Geneva, 28 July, 2010
Geneva 28 July, Cotecna, one of the world's leading trade inspection, security and certification companies, has been awarded a consulting contract by the OSCE, (The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe) to support the development of the OSCE Handbook on Best Practices at Border Crossings.
The objective of this project is to assist the 56 OSCE participating states, particularly landlocked countries, to make their border and customs policies more efficient. Examples from across the OSCE countries will be given to illustrate how land border-crossing points can be made more efficient, with the aim of promoting legitimate trade and reducing corruption, illicit trafficking and transnational crime and terrorism. Land border crossings include roads, railways and port-hinterland connections. This project does not include waterways, maritime borders or airports.
The handbook is aimed at national policy-makers, senior customs, border guard/police and heads of regional customs chambers. It will also be accessible to representatives of transport agencies, the business community, civil society and academia.
The handbook, which will be published in English and Russian by the end of 2010, will take into consideration trade and transport facilitation as well as security aspects. The handbook is being developed in co-operation with the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE).
Mark Miller, Cotecna’s Regional Vice President – European Programmes, said, “Cotecna’s extensive expertise and experience in Customs issues and its excellent understanding of existing policies and procedures, makes the company the ideal collaborator to assist OSCE in its mission to develop this handbook”.
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