Dubai: Dubai Customs has called on the international community to strengthen cooperation through the exchange of information on illicit networks to help curb the proliferation of the smuggling of contraband material such as narcotics and weapons, thus threatening the security and economy of world countries.
The appeal was made by Ahmed Butti Ahmed, Executive Chairman for Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporations and Director General of Dubai Customs addressing a conference hosted by Google Ideas, the Google network’s creative think tank, held from July 16 to July 18, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.
The conference was attended by over 200 experts and specialists involved in security issues, the protection of ports and borders, and the fight against illicit networks.
The summit, which was held under the theme Illicit Networks: Forces in Opposition,’ aimed at highlighting the major challenges faced by the airport management sector, particularly across important ports around the world while also throwing the spotlight on best practices used to intercept and combat illicit global networks.
The Dubai Customs Director General emphasized on the need to maintain a strategic and stronger exchange of information to help reduce smuggling of contraband, especially drugs and weapons, to different countries around the globe, which poses as a major threat to global security and the economy.
Butti participated in a special panel discussion that was moderated by the Secretary General, International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL). Also joining were the Deputy Executive Director of Los Angeles World Airports and the CEO of Panama Canal.
During the discussion, Butti revealed that Dubai Customs has adopted the latest advanced inspection technology systems and devices over the last two years. One particular example he cited was the use of a new system for the inspection and examination of mobile trucks.
The system, which makes use of radiometric surveying techniques, can examine trucks without asking them to stop, avoiding manual inspection that poses risk to custom inspectors. One of the devices being used can examine and inspect 150 trucks per hour, he noted.
The Director General also reaffirmed the commitment of Dubai Customs to attract and develop the best human resources, further pointing out that members of their inspection teams will be entitled to various theoretical and practical training courses all year round.