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. 

Today the UAE AEO programme formally was launched with the certification of the first eight AEO companies of United Arab Emirates in front of 250 invited national and international guests at a ceremony in Dubai. 


UAE AEO is not only the first AEO programme of the Gulf region but it is the most advanced and innovative AEO programme in the world. On Tuesday November 1st the programme that has a benefit package with 47 benefits will open for new applications. 


Next step will be a Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) with Korea. We in KGH are extremely proud to have worked with Dubai Customs and the Federal Customs Authority of UAE on this project.


H.E. Commissioner Al Kaabi, Head of Federal Customs Authority of UAE making the opening speech at the AEO certification ceremony in Dubai today.


H.E. Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Group Chairman & Chief Executive Officer – Head DP World making a Key Note Speech at the certification ceremony of UAE AEO in Dubai.


The first AEO certificate of United Arab Emirates was awarded to Al Tayer Insignia.


Also GM and seven more companies was awarded AEO status in UAE today.


Steve Desouza and colleague from General Motors together with KGH Group CEO Lars Börjesson displaying the UAE AEO Certificate.


The Dubai Customs and KGH AEO Team.


This was a great day for United Arab Emirates, KGH and the world. 


Now we are moving forward with new developments in new phases og UAE AEO. 

Tonight the news arrived, CETA will be signed. EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström announced the news and also sent it out on Twitter. 


The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) is the free-trade agreement between Canada and the European Union. The agreement eliminates 98% of the tariffs between Canada and the EU.

This is great step forward for trade, traders, job creation and people in Canada and the European Union.