Technology in Customs operations : CGC Adeniyi speaks at 2023 WCO conference in Vietnam
The Comptroller General of Customs, CGC Bashir Adewale Adeniyi MFR, has demonstrated to the world that Nigeria Customs Service is moving in line with the global trend following its readiness to make its operations technology driven in all ramifications.
CGC Adeniyi gave these details while speaking at the World Customs Organization (WCO) Technology Conference and Exhibition, held in Hanoi, Vietnam, from 10th to 12th October 2023.
He stressed that adopting technological solutions will be a game-changer for Nigeria, improving trade facilitation and revenue generation, even as he expressed readiness to initiate processes for their adoption in Nigeria.
Taking into cognisance the conference theme, ‘Embracing Digital Age: Leveraging Technology, Fostering Innovation, and Nurturing the Next Generation of Customs Professionals,’
CGC Adeniyi said 2023 edition continues the tradition of exposing participants to advanced technological solutions for addressing complex customs challenges.
The CGC emphasized the significance of WCO Technology Conference, which has been a pivotal event for over a decade, providing a platform for customs administrations, partner companies, sponsors and technology firms to collaborate, exchange insights on the effective integration of technology in customs operations.
CGC Adeniyi enthused; “We’ve learned a lot, seeing the deployment of artificial intelligence, machine learning, non-intrusive technology
and various data analytics to explain customs issues and provide solutions.”
More so, the conference theme underscores the importance of technology in customs operations and the continuous development of customs professionals.
The programme welcomed 12 delegates from Nigeria Customs Service, the management and staff of the trade modernization project representing the private sector.
The presentations showed the dynamic economy of Vietnam set the tone for the event.
Welcoming participants at the conference, the Secretary General of WCO, Dr. Kunio Mikuriya, highlighted the critical role of technology in supporting Customs Administrations globally.
The high point of the conference was the technical session that delved into contemporary challenges and innovative solutions in diverse areas, especially gender equality, of which Chief Superintendent of Customs Oluwabukola Omoniyi, a delegate from Nigeria was among of the discussants.
The Assistant Comptroller-General in charge of ICT/Modernization, ACG Kikelomo Adeola, also attended the conference and shared her commitment to embrace e-commerce process. She emphasized the automation and AI-driven approach to improving customs operations.
Jummai Umar Ajijola, the Managing Director of Trade Modernization Project, emphasized the strong partnership between Nigeria Customs Service and the Trade Modernization Project, saying their alignment will ensure end-to-end automation of Nigeria Customs Service processes and procedures.
During his vote of thanks, the WCO Secretary General, represented by Hans Pieters, Head of Administration and Personnel, WCO, announced that the 2024 edition of WCO Technology Conference and Exhibition will be hosted by Africa in Cairo, Egypt.