BAKU, June 12 (Xinhua) -- Representatives of customs, border agencies and relevant businesses from some 90 countries gathered here Wednesday for a conference on how digitalization can facilitate customs services.
Themed "New technologies for smart borders -- new opportunities for trade, travel and transport," the three-day event of the World Customs Organization (WCO) will look at the role of customs and border agencies in exploiting advanced and well-established technological solutions, according to Azerbaijan's state-run news agency AZERTAC.
The event, named the IT/TI Conference and Exhibition, brings together key partners from customs administrations, relevant agencies and ministries, the private sector, regional economic communities, international organizations, and academia.
Addressing the event, Azerbaijani Prime Minister Novruz Mammadov highlighted the government's efforts to develop digital customs administration as well as facilitate and increase the transparency of customs procedures.
Chairman of Azerbaijan's State Customs Committee Safar Mehdiyev said that applying advanced information and communication technologies in the field of customs was one of the top priorities.
Participants will hear more on the potential role of artificial intelligence, biometrics and robotics in helping smart airports support seamless travel.
According to the WCO, the conference will also explore how green transport and logistics, the Internet of Things, innovations and more intensive use of drones have an impact on border management.
The exhibition, which runs in parallel to the conference, showcases the latest technological solutions available on the market.