Nigeria Customs Service Embarks on Digital Transformation Journey with Huawei, Eyes Enhanced Trade Facilitation

Nigeria Customs Service Embarks on Digital Transformation Journey with Huawei, Eyes Enhanced Trade Facilitation
In a bid to upscale the level of modernization in the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), the Comptroller-General of Customs, Adewale Adeniyi, led a high-powered delegation to the headquarters of Huawei, a renowned information and communications technology company in Shenzhen, China. 
This visit, which took place on Thursday, May 9, 2024, was part of the Comptroller-General's official trip to the People's Republic of China for the 6th Global AEO Conference, held in the city of Shenzhen between Wednesday, May 8, and Friday, May 10, 2024.

During the visit to Huawei's headquarters, the Comptroller-General and his team discussed opportunities embedded in the Nigeria Customs Service Trade Modernisation Project with the company's leadership. The CGC expressed his delight at associating with the global leader in technology services through the Trade Modernization team. 

He urged Huawei's leadership to sustain their digitalization services to the NCS and sought their support to collaborate with the Nigeria Customs Service to maintain their transformative journey with the company.

Xujing Xu, Huawei's Vice President of Smart Transportation, welcomed the delegation and expressed confidence that their collaboration would benefit all parties involved. He noted that the foundational work for this transformation was already underway. 

The Chairman of the Trade Modernization Project (TMP) Limited, Saleh Ahmadu, appreciated the support accorded to him by the CGC and his management team towards the success of the NCS Trade Modernization Project. He asserted that Huawei was living up to expectations in delivering its mandate under the auspices of the Trade Modernization Project Limited.

As part of the modernization efforts, the Comptroller-General of Customs, alongside members of the Trade Modernization Project led by Chairman Saleh Ahmadu, visited Lantan Port to witness the level of automation and technological solutions provided by Huawei and other tech partners. This visit aimed to upscale the level of NCS modernization and enhance trade facilitation in Nigeria.

In addition, Huawei organized a training program on Trends and Digital Solutions for Customs officials and the Trade Modernization Project (TMP) team on Thursday, May 9, 2024. This training focused on equipping officials with the necessary skills to navigate the digital landscape of modern trade. Furthermore, the entourage of the Comptroller-General of Customs and the TMP Chairman received another training on Business Management with the theme "The Journey of Huawei's Continuous Growth.

 The training aimed to pave the way for NCS to enhance the capacity of officials to manage trade facilitation in Nigeria.

The Nigeria Customs Service had previously expressed readiness to deploy some of Huawei's latest products for use in its trade modernization project during the Huawei Connect 2023 held in Shanghai in October 2023. 

This collaboration is expected to enhance the digital transformation of the NCS and improve trade facilitation in Nigeria.

The visit to Huawei's headquarters and the training programs mark a significant milestone in the Nigeria Customs Service's modernization journey. The collaboration with Huawei and other tech partners is expected to bring about a significant improvement in the efficiency and effectiveness of the NCS, leading to enhanced trade facilitation and revenue generation for the government. 

As the NCS continues to embrace digital transformation, it is poised to become a model for other government agencies in Nigeria and beyond.

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