Maldives elected as Integrity Sub-Committee Chair of World Customs Organization

Assistant Commissioner of Maldives Customs Service | Photo: Customs

Malé, Maldives – Assistant Commissioner of Maldives Customs Services Ismail Nashid has been elected as the Chair of the Integrity Sub-Committee at the World Customs Organization.

This was followed by messages of congratulations and celebration from Defense Minister Mariya Didi and the Commissioner of Customs Abdullah Shareef.

Minister Mariya stated that Customs is now becoming more professional and organized, resulting in the institution becoming recognized internationally. Commissioner Shareef added that “huge win for our administration and Maldives as a whole. I believe this is the first of many steps in upholding government’s policy of “Zero Tolerance for Corruption””.

The World Customs Organization (WCO), established in 1952 as the Customs Co-operation Council (CCC) is an independent intergovernmental body whose mission is to enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of Customs administrations. 

The Integrity Sub-Committee acts under the overall direction of the WCO Council and Policy Commission, with administrative support provided by the WCO secretariat. The mandate of the Sub-Committee is to guide the WCO work in the area of integrity.

Today, the WCO represents 183 Customs administrations across the globe that collectively process approximately 98% of world trade. As the global centre of Customs expertise, the WCO is the only international organization with competence in Customs matters and can rightly call itself the voice of the international Customs community.