Japan Looks into Further Support for Cambodia’s Customs Reform

Japan is looking into possibility to support Cambodia with Nippon Automated Cargo Clearance System (NACCS) and to boost Cambodia-Japan customs and excise cooperation.

The intention was highlighted by customs advisor to Japan's Ministry of Finance Mr. AtsuhikoFujishige, who is leading a visit of Japan's customs officials to Cambodia, when received recently by the Minister of Economy and Finance H.E. Aun Porn Moniroth here in Phnom Penh.

The Japanese customs advisor spoke highly of efforts of the Royal Government of Cambodia particularly for the reform of the country's customs and excise toward a more cost-effective standard.

He and his delegation hope to bring the needs of Cambodia's Ministry of Economy and Finance related to the reform work for the consideration of the Government of Japan.

H.E. Aun Porn Moniroth thanked the visiting delegation as well as Mr. AtsuhikoFujishige for the support so far, including the phase-out of the current computerised customs system of Cambodia's General Department of Customs and Excise for over a decade.

The two sides discussed detailed practical cooperation and also shared optimism for future collaboration in the customs sector.

Japan has, for the same purpose, donated two patrol boats and provided a wide range of technical assistance to Cambodia.

By Mom Chandara Soleil

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press