Department employed 222 persons, including 214 Qataris to increase the number of employees to 1960 in all departments.
The recruitment and training human resources conforms to the Authority’s requirements and future vision.
The high rate of Qatarization is one of the prominent successes of the Authority.
It exceeds 92 per cent of the total number of employees.
This reiterates the Department’s policy of relying on Qatari citizens.
The Authority signed Memoranda of Understanding with Qatar Community College to teach its staff for a diploma course on Customs Science.
The Customs Department also sends employees abroad to qualify for specialized certificates.
The Department trained 1511 trainees who participated in internal and external sessions held in 2013.
The training sessions varied from general introductory programmes to specialized seminars on customs.
The Customs Department finalized the implementation of a project to develop a system of single-window clearance that facilitates customs clearance electronically.
This increases the efficiency of customs outlets and facilitates the flow of goods across borders without jeopardizing security of the society.
Following its success at Doha Port and the airport, technical preparations are underway to implement the new system at Abu Samra border post.
As part of the Paperless Customs Project, the Authority developed a programme to organize and manage documents and archive internal correspondence between the various departments.
In 2013, the Authority foiled the smuggling of thousands of contraband drugs, weapons, counterfeit money, fake goods and tools for sorcery through its transit points.
The Authority took many measures to protect intellectual property rights in co-operation with security apparatuses.
Last year saw increased co-operation and coordination between the Customs Department and ministries, government agencies and non-governmental organizations through visits, meetings and discussions aimed at finding solutions to simplify procedures and complete the electronic networking.
In a few weeks, a Customer Service Centre will be ready to receive inquiries from clients.
The Department continues to conduct basic courses for its staff at the Police Training Institute to provide field training to newly recruited staff.
At GCC level, the Customs Department participated in the GCC Customs Union that seeks to carry out the requirements of the Customs Union during the transition phase.
Regionally, the Authority signed a bilateral agreement with Jordan’s Customs Department on mutual administrative assistance on the implementation of the customs law.
As well as the prevention, investigation and combating of customs-related violations between the two countries. HE the Director-General of the General Customs Department Ahmed bin Ali Al Mohannadi represented the Authority, while Major General Ghaleb Kassem Al-Sarayreh represented Jordan. (QNA)