Government of Tajikistan signs Customs Agreement to facilitate humanitarian action

On 20 April 2016, the Government of Tajikistan and the United Nations signed a Customs Facilitation Agreement that speeds up the delivery of humanitarian aid to the country in the event of a large-scale emergency.

In emergencies, time is critical. Measures taken now to ensure timely delivery of relief items to affected people in disasters will save lives. The Agreement simplifies procedures and facilitates the speedy transfer of humanitarian goods, items and international relief personnel and their equipment during large-scale emergencies.

OCHA’s Regional Office for the Caucasus, Central Asia and Ukraine has been instrumental in the process by leading the negotiations and reaching consensus on the Customs Agreement with the Government of Tajikistan. We congratulate the Government of Tajikistan and the United Nationswith this major achievement.

The United Nations Resident Coordinator a.i. to the Republic of Tajikistan, Mr. Elmi Lucia, noted when attending the signing ceremony: ‘It is great to see Tajikistan making progress on its emergency response readiness. The Customs Agreement signed today is a major achievement for the country and serves as an inspiring example for the wider region.’

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