TRA and Abu Dhabi Customs collaborate to block banned telecoms gadgets

TRA and Customs to co-operate and share data on import of banned telecoms items and spy gadgets

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TRA and Abu Dhabi Customs collaborate to block banned telecoms gadgets (l-r): Mohammed Khadim Al Hameli, acting director general of the General Administration of Customs – Abu Dhabi and Eng. Majid Sultan Al Mesmar, TRA acting director general signing the MoU.
By  Mark Sutton Published  June 23, 2015

Abu Dhabi's General Administration of Customs and the UAE Telecommunications Regulatory Authority have signed an agreement to co-operate on preventing the import of banned telecommunications devices and spy gadgets.

The memorandum of understanding also includes exchanging data on companies importing banned devices, blacklisted individuals and handling and controlling harmful substances. The two organisations will hold joint training sessions and workshops on methods of detecting and handling banned devices, as well as means of cooperation to implement testing and inspection procedures for telecommunications gadgets.

In terms of technical communications, both parties are required to implement processes to develop the e-link system, create work plans and programmes, as well as link the prohibition and restriction systems adopted by both parties.

Mohammed Khadim Al Hameli, acting director general of the General Administration of Customs - Abu Dhabi and Eng. Majid Sultan Al Mesmar, TRA acting director general signed the MoU. The signing ceremony was also attended by Mubarak Matar Al Mansouri, executive director of Customs Operations at the General Administration of Customs; Salem Saeed Al Rumaithi, executive director of Technical Affairs Sector at the General Administration of Customs; Matar Showileh Al Mansouri, executive director of Marine Operations at the General Administration of Customs and Meshaal Al Sabousi, Quality Control Specialist at TRA.

Mohammed Khadim Al Hameli commented: "At the General Administration of Customs - Abu Dhabi, we are committed to working with our strategic partners to support Abu Dhabi's economic growth and facilitate cross border trade movement, and in turn maintain safety and security across the local community."

Eng. Majid Sultan Al Mesmar, TRA acting director general, said: "Signing this MoU reflects TRA's continuous commitment to consolidate relations with various government entities. This is based on our strategic plan to build trust and work together as a unified team.

"Through this cooperation, we aim to provide our customers with around the clock solutions, and deliver high quality, advanced IT services to ensure that customer applications are completed in a safe and efficient manner. The MoU provides a platform for each party to access data through various advanced channels of communication, facilitating the exchange of information and enhancing government institutional work. This will speed up the application process and improve customer satisfaction."

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