On April 25, the first meeting on the customs reform took place at the Ministry of Finance. The meeting was attended by MPs, representatives of business, experts and representatives of the public.
The goal of the meeting was to discuss measures to be taken for the implementation of the Reform Concept of the SFS Customs Division and for the elaboration of the detailed concept implementation plan.
During the meeting, Yuriy Draganchuk, the advisor to the Minister of Finance, once again presented the Concept approved by the Government. The Concept had been prepared by the Ministry of Finance taking into account the recommendations of the IMF, EU customs standards and recommendations of the US customs authority.
The Concept of the customs reform covers approximately 20 points including organizational structure, management principles; improvement of the human resources policy, infrastructure, control procedures (risks and balanced control at the border and within the country) and, of course, support of trade, security of supply chains etc.
For every point the Ministry of Finance is setting a detailed list of measures for the practical Concept implementation.
“The Concept poses the comprehensive vision of the Ukrainian Government on the customs reform in Ukraine. This gives a general direction to the customs reform, a so-called roadmap. That is why the preparation of a detailed plan for the implementation of this Concept is intended which shall contain concrete timeframes, responsible bodies and concrete legal regulations which shall be elaborated or amended to reach the set targets”, Yuriy Draganchuk, the advisor to the Minister of Finance, pointed out.
Yevgeniy Kapinjus, the State Secretary of the Ministry of Finance, said that this detailed plan shall be elaborated in an absolutely open way involving all interested parties – MPs, experts, representatives of business and other parties.
“The task of the Ministry of Finance as a body in charge for setting the customs policy is to let all interested parties speak out and to find – jointly – a balance between the state and business interests which shall be reflected in the implementation plan”, Yevgeniy Kapinjus said.
In the first open meeting on the detailed customs reform implementation plan it was agreed that all interested parties shall send their proposals in the agreed form to сustoms.firstname.lastname@example.org.
The results of the processing of the proposals will be published on the official website of the Ministry of Finance.
Also, four specialized working groups were set up which shall hold their meetings on May 3, 4, 10 and 11 at 15:00 at the Ministry of Finance (11 Mezhygirska str.). The first working group will hold its meeting on Wednesday, May 3, at 15:00 to discuss the following points:
- Trade support;
- Security of supply chains;
- Risk management;
- Border and domestic control;
- Law enforcement activities.
The meeting of the second working group is scheduled for Thursday, May 4, 15:00, to discuss the following points:
- Infrastructure and equipment;
- Customs laboratories;
- IT technologies.
The meeting of the third working group is scheduled for Wednesday, May 10, 15:00, to discuss the following points:
- Transit under customs control;
- Post-clearance control and audit;
- Customs payments.
The meeting of the second working group is scheduled for Thursday, May 11, 15:00, to discuss the following points:
- Organization and management;
- HR management;
- Customs ethics and prevention of corruption;
- Internal audit.
Registration of participants: https://goo.gl/forms/mH5Pl1OKn1uTRRGp2.