AEO implementation ‘ll boost trade, economic development —CGC Adeniyi


Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service, Adewale Adeniyi.

By Mark Longyen

The Comptroller-General (CGC) of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Adewale Adeniyi, has said that the implementation of the Authorized Economic Operator (AEO), a pilot scheme of the NCS, would facilitate trade, enhance global border security and bolster sustainable economic development.

Adeniyi made this known at the 6th World Customs Organisation (WCO) Global Authorized Economic Operators Conference in Shenzhen, China.

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Participants at the WCO AEO Conference in China

The CGC noted that the AEO was significant in reducing the time and cost of doing business, hence he would educate NCS officers back home on how to implement it for effective service delivery.

CGC Adeniyi speaking at the WCO AEO conference

“We started implementing the pilot AEO program in Nigeria about a month ago.

“We have been inspired by the policy and vision of the new Nigerian government, led by President Bola Tinubu to enhance economic competitiveness and diversification.

Adeniyi at the Panel Discussion

“The program is significant in reducing the time and cost of doing business, hence the need for stakeholder engagement and addressing implementation challenges,” Adeniyi said.

CGC Adeniyi with other participants at the conference

Also speaking, Ian Sanders, Secretary-General of the World Customs Organisation, lauded the collaborative efforts of AEO members states.

He noted that the conference was a global platform for fostering transparent, secure, and resilient trade ecosystems.

CGC Adeniyi discussing something of interest with other participants at the conference.

Sanders canvassed the integration of micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) into the AEO program, considering their critical role in global economic transformation.

The Nigerian Customs boss was joined at the event by China’s Customs boss, Sun Yuning, Portugal’s Tax and Customs Authority boss, Helena Marla, NCS AEO lead, CSC Nnenna Awa, NCS Spokesman, Abdullahi Maiwada, among others.

The Customs boss with other participants at the event

The WCO conference also featured a panel discussion on: “Advancing Women’s Empowerment through AEO Programmes.”

Panel discussion in full swing

The panel discussion, which drew participants from customs agents and trade experts from China, New Zealand, and the Dominican Republic, also aimed at addressing barriers in global trade.

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