* Abu Samra border crossing to witness integrated maintenance project: GAC chairman
General Authority of Customs (GAC) chairman Ahmed bin Abdullah al-Jamal has said the authority has started an integrated maintenance project for the Abu Samra border crossing, which will continue until September next year, to cover all the requirements of the tourism and commercial sectors before the start of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.
In a statement to reporters on the sidelines of the second Supply Chain Management Conference held on Tuesday, al-Jamal also revealed that the authority is about to launch a special programme for managing sporting events, the most important of which is the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, and said it is an outstanding programme and considered the first of its kind in organising and managing major sporting events.
He explained that the programme, which will be officially announced at the beginning of next year, will work to simplify all Customs procedures through a window in which all relevant authorities, within and outside Qatar, will be dealt with in co=ordination with the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy.
He added that the authority has a set of other new programmes that will be announced on International Customs Day, which falls on January 26.
On the other hand, al-Jamal noted that the electronic services of the General Authority of Customs are in continuous development, and that customer service has become mostly electronic through the authority's website or the Al Nadeeb system, which is a qualitative leap for Customs in terms of using the best of modern technology for development, whether in devices or software, systems and databases.
He stressed the importance of the conference and said after the global impact of Covid-19 subsided, there has been an increasing global demand for goods and services. In this regard, he added, Qatar is working to secure supply and supply chains and provide all the necessary needs in this regard thanks to a set of strategic plans and permanent co-ordination between the GAC and other relevant authorities, especially in light of the upcoming benefits of the country, including the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.