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Dubai Customs holds Annual Recognition Ceremony for Strategic Partners 





Under the motto “Together We Accomplish”, and in light of Dubai Customs keenness to fortify bonds of mutual interest amongst strategic partners across the UAE and abroad. Dubai Customs staged its annual strategic partners’ recognition ceremony at the Armani Hotel Downtown Dubai.
HE Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, Chairman of Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation ‘PCFC’, HE Ahmed Mahboob Musabih, Dubai Customs Director, and a host of officials from various key government entities attended the ceremony. 
The event kicked off with a short footage highlighting the MOUs and agreements signed, main awards acclaimed and the journey of shared triumphs between DC and its respectful strategic partners.
HE Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem addressed the audience with words of appreciation and gratitude for a prosperous journey of joint efforts towards achieving optimal results in government work along with 2015 strategic partners of Dubai Customs. So they can interpret the wise vision of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai to bring happiness to people. This undertaking is viably achieved via a dedicated approach of team-work spirit with all strategic partners.”
He also stated that there has been a remarkable success in adhering to sustainable practices and commitment to corporate governance, which led to earning the trust of partners and scoring high, both locally and internationally.
“DC’s efforts in cementing bonds with partners resulted in greater trade and Customs facilitations in a sum of initiatives like the Virtual Corridor, ATA Carnet, and the Authorized Economic Operator ‘AEO’ which is attributed as a key global program expanding trade platform through Mutual Recognition Agreements (MRAs) between countries and reinforcing legitimate trade,” said Bin Sulayem. “Dubai Customs is also harnessing recognizable collaborative ties with the WCO, WTO,  GCC Customs Union and Customs authorities around the world. These ties are nourished via the steady streamlining of initiatives and programs towards further bolstering Dubai’s position as a global hub of international and regional trade.”
Bin Sulayem further noted, “While building upon our past experience, we learnt that we can always attain better results by joining hands with our partners. A great responsibility is upon us to ensure a better future for the coming generations. The cooperative approach, as dictated by the farsighted vision of our wise leadership, is the key to brilliantly shouldering this huge responsibility by promoting team effort and creating a synergized and consistent work models involving all stakeholders alike.”
Commenting on the millstones scored by Dubai Customs in relation to the fruitful ties with its strategic partners, he said that the value of Dubai foreign trade in 2014 had reached up to AED1.331trillion and mounted to AED 966 billion by the 3rd quarter of 2015. “Such accomplishment owes equally to all stakeholders that endeavoured to fulfil the aspirations of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid for the UAE to assume Number 1 stature in all fields.” 
Bin Sulayem asserted  that Dubai Customs is on the hype of ensuring compatible cooperation with all partners to foster the national economy driven by innovation and creativity, making best use of the latest trends in information and communication technology to help Dubai become the smartest city in the world.
On his part, HE Ahmed Mahboob Musabih affirmed that “DC has further boosted its efforts during 2015 to reinforce collaboration with strategic partners from federal ministries and local government agencies, as well as relevant regional and international organizations – based on  an integrated approach aimed at synergy of efforts, sharing of expertise, and transfer of knowledge.” He particularly emphasized the constructive cooperation with the Federal Customs Authority and other Customs Administrations in the UAE which resulted in strategic projects being executed, most notably with respect to the exchange of intelligence and signing of capacity-building MOUs  with various government entities.
“We have concluded significant MOUs with Dubai Technology and Media Free Zone Authority (TECOM), Dubai Judicial Institute, Dubai Legal Affairs Department, and Dubai Chamber. Moreover, we conducted 23 internal benchmarks during 2015 against heavy-weight government and international agencies, like Dubai Police, Dubal, DEWA, Emirates Airlines, RTA, Dubai Corporation for Ambulance Services, General Directorate of Foreigners Affairs, Dubai Smart Government, The Public Prosecution, Dubai Municipality, and INTERPOL at the international level. This approach also extended to cover 41 external benchmarks.”
Musabih also added, “The trade facilitating ‘Virtual Corridor’ initiative is a vivid example of such clustered partnerships, which was introduced in collaboration with the Department of Economic Development, DP World, Jafza, Dubai Airport Free Zone, Dubai Logistics City, Dubai Airports and Dubai Trade.” 
Worthwhile noting that Dubai Customs succeeded in destroying over than 10 tons of ivory in cooperation with the  Ministry of Environment, in light with the CITES Convention.”
Musabih also expressed appreciation to all stakeholders for their contributions to achieving Dubai Customs strategy, and  acknowledged their vital role in realizing the UAE Vision 2021 and Dubai Plan 2021. And he stressed on DC’s quest to leverage the standing of Dubai as the ultimate destination for living and doing business, by strengthening collaborative ties with all stakeholders.
On a final remark, HE Ahmed Mahboob reiterated DC’s commitment towards strategic partners as an instilled approach, which has been marked by an impressive 91% level of satisfaction for DC strategic partners as per a recent survey in 2015, in addition to DC’s harvest of 35 local, regional and international awards. Ahmed Mahboob bluntly  attributed these accomplishments to the two-way interaction and engagement with all strategic partners, and called for further consolidated efforts amongst all key players in light of the economic and security challenges faced by the region, and in order to make Expo 2020 a unforgettable exposé of global excellence.
Both Sultan bin Sulayem and Ahmed Mahboob Musabih honoured key strategic partners for their demonstrated role partaken in facilitating Customs work.