The annual XI international scientific and practical conference "Innovative processes in the customs sphere: interaction with the business community in modern conditions" was held in Minsk today. The event, which was held by videoconference, was organized by the State customs Committee and a departmental educational institution.
Among the forum participants are the management and representatives of customs authorities, representatives of the Eurasian economic Commission, the Ministry of taxes and duties, the Ministry of transport and communications, the customs services of Russia and Kazakhstan, higher educational institutions of the country, participants in foreign economic activity and many others.
In his welcoming speech, SCC Chairman Yuri Senko noted the importance of exchanging views during the conference to take into account business expectations when developing the customs service development program for 2021-2025.
"Coordination of the efforts of the business community and customs in matters of digital transformation of the economy, diversification of export potential and development of integration cooperation within the framework of the Union state and the EAEU can give a significant positive impetus to the activation of foreign trade of Belarusian subjects with their foreign partners both at the regional and global levels," -Yuri Senko said.
The topic of international cooperation was developed in the speeches of the customs representatives of Belarus in Beijing and Brussels. In particular, they discussed in detail the simplification of customs and trade procedures for Belarusian exports to China and the approaches of the world customs organization to the processes of interaction between customs and business in the organization of cross-border electronic Commerce.
Innovations of the new version of the law "On customs regulation in the Republic of Belarus" were discussed as a separate topic during the forum. The draft Law has now been submitted to the House of representatives of the National Assembly for consideration.
As it was noted at the conference, special attention in the draft Law was paid to the further development of free economic zones, the introduction of modern electronic technologies in customs administration, ensuring uniform law enforcement practices, as well as simplifying customs operations without reducing the effectiveness of customs control. It is noteworthy that the draft document was one of the first legislative acts in the field of customs, in the development of which the business community actively participated.
Among the important issues, the SCC Chairman also outlined the development of interaction between all interested parties through information technologies: "The customs service has made more than 50 decisions to maintain a comprehensive system of cross-border trade in difficult conditions. A key element of the program of measures was to reduce the time for customs operations by using contactless methods of processing goods."
The participants also got acquainted with modern approaches to the administration of customs payments, improvement of control over the transit of goods, organization of post-customs control, as well as the introduction of state control measures over the turnover of goods in Belarus.
Once again, the event showed that such meetings provide a good opportunity to convey the position of government agencies and discuss topical development issues with the business community in a dialogue mode. This is another step to strengthen the partnership between business and the state, aimed at creating favorable conditions for foreign trade and its sustainable development.