On Friday, 13 July 2018, the EU launched the “Supporting the Accession of Georgia to the Conventions on Transit Area and Launching of the New Computerised Transit System (NCTS)” project.
This 24 month project, funded by the EU with a budget of EUR1.5 million brings Finnish, Polish and Latvian Government experts together with the Georgian colleagues to develop an efficient and secure transit system for trade, simplifications and control systems in order to further facilitate trade by keeping balance between trade facilitation and efficient customs control.
“With the DCFTA, Georgia has enormous trade potential with the EU. Taking advantage of this opportunity requires many elements, however, including making the transit of goods as easy as possible. This Twinning project and the systems it will introduce in Georgia will help address this issue, and thereby contribute to the raise in trade which should bring economic benefits to businesses in Georgia, and eventually to its citizens” noted Mr. Vincent Rey, Head of Cooperation at the Delegation of the European Union to Georgia.
Mr Archil Karaulashvili, Head of General Directorate for European Integration at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, stressed that Twinning projects for Georgia are means to work towards the European values.
First Deputy Minister of Finance, Director General of Georgia Revenue Service, Mr. Giorgi Tabuashvili in his welcome speech stressed the significance of introduction of international standards and simplifications as well as compliance programmes to facilitate compliant traders’ business for Georgia, as a transit hub. Mr. Piotr Walczak, Deputy Head of the National Revenue Administration of Poland, emphasized that modern customs procedures, smooth traffic and techniques as such are positive elements environmentally by reducing waiting times at the borders.
In their concluding speeches and presentations and in answer to questions from the audience, the MS Project Leader, Ms Pirjo Kotro; BC Project Leader, Mr. Samson Uridia, RTA Mr. Arto Lillman and RTA Counterpart Ms Maka Khvedelidze – gave the details about the project’s goals and expected results.
For more information, please contact: Tamriko Mikadze, Press and Information Officer, Delegation of the European Union to Georgia, Tamriko.Mikadze@eeas.europa.eu