VCN - The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has issued Decision No. 741 / QD-BNG appointing Duong Van Tam, Deputy Director of the International Cooperation Department under the General Department of Customs to be Counsellor of the Vietnamese Embassy in Vietnam in Belgium and representative of Vietnam Customs to the World Customs Organization (WCO) replacing Nguyen Thi Khanh Hong who has just ended her term.
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Talking to the Customs Newspaper, Mr. Duong Van Tam from Bruxelles (Kingdom of Belgium) said that he had received the position at the Embassy of Vietnam in Belgium on 3rd May, 2018 and officially started work from 8th May 2018.
Accordingly, as the Counsellor of the Embassy, he will perform duties assigned by the Embassy. As the representative of the Vietnam Customs to the WCO, he will be responsible for ensuring operational coordination and effective administrative assistance to help to well fulfil the duties of Vietnam Customs, especially in new important duties such as anti-terrorism; environmental protection; protection of public health; anti-smuggling, trade fraud and money laundering
In addition, the representative of the Vietnam Customs to the WCO also has many other tasks, such as strengthening international cooperation by promoting cooperation with related international organizations to exploit the technical support resources which is to enhance the capacity and modernization of Vietnam Customs; further improving the effectiveness of cooperation between the Vietnam Customs and the WCO in the consideration and settlement of problems related to operations (such as analysis, classification of import and export goods, goods origin and Customs valuation, etc).
Through the WCO, the representative is responsible for further expanding the bilateral cooperation relationship between Vietnam Customs and related international organizations and Customs authorities; regularly updating information on new issues so that Vietnam Customs and other ministries and sectors in the country (concerned) timely draw up guidelines and appropriate solutions.
Mr. Duong Van Tam added that he would focus on key issues such as the effective protection of national interests when participating in the development and improvement of the legal system, international practices on Customs at the WCO and related international organizations and forums; ensure the collection and sharing of information to support the implementation of the tasks of Vietnam Customs sector; strengthen international cooperation on Customs, take advantage of support and seek funding and projects from countries, organizations for the country and for the sector.
Sharing his first working days at the WCO, Mr. Duong Van Tam said that he has been in contact with many Customs authorities. Although he has worked for Vietnam Customs for 28 years, this year, he joined a new working environment which is independent, modern, professional and different from the working environment in Vietnam.
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"In order to well perform the new task at the WCO, I have well prepared the important knowledge related to Customs operations in the country and in the world, improved foreign language and communication skills and so on, to take the initiative in participating in WCO activities and related organizations. I, myself, will always try to learn and try my best to complete the task assigned," said Duong Van Tam.
By Dao Le/ Huyen Trang