In this last issue of 2012 you can read about KGH Border Services product plans for 2013, how countries perform in the World Bank Doing Business indicators and why KGH is part of UN Global Compact.
In this issue
| Dear Reader,
This has been an interesting year for the world trying to recover from the Global Financial Crises. Some regions have managed to recover better than others. However there is no doubt that trade plays a vital part in any recovery plan and so does modernization of Customs.
We in KGH Border Services have the last six months detected an increasing need for Customs and Border Management Reform and Modernization.
While security in all aspects is still on the political agenda, we can also see that many countries now are implementing trade facilitation measures, like paperless processes, to speed up national external trade routines. We have also experienced that the two most requested changes in the Customs world right now are the development of a national Single Window solutions and the implementation of Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) concepts.
For us this is good news, since we believe that these are necessary steps to take for countries, but also since these initiatives are exactly in line with our own expert areas. We have leading experience in developing and implementing Single Window solutions and AEO concepts.
Many people think that the development of a successful Single Window is a mainly technical project, which is simply not true. The real challenge to implement a successful Single Window is about coordination of all stakeholders and the re-engineering of back-office processes behind the single interface. This is what we do and what our model delivers.
Also in relation to AEO there is a widespread misconception that AEO programmes might not need to provide specific trade facilitation benefits for business, since AEO as a global concept is now starting to become a necessary quality requirement for all companies active in foreign trade. It is indeed true that AEO is becoming a necessity for all companies involved in trade however our view is that all AEO programmes must deliver specific benefits for business to become successful. Again, this is very possible to do since it has been proven before. It is also exactly what our model does, namely provide real tangible benefits for all stakeholders – especially for business.
So indeed I believe that 2013 will become a very interesting and busy year for many of us. I am in addition convinced that it will be a good year.
Finally, I want to take this opportunity to thank our partners, clients and colleagues you for great cooperation during 2012. I also, before the upcoming holidays, want with wish all of our partners, clients and colleagues around the world - Seasons Greetings and a Happy New Year!
We hope to see you all in 2013.
CEO/President KGH Border Services
New KGH products on the way
A number of new products and service packages will be developed and offered to our clients during 2013.
Trading Across Borders 2013
World Bank has released the annual Doing Business Report and Singapore remains as the world leader in trading across borders. Many countries are improving thanks to modernization efforts and reforms, but Customs efficiency is not the only topic to focus on.
The Annual Asia Pacific Trade Facilitation Forum 2012
The Annual Asia Pacific Trade Facilitation Forum (APTFF) was arranged 30-31 October 2012 in Colombo, Sri Lanka, with the overall aim to promote trade facilitation as an important strategy for national and regional development.
KGH - a United Nations Global Compact participant
Corporate Social Responsibility is an important ingredient in modern business. We are proud to be a part of The United Nations Global Compact which is a platform for business and non-business entities to proactively network and engage in areas of human rights, labour, environment, anti-corruption and contributing to UN goals in order to achieve the common objectives of building a sustainable and inclusive global economy.
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