From 24 to 26 October 2023 the 241st/242nd Sessions of the Permanent Technical Committee (PTC) took place in Brussels. The event gathered more than 300 participants including the delegation of State Customs Service of Turkmenistan headed by Deputy Chairman.

In his opening remarks, the Deputy Secretary General of the World Customs Organization (WCO), Mr. Ricardo Treviño Chapa, highlighted the important topics included in the Agenda such as technology and digital Customs, cooperation with International Organizations, e-commerce, and Green Customs.

The session participants discussed the implementation of the Green Customs Action Plan. The Green Customs Initiative provides opportunities for coordinated tools and cost-effective development, training and awareness-raising among customs and other border control officials through inter-agency collaboration. Customs authorities have proposed regular coordinated training under the Green Customs Initiative.

Furthermore, the meeting emphasized the importance of creating a safe and efficient trade network with the implementation of the World Trade Organization (WTO) Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) and other tools, as well as the promotion of partnerships and capacity building. The inclusiveness of women in trade was also a topic on the agenda and presentations were made on the efforts taken to promote inclusiveness and women in trade and in Customs.