AEO: Customs-to-Business cooperation for supply chain security

2018 AEO INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE AND ASSEMBLY

HOSTED BY: THE STATE CUSTOMS COMMITTEE OF THE REPUBLIC OF AZERBAIJAN

2-4 May 2018, BAKU, AT HILTON BAKU

 

 

Safar MehdiyevChairman, State Customs Committee of the Republic of Azerbaija“The AEO concept is based on the Customs-to-Business partnership introduced by the World Customs Organisation (WCO). Traders who voluntarily meet AEO criteria work in cooperation with customs authorities to build the common objective of supply chain security. Customs grant AEO certification to companies with a track record of compliance with customs legislation and taxation rules and absence of criminal offences related to the economic activity; appropriate security and safety measures; appropriate record keeping and financial solvency. AEO are entitled to enjoy benefits in customs procedures. The AEO programme, which aims to enhance international supply chain security and to facilitate legitimate trade, is open to all supply chain actors. Azerbaijan is a strategic transport and logistics hub for international trade. The developments in international trade mean new demands on Customs. The AEO International Conference in Baku is addressed to companies interested in Customs-Business cooperation in practice.”.

Antonio Llobet President of the International Association AEO Customs and Logistics

“The AEO Baku Conference adds a particular value to participants and this is the opportunity to understand the new intermodal transport and logistics map that link Asia and Europe: the “New Silk Road”. We will gather the perspective from officials and companies operating in the regional corridors that pass through Azerbaijan. This is a unique opportunity for the customs and logistics international community to meet new actors, learn about these capacities for trade and discuss what they mean for other regions, including Latin America. A renaissance of Marco Polo’s trade route today means, for example, that all main European industrial clusters of Germany, Benelux, Italy, Poland and Spain are connected to destinations in Azerbaijan, Iran, Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan via the new intermodal hub in Baku. The AEO figure is key for secure trade facilitation in such an emerging context, and this will be discussed too in Baku.”

 

 

PROGRAMA

Tuesday, 1st May 2018

15.00 – 19.30

Registration – Hilton Baku Hotel

19.30 – 22.00

Welcome Reception – Hosted by The State Customs Committee of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the International Association of Authorised Economic Operators Customs and Logistics – Hilton Baku Hotel

 

Wednesday, 2nd May 2018


7.00 – 09. 00

Registration – Hilton Baku Hotel

7.00 – 09. 00

 

Wreath-laying Ceremony at the Memorial of National Leader Heydar Aliyev in the Alley of Honorary Burial and visit to the Martyrs Alley

10.00-11.00.

 

Welcome Remarks
Mr. Safar Mehdiyev, Chairman, State Customs Committee of the Republic of Azerbaijan
Mr. Antonio Llobet de Pablo, President, International Association AEO Customs and Logistics
Mrs. Pilar Jurado, Director General Customs of Spain
Mr. Kestutis Jankauskas, Ambassador Head of EU Delegation in Azerbaijan
Mr. Enrique Canón, Chairman, World Customs Organization (WCO)


11.00-11.30.

Keynote Speech
Silk Road: A corporate perspective
Mr. Pavel Ivanov, Global Head of Customs Compliance and Legal at DHL Global Forwarding

11.30-13.00

AEO Session 1 Panel Discussion
Core Elements of a Secure Business Environment
Moderator: Mr. Antonio Vidales, Vice-President, International Association AEO
Mr. Ricardo Treviño, Deputy Secretary General, World Customs Organisation (WCO) (*)
Mr. Safar Mehdiyev, Chairman, State Customs Committee of the Republic of Azerbaijan
Mrs. Pilar Jurado, Director General, Customs and Excise, Spain
Mr. José Angel Astillero, Head of Ports and Airports Security, Guardia Civil
Mr. Gay de Montellá, Vice-President, Confederation of Employers of Spain (CEOE)
Mr. Pedro Castro, President, International Association of Professional Customs Agents (ASAPRA)

13.00-14.00.

Networking Lunch

14.00-17.00.

Assembly Meeting of the International Association AEO Customs and Logistics
(Public meeting, open to observers)

17.30-19.30.

Opening ceremony of the exhibition “Honorable historical path” at the Azerbaijan
Carpet Museum and familiarization with the exhibit

17.30-19.30.

Opening ceremony of the exhibition “Honorable historical path” at the Azerbaijan
Carpet Museum and familiarization with the exhibit

19.30-22.00

Dinner at the “Yacht Club” Restaurant

Thursday, 3rd May 2018

09.00-11.00.

AEO Session 2 Panel Presentations
Building a secure supply chain: Perspective of AEO private sector operators
Moderator: Mr. Pedro Castro, President, International Association of Professional Customs Agents (ASAPRA)
Mr. John Mein, Executive Coordinator, Allianca PROCOMEX / Federation of Brazil Industry (CNI)
Mrs. Lubov Babeshko, Director for Alliance Customs & Trade Russia and CIS, Renault- Nissan.
Mrs. Natalia Calenic, Vice-President Chamber of Commerce of Moldova
Mr. Luis Ernesto Castedo, Vice-President, National Chamber of Customs Brokers of Bolivia
Mr. Joe Henry Thompson, International Association AEO Representative for SICA Countries

11.00-11.30.

Keynote Speech
Silk Road: A Border Security perspective
Mr. Lars Karlsson, President and CEO, KGH Border Service

11.30-13.00

AEO Session 3 Panel Presentations
Building a secure supply chain: Perspective of AEO public sector programmes
Moderator: Mr. Alfonso Rojas del Castillo, Permanent representative of ASAPRA at WCO PSCG
Mr. Enrique Canón, Director General, Customs of Uruguay
Ms. Jale Arslan, Head of Department, Ministry of Customs and Trade of Republic of Turkey
Ms. Maka Khvelidze, Deputy Head of International Relations Department, Revenue Service of the Ministry of Finance of Georgia Revenue Service of Georgia
Mr. Toshihiko Osawa, Policy Advisor to Director General, Customs and Tariff Bureau, Ministry of Finance Japan

13.00-14.00.

Networking Lunch

14.00-17.00.

Technical Visit: New Port of Baku and Free Trade Zone

18.00-22.00.

Performance of the musical comedy by Uzeyir Hajibeyov “O olmasın bu olsun” at the State Musical Theater followed by dinner

Friday, 4th May 2018

09.00-10.00

AEO Session 4 Panel Discussion
Customs-Business Cooperation: Contributing to Economic Development
Moderator: Mr. Enrique Canón, Director General, Customs of Uruguay
Mr. Alfonso Rojas Del Castillo, Permanent representative at WCO PSCG, ASAPRA
Mr. Antonio Vidales, Vice-President, International Association AEO
Ms. Cristina Juan Carrión, Center for Economic and Social Development of Azerbaijan

10.15-11.00

Keynote Speech
Silk Road: An intermodal transport and logistics perspective
Mr.Eugene Seah, Head of Operation Service, Baku International Sea Trade Port
Mr. Elchin Ahmadov, Deputy Director ADY Expres

11.00-12.15

Workshop: BlockChain
Moderator: Mr. Igbal Babayev, Chief of Performance Measurement and Development Programs Head Department, State Customs Committee
Mr. Azar Bayramov, Deputy Executive Director, State Fund for Development of Information and Communications Technology, Baku
Mr. Nicholas Buhmann, Commercial Manager of Maersk and IBM’s joint Global Trade Digitization project
Mr. Alvaro Llovet, Blockchain & crypto specialist

12.15-13.00

Closure Ceremony
Signature of Action Plan on AEO, between the State Customs Committee of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the International Association AEO Customs and Logistics
Conclusions and Closing Remarks
Mr. Safar Mehdiyev, Chairman, State Customs Committee of the Republic of Azerbaijan
Mr. Antonio Llobet de Pablo, President, International Association AEO Customs and Logistics

13.00-14.00.

Networking Lunch

14.00-16.30.

Baku Sightseeing tour and visit to the “Heydar Aliyev Centrer”

16.30-19.30.

Visit to the Old Town (Maiden tower, Shirvanshahlar palace, etc.)

19.30-22.00.

Official Closure Dinner at the “Art Garden” Restaurant

SPEAKERS 2018