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Dubai to host WCO IT Conference

Ahmed Butti Ahmed, Executive Chairman of Dubai Ports

Dubai Customs this week announced that Dubai will host the Middle East debut of the World Customs Organisation (WCO) IT Conference and Exhibition, an event dedicated to IT solutions in the customs and border management sectors.

Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, the 2013 event will run from May 14 to 16 at the Atlantis hotel on the Palm.

The keynote speech will be delivered by His Highness Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior.

Several global and regional leaders will headline the event, including His Excellency Dr Anwar Mohammad Gargash, UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Raymond Benjamin,  Secretary General of the International Organisation of Civil Aviation (ICAO), and Kunio Mikuriya, Secretary General of the WCO.

John Scanion, Secretary General of CITES, and Juma Al Ghaith, Executive Director of Customs Development, Dubai Customs, will also be present.

“The IT conference and exhibition is known to significantly impact core business activities and the way border agencies operate across the trade, economic security and political priorities,” said His Excellency Ahmed Butti Ahmed, Executive Chairman of Dubai Ports.

“In addition to serving as the primary reference point for discovering new IT approaches, technologies and solutions in customs, the platform will help identify ways to strengthen border and ports security, and facilitate foreign trade.”

The conference will focus on sharing views, experiences and best practices between global security agents and other government entities. Customs, environment ministries, municipalities, health authorities and immigration agencies should all be able to gain insight into the IT trends that affect their fields.

More than 800 senior decision-makers from more than 100 countries are expected to attend the event, which is themed ‘Effective Solutions for Coordinated Border Management’.

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