The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) delegation, led by the Acting Comptroller General of Customs, Bashir Adewale Adeniyi, recently participated in the World Customs Organisation (WCO) Technology Conference and Exhibition held in Hanoi, Vietnam from 10th to 12th October 2023.
The event welcomed twelve delegates from the NCS and the management and staff of the trade modernisation project representing the private sector.
Welcoming participants at the conference, the secretary general of the WCO, Kunio Mikuriya, highlighted the critical role of technology in supporting Customs Administrations around the globe.
Also speaking at the conference, Adeniyi emphasised the significance of the WCO Technology Conference, which has been a pivotal event for over a decade, providing a platform for customs administrations, partner companies, sponsors, technology firms, and more to collaborate and exchange insights on the effective integration of technology in customs operations.
He highlighted that this year’s edition continued the tradition of exposing participants to advanced technological solutions for addressing complex customs challenges.
“We’ve learned a lot, seeing the deployment of artificial intelligence, machine learning, non-intrusive technology, and various data analytics to analyze customs issues and provide solutions,” he said.
He said adopting these technological solutions will be a game-changer for Nigeria, improving trade facilitation and revenue generation. He expressed his readiness to initiate processes for their adoption in Nigeria.