The Swedish Minister of Interior Anders Ygeman and the US Ambassador to Sweden Azita Raji today signed a security agreement which makes it possible to introduce the US aviation preclearance systemat at Arlanda-Stockholm Airport. 

This agreement was a result of lengthy and complicated negotiations, according to the Swedish Minister.

“There have been questions about costs, about weapons, how to deal with those who are not allowed to enter, for example. But now we are in agreement, he said. At a special ceremony Ygeman and Ambassador Raji signed the agreement as a result of the close cooperation between the two countries on security matters. 

In practical terms, the agreement will mean that US personnel do customs and security checks are already at the airport for those travelers who take a direct flight from the destination of United States. The powers will be the same as the other staff at the airport, for example, existing armament. “They will be unarmed but have access to weapons when needed”, says Ygeman.

The Government has already appointed a committee which will look into whether, and if so, what legislative changes required for the system to function according to Swedish law. It is planned to be presented next summer.

Azita Raji says she is proud that the countries now agree:”The agreement gives US Authorities the ability to control people before they get on the plane and the relations between the two countries will improve. We also hope to increase tourism, this can only lead to better understanding and friendship between us. For Sweden, I also believe that there are economic benefits to be the first country in the Nordic countries with this kind Airport. Arlanda get the opportunity to become a hub in the region”, continued Raji at the Pres Conference today.

Sweden is one of the most successful countries in my sport Olympic Team Handball ever, winning five World Championships and numerous other titles. However we haven’t won a big title since 2002. For a period of time our national team has been good, but not good enough. Especially on 9 meters. Our 6 meters players (left, right and pivot) have been world class all along. Also the goal keepers have had a very high international standard. Modern handball is dominated by strong 9 meter players. 

France, has dominated handball the last decade through a strong nine meter lineup. 

Yesterday a new, young Swedish national team under a new coach crushed Montenegro in a qualifying game, 36-21. It was one game, but still we saw the future. 

Sweden played with Flensburg playmaker, Jim Gottfridsson (24), Kiel sharpshootet Lukas Nilsson (19) – who recently scored 11 goals against PSG in Champions League – and the new supertalent Simon Jeppsson (21). 

Jeppson, a 202 cm, leftback 9 meter player is one of the most talented hard-shooters I have seen. While Lukas Nilsson could be our biggest talent ever. In combinatiln with intelligent Gottfridsson this will become a line-up that will bring medals to Sweden over the next decade. No doubt. 

Now we only need another right wing back 9 player of world class also and then we will go for gold again.

Today, during Day 3 of the Global Trade and Development Week, I held a Masterclass on Authorized Economic Operators (AEO) and Compliance Management. This was a three hour workshop breakout session. 

The Masterclass became a huge success. More than three times as many people as registered attended the event, and the conference had to bring as many chairs they could into the room and more than 20 people listened to the workshop from the corridor outside the conference room.

It became an interactive session with a lot of dialogue. 

The AEO and Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA) instrument is really taking off right now.

When the World Trade Organization Trade Facilitation Agreement comes knto force this trend will grow even more. 

I received very positive feedback on my Masterclass by the participants. Another great day with many good meetings. 

Today is the second day of the Global Trade and Development Week 7.0 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. 

I participated in a panel on digital customs and eCommerce.

I also had a number of great bilateral meetings. 

We in KGH Border Services is strategic partner to the organizers KW Group and Federal Customs Authority of UAE for this event.

Today the Global Trade and Development Week 7.0 (GTDW) started in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. GTDW had more than 400 participants this year. 

This is an international conference, this year with the theme: The Global Future Of AEO, Customs & Trade.

I was chair and moderator for the event. Key Note Speakers were e.g: H.E Ali Mohammed Soihib AL Kaabi, Commissioner Of Customs, Chairman Federal Customs Authority, UNited Arab Emirates (UAE), our Swedish top diplomat Joakim Reiter, Deputy Secretary General UNCTAD and Antonis Kastrissianakis, Director Security, Safety, Trade Facilitation, Rules Of Origin And International Cooperation, Directorate-General For Taxation And Customs Union, European Union. 

One of the special features of GTDW is the panel discussions. This year we had really good interactions. 

The first day was an excellent event, good agenda, great discussions and fantastic networking. 

Today I had a meeting with Dicksons Kateshumbwa and the Director of Dubai Customs Ahmed Mahboob Musabih. 

It is always a pleasure to meet old Customs friends.