BEST PRACTICES MISSION AND EXCHANGE BETWEEN HAITI AND D.R. CUSTOMS AND THE CUSTOMS’ ADMINISTRATION OF MOROCCO
The Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) joined forces with the customs administrations of Haiti, the Dominican Republic and Morocco with a view to promoting south-south cooperation in trade facilitation.
The mission included, among others, with the participation of Mr. Hugo Rivera, Deputy Minister, Economic Affairs and International Cooperation at Dominican Republic’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Mr. Reynald Eugene, Deputy Director, Haitian Customs Administration; Mr. Williams Espinosa and Mr. Williams Pacheco, respectively Deputy Directors of Operations and Technology at the Dominican Customs Administration; and Mr. Frantz Multidor, Head of Customs Post of Belladère of Haiti’s Customs Administration.
The mission also served to increase awareness of international best practices in border management, including the implementation of the single window for exporters while fostering collaboration between Haitian and Dominican Customs. Moreover, the exchanges with their Moroccan counterparts gave participants a greater understanding on international best practices that can be put in place by Caribbean customs administrations with a view to enhancing their role in trade facilitation and investment promotion.
This initiative also yielded agreements in principle to initiate and/or expand technical training to be granted by the Moroccan Government in favour of the customs administration of Haiti and the Dominican Republic.
According to Deputy Minister Rivera: “This activity has helped advance the country’s plan for the modernization of the Dominican-Haitian border, being currently supported by European Union, the United States and Caribbean Export”.
The activities undertaken are encompassed in the framework of the Protocol Agreement signed by the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Haiti and the Dominican Republic, 26th March 2012.